This week, we’re diving deep into holistic wellness, including non-toxic living, breast implant illness, adaptogenics, and cannabis, PLUS a general conversation around how to make informed choices about your health and wellbeing instead of just going with fads or trusting things because they’re the “norm”. I had to pleasure of sitting down to chat with Karissa Pukas, who is a Canadian content creator and entrepreneur, and as you’ll find out, she is a total badass. Karissa has built a YouTube audience of almost 750 THOUSAND subscribes, plus hundreds of thousands of more followers on Instagram and Twitter. She is also the co-owner of a vegan & handmade false eyelash company, called Social Eyes. While she initially garnered a following through beauty and fashion videos, Karissa eventually became just as known for her honest takes on young adulthood, mindfulness, wellness, and recently, she’s received a lot of attention in the media for sharing her struggles with Breast Implant Illness and we’re gonna cover it ALL in this episode. You’ll hear me fangirling at the beginning of the interview because I have legitimately followed Karissa for like 7 YEARS, so I’m thrilled that you guys get to meet her and experience her awesomeness as well! 

Review of the week – @Bigbill6397: “Love this Podcast (5 Stars) I have been a huge fan of Marie’s basically since instagram became a thing. When I saw she started the grind and be grateful podcast, I knew I had to give it a shot! It’s the perfect mix of health, wellness, mindset & more that I wouldn’t even think of and it hits these topics in all different angles. I love taking in information from her but also the amazing guests she’s brought on the show. I’ve discovered other women in the industry to learn and grow from! Definitely give this show a listen if you want to support your journey in wellness and mindset (let’s be honest – who doesn’t?!)” (1:30)

#FryEye… Protect your eyeballs from Blue Light! (3:25)

Who is Karissa Pukas (8:20)

Growing up & Going deeper on YouTube (10:10)

Criticism & Negativity on YouTube (14:20)

Karissa’s breast implant timeline (16:22)

Karissa’s BII (Breast Implant Illness) symptoms (19:27)

The attitudes in medicine (22:30)

What’s up with women’s health (24:30)

Navigating & Advocating health (26:00)

Karissa’s advice for anyone considering implants (27:15)

Holistic Wellness w/ Karissa (30:30)

Karissa’s non-negotiables (31:20)

Karissa’s ‘self-care-goddess’ rituals & routines (34:20)

Red light therapy (34:35)

Trampoline time (35:15)

Giving ourselves grace; “Your body is not meant to be in a constant state of stress” (36:30)

Cannabis (39:00)

Medicinal mushrooms (43:44)

“If you’re not doing research you’re missing out on a lot of potential things that could be helpful in your life, you just have to go out and look for them.” 44:40)

Karissa’s tattoos (45:31)

tattoo’s and ink sources (50:30)

“You’re never going to do everything right in your life; if you go around being worried about ever single thing that you’re doing, you’re not going to live your life.” (51:42)

“You can do your absolute best, but at the end of the day it comes down to are you doing your best to minimize risk, as well as if you’re living your life, and you’re happy” (53:50)

“Whatever you do, there will always be somebody that thinks that is not the right thing to do; you can truly try to people please, but you’re just going to be chasing your tail. At the end of the day there will be no person that does everything right.” (54:54)

“If you’re living your life in a way of what others are thinking or how others are perceiving you, you’re missing out on such a beautiful space of what do you think of you?” (55:09)

“At the end of the day, you have responsibility to yourself to live in a way that you feel free and true.” (55:36)

What Karissa is currently grinding towards & grateful for (57:10)

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