Emmy-winning TV host and journalist, author, certified personal trainer Samantha Harris has always been passionate about health and fitness. She thought that she was healthier and more fit than she had ever been when suddenly, at 40, she was blindsided by a cancer diagnosis. Samantha shares her story of fighting cancer and finding a healthier version of herself in the process. In her book, Your Healthiest Healthy, she shares her journey and helps others find a deeper connection with health as well.

 

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Help Prevent And Fight Cancer, And Live A Longer, Cleaner, Happier Life with Samantha Harris

We have a very special guest coming on.

She’s a beautiful guest. She’s a guest who inspires me beyond and someone who I had the luxury to know for years now. I knew Samantha when she was an assistant on someone’s desk in Hollywood and now, she’s become an international celebrity with the Dancing with the Stars and she’s written a book.

In the process of going through her career, she became presented with a major health crisis and you’re going to learn from her on the show. Through this health crisis, she was able to reevaluate how she was taking care of herself in terms of health. It was revelatory for her because she thought she had been doing everything right. It’s easy to say, “I’m exercising five days a week. I’m eating right. I’m doing this and doing that.” Then all of a sudden, you’re thrown a curveball.

Her life had to change all over again. She’s married to a wonderful man, has gorgeous kids. She’s such a beautiful soul. I’m in the verge of saying she’s a philanthropist. She’s such a giver. She never wants anything in return and the woman continues to go and go. Her voice is brilliant. Before we go into her, Taylor, give us some feedback of where we’re at with the statistics.

Part of making this show and everything that we do involve community effort to bring more resources to as many people as possible and help them find their own path to healing. We need help sharing this episode and getting the awareness out there so more and more people can find the inspiration and the professionals and the types of people that they need to help them along the way. We’ve been doing a wonderful job. We’re about a month and a half into our release. I’m looking at our stats online. We’ve had 2,180 total downloads so far in less than two months. Of those, 1,521 are unique, which means that we have over 1,500 unique visitors. It’s the people who have come down to the show and hopefully gotten some inspiration or some little nugget that they can employ into their life. What do you have to say, Sean?

Do we have anyone who’s written a five-star review for us?

Yes. I was hoping you would get excited about our numbers.

I am excited about our numbers.

What helps us the most in terms of getting the show out there is just increasing awareness and we like to do that in any way possible. iTunes happens to be one of those outlets. What iTunes will allow you to do is jump over there, give a five-star rating and write a review. This five-star rating and review is short and could take you a minute, less than a minute to do. What it does is it helps to get this show in front of more people’s eyes who need to see it. If you found value reading one of our blogs or you think someone in your life or someone out there might need to hear some of the stories that we’re telling on here, please jump over to iTunes.

Drop a five-star review and let us know what you’re loving about the show so we can keep improving the way we’re showing up for you and we can keep building this into an amazing community of people who are trying to heal. In the spirit of that, I will read one of our five-star reviews. It says, “Sean is a stroke survivor who has surrounded himself with an inspiring group of people to give an informative look into the struggles that people face and overcome with their health challenges.”

If you’re looking to help, join our community and share this with as many people as possible. Jump over to iTunes. It’s the small little thing you can do to help us start to get this to more people and get this out there. Thank you to all the wonderful audience and all the amazing people we got to talk to and share with so far. Samantha Harris is next. Her book is called Your Healthiest Healthy: 8 Easy Ways to Take Control, Help Prevent and Fight Cancer, and Live a Longer, Cleaner, Happier Life.

Let’s welcome her on the show.

Welcome to the show, Samantha. How are you doing?

I am doing great and I’m psyched to be able to talk with you.

We’re excited. How are you doing, Sean?

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I’m good. This is my old friend from our twenties who’s now a celebrity and a writer of a book and has her own show on TV. I’m just honored. I was in the bookstore, I walk by and go, “I heard about this, but what is my friend doing on the front cover of a book?” There’s a whole table all to yourself of your book. I was like, “I’m texting her right now and see if she’ll come on the show.” I was like, “I want you. I need you. Come talk to me.” It was awesome.

I know that you’ve been working on this show for quite a while. We’ve talked about it over the time when we run into each other in the neighborhood. I’m glad to finally be able to do it with you and meet Taylor.

We’re so excited to talk to you. I did my little homework on the internet to learn about who Samantha Harris is. I used to watch Dancing with the Stars, which you were on but I didn’t know who you were at the time. I got a quick glimpse of that and you dove deeply into the health.

Something that I’ve always been passionate about is health and fitness, especially the fitness side of things. I thought that I was healthier and more fit than I had ever been when at 40, I was blindsided by a cancer diagnosis.

I read the intro to your book. What I loved about your process of discovering cancer is that you had this internal knowing and you went to the doctor and they said, “No.” You just kept being persistent. What was going on inside of you that made you keep showing up in that way?

By exercising regularly, I was in tune with my body and I’m eating at least what I thought was helpful at the time. It also contributed to that. When I found a lump eleven days after a clear mammogram, I thought this isn’t right. There’s something odd here. I didn’t sit on it. I immediately took action and called my longtime OB/GYN. She’s the one who delivered both my kids. I’d been with her since I was 22. I said, “I found this lump. I just had a clear mammogram eleven days ago.” She was like, “Come on in and let’s check it out.” She did a quick exam and she was always the non-alarmist type of doctor. When she said, “This is what 40 looks like. Your boobs get lumpy and it’s glandular. Don’t worry about it.” I figured, “She’s got to be right.” A month later, it was still there and I had this nagging in my gut that said, “Come on, Samantha. If it’s truly nothing, then let’s make sure it’s nothing.” I went to get a second opinion. I did not think it was cancer. I went to see my internist and he did the exact same thing. It’s a quick clinical exam. For you boys, that means they take their hand and they feel your breasts and they say everything is fine or they don’t. In this case, the second doctor told me it was fine. I went back home and went on my way.

I got bogged down with Thanksgiving, the New Year’s and the holidays and then getting back after winter break. Four months had passed and I came up for air and went, “This lump is still there. I need to listen to my inner voice right now because this lump, they’re telling me it’s nothing. All they’ve done is felt it.” We don’t have any invasive procedures or scans or anything else besides a mammogram that missed it and their hands that have said it’s nothing to tell me that it truly is nothing. That’s when I finally went to see a surgical oncologist.

In that appointment, she did two ultrasounds, a needle biopsy. I had the radiologists look at my mammogram results. The crazy thing is she said it was nothing. When they got the final pathology results from the needle biopsy, she came into the room and said, “I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is it’s not cancer, but the bad news is I don’t know what it is. Let’s take it out.” We did and I woke up from that lumpectomy still with the same news, “It’s nothing, no cancer. Yay for you for being such an advocate for your own health and taking control.”

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When I went a week later to look at the incision and the final pathology results and follow up to the surgery, I told my husband not to come. I was like, “It’s gorgeous outside. Don’t worry about it.” Honestly, he went golfing. I told him to go. He was ready to come with me. He had already been with me for the lumpectomy stuff. I said, “You don’t want to sit in a dark dank office. Stay home.” I went to my surgeon’s office and as I sat there all by myself, I heard the words carcinoma, cancer, invasive, one word after the next. We were all blindsided. Even the oncologist was shocked that it was cancer. It’s not just a contained ductal cancer called DCIS, Ductal Carcinoma in Situ, which means that the cells are contained within the milk duct and they aren’t smart enough to get out. It’s the best kind of breast cancer you could have, but I also had a tiny little bit that was invasive right on the borderline of where she did the lumpectomy. That meant I had invasive cancer and we need to do something more serious. That’s what I ended up going in. Many doctors weighed my options, whether I would do another lumpectomy followed by six weeks of radiation every single day, five days a week, or do a mastectomy, single or double. I opted for a double mastectomy.

I figured I talked to too many people who found cancer on the other side when they had a double mastectomy. A couple of people that had a single mastectomy didn’t seem happy with the lopsidedness of their breasts. I figured, “I don’t want to be looking over my shoulder all the time.” I opted for the double mastectomy and I’m glad that I did it. It turned out that it even went to a lymph node. The cancer had traveled there. It was quickly moved from stage one to stage two. It was quite a journey and then I had a follow-up surgery as well for the breast augmentation, which is the implants and all of that. It’s a three-step process between lumpectomy and two stages of mastectomy and reconstruction. It’s a fun 2014.

That is a year. Thank you for going through all the layers to that. It’s a crazy story and I’m impressed that you went through all this. What struck me was how persistent you were and how committed you were to listen to that inner voice despite expert after expert telling you, “No, we think everything is cool.” To me, that stands out as you having this profound relationship with yourself enough to say, “Something isn’t right here.”

It also helped that my mom was in my ear saying, “Is that one still there?” Which of course made me listen to my gut even more so and even when you have outside sources or a family member saying something. The person who can’t quit smoking even though everyone tells him to quit smoking, it has to come from inside. It’s the same as something like this. As many times my mom said, “Is that lump still there? Do you want to get it checked out again? What do you think?” I still had to listen to my inner voice and until I got quiet enough to listen to it, there was no action taken further. I thought I was being proactive. I went to see two doctors. They told me it was nothing. I’m like, “Why would I continue seeking this out?” My girls were three and six at the time of my diagnosis. I’m so happy to see them at eight and eleven and I want to see them grow up. My dad died of colon cancer. He wasn’t there for my wedding. He was just 50 when he died. I feel lucky that I got to have him at my college graduation and then he passed a couple of months later. Being able to grow up and have my fully developed childhood with both parents involved was important to me. I’m going to be there for my kids.

We knew each other in our twenties and I got to tell a funny situation about how you made some food one time on our friend’s boat and we all wanted to jump off the boat. You cooked the broccoli. You were so healthy and you want to have some broccoli. You cooked some broccoli in the boat and we all had to go dockside or jump off because it stunk like broccoli. I’ll never forget that. I’ll never forget you coming out going, “What did I do? Does everybody want some broccoli?” We were all trying to get to shore. The boat was docked, but we were all like, “Why don’t you blow up the boat first and then we’ll come back or sink it.” It was one of those moments you’ve come at like, “Anybody wants some of this?” I was like, “No, it smells. Take it away.” It’s always you because you were always a health nut. You grew up dancing, you did plays. You are always healthy. You’re on the cover of some magazines.

I did four covers for Muscle & Fitness Hers and a total of eleven or twelve different fitness and health magazine.

You were shredding, but you still look beautiful. You had to put yourself in a physique. To be the cover photo of the magazine, you have to reduce your carbs, eat right and put on the muscle. I’ll never forget going, “She’s just beautiful.” You still are. You’re more beautiful now than you were before, but you were always into health. You were the host of Dancing with the Stars. I remember you going from the interview of this. I was always in awe and for this to happen to you, for a while I didn’t believe it. I was like, “No way.” When we got together a couple of times and you told me the story, I wasn’t heartbroken because you were victorious on how you accomplish this journey. You’re like, “I’ll take this on. I’ll beat it.” That’s what you’re doing. That’s what is so magical about you and why you wrote the book and what you know and how you’re teaching your children up front with all of it. It’s awesome.

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Thank you, Sean.

I look up to you. You definitely inspire me.

That goes right back at you. I know your audience know your story very well. You have been on quite a journey. This may be the worst thing that ever happened to me and compared to what other people have had to endure, it wasn’t so bad.

It made you real. You’re teaching others how to deal with the challenge of life. We’re both humans. I always tell everybody that it’s not about why me, it’s about what’s next. You’ve chosen to go, “What’s next?” which is so wonderful. You weren’t like, “Beat me up. I’m down. I have cancer.” You’re like, “I’ll take care of this and then we’ll do something else.” That’s what you continue to be doing, which is just so wonderful.

Born out of my diagnosis and as I was in my recovery bed, I was having one of those, “Woe is me,” moment and my husband who has always been incredibly supportive. He was there with me every step of the way. He just said, “If life gives you lemons, you got to make lemonade.” He paused and he said, “Maybe we should do something with that.” He has a tendency to make snowballs, but then I have to figure out how to throw them. We launched a website called Gotta Make Lemonade. I was confined to my bed for three weeks. I have to be accomplishing sitting in my bed for three weeks straight, twice in the same year because I had two different surgeries that required that. It was intense.

I felt that I had to be productive and I needed to find some purpose for my breast cancer diagnosis. We launched a website called Gotta Make Lemonade to inspire positivity in the face of adversity no matter what in life has knocked the person who’s sharing their story down. It could be an injury, an illness, a career low, a relationship disappointment. It’s what you have done, Sean. You have made lemonade. You have come back so strongly and turn things around for yourself and found new focus and new purpose. That’s the purpose of the site.

What stands out to me hearing your story and hearing Sean’s story is that both of you were in amazing physical health, mental health and everything going into a crisis moment. I know it forced Sean to reevaluate what health meant to him and the direction he had gone. Your experience launched you into diving deeper into exploring more about health than you had even before.

I thought I was fit and healthy. I thought I was doing all the right things, exercising for the right reasons, eating the right way. Yet, I wasn’t and I didn’t know that. The cancer diagnosis opened up my eyes to what ways I could make myself my healthiest. I was healthy, but I wanted to reach my healthiest healthy. When I was diagnosed, I did a battery of hereditary tests beyond the genetic tests of just the BRCA gene, which is the most commonly known one. My dad died of colon cancer. My dad’s mom was a breast cancer survivor who lived to 95. I want to know, was it a hereditary reason that I had this cancer? That would at least make sense. That will at least give me, “Now I get it. I couldn’t help it. It’s genetic. That’s what happened.”

We did an extensive panel of genetic testing. What we came up with was that I wasn’t destined to have cancer-based on any of the current genetic test available. I had no hereditary link. I came to find out that only 5% to 10% of breast cancers are genetic. I thought, “It’s not just me, but why is one in eight women being diagnosed with invasive breast cancer over the course of a lifetime?” Honestly, that’s when I dug deep and I went back to my roots of journalism. I began to research and read everything I could get my hands on and speak to experts.

What I determined is that, it is what you put in on and around your body that affects your overall well-being and your instances of having a chronic disease, whether it be cancer, diabetes or heart disease. Rather than throwing your hands up and saying, “It will be what it will be. I can only do so much. Disease happens.” I realize that we have to take control. I began to reassess every element of my life. Not in a compulsive way, not in a 180 overnight because any changes that you’re going to make that are going to last for a lifetime need to be done slowly and integrated into your life in small steps. That’s what I did. I started to reevaluate how I was eating, what I was putting in my body, how I was feeding my family. What kind of products was I using to clean my home? What were the true ingredients lurking in my beauty bag, my makeup and my hair products?

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I live in Los Angeles. I’m not going to be leaving anytime soon. I breathe in the smog-filled air. That is one thing I can’t change unless I decide that I want to leave and truly take control and live in the mountain somewhere. It’d be better for us all. I started to reevaluate everything and make changes. The hardest part was that there didn’t seem to be one comprehensive action plan out there that could tell me just what to do because It’s exhausting having to research. I want to know minor details as well as the macro and the micro. I spent a lot of time and I’m still continually reading and updating my level of information and knowledge. Because that comprehensive action plan didn’t exist, I decided to write it. The book is called Your Healthiest Healthy: 8 Easy Ways to Take Control, Help Prevent and Fight Cancer, and Live a Longer, Cleaner, Happier Life. The reason I wrote it is that it’s the guide that I wished so much someone had given me when I had been diagnosed or before I’d been diagnosed. Because then maybe I wouldn’t have been diagnosed, to begin with. It takes you through all the steps as well as how to weed your life from toxic relationships, how to reinforce positive support from family and friends and those relationships. Also build resiliency, which is the key to a survivor’s mindset.

What were the biggest pieces that shifted your life the most? You did a bunch of researching. You went on this journey of discovering what was it that was creating this condition in your body. I love that you just took the initiative to go do that. What were those biggest moments where you said, “It’s this?” I know it’s multiple factors, but was there anything that stood out to you when you discovered it and you realized, “This is a huge piece of the puzzle?”

It’s one of the biggest chapters in my book, which is nutrition. Food is thy medicine. I was a ‘70s baby so I grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s. It’s the low-fat generation where anything that was slapped with the stamp that said low fat even though it was a packaged good. I was like, “This is awesome. I can eat this. I can eat a whole entire box of SnackWell’s sandwich cookies and I’ll be fine.” I was afraid of fat. Fat was the enemy. Fat was vilified and unrightly so for many years. Our government did that for us. Our government has done so much to not have our back as consumers and we have to be proactive. We, as consumers, have a voice. It used to be the people who are the hippies. They’re the ones who eat strange foods.

No. We’re the ones who can make a change. I’ve tried to get away from animal products for the most part, but there are a lot of proponents that says a little bit of meat is better for your body. Everybody across the board agrees that a whole foods plant-based diet where you’re filling up your plate at least half full of veggies is the way to go. If you’re going to consume animal products, then it needs to be the right type and the smallest of amounts. We come from a large consumer society where we sit down at a restaurant and if we order a steak, that steak better be twelve ounces for the money I’m paying for it.

There’s a saying, “Treat meat as a condiment and not the main course.” It’s exactly what you’re saying. We should be eating a largely plant-based diet and then every once in a while, throwing some meat in there as a condiment.

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If we’re thinking of the same person, they call it condimeat because of the size. It’s two to three ounces max. That is exactly what we’re hearing. The hardest part is eating out. We are a society who’s on the go and we are continually eating out. As a mom of two kids, we have freshly cooked meal on the table a couple of nights a week, but there are plenty of nights that we are either ordering in or eating out. At weekends, we eat out at least one if not both nights and during the week, we order in at least once or twice a week. I can’t control the quality of the animal products from those places.

There is this great Chinese food place that we order from down the street. They even have all over the menu, “Healthy Chinese. We don’t use MSG. We don’t use certain oils.” That’s great however, God only knows where those chickens came from. I know they’re not organic. Even better than organic is pasture raised. For cows and anything that comes from a dairy cow or the meat from a cow, it needs to be grass fed and pasture raised. That’s superior even to organic. We live in LA. We’re lucky we have resources outside our doorstep, but a lot of places don’t. It’s challenging.

I want to pick out a little piece of that to help explain to people. Most people, especially in LA and California, are onboard with the grass-fed beef train. You made a very good point where you’re saying pasture-raised chickens. Just to clarify for people, a lot of chickens are fed grains, which is the unnatural diet. When you pasture-feed chicken, it’s eating insects and worms, which is the more natural diet for chicken.

When they say, “Chicken fed a vegetarian diet.” The grains are included in that and they’re supposed to be eating things. They’re supposed to be out in the yard and picking up the little bits and things in the grass. Chicken and turkey can be some of the most harmful of animal meats because it’s hard to find high-quality poultry and then we talk about fish. I’ve figured this out throughout this process. I could happily be a pescatarian. I see those cute cows and I feel bad. I grew up in Minnesota eating every part of the cow, so I feel guilty. I had a whole farm of them by the time I graduated. I do love fish. I love sushi. When you think about how polluted our oceans are and the fact that we don’t have clean water anymore for the fish to be able to live until we catch them and eat them, it’s sad.

I try to stick to wild Alaskan salmon. There are some sustainably raised salmon farms. When you hear farm fish, you want to run the other way. There are a few that are somewhat decent in terms of their levels of PCBs and mercury, but that’s what you need to keep an eye out for. In your blood, you can test for mercury. I get my blood tested for a variety of things every quarter because I have an integrative specialist that’s my internist. That’s just what he does. He tests your blood for all different things. I’ve had a request to test for mercury because every time I go, I want to know, “Am I eating too much sushi?” I only have it once a week, but sometimes there might be an extra one and I have my wild Alaskan salmon. You have to be very careful about the source, whether it’s animal meat or even your produce choosing organic.

The other trick I usually tell people to help with the fish choices is to eat the smallest fish. If you’re ever unsure and you’re not getting tested or whatever and you still want to eat fish, eat the smallest fish. The lowest on the food chain, they’re going to have the least amount of toxicity.

The list of those fish are the ones that people cringe at, which are mackerel, sardines and anchovies. I know people who can figure out how to prepare them and say, “It’s quite delicious.” I haven’t gotten there yet but I would like to one day.

I’m the health freak who just throws a bucket of anchovies on a salad and calls it a day.

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I went to Whole Foods and I decided to take two different types of sauerkraut home with me to try and I liked it. It was okay. I found that six months later, they still only had fourth or an eighth of them eaten. I thought, “Maybe I need to try and be better about integrating this into my life,” because it is helpful to have that fermented food in your regular routine.

There was a whole period where I completely went down the rabbit hole of fermented foods. What I learned along the way is that before modern preservation methods like canning and refrigeration, every single culture had a history of fermented food. It was the only way they had to preserve foods through droughts and through winter and all that.

What are your go-tos for fermented food that you enjoy eating and how do you enjoy them?

My go-tos tend to be kombucha and fermented vegetables because those are the two that I make myself at home. I have a culinary background so I’ve made everything. I’ve made bread, I’ve made kefir, I’ve made a whole bunch of different fermented foods. The easiest for me is vegetables and kombucha. Those have tons and tons of benefit for the body. If you throw some of the fermented vegetables in a salad, not only are you getting helpful probiotic cultures, but every vegetable will help break that down and make the nutrition more bioavailable.

That’s one of the hardest things I have come to figure out. I’m eating massive quantities of vegetables in a day, which is great because I’m more energized than I’ve ever been. That’s the biggest thing and it whittled my waistline adding healthy fats. In eating more vegetables, I finally found where my body wants to be in terms of weight. Also, my energy has been through the roof because of it. What I’ve come to realize is that even if I’m eating the right things, are they bioavailable? Is my body able to absorb them and utilize them? What do I need to enhance my dietary intake with to make sure that those nutrients are bioavailable? We need to have another at length about this.

In your book, you mentioned that beauty products are a huge part of the shift that you made personally after going through this whole ordeal with breast cancer. Can you tell me a little bit about what spurred that on and why that’s important?

Samantha, I know that you get into hair and makeup all the time. Do you bring your own stuff or do you let them do their own thing?

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Being blindsided by cancer is what made me sit up and take stock in what I’m putting in on and around my body. We just talked about nutrition. In terms of what I put on my body, that goes beyond makeup. You might laugh because you don’t put makeup on, however, you use some hair product, whether it’s a gel or a styling cream or something. Obviously, you’re using shampoo, maybe conditioner. Even for men, this is something to pay attention to. We all know very much about parabens and the evils of parabens because that’s been the one ingredient that has gotten the most play. It made the most headlines. Because marketers are so sneaky, they’ll slap a paraben free label on shampoo or lotion or makeup and you think, “That’s great. I’m making a healthier choice.” However, you can’t believe what you read on the front. You have to learn to read the ingredients on the back. It’s laborious, to be honest.

There are other things that are in your products, your makeup bag, your hair products that are endocrine disruptors, carcinogens and things that are leading to inflammation in your body. Those ingredients include phthalates, parabens and many other ingredients as well. I go into depth in the book and I also talk about it a lot on my Instagram, which is @SamanthaHarrisTV where we dive into it. The great thing is there are some wonderful resources so that if you don’t want to have to learn about polyethanol, glycols, propylene glycol and dioxins. There’s something called retinyl palmitate. Retinyl palmitate is vitamin A. Retinyl palmitate is an ingredient that when exposed to the sun, it can become cancer-causing; carcinogenic.

However, there are baby sunscreens that are marketed to moms with retinyl palmitate, which is toxic when it’s exposed to the sun. The FDA list for your beauty products and the chemicals that are okay to be in them, that list hasn’t been updated since 1934 or 1936. The European Union bans about 1,300 toxic substances and they say, “You, as a corporation, cannot put that ingredient into your makeup, your lotions, your shampoos. It’s not happening.” The US only bans eleven. I hope I’m not getting too high up on my apple box.

This is exactly what our show is all about, Samantha. I’m going to take notes. This is why we built the show. The stories, the situations, the traumatic events, it leads us down this recovery that is hard and difficult. It’s beautiful because you’re teaching others how to be resilient so please keep going.

What blew me away in that beautiful rant that you gave was that there’s something carcinogenic in baby sunscreen. If you weren’t aware of that, you would just be slathering on because the label says it’s baby sunscreen. You’ll think it’s gentle and safe. We want you to go get on your apple box because this is information that people need to start hearing and people need to be aware of. If anyone wants a quick sunscreen hack, coconut oil is SPF 5 and there’s an interesting blue-green algae called astaxanthin. You can take it as a supplement. It helps prevent skin damage from the sun.

Is there anything you did that wasn’t an MD-prescribed post your surgery and post your results besides the cannabis, CBD, anything there that you would want to talk about or can you talk about?

I haven’t gone down that path at all. I asked my oncologist because we hear so much of, “Sugar feeds cancer. Stay away from sugar.” In general, we should all try to limit our sugar intake.

How do you stay away from Magpies with the kids?

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I’ve driven past this multiple times. I’ve always wondered what is Magpie?

It’s the best vegan ice cream ever on the planet.

It’s a ritzy soft serve.

I was in there with my kids and my kids were frozen because some YouTuber was in there with five million viewers and they were watching her as I ordered ice cream on their phones. I was like, “Can we get the ice cream already?” It’s a phenomenon going on in Tarzana. If you don’t like sugar, don’t go there but it is the best ice cream ever. You have to realize we have to live life as much as what you’ve been through and what I’ve been through. You’ve got to enjoy life sometimes.

Samantha, I’m an ice cream addict too and I play the 90/10 rule. 90% of the time you do the right thing and 10% of the time you go and eat ice cream.

Taylor, we have such similar methodologies and thought processes. That’s how I am too. I appreciate that.

Life is all about balance. However we can get balance, it’s what I love to get into. I have one more final question. This is the showdown round and it’s a question we ask all our guests. What’s your inspiration?

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My inspiration is to keep living so that I can have the most productive, happy life and see my kids grow old. That is the thing. I love my job. I love my career. I feel grateful for having hosted some of the best shows on TV in the history of television. People always say, “In your death bed, are you going to be bummed that you didn’t work another day or didn’t even spend that time with your family?” I still want to work. I’m still available as a TV host. Everyone wants a new pair of shoes when there are some new cute things, but when it comes to gifts and everything, I just want life experiences. My oldest daughter is eleven and her Bat Mitzvah is coming up and before I know, it’s going to be here. We’ve told her, “Instead of having that big party, if you want to go on a family trip somewhere in the world, tell us. Let’s see if we can save up and make that happen.” I’d rather spend the money on an amazing experience that she’s never going to forget, than one fun night with her friends. That’s what it’s about.

Samantha, let everyone know where they can find you and your book. We’ll get the word out on all the amazing information that you have put in there that you want to share with the world.

It’s Your Healthiest Healthy and the book is available everywhere books are sold, Amazon, Barnes & Noble. You can also find more information and read some sample chapters on my website. I have a lot of other information. I’m also a speaker. I go around the country for keynote speeches. All that info is on my website, which is Samantha-Harris.com. I’m on Twitter but I’m most active on Instagram now, which is @SamanthaHarrisTV. I give lots of tips and tricks and daily inspiration there.

Thank you very much, Samantha.

Thank you, Samantha. We’ll see you soon.

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About Samantha Harris

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Watched by millions as the co-host of Dancing with the Stars and Entertainment Tonight, Samantha Harris is an Emmy-winning TV host and journalist, author, certified personal trainer, nutrition advocate and promoter of healthy living.

Her 2014 stage II invasive breast cancer diagnosis at age 40 inspired a quest for answers about how we can all improve our overall health, prevent chronic diseases, and understand their underlying causes. The resulting book (which debuted as a Bestseller on Amazon), Your Healthiest Healthy: 8 Easy Ways to Take Control, Help Prevent and Fight Cancer, and Live a Longer, Cleaner, Happier Life, translates comprehensive, research-backed knowledge into an easy-to-follow action plan for maximizing health, energy and happiness for life. Queen of the Kardashian empire, Kris Jenner, says, “This book will change your life!”. Dr. Drew Pinsky proclaims, “This well-researched book features so much great practical advice.” To say she is passionate about health, fitness, and overall wellbeing would be an understatement. She lives and champions it every day. Click here to learn more and buy the book.

As a highly motivational speaker, Samantha shares her personal journey from cancer diagnosis to healthiest health with genuine warmth and unflappable positivity. She also blends almost encyclopedic knowledge with insights from doctors and scientists, empowering advice, practical tips and healthy recipes. And as actress-producer and breast cancer survivor Rita Wilson has said, “If knowledge is power, then Samantha Harris is Wonder Woman.” Click here to book Samantha as your keynote speaker.

Samantha co-hosted Dancing with the Stars for eight seasons, garnering two Emmy nominations. She also served for many years as correspondent and weekend anchor on Entertainment Tonight, where she earned two more Emmy nominations and a win. Samantha’s first primetime show that she hosted was FOX’s The Next Joe Millionaire. After DWTS, she hosted NBC’s Stars Earn Stripes. She has also hosted dozens of other national network and syndicated programs, including Gordon Ramsay’s Culinary Genius (FOX stations), The Insider, E! News, and Extra, and appeared as a guest host on Access Hollywood Live, The View, Daily Blast Live, Hollywood Today Live, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and Good Morning America (guest correspondent), among others. She co-hosted the official live red carpet show for the 80th Academy Awards and for the Critics’ Choice Awards as well as made her Broadway debut in 2009 starring as Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago.

A certified personal trainer and recognized fitness expert, Samantha has appeared on the cover of numerous health and fitness magazines, including Shape, First for Women, Fit Parent, Muscle & Fitness HERS (a record four times), Pilates Style, Wellness, and Women’s Running. She has also appeared in the pages of many more, including People, USA Today magazine, SELF, Closer Weekly, InTouch, Star and US Weekly. Dedicated to advancing breast cancer research, Samantha was named Survivor of the Year by Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Los Angeles 2017 and led its 2018 Parade of Promise. She also serves as an ambassador for both Susan G. Komen and the American Cancer Society and as a member of the Entertainment Council for Feeding America.

Along with her husband, Michael, Samantha founded the online community Gotta Make Lemonade to inspire positivity in the face of adversity. The name of the organization stems from Michael’s hopeful reminder when they were going through her breast cancer treatment: “When life gives you lemons, you gotta make lemonade!” Samantha is the proud mother of two young daughters and an honors graduate from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

With an uplifting, vibrant personality, Samantha consistently wins hearts, minds, and rave reviews. She shows how to achieve your healthiest healthy, overcome adversity, and find balance as a professional woman. Facing challenges with humor, strength, perseverance and passion, she empowers people to take control of their health and live their best and healthiest lives.

 

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