The Hungry for Happiness Podcast

Hosted by Samantha Skelly, the Hungry For Happiness podcast combines personal development, deep conversations and comedy to shake up the way you connect to yourself and the world. Samantha Skelly is a best selling author, international speaker and the founder of Hungry For Happiness.
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Oct 31, 2017

In this episode Tara and I speak about how the food and body disconnection among women ties into feminism. This was a juicy topic that we haven't addressed on the show yet and I was fired up after hearing what Tara had to say about this. She also asks a question that I want you to think about, “What could you actually accomplish if your fight with food and  weight didn’t exist?” Let this settle in and once you have the answer, pop into the Facebook group and let me know!

About Tara

Tara Whitney is a Mother, CPA, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, Yoga Life Coach and Yoga Teacher who runs an accounting consulting business. Tara’s vision is to live in a time and place where women’s lives are no longer ruled by food and their hatred of their body.

Inside this episode, Tara shares

  1. The magic of integrating more simplicity in journaling.
  2. How we can allow our body to be our main source of feedback.
  3. Breaking away from the need to lose more weight before we can fully show up.

What you'll hear:

  • 2:37- How to find inspiration in stillness.
  • 13:30- Tools to identify what freedom feels like in your body.
  • 29:20- Feminism, body image and food dependency.

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Oct 25, 2017

Today I have Rosie Acosta on the podcast and we get into the beauty of yoga, stillness and truly honoring our bodies. Each and every day we’re moving around in these amazing vessels that literally guide our human experience and we just often don’t take time to acknowledge how profound and how amazing it is. Rosie lets us in on different yoga practices and breathing techniques that we can use to get balanced whenever we feel untethered.

About Rosie Acosta

Rosie is an expert at helping her students cultivate a life of mindfulness, presence, and intention. An East Los Angeles Native, troubled teen who suffered from depression, anxiety, and overeating and turned her life around with Yoga + Meditation. Currently an ambassador for Yoga Journal traveling the U.S. for 6 months to 22 major cities exploring Yoga culture across the country.

Inside this episode, Rosie shares

  1. How to effectively disengage from stories that no longer serve us.
  2. The importance of proper guidance and finding the right tribe.
  3. Inviting more joy and less fear into our lives.  

What you'll hear:

  • 5:30- How we can express and connect to our soul.
  • 10:00- Identifying what creates disconnection in our bodies.
  • 22:30- Rosie takes us through a pranayama exercise to feel more grounded in our bodies. 
  • 28:43-How Rosie's breakdown was her journey toward healing.


Oct 18, 2017

In this episode we talk about the mindset of men and how women can support them in cultivating emotional intelligence. He said something really profound, “Women are the permission cards for men’s vulnerability and growth.” I  loved that because it’s not from a place of trying to control, but from us being the example. You know, showing up, being vulnerable, talking about our emotions and processing them in real time. It’s a beautiful dance.

About Connor

Connor Beaton is the founder of ManTalks, an international organization focused on men’s health, wellness, success and fulfillment. Connor is also an international speaker, podcast host and lifestyle entrepreneur. Before founding ManTalks, Connor worked with Apple leading high performance sales and operations teams. Since founding ManTalks, Connor has spoken on stage at TEDx, with Lewis Howes, Gary Vaynerchuk, Danielle LaPorte, taken ManTalks to over a dozen cities internationally.

In this episode Connor shares

  1. How men and women say the same thing in a different language.
  2. The social and emotional intelligence of men.
  3. How to create a relationship where your partner can safely express anger.
  4. How to identify the way you want to feel around your partner.

What You’ll Hear

4:27- How women can get men to feel more into their bodies.

13:00- Decoding masculine verbiage.

17:35- The different ways men experience anger.

31:24- How women can hold space for men.

48: 35- Being mindful of narratives women may have around men.

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Oct 16, 2017

I have brought on one of my dear clients, Sue Spencer. She is a society alumni and she is currently in the Hungry for Happiness Certification Program to certify herself to become a Hungry for Happiness coach. The reason I brought Sue on the podcast is she is so incredibly inspiring. I love when my clients come on. They can really speak to where they're at and the journey they go through so you as listeners can really have an inside scoop of what it's really like to finally end the battle with food and your body.

About Sue Spencer

Sue Spencer started competing in Olympic weightlifting at 62 years young. She broke provincial records and qualified for the 2017 World Masters Games in New Zealand earlier this year. Sue promotes the thought that we’re all capable of amazing things at any age and says YES to any possibility that comes her way. Sue was apart of Society 001 and is now currently in the Hungry for Happiness Teacher Certification program.

Inside this episode, Sue shares

  1. How she shifted her mindset and became in tune with her body. 
  2. Deciding to compete in Olympic weightlifting at 62.
  3. How she was able to open up her experience of life by saying yes to new opportunities. 

What you'll hear:

  • 3:55- How Sue re-discovered herself and her love for lifting weights. 
  • 15:33- Shifting from a guilty conscious to being mindful and flexible around food. 
  • 22:53-Finding the one thing that makes you come alive. 

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Oct 11, 2017

Today Robyn and I talk about energetic frequencies, vibrations and flow. I am so into this conversation about vibe and food. It is something that I am personally really digging into in my own life and I using in my own work as well. But what I love about this episode is how Robyn brings quantum physics to the conversation, so it's like combining woo woo stuff with actual science proving we and everything around us is just energy. All day long we’re either giving or receiving energy. The more energy we have, the higher we vibrate and more of what we LOVE becomes available to us. Robyn goes more in depth in her new book Vibe and has given our listeners some great freebies. Make sure to listen in for the links or check the show notes.

About Robyn

Robyn Openshaw is the author of 15 books, including bestsellers The Green Smoothies Diet and 12 Steps to Whole Foods. Her latest book, Vibe: Unlock the Energetic Frequencies of Limitless Health, Love & Success, will be released by Simon & Schuster in October 2017. She is a former psychotherapist, university professor, and lectured in 450 cities in the 6 years. She believes that everything is possible if you leverage the highest frequencies in the Universe.

In this episode, Robyn shares:

1. How alignment makes our decisions easy.
2. Using food to increase our frequency instead of targeting our weight.
3. How our emotions affect our vibrations.


What you’ll hear:

10:46- How we can allow our emotions to flow through our bodies.
16:19- Clearing energy as an empath or energy healer.
19:26- The vibrational frequencies of pork vs green juice.
31:59- How siting in gratitude affects us on a cellular level


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Robyn has gifted our community some good stuff. Make sure you check it out!

Her new book, Vibe, goes into more detail about today's topic. You can find it here-

High vibe food shopping list-

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Oct 6, 2017

This episode with Alex is all about navigating through the world as an empath and how we can connect and protect our energetic field. I know for myself, I had no idea I was an empath and constantly felt drained by other people's energy. She's all about focusing on what feels good to us individually and honoring that it may look different for everyone. We chatted about connecting to our true desires and releasing any thoughts, beliefs and actions that no longer serve us. Even if you don't know what you want, you know what doesn't feel good. Alexandra has a great resource called How To Write Your Fuck It List that will allow you to focus on what you want to get rid of and invite more of what you love.


About Alexandra 

Best Selling author of Women, Food & Desire, co-creator of the Oscar-nominated documentary Super Size Me, the host of Her Rules Radio and highly-sought-after wellness expert, Alexandra's mission is to empower women to create epic lives–by honoring their cravings and kicking body shame to the curb. She's been on Oprah, The Today Show, Dr. Oz, Goop, etc. She attended the Natural Gourmet Institute, Institute for Integrative Nutrition and has been certified in applied positive psychology since 2004.


In this episode, Alexandra shares:

  1.     How to protect your energy as an empath.
  2.     Getting rid of dependency and trusting yourself.
  3.     Relying on yourself to choose your next best step.
  4.     Alexandra’s How To Write Your F*ck it List eBook.


What you’ll hear:

4:06- What it’s like to be an empath and how to protect/recharge your energy.

15:42- Shifting the dynamic of the body positivity movement.

20:14- Choosing what works for you and living life on your own terms.

34:00- How Alexandra invites more play into her life.


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Oct 4, 2017


This conversation with Christine made me feel so energized. She is a force. She’s one of those beautiful women who’s been in this industry for quite a while and she has never swayed from her integrity. That’s what I appreciate so much about her.  She’s just so knowledgeable in the realm of personal development and we get into the fundamental reasons why of so many of us don’t fully jump into our transformation with both feet. You know that feeling of having one foot in and one foot out? We really want it but we don't know why we’re fully not in it yet. This episode really digs into that pattern. We talk about pain, fear, anger and the big one, purpose. For those of you saying,”I don't know how to find my purpose.” and for those of you searching for your purpose, Christine gives us a different definition of what purpose truly is and you may find that you’re right where you need to be. Also, for those of you who really resonated with this episode and the message Christine delivered, she will be hosting a free webinar called The No Regrets Masterclass: Transform Your Struggles into Superpowers in 3 Simple Steps on Oct. 11th at 5pm. The link will be in the shownotes!


About Christine

Christine Hassler is the best-selling author of three books, most recently Expectation Hangover: Free Yourself From Your Past, Change your Present and Get What you Really Want. She left her successful job as a Hollywood agent to pursue a life she could be passionate about. For over a decade, as a keynote speaker, retreat facilitator, spiritual psychologist and life coach, and host of the top-rated podcast “Over it and On With It”, she has been teaching and inspiring people around the world. Christine believes once we get out of our own way, we can show up to make the meaningful impact we are here to make. Visit her online at


In this episode, Christine shares

  1. The first steps we can take to unravel old beliefs.
  2. Fear is not an indicator that we’re making the wrong decision.
  3. As long as we’re carrying pain, we believe something bad happened to us.
  4. What having a purpose actually means.


What you’ll hear:

5:20- The fears that block us from personal transformation.

12:20- Logical vs Intuitive decision making.

22:00- How something devastating can be magical.

25:01- Christine’s temper tantrum technique.

34:57- How to actually find your purpose.   


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