So if you know me at all, you know that 1) I make everyone I know try KOMBUCHA & 2) I try to convince everyone I know to listen to podcasts. It is the easiest way to make the most of your morning commute. Whether you want to laugh or stay informed, or a little bit of both. One of my favorite podcasts is Actually Adultish and I was able to snag an awesome interview with podcaster and holistic health coach Christina Rice. Coincidentally, she just launched her second podast, Straight up Paleo so we got to chat about that newbie as well. Grab a BOOCH and check it out!
Q: For those who don’t know, what does the Actually Adultish podcast talk about?
Christina: Actually Adultish is all about “adulting.” Basically, it’s all about what it’s like to be an adult, or try to be an adult, in today’s society. We talk about anything and everything that’s relevant to young adults – dating, friendships, careers, college life, health, fitness, pop culture, and everything in between. Actually Adultish is a place to talk about anything that people in our age-range deal with or are talking about – especially taboo topics.
Q: How did the Actually Adultish podcast come about?
Christina: I became obsessed with podcasts about two years ago, but everything I listened to was targeted toward people a lot older than me. I was in college at the time, and I wished that I could find a podcast that was more relevant to my own life, rather than listening to advice that was really more applicable to people in their late 20s or older. Meanwhile, my friends and I, like so many others our age, would always have amazing conversations at 2 AM. We talked about all of the things that we were struggling with in our lives, epiphanies we had about life, things we were scared of, and much more – things I knew other people could relate to as well, but they didn’t get to join in on the conversation. During those late night chats, I always thought, I wish someone was recording this. I knew other people felt the same way, but no one was talking about it out loud. One night I just decided that I should start recording those conversations. And what better way to put them out there than a podcast? I wanted to create something I would want to listen to, and this was it! I launched quickly after.
Q:Let’s talk GUESTS. Favorite guests on your podcasts GO!
Christina: I truly love every single guest I have had on the podcast, so picking some of my favorite guests feels like picking my favorite child.
Episode 70: The recent podcast with Adam and Sal from Mind Pump Media was definitely one of my all time favorites. I’ve been a huge fan of Mind Pump for a long time, and it was so fun being able to geek out over fitness and health with people who have made such a huge mark in the health space. They’re total bros but they’re some of the smartest people you’ll ever meet, so it was a ton of fun to record with them.
Episode 56: One episode that stands out is the episode with Jessica Sepel, who is someone I personally admire a lot in the health and wellness world, because she offers such a realistic perspective on health and makes it really approachable for everyone. I love the work she is doing to transform women’s relationships with food and their bodies.
Episodes 33, 45. 53 & 58: Another one of my favorite guests is Addie Martanovic, who is one of my best friends and is a frequent guest on the podcast. We’ve done a few episodes together and have talked about a lot of topics – dating, grief, and Instagram lies being a few.
Episode 36: I also loved having Angela Whittaker on the podcast. That episode meant a lot to me personally because I’ve known Angela since I was born, but I love that episode because it’s really all about freeing yourself and living your happiest life.
Q: For those readers who want to start their own podcast, what are some unanticipated struggles of hosting a podcast?
Christina: Well, logistically I had no idea what I was doing when I first started! I didn’t know the first thing about using a mixer, creating an RSS feed, editing and uploading, building the website, connecting the feed to iTunes and Stitcher, or any of the other pieces of the puzzle that go into making a podcast. It took me a long time to figure all of that out, but I eventually got the hang of it. I also didn’t realize how much money it costs to start and maintain a podcast, so that was also a challenge. We started off with three hosts, and it was challenging at the beginning to coordinate with all of our busy schedules. I think the main challenge, though, is just not realizing everything that goes into it – it’s a lot of time and energy, and it truly is its own business!
Q: Can you give us some good old fashioned advice to help us avoid those struggles?
My advice for starting a podcast is to get organized before you start and to make sure you can dedicate the time to it! I know a lot of people who plan to start a podcast, start to get the ball rolling, and then have to back out because they realize how much work (time and money!) goes into it. I also think it’s really important to make sure your podcast will add new value to the space. The podcast market is getting really saturated, and a lot of podcasts are saying similar things over and over again. Figure out what will make yours different, and highlight that!
Q: Top 5 podcasts to download right now.
The Melissa Ambrosini Show
The Model Health Show
Ben Greenfield Fitness
Juicy Scoop with Heather McDonald
Mind Pump: Raw Fitness Truth
Q: AND HOW ABOUT adding STRAIGHT UP PALEO, your new podcast to that list! Can you tell us about it!
Straight Up Paleo is focused on health and nutrition! Everyone knows I love all things health and wellness, so those topics will always be covered on Actually Adultish. However, I didn’t want Actually Adultish to become completely health-focused – I like to switch it up with other topics as well! Straight Up Paleo is mainly nutrition and fitness advice, so it’s much more specific. Straight Up Paleo is also Q&A based, which means the listeners send in questions and my co-host, Kara Halderman, and I answer them. Straight Up Paleo will also include interviews with experts in the health and wellness field, which I’m really excited about, and it will definitely have a paleo slant!
Straight Up Paleo is different than other health podcasts out there for a few reasons. There are a lot of health podcasts out there that answer listener questions and give health advice, but Kara and I wanted to create a podcast that would provide more help to a younger audience. Of course we will be answering questions from people of all ages, but we really wanted a space to address the health issues that women who are 18, 21, and 25 are facing. Most other podcasts are talking to women who are 35, 45, 50 – and the truth is that our bodies are much different at those different ages. The approach for a 40 year old woman will be vastly different than the approach for a 20 year old woman, and we want to help people see that. Kara and I are 22, so we completely understand how confusing it can be to try to find and digest trustworthy health information in this space, when so much of it is really put out there to help an older audience or isn’t good information to begin with. Our podcast is also different because Kara and I are very…straight up! We don’t beat around the bush, and we are more than ready to ask our guests the “hard” questions. We always find ourselves wanting more from interviews we hear on other podcasts, so we are ready to get much more from conducting our own interviews!
Q: Last but not least, you have had so many AMAZING guests on your show. At this point, who would your dream pod cast interview consist of?
That is such a hard question! I would die to get Juli Bauer from PaleOMG, Sarah from Sarah’s Day, or Ben Greenfield from Ben Greenfield Fitness on the podcast.