Living Bare & Authentic (without shoes on your feet)

By  Elena

A solo podcast on bare footing and how much I love it.

Places to walk barefoot.

Places NOT to walk barefoot.

Why shoes are hurting our bodies based on Weston Price’s work.

A sweet memory of walking barefoot summer 2020.

The real reason why I love barefooting.

The barefoot shoe brands we’ve decided to support that align with vegan values.


I got Earth Runner’s for Alex and myself $113 USD

  • Feature a grounding strip which connects you electrically to the earth.  This took some time to get used to, but now I love the feeling.
  • https://www.earthrunners.com/products/circadian-adventure-sandals
  • I got him a size 6 women’s which I had measured to fit his feet + some grow room for next summer.
  • I got these for hiking, so I got the thicker ones thinking I will appreciate the thickness on sharp rocks on trails etc. 
  • If I were to purchase again I would get the thinner sole because they do feel more stiff than my Whitin’s for example

Dan got Xero Genesis sandals and loves them $38 USD (and they cost a lot less than my Earth Runners)

Spring or Fall 

We all got Whitin’s which I think may actually be my favorite of all of the shoes. 

Winter Boots

  • https://xeroshoes.com/shop/boots/alpine-men/
  • $150 USD 
  • They are good for dry-cold climates. Not great for wet-rain climates.  
  • Good to -10 or so.  Not major frozen Canadian north boots, but they’ve worked for our BC life.

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About Your Host:


As a single parent for many years, Elena knows what it's like to live in daily overwhelm that seems it will never end. After suffering from severe post-partum depression for 5 years, and an abusive relationship that she couldn't seem to quit, Elena developed a case of seriously self destructive self talk about being a "horrible mother". She knew she needed to do something different, but couldn't seem to shake old patterns. She started to experiment with the few things that HAD been working to bring her more peace, and combined them into one power packed (and quick) experience, to help find that inner peace, and make progress towards her goal of ACTUALLY feeling like a good mom. Through these tracks she's been able to stop experiencing irrational anger towards child, is no longer experiencing mental health challenges, and has even attracted a wonderful man into her life who is a great father to her son and a dream come true. Now she works to help other mothers to manage and reduce their stress, build healthier relationships, stop sounding like their mothers, and live lives they once only dreamed of.

Elena H

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