Is the food you're eating making you sick?

Oct 17, 2018

Are certain foods making you feel bad?

If you’ve suddenly found that you can’t eat certain foods that you used to love, then you aren’t alone.  You may be dealing with a food intolerance.

Food Intolerance vs Food Allergy... 

It’s important to understand that a food intolerance is different to a food allergy.  If you are experiencing stomach discomfort, joint pain, or migraines, then you are likely experiencing a food intolerance.  But, if your face starts to look like a blowfish after eating kiwi…or you break out in a large rash, then it’s probably an allergy.

The problem is that we’re not taught about the highly inflammatory foods that can to lead to food allergies or intolerances. Nine foods account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions. These nine foods include diary, gluten, tree nuts, peanuts, eggs, soy, corn, fish, and shellfish. Four of these same foods (dairy, gluten, corn, and soy) cause the majority of food...

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Willpower, for emergency use only

Oct 08, 2018
 

Are you relying on discipline (a.k.a willpower) to eat healthy and become your best self?

If so, keep reading to learn a few important things you need to know about willpower.

This might sound familiar, because you’ve been there, I’ve been there, we’ve all been there. You vow to take a break from your “guilty pleasures,” because you want to look or feel better. You’re walking around feeling empowered and confident, because you’re able to walk right past the doughnuts and cookies that used to be undeniable.

Then one day, you skip breakfast, wait too long to eat lunch, or someone rubs you the wrong way at work and puts you in a bad mood. Then, just your luck, your coworker happens to bring in your favorite pastry. But…that’s not going to stop you, so you walk right by it! But as you sit in your office, you can’t seem to stop thinking about the deliciousness waiting for you down the hall. Finally, you can’t resist...

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Ditching Night-time Over Eating (yup, it's possible)

Sep 17, 2018

Do you know that feeling? 

The one where you’ve finished a healthy dinner and then thought to yourself, “I’m hungry, I need a snack,” and before you know it, the entire bag of chips or carton of ice cream is gone only to stop and think, “wow, who just ate that?” 

I’ve lost count of the clients that have come to me eating late at night (or even waking up to eat in the middle of the night). They feel ashamed, guilty, and think something is wrong with them. They often say, “if only I had a little more willpower.”

This has nothing to do with willpower...

The good news is that this isn’t willpower problem. In most cases it’s a human physiology (the science of how the human body works) problem.  But, you can “stack the cards” in your favor and say “good bye” to the late-night eating and that is exploding your waistline and crushing your health goals.

Here are the keys to your evening...

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The Surprising Effects of Stress on YOUR Gut (and Your Health)

Sep 11, 2018

Is your stress, hijacking your gut health? 

If you’ve ever listened to an older friend or family member speaking of the “good ole days,” they might have referred to them as being simpler times. I know when I look at the world my kids are growing up in, it seems more complicated and difficult.

Along with the evolution of society came an overall increase in day-to-day stress that we are all working to manage. Today I want to talk about how stress can impact your gut health and what you need to be doing to protect your health.

First a quick lesson on stress…

You’ve probably heard the analogy about a bear walking into the room and your body’s immediate transition into “fight, flight, or freeze” mode. It’s a natural change of state that’s been around from the beginning of time to protect us from (and help us survive) those severely stressful events that we encounter.  The problem is that the fight or flight response...

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Learning, Growing, Thriving…

Aug 27, 2018

Is your child's nutrition allowing them to learn, grow, and thrive? 

It’s shocking that despite all the medical advances over the last century, today’s children are expected to have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. A big contributor to this problem is poor nutrition, but it doesn’t have to be that way in your house.

Feeding your kids healthier food provides them the nutrients they need to grow, develop, and to be healthier (and have better lives). When they are getting the nutrition they need, they are able to think and learn at a higher capacity. The whole family will reap the benefits.

Yes, taste buds can change...

Back-to-school time is your chance to shop smarter so your children can have their “best foot” forward this school year. I suggest that most parents start this process by slowly, but deliberately, changing the family’s taste buds.

For example, if your kids are eating a lot of processed, packaged snacks filled with...

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Avoid being ‘part of the trend’

Aug 06, 2018

Are you diabetic or have a close family member or friend who is?

Let's bring  attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans. Today, one in eleven Americans have diabetes, and according to the Center for Disease Control it is the 7th leading cause of death just behind stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. What you eat daily may impact you greatly when it comes to diabetes.  

Of the two types of diabetes, type 2 diabetes is the most common. It occurs when your body does not properly use insulin. You may have also heard this called insulin resistance. Insulin is produced in the pancreas and is responsible for removing glucose from your blood to feed your cells.

When glucose does not move from the blood, this results in high blood glucose or high blood sugar. Your cells become starved for energy which causes you to experience many undesirable symptoms such as frequent urination, shakiness, anxiousness, irritability, headaches, nausea, weight...

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Your Gut & Brain Connection (it will surprise you!)

Jul 23, 2018

Are Your ‘Gut’ and Your Brain Really Connected?

We’ve all experienced it…that moment when you can’t think of the word and you just sort of babble as you try and get your thoughts straight.  This mental “clouding” has been labeled brain fog. It slows you down and can be very frustrating.    

Often, there are two key issues to blame. The first is the lack of the brain’s primary fuel source glucose as well as other critical micronutrients. The second is your “gut” health.

Carbohydrates and the brain…

So, if the best fuel for the brain is glucose, then eating a high-carbohydrate diet must be best for the brain, right?

Well, not exactly. Unless you have a brain or neurological disorder, a moderate range of carbohydrates best supports brain function and reduces brain fog.

However, if you have a brain or neurological disorder, then studies have shown a very-low carbohydrate diet is best. Did you know...

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3 Key Strategies to Survive Your Summer Trip!

Jul 16, 2018

What comes to mind when you think of healthy nutrition while you’re traveling?

If you’re like most people, you might be wondering “isn’t that an oxymoron?”

That’s because we’ve all been there before. When on vacation it’s usually a food free-for-all.  You’re either starving or completely uncomfortable because you ate too much at the restaurant. 

There’s a better way…

I’m here again this week sharing time-tested strategies that have worked for myself and many clients.

It’s no secret that without a plan, traveling of any kind will derail your nutrition (and usually pack on those few extra pounds you were dreading). Usually you get “hangry” when you are traveling because you’re pressed for time or wait too long to eat.

To make things worse, it seems like there are delicious temptations around every corner…and darn it, you’re on vacation. We’ve all experienced it...

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Cleaner Foods to Thrive...

Jul 09, 2018

Why should we avoid food chemicals, food additives, and food preservatives?

Additives such as flavors, colors, sweeteners, and hydrogenated oils, emulsifiers, and other additives have been used for many years in the American food industry.  

They are added to improve the appearance, flavor, packaging, processing, and shipping of the food we eat on a daily basis.

Your detoxing machine...

The human body is a detoxing machine, but the current volume of food additives is creating toxicity within the human body that results in inflammation and leads to headaches, skin disorders, and many, many more symptoms.

It's up to your liver to address this, your liver is an amazingly strong organ, but it's important you give it detoxification power using whole-food nutrients. 

Food for thought...

How much of your current food budget are you spending on processed and packaged food and more importantly, what does the ingredients list say for these products?

All packaged food is not bad, but...

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Drink water to boost brain function!

Jul 02, 2018

Do you struggle with getting the volume of water you need (a.k.a. drinking half your body weight in ounces…daily!)? I get it, the struggle is real!

This is one of the most common things people tell me in my practice, “I don’t drink enough water!”

With up to 70% of your body being water, there’s no question that it plays an important role in your health. It transports nutrients and helps to flush toxins from your body. It also balances your body’s temperature, lubricates your joints, and provides structure to your internal organs, tissues, and cells. 

All of this while also aiding in cardiovascular function and weight management. In fact, research shows that your heart actually works harder if you’re not drinking enough water. The reason is that your blood becomes thicker when there is less liquid in your body, and your heart muscles must work harder to pump your blood through the circulatory system.

Yup! Water's extremely important!

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