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November 26, 2017

Stressed? Tired? Craving sugar? Can’t sleep?

All of these can be related to the constant stress we feel in our lives. We know that stress can have a huge impact on our health and wellness. And, since your adrenal glands produce stress hormones, adrenal fatigue (or “HPA Axis Dysregulation,”) is a popular theme lately.

Your adrenal glands look like walnuts that live on top of both of your kidneys. These important glands produce many hormones, including stress hormones.

But what happens when they become “o...

November 10, 2017

If there was ever a call for "digestive health," this is it!

Yes, it's true. Your gut is considered your "second brain."

There is no denying it anymore.  And because of the new scientific discoveries about the vagus nerve, the enteric nervous system, and the amazing influence your gut microbes can have, it's no wonder what you eat feeds not only your body, but can directly affect your brain.  I find it amazing.

So, what exactly is the "gut-brain connection."

Well, it’s very complex, and to be honest...

September 12, 2017

Let’s finally put an end to the debate of raw vs. cooked.

Of course, in the grand scheme of a well-balanced, nutrient-dense, varied, whole foods diet, the cooked vs. raw debate isn't that critical for most people.

Where this can become a consideration is for vitamin and mineral deficiencies (or "insufficiencies"). These may be due to digestion or absorption issues, or avoidance of certain foods (due to allergies, intolerances, or choice).

And I'll tell you that the answer isn't as simple as "raw is alwa...

August 29, 2017

The words “weight-loss” and “snacks” often appear in the same sentence. However, that might also bring thoughts of "tasteless," "cardboard," and "completely unsatisfying."

Am I right?

Let me give you my best weight-loss friendly snacks that aren't just nutritious but also delicious!  For me, they have to be nutrient-dense whole foods where a little goes a long way;  foods that contain protein and/or fiber.

1 - Nuts

It’s true - nuts contain calories and fat, but they are NOT fattening!

Well, I’m not t...

August 21, 2017

You probably know the negative health effects of eating too much sugar, especially "added sugars" like in soda, candy, baked goods, and many commercially-available cereals, just to name a few.  Added sugar is hiding just about everywhere in the grocery store and in your own home.

Yes, ingesting refined sugar spikes your blood sugar and insulin, and increases your risk for a whole bunch of issues.

One of the food industry’s responses to the demand for lower-calorie foods that still taste great, was arti...

August 14, 2017

A food preservative is a substance added to foods to make them last longer; to "preserve" them. Preservatives are added to foods that go bad quickly and have found themselves in all kinds of products in our grocery stores.

Preservatives work to preserve food in a few different ways. Some prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. Others prevent delicate fats from going rancid.

There are so many preservatives out there. While preservatives added to foods should be “approved,” this doesn’t mean they’re gua...

July 18, 2017

I personally recommend two things to do to improve your digestion before considering supplementing with digestive enzymes. One is to relax more, eat slower, and chew more thoroughly. Can you guess the second one?Not everyone should be taking digestive enzyme supplements; and not all of them are created equal.

As a health coach, I find that many people with digestive issues want to jump straight into using a supplement. And many times I would rather try other strategies first. Not to mention, that some...

June 19, 2017

During menopause women tend to gain weight.  UGH ... don't I know it! While this isn't great, it’s pretty common and there are many reasons why.

Two reasons why women gain weight during menopause...

Reason #1

Reduced muscle mass.  Muscle mass uses energy (burns calories) so when we have less of it the body burns less energy overall, leading to weight gain.  Unfortunately, this weight gain may appear as increased belly fat. 

Reason #2

During menopause there is an increase in the hunger hormone “g...

June 6, 2017

Do you get hot flashes?  Are they mostly at night? 

Do they set the bed on fire (but not in that way)?

Let's get you some solutions!  I know that I suffer from these every night ... covers on, covers off, covers on again!  UGH ...

So what's up with this heat?  Here's some quick info on why hot flashes occur so we can try to effect the root cause of these hormonal symptoms.

What causes hot flashes?

As you can imagine it's all about hormonal balance (or imbalance).

During the menstruating years you...

May 26, 2017

You are positive that you're not eating more food or “junkier” food but you're still gaining weight.

Is this possible?  Yes!  You are NOT crazy!

And here's why.

We both know that the whole “calories in, calories out” argument is an overly simplistic view of weight.

There's definitely more to the story than just what you're eating, right?

A lot of this comes right down to your metabolic rate which is affected by things like your activity level, history of dieting, body composition, and even what you e...

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