While we know bad moods can lead to bad eating habits; it’s also true that bad eating habits can lead to bad moods. Food can impact our moods because of two factors. First, the nutrients are the building blocks for everything in our body, including mood-regulating “neurotransmitters.” Second, what we eat affects our blood sugar levels, which also impact our moods. There is a list of common healthy foods that have positive impacts on our mood. But some junky ones make us feel better sometimes too. Once we see this is as temporary (industry engineered processed food is designed to hit those “pleasure centres”), we can ditch those.
Tea has some great health benefits. Its antioxidant abilities make it heart-healthy and reduce the risk of developing cancer and diabetes. But, does the type of tea matter? Is green tea that much better than black tea? And what difference does adding milk and/or sweeteners do to it? I give you the goods on the green tea vs. black tea. And the healthiest way to drink your tea.
Turmeric is touted as a superfood and miracle spice. It’s delicious, and one of its “active ingredients” curcumin has been studied like crazy. It has antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory properties, and many other great health benefits. In this week’s post, I go over the difference between turmeric and curcumin, the health benefits, and how to get the most out of it. Plus, get 2 turmeric recipes to add to your healthy lifestyle plan today!
There is a lot of hype about the Mediterranean diet. It seems that study after study shows that it’s great for health on so many different levels. And it is! But what exactly does it mean? Is adding a glass of red wine to dinner enough? Does it require a cucumber salad every day? Do I have to give up my favourite foods? In this post, I give you a simple list of Mediterranean diet foods to eat, and foods to ditch. And a couple of important lifestyle factors to consider too.
While the health benefits of relaxation techniques like meditation are amazing, there are other ways to relax as well. You may want to try something new or share some of these ideas with a friend or family member who might want to de-stress but just can’t seem to meditate. FUN FACT: 80% of serotonin – our feel-good, calming neurotransmitter, is made in our gut. Stress interferes with the production of serotonin which is why it’s so important to have these type of skills to bust stress once and for all! I’ve got you covered with nine non-meditation ways to break free from stress. And, this week’s recipe relaxes you and smells ah-mazing!
The term “leaky gut” is thrown around a lot these days. I want to share with you some of the latest information about leaky gut. Leaky gut can be linked to so many conditions; especially ones related to the gut and chronic inflammation. While there may not be 100% definitive tests on it just yet, there are known diet and lifestyle factors that can make it better or worse. So I’m diving into those factors right after telling you a bit about what it is, how it occurs, and what some of the common symptoms are. Plus, you’re in for a treat when it comes to recipes this week. I’m sharing my favourite chicken broth recipe that is slow-cooked and oh so comforting.
Bloating. That oh-so uncomfortable feeling in the gut. Often it rears its ugly head after a large meal. Or a small meal. Or a snack. Or… Yikes! How can we figure out what’s causing it? Perhaps you already have some wise de-bloating habits like avoiding foods you know give you gas. But that’s not completely solving the problem. I have five more things you can try to help get to the bottom of your bloating, naturally. And I have a stomach-soothing recipe for you too.
Everyone’s talking about how bad sugar is for you. There are even entire documentaries on the topic. The amount of information in the “health waves” can be crazy sometimes. Sugar is not a health food, as you know. And “added sugars” (ones that are not naturally found in whole foods like fruit) are particularly bad. They’re not only bad for diabetes; but, also for your waistline, mood, and energy levels. So let’s look at sugar more objectively, shall we? Is there a good balance that can be found?
Are you unsure about how much fat you should be eating daily for general health? Ever heard conflicting information on the healthfulness of different fats? Olive oil; coconut oil; soybean oil; etc.? Well, I have some clarifying information in my newest post. In this post, I list out my favourite cooking fats. I also give you my full permission to ditch a few of the popular but oh-so unhealthy fats. And, I give you a healthy recipe for an all too common source of cruddy fats. You can make it a health-booster, rather than buster!
Most nutrition and health practitioners agree that protein is critical for health. Protein is essential for muscles, bones, organs, enzymes, hormones, etc. So how much do you need to eat? In today’s post, I talk about protein recommendations and list the amount of protein in many common foods. Then I have a fantastic recipe for tonight’s dinner. Enjoy!
We all know we need to drink “enough” water… But how much is “enough?” And what non-water options count toward my daily intake? Let me tell you that the amounts often suggested as optimal might not apply to you; this is because everyone is different. #surprise In this week’s post, I’m sharing with you the signs and signals your body uses to communicate how much water it needs. I also have a list of non-water drinks and foods (yes foods!) that count toward your daily water intake.
Are you one of the many people who feels that multivitamins are an “insurance policy” for your health? Do you take the very popular “Jack of all trades” of the supplement world? Or, have you been told that they’re not worth anything, and just make “expensive pee?” I’m spilling the truth in today’s post. The truth is, multivitamins or supplements in general can add to a healthy diet with virtually no negative side effects. This post may help you to decide whether to take them or quit them but I confess that I do use them and recommend them to clients depending on their health goals.
If you (or someone you know) has ever been told to “eat less salt,” or go on a “low sodium” diet, what does that mean? And how much sodium is actually in salt? I can tell you right now that cutting down on the salt you sprinkle from your salt shaker probably isn’t going to have the effect you think. The problem is rarely the salt on your table. The problem, well 75% of the problem, is the salt that’s already in the food you eat. I was surprised to read the statistics about where people’s salt intake was coming from. You may be surprised too.
Does the title of this post make you hungry? Sometimes just thinking about hunger or food makes me hungry. Even if I know, I’m not physically hungry. Don’t blame yourself for always being hungry. There are legitimate physical and psychological reasons why you might feel this way. I share some of those in today’s post.
Do you find cooking to be fun? Or do you do it because you know it’s good for your health? Maybe you avoid it because it’s such a chore? If you’re in a rut and want some inspirational tips on making cooking more fun, I’ve got you covered. I’ve compiled my five best tips and a fabulous (and fun) recipe for you to try.
Processed foods are the worst! They contain too much salt, sugar, and fat. And not enough fibre, vitamins, or minerals. They’re made with crummy inexpensive ingredients that you’d never find in your pantry or fridge; ingredients like artificial flavours. Click here to read my post on the real deal about artificial flavours.
The Ketogenic diet. What does this new dietary craze mean? It’s high fat and ultra low carb. It tells your body to burn fat for fuel. Yes, it actually reprograms your body to burn fat. Sounds good, doesn’t it? Before you get too excited, I’ll tell you right now: It’s not for everyone. But it works for a lot of people. Perhaps it’s something you’ve considered? I have some great info on the ketogenic diet in my latest post “Ketogenic Diet 101.”
Mindfulness and meditation are health buzzwords nowadays. Everyone, even those who aren’t health practitioners, tout the amazing effects of being mindful and practicing meditation. As a practitioner, I wholeheartedly recommend it. This post gives you the lowdown on why it may be something you should start (or do more of).
If you have heartburn, you’re not alone. Up to 50% of adults experience it at least once per month. It’s uncomfortable and can become potentially harmful. But there are definitely things you can do to help it naturally! In this post, I share my best natural health tips for heartburn. Tips on what to eat (and not eat), how and when to eat, as well as a few lifestyle tips.
Have you ever had your blood sugar levels tested or heard about eating to balance blood sugar? Have you wondered about the science behind how foods affect blood sugar? Or more importantly, which foods affect your blood sugar more than others? If so, this post is for you.