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What is the Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load?

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.

Reduce Inflammation With These Key Foods

INFLAMMATION! This topic seems to be absolutely everywhere these days. Who in the health and wellness field is NOT talking about the infamous inflammation? Some say it’s the root cause of all disease. Let me give you a rundown on my favourite anti-inflammatory foods and which anti-inflammatory, antioxidant compounds they contain.

Nutrient counting is the new calorie counting!

This just in – a calorie is a measure of how much energy is in a food – that’s all! But over the years we’ve been programmed to believe that calories are horrible little things that make us fat, which in actual fact this is not the case at all. Calorie counting doesn’t take into account what you’re eating, just how many calories you are eating.

Phytic Acid, The Mineral Reducer

You may have heard of phytic acid as a “mineral reducer,” and this is very true. Eating raw nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes can prevent your body from absorbing some of the minerals from your food. But phytic acid has another side too. It has some health benefits. Read on to learn more.

The Stress Mess: How It Messes With Your Health

Does stress make you feel a bit off? Do you notice negative health effects when stress is the worst? Maybe it affects your sleep, or maybe you get sick more often. Yes, stress can definitely mess with your health. Today I talk about some of the tell-tale (and not-so-obvious) signs that stress is messing with your health.

Paleo Diet 101

The “paleo” diet has been pretty popular in the past few years. And while its name is rooted in ancient hunter-gatherer traditions, recent studies have come to support some of its health benefits. Let me give you some of the goods on the paleo diet so you can decide for yourself.

How Can I Get Enough Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is critical for good health but too many people simply don’t get enough of the “sunshine vitamin.” It’s not easy to get most of the year, and it’s not in too many foods. Are supplements the answer? Here’s the lowdown on this critical, all-too-often deficient vitamin. And three ways you can get enough of it.

Adrenal Fatigue: What Is It?

Adrenal fatigue is thought to be one of the many health issues that can be attributed to our high-stress lifestyles. Because there is no widely accepted definitive test for adrenal fatigue, it’s still quite controversial. Fatigue, cravings, inability to sleep, and mood swings are real. And common. Let’s dive into what we know about adrenal fatigue, and learn some ways to deal with it, including a non-food recipe.

How Do I Keep My Blood Sugar Stable?

While your body has mechanisms in place to maintain stable blood sugar, there are many nutrition and lifestyle strategies that you can implement to help it out. Maintaining stable blood sugar will improve your overall physical and mental health. Of course, I have some nutrition and lifestyle recommendations, and a blood-sugar stabilizing DESSERT recipe just for you.

Raw vs. Cooked – Which Contains More Vitamins and Minerals?

Have you heard the recommendation to eat certain foods (or all foods) raw? Do you already eat a variety of healthy foods, and want to know how to get the most vitamins and minerals out of them? You’re probably not surprised that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to maximizing the vitamins and minerals your body absorbs from foods. Let me go over which types of foods are best eaten raw, and which ones are best eaten cooked to maximize their nutritional benefit.

The Gut-Brain Connection: How To Feed Your Brain

You know that you can have gastrointestinal symptoms when you’re stressed or nervous. We’ve all experienced that. But, you may have also heard about the “gut-brain connection.” That your gastrointestinal system, lovingly called the “gut,” not only talks to your brain (yes, talks “to” your brain) but is kind of its own brain (a “second brain”). And that it may influence your actual brain.

The Coconut Oil Craze – Should I Jump on the Bandwagon Too?

Everyone seems to be talking about coconut oil these days. It’s almost as if it is a miracle cure for everything! But if you want to know what’s really true about coconut oil, you’ll have to read my post. Spoiler alert: Not only should you jump on the bandwagon, but I’ll let you know three reasons why it can actually help you with fat loss. And I’ll share an AMAZING recipe for a dessert that I guarantee you’ll love!

The Truth Behind Artificial Sweeteners

You probably know that I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners. I’d much rather you reduce your sugar intake naturally (because that’s not exactly a health food either). And that can mean a long process of slowly adjusting your taste buds to less and less added sugar. Artificial sweeteners just don’t seem to be the great weight-loss promoters they had hoped to be. Click here to read more about it!

5 Weight-Loss Friendly Snacks You Will Love

If you’ve been avoiding snacks because you’re worried they may cause weight gain, I have a bunch of great “weight-loss friendly” snack ideas for you. Ideas that can easily become “grab-and-go” options and are not only healthy but delicious. And, as usual, I’ve included a bunch of tips to help you get more of them, and a recipe for a great dip.

All About Digestive Enzymes

You may be taking (or considering taking) a digestive enzyme supplement. But, how do you know which one (if any) is right for you? Because there are just SO many enzymes out there, I break down the most common enzymes, what they do, and what you NEED to know about them in this post.

Can My Symptoms Actually Be a Food Intolerance?

Do you have symptoms that just don’t seem to go away? I’m not only talking about just digestive symptoms but any random aches, pains, discomforts, etc.? One of the trickiest things to figure out is whether a random symptom could be due to a food intolerance. That’s because symptoms can be delayed, or ongoing, and not even resemble a gastrointestinal symptom at all. In this post, I go over a few of the common symptoms, and two (very) common foods that you may be reacting to, but don’t even know it.

Food Preservatives

Being a health conscious person, you’re eating better than most. You choose nutrient-dense whole foods more often than processed pre-packaged foods. So this may not be a huge concern for you. But, it’s always good to know more about those random unpronounceable chemical-sounding ingredients in some foods. Would you agree?

Dairy Intolerance (Lactose, Casein & Whey)

Dairy – There are few foods as controversial as dairy. I mean, it is an entire food group, right? And there are definitely some people who say you need it. But, there are others who say to avoid it. And no one disputes that some people react to it. And by “react,” I mean both intolerances and allergies. What about you? But whether you love it, hate it, react to it, or avoid it, I have an amazing dairy-free recipe for you. (It’s one of my favs).

How to Naturally Lower Stress Hormone Cortisol

When we’re stressed our body reacts in a couple of ways, one is by releasing the stress hormone cortisol. And you can imagine that there are natural ways you can lower it. So check out my list of recommendations to reduce cortisol. Then indulge in my de-stressing dessert recipe.

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