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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
There are so many variables when it comes to weight gain and (of course) these go way above and beyond the concept of “calories in, calories out”.
I discuss the four top reasons in my newest post.
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 – 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).
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.
Do you need some inspiration for a few great breakfast foods? Maybe you don’t have time and you need some healthy ideas for “grab and go” mornings – who doesn’t ever run short on time in the mornings? Don’t worry, I have you covered with three must eat breakfast foods and a yummy recipe too!
Let me give you a super-quick crash course on reading the Nutrition Facts tables, and give you a few hints on the new changes coming soon. Then, try my delicious and super-easy snack recipe that’ll blow your pre-packaged granola bars out of the water.
I want you to stop wasting one more second on garbage like the four common weight loss myths I’m debunking today. Please join me in finally putting these to rest once and for all. And then, try my myth-free delicious and filling salad recipe.
Your gut health is based on the integrity of its parts; and, also on the health of the friendly gut microbes that live there. And, there are a lot of different ways to improve your gut health naturally. Let me give you some of my best tips for your overall gut health. And, I’ll throw in a delicious recipe too (of course!).
If you’ve gained weight and/or feel cold and tired it may just be that you have a slow metabolism. The next question of course is “why is my metabolism slow”? Well, that’s a great question! Since your metabolism is how your body takes food and oxygen and uses it to fuel all of its biochemical reactions there are a lot of things that can slow it down.
Let me bust some common cholesterol myths right now starting with the myth that “cholesterol is cholesterol” because it’s not. Depending on which of its buddies cholesterol is floating through your blood with makes a massive difference. Not to mention the fact that cholesterol is essential to good health. After I bust those myths I’ll give you the goods on what healthy lifestyle choices you can make to increase that “good” cholesterol and a delicious recipe too!
It can be too easy to think (or worry) about your weight. But you know what? There is something else that may be more important when it comes to real health. That is your waist circumference. That internal fat (AKA “visceral fat”) is known to release a bunch of hormones and inflammatory compounds that can mess with your blood sugar, blood fats (i.e triglycerides), and blood pressure. In today’s post I’ll describe how to measure your waist circumference and then give you a bunch of actionable tips to help you reduce it. And (of course) there’s a super-nutritious recipe at the end.
Sleep isn’t just important for your mind and body to have energy and be alert. Lack of sleep can contribute to serious health issues which you don’t want. So let me have your attention for this “tip-filled” post on the importance of sleep and how you can get your fair share. I’ll even throw in an amazing caffeine-free latte recipe for your afternoon “pick me up”
If you want to know whether you should drink coffee or avoid it, today’s post is for you. Coffee affects different people differently. It has some health benefits, but there are people who should avoid it.