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  • 50 Simple Ways to Start a Daily Self-Care Practice

    50 Simple Ways to Start a Daily Self-Care Practice Got hygge?! (Funny enough, in Denmark and Norway it’s pronounced "hoo-ga") Self-care, self-love, self-support, self-nurturing or hygge… whatever you want to call it, it’s one of the greatest investments you can make for your physical, mental and emotional health & wellbeing. You can grab a free self-care tracker here ...  http://bit.ly/sharetracker Because when you nurture yourself, you’re better equipped to help others. But, self-care isn’t all about rewarding yourself at the end of a hard day or stressful week. It’s about engaging in something that is self-supportive and looks after your own needs first. "Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s mandatory. Fuel your soul so you…

  • Why is My Metabolism Slow?

    You may feel tired, cold or feel like you've gained weight.  Maybe your digestion seems a bit more “sluggish”. You may be convinced that your metabolism is slow. Why does this happen?  Why do metabolic rates slow down? What can slow my metabolism? Metabolism includes all of the biochemical reactions in your body that use nutrients and oxygen to create energy.  And there are lots of factors that affect how quickly (or slowly) it works, i.e. your “metabolic rate” (which is measured in calories). I actually have an exact way to calculate this in my ebook. But don't worry – we know that metabolic rate is much more complicated than…

  • Can my symptoms be a food intolerance or sensitivity?

    Can My Symptoms Actually Be a Food Intolerance? Food intolerances or "sensitivities" can affect you in so many ways. And they’re a lot more common than most people think. I'm not talking about anaphylaxis or immediate allergic reactions that involve an immune response. Those can be serious and life-threatening.  If you have any allergies, you need to steer clear of any traces of foods you are allergic to, and speak with your doctor or pharmacist about emergency medication, if necessary.    What I'm talking about, is an intolerance, meaning you do not tolerate a specific food very well and it causes immediate or chronic symptoms anywhere in the body. Symptoms…

  • Ahhh the stress mess.

    The Stress Mess: How It Messes With Your HealthWe all have some level of stress, right?It may be temporary (acute), or long-term (chronic).Acute stress usually won’t mess with your health too much. It is your body’s natural reaction to circumstances, and can even be life-saving.Then, when the “threat” (a.k.a. “stressor”) is gone, the reaction subsides, and all is well.It's the chronic stress that's a problem. You see, your body has specific stress reactions. If these stress reactions are triggered every day or many times a day that can mess with your health.Stress (and stress hormones) can have a huge impact on your health.Let's dive into the "stress mess."Mess #1 -…

  • April is National Stress Awareness Month

    How is stress defined? Is it the same as anxiety? Is it good or bad? Stress is a necessary part of life. Stress from gravity increases muscle and bone mass. Stress causes us to perform at a higher level and can be a great motivator. Stress can also be overwhelming and paralyzing when it's more than we can handle. It can affect memory, mood, the ability to focus and deal with day to day activities. It can also increase the waistline! We are built to deal with stressors and our body even has a stress reaction that's often referred to as the fight or flight response. When something happens that…

  • All fat is NOT created equal!

    Healthy Fats and Dangerous Fats All fat is NOT created equal! Fat is one of the three critical macronutrients; along with protein and carbohydrates. Some fats are super-health-boosting; and, others are super-health-busting. Health-building fats support your brain, hormones, immune system, heart health, and moods. Health-busting fats pretty much bust all of these (brain, hormones, immune system, heart health, and moods). So, this is why the information I’m sharing today is so important. As a general rule, the fats from whole foods that are the least processed will be the healthiest for you. But, you already knew that, right? So let me give you a definitive list of the fats to…

  • Eat The Rainbow

    What I learned about antioxidants!

    Antioxidant Foods vs. Supplements Antioxidants are just that: they fight (anti) oxidation. The chemical process of oxidation is like rusting metal. A molecule loses electrons and creates the infamous free radicals.  Oxidation is also the reason why apples, bananas, and avocados go brown when the skin is broken, and they're exposed to air - they're getting oxidized. Free radicals in the body cause inflammation and can contribute to diseases like cancers, diabetes, and heart disease (to name a few). So, the antidote to oxidation is the antioxidant. Vitamins like vitamins A, C, and E are examples of antioxidants. So are other compounds in foods like carotenoids and phenols. These compounds…

  • Bone Broth – All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

    Bone Broth - All It’s Cracked Up to Be? Remember when Grandma would always have a big pot of broth or stock simmering, filling the kitchen with the enchanting aroma of chicken soup? Well, move over dehydrating, overstimulating afternoon coffee – because there’s a new “addiction” in town! Not only does a cup of hot broth provide a good “warmth factor”, but when prepared through simple old school, traditional cooking, you’ll not only be amply hydrated but well-nourished with many valuable minerals and a hefty dose of high-quality protein - thanks to its rich amino acid profile. You can see why it’s now become a staple in both the Paleo-…