Is Oat Milk Healthy or Stealthy?

Apr 15, 2020

Dairy free milk alternatives are quickly gaining traction in the health community. While nut milk has been around for years, other milk alternatives, like oat milk, are now becoming increasingly popular. While some options are “healthier” than others, how do we know which ones are healthy or stealthy? 

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but more often than not, oat milk is a stealthy substitute. Despite common belief, this milk alternative is not the healthiest option available. But, why?

 

Why Oat Milk isn’t Necessarily Healthy

Sure, most oat milks are free of dairy, gluten, and sugar, but many are packed with ingredients that are anything-but-nutritious. And there is one highly inflammatory ingredient that stands out above the rest: canola oil. First and foremost, canola oil is a genetically modified product. It’s a man-made replacement for natural oils, like olive or coconut. This hydrogenated oil is known to increase overall...

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Non-Toxic Cookware 101

Mar 31, 2020

There are many common cookware products that can potentially harm your health. In a time when health is of the utmost importance, there are several safe, effective, and non-toxic cookware alternatives!

With the arrival of COVID-19, we’re all out of our normal routines. Life as we knew it has ceased for the time being. One challenge we’re faced with right now, amongst many others, is home cooking. While some of us may be used to cooking at home daily, it’s a new practice for others. And what better time to learn the healthiest cooking practices than during this time of quarantine and social distancing?

First things first: when it comes to fat loss and gut health (my areas of specialty), eating real, whole, natural foods is always the top priority. Honestly, this is your straight shot to success. However, once eating real food becomes a daily habit, we shift our focus to food quality, and lastly, food quantity. Then, come the lifestyle changes, including...

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The Truth About Heart Disease

Mar 20, 2020

Based on the book “Put Your Heart in Your Mouth,” by dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.

 

Is everything we think we know about heart health wrong? It just might be. For starters, the belief that saturated fat causes heart disease is wrong, based on recent research and publications. Unfortunately, the correlation between saturated fat and heart disease has been ingrained in our brains for so many years that it seems almost impossible to convince people otherwise. Yet, I’m going to try. 

 

Is Saturated Fat to Blame?

Case and point: let’s talk about the “diet-heart hypothesis” proposed by Ancel Keys in 1953. This hypothesis led us to believe that low fat and low cholesterol diets were the answer to preventing heart disease. Keys’ infamous diagram showed the correlation between fat consumption and mortality from heart disease. While he studied 22 countries, only 6 of these countries were included in the diagram. Ironically, these...

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The Perfect Wellness Getaway

Nov 19, 2019

In March, I saw that Getaway House was opening an outpost in Big Bear – just a short drive from Los Angeles.  I excitedly reached out to them to partner up!  For those of you who have been following me for a while, you know I love a weekend getaway.  I used to have all of the excuses why I couldn’t take a night or two away.  I didn’t have the money.  I can’t afford to take the time off.  I have too much to do.  Blah.  Blah.  Blah.

 

I stopped the excuses and I started making weekend getaways (and even one-night staycations) a part of my regular routine.  Wellness isn’t just eating well and working out, it’s also taking care of yourself – mentally and emotionally.  For me, that looks like taking a night or two out of the city, to give myself some space to breath and think without dishes to be done or emails to be sent.  It always leaves me so relaxed and recharged,...

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Fudgy Protein Mug Cake

Jul 19, 2019

 

This Fudgy Protein Mug Cake is a quick and easy, protein-packed, and guilt-free sweet treat. And, it’s single-serving so you won’t overinduldge.

 

If you’ve been around for awhile now, you know just how strongly I feel about the importance of real food. Real, whole foods should always trump packaged, processed food, in my opinion. For example, I don’t believe in replacing high quality meats and veggies with protein powders or bars. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t use these products to supplement my whole food, nutrient-rich diet. Sometimes a girl needs a little sweet treat. You feel me? 

 

When I indulge in something sweet, I prefer using high-quality protein powder, instead of dense gluten-free or nut- based flours. I’ve noticed I tend to digest protein powder better, which might be true for you, too. Plus, it’s always helpful to consume an extra protein dose in my sweet treat. 

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Let's Talk Anxiety (+ My Personal Story)

Sep 26, 2018

 

I’ve struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember.  As a kid, my anxiety presented itself as stomach aches and a general feeling of being unwell.  I distinctly remember telling my mother that I didn’t know what was wrong but sometimes I just wanted to cry.  This was different from depression, although they usually do go hand in hand.  It wasn’t a sad, hopeless, joyless feeling, but more of an uncomfortable, panicked, want-to-jump-out of my-skin feeling.  I didn’t know how to label it at the time, but looking back, I’m 110% sure it was anxiety.  And honestly, it’s no surprise.  I grew up in a home where my nervous system was on high alert around the clock.  My late father was an alcoholic and physically-abusive to my mother.  My anxiety served me well then.  It protected me.  It allowed me to react quickly in emergency situations.  My anxiety kept me safe.

 

In some...

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Is Your Shower Making You Fat & Sick?

Jun 26, 2018

My motto for drinking water has always been “You can either use a filter or be a filter.” When I can’t source this blog post I wrote on the dangers of drinking unfiltered tap water and the raw spring water I can’t live without.  Until pretty recently, I thought that I had my water bases covered, until I started researching how detrimental showering in unfiltered water could be.

According to the EWG, 250 different contaminants were found in the U.S.’s tap water, 93 of which are linked to an increased risk of developing cancer.  Not only that, but these contaminants are disruptive to your hormones, immune system, respiratory system, and cardiovascular system.  Yikes!

  

FILTERING YOUR SHOWER WATER IS EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN FILTERING YOUR DRINKING WATER

Filtering your shower water is even more important than filtering your drinking water, because the warm water opens up your pores, making it quicker...

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High-Quality and Pasture Raised Meat

Feb 13, 2018

I gave up eating meat in late 2009, not for any moral or ethical reason, but because it just started to gross me out.  I guess my decision to stop eating meat was more for health reasons than anything.  The more I read about veganism, the more I began to believe that the human body is not designed to digest animal protein.  Not only that, but learning about all of the hormones and antibiotics animals are fed made me give it up cold-turkey (no pun intended).  I would still eat the occasional piece of fish or raw goat cheese, but I considered myself “vegan-ish.”  I really thrived off a plant-based diet.  Because animal protein is much harder to digest, I had all that extra digestive energy to use. 

 

But then a few months ago, I started craving meat again, so I gave in here and there.  Some days I can’t get enough meat, and other days I feel grossed out by it again.  I’m listening to my body!  And most...

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Food Combining Chart

Feb 05, 2018

Since so many of you had questions about food combining after my last blog post, The Food Combining Trick for Weight Loss and Optimal DigestionI wanted to create an easy-to-read chart for you to use.  A cheat sheet, if you will.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this or any foods you’d like me to add to this!

 

The 4 Fat Loss Mistakes You're Probably Making

Eating healthy and doing all the "right" things, but still frustrated you're not seeing results? Click here to download this FREE guide with the most common mistakes I see people making on their fat loss journey.

 

 

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The Food Combining "Trick" For Weight Loss and Digestion

Jan 23, 2018

 

When I discovered food combining about 7 years ago through both Natalia Rose’s book The Raw Food Detox Diet and Donna Gates’ Body Ecology Diet, it was life-changing.  I am, by no means, exaggerating when I say that.  My digestion improved, I had more energy than ever before, my skin looked clear and bright, and stubborn weight effortlessly fell off of me.  Even my mood improved.  I never felt better!  This way of eating was also so incredibly freeing.  I didn’t have to worry about labels, whether I should or shouldn’t eat meat, calorie counting, or portion control (which I’ve always been terrible at, anyway!).

 

Putting these simple food combining guidelines into action will ensure food moves through you smoothly and efficiently, without getting stuck in your intestines, clogging you up, and weighing you down.  It’ll also ensure you absorb more nutrients from your food, leading to...

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