Our gut health is impacted by every part of our daily lives, including diet, sleep, exercise, toxins, and more. However, the foods we eat are arguably the most influential factor.
Every aspect of life affects our gut health, just as the gut affects every other aspect of our health. It’s a two-way street. The health of our gut impacts everything from our skin to our immune system to our digestion. While it’s essential to recognize the importance of a healthy gut, be wary of quick fixes, trendy products, and fad diets. As you know, the wellness world is full of these promising magic pills, that at best don’t deliver, and at worst, can be dangerous to your overall health.
At the end of the day, the best way to optimize your gut health is to get back to the basics. And let me tell you, the basics are very effective!
Is your gut health in tip top shape or could it use some help? Let’s take inventory! Here are some...
Have you ever heard of such a thing, like The One Ingredient Waffle? It might sound too good to be true, but I promise it’s not. This recipe is the real deal! And better yet, it’s approved for:
Yep, it’s a true! This waffle is a treat that basically everyone can eat! After all, when you’re healing your gut, your diet can easily feel restrictive. The best way to beat feelings of defeat and restriction is to get creative. Try experimenting, test new ingredients, opt for nutrient-dense foods, let go of the pity party, and make the one ingredient waffle!
So, what is this magic ingredient? Wouldn’t you like to know.. I’ll give you a few hints:
1. It’s used in most baking recipes. Any guesses? No, none? Alright, clue #2:
2. It’s filled with healthy fats and protein. Still stumped?...
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?
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...
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.
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...
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,...
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.
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.
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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