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#1 Meal Item for Thanksgiving Day 2020

gut health recipes Nov 24, 2020

The holiday season is upon us!  Bring on the gut rot and belly bloat!

I know, “This year will be different.” 

Either way, I’m guessing come January 1st you’ll need a full body reset. #beenthere 

As promised, in the next few weeks I plan to deliver my favorite holiday tips, tricks and hacks to having a holiday season that’s not filled with multiple trips to the bathroom, pockets full of Tylenol & Tums, or wearing out your favorite pair of stretchy pants. 

This week's favorite tip is Enjoy the Rare Stuff! Why waste stomach pain on a roll or mash potatoes? You can be in pain with those foods any day. (Keeping it real here.)

Go for the Kulula Sweet Potato Casserole! Yes that’s right, I said go for the Kulula Sweet Potato Casserole! And if you go all in with a few glasses of wine and maybe a cranberry jello shot don’t forget to take your activated charcoal! This will help bind the alcohol and unwanted food toxins out of...

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5 Ways to Enjoy Thanksgiving Day 2020

The holiday season is upon us!  Bring on the gut rot and belly bloat!

I know, “This year will be different.” 

But, it doesn’t matter who I speak to, come January 1st you’re in need of a good full body reset. 

In the next few weeks I plan to deliver my favorite holiday tips, tricks and hacks to having a holiday season that’s not filled with multiple trips to the bathroom, pockets full of tylenol & Tums, or wearing out your favorite pair of stretchy pants. 

My favorite tip may sound unrealistic but it’s still my favorite tip….

#1. The 90/10 Rule: 90% of the year, spend 90% of your time, consuming 90% “good for you fuel.” Yes, that means spending 90% of your day eating foods and consuming messages which lift you up and not wear you down. Why??? So come the holidays you don’t have to worry about depriving yourself or going on a “diet” before and after. Just worry about enjoying yourself!!

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5 Exercise Tips for Really Busy People

gut health health tips Nov 11, 2020

We use to park our cars and walk into the office, grocery store, or Target (oh how I miss the $300 benders). Now we barely walk from the home office chair to the car! Necessities & shoe splurges are delivered, food is curbside or on doorstep, and the office - well, the corporate office is basically extinct. 

So this just leaves a sedentary society to become MORE SEDENTARY - ugh! 

I get it though, you’re busier than ever and your job title grew from working mom to - Teacher, Doctor, Referee, and IT rep.

You’re exhausted and fitting in time to exercise isn’t on your 87 item “to-do” list. But movement is key to surviving the “Year of Brain Pain.” Movement causes your blood to bring oxygen to our organs, to build muscle and to strengthen the heart and lungs. Researchers are also finding exercise improves the healthy microbes in the gut and helps to carry toxins out of the body - with all those wine bottles and Claw cans...

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5 Best Hangover Cures

gut health Nov 04, 2020

When is your body’s annoying wake time - 2am or 3am? 

You know, that point in the middle of the night where you start tossing and turning, your mind starts racing, and your spouse is still snoring.  

Poor sleep results in the hangover effect without even taking a sip of alcohol, not cool! 

So what do you do?  You turn to the things which are known to interrupt your sleep patterns.  Items like coffee, sugar, processed foods, and alcohol (got to get to sleep somehow). It’s a vicious cycle of “I need energy, I am tired, I need energy, I am tired.”

Your body repairs & refreshes itself during the sleep phase.  So if you want to be more productive, have more endurance, and avoid being a grouch, then it’s time to get quality Zzzzz’s!!!!

The microbiome (aka gut) supports the way you sleep.  When you feed it with items which “mess it up” it gets confused and produces hormones which directly affect...

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How to Boost the Immune System Quickly

gut health Oct 28, 2020

Fascinating Gut Fact: 70-80% of your immune system is located in your gut. 

So if you’re really concerned about staying healthy while we forge through this politically driven pandemic :) look down at your gut. 

Over ONE BILLION people worldwide suffer from IBS - the “medical” term for an unhealthy gut. 

If you shake your head to any of these symptoms than you may fall into this category->

  • bloating
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • food sensitivities
  • aches & pains
  • skin irritations
  • headache
  • weight management issues
  • briag fog
  • AND MORE

Besides dealing with symptoms, your busy body simply does NOT have time to deal with doctor office visits and sick days - hell, the email overload is enough for me to NEVER want to get sick. You simply can’t afford to get sick!

Good health is a critical factor for enjoying and succeeding in life.  However, those changes in the seasons tend to get your body out of whack and more susceptible to illness. You need a...

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How to Make Gut Healthy Pumpkin Bread

gut health recipes Oct 21, 2020

I wouldn’t do anything for a Klondike bar, but I’d do some shady sh*t for pumpkin spice!

October is my favorite month and it might just be because I love all things pumpkin spice. Can I get a “HELL YA!?!”

Pumpkins are stacked on porches, orange lights brighten house silhouettes, and 7ft blow up Grim Reapers fill our yards. But far beyond the decorations are the smells and sights of pumpkin lattes & cream rolls, cinnamon donuts, and caramel apples (I’m drooling). 

Now, I’m not going to tell you to deprive yourself of the ONE time of year you get these tasty treats instead I’m going to give you an alternative to satisfy your taste buds while making your gut health happy. 

Pumpkins are high in fiber, containing more than 20% of your daily recommended dose, and a great source of b vitamins. The B vitamins and fiber make the pumpkin valuable against high blood pressure and strokes, thus protecting the heart over a period of time....

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Healthy Substitutes Using Fall Superfoods

recipes Oct 07, 2020

If you want to eat a little healthier in the fall, it doesn’t require completely changing your diet. In many cases, you can just make a few substitutions with the foods you already enjoy, and will have lower-fat foods that are tasty and nutritious. Here are some healthy food swaps that use fall superfoods.

Use Pumpkin in Cake Mixes

One of the easiest healthy food swaps you can do with your fall superfoods is to use pumpkin puree with cake mixes. This turns your cake or cupcakes into just 2 ingredients, including the cake mix of your choice and pumpkin puree. The pumpkin replaces all other ingredients you would have mixed in with the cake mix, like oil and eggs. This is often done with a spiced cake mix that goes well with pumpkin, but don’t be afraid to experiment with vanilla and chocolate cake mixes as well. 

Sweet Potatoes Instead of White Potatoes

Many people enjoy potatoes, especially in the fall when you want more savory dishes, but they tend to be high in...

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Curried Butternut Squash Soup

gut health recipes Sep 30, 2020

Food regulates metabolism and good nutrients help to transform toxins, used hormones, RX drugs, food additives, and “junk” into water-soluble compounds which  can be excreted out of the body. So if you have your gut and liver working overtime trying to process junk (alcohol, sugar, caffeine, processed foods, and drugs) then they will have a hard time performing at their optimal levels and over time the liver gets clogged and the gut functions start to break down.  

Here’s one of my favorite Fall soups from my Restore Your Gut Health Program to help regulate the metabolic functions back to optimal performance. This soup is hearty and provides a certain level of comfort which other meals lack. 

Butternut squash is an excellent source of vitamin A and one of the healthiest starches. It has a natural sweetness which pairs well with bold curry flavors and embraces the sweetness of apple. Apple and butternut squash naturally compliment each other....

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Is the Keto Diet Program Right for You?

gut health Sep 23, 2020

The Ketogenic Diet

I’m getting a ton of questions about the Keto diet.  To be honest, I didn’t know a lot about it besides you get to drink vodka, eat cheese and sour cream (don’t know, that’s what I see on IG!) In all seriousness, what I believe is all diets work but not all diets work for your body or lifestyle.

I know people who have received amazing results from following the Keto diet.  I also know people who have suffered from following the Keto diet such as kidney stones, tanked adrenal glands, and elevated resting heart rates. 

So, is this diet for you?

What is a Ketogenic Diet?

A ketogenic “keto” diet is essentially a low-carb, high-fat diet. It involves a drastic reduction of carbohydrates, replacing them with high-fat foods. This reduction in carbs makes the body go into the metabolic state known as ketosis. It is said in ketosis, the body becomes more efficient at burning fat to release energy by turning fat cells into...

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Creamy Gut Healthy Tomato Basil Soup

gut health recipes Sep 16, 2020
 

Since being diagnosed with leaky gut and blunted brush border (aka nutrient absorption deficiency), I’ve been challenging myself to incorporate as many gut restoring ingredients in my diet as possible.

My hubby & 11 yr old raved so much about this tomato basil soup that they asked me to write down the recipe so that I can make the EXACT replica next time! 

What you’ll find in my recipe is typical tomato soup ingredients intertwined with gut restoring ingredients. For example coconut oil can be used to treat occasional or mild digestive discomfort and may even relieve other severe digestive problems. It improves your body’s levels of candida and helps your body effectively absorb the essential nutrients. The best brands are organic, unrefined, and cold-pressed. For my favorite brand click here-> Coconut Oil

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Ingredients

6-8 fresh tomatoes, pureed (local grown organic tomatoes can have great soil based probiotics) 

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