Fermented foods have been around for centuries and were highly consumed before fast food monopolized the industry.
If you’ve tried kombucha or REAL yogurt (not the sweet treats you find in the grocery store) then you’ve at least experienced the microbe rich food.
I used to turn my nose to my dad’s basement fermentation process. It looked like a science lab project, collecting mold. It wasn’t until I obtained my Fermentationist certification did I realize all the benefits of fermented foods.
The Greek meaning of probiotic is ‘for life’. The fermentation process transforms food into a substance that is rich in probiotics (good bacteria) which is beneficial for your health. Fermented foods feed the beneficial bacteria in your gut, helping to increase the number of good microbes, while crowding out harmful ones.
Various studies have proven that unfriendly gut bacteria are associated with obesity. “Good” bacteria help digest food, fight off...
Nine years ago when I thought I was losing my health, I went to my doctor.
It was a time I could barely function without side shots of sugar. My energy level was in the tank. I would pass out in my 3 year old’s bed before 7 pm. I was scared. I was going to be one of those professional working moms that had to give up her career to figure out how to “DO IT ALL.”
I thought there was something really wrong with me. I was a walking zombie, I had constant stomach aches, I had uncontrollable mood swings, I never pooped and I could barely get out of bed in the morning.
One night, I was reading a level 1 book to my son. I turned the page and started stuttering. The words stuck in my brain were unable to make it to my tongue for my 3 yr old to hear.
What the heck was wrong with me?
I laid there confused and SCARED.
How was an educated woman, years of high level education, unable to read a level 1 book?
This was at the height of my over-dieting,...
Was your 2021 extraordinary? Full of unpredictable events which put you on an emotional roller coaster.
Corporate was no exception. A schedule full of triple booked meetings and eating meals through a straw for an energy boost became normal.
The modern-day mom lifestyle of eating PC (processed crap), swallowing food whole, or eating the wrong foods for your body deprives your cells of the type of fuel it requires to tackle the hustle & bustle.
To beat the painful feeling and look of the bulging belly bloat, step one is chewing your food properly. This means slowing down and pausing while you eat.
I know this may seem like an impossible task, but your body needs to be in the rest & digest state to perform the digestion functions properly.
If you are stressed, anxious, or emotional you will ignite your "fight or flight” system which halts the body's digestive functions.
Digestion is about transforming your food into fuel and when you slow down it allows your body to...
Yes, eat chocolate! Dark chocolate that is.
Did you know that if you crave chocolate there is a good chance you’re depleted in the mineral magnesium? What causes this depletion? Super MOM stress!
Dark Chocolate contains 70% cocoa and is loaded with beneficial flavonoids. It helps in maintaining cardiovascular health, preventing diabetes, and even lowering the risk of cancer. The flavonoids in dark chocolate are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits which prevent premature aging and doctor visits.
Not only is dark chocolate great for the immune system it can also aid in weight loss and gut health!
Eating dark chocolate before having your meal is helpful in controlling your portions as it makes you feel satiated for longer. The chocolate triggers hormones in the body that make you feel fuller for longer and makes you eat less consequently.
Chocolate is considered a prebiotic that is rich,...
What are your holiday triggers?
Do you salivate at the sight of peppermint bark?
Or wear your extra stretchy yoga pants when you know mashed potatoes is being served?
During the holidays, it’s important to take note of your triggers and understand when you feel tempted to overdo it with food. Ignoring the triggers will lead to weight gain & gut rot.
Here are some examples:
Make SURE TO PLAN before you attend a gathering or party.
Find out what will be served: If possible, ask the host what kinds of foods and...
The holiday season can literally take the spirits right out of you. Between the end of the year career chaos, secret Santa gifts, holiday recitals and parties, you can be left wearing Santa's pants and feeling drained.
Avoid the holiday beat down with this Holiday Survival Checklist.
Motto: “I deserve to enjoy celebrating...
Feeling “puffy” from the Fall treats?
Seasonal detoxes can be a great transition from the previous season's toxic build up.
Fall detoxes can help flush out toxins which lead to the belly bulge, headaches, and weakened immune system. The fall season is a great time to boost the immune system and ditch the stubborn weight. It’s also great for slowing down, turning inwards, and letting go of foods, thoughts, emotions, and people that don’t serve you. Actually, the falling leaves are symbolic of us shedding negative memories, thoughts, and patterns.
Here’s a simple Fall Salad detox recipe you can add to your meal plan for the next few months:
KALE SALAD WITH ROASTED BEETS AND APPLE
PREHEAT OVEN. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
ROAST BEETS. Trim the ends of the beets and scrub them clean. Wrap each beet individually in aluminum...
Here’s the real deal: There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for wellness, but there are things you can do to support your own unique blueprint and it starts in the gut.
Inflammation and irritation are the two main contributing factors to your muffin top, belly blah, and “Holiday Fatigue Syndrome.”
By addressing certain factors through a systematic, no fluff, simple-to-follow approach, you can begin to restore balance, proper gut function, and open up your detoxification system which allows for long lasting weight loss.
The 4-Week Gut Revival Holiday Edition is not specific to any single condition but rather - it supports the pillars of gut health.
After completing this program, you may experience relief from symptoms, weight loss, and more balanced digestion.
With this program you get:
If you find yourself stuck in the holiday gut rut year over year, a little weight gain and an extra pair of stretchy pants in your Amazon cart, I encourage you to educate yourself on gut health.
Your gut bugs may be the one thing causing you to eat the stale Halloween candy or liking the social media ad for a sweatshirt which reads, “Thou Shall Not Try Me.”
When there is an imbalance in your gut health (dysbiosis) it can cause an influx of toxins. These toxins can block hunger hormone receptors modifying your eating behaviors causing you to eat Aunt Mel’s fruit cake. The hunger hormones which regulate satiety are activated by binding to bacteria. So the feelings of hunger are coordinated with the diversity of your microbiota. (1)
Symptoms from gut dysbiosis or toxic bacteria show up as “common” life nags.
Side effects of poor gut health include:
The holiday cocktail season can literally take the “Spirits” right out of you. If you’re not in the mood to be hungover and lay around feeling guilty about being unproductive, here's my must try Golden Milk Tonic.
This mocktail cocktail has amazing benefits for the immune system and it is loaded with antioxidants which keeps your face glowing with holiday cheer and lowers the risk of being infected and quarantined.
Plus it’s tasty!
Here’s the recipe straight from my upcoming Gut Revival Holiday Edition Program:
This recipe has 2 simple steps: make the turmeric paste (which can be stored in your refrigerator for several days), then prepare the milk.
½ cup water
¼ cup turmeric powder
To make the paste, add the water and turmeric to a small pot over medium heat. Gently stir the water and turmeric into a paste of medium consistency. If the paste becomes too dry, add a little water. Cook the paste for...