5 Reasons Why Working Mom's Can't Lose Wight & How to Fix It

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Chickpea Patties & Grilled Peach and Cherry Skewers

If you’re feeling blah from a weekend full of burgers, sexy cocktails, and chips & dips, kick off the week with a meatless Monday. This will allow your body to “Rest & Digest & Recover” so that you crave healthy food throughout the week.

CHICKPEA PATTIES & GRILLED PEACH AND CHERRY SKEWERS 

I get it, after a Summer Fun weekend you wake up Monday feeling bloated, foggy, and not motivated to get back in that bathing suit.

I’m pro protein but allowing your body to “Rest & Digest” by consuming a meatless meal is a great idea to help take the load off your overreacted digestion system. When you have a chronic health condition like weight gain or bloating you may need to first focus on consuming foods that are easy to digest. This may mean consuming mono meals (1 ingredient meal), slightly cooked veggies, smoothies, or soup.

Cherries are natural health bombs. They promote better sleep, because they are a good natural source of melatonin, (BTW, there is a higher level...

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8 Ways to be Gluten Free While Traveling

A common food ingredient I see on my client’s food sensitivity & GI Map test results is GLUTEN. Gluten sensitivity can cause gut inflammation, intestinal permeability, weight management issues, and damage to the gut biome. 

Giving up any food even though you know it makes you sick can be difficult. Especially for an ingredient like gluten because it’s found in wheat, which is typically a big part of your normal diet. 

I mean, how does one live without these salad toppers or these morning kickoff foods??? No fear, it’s possible and you will learn to love it!

Foods that usually contain gluten:

  • Bread, pita, bagels, flatbread, rolls
  • Pasta
  • Cakes, crackers, and biscuits
  • Cereal and granola
  • Croutons
  • French fries
  • Gravies and sauces
  • Salad dressings and vinegars
  • Processed meats
  • Soy sauce
  • Snack and bars
  • Potato chips and tortilla chips
  • Stuffing

Maintaining a certain diet or avoiding certain ingredients when you work at home can be easier to follow but as...

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Shredded Carrot Salad

gut health recipes May 11, 2022

Did you know it's a good idea to change your eating habits each season?

Your body should naturally be craving seasonal foods like:

  • Spring: Detox foods like leafy greens and citrus
  • Summer: Cooling foods like watermelon
  • Fall: Grounding foods like squash and nuts
  • Winter: Warming foods like meat and fats

My son and I are little obsessed with carrots right now so if you're easing into the detox season this carrot salad is a must try. 

SHREDDED CARROT SALAD

Ingredients:

1 lb bag (16 oz.) organic carrots
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon umeboshi plum vinegar (or lemon juice + a pinch sea salt)
4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
juice of a handful of freshly grated ginger
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup dried currants (optional)
1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds (optional) 

Directions:

  1. Shred/grate carrots by hand with a food grater (watch those fingers!) or in a food processor.
  2. In a large bowl, combine apple cider vinegar, umeboshi plum vinegar (or...
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5 Signs You Have Hormone Imbalance

The Aunt Flow rage, PMS mood swings, and days where you love & hate everything at the same time is blamed on hormonal imbalance but what exactly does that mean?

Hormonal imbalance is one of those phrases commonly used by the medical community but often misinterpreted by someone without a medical degree.

It wasn’t until I was studying to become a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner did, I start to understand all the functions of hormones. And it wasn’t until I started my own journey of improving my gut health did I realize the negative impact of abnormal levels of hormones.

Hormonal imbalance can make you feel crazy. It can also be very frustrating if you’re on a path of becoming healthy and those results aren’t falling in place.

You don’t need a medical degree to have the basic understanding of hormonal imbalance. More importantly, you should be able to tell if you are having hormonal imbalance. There are five basic signs of hormonal...

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2 Ways to Lose 10 Pounds

Ditching the stubborn weight is a daunting task. You barely feel like you have time to fix your hair in the morning let alone meal prep and squeeze in a gym session.

In working with hundreds of clients on improving gut health for weight loss, I see a common denominator for the women who have long term success.  

1)     They get in a groove and stick with it

2)     Their healthy habits are non-negotiable

How to Get Your Groove On and Stick With It

You know you’re ready to focus on improving your gut health for weight loss when you light up about preparing and following through the protocol tasks. You don't feel pressure from outside sources. You only feel a strong inner desire because it’s what you want instead of being driven by trends, society, parents, etc.

Tips for sticking with it:

  • Diet: Eat the right types of food for your body and eliminate your food sensitivities for 90 days 
  • Rest: Core hours of rest are from 10pm-2am. If you really need to watch...
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Pros of a Food Elimination Diet

gut health weight loss Apr 07, 2022

ELIMINATION DIETS AND GUT HEALTH

To eliminate or not to eliminate, that is the question.

I get a lot of questions about elimination diets.

  • Do elimination diets work?
  • What foods should I eliminate?
  • How long do I need to eliminate those foods?
  • What foods can I eat?

Elimination diets can be extremely effective and informative. BUT, can you stick it out?

Pros to elimination diets:

  • Help you discover which foods you may be sensitive or intolerance to. During this diet period it allows your body time to restore from the constant inflammatory response from certain foods triggering in your digestive and immune system.
  • Add in nutrient-dense and anti-inflammatory foods which help accelerate rebuilding & restoring a healthy internal environment for the digestive system.
  • Typically eliminate gluten, grains, dairy, soy, nightshade vegetables, all processed foods, added sugars, peanuts and tree nuts, alcohol, and eggs.
  • Typically eliminate foods for at least 30 days and then are slowly...
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Best Bone Broth for Weight Loss

My obsession with bone broth is REAL!

I walked into my functional medicine doc 8 years ago with high heels and booshie corporate clothes. On the outside I had it all together. A “highly successful young professional mom” living the Super WoMOM “she does it all” type of life.

“You’ve got it together Mar!” “How do you do it all Mar?” Common questions from others.

On the inside I was a wrecking ball. My brain was mush, I was drained constantly searching for energy boosting sugar sources, and my stomach was plagued with painful bloat and gas.

When I discovered I had an imbalance in my gut bacteria, leaky gut, food sensitivities, and brain fog my Doc placed me on a lifestyle protocol to reduce my symptoms naturally instead of turning to pills to fix a specific issue.

One of my favorite products for restoring the body has been Bone Broth. It's also been been an integral product in most of my client’s personalized protocols.

Bone...

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7 Mood Boosting Foods

It was a teaser!

We had a day or two of 50-degree weather in Michigan and then BAM – SNOW!

We expect those random snow days until May but they're never easy. The length of gray skies, bone chilling temperatures, and lack of fresh air is depressing. The Winter Blues can keep you from starting your “I want to feel good and get healthy” program.

Instead of delaying your “get healthy” program one more day because you’re not in the feel good mood, make a commitment to include these super mood boosting nutrients in your diet.

B12: A vitamin essential for brain and central nervous system function, forming red blood cells and converting food into energy.

Iron: A mineral which plays a significant role in your moods, attention span, and overall health.

Magnesium: A mineral which facilitates brain electrical activity and aids in calming the nervous system.

Omega-3: A fatty acid which provides essential DHA to support brain development. 

Probiotic: Good...

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The Best Green Supplement

Have you fallen victim to a diet trend because your friend had major success? You tried it and your results were “meh,” at best. Or maybe you spent $$$ only for it not to work.

In order to lose weight and feel great, you NEED the 6-Step Protocol. 

  1. Diagnose
  2. Diet
  3. Rest
  4. Exercise 
  5. Stress Management
  6. Supplements

Most often as a busy professional mom you skip about 80% of these steps because you’re overwhelmed with doing it all. 

When it comes to losing weight, you need to eat the “right foods”. Finding the “right” foods is more important than eating “less” food. Your body needs food for fuel, but it also needs the right fuel mixture for your unique gut blueprint.  

In my practice, I focus on helping you find the foods with diagnostic testing and metabolic typing analysis. You know you have the right fuel mixture when you start shedding the stubborn weight and your chronic symptoms fade away.  

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Chew Your Way Thin

If all you had to do to lose weight was thoroughly chew your food, would you focus on that effort? 

Losing weight and ditching the bloat starts with chewing your food properly. Digestion begins in your mouth. The minute you smell or start chewing food enzymes are released from your digestive system which includes the mouth. The enzymes released in your mouth help to break down carbohydrates.

A professional working mom’s life is not set up for long lunch breaks or peaceful dinners at the kitchen table. It requires healthy meals to accommodate a need for speed.

Shoveling food without proper breakdown sets the stage for poor digestion.  Poor digestion opens the floodgate to unwanted symptoms like:  weight gain, acne, poor sleep, hormonal issues, adrenal fatigue, constipation, acne, IBS, low sex drive, mood swings, and food allergies! Most importantly, when you do not digest properly your body cannot transform your food into energy. 

I hear this all the time...

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