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The Best Protein Balls

School is back in session.

Sports are full throttle.

And corporate duties are never ending as you overachieve and outperform.

High quality meals can be hard to come by when you’re a SuperMOM. Protein at breakfast and lunch helps to stablize the blood sugar and reduces the amount of times you want to stand in the pantry snacking on processed food that doesn't really taste good. 

These protein balls can be used as a meal add-on or as a quick simple snack. I always make two batches as they freeze well for the next week or travel events. 

The Best Protein Balls

Blend all ingredients, then form into balls and roll in...

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How to Jumpstart Your Weight Loss

Uncategorized Sep 14, 2022

Why does weight loss feel like a last-minute meeting scheduled on a Friday afternoon? 

Both promote cranky people and time away from drinking wine.

Losing weight can seem like a daunting task. There’s fear in giving up foods you love and fear in doing something different. Instead of approaching weight loss as a go-no-go situation, try following these simple tips to jumpstart your weight loss by increasing your metabolism first.  

Drink yourself silly: With water! 

Water is the cheapest weight loss drug on the market – buy into it Drinking water and herbal teas will help you feel full, prevent you from binge eating and will flush harmful toxins from your body. It may also boost your metabolism by improving the efficiency of your thyroid function. At a minimum, drink ½ your body weight in ounces of water daily. 

FIERCE TIP: Drink 12 oz of warm lemon water in the AM, before coffee!

Get quality Zzzzz’s: 

Perfect diet and a perfect...

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How To Stay Consistent To Your Wellness

A hopeful day is waking up feeling happy and empowered to crush it.

Reality is rolling out of bed, looking at your phone and seeing a string of emails from corporate, teachers, and coaches. Your brain immediately goes from SuperWoMOM to tireMOM. 

The next thing you know your day is triple booked with meetings and kid activities. Yet again, you end the day derailed from your wellness goals. 

You must give yourself permission to practice self-care to have a fulfilling life. Engaging in regular, high quality self-care is crucial; it has a positive ripple effect on our personal and professional success. Consider self-care as a high-leverage business tool, a tool which will help you climb the goal ladder. 

Participation in self-care will ebb and flow. The areas of your life that need balance will shift and the ways you want to fill those needs will change as well. How self-care looks in your life may change drastically from one chapter to the next, but it’s...

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Is Fat Good For You?

Uncategorized Aug 24, 2022

Did you grow up in the “low fat” era like me? I wonder how many low fat sugar loaded cookies I ate thinking, “these are REALLY good for me!”

I’ve wised up in my old age and have learned that fat is not bad and not all fats are created equal. 

The Skinny on Fats

Heavily processed, hydrogenated “trans” fats used in prepared, packaged foods can be extremely damaging to the body. They can compromise the cardiovascular system, immune system, and contribute to behavior problems. They can also lead to weight gain, skin breakouts, high blood pressure, and liver strain.

Our bodies need fat for insulation, vitamin and mineral absorption, and to protect our organs. High-quality fats can steady our metabolism, keep hormone levels even, nourish our skin, hair, and nails, and provide lubrication to keep the body functioning fluidly. 

By avoiding fat because you think you’re going to get fat is 1990’s thinking. Make it a habit to...

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Best Collagen Powder for Women

gut health weight loss Jul 27, 2022

I love sharing a good find! 

Quality protein powders are HARD to come by. Most powders are heavily and chemically processed and contain fillers which bulk up the powders so the manufacture can save money. 

Paleovalley Bone Broth Protein is one of the "cleanest" powders I've seen on the market. I love the fact that the under the supplement facts where is says, "Other Ingredients:" it states NONE.

BINGO!

Clinical studies indicated bone broth is one of the most nourishing, anti-aging and gut supportive foods. (Not yet evaluated by FDA).

Ingredients to raise your eyebrow at and conduct research:

  • Casein + WPC
  • Gluten 
  • Dextrins/Maltodextrin
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Skim milk powders/milk solids
  • Soy protein
  • Vegetable oils and fats 
  • Thickeners and gums
  • Fillers 

Schedule a Break thru the Gut Rut strategy call with me today to start understanding your reactive foods and how to balance your system to start feeling good. Schedule your session here-> BREAK THRU

Be Gutsy...

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14 Proven Healthy Kid Tips

Uncategorized Jul 20, 2022

Kids aren’t picky, they just know how to put on a great act!

When my son was 6 months old he had a cough for a year.  What I soon realized, the cough wasn't from being sick, it was him craving attention. It was an, “attention cough.”  I noticed the only time he coughed was when I wasn’t paying attention to him!  He would cough and I would come running.  Kids are born to get their parents' attention. 

Kids will do anything to get their way. But here’s one thing I learned when my kids were little, kids are human and they will not allow their bodies to go hungry (Duh).  

It’s not that they won’t eat broccoli, it’s that they know you’ll give them junk food if they beg, cry and scream bloody murder. They are SMART!! I mean, isn’t that what you do when you don’t get wine?  

Remember you’re the parent and your kids will leave the nest eating how they were taught.  If their childhood is full of finger foods or convenient drive-by fast foods they...

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Why You Should Be Eating Tomatoes for Gut Health + Tomato Salad

Tomatoes are Michigan’s summer fruit and our Fam eats a lot of them! 

As new gut health research evolves they’re finding more benefits in plant sources. The fiber in tomatoes promotes the growth of good bacteria and discourages harmful bacteria such as C. difficile, according to Canada’s GI Society. (1) Tomatoes are also an outstanding source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant protecting cells from aging (Hello, nature’s natural anti-aging cream!)

A healthy gut can help you lose weight and much more. If you’re struggling to lose a pound because you are suffering from gut dysbiosis, an imbalance in healthy vs bad gut bacteria, you may want to boost probiotic activity with tomatoes. 

Signs of poor gut health include the inability to lose stubborn weight, constipation, and diarrhea. 

During the summer months take advantage of tomatoes because they are vibrant in color and bursting with flavor! 

Here’s a simple Summer Tomato Salad...

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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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