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10 Fastest Ways to Lose Weight

gut health health tips Jan 21, 2021

10 Fastest Ways to Lose Weight

Why does weight loss feel like a last-minute meeting scheduled on a Friday afternoon? Both promote cranky people, and both take 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.  

  1. Balance your gut health: Having poor gut health usually means sugar cravings because the bad bacteria LOVE sugar! Gut dysbiosis creates an inflammatory system and slows down the metabolism. Add a probiotic like MegaSporeBiotic it will help balance your gut bacteria, produce antioxidants, and rev the metabolism to help burn calories at a faster rate. Use TAKE20 at checkout.
  2. Eat fermented foods: Eating fermented foods makes essential nutrients more easily available for the body to use, allowing you to...
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6 Ways to Balance Hormones for Effective Weight Loss

gut health health tips Jan 06, 2021

Have you ever caught yourself diving into a bag of cookies or chips (or both) for no apparent reason?  Or maybe you went postal on your kids even though they just looked at you funny???

You can officially blame the crazy on your HORMONES!

Hormones affect every tissue and organ in the body. They impact everything from gut function, muscle growth and recovery, bone health, brain function, and play a significant role in managing weight. If hormones are unbalanced the body may have a difficult time living up to the lofty weight-loss goals you have in place. 

Leptin and ghrelin are two hormones most involved in weight loss and appetite control. Ghrelin is responsible for signaling hunger and leptin is responsible for the feeling of satiety. Keeping these hormones in harmony is important for weight-loss efforts. 

So what’s the secret to managing and balancing your weight loss hormones without costly treatments or medication? BIOHACK

How to Biohack Your Hormones

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Fastest way to Lose Weight During the Holidays

The holiday spirit came early this year as we’re all desperate to find holiday cheer in 2020. Winter + Covid brings days filled with Netflix & Chill, sweatpants, and warmth found in the most indulgent of foods. Grocery aisles fill up with holiday favorites and social media ads entice you to buy one get one free peppermint bark & snowflake cheetos (who comes up with this stuff?)

Caution goes out the window and we deal with the holiday bloat and raging headaches because it’s “normal” and everyone is doing it! 

You know what everyone one else is doing… complaining about the notorious burden come New Year’s day: the Holiday “15.”

That’s right, the weight gain and feeling BLAH.  

Here’s the thing, I’m not talking about deprivation during the holidays. Instead, I want to give you approachable ideas to help you enjoy the sweetness in life without counting calories and  inevitable gut...

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How Gut Health Helps to Reverse Aging

gut health Dec 09, 2020

I recently celebrated my birthday and my gut just got another year older, ha! I have to admit in my 44 years of existence I've been pretty rough on my gut. 

  • In my early days I lived on antibiotics -> killing my healthy gut bacteria
  • In my late teens, 20’s and 30’s I lived on alcohol -> affecting my gut brain axis & bile function
  • In my 30’s I had two c-sections -> pumped my body with more antibiotics, introduced my body to trauma, and started dealing with chronic stress from being a working mom ->-> breaking down my gut barrier wall and exposing myself to leaky gut

In my late 30’s I was at my lowest health point suffering with extreme fatigue, leaky gut, achy joints, and massive bloating. This was the pivoting moment in my wellness. I saw a functional medicine doctor, started taking gut health & nutrition courses and focused on diet, rest, “the right” exercise, stress management, and supplements. 

As I continue to...

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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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