Gut health or detoxing doesn’t have to be hard, it can be as simple as 1 ingredient.
I first heard of mono eating from Fully Raw Kristina. She healed her hospital stricken body by consuming only fresh peaches for a week. Check her out here-> Top 3 Reasons to Eat 1 Fully Raw Mono-Meal a day.
Way back when our ancestors were running barefoot in search of food they didn’t have the convenience of making one of my #bigasssalads with 7 ingredients. Instead they ate from the ripest raspberry bush or the one animal they hunted.
A mono meal is a snazzy way of saying, stuff yourself up on a meal that consists of ONE item. For example, cutting a watermelon in half, grabbing a spoon, and consuming it out of the core like it was a bowl. Eating four bananas or a big bowl of mashed sweet potatoes.
The benefits of mono meals are to ease your digestive workload. If your gut is in overdrive from being over stressed by your lifestyle or is suffering from gut dysbiosis, you...
Nutrition bars, energy bars, meal replacement bars...whatever your use, I usually have 1-3 bars shoved in my purse or corporate bag. On the go bars help curb my hunger pains when I’m running meeting to meeting or carting kids around like their personal Uber driver.
The older my kids get, the more time they spend on the go themselves. My oldest spends 15 hours in the gym a week. At 12 years old, “little kiddie” snacks don’t do his body good. In order for him to perform optimally his body requires nutrient dense foods.
On the go protein tends to be the hardest for our family to consume. For starters my son and I are lactose intolerant so that rules out a few decent options like yogurt, cottage cheese, or string cheese. Most protein bars also contain milk and are loaded with an abundance of unnecessary ingredients like hidden sugar, additives, chemicals, whey or soy. It’s also a challenge finding a protein bar my son will actually eat due...
"Do I need a probiotic?"
"Do I need to spend a lot of money on a probiotic?"
"Do I need to take a probiotic everyday?"
Common questions I hear from my clients and the same questions I asked myself before diving deep into my gut health journey. Before my gut health education I too was hella confused by all the professional gut health jargon.
The truth is, you are exposed to stores and websites LINED with probiotics supplements which leaves you confused and empty handed. It can be a grueling task to choose the right probiotic supplement, so how do you decide which probiotic is right for you?
Here are simple tips to guide you towards choosing the best probiotic supplement.
REVIEW THE COLONY FORMING UNITS (CFUs)
CFUs, or Colony Forming Units, are the measuring unit of probiotics. This number must be clearly displayed on the probiotics bottle. To best suit the digestive system a probiotic should be in the range of 3-50 billion.
Lower range CFU products can be...
Ding, ding, ding….smart device notifications.
“Mom, Dad, Mom, Dad!”...kid notifications.
The constant pressure of pivoting from one notification to the other naturally increases stress levels.
When the body is stressed out it increases the release of the stress hormone cortisol. In abundance, cortisol becomes catabolic. It breaks the body down, slows bodily functions, causes depression, digestive issues, weight gain, and more. I often see my stressed-out clients with poor gut health struggling to overcome their chronic digestive symptoms.
Cortisol also regulates blood sugar levels so when you’re physically and mentally stressed it can cause blood sugar levels to increase. The blood sugar roller coaster effect causes an imbalance which increases your chances of binge eating, craving junk food, restless sleep, and uncontrollable mood swings.
The good news is there are natural supplements and herbs right in your kitchen for regulating blood...
“HELP! I love to drink and eat on the weekends. I don’t want to ruin everything I did during the week. “
Are your weekdays like: Get the kids out the door with pants on (shoes are iffy), attend 7 meetings a day while finding time to pee at least once, pick the kids up and cart them around like #ubermom, get the kids fed and into bed before we go bat-shit-crazy.
No wonder it’s like “mom’s gone wild” on the weekend, look at all you do during the week! If you continue down the path of “gone wild,” the 7 bottles of wine plus 5 sleeves of cookies every Saturday morning :) will eventually catch up with your booty and you’ll be +20 lbs at the end of the year.
So, what’s a mom to do?
6 Ways to Lose Weight When You Need to Decompress on the Weekends
You just completed another week of being SuperMom. You gave everything you had and now you want to Netflix and Chill.
Losing weight does...
Do you have trouble falling asleep?
Or are you the type that tosses and turns between the hours of 2-4 am (that's a sign of gut imbalance)? And no matter what sleep app or supplement you try, you just can’t fall back to sleep which creates that morning hangover effect.
Unfortunately when you’re tired you turn to the very things which are known to interrupt your sleep patterns. Items such as coffee, sugar, processed foods, and alcohol. It’s a vicious cycle of “I need energy, I am tired, I need energy, I am tired.”
Your body rejuvenates itself during the sleep cycle. If you want to be more productive, have more endurance, and be in a better mood, then you need to get quality Zzzzz’s!
The gut microbiome supports the way you sleep. So when you’re caught up in the vicious cycle of feeding your gut with processed energy boosters the gut gets confused and produces hormones which directly affect sleep. A balance of the...
Burgers, Buns, and Beers - the classic American summer weekend meal.
But these classics can leave you with gut rot and feeling like you need a nap during your Monday conference calls.
Here’s 3 quick tips to ditch the bloat & energize yourself ->
The obvious: Hydrate with lots of water
Take it one step further: To jumpstart your digestive system and help flush out the toxins make my Gut Revive AM concoction.
The obvious: Eat clean
Foods high in antioxidants like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, dark chocolate, pecans, kale, and spinach are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants scavenge free radicals from the body cells and prevent or reduce the damage caused by oxidation. (1) AKA - antioxidants help sweep up the toxins.
Take it one step further: Take a glutathione...
Do you have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up because you finally fell asleep?!
As a stressed out Super WoMOM, it’s difficult to shut down the brain. All you want to do is sleep, but your body refuses to get into the Zen Zone. You toss and turn, annoy the hell out of your spouse, or sometimes rack 3,000 steps while under the covers!
Most of us rely on over-the-counter melatonin to catch our Zzzz’s, so much that our society is immune to its effectiveness.
Melatonin is a hormone in your body that is responsible for regulating your sleep cycles and helping your sleep wake cycle. Your pineal gland and gut are responsible for producing that melatonin. The gut contains at least 400 times more melatonin than the pineal gland. (1) When I see low melatonin levels on a client’s stress hormone panel test it’s an immediate clue about their gut health as deficiency in melatonin have been linked to increase permeability of the gut.
Fun fact: You...
I’ve been reviewing a lot of blood panel reports from client’s who would explain their lifestyle status as HIGH STRESS.
I get it! As a working professional mom, we love the challenge of trying to “do it all” but sometimes ignore the chronic cascade stress curve we’re riding on. When you operate at 100 mph, 24/7 without proper care with your diet, rest, exercise, stress management and supplements the body will start to breakdown from cortisol dominance.
I’m finding a common denominated among stressed-out mamas, correlations to low stomach acid.
Stomach acid is a key component in the digestive process. When the stomach cannot produce enough acid, key minerals and proteins can’t be absorbed into this body. This leads to vitamin and mineral deficiency. So you may be eating all the right foods but without proper digestion and absorption you may be feeling blah and suffering with chronic symptoms due to nutrient deficiency.
Stomach acid is also...
How do you know when it’s time to focus on gut health?
Plain and simple: a SYMPTOM
A chronic symptom or symptoms is a key indicator it’s time to focus on improving your gut health. For example, low melatonin levels are a window into poor gut health as the gut contains at least 400 times more melatonin than the pineal gland. (1) If you’re having trouble staying asleep or if you feel tired after sleeping several hours this could be an indication your melatonin levels are imbalanced and a good sign you need to focus on gut health.
3 Quick Tips to Improve Your Gut Health TODAY:
1) Listen to your gut.
Sometimes our mind gives us bad advice (like staying with that old boyfriend for too long, ha!) The gut and brain are connected through the vagus nerve and they communicate when there is distress. Tune in to your body's discomfort signals. Your gut will tell you when it’s unhappy. Awareness is your ally!
2) Record what you eat in a journal...