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5 Fermented Foods to Help with Weight Loss

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...

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6 Ways to Slow Down and Boost Your Metabolism

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...

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Best Chocolate for Weight Loss

Eat chocolate. 

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! 

Weight Loss

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.

Gut Health

Chocolate is considered a prebiotic that is rich,...

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Holiday Triggers Causing Weight Gain

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:

  • Attending a cocktail party or a wedding
  • Corporate cafeteria leftovers (you know, the area people bring all the items they don’t want at home.) 
  • When you’re watching TV
  • Desserts delivered to the house for the holidays
  • Bringing treats to your kid’s school
  • Preparing food for a party you’re throwing
  • Family or corporate holiday parties
  • Cocktail parties with drinks and tons of hor deserves

Holiday Hot Tip: PLAN AHEAD

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...

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Fall Detox Salad

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

Serves 2

  • 2 medium beets
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 green apples, cored and chopped
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds

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...

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Best Gut Health Mocktail Cocktail

gut health recipes Oct 13, 2021

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:

Golden Milk

Serves 2

This recipe has 2 simple steps: make the turmeric paste (which can be stored in your refrigerator for several days), then prepare the milk.

Turmeric Paste

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...

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How to Jumpstart Your Holiday Weight Loss

Three simple smart moves to avoid the Halloween bloat->

  • Buy Halloween candy the day of at 50% off 
  • Buy Halloween candy which makes you gag like Wax Lips or Good & Plenty (hint: parents don’t want their kids acting like Chucky from Child's Play anyway)
  • Join my new program Gut Revival Holiday Edition

In a study funded by Yale University and the National Institutes of Health, it was found that high consumption of simple sugars could be affecting the composition of the gut microbiome. Sugar is also known to feed toxic gut bacteria and candida. When you create an environment of opportunistic bacteria you’re prone to symptoms associated with gut dysbiosis -> weight management issues, fatigue, digestive symptoms, headaches, skin issues, and more! 

Instead of stocking up on Halloween candy starting Oct. 1, try these Fall Superfood swaps so that you can avoid the Holiday weight gain.

Use Pumpkin in Cake Mixes

Pumpkin puree turns cake or cupcakes into...

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One Healthy Side Dish with 7 Variations

I often hear. “I buy healthy food, it just gets shoved in the back of the fridge and by the time I remember it's there, it’s time to throw it out.”

Sound like you?

That’s why I love batch cooking. When you learn to batch cook you’ll be able to buy a few ingredients and spread them across multiple meals with little waste. 

One of my favorite gut healthy ingredients in parsley. Parsley has evidence to help with digestive problems, including irritable bowel syndrome. (1) Curly parsley also stays fresh in the fridge for days!

Here’s one of my favorite side dish recipes which has 7+ variations.

Quinoa Tabouli

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Yield: serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • sea salt, optional
  • sliced or chopped cucumber
  • minced red onion
  • chopped fresh scallion
  • chopped fresh mint

Dressing:

Directions:

  1. Bring rinsed and drained quinoa to a boil...
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Roasted Zucchini Cakes

gut health recipes Aug 25, 2021
 

Our garden overproduced zucchini this season and I’ve become OBSESSED with this simple side. 

Zucchini Cakes are a veggie side dish my kids don't complain about! Made with grated zucchini, garlic, dairy free “cheese”, basil, almond flour, egg, then baked in the oven and finished in a simple marinara sauce.

These vegetarian patties were inspired by a neighbor's “ball” party. She made a similar zucchini meatball recipe using bread crumbs and cheese. They were a huge party hit so I transformed these party favorites into a dairy free (DF) and gluten free (GF) masterpiece so that my lactose intolerant son & I can enjoy them without a belly ache. 

We’ve served these patties over GF pasta and as a side with Italian grilled chicken.

If you're one of my gut health warriors note that zucchini research suggests that zucchini also offers anti-inflammatory protection within the gastrointestinal tract that can reduce IBS, ulcer-related...

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3 Tips for a Post Weekend Cleanse

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 -> 

Tip 1

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.

  • 16 ounces of room temperature or warm water 
  • Juice of 1⁄2 lemon or lime
  • 1 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • Dash of unrefined sea salt

Tip 2

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...

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