#TBT – That Sneaky Little Toxic Ingredient

TBT Sneaky Little Ingredient Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

It’s time for another installment of Throwback Thursday (#TBT)!

I chose this week’s #TBT blog because what I share in it has been an integral part of healing my leaky gut, adrenal dysfunction and Hashimoto’s so I could get get my energy back, drop the weight and think clearly again.

And it’s a big part of what I teach my clients about so they, too, can get back to feeling like themselves again, or for the very first time.

This blog is all about a sneaky little ingredient that shows up in some of the most unexpected places, but has some of the biggest negative impacts on your health.

If you’ve tried a gluten free diet and felt like it “didn’t work” then this blog will explain exactly why that might have happened for you.

If you suffer from anxiety, eczema or psoriasis then this sneaky little ingredient is one you’ll certainly want to watch out for.



It hides in places you wouldn’t even dream it would be.  In your shampoo, conditioner, body lotions, medications and even coffee.  Slowly but surely, it inflicts inflammation and turmoil in your body.

That sneaky little toxic ingredient known as gluten.

When I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, gluten became my number one enemy.  Gluten is a trigger for autoimmune disease: signaling the body to attack itself, causing elevation in antibodies, contributing to leaky gut and overwhelming the immune system with inflammation and its toxic properties.

The gluten molecule also resembles thyroid tissue.  This molecular mimicry causes the body to attack thyroid tissue even more in people who have thyroid autoimmune disorders, such as myself.

In order to reverse my autoimmune condition and be in remission, gluten had to go for good.

Prior to my diagnosis I was mostly gluten free.  My household food products were gluten free and I ordered from the gluten free menu when eating out.  But I wasn’t paying close attention to the sneaky or less obvious places where gluten was hiding.

I would order fries made in the same fryer as other gluten-laden foods, such as chicken strips.  I would assume that foods on the menu were gluten free if they appeared to be, and hesitated to ask my server to make sure they were.  And I certainly wasn’t checking any products outside of food items for hidden gluten.

All of that changed when my health was put on the line and I had to make a choice about what was more important to me…

Did I want to live a life battling symptoms of Hashimoto’s, struggling with my weight, my mood and hormones?

Or was giving up gluten worth being able to resume a normal, happy and healthy life?

For me, my health and happiness was worth more than the occasional slice of bread, pizza, pasta dish or cupcake.

It doesn’t matter if it’s one bite or one slice; It’s still toxic.

A gluten exposure is a gluten exposure.  The smaller the size or amount doesn’t make the damage any less.  People often think one little bite won’t hurt, but the reality is that it does.

The tricky thing about gluten is that it doesn’t just exist in the form of bread or pasta.  It’s also found in hundreds of different foods and personal care products.

The body doesn’t just absorb gluten through food, it’s also absorbed through skin and in more severe reactivity cases even gluten that becomes airborne from the use of products such as wheat flour can pose an issue for some people.  It can become embedded in porous surfaces, such as wood cutting boards. I’ve seen cases where gluten eating family members are contaminating gluten free family members by using the same cutting boards and cooking tools.

This is why some people may not see an improvement when they go “gluten free” with food.

They may have cleaned up gluten from their diet, but they are being exposed to it in some other way.

When gluten enters the body, it increases intestinal permeability, meaning it opens up the gates of the intestinal barrier, allowing toxins and food particles to freely flow into the bloodstream.  The body then sounds the alarm that foreign invaders have entered the bloodstream. It enlists an immune system response and sends inflammation out to fight off the bad guys and to repair the damage.

Overworking the immune system in this way adds insult to injury for those who have an autoimmune disorder. It can be the tipping point for those at risk for autoimmunity or it can depress the immune system in “healthy” individuals.

Repairing the intestinal lining after an exposure to gluten, and therefore other toxins that have now free flowed into the body, is very complex.  And compounding factors such as food sensitivities, existing hormone imbalances, insulin resistance, IBS, stress, infections and an already existing state of leaky gut can slow the healing process even more.  I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t have single compounding factor who could swiftly recuperate from a gluten exposure, because at the very least all of us have stress.

One exposure to gluten can cause damage to the gut for as little as 3 weeks and up to 6 months.

In this week’s video and blog, I reveal the sneaky little places where gluten might be hiding and how you can support your body after an exposure.

First, let’s define what gluten is – it’s part of the grain structure found in wheat, barley and rye.  It’s what makes bread-like products or pasta sticky and doughy. Therefore, it’s also used to thicken sauces and products such as shampoos, conditioners and lotions.  It’s also very cheap to produce, so it’s used as a filling agent in other foods to create the illusion of bigger bulk for less cost.

Here are just some of the most common sneaky little places that gluten likes to hide:

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Body or face lotion
  • Body wash and soap
  • Makeup and deodorant
  • Prescription or over-the-counter medications
  • Supplements – yep even the “natural” and organic ones
  • Sauces, marinades and other condiments
  • Potato products – chips, instant or restaurant made mash
  • Meatballs and processed meats
  • Flavored or instant coffee and tea

Gluten isn’t always listed as “gluten” either.  So when you’re reading a menu or an ingredients list, here are the words you want to look for:

  • Wheat, barley or rye
  • Hydrolyzed wheat protein
  • Crusted, crispy or fried

As I mentioned earlier, I used to make the mistake of assuming things were gluten free just because they appeared to be or because they were considered all natural or healthy.  I had to give up my beloved Aveda hair care products, a line that is touted by professional hair stylist for being “natural”, because it contained hydrolyzed-wheat protein. Now I always ask for gluten clarity on menu items and make sure my server lets the kitchen know about my dietary needs even if I ordered something that was gluten free.

As much as we can try to control what goes in and on our bodies, that doesn’t always guarantee a gluten free experience.  For example, just a few weeks ago I clearly ordered a dairy free matcha latte with coconut milk and that’s not what I received.  Although it wasn’t gluten, it just goes to show mistakes can still happen. After all, all of us are only human.

So to safeguard myself against getting unexpectedly glutened, here’s what I do:

  • Bring my own soap, shampoo, conditioner and other body products when traveling
  • Make sure my server knows I’m gluten free
  • When eating out, I take a gluten destroying digestive enzyme such as NuMedica’s Glutenza, Allergy Research Group’s Gluten-Gest or Pure Encapsulations Gluten/Dairy Digest

Just think… if you have some kind of glutenous food for breakfast, followed by gluten in the body lotion you apply after a shower, gluten in the makeup you put on your face and later in your lunch or dinner, the war against gluten goes on all day in your body.

Getting rid of gluten for good played a HUGE role in my body’s ability to recover from toxic mold exposure, hormone imbalances and it was a key factor in my quick road to remission with Hashimoto’s.

Whether you have an autoimmune disorder or not, or a noticeable reaction to gluten or not, this ongoing war will eventually bring your body down.  Making a conscious effort to reduce your gluten exposure or minimize it altogether will have a significant and positive impact on your health and your body.  


If you have a friend or family member in your life who wants to solve their health problems once and for all, share this to help them finally get back to feeling like themselves again (or for the very first time!).

And…to help more people get to the bottom of their so-called thyroid problems and resolve them for good, I’ve opened up my schedule to help 5 new clients!

To snag a spot simply schedule a complimentary Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me today here!

What if it’s not a thyroid problem?

It's Not Your Thyroid's Fault Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

If you haven’t been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder yet, the chances that you will be at some point in your life are pretty high.

According to the American Thyroid Association (ATA), more than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition sometime during their life.

The ATA also says:

  • An estimated 20 million Americans have some type of thyroid disorder
  • Up to 60 percent with a disorder are unaware of their condition
  • Women are 5-8 times more likely than men to have thyroid issues
  • One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder during their lifetime
  • Undiagnosed thyroid disorders may increase risks for certain conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility
  • Women with inadequately addressed hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe developmental problems in their children.

This is more than just a U.S. population problem.  A recent study out of India showed that 10.95% of the study group suffered from a hypothyroidism, in which 7.48% were aware of it and 3.47% were not.

In my functional health coaching practice, I have personally seen a rise in people coming to me with either known or unknown thyroid conditions. Heck, I was even diagnosed in 2016 with a thyroid disorder myself!

But what if you’ve have been misled to believe that your weight woes, low energy, fatigue, cold hands and feet, hair loss and other “thyroid-like” symptoms were all your thyroid’s fault?

With thyroid conditions on the rise, we have to ask the question- why?

The thyroid certainly doesn’t wake up one morning and decide to stop working.

So what changed?  Why are there so many people knowingly, and unknowingly, suffering from thyroid disorders around the world?

Some might say it’s because doctor’s are getting better at diagnosing thyroid disorders or because there is more awareness being created about thyroid conditions, both of which probably hold some truth.  

But what about the people who have been diagnosed, prescribed thyroid medication and still suffer from thyroid symptoms?

Or what about all the people who are estimated to unknowingly suffer from a thyroid condition and are yet to be diagnosed?

There’s simply has to be more to the thyroid disorder story.

What if it’s not a thyroid problem at all?

In this week’s video I break down the most common contributing factors to thyroid disorders and reveal why thyroid issues really aren’t the thyroid’s fault at all.

Let’s zoom out and look at the big picture for a moment to really grasp how a thyroid problem could come to be.

The thyroid is a gland and is part of what is called the Endocrine system, a network of glands within the body which produce hormones.  Within the Endocrine system there is also the Hypothalamus, which I like to refer to as the Endocrine CEO because it basically runs the show, and then there is the Pituitary gland which I like to refer to as the President of Operations because it takes direct orders from the Hypothalamus.

As the CEO, the Hypothalamus is constantly observing the marketplace, aka the body.  And based on the signals and feedback it’s getting, it will give its directives to the Pituitary gland who then tells the Thyroid what to do.  Inversely, the Pituitary also receives signals from the Thyroid about how much hormone is being produced.

By simply understanding the chain of command within the Endocrine system, you can start to see how a thyroid problem could simply be a miss in communication coming downstream from the Hypothalamus and Pituitary gland.

Misfirings in communication by the Hypothalamus or Pituitary gland are just one example of why a thyroid condition may not be your thyroid’s fault.

Even then, we want to ask “what causes these miscommunications amongst the glands?”

So what sparks these mixed signals within the Endocrine system and its glands?  

The answers are somewhat simple and in most cases the causes are within your control.  

Here are the top 3 contributing factors to thyroid disorders and what you can do about them…

#1 – Chronic Stress & Dysfunctional Adrenals
When you experience any kind of stress, whether it’s emotional, mental or physical, our Hypothalamus signals the Pituitary to tell the Adrenal glands to release your stress hormone, cortisol.  When cortisol is released, it redirects your body’s resources and deprioritizes anything that is not absolutely necessary in order to deal with the stressor, such as digestion and thyroid hormone production.  In this modern day world, we encounter stress on the regular and if we don’t take action to destress, our thyroid hormone will tank.

The reality is, we can’t always avoid stress.  Crappy co-workers and unexpected traffic are bound to happen, but we can offset the impacts of stress by taking a proactive approach and having tools in place for when we do encounter it.

Any time you adopt the deep rhythmic breathing patterns of a relaxed person it automatically flips the switch in the brain and the Hypothalamus, and it reduces cortisol levels,allowing the thyroid to return to work.  You can proactively support your thyroid by incorporating a deep breathing or meditation practice into your daily routine.

#2- Environmental Agents & Exposures
With over 120,000 toxic chemicals swirling around in our environment, their effects were bound to catch up to us, and according to the climb in thyroid disorders it’s certainly showing.  Some of these chemicals have been classified as endocrine disruptors, meaning they directly negatively impact our glands and hormones. Endocrine disrupting chemicals include agents such as chlorine found in our shower and drinking water, BPA found in plastic or canned goods, phthalates found in lotions and personal care products and even fire retardants that coat our walls and furniture.

We can’t always see, hear or feel these chemicals, but they are all around us.  You can proactively support your thyroid by minimizing the chemical exposures you are aware of by filtering your shower and drinking water, using glass or stainless steel instead of plastic, buying non-toxic and eco-friendly personal care and home products, installing a HEPA air filter and getting out in nature as much as possible for fresh air and sunlight.

Additionally, you can eat foods and take daily supplements to support your body’s natural detoxification capacity.

#3- Leaky Gut & Sluggish Liver
Your liver and gut convert the largest majority of your T4 to T3 thyroid hormone, hence another reason why a thyroid disorder may not be your thyroid’s fault but actually the result of a faulty liver or leaky gut!  The liver can get bogged down and the gut can become leaky due to toxins, excess hormones, medications, inflammatory foods, poor sleep habits and/or lack of nutrients.

The keys for supporting the liver and gut for optimal thyroid function is to address the stress and reduce your toxic load as already discussed, in addition to eating an anti-inflammatory diet, getting adequate sleep from 10pm-2am most nights of the week, moving your body daily to boost its detox capacity and taking supplements for any possible nutrient deficiencies.

When my clients focus on these 3 areas, they frequently see a reduction in their so-called thyroid symptoms and in some cases are able to come off their thyroid medication, never to return to it.  

By taking action in these 3 areas, I’ve also been able to manage my thyroid better, get off thyroid medication, and reach remission with Hashimoto’s.

Don’t let the thyroid statistics scare you, or blame your thyroid for not doing its job when it may not be its fault.  Take control of your health and take action to support your thyroid in the ways it needs most!

To help more people get to the bottom of their so-called thyroid problems and resolve them for good, I’ve opened up my schedule to help 5 new clients!

Simply schedule a complimentary Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me today here!

P.S. If you have a friend or family member in your life who wants to solve their thyroid problems once and for all, share this to help them finally get back to feeling like themselves again (or for the very first time!).

It’s time for a #KNEWSTORY for healthcare…

KNEWstory for Healthcare Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

It’s time for a new health story when it comes to healthcare…and it all starts with you!

I got into the functional health coaching business because of people like me and you.

Because we are busy professionals, yet health-minded.

Because we have been told we look perfect on paper by our doctors, but didn’t feel like our former energetic healthy self that we once knew, and struggle to find the reason why.

Because we’ve been given this pill for that and it never ultimately solved our health issue. It only provided a bandaid for it.

Because we wanted to find the missing pieces to our health so we could finally get back to feeling like ourselves again (or for the very first time!).

In these ways, you and I are not alone.

Every single client I have worked with, or person I’ve had a consultation with, has felt this in some way or experienced this, too.

Often times we find ourselves stuck in the “cycle of trial and error,” as my mentor and the founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, Reed Davis says.

The cycle of trial and error is when we go from one doctor, specialist or practitioner to another, spending lumps of money, looking for a complete solution to our biggest health complaints only to get one disconnected piece of information at a time that leaves us feeling confused, exhausted or financially drained with little to no actual relief.

It’s easy to wind up stuck in the cycle of trial and error when…

  • You solely rely on resources only provided by health insurance
  • You don’t take a stand for your health and demand better
  • You’re in denial about the lifestyle changes that potentially need to be made to improve your health

It’s time to write a new story about your health and healthcare.

One that includes feeling educated and empowered to ask your doctor the right questions to get the answers you are looking for.

One that includes acknowledging the changes that might need to be made to support your health, and taking responsibility for yourself and your health.

One that includes health insurance coverage or reimbursements for unconventional types of testing, treatments and therapies that actually help to prevent or reverse disease.

In this week’s video and blog I share with you how we can come together to write a new story for the future of our health and healthcare.




In the book Unconventional Medicine, Chris Kresser outlines some of the major shortcomings in our current approach to health and healthcare.  When it comes to healthcare some of the biggest shortcomings include:

  • Misaligned incentives between insurance companies and patient needs
  • Big Pharma’s influences on the types of healthcare solutions being provided
  • Bias in medical research sponsored by pharmaceutical companies and conflicts of interest
  • Broken payment models based on treatments that are not necessarily the most effective or supported by current evidence based research

When it comes to health, Kresser points out three deeper reasons why healthcare in many parts of the world is doomed to fail eventually…

  1. The modern day diet and lifestyle are not aligned with our genes and biology
  2. The modern medical approach is not designed to address chronic disease
  3. The current medical model doesn’t support interventions that would have the biggest impact on prevent or reversing disease, and lowering overall cost long-term

The simple fact is that our healthcare system is designed to address acute ailments and emergency situations, not to prevent chronic disease which continues to be on the rise and the leading causes of death.

We have to demand change for our health, for ourselves and future generations.

I recently had the pleasure of attending the KNEW Health Vision Tour in San Diego, where a group of functional medicine doctors, naturopaths, health coaches and health-minded individuals gathered to help spark the change and create a movement.

Each and every one of us at that event was initially inspired to get involved in functional medicine in some way because we had either experienced or witnessed a transformational health story.

A transformational health story which involved…

  • Thinking unconventionally to find health solutions
  • Taking a stand for adequate healthcare and not settling for less
  • Focusing on improving diet and lifestyle to promote better health
  • Tapping into community, spirituality and a team of health professionals for support
  • And having to pay cash to access the right lab tests and resources to find the missing pieces to the health puzzle

The first moment I knew I needed a new health story was when I was diagnosed with skin cancer, which wasn’t hereditary, at the early age of 25 and my doctor didn’t have a good explanation as to why.

I changed my story by doing my own research, seeking out alternative testing and resources, and changing my lifestyle, and now I’ve been skin cancer free for 10 years.

My health story had to change once again a little over 3 years ago when my weight got out of control, my hormones went on the fritz, and all doctors or specialists could tell me was that I was getting older, maybe I had gained muscle or to “keep an eye on it.”

I changed my health story again by becoming my own health detective, running functional lab testing, connecting with others who had experienced this too, and by investigating environmental factors such as toxic mold which were creating chaos inside my body.  As a result, I’ve lost weight, I have zero hormonal issues and I’m in remission for Hashimoto’s (an autoimmune thyroid disorder).

Today I encourage you to start writing a new health story for yourself.

One that tells the tale of your journey, how you’ve overcome obstacles, and one that portrays the health you desire to have.

You can share your story and join the movement for better health and healthcare that Knew Health has created by:

  1. Recording a 60 second video on your smartphone starting with “the moment I knew…”
  2. Share it along with me on social media with hashtag #KNEWSTORY
  3. Pass it on or help a friend share their #KNEWSTORY too

For ideas on what to share…

The moment I knew…

… health doesn’t come from a pill
… my doctor wasn’t listening
… I needed to take a different path
… that my food impacts my health
… I couldn’t get well alone
… my thoughts affect my health

Always remember you are not alone, even though it might feel like it.  Your current health story or situation is like so many others. You always have a choice or chance to change it.

P.S. If you need help getting your hands on the right lab tests and resources to find the missing pieces to your health puzzle so you can get back to feeling like yourself again, schedule a complimentary Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me today here!

Best Kept Weight Loss Secret

Best Weight Loss Secret Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

Have you been spinning your wheels trying to reach your ideal health and weight loss goals with little to no success?

Have you been working out more and eating less, eating clean and lifting weights like a machine, but your body just won’t budge?

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just sleep the weight off and reach your health goals overnight?

Sleep is the best-kept secret to unleashing your health potential and weight loss.

Sleep is 100 times more influential for weight loss than any diet or workout routine, yet it’s the number one most neglected aspect of most health improvement and weight loss programs.

Getting adequate and restful sleep contributes to improved health and weight loss by:

  • Promoting natural cortisol and other hormone patterns which dictate health and weight
  • Turning off the “fight or flight” stress response so the body can rest and digest
  • Allowing the body to repair damaged cells and dysfunctional systems
  • Letting the liver ramp up at night up to get rid of fat inducing toxins
  • Curbing cravings for less healthy foods, especially for carbs
  • Supporting normal insulin and blood sugar levels

Ten out of ten times I will tell my clients to choose sleep over exercise any day of the week. Especially if they are feeling tired, stressed or having to drag themselves out of bed.

Research shows that just ONE NIGHT of partial sleep deprivation induces insulin resistance in even healthy individuals.  Insulin resistance leads directly to carb cravings, feelings of fatigue, irritability, weight gain, hormone imbalances and eventually serious health conditions, such as Type II Diabetes.

Other studies such as this one also show how sleep loss or poor sleep results in elevated cortisol levels, which lowers your ability to handle stress, has a direct domino effect on thyroid and other hormones, and particularly contributes to weight gain around the middle.

Staying up late watching TV or burning the midnight oil to meet work deadlines is likely one of the biggest reasons you’re not reaching your health and weight goals, regardless of what you eat or how much you exercise.

Sleep is not just about quantity, it’s about quality.

Your body has an internal timer set by the cycles of the sun and moon known as the circadian rhythm.  When the sun sets, it signals your body to lower cortisol and release melatonin in preparation for sleep.  And when the sun rises, it triggers the reverse: cortisol to go up for energy and melatonin to go down.

This internal timer and cycle of hormones tells your body when to conduct specific actions throughout the day, when to repair systems and when to replenish cells during your sleep.

In this week’s video and blog, I’ll shed more light on why sleep is the best kept secret for health and weight loss, and how you can ensure satisfying sleep to support your health goals.

Critical sleep time is from 10pm-2am and ideal sleep time is from is 10pm-6am.

Essential sleep time kicks off a few hours after sun down, around 10pm.  According to your circadian rhythm, this is when your body starts to release hormones such as HGH (Human Growth Hormone) to help replenish your adrenal glands which regulate primarily cortisol hormone but also assist in the production of other hormones.  Balanced cortisol levels are necessary for stable energy, weight loss, regulating blood sugar and inflammation, and striking a balance with the rest of your hormones, such as thyroid.

As an added bonus, your body also uses HGH as an anti-aging hormone, tool!  

If you miss the critical sleep time from 10pm-2am, there’s NO getting it back.

No matter how much you sleep, you’ll never be able to make up for the time lost with your internal clock.

Remember, your internal clock is determined by the sun and moon cycles, according to your circadian rhythm.  There is no such thing as body daylight savings, and your body won’t change its clock just because you choose to stay up late.

So your first goal is to BE ASLEEP by 10pm as many nights per week as possible.

Not just in bed, but actually asleep by 10pm.  Once you get into this routine, you’ll surely notice a difference.  Once on this ideal sleep schedule, I’ve had clients report that they feel “hungover” if they are asleep at 10:15pm versus full of energy when they are asleep by 10pm.

To help you hit critical sleep time and ensure satisfying sleep to support your health and weight loss goals, here are 3 quick tips…

#1 – Unplug.
Exposure to bright lights from devices (computers, phones, tablets, etc.) can trick our body into thinking it is still daylight outside and alter your body’s signaling to lower cortisol and release melatonin, making it difficult to fall asleep. Even the lights in your house can do this.  Plan to unplug from all your devices and dim the lights at 9pm. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to unplug in preparation for a good night’s rest.

#2 – Minerals Over Melatonin.
Most people are deficient in minerals due to toxic exposures that strip the body of minerals and our food supply which is just less nutrient dense, even when it’s organic.  Minerals are a key ingredient needed to help us sleep, to replenish hormones and support our adrenals which also help to regulate our sleep cycles. Too much melatonin can leave you drowsy or eventually negatively impact your circadian rhythm, and is sometimes just a band-aid for a mineral deficiency or poor sleep habits.

My husband as well as my clients adoringly call this mineral supplement the “nightmare pills” because of the vivid dreams experienced upon introducing them.  But these vivid dreams are a good sign! Dreams indicate REM cycles are being hit throughout the night and deeper, more satisfying and nourishing sleep is happening.

#3 – Nighttime Snack.
Yes, it’s ok to eat before bed as needed.  If you find yourself feeling “wired but tired” or frequently waking up between 2am-4am, then this could indicate that your blood sugar has dropped resulting in a release of cortisol and jolt of energy.  A high fat and/or protein dinner or snack approximately 1 hour before bedtime will help keep your blood sugar balanced and cortisol in check through the night.

A post dinner high fat and/or protein snack could be as simple as protein bar, scoop of organic nut butter, handful of nuts or my recent personal favorite homemade avocado chocolate ice cream that can also be eaten as pudding!

If you still have trouble falling or staying asleep after trying these 3 things, there could be a deeper problem to investigate, such as parasites, bacteria or yeast overgrowth in your gut spiking cortisol levels at night, an underlying thyroid condition, an imbalance between progesterone and estrogen or deep rooted insulin resistance that needs reversing.

If you’re not sure about the quality of your sleep there are a lot of great devices and apps to help you track it such as FitBit, Spire, Oura, and the Sleepscore Labs and Sleep Time app.

If you really want to put your sleep issues to rest and support your body in achieving your ideal health and weight, then let me help you get your hands on the right lab tests and resources so you can find the missing pieces and get back to feeling like yourself again (or for the very first time!)

Schedule a complimentary Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me today here!



#TBT – Full Moon’s Effects On Your Health

The Full Moon and Your Health Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

Does tonight’s full moon have you feeling kind of funny?

Do you feel more bloated, lethargic, constipated, an increase in anxiety or digestive upset?

It’s time for another #throwbackthursday blog to explain why!

P.S. I’m going straight old school here, this blog was before I re-branded as (W)holistic Health Boss, so don’t get confused when I say TravelFit, LOL.  The info is still completely relevant and this has been one of my most popular and commented on blogs ever over the years!


You might think this is a little superstitious, but there is something real about how the full moon impacts people, animals and the things around us.

You can call me crazy, but just hang in here with me for a minute…

Have you ever noticed with yourself or others that there seems to be something cyclical when it comes to being moody and irritable (and I’m not talking about PMS)?  A fluctuation in mood that only lasts for a few days for some reason and is unexplainable?

Or what about sleep disturbances- going through periods of time when you have trouble falling asleep or tossing and turning that only last for a few days or a week at a time?

How about your digestion?  Do you experience phases of really great bowel movements and then all of a sudden they seem to go on the fritz?

And then there’s stuff such as skin rashes or breakouts, teeth grinding, and joint aches and pains.  Do those come and go every few weeks, too?

Looking back now, were any of these things, or other ailments that you might suffer from worse this past week or so leading up to the recent full moon?

It’s not a coincidence, it’s science.

In this week’s video and blog I talk more about the scientific connection with the full moon cycles, your gut and what to be on the lookout for.

During a full moon, ocean tides are higher than usual from an increase in the gravitational pull from the moon and sun.  Considering that the body is 80% water, scientist and astrologers have often thought that similar effects happen in the body creating almost a “human tidal pull” that can affect brain function.

But PARASITES are likely the real thing driving you crazy or causing suffering during a full moon.

The gravitational pull on water balance in the kidneys causes a shift of movement or an “awakening”, making these little buggers more active during the full moon cycle, wreaking havoc on your gut, digestion and hormone balance.  Overgrowth of gut bacteria and/or yeast can also have similar effects during a full moon.

Textbook symptoms of parasites can include:

  • Bloating, gas, fatigue or flu-like symptoms
  • Low immune function (get sick or allergies often)
  • Excessive hunger, constipation or diarrhea
  • Teeth grinding, especially at night, and other sleep disturbances
  • Hives, irritability, rashes or headaches
  • Changes in weight and increases in joint pain

The most common parasites in my health coaching practice is Blastocystis Hominis.

Blasto can be persistent and it likes to hang out with another gut offender, H. Pylori bacteria.  H. Pylori’s classic symptoms include: heartburn/acid reflux, ulcers, migraines and mid-back pain.

But there are a bunch of different gut bug species that could be disrupting you.  We come across them all the time, and if the gut is already compromised they can move in quick and take over.

So here’s what I want you to do.  

Now that the full moon has officially risen and we’re moving into a new moon cycle, I want you to jot down any symptoms, aches, pains, ailments or health complaints that you’ve been experiencing this past week.  

Then you’ll start tracking the progress of those things.  You’re looking to see if they improve and/or go away in the coming weeks, especially leading up to the next new moon in a few weeks when these gut infestations are mostly dormant.

If you suspect you have a gut bug now or after tracking, then feel free to schedule a FREE Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me to chat about the right plan of attack for you.



P.S.  If you want to learn more about gut bugs and all things gut related then check out my Leaky Gut: The Missing Link to Better Health, Hormones & Happiness webinar replay here.

My top 10 fave pantry foods…

Top 10 Favorite Pantry Foods Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

Do you ever wonder if what you’re eating is actually healthy for you?

Or are you curious to know what other healthy people are eating?

Sometimes you can put yourself in a box when it comes to food choices because you just don’t know what else to eat, maybe you don’t feel creative in the kitchen or simply because you’ve become accustomed to your routine.

This can leave you feeling deprived and down right unsatisfied.

Many of my clients feel this way about food when we start working together, but over time as they learn what foods are right for their body and they start thinking outside of the box, trying new foods, they ultimately find their food freedom for life!

The truth is, there are hundreds and thousands of different healthy foods out there for you to try.

As my health journey started to evolve years ago, one of my favorite hobbies was going to Whole Foods at night so that I could leisurely walk through the aisles and find new healthy food goodies after the crowds had left and without any pressure.

I tried a lot of good tasting stuff, some not so good tasting stuff, and I learned more about what to look for.

Now with the rising popularity of online shopping with companies such as Thrive Market, it has become even easier to access healthy AND good tasting foods right at your doorstep.

But that doesn’t mean you know what to buy.

In this week’s video and blog I share with you what I look for in a “healthy” food and my top 10 favorite foods in my pantry.

When I first switched to eating an anti-inflammatory, more organic and whole foods based diet I remember feeling lost about what to eat and what to look for.

Food labeling and marketing isn’t exactly the easiest thing you’ll ever read.  

When I look at food labels for any boxed, bag or canned food items, I’m primarily looking for 5 things in this priority of importance as it relates to my health…

  1. Gluten free
  2. Organic and NON-GMO
  3. Dairy free
  4. No added or artificial sugar
  5. Soy free

The tricky part is that these ingredients aren’t always listed in plain english.  They can show up as whey (dairy), barley or rye (gluten), soy lecithin (soy) or as something such as sucralose (Splenda).

So I simply default to the list of allergens on the food label, where by law a food manufacturer at least has to list in plain english if a food contains any of the 8 major allergens.

If the allergens section of the food label says “contains” wheat, dairy or soy, I avoid it.  If there sugar is listed in the nutrition facts or it’s a sweet treat, I look for fruit in the ingredients and if I can’t find them, that’s a pretty good sign there’s either added sugar or artificial sweeteners.

The shorter the list of ingredients, the better.

My next level of priority is food packaging to minimize my toxin exposure. If I can get foods in a glass jar, paper or cardboard packaging, that’s ideal.  And canned goods that are BPA free will do if there are no other options.

For any meats, poultry, fish or eggs I want them to be grass fed, free range or wild caught and hormone free.

And, of course, I aim to get all of my fruits and vegetables organic and pesticide free as much as possible.

So where does that leave me?  With a ton of options, actually.

But I get it, sometimes you just want someone to tell you want to eat or to give you some ideas to get started.

That’s why I’m sharing with you my top 10 favorite foods that are in my pantry right now.

These 10 foods include some of my favorite snacks and staples that are clean, wholesome, and packed with healthy fats and nutrients to keep you feeling satisfied.

  1. Pitted Botija Olives by Essential Living Foods from Thrive Market
  2. Homemade Taco Seasoning – recipe from Paleo Leap
  3. Matcha Collagen by Vital Proteins
  4. Ghee by 4th & Heart from Thrive Market
  5. 85% Dark Chocolate bars by Theo
  6. Paleo Protein bars by Julian Bakery
  7. Pork Rinds by 4505 and Epic from Thrive Market
  8. 100% Coconut Milk by Chaokoh
  9. Coconut Wraps (turmeric + original) by Nuco from Thrive Market
  10. Bison Bites from Roam Free

If you feel like you’ve been stuck in a rut when it comes to figuring out what to eat, then check out some of these Wholistic Health Boss approved foods and start thinking outside the box!

Do you have a hidden thyroid problem?

Have a Thyroid Problem? Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

Are you struggling with feeling fat, sick and/or tired all the time?  

Did you know these could be signature signs of an underlying thyroid problem?

It has been estimated that 12% of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition sometime during their lifetime.

And of those people, up to 60% don’t or won’t know they have a thyroid issue (usually because it’s been misdiagnosed).

And women are 5-8 times more likely to have a thyroid condition than men.

I know I’m part of the 12%. Could you be too?

If you struggle with high cholesterol, depression, weight gain, relentless fatigue, feeling unwell often or even constipation you just might have a thyroid problem.

If you don’t know, the thyroid is a hard working, butterfly shaped gland that sits right at the front of your throat.  It produces a variety of thyroid hormones and is part of the endocrine system, which is a group glands that work together and produce hormones.

The thyroid is in charge of some really critical bodily functions such as:

  • Appetite, absorption of nutrients and digestion of fats
  • Heart rate, heartbeat strength and the intake of oxygen
  • Blood flow and body temperature
  • Cellular energy production
  • Brain development and maturation
  • Sexual function, sleep and thought patterns

So I’d say it’s pretty important to make sure your thyroid is up and running, and to be aware IF you might have, or be at risk for, a thyroid condition.

Symptoms of a thyroid condition can include:

  • Constipation, bloating or weight gain or loss
  • Depression, anxiety or mood swings in general
  • Hair loss, facial hair growth, dry hair or skin
  • Irregular periods, infertility, miscarriages, or low libido
  • High cholesterol, heart racing or trouble breathing
  • Cold hands or feet, or feeling cold when others aren’t
  • Fatigue even after a full night’s sleep or brain fog

And those are just some of the most the common ones.

Because the thyroid oversees so many actions in the body and symptoms can be far removed from the root cause, the thyroid is often overlooked as a factor when your health heads south.

In this week’s video and blog I’ll help you get to know your thyroid a little better so you can get to the bottom of a potential thyroid problem or prevent one in the future.

The traditional approach to testing thyroid function usually involves a blood test to look at Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, also known as TSH, and if you’re lucky your doctor might also include a marker for thyroid hormone T4 or T3.

But unfortunately traditional testing typically falls short when evaluating thyroid health for a number of reasons.

Let’s take a look at how the thyroid works first to understand why a traditional thyroid test might not give you all the clues you need to know if you have a hidden thyroid problem …

Step 1 The pituitary gland releases Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) to do exactly what it implies, to stimulate the thyroid to do its job, making TSH more of a direct marker for pituitary function and an indirect marker for thyroid function.

Step 2 The thyroid gland produces an abundant amount of inactive T4 and a small amount of inactive T3 hormone known as “total” T4 and T3.  These inactive versions actually can’t be used by the body, they have to be converted into active versions.

Step 3 Various tissues of the body, primarily the gut and liver, convert Total T4 into “free” T4 and then into free T3, and Total T3 is also converted into free T3, making thyroid hormone available for use by the body.  Some Total T3 is also converted into Reverse T3, a signaling hormone that stops the uptake of T3 into the cells when they’ve had enough.

Seems a little complex, right?  

Do you see how a standalone TSH test, or even one that includes an additional thyroid hormone marker or two still leaves a lot to be wondered about in regards to how your thyroid might actually be performing when you consider all of the moving pieces?

To more accurately evaluate your thyroid health and function, you’ll want to ask your doctor or health practitioner (like me!) to run a full thyroid panel that includes at least:

  • TSH
  • Total AND Free T4
  • Total AND Free T3
  • Reverse T3
  • Plus both thyroid antibody markers TPO and TG Ab

If you suspect you have a thyroid problem and can’t get your hands on a full thyroid panel, or if you just want to prevent a thyroid problem from developing, there are some proactive steps you can take to boost your thyroid health…

#1 – Support Your Liver
Believe it or not, but your liver plays a pretty big role in keeping your thyroid healthy.  It’s where a good chunk of thyroid hormone is converted, plus it gets rid of excess estrogen and toxins which can trigger a thyroid problem.  Eat liver supporting foods such as beets, dandelion greens, and grapefruits, and consider taking a good quality liver support supplement daily such as this one.

#2 – Get Your Gut In Gear
Your gut is where another big chunk of thyroid hormone is converted for use, and it’s where you absorb nutrients to produce thyroid and other hormones necessary to keep your body in balance.  If your gut is a mess, your thyroid will be too. Pay attention to how foods make you feel and avoid the ones that upset your stomach or make you feel gassy and bloated – you can also do a food sensitivity test to specifically identify what foods might be wrecking your gut.  Also aim to incorporate gut healing foods and substances such as bone broth, collagen peptides and a good quality probiotic.

#3 – Take A Stand Against Toxins
On average an adult uses 9 personal care products each day, with 126 unique chemical ingredients, most of which are known as endocrine disruptors meaning they directly and negatively affect thyroid function.  And that’s doesn’t include toxins encountered in household cleaning products, bathing water or foods. Do your thyroid a favor and take a stand against toxins. Eat organic foods as much as possible, only drink and cook with filtered water, and shift to using non-toxic environmentally friendly cleaning and personal care products such as BeautyCounter.

If you’re proactive in these 3 areas you’re going to significantly lighten the load on your thyroid so it can return to balance or stay that way.

Taking action in these 3 areas helped me restore my thyroid function, too, so I could lose weight, get my energy back and start feeling like myself again, and I still practice them to keep it that way!

If you need help getting your hands on the right lab tests and resources to uncover a possible thyroid problem or restore its function, then schedule a complimentary Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me today here!

It’s time to part ways…

Time to Part Ways Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

After a year of holding on to my WP Thyroid medication, it’s time for us to part ways; it’s time to move on and I’m ready for the next chapter.

WP Thyroid

A little over a year ago, I received the news that I was officially in remission with Hashimoto’s (an autoimmune thyroid disorder) and I could quit my medication, just 7 months after receiving my diagnosis!

This was a HUGE milestone!

There is a misconception out there about medication, once prescribed you’ll always need it, but that’s not always the case.  As my mentor, Reed Davis (the founder of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition) says, “the general principles of health will always outperform specific treatments.”

When I initially received my diagnosis back in October 2016, it felt as though the cards were stacked high against me for a quick recovery.  Just months prior to my diagnosis I had discovered toxic mold in my home, which led to a hormonal imbalance in my body known as estrogen dominance.

Within weeks after receiving my diagnosis, a home mold test showed the extent and severity of the mold was much more than I had even anticipated.  

To top it off, within the same week of finding mold in my office, my mom also passed away.  My body was taking a beating from all of the physical and emotional stress, remission seemed far-fetched.

I had a collaborative conversation with my Naturopath and made a conscious decision to take thyroid medication to acutely support my body in its time of need.  In addition, I committed to doing the work that need to be done to rebuild my health using diet, rest, exercise, stress reduction, toxin removal and supplementation so I could get off the medication as quickly as possible.

One year later I’m still in remission, medication free but still holding onto it.

I’ve been hanging onto my thyroid medication as back up, “just in case” I wake up one day not feeling like myself again. But the truth is I’ve been feeling like myself again for a while, despite not always being perfect in my food or lifestyle choices, because I’ve created the space for my body to heal AND because my body and I have a stronger relationship than ever before

Part of healing from any health condition is learning to trust your body again.  Competitive athletes are great examples of this.

Competitive athletes may never get back in the game even after weeks of physical therapy and hours of field practice post injury,  if they don’t get their mindset right and learn to trust their body again – learn to trust their leg, arm or whatever body part was injured to do its job and support their play.

If they’re always second guessing whether their body is going to work for them or not, their head will never be back in the game.

I’ve also been learning to trust my body again so I can play my best in the game of life.

Trusting that one bite, one drink, one intense workout or one late night won’t throw me into a thyroid talespin again.  Trusting myself to make good decisions in any given moment that best support my health, and to not go back to the ways which burdened my body.  Trusting that it’s possible to live life to the fullest while being the healthiest version of me.

In this week’s video and blog I share more about getting over my fear, giving up my thyroid medication crutch and this new chapter of my health journey.

Fear can be a limiting factor when it comes to your health.

Fear of not fitting in or being “that person” at dinner might hold you back from changing your diet or making food choices to support your health.

Fear of being judged as someone who doesn’t work hard enough or as a slacker might prevent you back from creating healthy boundaries around work and making yourself more of a priority.

Fear of being seen as weak if you go for a walk instead of run, or don’t lift heavy in the gym might encourage you to push your limits and stress your body more than you should.

Fear of not meeting a deadline, losing connection with your partner or being a party-pooper might keep you up late and rob your body of the critical sleep it needs to function properly.

Fear of a Hashimoto’s and mold illness relapse kept me hanging onto a thyroid medication I didn’t need, and questioning the safety of my home for way longer that I probably should have.

And not trusting that my body could remain healthy on its own fueled my fear.

To be quite honest, I felt limited- I held back from doing things that might have made me happy or given me joy because I was afraid of what might happen to my health if I did.

Getting past fear and trusting my body again gave me freedom.

This might come off as a little too “woo-woo” for some of you, or as if I’m some kind of spiritual gangster, but as a result of my own experience I do believe that part of healing the physical body involves healing the mind and believing.

Believing you can be healthy.

Trusting that your body has your back.

Having faith that what seems impossible, is possible.

Knowing your body wants to be in balance, and if you work together you can get there.

There’s two parts of the work I do with clients.  One part science, with all the fancy functional lab tests along with a specific and strategic health re-building plan.

And one part mindset.  Learning how to be different because part of who you are being is either helping or hindering your health.

Like I always say… “Healthy is a way of being, not doing.”

It’s not just about doing all the “healthy things” and going through the motions.  Healthy is about learning to live differently to support your health.

If you change your diet but don’t change the relationship or how you perceive food, you’ll easily revert back to your old ways.

If you adopt a new exercise routine but hate it, you’ll soon find an excuse not to do it.

If being fat, sick and tired all the time is all you know, or all you’ve known for a long time, you may not know how to think or act differently.

I’ve been in your shoes, I’ve had the same struggles too.  And I’ve put in the work to change it. This is how I know I’m ready to say goodbye to WP Thyroid. I can trust my body and know it can trust me too.

Getting rid of my thyroid medication is like kicking off the training wheels of a bike.  I’m ready to ride on my own because I know if I hit a bump in the road I’ll regain my balance.  If I fall off I can get back up. If I lose my way, I can find it again. And no matter what happens, if I trust my bike to get me somewhere, the places I can go are limitless.

I’m ready to just be healthy.  Not with a side of Hashimoto’s, medication or mold illness.  Just healthy and just me.

If you’re ready to just be healthy, even if you don’t know how to get there, then I’m ready to be your guide so you can actually fix what is wrong and get back to feeling like yourself again (or for the very first time!).

Let’s explore the possibilities, schedule a complimentary Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me today here!

What weight loss is really about…

What Weight Loss is Really About Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

How many diets, exercise routines or cleanses have you tried in order to lose weight?

Over the years I’ve tried almost too many to count.  

Back in the day as a personal trainer, I was constantly switching up my workout routine trying to chase down the weight loss results I wanted so I could have the confidence I was looking for.

I cut calories.  I tried carb cycling. I tried eating every two hours.

I set lofty goals to train for fitness shows and marathons in pursuit of the perfect body.

But even with my best efforts, I could only lose a few pounds and the second I stopped, I would put them right back on.

Trying to lose and maintain weight loss was frustrating, to say the least.

And to make matters worse, I was exhausted all the time, I would crack under pressure or stress, sometimes anxiety would get the best of me and I just didn’t feel like myself.

Once I realized what weight loss was all about, not only was I able to manage my weight better but I also had little to no anxiety, and got my energy and my old self back.

You have to get healthy to lose weight, not lose weight to get healthy.

Sometimes we have to let go of what we think we know in order to open the door for change.  When the typical approach of diet and exercise just aren’t working anymore (or maybe they never did), then you have to dig deeper in order feel great in your own skin again.

When I dug deeper, I found a gold mine of reasons why I struggled so much with weight, energy, stress and ultimately confidence.

It wasn’t for a lack of effort.  I had underlying health issues that were preventing my body from being in balance.

I unknowingly suffered for who knows how long from adrenal dysfunction, a sluggish liver, high levels of cellular damage and a variety of intestinal parasites, bacteria and yeast.

As soon as I resolved those underlying issues, my weight dropped, my energy went up and I felt like I could conquer the world!

In this week’s video and blog I share with you what weight loss is really about, how to find what’s getting in your way and how to go about losing weight.

I’ve struggled with weight more than once in my life.

Shortly after achieving my perfect body, regaining my confidence and resolving my adrenal, liver, cell and gut dysfunction, I slowly started packing on the pounds again.  A total of 15 over two years.

The story was the same.  I was doing everything right when it came to diet and exercise, in addition to supporting my body better than ever before with sleep, supplements and daily stress reducing activities.

Yet the weight kept coming, meaning this time I had to dig even deeper than before.

My investigation revealed elevated levels of estrogen and Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune thyroid disorder.

With these insights, I quickly took action to lower my estrogen and support my thyroid.  The weight loss was slow but steady, and I’m happy to report I feel comfortable in my skin once again.

As we get older, it can get harder to lose weight, but it’s not impossible.  You’re not destined to be overweight. It just might take a little bit longer to untangle unidentified dysfunction that’s been taking place for years in your body in order for you to get healthy and support your body in losing weight.

I’ve worked with many clients well over the age of 40 who have lost over 40 pounds without having a workout routine in place or counting a single calorie.  We simply focused on uncovering hidden healing opportunities using functional lab testing and used this information to create a personalized health re-building plan that led to weight loss.

Losing weight is really about identifying “hidden healing opportunities.”

Hidden healing opportunities could be any kind of underlying dysfunction in the hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification, energy or nervous system.

Typical blood tests from your doctor won’t usually pick up on this kind of stuff, because it’s happening at a functional level.  You may already suspect this if you’ve been suffering from other unresolved health issues (aside from weight) such as:

  • Anxiety, depression or inability to handle stress
  • IBS, gas, bloating or digestive upset
  • Thyroid issues that aren’t getting better
  • Low/high testosterone, estrogen or progesterone
  • Infertility, painful or irregular periods

And the list could go on.

Weight is really a meter for how well all of the systems of the body are OR are not working together.

For example, as I discussed in last week’s blog, inflammation, toxins and insulin levels play a huge role in the accumulation of belly fat.  It’s not just about diet and exercise.

Weight loss woes are symptom of something else, especially when diet and exercise aren’t doing the trick.

Before you go spending money on lab testing to uncover your hidden healing opportunities to promote weight loss, try this…

  1. Cut out the top inflammatory foods: gluten, dairy, sugar, soy and alcohol
  2. Be asleep by 10pm at least 5 nights per week
  3. Move your body daily for 20 minutes or more in a way that feels good to you
  4. Create a daily deep breathing or meditation routine
  5. Support bodily functions with a high-quality probiotic and multivitamin formula that includes antioxidants and liver support

If you practice these 5 things for 30 days and the weight still won’t budge, that means your weight meter is telling you to dig deeper.

I support busy, health-mind professionals just like you, in taking back control of your health by giving you access to the right lab tests and resources to find the missing pieces of your health puzzle so you can actually fix what is wrong and get back to feeling like yourself again.

Using over a decade of personal training experience, training in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and Transformational Coaching, I create personalized health-rebuilding programs for clients that are realistic and sustainable for long-lasting results, and that empower them to be the boss of their own health.

If you’re ready to look at the “big picture” of your health (not just one disconnected piece at a time), to embrace healthy as a way of being, and to stop settling for anything less than you deserve when it comes to your health and happiness then, schedule a complimentary Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me here today!

Belly Fat Facts

Belly Fat Facts Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

I would say that 90% of the people I talk to would love to lose weight around their midsection. Most of them are seeking that ever so elusive flat stomach.

Are you one of those people?

If you are, I have good news for you…

There’s still time to flatten your stomach for summer!

And it doesn’t require counting calories, crash dieting or spending hours at the gym.  

Because the fact of the matter is, belly fat is NOT always a result of eating too much and exercising too little.  In fact, calories in versus calories out is a dying school of thought.

There is a plethora of research these days showing just how broken the calorie counting and crash dieting approach is.  In fact, cutting calories and crash dieting can actually cause weight gain long-term.

Everywhere you turn you’ll see all kinds of marketing, promotional products and advertising geared towards the calories in versus calories out method for weight loss and finding that flat stomach.

And yet, people still struggle to lose or maintain weight loss, even when they’ve tried almost every diet and exercise routine out there.

And what about the people who have stick skinny arms and legs but are round in the middle – what’s their story?

What’s up with that belly fat that just won’t budge?!

The accumulation of fat in our bodies, and particularly around our midsection, is way more complex than what is portrayed in mainstream health.

Diet and exercise actually play a small role in the reason for fat around your midsection.  In some cases, eating “healthy” and exercising can even contribute to fat accumulation.

Here are some facts about belly fat that I bet you didn’t know…

Excessive inflammation increases your storage capacity for fat cells, particularly white fat cells which are directly related to your “spare tire.”

White fat cells that accumulate around your midsection also serve as a protective mechanism to store the toxins you’re exposed to in order to prevent them from affecting your brain.  So the more toxins you’re exposed to, the more white fat cells you make and the bigger the spare tire gets.

Constipation and poor liver detoxification can lead to a build up of toxins in the body which creates even more white fat cells around your midsection.

Excessive amounts of white fat cells trigger even more inflammation which can result in fluid retention (edema), resulting in even more white fat cells!  And a toxic body will intentionally hold onto fat to hide toxins in order to protect you and your brain from the re-circulation of toxins if they are not eliminated.

Low glutathione levels reduces mitochondrial function which leads to weight gain or loss resistance.  Glutathione is the body’s most powerful antioxidant and mitochondria are the organelles within our cells generate energy from the food we are eating.

Insulin resistance or carbohydrate intolerance contributes to a fatty liver.  All of which contribute to inflammation overload and poor toxin detoxification.

Do you see now why diet and exercise aren’t enough to get rid of belly fat?

In this week’s video and blog I straighten out the facts about belly fat and give you tips so you can get that flat stomach for summer.

Now, that you know the facts about belly fat, it might seem like getting rid of is much more complex that you originally thought.

In some sense this is true. Diet and exercise are a part of it, but alone won’t get rid of it.

Don’t lose hope, though.  

There are four simple steps you can take to reduce your inflammation and toxic load while boosting your liver function and glutathione levels to help you get that flat stomach for summer.

Step 1: Boost Glutathione & Liver Function
Your body needs cysteine (a sulfur-rich amino acid), B2 and selenium to make glutathione and for your liver to function optimally.  Eat foods rich in these nutrients such as: organic grass fed red meat, wild salmon, eggs, chicken, lamb, almonds, brazil nuts, tuna, halibut, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, asparagus, onions, mushrooms, and spinach.

Step 2:  Cut Down Carbs (especially processed ones)
This one should be easy if you focus on replacing carbs, especially processed ones, with some of the nutrient rich foods mentioned above.  Eating too many carbs in one sitting, or multiple times a day can oversaturate your cells with glucose causing insulin resistance, even in the “healthiest” people.  Focus replacing your carb intake by bumping up your healthy fats with avocados, fattier cuts of organic meat and poultry, and oils such as olive, coconut and avocado oil.  This will cut your carb cravings, leave you feeling fuller longer and less bloated.

Step 3:  Minimize Toxic Exposures
We can’t always control what toxins we are exposed to because we can’t always see, hear, smell or feel them BUT taking action to control the ones you are aware of can drastically reduce the toxic load on your body.  Some swift and strategic toxin reducing actions you can take include: using non-toxic home cleaning and personal care products, drinking and cooking with filtered water only, getting a HEPA air filter for your bedroom and office, and getting outside for fresh air multiple times a day.

Step 4:  Reduce Inflammation
By minimizing your toxic exposures, cutting down on carbs, and boosting your liver and glutathione levels you’ll already be on your way to reducing inflammation.  There are a LOT of other unforeseen things that can cause inflammation such as food sensitivities, parasites, bacteria and yeast overgrowth in the gut. To sort out these other inflammatory agents you’ll need to do some testing.  But you can also take reducing inflammation to the next level by getting to bed by 10pm and avoiding the top most toxic and inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, sugar, soy and alcohol.

I can almost guarantee, if you practice these simple steps every day, your belly fat will start going away in 30 days (or less!).

And if you still feel stuck with belly fat that just won’t budge, let’s test so you don’t have to guess about it anymore!

To get your hands on the right lab tests and resources so you can find the missing pieces to your health puzzle and start feeling like yourself again (or for the first time!), schedule a complimentary Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me here today!