#TBT My One Big Message

My One Big Message Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

It’s time for another Throwback Thursday blog!

But before you jump into the blog, I wanted to remind you about my Tackle the Toxins Challenge!

The challenge is going on now through September 30th, to encourage you to swap out some of your potentially toxic personal care products for non-toxic health-friendly ones to promote hormone balance, a healthy gut and liver, and to prevent future diseases such as cancer.

Here’s how the challenge works…

For each non-toxic BeautyCounter product you purchase (to replace something toxic that you’re using) using my link through September 30th, you will receive one entry into a raffle to win a DUTCH Complete Hormone Test, plus a 90-minute results review and recommendation session with me ($750+ value).

Buy one product = 1 raffle entry
Buy three products = 3 raffle entries
Buy five products = 5 raffle entries!

To participate and for a chance to win, purchase your non-toxic BeautyCounter products here by September 30th.

The challenge is directly related to what I talk about in this week’s #TBT blog 🙂

Ok, now on to the most important thing I want you to know in order to achieve or support your ideal health and weight…

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You hear me cover a lot of different types of topics in my weekly emails and blog – everything from the latest science about hormone testing and diet to sleep, exercise, meditation and spirituality.

It may not always seem as if these topics have anything in common, but they do.  They are all addressing different types of stress that we encounter throughout our day and how to combat it.

Stress isn’t just the mental or emotional stress that we initially think of in relation to work, relationships or traumatic events.  Stress is much more than that.

Stress is anything that places a burden on the body.

Whether it’s inflammatory foods such as gluten, not getting adequate rest or sleep, under exercising or over exercising when your body is already fatigued, toxins in your environment, or physical ailments from misalignments in bones and muscles – it all equates to stress on the body.

When I went through my Functional Diagnostic Nutrition training program, we were taught to identify H.I.D.D.E.N. stressors, or malfunctions in the…

  • Hormone
  • Immune
  • Digestion
  • Detoxification
  • Energy Production
  • Nervous System

Looking at these different systems of the body and recognizing malfunction help me to also identify healing opportunities.

But in order to help someone heal and restore health to these systems of the body, I have to know what is causing the malfunction in the first place – stress.

To alleviate stress, I guide my clients in “coaching down contributors to stress, and coaching up function of the body” as my mentor Reed Davis says.

In all of the blogging and work that I do, my one big message for you is…

“I want you to be able to recognize the burden of stress on your body at any point in time and to know what to do about it in order to achieve your ideal health.”

Having a better understanding of what is contributing to a stress burden on your body leading to dysfunction, and taking action to minimize the stress is the secret to optimal health that we are all looking for.

In this week’s video and blog, I talk more about the different types of stressors, how to coach down the contributors and coach up function.

Our bodies are a miracle in and of themselves if you think about all that they do for us on a daily basis with little to no effort on our part: pumping blood and oxygen, breaking down and rebuilding cells, breathing, and giving us the ability to be mobile.

What we don’t realize is that those daily functions require a lot of work and energy from our body already, so we tend to pile on additional tasks, toxins and responsibilities that force our body to work harder.

Our body will essentially do anything we ask it to, but that doesn’t mean we should.

It’s rare that your body will tell you ‘no.’  It will climb to the peak of mountain tops, work through the night to meet a deadline for us and eat almost anything we feed it.  But that doesn’t mean we should ask it do those things, especially if it’s already burdened with H.I.D.D.E.N. stressors that we can’t see or aren’t aware of.

Know that stress can be…

  • The inflammatory or pesticide laden foods in our diet
  • Eating foods that are not in alignment with our nutritional needs
  • Staying up late at night consistently or not getting enough sleep
  • Exercising at a high intensity or for long durations when the body is tired
  • Perceived mental or emotional stress from work, relationships and traumatic events
  • Lack of nutrients in the body for functions to actually take place
  • Toxins in our environment which burden the liver, alter cells and disrupt hormones
  • And there are many more

For the longest time, exercise was actually one of my biggest stressors.  As a naturally active individual with a personal training background, exercising was not only a passion but something I was intrinsically driven to do.  I was constantly pushing my body to do more, get stronger or go longer.

A huge turning point leading to my remission with Hashimoto’s (an autoimmune thyroid disorder) was turning down the volume on my workout routine a lot, to relieve an unnecessary stress I was placing on my body and allow it to heal.  As soon as I cut back on lifting weights and running, and focused more on walking and yoga, my body started to heal more rapidly.

I look back now and I can see many points in my life where I pushed way too hard when it came to exercise.  I vividly remember running my first marathon and at mile 22 my body simply refused to keep running, but I kept pushing- an obvious moment in time when the burden of stress on my body was high and likely contributed to dysfunction that I probably never fully recovered from.  Now I know better and I would never put my body in that position again.

If I go to bed late, get a crappy night of sleep, cheat on my diet, am traveling or doing anything else that might create extra stress on my body, I’m very mindful about striking a balance by doing things such as skipping my usual workout for something that is more restorative, going to bed early the next day and taking a full weekend to eat healthy and rest.

Using functional lab testing, I’m able to help clients see where dysfunction exists in the hormone, immune, digestive, detoxification, energy production and nervous system BUT the bigger question is what do you do about it.

The secret to restoring balance and health is working towards eliminating the things that are causing stress on the body and giving it the support it needs to function at a higher level.

Just fixing your diet won’t do it. It’s one aspect of healing but not the catch-all solution most hope it would be.

Coaching up function in the body and achieving optimal health requires a multifaceted approach, one that involves:

  • Diet
  • Rest
  • Exercise
  • Stress Reduction (of all kinds)
  • And Supplementation to support and restore bodily functions while you eliminate the stressors

I have found in my many years of doing this work that the mindset and spirituality components are just as critical as any of the physiological and science aspects.  One will only be able to reach a limited level of optimal health without incorporating both and addressing all the burdens of potential stress.

Rebuilding the relationship with your body, taking responsibility and treating it with respect will help you forge forward in optimizing your health.  If you don’t change your mindset and the relationship with your body, you’ll continue to beat it down and run into a wall with your health.

So I’ll leave you with this… think about how much stress is on your body at this moment in time as you are reading this blog…

Are there toxins in your environment that you can’t see, hear or feel?
Did you get a crappy night’s sleep?
What was the last thing you ate and was it nutritious or not?
Did your force yourself to work out today or push too hard?
Are you stressed at work or in your relationships?
What else might be contributing to a burden of stress in your life?

Remember to weigh your stress burden regularly and then you can quickly take action to reduce it before it reduces your health.

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The average adult uses 9 or more personal care products each day, exposing themselves to over 126 unique chemical ingredients – that’s a huge burden of daily stress on the body!

Reduce your body’s daily burden by swapping out your toxic personal care products and participating in my Tackle the Toxins Challenge!

To participate and for a chance to win, purchase your non-toxic BeautyCounter products here by September 30th.

P.S. To access the Activate And Upgrade Your Autoimmune Healing webinar replay that I mention in the video go here

Regardless of whether you have an autoimmune issue or not, this webinar replay can help you to up-level your health. In the webinar, Molly Hamill and I will share best practices that we use on ourselves and with our clients to identify stress on the body, how to take responsibility for it, and how to take action to promote healing.

 

Tackle-The-Toxins Challenge!

Tackle the Toxins Challenge Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

Did you know that average adult uses 9 or more personal care products each day, exposing themselves to over 126 unique chemical ingredients?

Have you ever checked your personal care products to see how many chemicals you might be exposing yourself to on a daily basis?

Even small doses of chemical exposures can cause symptoms such as headaches, brain fog, light sensitivity, hormone imbalances and fatigue.

Many of the chemicals found in personal care products have been classified as carcinogens, meaning they cause cancer, or as endocrine disruptors, meaning they disrupt hormones and can lead to infertility issues (in both men and women), painful or irregular periods, more intense PMS symptoms, acne, headaches, night sweats, low energy, insomnia, hyper or hypothyroidism, autoimmunity and much more.

I know it can be tough to give up your old reliable personal care products.  Once upon a time, I decided to break up with my M.A.C. cosmetics, Aveda haircare and big brand labels, too, in order to support my health on a greater level.

It took time to find the right replacements and alternative brands that I could trust.  Now, I have a completely non-toxic line of beauty, skin and hair products that I love.

This is why I’m challenging you to “Tackle the Toxins” in your personal care products and incentivizing you to do it!

By transitioning your personal care products to non-toxic brands and minimizing the toxic load on your body, you can start to reverse any existing health issues and promote preventing them in the future.

Here’s how the challenge works…

For each non-toxic BeautyCounter product you purchase (to replace something toxic that you’re using) through September 30th, you will receive one entry into a raffle to win a DUTCH Complete Hormone Test, plus a 90-minute results review and recommendation session with me ($750+ value).

Buy one product = 1 raffle entry
Buy three products = 3 raffle entries
Buy five products = 5 raffle entries!

It’s that simple!

I selected BeautyCounter’s products as part of this Tackle the Toxins Challenge for a number of reasons…

  1. Out of all the non-toxic brands I’ve tried, I love the quality and consistency of BeautyCounter’s the most.
  2. From an ethical standpoint, they are a brand I can get behind; they advocate for stricter product guidelines, give back to the community and are a certified B-Corp.
  3. Their ingredient list is the strictest one in the industry and they are fully transparent about it.
  4. They require certificates of purity from their partners and require them to use non-GMO and non-toxic materials.
  5. Every product is tested every 3 months at a minimum and every single batch of color cosmetics is tested for hidden heavy metals.

Some of my personal favorite BeautyCounter products include:

  • No. 1 Brightening Facial (and the balancing one)
  • Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation Linen
  • All eye shadows and powder blushes
  • Touch Up Skin Concealer Pen
  • Nourishing Cream Cleanser
  • Rejuvenating Face Cleanser
  • Nourishing Day Cream
  • Charcoal Face Mask
  • Eye Liner Pencil
  • And Bronzer

They have a ton of great kid’s and men’s products too!

Now, you might be wondering, what is so great about the DUTCH Complete Hormone Test giveaway?

The DUTCH test is one of the most comprehensive sex hormone and adrenal test on the market for understanding what is happening in the body as it relates to hormone balance.

This test has all of the critical markers to truly evaluate your adrenal function and hormone balance including:

  • DHEA-S, Daily Free Cortisol and Cortisone Patterns
  • Testosterone, DHT, DHEA (PLUS their androgens and metabolites)
  • Estrogen and Progesterone (PLUS their metabolites and pathways)
  • Melatonin, Serotonin, Dopamine, Norepi/Epinephrine and Oxidative Stress
  • And nutritional elements related to hormones such as Glutathione, B12 and B6

Along with the test, you’ll also get to meet with me via phone or video call for an in-depth 90-minute results review session to go over your results and my personalized recommendations for you in regards to diet, sleep, exercise, stress reduction and supplements to improve or maintain your cortisol and hormone health!

All you have to do to win is Tackle the Toxins in your personal care products!

The more non-toxic BeautyCounter products you purchase to replace your old and toxic ones, the greater your chances of winning!

To participate in the challenge and for a chance to win, purchase your non-toxic BeautyCounter products here by September 30th.

To learn more about the toxins that might be lurking your personal care products, check out the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database

And this exclusive webinar I recently did for my clients about Clean Personal Care Products.  Access the webinar here.

Let me know if you have questions about what toxins might be lurking in your products and which alternative non-toxic ones you might want to try!

What your forehead says about your health…

What Your Forehead Says About Your Health Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

I’ll never forget the day I wore my hair pulled back with a headband and my coworker called me out for having a big forehead.

I had been self-conscious about it before, but that day made me feel ultra self-conscious moving forward.  My dreams of growing out my bangs for more long, luscious locks around my face and less work in the hairstyling department quickly vanished.

At the time, I had no idea how insightful my forehead would be about my health.

Sometimes what we take for granted or hate most about our bodies can hold the most valuable clues about our health.

For example, the extra weight you might have put on around the middle can be a big clue for blood sugar imbalances, toxic exposures, chronic stress and cortisol hormone dysfunction.

Or weight gain in your “lady parts” (aka breast, hips and butt) strongly correlates with excess estrogen circulating in the body, which can be true for both women and men.

And early signs of gray hair is linked to high stress and low levels of glutathione in the body, which is the body’s master antioxidant and detoxification nutrient.

When is comes to your ideal health and weight, your body holds all of the answers.

Western medicine takes more of a “let’s stop the issue” and take this pill for that approach instead of checking in with the body to understand where it’s coming from or what is causing it.

That’s why it’s so common to get prescribed a medication, such as birth control for acne, only to have it partially resolve the issue and for something new to pop up.  It’s like chasing holes in a sinking boat!

This western approach works perfectly in acute and serious situations such as car accidents or catastrophic events when measures need to be taken immediately to stop the bleeding and save a limb or life.  But they aren’t effective for the common chronic health and weight issues that most of us face on a daily basis.

We could spend hours breaking down all of your body parts and what clues they hold about your health.  Correlating body parts with symptoms and nerve meridians have been a main focus in eastern medicine practices such as Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries.

For today, let’s just focus on the little nuggets about your health that your forehead might have to share

In this week’s video and blog, I share 3 super clues that your forehead might be holding about your health and what you can do with the information.

These 3 clues will give you insights about your digestion, liver  and detox capacity, hormonal balance and thyroid function.

Super Clue #1 – Metabolism & Thyroid Function
I first learned about the forehead’s correlation with your health status when I started studying thyroid conditions on a deeper level.

Hair loss in the “widow’s peak” area of the hairline or forehead points to a sluggish thyroid usually indicating hypothyroidism or Hashimotos.

Missing the outer 3rd portion of your eyebrows (also in the forehead region) is another strong clue indicating low thyroid function that should be investigated.

Super Clue #2 – Digestion & Gluten Sensitivity
I was fascinated when I heard Dr. Tom O’Bryan (one of the pioneers in gluten sensitivity research) quote a study that connected the dots between the size of your forehead and your susceptibility for gluten sensitivity.

In the study, they found that a large forehead directly correlates with having Celiac’s disease and/or gluten sensitivity, so much so that the study stated, “This sign along with the presence of other clinical signs and symptoms, should alert a physician to test a patient for celiac disease.”

I had cut out gluten long before hearing this, and I was never diagnosed as being Celiac, but after hearing this is all made sense.  I had a large forehead indication and increased sensitivity or potential autoimmunity related to gluten, and that’s why I felt so much better with gluten out of my life.

Super Clue #3 – Liver & Detoxification
You may have heard the old-wise tale about how acne in specific areas of the face can correlate with your diet, stress, dirty hands and allergic reactions.

Well there’s actually some truth to this.

According to the nerve meridians used in eastern medicine, the area of your forehead is linked to your major detoxification organs such as you liver, gallbladder, kidneys and bladder.

Acne on your forehead can indicate a back-up in your body’s ability to detox and process toxins or excess hormones, such as estrogen, adequately.

When I was in the throws of healing Hashimotos, detoxing from toxic mold and estrogen dominance I had forehead acne for the first time in my life.

And even more interesting, on an emotional level forehead acne can be related to anger, anxiety, fear, frustration, worry and grief!

On top of it all, all of these clues can also be connected!  

In order for your thyroid to function at full steam, your digestive tract and detox organs need to be running effectively.

An inflamed digestive system from gluten sensitivity will allow more toxins into your bloodstream, leading to liver overload and then taking your thyroid down with it.

And the vicious cycle could go on and on and on.

Next time you look in the mirror, take a closer look at your forehead to see what it might be saying about your health.

If you notice any of these clues that I mentioned, you’ll want to…

  • Do a food sensitivity and gluten reactivity test to verify if these are issues for you
  • Test your thyroid to see if your thyroid hormones are in optimal ranges
  • Boost your detox capacity with some high quality liver support supplements and naturally detoxifying food such as beets, dandelion greens and cruciferous vegetables

I’ve learned to love the size of my forehead because of the valuable insights and empowerment it’s given me about my health.

And as many of my clients and I have experienced, it may not be possible to change the size of your forehead but you can learn to appreciate the health knowledge it has to offer, and it is possible to get your thyroid, digestion and detoxification back on track so you can have your luscious hair and clear skin back.

Share this with a family member or friend who might find it useful too!

And as always, if you want to get your hands on the right lab tests and resources so you can find the missing pieces of your health puzzle and get back to feeling like yourself again, schedule an Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me today here.

 

 

I went live yesterday…

WHB-Peak Performance Tip Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

I’ve basically been a high performer right out of the womb.

When I was in kindergarten, I remember getting mad at my teacher for writing my name on my paper because I knew how to write my name already when the rest of the class didn’t.

I was student body president in 6th grade.  I took advanced classes in elementary, middle and high school while playing varsity sports and graduating with straight A’s.

In college I juggled a full time class schedule, internship, social life and part time job – I was “doing it all.”

And I’ve always excelled in every job I’ve had, climbing the management and career ladder quicker than most of my peers on top of throwing some of the best social gatherings and taking care of a sick mother.

Can you relate?

Now that I know what I know now about health, and how “doing it all” is what drove my hormones, immune, digestion, detoxification, energy and nervous system into the ground, I would certainly go back and do things a little differently.

It’s easy to get caught up in this fast pace millennial world pursuing success and peak performance while sacrificing your health.  It almost seems expected in order to make something of yourself.

But I’m here to tell you, there is a way to have it all without sacrificing your health completely, and yesterday I went live on the Driven Millennial Summit with Mia Christina Sarno to give you tips about how you can do life differently so you can perform and preserve your health at the same time.

And you’re in luck, you can still catch my live interview for the next 24 hours!

Let me introduce you to the passionate powerhouse, Mia Christina Sarno, who is driven to change the way millennials, and those of us impacted by the millennial age, prioritize our health.

She started Firewave Wellness, a digital platform for healing, vitality, and holistic health and I totally resonate with the movement… she’s supporting people around the world in decreasing stressful habits and transforming their mindset around health to make being productive (while maintaining health) easier.

You see, Mia also experience burnout, just like I did, as a result of trying to “do it all” – getting good grades, climbing the career ladder, being strong for others and striving for the ideal body.

We both recognize how the mode of the millennial age can drive people like you and me into health catastrophes.

This summer, Mia and I collaborated to provide you with super fast and simple tips to help you keep your health at the forefront while pursuing success in your career and peak performance in your life.

As you know, I want to support you and provide valuable insight whenever I can.

Mia has started a new show, The Driven Millennial: Fast and Easy Tips for Peak Performance without Burn Out, where I and other health experts get to share our stories and passion for health in a unique format that will encourage your heart and leave you with real TOOLS FOR HEALTH.

So let me ask you…

Do you want to go down the same road Mia and I did, or would you like to take a shortcut to the successful healthier super highway?

Or would you like to re-route yourself in that direction and reverse the health issues you might already be facing?

And what would it be worth for you to get better performance in your career, family, life? Even 1 take-away can change the way you perceive health. It’s that easy.

You can get access to the Fast and Easy Tips for Peak Performance Without Burnout show here

You can do all the diet and exercising in the world, but if you’re still operating from a millennial state of mind, as we all are guilty of doing sometimes, then getting results and improving your health will be harder than you’d like.

Just hit the easy button and listen to the tips that Mia and I have collaborated on for you 🙂

 

Let’s try something new together…

WHB-Peak Performance Tip Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

How often do you hear or say the phrase… “it must be a millennial thing”?

Whether you’re a millennial or not, your health has been impacted by the technology and social advancements of the millennial age.

Let me ask you a few questions…

  • Would you like to do more faster, with more peace?
  • Would you like to have the time to actually accomplish all the things you want to do?
  • Would you like to have the energy to jump out of bed, EXCITED for the day ahead?

If you said yes to any of these then you’re suffering from the impacts of the millennial age, even if you aren’t a millennial, and there’s a very important person you need to meet.

Let me introduce you to a passionate powerhouse, Mia Christina Sarno, who is driven to change the way millennials, and those of us impacted by the millennial age, prioritize our health.

She started Firewave Wellness, a digital platform for healing, vitality, and holistic health and I totally resonate with the movement… she’s supporting people around the world in decreasing stressful habits and transforming their mindset around health to make being productive (while maintaining health) easier.

You see, Mia also experience burnout, just like I did, as a result of trying to “do it all” – getting good grades, climbing the career ladder, being strong for others and striving for the ideal body.

We both recognize how the mode of the millennial age can drive people like you and me into health catastrophes.

This summer, Mia and I collaborated to provide you with super fast and simple tips to help you keep your health at the forefront while pursuing success in your career and peak performance in your life.

As you know, I want to support you and provide valuable insight whenever I can.

Mia has started a new show, The Driven Millennial: Fast and Easy Tips for Peak Performance without Burn Out, where I and other health experts get to share our stories and passion for health in a unique format that will encourage your heart and leave you with real TOOLS FOR HEALTH.

So let me ask you…

What would it be worth for you to get better performance in your career, family, life? Even 1 take-away can change the way you perceive health.It’s that easy.

You can get access to the Fast and Easy Tips for Peak Performance Without Burnout show here

You can do all the diet and exercising in the world, but if you’re still operating from a millennial state of mind, as we all are guilty of doing sometimes, then getting results and improving your health will be harder than you’d like.

Just hit the easy button and listen to the tips that Mia and I have collaborated on for you 🙂

 

Listen to this!

WHB-Podcasts Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

Podcasts are all the rage these days, and why wouldn’t they be?

They are one of the easiest ways to ingest information in the fast-paced world we live in, they help us to connect with others that we can relate to and get in touch with experts on specialized topics that pique our interest.

I’ve been honored to be a guest on some extraordinary podcasts lately with people who are doing the groundwork so that people like you can access the info you need about health, wellbeing and personal self growth so that you can feel like your best self.

In these podcasts, I’ve had a chance to share tips, tools and resources on a variety of topics.

I’ve touched on everything from lab testing, to mindset, mold, eliminating toxic exposures, the courage of ease, living confidently and how food can heal.

So this week, instead of my usual blog, I encourage you to catch all the info you can from one or more of my recent podcast appearances!

Wholistic Health Boss Podcasts Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

Click here to see all of my podcast appearances and listen away!

 

 

 

Banish bloating overnight!

Banish-Bloating-Overnight Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

What if I told you it was possible to banish bloating, boost your energy, balance your hormones, regulate your bowel movements, reduce inflammation and stress all while you were sleeping?

And that it didn’t require changing your diet, workout, sleep, daily routine, or investing in fad products, supplements and health foods.

In fact, it would only take 2 minutes of your day to help yourself get all of these amazing results.

Well, it’s true.

So true that the benefits of the health tool I’m about to tell you about can be traced all the way back to 1500 b.c. when Egyptian doctors used it.

I’m talking about good ‘ol castor oil.

Castor oil has been used medicinally for thousands of years to cure everything from constipation to heartburn, to induce labor, promote hair growth, and boost liver function.

I personally started using castor oil as part of my health routine over 7 years ago and it has been a staple in helping me to get my energy back, get my hormones on track and to keep my skin cancer and Hashimotos in remission.

The coolest thing about castor oil that it doesn’t take you much time, effort or money for it to work it’s magic.

Castor oil helps with a WIDE range of health issues such as:

  • Bloating and weight loss
  • PCOS and uterine fibroids
  • Constipation and digestion
  • Muscle or joint aches and pains
  • Skin rashes/issues and hair loss
  • Trouble sleeping, anxiety and depression
  • Cortisol, thyroid and other hormone imbalances

And so much more!

Castor oil is so effective because it contains natural healing properties such as fatty acids, flavonoids, phenolic compounds, amino acids, terpenoids and phytosterols which help to reduce inflammation, increase antioxidants, protect the liver, heal wounds and produce antimicrobial effects.

In this week’s video and blog, I share more about how you can use castor oil to banish bloating overnight and improve your overall health.

 

Typically castor oil is used topically in the form of a “castor oil pack” in order to soak up all of it’s healing benefits.

This involves getting yourself some wool flannel and organic castor oil in a glass bottle (so it’s toxin free) to make your castor oil “pack”, and some saran wrap to secure the pack on your body and to prevent the oil from leaking out and staining your clothes or furniture.

Or you can get a done-for-you hassle and mess free Queen of Thrones Castor Oil Pack here.

To sum up how castor oil is so effective for banishing bloating and boosting your overall health, my dear friend, naturopathic doctor, castor oil expert and Queen of Thrones founder Dr. Marisol came up with this witty acronym… FAITH.

Function.
Castor oil packs improve the function of the digestive tract by strengthening the intestinal barrier (aka healing leaky gut) which improves absorption of nutrients. Plus castor oil packs help to regulate bowel movements which help you eliminate unwanted toxins, and excess hormones.

Antioxidants.
Castor oil boosts your antioxidant status because it’s a source of Omega 6, Omega 9, vitamin E and supports prostaglandins in the body which are the end result of consuming Omega 3’s.  Castor oil packs are a great way to get more antioxidants topically, through the skin, especially if you might be deficient or have digestive issues and can’t absorb them well through food sources.  It also supports Glutathione production which is you master detoxification agent.

Inflammation.
Castor oil can be used to target and reduce inflammation in specific areas of the body.  You can use it to reduce stomach inflammation, related to that “spare tire” effect, back pain or anywhere else that might be inflamed! Once inflammation is reduced, other processes can return to normal.

Tension.
Castor oil also triggers the creation of Oxytocin, known as your love hormone, which reduces your stress hormone cortisol and gives you a sense of stress relief and an improved sense of well being.  Dopamine, your feel “good hormone”, also increases with the use of castor oil packs, all resulting in less tension and feeling more relaxed.

Host.
Lastly, castor oil helps breakdown biofilms, candida and bad bacteria that you might be hosting to ultimately reduce your body’s stress burden and improve overall health.

Essentially castor oil packs help restore faith in your body’s natural abilities 🙂

Castor oil can also be used orally for oiling pulling to improve dental hygiene and in some cases it can be ingested (but definitely check with your health practitioner before consuming it!).

The benefits of castor oil go way beyond banishing bloating for you overnight. It’s a fantastic and simple tool you can implement easily into your life to improve your results and enhance the benefits of anything else you might be doing for your health.

If you want to dive deeper into the healing benefits of castor oil, check out the recent Facebook Live video I did with Dr. Marisol, the Queen of Thrones, and one of the most knowledgeable people I know when it comes to castor oil.

And don’t forget, you can get a done-for-you hassle and mess free Queen of Thrones Castor Oil Pack here.

 

 

How good you eat doesn’t matter…

How-You-Eat-Doesnt-Matter Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

I’ve always prided myself on being a healthy eater, but what I realize now is that how good you eat doesn’t matter as much as you think.

As a kid I grew up with a garden, dinner was always balanced with a lean protein, vegetable and starch, and I had to clear my plate before I could have dessert – making sure I ate all the “good stuff” first.

In college I did my best to carry-on the good eating habits my parents had taught me, and although I wasn’t perfect I definitely ate healthier than the majority of my peers.  Plus, I hit the gym regularly to offset my indulgences.

But my weight was always up and down despite my healthy eating and exercising habits.

As I entered my mid-twenties I was determined to get my weight under control and have the body of my dreams, so I signed up for my first fitness competition.

I cut calories, I trained harder than ever, I ate small meals throughout the day and I drank gallons of water.  My daily food intake usually included oatmeal and berries, yogurt and berries, a protein bar or shake, and chicken breast with a vegetable such as broccoli or zucchini for lunch and dinner.

Super healthy right?

And on competition day I was the smallest I had ever been, a lean 125 pounds at 16% body fat that only lasted for a few days.

Sure I looked great on stage, but the second I relaxed on my diet and training routine after the show I ballooned back up and weighed more than I did before training for the competition!

Along with the rebound weight gain, my fatigued and seasonal allergies intensified.  I could barely keep my eyes open in the afternoon after having a double Americano and the second the seasons changed my head would fill up with fog, congestion and pain from earaches.

At the time I didn’t connect the dots between my fatigue, weight gain and seasonal allergies so I just kept trucking along and decided it would be a good idea to do another fitness competition to get my weight back under control.

This time instead of cutting calories so drastically I tried carb cycling, meaning I would eat less than 50 grams of carbs per day for 3 days then I would have a high carb day of 120 grams, and repeat.  My food included way more protein and vegetables, and way less fruits and grains.

I did more Olympic lifting and I pushed myself even harder.

My muscle gains were great.  I stood on stage at a lean 130 lbs and 16% body fat, feeling good in my body but still struggling with fatigue and allergies.

But just like before, my results didn’t stick.  Most of the weight came back, I was still tired all the time and plagued with severe seasonal allergies.

I questioned myself, and all that I knew about diet and exercise.  I was the healthiest person I knew but I didn’t feel or look like it.

I went searching for answers and that’s when I started to realize how good you eat doesn’t matter as much as you think.

In this week’s video and blog, I want to help you better understand the link between diet and getting results, and why how good you eat doesn’t matter as much as you might think.

When I found the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN) Course, all of the pieces fell into place.

I studied fitness, nutrition and health in college but not a single class addressed the actual functional components or importance of diet, rest, exercise, stress reduction and supplementation and how all of these pieces worked together like the FDN course did.

What I came to find is that…

Your diet is only as effective as the rest of your lifestyle.

You could be the healthiest eater in the world but if you’re burning the midnight oil, over or under exercising, and dealing with a ton of physical and emotional stress, your healthy eating efforts fall to the wayside.

The body is a complex network of systems that all work together.  If you want your healthy eating habits to be effective for weight loss, increasing your energy or resolving other health issues, then you need all systems online and working right.

You have to learn to value sleep and stress reduction as much, if not more than, diet and exercise.

Focusing on diet alone may get you some results; maybe you’ll lose a few pounds, notice a small increase in your energy or some symptom relief but eventually progress comes to a halt unless your lifestyle also supports your healthy eating habits.

For example, one night of poor sleep or going to bed late can have significant impacts on your body’s ability to balance blood sugar and your hormones, both of which directly correlate with weight gain or weight loss resistance.

Over exercising or exercising too intensely when you’re body is already depleted and tired also directly impact hormone balance, which will dictate your weight.

And then there’s emotional stress.

When you’re stressed, your stress hormone cortisol goes up and surges in cortisol have been linked to weight gain right around your midsection (the “spare tire” effect).

I was guilty of all of these things.  I stayed up late, worked long days at a stressful job and constantly pushed my body beyond its limits when it came to exercise, and my functional lab tests showed it!

My cortisol was out of control, my sex hormones were low, I had a congested liver and some pretty nasty bacteria growing in my gut.

It was no wonder why I felt fat, tired and broken down even though I was eating healthy!

Ok, so here’s how I finally got my weight and allergies under control, and my energy back once and for all…

I shifted my focus to be equal parts diet, rest, exercise and stress reduction by:

  • Paying more attention to what foods made my body feel good
  • Setting a goal to be asleep by 10pm at least 5 nights per week
  • Incorporating 1-2 days of restorative exercise such as beach walks and yoga
  • Creating a daily mindfulness practice using a variety of meditation and breath-work tools

And I also worked on restoring function to the different systems of my body using functional lab testing as my guide.

Now my healthy eating habits are as effective as they can be, and one or a few days off my normal eating routine doesn’t throw me completely off course.

I’ve seen a similar story over and over again with the clients who have come through my health coaching practice.

They’ve tried various diets such as Paleo, Whole30 and Keto but get little to no results because it’s the only thing they’ve been focusing on, and their lifestyle wasn’t supporting the expected results of their eating habits.

But once we run some functional lab tests to identify their healing opportunities and get them on a more personalized plan with a balanced focus, the weight starts falling off, their energy instantly goes up and any other health issues start to diminish or go away completely.

If you’re frustrated with the lack of results you’ve been seeing from your healthy eating habits, then let’s explore what’s holding you back.

Schedule an Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session here.

 

Do what lights you up!

Ultimate Health Coaching Summit Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

I’ve always been a determined, driven and career oriented person.

I moved up the corporate career ladder at a young age and found myself managing a multi-million dollar fitness facility at the age of 26 only to become burnt out from the 12 hour days and frustrated with the limited impact I was actually having on people’s health.

I then landed myself in a VP of strategy role with a corporate wellness company, only to once again reach burn out and hit a wall of frustration when it came to really having the kind of positive impact I wanted to have.

And all along the way I sacrificed my own health in pursuit of a career that didn’t actually light me up at the end of the day. I was left feeling frustrated with work, fat, tired and sick all the time.

Luckily a mentor of mine introduced me to the idea of being a health coach, and not just any kind of health coach, but one who could make a really good living doing what I loved.

A career as a health coach checked all the boxes…

  • Freedom to set my own schedule and travel
  • The ability to work from home and focus more on work-life balance
  • Doing extremely rewarding work helping individuals on a deeper level

I enrolled in the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® course back in 2012 and I’ve been a full-time health coach making a good living doing what I love ever since.

Becoming a health coach not only brought joy back into my work life, but it also helped me heal my own health issues such as skin cancer, adrenal and gut dysfunction, Hashimotos, seasonal allergies, resistant weight loss and mold illness.

It was the best decision I ever made.

If you are passionate about health, want to help others on a deeper level, improve your own health and make a good living doing work that is extremely rewarding, then maybe being a health coach is for you too.

I’ve seen many people make a complete career change, going from being an engineer or stay-at-home mom, to becoming a hugely successful health coach.

What you do for work directly impacts the status of your health, so do what lights you up and your body will thank you.

If you want to learn more about what it takes to be a health coach, or if you are a health coach wanting to build a thriving practice that brings you joy….

Ultimate Health Coaching Summit Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

STARTING TODAY, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (the health coach training program I went through) is launching the Ultimate Health Coaching Summit that will help health coaches, aspiring health coaches and health practitioners who feel stuck or who might be struggling to build their coaching practice, or who don’t know where to start.

And the best part is the summit is FREE! – GET ACCESS HERE

When you see the topics being covered by these 36 world-class health coaches (including me!), professionals and marketing experts, you’ll understand why the Ultimate Health Coaching Summit is going to be an absolute game changer for those who attend!

You’ll discover exactly how to get into the health coaching business, and how to address the struggles with your business and your clients, so that you can help as many people as possible get well and stay well.

All you have to do is reserve your seat for the most educational and inspirational event of the year.

And get this… you won’t need to worry about going broke buying programs that don’t work anymore… it’s all right here!

FDN has lined up experts (like me!) in coaching, marketing, nutrition, science and diagnostics for a LIVE 4 day event like no other.

And the best part about all this is that…

…It’s FREE for you to attend!

Unlike conferences and hotel seminars that you have to invest time and money to travel to, you can attend this cutting edge online digital summit from anywhere in the world. Cool huh?

No booking flights, rental cars, and hotel rooms, no dealing with layovers, lost luggage, and no missed work or time away from home.

Instead, from the comfort of your home or office or wherever you choose to listen in, you’re going to learn exactly how to…

  • Make a great living changing people’s lives for the better
  • Find programs and systems that get better results for you and your clients
  • Teach natural healing alternatives to your community that work
  • Be part of the growing community of expert  health professionals and coaches
  • Create a coaching business that can radically change your financial situation
  • And so much more…

Now, all that’s left for you to do is to claim your FREE Ticket Here before time runs out.

GET ACCESS HERE

You’ll need to reserve your digital seat to attend so you can get a reminder about the event on each day so you won’t miss any of the talks and all the extras that come with it.

The summit is already happening and it’s awesome!

Best decision I ever made…

Ultimate Health Coaching Summit Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

Becoming a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, aka functional health coach, was the best decision I ever made for my health, happiness and career.

My decision was inspired by the health issues I faced at a young age…

…diagnosed with skin cancer at 26
…worsening seasonal allergies that would take me out for days and weeks
…chronic fatigue, struggles to maintain a normal weight, migraines and joint pain

All of which have been completely resolved using what I’ve learned as a health coach, and no thanks to the traditional medical approach.

I left the corporate world officially 5 years ago to pursue a full-time career as a health coach helping others to resolve their health issues and get back to feeling like themselves again just as I did.

The road to becoming a health coach and building a thriving full-time practice has been a bumpy one, but I did it and I continue to grow in so many ways!

Every day when I close my virtual office, my heart is full of joy and gratitude for the work I get to do; for the ways that I get to help others realize their health dreams.

If you’re a health coach wanting to build a thriving practice that brings you joy, or you’re curious about becoming one, then there’s something you have to know…

Ultimate Health Coaching Summit Adrenal Fatigue Leaky gut Thyroid Jenn Malecha

On July 18-21, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (the health coach training program I went through) is launching the Ultimate Health Coaching Summit that will help health coaches, aspiring health coaches and health practitioners who feel stuck or who might be struggling to build their coaching practice, or who don’t know where to start.

And the best part is the summit is FREE! – REGISTER HERE

When you see the topics being covered by these 36 world-class health coaches (including me!), professionals and marketing experts, you’ll understand why the Ultimate Health Coaching Summit is going to be an absolute game changer for those who attend!

You’ll discover exactly how to get into the health coaching business, and how to address the struggles with your business and your clients, so that you can help as many people as possible get well and stay well.

All you have to do is reserve your seat for the most educational and inspirational event of the year.

And get this… you won’t need to worry about going broke buying programs that don’t work anymore… it’s all right here!

FDN has lined up experts (like me!) in coaching, marketing, nutrition, science and diagnostics for a LIVE 4 day event like no other.

And the best part about all this is that…

…It’s FREE for you to attend!

Unlike conferences and hotel seminars that you have to invest time and money to travel to, you can attend this cutting edge online digital summit from anywhere in the world. Cool huh?

No booking flights, rental cars, and hotel rooms, no dealing with layovers, lost luggage, and no missed work or time away from home.

Instead, from the comfort of your home or office or wherever you choose to listen in, you’re going to learn exactly how to…

  • Make a great living changing people’s lives for the better
  • Find programs and systems that get better results for you and your clients
  • Teach natural healing alternatives to  your community that work
  • Be part of the growing community of expert  health professionals and coaches
  • Create a coaching  business that can radically change your financial situation
  • And so much more.

Now, all that’s left for you to do is to claim your FREE Ticket Here before time runs out.

REGISTER HERE

You’ll need to reserve your digital seat to attend so you can get a reminder about the event on each day so you won’t miss any of the talks and all the extras that come with it.

This is going to be awesome!