Can you believe we finally started a new year and left that dumpster fire of 2020 behind???
The beginning of a new year holds a whole new meaning when it comes to setting goals after the year we just had – what you set your sights on now can change in an instant as 2020 taught, so how do you stay the course despite what life throws at you?
To help you kick this year right, I want to give you 5 critical tips to help you actually nail your health goals this year, for real this time.
Because, how many times have you told yourself this is going to be the year?
The year you…
Get your energy back
Finally feel good in your body again
Ditch the stress and make more time for self-care
Figure out what is really going on with your hormones
Reverse your autoimmune issues and manage them naturally
Or get to the bottom of your bloating and digestive struggles
…and ultimately get back to feeling like yourself again (or for the very first time).
As most people do, you probably always start the new year with the best of intentions but quickly find yourself getting lost in the chaos of everyday life, or swept up by a pandemic. And before you know it, the whole year has practically passed you by, and you still feel uncomfortable in your body, sick or tired all of the time.
I feel ya, I’ve fallen into this vicious cycle myself in the past, but I made some major shifts along my journey to get my energy and body back.
First, let me tell you, it’s not your fault if you haven’t reached your New Year’s resolutions in years past. There is no such thing as failure, only feedback. Feedback that you need a different plan of attack.
There’s more to achieving a goal than just setting one.
Marathon runners don’t just wake up one day and run a marathon. They train for it. They fuel their body for it. They buy the right clothing for it. They put energy and thought into exactly how they are going to make it to the finish line on race day.
Like training for a marathon, in order to nail your health goals you need the right plan, resources and support.
In this week’s video and blog, I give you 5 critical tips to help you actually nail your health goals this year, for real this time.
1 – Focus on the why, not the what
Who wouldn’t like to lose a little weight, have more energy or control of their health naturally? Those are surface goals. It’s not what’s on the outside that matters, it’s what is on the inside that will keep you motivated.
What would having more energy, control of your health and weight do for you? How would it change your life?
It would give you more confidence. You would feel more comfortable in your skin. You would be able to focus better at work, and as a result make more money. You would be a better partner and parent. You would be able to travel the world, hike the tallest mountain, do anything you physically wanted to do with a feeling of joy. You would be limitless!
When I trained for a marathon, sure there were days I didn’t want to get out of bed and run a ridiculous amount of miles. And when I was in the depths of healing Hashimotos and mold illness, there were plenty of times when I wanted to throw in the towel, but reconnecting with my “why” is what kept me going, and it’s what keeps my clients going too.
2 – Clear the clutter
Distractions are everywhere and they can come in any form; food, finances, physical clutter in your home, negative people who drain your energy, social media and the news or people who convince you to do things that aren’t in your health’s best interest.
If you have to stare the cookies in the chocolate chip eye every day, eventually they will get the best of you.
Give yourself time to set up your environment to support the pursuit of your goals. Clear food out of the pantry and fridge that isn’t in alignment with how you want to be eating. Put together a budget or get your finances in order so you don’t have to worry about them, and you can focus on yourself. Take one day to organize that hall closet, garage or other cluttered space in your home. And set some healthy boundaries for those things or people in your life who may not be on the same path as you – instead of gossiping over cocktails, grab a coffee or take a walk and set a social media or news time consumption limit.
Once the clutter is out of the way you can move forward on a clear path.
3 – Build upon your existing rituals
We all brush our teeth in the morning, or at least I hope you do. This is a ritual, or a habit, and something we can build upon.
Often what feels overwhelming about going after your health goals is the idea of having to “create time” or space to workout, eat healthy, meditate, drink more water etc. But what if you just built upon the time you’ve already carved out for the rituals or habits you already have in place?
This really helped me build a meditation practice. I started with just 10-15 minutes of meditation after our evening family dog walk as part of my nightly “wind down” routine. It eventually grew into 30 minutes and I yearned for it so much that I eventually implemented into my morning routine right before my workout.
Oil pulling is another great example for me. I do it 3 mornings per week while I prepare supplements and morning water – tackling two things at once! I’m all about efficiency.
Another great example that my clients really enjoy is doing meditation in their car in the driveway when they get home from work before entering their house, or in the bathroom after taking a shower. These are great ways to disconnect from work and create quiet spaces so you can be more present for loved ones.
Assess your current rituals and how you can build upon them with the things that you would like to be doing for yourself to support your health.
4 – Recruit the right support and resources
It’s ok to ask for help, and don’t let your ego tell you otherwise. Instead of spinning your wheels about what foods to eat, what exercise to engage in, which meditation to try, supplements to take or about anything else that might support your health goals, recruit the right experts and resources to be your guide.
As the old saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child”, it can also take a team of experts or resources to help you reach your health goals. Set yourself up for success by hiring the right experts to hold you accountable and give you the resources you need to feel your best. Your health-goals dream team might include a personal trainer, health coach, chiropractor, acupuncturist, spiritual guide or other health professional.
5 – Stop shooting in the dark
If you’ve “tried everything” when it comes to diet and exercise, yet nothing seems to work, then it’s time to test instead of guess. You are unique and therefore your diet, exercise, sleep, supplements and stress reduction needs will be too. What works for one person isn’t exactly going to work for you.
When your attempts to lose weight, increase your energy and get your health back under control aren’t working, it’s a sign that something bigger is going on beneath the surface such as hormone imbalances, liver congestion, poor nutrient absorption or fat for fuel metabolism, and your typical blood tests won’t pick up on these hidden dysfunctions.
Your results will always be lacking, no matter how many diets or workout routines you try, if you’ve got something greater going on under the hood.
So stop shooting in the dark, run some functional lab tests that will give you a bigger picture of your overall health and take a more strategic, and personalized approach to reaching your health goals this year.
Let me know how I can support you more in achieving your 2021 health goals…
As the (W)holistic Health Boss, my mission is to support busy, health-minded people like you in getting access to the right lab tests and resources so you can find the missing pieces to your health puzzle and get back to feeling like yourself again (or for the very first time!).
Here’s to you achieving your health goals this year, no matter what life throws at you!
(P.S. I would be thrilled to be on your team. I’m currently taking a limited number of clients and offering a 20% discount for the month of January. If you’re ready to take back control of your health and feel like your best self, schedule a complimentary Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session here to explore the possibilities)
Wow. Can you believe how fast 2020 has come and gone?
And so much has happened in the world of health in 2020…
- A pandemic exploded
- Causing us to question our personal health status and the response to the pandemic
- A vaccine was quickly created and has recently been rolled out
And what didn’t happen was a conversation about how we got to a pandemic in the first place. As we work to reverse the pandemic, it’s also important to explore what led to it so we can reduce the risk of one in the future.
Some of the most common correlations for risk factors and the spread have been:
- Pre-existing chronic disease such as Diabetes or autoimmunity
- High blood glucose (sugar) levels
- Low Vitamin D levels
All of which are preventable, reversible or managed better with a healthy lifestyle and eating habits.
On average, it takes almost 18 years for this type of new information to hit your doctor’s desk; so more and more people are turning away from conventional medicine due to the lack of solutions and seeking more personalized care from functional and holistic health-minded professionals like myself.
As I’ve been saying since this pandemic hit, most people need to experience a catastrophic event (i.e. a health scare) to realize they need to do something about their health, and the majority of this year has been a global catastrophic event.
Life gives us exactly what we need when we need it, we just have to be open to receive it.
This year forced a LOT of change. It forced us to change the way we look at the world, the way we look at our health and what we prioritize in our lives.
What has been important to you?
For some it has been toilet paper, and for others it’s been making sure they have high quality food in the fridge.
While I was re-evaluating my priorities, it seems this year has been calling us to:
- Slow down
- Let go of being busy
- Look inward instead of out
- Be with yourself and those closest to you
- Practice patience and hold space for health
- Take time to create and contemplate what is really important
Interestingly, these are also basic practices that help you to build and maintain your health, and they have been pivotal parts of my health journey that helped me reverse Hashimotos, balance my hormones, restore my energy and get back to my ideal body.
As the (W)holistic Health Boss, my mission is to help keep you up to speed on the latest information, tips, tools and resources so you can find the missing pieces to your health puzzle and feel like yourself again or for the very first time.
This year, I’ve written over 50 blogs and hundreds of social media posts to educate and empower you about the right lab tests and resources you need to feel like your best self again (or for the very first time).
But if you’re anything like me, then life has surely been busy and maybe you’ve missed a few of the important things I had to share with you.
So to close out 2020, I’ve compiled the top tips and pieces of information I shared this year in hopes that these will give you the insights you need to kick off 2021 with a healthy bang!
Even if you read them the first time, read them again. A new golden nugget of information just might jump out at you!
As you reflect on the year, take a moment to envision what you want for yourself and your health in 2021.
Do you want more energy?
To feel great in your body again?
To finally put your digestive issues, anxiety or crappy nights of sleep to rest?
All so you can feel healthy, strong, free and limitless to be adventurous and live life to the fullest every day?
If so, then 2021 is your year.
I’m currently taking a limited number of clients and offering a 20% discount for the month of January on all of my coaching packages for those who want to start 2021 strong with a personalized, yet strategic health-building plan that is realistic and produces long-lasting results.
If you’re ready to take back control of your health and feel like your best self, schedule a complimentary Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session here to explore the possibilities.
And enjoy these top health tips from 2020!
Top Instagram Posts
- Gargle to Improve Digestion: strengthening the Vagus Nerve to reduce bloating
- Know Your Thyroid Numbers: conventional vs functional thyroid hormone ranges
- Intermittent Fasting Doesn’t Work: what you need to know about intermittent fasting
Top Blog Posts
- Have You Tried These?: health-supporting products I LOVE and how they’ve helped me feel like myself again
- 3 Steps to a Flat Stomach for Summer: so you can feel comfortable in your own skin
- Your Pandemic Diet Plan: tips for changing your diet that will help you not only get through this pandemic but also come out the other side feeling healthier than ever
Top Facebook Videos
- Stop Food Cravings in Their Tracks: the importance of sleep
- How to Shed Pounds While You Sleep: avoid the Corona-15!
- Stop Food Cravings in Their Tracks: balancing your carbs, proteins and fats
Wishing you a new year full of peace, balance and more joy!
I’ve been giving away all kinds of knowledge goodies over the past week in regards to practical things you can do to keep hormones (such as cortisol, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid, melatonin, insulin and leptin) balanced during the holiday season, and reverse the havoc 2020 has wreaked on them.
The holidays can take a toll on your hormones as you tend to focus SO much on giving to others this time of year and not so much on giving to yourself as you run around from holiday parties, last minute gift shopping and visiting family or friends.
To help you keep your hormones intact this holiday season and breathe life back into them for 2021, on December 12th I kicked off an Instagram and Facebook series called the “12 Days of Healthy Hormone Hacks for the Holidays”.
Over the course of 12 days on Instagram and Facebook, catch my videos and posts where I’m delivering simple tips for practical things you can do to keep your hormones balanced while you enjoy the holiday season!
Here’s what you might have missed so far…
Day 6: Bank Some Sleep
Sleep is the first thing to go out the window during the holiday season. We stay up late doing a variety of things this time of year…
Burning the midnight oil to meet last minute work deadlines
Wrapping presents when our kids or loved ones are asleep
Dancing or socializing the night away at holiday parties
Waiting for Santa or loved ones to arrive
Or by taking red-eye flights to save a few bucks
But you might have noticed that even when you get 8 hours of sleep or allow yourself to sleep in after a late night, you just don’t seem to wake up feeling as rested as you could if you had gone to bed at a more reasonable time.
That’s because every 1 hour of sleep before midnight is worth 2 hours of rest!
Our body is on an internal time clock according to the sun and moon cycles. Based on this internal timer, our body has specific times of day when it does some really critical functions to help keep our hormones in balance.
For example, in the window of 10pm-2am, the body releases human growth hormone which helps to repair damaged tissues or cells, and create new cells. During this time is also when cortisol levels are supposed to be at their lowest and melatonin hormone is at its peak to support restful sleep. And during the window of 2am-4am is when the liver and gallbladder get to work cleansing and detoxifying to release toxins which promotes hormone balance.
If we miss these windows of sleep, our body does not shift its internal clock on our behalf, we simply miss out on these important functions being performed as they should be, and our hormones take a hit as a result. Constantly staying up late can completely flip your cortisol rhythm, mess with melatonin production and disrupt the rest of your hormones as a result.
Obviously there are some very fun-filled and valid reasons to maybe miss some shut eye this time of year, but you can make up for lost time by banking your sleep on the days that you are able to get to bed at a more reasonable hour.
Remember that every 1 hour of sleep before midnight is worth 2 hours of rest!
So on the nights when you don’t have holiday obligations or commitments, aim to be in bed by 10pm or earlier to bank some sleep for late nights you might have ahead or to make up for the ones you already have.
Getting in good quality sleep at the optimal times as much as you can will help to keep your cortisol and melatonin in sync, and allow human growth hormone to get to work on your behalf so you can wake up feeling rested and make it through the holidays without your hormones getting completely out of whack.
Day 5: Crush Some Cruciferous Veggies
It’s the last full weekend before Christmas and all through the town, christmas cocktails are flowing… meaning estrogen levels are on the rise.
One alcoholic beverage can increase estrogen levels in the body for up to 24 hours, but this time of year there’s bound to be more than one drink had and with back-to-back holiday festivities, our bodies may not get a full 24-hour break for estrogen levels to fall back to normal.
Aside from alcohol, there is a whole category of toxins called xenoestrogens, such as certain plastics, that we are likely to come in contact with more frequently this time of year.
Alcohol and plastic can increase estrogen.
Constantly elevated estrogen levels from alcohol consumption or toxin exposures can lead to estrogen dominance which can, in turn, trigger thyroid imbalances, sleep issues and mood swings.
But don’t worry, you can still indulge this holiday season and not worry about every plastic you touch if you focus on crushing some cruciferous veggies when you sit down to eat.
Cruciferous vegetables are a staple in an anti-estrogenic type of diet or lifestyle. They contain a compound called DIM (3’3 diindolylmethane) which helps your body to remove estrogen through the liver.
DIM isn’t the only reason why cruciferous veggies are anti-estrogenic. Most of them also contain chlorophyll (found in the green leaves) which also aids in reducing estrogen through improved liver health.
Next time you go out to eat or cook at home, see where you can incorporate some of these cruciferous veggies…
- Bok Choy
- Brussels Sprouts
- Collard Greens
- Mustard greens
Some of my favorite holiday side dishes include different styles of roasted Brussels sprouts and kale salads. Brussels sprouts in general are a big trend these days for appetizers, so look to add them to your meal when eating out. Or double the benefits with some sauerkraut to get in your cabbage to lower estrogen AND promote better gut health.
Keep that estrogen in check by crushing some cruciferous veggies as we wind down the year!
Day 4: Wake Up with Warm Water
Baby, it’s cold outside ❄️ so why wouldn’t you want to start your day off with some warm lemon-salted water while you wait to brew your usual cup of joe or tea?
Beyond just warming you up, your hormones can hugely benefit by starting your day off with warm water enhanced with a slice of lemon and pinch of Himalayan or sea salt.
Lemons have been shown to help detoxify the liver, and the liver is where we either convert hormones (such as thyroid T4 to T3) or excrete excess hormones (such as estrogen) which can lead to weight gain, sleep and mood issues if it builds up.
A pinch of Himalayan or sea salt promotes better hydration and electrolyte balance which is important for hormone and bodily functions. Plus, the magnesium, sodium and potassium in the salt nourishes the adrenal glands which largely produce cortisol and DHEA hormone and also contribute to the production of adrenaline, estrogen and other hormones as well.
Warm or room temperature water aids in the absorption of the lemon and salt nutrients into the body in addition to promoting digestive function and bowel movements (which is how we excrete toxins that can impact hormone balance or excess hormones themselves). Essentially, warm water gives the insides of your body a gentle nudge to get going instead of a cold electric shock to get out of bed – warm water sounds much more pleasing, right?
During the craziness of the holidays, we are more likely to forget to drink water throughout the day and then we indulge in other activities such as drinking alcohol, extra coffee and traveling, which dehydrate and rob us of nutrients even more.
I always aim to drink at least 20-32 ounces of warm, lemon-salted water before 10am. This wasn’t easy at first because I was so attached to my morning coffee, but little by little I made the switch and now I wake up craving my warm water and have no need for coffee anymore.
This holiday season, see if you can add in a cup of warm, lemon-salted water to your morning to give your hormones a healthy boost to start your day!
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It’s that time of year again – the holidays!
The holidays can wreak havoc on your hormones as you tend to focus SO much on giving to others this time of year and not so much on giving to yourself as you run around from holiday parties, last minute gift shopping and visiting family or friends.
By the end of it all, I bet you usually feel wiped out and wondering why you feel so fat, tired and sick all the time – it’s because your hormones took a hit!
And even though in-person holiday happenings and shopping have been put on pause, 2020 has been packed with all kinds of hurdles that have likely hit your hormones pretty hard.
To help you keep your hormones intact this holiday season and breath life back into them for 2021, on December 12th I’m kicking off a Instagram and Facebook series called the “12 Days of Healthy Hormone Hacks for the Holidays”
Over 12 days on Instagram and Facebook, catch my videos and posts where I’ll be delivering simple tips for practical things you can do to keep your hormones balanced while you enjoy the holiday season!
Here’s a sneak peak at what I’ve got lined up for you starting December 12th…
Day 1 – Fill Up With Fat
This likely sounds counterintuitive, but trust me, it’s not when it comes to your hormones, energy levels and kicking cravings!
In order for the body to make hormones, it needs you to eat healthy dietary fats that are broken down into LDL and cholesterol to make hormones along with other nutrients such as B vitamins. Yep, you heard me right. LDL and cholesterol are actually necessary to make hormones. They get a bad rap, but they are not bad for you if sourced in a healthy way.
Filling up with healthy fats can also help to balance your blood sugar for longer-lasting energy, to reduce inflammation and to kick cravings.
So what kinds of healthy fats should you indulge in during the holidays?
- Avocado on its own, as guacamole or as an oil
- Full fat coconut milk in your coffee, tea and/or smoothies
- Organic, nitrate-free and gluten-free bacon
- Cold-Pressed and organic olive or coconut oil in cooked or baked goods
- Grass-fed ghee instead of butter (less inflammatory)
- Fatty cuts of organic and pasture-raised meats and eggs
One of my favorite fat-bomb beverages is a matcha latte with full fat coconut milk and vanilla bean ghee. This keeps me feeling full and energized for 5 hours or more!
I always fill up on fat before I hit a holiday (Zoom) party or aim to eat the fattiest snacks while I’m there, to keep my hormones happy and my hunger under control.
Focus on filling up with healthy fats at least once a day and notice the way it makes you feel more full, more energized and craving free.
Day 2 – Breathe Deeply
This time of year we are in constant movement – decorating, planning, working, shopping, traveling, cooking, cleaning and socializing. While all of that is necessary and some of it is fun, it does take a toll on our hormonal health.
Constant movement triggers our sympathetic nervous system and elicits a stress response in the body, aka the fight or flight response. In a stressed state, our body uses a lot of valuable hormonal resources. Cortisol is one of the primary hormones at play but not the only one impacted in a negative way.
In fight or flight mode, our body directs all of its valuable resources outward for quick thinking and quick moving, leaving little resources for the rest of the critical functions in our body to take place to keep our health in line.
BUT there is something you can do that takes 2 minutes or less to snap yourself out of this reactive place and quickly into more of a rest and relaxation mode so your hormones can come back into balance and your body can heal from all the work it has been doing…
It’s as simple as that. When we adopt the deep, rhythmic breathing patterns of a relaxed person, we can automatically and instantly flip the switch from being in fight or flight mode into a more relaxed state.
Try this ten times…
- Inhale for a count of 5
- Hold the breath for a count of 5
- Exhale for a count of 7
You can use this simple breathing technique anytime you notice yourself moving too fast or when you’ve gone a long time without taking a break, to instantly bring cortisol and other hormones back into balance.
I often do this once in the morning, afternoon and before bed. Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to stop at least once a day this holiday season to breathe deeply and promote hormone balance.
Day 3 – Go Green
During the holidays, inflammation is on the rise as we indulge in different foods or beverages that might have a more inflammatory effect on the body, from toxins we encounter while traveling and as a result of any mental or emotional stress we might experience this time of year.
Inflammation is at the root of all hormone dysfunction or any chronic disease. It drives cortisol out of rhythm, creating a negative domino effect on other hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and thyroid. And over time, chronic inflammation, even at low grade levels, can overwhelm the immune system, kicking it into overdrive and eventually leading to autoimmunity or other chronic conditions.
Sure you’re going to indulge, with it being the holidays, and you can’t always control your exposure to toxins or the need to travel, but there are things you can do on a daily basis to calm down the inflammatory fire.
To help you reduce inflammation on a daily basis – GO GREEN!
One cup of green tea has an abundance of anti-inflammatory effects that can positively impact your hormones and even your gut health. EGCG is the active ingredient in green tea which modulates genes to produce an anti-inflammatory effect.
To keep that inflammation fire contained, aim to incorporate a cup of green tea daily during the holidays.
This is such an easy task! You can grab a cup of green tea almost anywhere while on the road or in an airport, or pack your favorite green tea brand to always have with you. It’s the perfect drink to start your day or keep you warm when it’s cold outside.
As I mentioned in tip 1 when talking about filling up with fats to keep your hormones healthy, one of my favorite fat bomb beverages is a matcha latte with full fat coconut milk and 2 teaspoons of vanilla bean ghee. This keeps me feeling full and energized for at least 4 hours, plus has all the added anti-inflammatory benefits.
Go with green tea this holiday season to keep that inflammation under control for healthy hormones.
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Gift-giving season is in full force, and what better gift is there than the gift of health so you and your loved ones can live your best life? Especially after the unique year we’ve all had.
I know what you’re probably thinking… Healthy gifts aren’t sexy or exciting like getting a new iPhone, piece of jewelry or gadget.
And while this might be true, health-supporting gifts are the ones that will keep giving long after the holidays are gone. 2020 has taken a toll on everyone’s health across the globe and shown us that we need to take better care of ourselves.
No one wants to ask for healthy things for the holidays because it’s too taboo, but it’s what we all really want in the long run, and need.
A new iPhone or gadget eventually becomes outdated. A piece of jewelry eventually loses its appeal. Clothes get old and go out of style.
But your health is something you’ll have for the rest of your life, and in order to make the most out of the rest of your life, you need your health.
In this week’s video and blog, I share with you my favorite health-supporting tools to help you give yourself and your loved ones the gift of health this holiday season, and beyond!
Whether you’re shopping for yourself (like I do this time of year LOL) or someone else, these health-supporting tools are perfect and I’ll tell you why…
doTerra Essential Oils
Essential oils can be used for a WIDE variety of health-related reasons. In our house, we regularly use:
- Lavender daily before bed for restful sleep
- Peppermint, lavender and lemon as a combo for seasonal allergy support or as standalone to get rid of headaches, for cooking and to boost energy
- OnGuard as a non-toxic cleaning solution, to get rid of workout clothes stank and to fight off the common cold or virus
The best thing about essential oils is that a little bit goes a long way, giving this gift greater value than what you might expect at first glance.
Queen of Thrones Castor Oil Pack
Castor oil packs were a critical part of healing my Hashimotos, mold illness and weight loss journey for years now, and I continue to use one regularly to maintain the results I’ve seen. Castor oil packs may not sound sexy but they are life-changing! This is the perfect gift for you or loved ones who struggle with bloating, constipation, hormone imbalance and pain.
I use my castor oil pack at least 3 times a week to reduce inflammation, support proper digestion, balance hormones, reduce stress levels and boost detoxification. Whatever your health goals are, or healthy actions you are taking, castor oil packs can help you 10 X the results!
Talk about a great incentive to drink more water and an awesome hydrating cocktail mixer all in one. LMNT electrolytes are part of my daily routine and an essential element to my prolonged 72-hour fasts to ensure my body is always hydrated so it can function optimally and I can feel great. Plus, their fun, natural flavors can be mixed with club soda to make a magnificent mocktail or margarita with a splash of tequila. The majority of people are walking around dehydrated without even knowing it.
These are the perfect stocking stuffers to boost hydration and promote more energy, weight loss, hormone balance and more!
Plus right now you can get a FREE 8-sample pack + shipping through December 31st!
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received tea as a gift, and not to sound unappreciative but my only wish is that it would have been tea that was actually good for me. Pique tea is 100% organic and triple screened for pesticides, heavy metals and molds to make sure it’s of the highest quality (if you didn’t know, tea can be highly contaminated with toxins!). Aside from being super high quality, Pique tea is also jam packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients to boost energy, balance blood sugar and heal your gut.
One of the best features of this tea brand is that the tea comes in powder form so there’s no messy tea bag or steeper, they can be mixed in cold or hot water, and they are easy to travel with.
Shrub Farm Mocktail Mix
This is one of my all-time favorite healthy treats and alcoholic drink alternatives. Shrub Farm mixes use raw apple cider vinegar made from 100% organic apples and flavors straight from the island of Maui such as ginger, pineapple and hibiscus. If you or your health-conscious loved ones are looking to reduce or abstain from alcohol, these mocktail mixes are a must have!
Plus you can get 15% off your purchase with discount code FEEL15 through December 6th!
Vital Proteins Gut Healing Goodness
Vital Proteins makes a wide variety of collagen products to help heal your gut or keep it happy. Not only does collagen support gut health, but it also promotes younger looking skin, and strong, thick nails and hair. Some of my favorite and staple Vital Proteins products include their plain flavored collagen peptides, matcha collagen and collagen coffee creamers. Why does this make the perfect gift? Because who doesn’t want younger looking skin, better digestive health and luscious locks of hair!
BeautyCounter Skin & Body Products
Every year I get some kind of beauty, skin or body care product from someone; a bar of soap, lotion, eye makeup or even perfume. And just like tea, I wish the products were good for me but most of the time they aren’t; so they go right into the trash after the holidays. But with BeautyCounter products you can’t go wrong.
This product line is a foundation in our household. All of my skincare and makeup products are from BeautyCounter, and my husband even uses their men’s line. Aside from being a cleaner, safer skin and body-care line, BeautyCounter is also a B-Corporation, meaning they support nonprofits that align with their mission, and invest in a cleaner future by partnering with leading scientists in the search for safer ingredients that will make up the better products for tomorrow.
You can grab individual items or full skincare sets for great gifts!
SaunaSpace Infrared Sauna
This is the ultimate gift! Think deep relaxation and an in-home spa experience for you and/or your loved ones. We bought a sauna a few years ago. Between my husband and I, it gets used every day if not twice a day. An infrared sauna is like having a personal spa escape in your home, where you can checkout and boost your health at the same time. And unlike most infrared saunas, SaunaSpace ones also protect you from harmful EMF’s while you restore and relax.
If an infrared sauna isn’t in your budget, check out their photon lights and their special health effects!
That wraps it up for my healthy holiday gift guide for 2020 so you can have a healthier 2021.
And remember when you question whether you should buy these things for yourself or someone else…
…your health is something you’ll have for the rest of your life, and in order to make the most out of the rest of your life you need your health.
Happy Holidays, and make sure to follow me on Instagram and/or Facebook for my 12 Days of Healthy Hormone Hacks series starting December 12th so you can feel great after the holidays instead of fat, tired and sick 😉
I wanted to pop by your inbox really quickly today to share two messages of gratitude with you in celebration of Thanksgiving here in the U.S. and the holiday season as we wrap up 2020.
My two messages for you are…
- Why I’m grateful for you specifically
- How you can find gratitude in your health and life experiences to create better health, more wealth and happiness
Watch this quick video to hear my messages for you today.
Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season wherever you are in the world!
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When I was diagnosed with skin cancer, the first feeling I had was fear. Fear that I would die. Fear of not knowing when, or how often the cancer would reappear. Fear of not being able to be outdoors and do the things that I love the most. Fear that I would forever have to bath in the disgusting smell of sunscreen for the rest of my life.
When I found out I had Hashimotos (an autoimmune thyroid disorder) fear again was the first thing that came to mind. Fear of what I had done to my body. Fear of being a fraud as a functional health practitioner. I should have known better. Fear of the long journey I had ahead to get my health back.
Fear can be paralyzing.
Fear paralyzed me at first. I beat myself up for weeks, letting my inner critic get the best of me. I had my own little pity party and no one was invited but me. Once I released the fear of my situations, I was able to push forward and heal.
Obviously I didn’t die from cancer if I’m writing this email. I’ve been cancer-free for over 10 years now.
And I was in remission with Hashimotos just 6 months after being diagnosed.
Both of my health scares have led me to be an even more successful functional health practitioner, AND live a more fulfilling life!
I spend days basking in the sun, traveling and for the most part, living my best life without a care in the world.
When we face fear, we let go of old stories that have been holding us back.
I had to let go of the stories I told myself about my health in order to move forward. I had to face the fear of changing my lifestyle in order to truly discover my ideal health and weight.
If I don’t have a drink at dinner what will my friends think?
I don’t want to cause a scene if I don’t have the wine and cheese.
I don’t want to be “that” person at the table asking for a gluten-free menu.
I don’t want to test my hormones because I’m afraid of changes I might have to make.
What if I’ve screwed up my chances to get pregnant.
If I don’t do it myself, it won’t get done.
These are real fears that either myself, or my clients, have faced. Any of them sound familiar?
Fear can control our thoughts and ability to heal.
Fear can keep you stuck in an unhealthy state of mind and/or being. Finding a way to release fear is the first step in taking back your health and your power.
In this week’s video and blog, I want to help you release fear so you can live your best life and feel like yourself again or for the very first time.
To be fearless in your health is to believe that no matter what comes your way you will find a way to thrive.
To be fearless in your mind is to be brave and bold in your thoughts and actions.
Fear has a positive intention for all of us. It keeps us safe and brings our attention to where it is needed most. It’s an instinct we’ve used since the beginning of time for survival, but in our modern day world instead of leaning into it for the valuable clues it holds, we feel ashamed and hide.
Learning how to harness your fear, to make it work for you instead of against you, is one of the ways you can overcome any health challenge you might be facing and live a more fulfilling life.
Fear can control your thoughts and your ability to heal.
It’s a low vibrational feeling or energy that has been shown to strongly correlate with autoimmune conditions, parasites, bacteria and yeast overgrowth and other chronic conditions.
Aside from bringing your mood down, negative thoughts can also trigger the release of toxic bio-chemicals in the body disrupting its natural state of balance.
Changing your routine or way of being to support your health can seem scary because the unknown is scary for your programmed brain. The most primal part of our brain will have us repeat the same things over and over again because the outcomes are predictable, even if the actions aren’t best for us.
This is the same phenomenon that occurs when people rebound back to bad relationships or habits, it’s not healthy but the primitive part of your brain knows it’s survivable making it seem easier to repeat a routine even if it’s no longer serving you.
When you face the fear, you let go of the old stories that have been holding you back from being your best self, and you naturally improve your health.
So how do you release fear and live life to the fullest?
When you feel tightness, a stressful wave or heaviness, give yourself 3 minutes to identify the underlying concern and clear it out using these 3 steps:
- What is my fear in this situation?
- What is my truth?
- Act on that truth.
This shifts your course and allows you to create a new path leaving the old, outdated routines and fear behind.
Healthy is a way of being, not just doing.
You can “do” all of the healthy things…
Get good sleep
Meditate, deep breath, etc.
But if you’re letting fear run your life, you’ll always feel like you are swimming against the current trying to get results and as if nothing is working.
I have also found that running the right lab tests to find the missing pieces of your health puzzle and getting objective data to give you direction in regards to diet, rest, exercise, supplementation and toxin removal to be hugely helpful in releasing fear about the unknown so you can confidently move forward.
This has proven to be true in overcoming my own health issues. When diagnosed with skin cancer and Hashimotos, I immediately dove into doing functional lab testing to uncover all of my healing opportunities and to create a personalized health-building program.
When I share test results with clients, they commonly say receiving their test results was like Christmas, a gift of clues that gives them clarity by showing them all of the possibilities they have to heal and feel like their best self too.
Releasing fear is one of the energetic keys to thriving with any health, weight or energy issue.
What fear(s) are you ready to release today?
Let me know below for some accountability to live your best life!
Can you believe the end of the year is almost here? Sometimes life feels like it’s moving at a snail’s pace and other days it feels like it’s moving at warp speed.
Either way, if you’re bloated and low on energy, every day is a struggle.
It’s a struggle to look in the mirror and feel good about yourself, to be present with loved ones, to be as productive in life as you want to be, and even to experience joy and happiness.
I’ve been there and many of my clients have too. It’s not fun. So to help you stop the struggle, I’m sharing 3 ways you can instantly reduce bloating and boost energy.
Despite what is going on the world around us, and what feels outside of our control, the one thing we do have control over is our health. When you tune out what is going on around you and tune into your body, the possibilities of feeling like your best self and having your best health are endless.
There once was a time when I was out of tune with my body too; seeking answers externally and spinning my wheels when my body was holding them all along.
Healthy is a way of being, not just doing.
You see, I was doing a lot of “healthy things”, but I wasn’t exactly embracing healthy as a way of being. I was running my body into the ground daily and barely keeping it afloat with my so-called healthy eating and exercise habits.
For example, I was racing through meals and inhaling my food in a hurry to get to the next thing on my to-do list. More often than not, I would chug down a breakfast smoothie on the way to the office, work while eating lunch, and rush home to eat dinner only to shovel it down so I could do all of my before bed routine things.
This is how most of us live life, always on the go suffering through bloating, low energy and a variety of other nagging health issues.
When we move through life like this, it drastically diminishes our ability to digest food properly leading to unnecessary bloating, poor nutrient absorption and a lack of energy (not to mention food cravings that also get triggered!).
Your body can only heal and digest properly in a relaxed state.
Therefore, one of the keys to getting rid of bloating for good and boosting your energy is learning to slow down around meal time, give your body space to digest, rest and repair.
In this week’s video and blog, I share 3 ways you can slow down around meal time to support digestion, instantly reduce bloating and boost energy.
Seeing who could finish their dinner the fastest was a game we played at the dinner table when I was a kid, and on top of that if you cleared your plate you got dessert. My parents had the best intentions in the world, filling our plates with whole foods but eating fast and expecting dessert afterwards were some old habits I had to learn how to break in order to have my ideal health and weight.
Our modern fast-paced world doesn’t exactly encourage a relaxed eating state either. Meetings often take priority over lunch periods, we sit in front of the TV or scroll our favorite social media feed catching up on the day’s happenings while we eat.
All of which triggers the sympathetic nervous system, also known as your fight or flight response. Originally this brilliant response evolved as a means of survival, if you ran into a lion while hunting, your fight or flight response would kick in so you could hightail it out of there by sending all of your blood flow and resources outwards for quick moving and quick thinking, and by deprioritizing actions such as digestion to conserve resources for your escape.
However, these days your body doesn’t’ know the difference between a lion and the day-to-day stressors you encounter such as working through a lunch break and rushing through meals so you can move onto the next thing. It responds the same, diminishing digestion in hopes of survival but leaving you feeling bloated, nutrient deficient and tired.
The good news is, there are a few simple things you can do that don’t take much time or effort, to instantly flip the switch in your brain and body to get you out of the flight or fight response and into the parasympathetic rest and digest mode.
In a parasympathetic state, your body sends blood flow and resources inwards to nourish internal organs, effectively digest food and heal all of which reduces bloating and boosts energy!
Here are 3 ways you can slow down around meal time to support digestion, instantly reduce bloating and boost energy:
#1- Before eating; inhale for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, exhale for 7 and repeat 5-10 times.
When you adopt the deep rhythmic breathing pattern of a relaxed person, your body automatically flips the switch from being stressed to in a place of rest and digest.
This is a great tool you can also use during other times of the day to get into a relaxed state more frequently to allow more healing to happen.
#2 – Chew every bite 20 times or more.
Digestion actually begins in the mouth. Your saliva contains digestive enzymes to help breakdown food before it hits your stomach so taking action to adequately chew your food reduces digestive stress that can lead to bloating and increases absorption of nutrients to boost your energy and healing all around.
#3 – Put your utensils down between bites.
This is a societal thing. Next time you’re around others eating observe how everyone is shoveling their next bite in their mouth before they are even done chewing the one they are working on!
Setting your fork, spoon or other utensil you might be using down in between bites slows down the sense of urgency you might have to get through a meal, and it also reinforces the act of chewing each bite thoroughly for all of the benefits previously mentioned to reduce bloating and boost energy.
Putting these 3 tips into play will also help you be more present and in tune with your body when it comes to food. You may also find that it’s easier to notice when you’re full to avoid overeating, how certain foods don’t work well for your body or that you’re able to go longer periods of time between meals without snacking because you actually digested the food you ate.
You can’t out-supplement, out-diet, or out-exercise a too-busy lifestyle or overworked body.
It’s time to embrace healthy as a way of being, and not just doing by tuning everything else out and tuning into your body.
If you’d like to dive deeper into what is causing your bloating and low energy by getting your hands on the right lab tests and resources to find the missing pieces of your health puzzle, click here to schedule an Ideal Health and Weight Discovery Session with me.
Oh man, it’s been quite a week leading up to an intense moment in U.S. history. There’s been an enormous amount of energy and emotion swirling around the recent presidential election.
What you may not realize is just how much the stress of this past week has affected you. If you’re feeling wiped out, exhausted, irritable, bloated or not sleeping well then stress just might be the culprit.
But here’s what you really need to know about stress so you can feel your best. Stress is more than the mental and emotional challenges we face, it’s much broader than that.
So this week here’s a #throwbackthursday blog to help you assess your burden of stress and ways to reduce it so you can feel like yourself again.
In our modern fast pace society, we have a tendency to underestimate the amount of stress we are under on a daily basis.
In the work I do with clients, one of the first things I asked them to do is re-define the word “stress”.
“Stress is anything that places a burden on the body resulting in inflammation or imbalance.”
Typically when we hear the word “stress” we think of mental or emotional stress, and common things such as challenges within our relationships or family, tough to deal with bosses, crappy coworkers, traffic, the loss of a loved one or friend, trying to meet expectations and deadlines.
But stress can also be:
- Foods you’re eating that aren’t right for your body or that cause inflammation
- Going to bed late or getting a bad night’s sleep (especially consistently)
- Over exercising or intense exercise when the body is already stressed
- Not exercising or moving your body enough regularly
- Toxins that you can’t alway see, hear or feel in your environment
- Nutrient deficiencies that you might be unaware of
- Tight muscle or joints that are out of alignment (specifically the spin)
- Traveling and crossing different time zones
No matter what the stressor might be, the body reacts in the same way, activating the sympathetic nervous system, more commonly known as your “fight or flight response.”
The fight or flight response is a brilliant but old primal instinct, that was originally developed to keep us safe from harm. This mechanism was developed to help us deal with acute, or short-term stress, not the low-grade constant stress we now encounter on a daily basis.
Here is the classic textbook example of this instinctual response…
If you were to encounter a lion on your lunch break, your body would activate the flight or fight response instantly, sending blood flow to your arms and legs for quick moving, and to your brain for quick thinking so you could find a way to outrun or out-smart the lion. You don’t have to think for a second about this, your body just does it – brilliant right?
While we don’t encounter lions on our lunch break, or in our daily lives at all (unless you’re at the Zoo or on a safari breaking the rules, LOL) – the body responds to our modern day stressors just the same – directing blood flow outward for quick action, leaving little resources for digestion or the vital actions needed to actually heal the body.
The smallest things in our daily routine can trigger the fight or flight response resulting in a decreased ability to digest food, combat colds and the flu, and which can ultimately add up leading to weight gain, hormone imbalances, low energy, poor sleep and generally not feeling like yourself.
Stuff that could be triggering the stress response in your body might be things you wouldn’t even think of such as watching the news, sitting in traffic during your typical commute even though your enjoying your favorite podcast, and working through your lunch break.
We underestimate the stress response because these actions or behaviors are so common.
In this week’s video and blog, I help you to identify if you’re underestimating the daily demands of stress on your body, and simple things you can do to destress, boost digestion and healing!
Let’s take a look at where you might be encountering subtle stress throughout the day without even realizing it…
Are you always on the run, stacked back-to-back with meetings, trying to get from one place to another on time, or feel like you’re “on” in your job or as a parent from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed?
Moving fast through life like this activates the fight or flight response all day long.
Do you find yourself drinking your smoothie or eating breakfast on the way to work, working through your lunch break, or rushing to get dinner on the table or eating dinner fast so you clean up after and get on with the rest of your nightly routine?
All of these actions induce the fight or flight response also.
Do you get worked up about our political climate, watching the news, scrolling Facebook or social media – all of these elicit the fight or flight response too.
See how quickly the amount of stress our body deals with on a daily basis can add up, without you even realizing it?
Constant subtle stressors add up quickly throughout the day, keeping the body in a constant fight or flight mode, resulting in minimal resources to aid in digestion and healing, leaving the body depleted, and eventually leading to a lack of energy, hormone imbalances, digestive upset and other health issues.
Imagine a red solo cup, and for every stressor you encounter one drop goes into your cup. If you don’t do something to minimize the number of drops or empty the cup it will eventually overflow. We can’t always control all of the stressors we encounter, but we can aim to minimize them as much as possible and to empty our cup throughout the day.
In order to maximize digestion and for the body to heal, you must be in a relaxed state.
Typically the only time we’re in a totally relaxed state in this modern day world is when we’re asleep, and that’s only if you’re a great sleeper. If you struggle with insomnia then your relaxed time is drastically diminished.
But even a good night’s rest isn’t enough anymore to combat the rising number of stressors and demands our body faces on a daily basis.
To support your ideal health and weight, you want to look for opportunities to slow down in your daily life so you can empty your stress cup and allow the body to heal and digest.
Here are a few ways you can easily empty your stress cup throughout the day:
- Do some deep breathing; inhale for 5 seconds, hold for 5 and exhale for 7
- Schedule breaks to get outside, get some fresh air and breath
- Chew bites 20 times or put down your fork in between bites to slow eating
- Create a daily meditation, journaling or tapping routine
- Cuddle or exchange hugs to boost oxytocin hormone which decreases stress hormones
These are super simple acts that don’t require much effort, but can make a BIG difference in your overall health.
Other actions that help to reduce the overall stress burden include:
- Eating an anti-inflammatory diet
- Sleeping during the hours of 10pm – 6am
- Exercising at an intensity that is right for you
- And minimizing your exposure to stress inducing environmental toxins
Lastly, start to notice how stress shows up in your body, because it’s different for everyone. It could be in the form of aches and pains, skin rashes or breakouts, losing your hair, low energy, disrupted sleep, weight gain and more.
Once you get in tune with the signs of stress in your body, you can take quick action to empty your cup.
If you’re not sure about how much stress your body might be dealing with, you can test instead of guessing by doing a dried urine total comprehensive hormone test to look at your stress hormone, cortisol, as well as other sex and steroid hormones that will reveal insights about the overall burden of stress your body is under.
If you’d like to get your hands on the right lab tests and resources to measure your body’s stress burden and strategies to reduce it, then click here to schedule an Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me.
I was reminded the other day how common breast cancer can be when a good friend of mine shared about her mom being diagnosed that week.
Luckily they caught it in an early stage so the prognosis looks promising.
However, just because breast cancer is common doesn’t mean it’s normal or that you or your loved ones are destined to be subjected to it. Cancer is fueled by inflammation and lifestyle factors so there’s a huge opportunity to prevent it and even reverse it if one has it.
So in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’m bringing back this blog to share 5 ways to prevent breast cancer with you so you and your loved ones can be in control of your health and destiny.
According to Breastcancer.org, they estimate in 2019 alone 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer along with 62,930 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer are expected in U.S. women, and about 2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men.
So as I said last week, early detection of breast cancer significantly increases your chances of survival.
BUT reducing your risk factors for cancers significantly decreases your chances of getting cancer ever!
High risk factors for breast and other types of cancer can include:
- Family history/genetics
- High sugar/carbohydrate diet
- Use of plastic food and water containers
- Excess estrogen circulating in the body
- A sluggish liver and poor detoxification system
- High oxidative stress (cellular/DNA damage)
- Repeated exposures to hormone altering toxins and radiation
Contrary to popular belief, your genetics dictate ONLY 20% of your health outcomes, and your lifestyle drives the other 80%.
This is great news!
It means you have more control than you probably thought you did over whether you get cancer, autoimmune conditions and chronic or terminal illnesses.
Inflammation is what drives all dysfunction and disease in the body, so when you control inflammation it’s like containing wildfire. The more you contain it, the less devastation it can create.
In this week’s video and blog, I want to give you 5 things you can do to reduce inflammation and your risk not just for breast cancer, but for all types of cancer and chronic diseases!
To start, let’s recap on what some of the most common high risk factors for breast and other types of cancer, terminal illnesses and chronic diseases are. They can include:
- Family history/genetics
- High sugar/carbohydrate diet
- Use of plastic food and water containers
- Excess estrogen circulating in the body
- A sluggish liver and poor detoxification system
- High oxidative stress (cellular/DNA damage)
- Repeated exposures to hormone altering toxins and radiation
You can’t change your genetics but you can change how they impact your health by adopting healthy behaviors that keep them from fostering disease states.
Remember, your genetics dictate ONLY 20% of your health outcomes, and your lifestyle drives the other 80%.
So here are 5 things you can do to reduce inflammation so you can keep your genes happy and healthy, and to prevent cancer or other chronic diseases…
#1 – Eat Anti-Inflammatory & Pro-Antioxidant
You put food in your body every day that can either fuel the inflammatory fire or help to put it out. To drastically reduce inflammation every time you eat, avoid the top inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, sugar, soy and alcohol. And then look to replace them with antioxidant-rich foods to reduce oxidative stress (aka cellular and DNA damage) such as goji berries, organic dark chocolate, artichokes, cilantro, elderberries, and wild-caught salmon.
#2 – Rest & Recover From 10-4
From 10pm to 4am is when your body performs critical repair of all of your cells, flushing of toxins and restoration of all systems. It’s like taking your body in for a tune up every night! However, if you’re not sleeping during this timeframe your body can’t perform these duties which can lead to hormone imbalances, toxic back-ups and a multitude of other issues that can trigger inflammation leading to disease. Aim to be asleep by 10pm at least 5 nights per week.
#3- Move & Release
Moving your body daily helps you to maintain a healthy weight, your strength and cardiovascular health AND to release toxins. The lymphatic system is the body’s natural sewage system to eliminate toxins and excess estrogen that can drive cancer and disease, but the problem is that it doesn’t move itself. When you move, the lymphatic system moves too. The more you move the more inflammation and cancer causing toxins can be released!
#4 – Stop & Shift
Did you know that stress can cause inflammation and genetic alterations too? Stress is inevitable but having a daily de-stress routine in place is a proactive way to prevent it from accumulating and contributing to chronic inflammation that can lead to disease. See where you can fit in as little as 5 minutes of deep breathing or meditation in your day. And at a minimum when you feel stressed – stop and shift your mindset by inhaling for 5 seconds, holding your breath for 5 seconds and exhaling for 7. Repeat this 5-10 times to instantly get out of stress mode!
#5 – Tackle The Toxins
Prioritize minimizing your exposures to inflammatory and cancer-causing toxins by focusing on the things you put in and on your body that have the largest impact on your health. You can do this by eating organic food as much as possible, drinking and cooking with only filtered water and swapping out your personal care products such as lotions, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner for less toxic and more environmental-friendly brands.
By taking action in these 5 areas not only will you drastically reduce your risk for cancer and other chronic diseases, but I can almost guarantee you’ll instantly notice an improvement in your energy, weight and overall sense of well-being.
Let’s make a pact to make cancer prevention something we’re aware of all year long, not just during the month of October!
And if you missed it, in last week’s blog I also shared two cutting-edge tools men and women can use to self screen for breast cancer and its high risk factors. You can check out that blog here.