Posts tagged natural living
Yogi Essentials

The practice of yoga is beneficial to the mind and the body. Did you know that you can use your essential oils to increase your focus, deepen your intention, and enhance your practice both mentally and physically?  You can enhance your yoga practice by incorporating essential oils into your regular practice. 

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How to Clean your Home Naturally

Does all natural mean it’s safe?

As health and wellness are on the rise, you will see many more companies put products on the shelf that appear to be safe and read “all natural”, but are they really all that safe?

Today, we will break down some of the misleading information out there and give you alternatives you can feel confident using at an affordable price, while making a difference in your health and the environment.

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Raw vs. Cooked - Which Contains More Vitamins and Minerals?

Have you heard the recommendation to eat certain foods (or all foods) raw? Do you already eat a variety of healthy foods, and want to know how to get the most vitamins and minerals out of them?

You’re probably not surprised that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to maximizing the vitamins and minerals your body absorbs from foods.

Let me go over which types of foods are best eaten raw, and which ones are best eaten cooked to maximize their nutritional benefit.

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Is My Poop Normal?

There’s so much information to be gained about your health from paying attention to your poo! This topic may be uncomfortable, but it’s so important for you to know what makes a healthy “poop” because it can tell you a lot about your digestion. And if your digestion is off, this could be an indication that something else is going on that you need to address. I know you are either dying to dive into this post, or feeling like you want to close this and forget I ever mentioned it. Which one will it be?

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three steps to keeping kids healthy, happy, and focused all school year long

Ever feel helpless... when your little is misbehaving, having trouble focusing, or not feeling quite right? You are not alone. Keep reading for three natural + safe + effective steps towards supporting your child's physical and emotional health. 

As parents, we make decisions every single day to ensure the well-being of our family. But how do we know we are making the best decisions? You can keep researching until you find the answer you need, or you can take advice from someone that you already know and trust that has had positive experiences and results.

Sometimes we do not know that we are making decisions that are harming our children. Many personal care products, vitamins, and supplements are formulated with harmful chemicals and synthetics that can be very damaging to the body long term. They can cause developmental and hormonal problems, which is definitely something we all want to avoid with our precious growing children. Now, you will know better, so you can do better. 

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Can My Symptoms Actually Be a Food Intolerance?

Do you have symptoms that just don’t seem to go away? I'm not only talking about just digestive symptoms but any random aches, pains, discomforts, etc.?

One of the trickiest things to figure out is whether a random symptom could be due to a food intolerance. That's because symptoms can be delayed, or ongoing, and not even resemble a gastrointestinal symptom at all.

In this post, I go over a few of the common symptoms, and two (very) common foods that you may be reacting to, but don't even know it.

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All About Digestive Enzymes

You may be taking (or considering taking) a digestive enzyme supplement.

However, how do you know which one (if any) is right for you?

Because there are just SO many enzymes out there, I break down the most common enzymes, what they do, and what you NEED to know about them in this post.

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Haven't Changed Anything in Your Diet but Things are Changing?

Do you feel like your body is changing but you're still eating the same way and doing the same things? I want you to know that you are NOT alone! There are so many variables when it comes to these body changes and (of course) this go way beyond the concept of everything is based on what you eat or the age-old “calories in, calories out”.

I discuss the four top reasons in my newest post.  And none of them are related to food or exercise. Plus, there’s a free download that helps record your stress responses.

Love sushi?  Love your thyroid?  I have the BEST recipe for you here!

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How to Naturally Lower Stress Hormone (Cortisol)

Stress is everywhere these days. We feel it when we wake up, when things happen during the day, and we even take it to bed with us. It’s chronic. And it’s not lovely for your health.

When we’re stressed our body reacts in a couple of ways, one is by releasing the stress hormone cortisol. And you can imagine that there are natural ways you can lower it.

So check out my list of recommendations to reduce cortisol and download your free worksheet that helps record your stress responses. Then indulge in my de-stressing dessert recipe.

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Dairy Intolerance (Lactose, Casein & Whey)

Dairy - There are few foods as controversial as dairy. I mean, it is an entire food group, right? And there are definitely some people who say you need it.

However, others say to avoid it. No one disputes that some people react to it, and by “react,” I mean both intolerances and allergies. What about you?

Whether you love it, hate it, react to it, or avoid it, I have an amazing dairy-free recipe for you. (It’s one of my favs).

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How Healthy Are Food Preservatives Anyway?

Food preservatives are common in our foods these days. It is nearly impossible to stay away from them because of the number of processed foods there are.

Being a health conscious person, you are eating better than most. You choose nutrient-dense whole foods more often than processed pre-packaged foods. So this may not be a huge concern for you. However, it is always good to know more about those random unpronounceable chemical-sounding ingredients in some foods. Would you agree?

Also, if you like salty chips, I have a much better alternative for you in the recipe at the end of the post.

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Common Weight Loss Myths Busted

Sometimes it seems that everyone has an opinion on weight loss. It’s full of bad oversimplified advice, and magical “non-diet” diet products. And this information is all over the internet.

I am so pleased to bust these bad boys. Want to know why? It's because I care about you. If you're looking to lose weight, then I want you to be successful. I want you to stop wasting one more second on garbage like the four common weight loss myths I’m debunking today.

Please join me in finally putting these to rest once and for all. And then, try my myth-free delicious and filling salad recipe.

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How to Improve Gut Health

Do you believe your overall health is based on your gut health? What about allergies, pain, and moods - are they related to gut health?

You probably guessed the answer is a resounding "yes!" The health of your gut affects everything else in your body.

Your gut health is based on the integrity of its parts, and on the health of the friendly gut microbes that live there.

There are many different ways to improve your gut health naturally. Let me give you some of my best tips for your overall gut health.

And, I’ll throw in a delicious recipe too (of course!).

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Three Must Eat Breakfast Foods

Are you a breakfast eater?  Or dare I ask are you a “healthy” breakfast eater? 

Maybe you need some inspiration for a few great breakfast foods to make.  Maybe you don't have time and you need some healthy ideas for “grab and go” mornings - who doesn't ever run short on time in the mornings?

Maybe you're ready to ditch the “desserts” that are marketed as being “part of a complete breakfast”.

Don't worry, I have you covered!

Click here to read the full post with three must eat breakfast foods and a yummy recipe too!

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Five Cholesterol Myths and What to Eat Instead

Are you just about done with everyone's “obsession” with cholesterol?  Do you already know that cholesterol is not all bad, in fact there is “good” cholesterol?

Well, here it is.  Let me bust some common cholesterol myths right now starting with the myth that “cholesterol is cholesterol” because it's not.  Depending on which of its buddies cholesterol is floating through your blood with makes a massive difference.  Not to mention the fact that cholesterol is essential to good health.  (Yes, you read that right!).

After I bust those myths I'll give you the goods on what healthy lifestyle choices you can make to increase that “good” cholesterol (because medicines don't seem to be able to do that but I will tell you what can!).

And I'll leave you with a delicious recipe that you can use to get more veggies into your day!

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Why Your Waist Circumference Matters 100x More Than What You Weigh

It can be too easy to think (or worry) about your weight.

But you know what?  There is something else that may be more important when it comes to real health.  That is your waist circumference.

Ahh, just a minute!  It's not just about the “pinchable” fat under the skin (you know, that “muffin top”), it's about the internal fat around your abdominal organs that can be the real issue.

That internal fat (AKA “visceral fat”) is known to release a bunch of hormones and inflammatory compounds that can mess with your blood sugar, blood fats (i.e triglycerides), and blood pressure.

In today's post I'll describe how to measure your waist circumference and then give you a bunch of actionable tips to help you reduce it.  And (of course) there's a super-nutritious recipe at the end.

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Why is My Metabolism Slow?

If you've gained weight and/or feel cold and tired it may just be that you have a slow metabolism.

The next question of course is “why is my metabolism slow”?

Well, that's a great question!  Since your metabolism is how your body takes food and oxygen and uses it to fuel all of its biochemical reactions there are a lot of things that can slow it down.

In this post we'll talk about five common reasons your metabolism could be slow including: thyroid hormones, history of dieting, size and body composition, activity level, and lack of sleep.  I've also included a tip that you can try for each one of these possible “metabolism busters”.

Plus I'll share one of my delicious thyroid-loving mineral-containing recipes that you can make for breakfast or dessert.

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Bye Bye Sleeping Through the Night

Oh, that elusive sleep.  That time to relax and regenerate.  To heal and repair.

If you need that coffee or two (or three) every morning you may get some very useful tips in this post.

Sleep isn't just important for your mind and body to have energy and be alert.  Lack of sleep can contribute to serious health issues which you don't want.

So let me have your attention for this “tip-filled” post on the importance of sleep and how you can get your fair share.  I'll even throw in an amazing caffeine-free latte recipe for your afternoon “pick me up”.

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Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

We all do it.  Sometimes the amazing aroma and delicious flavor gets the best of us.  Especially if we're a bit on the hungry (or hangry) side.

I'm talking about overeating at meals.  

This can have a big impact on our weight, energy levels, and overall health and well-being.  Of course our body needs food to fuel it and we often (usually) eat amazingly healthy foods.

But we may still overeat.  In this post I'm going to give you three solid tips for preventing that from happening. Seriously! If you can make these three things a regular habit and part of your daily routine you've got one up on the overeating cravings.

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Pregnancy Essentials

Before you had a living, growing being inside you, you may not have been so concerned about what you were putting in and on your body. Now that you are pregnant, you may have a heightened sense of awareness that makes you question everything and whether it is safe for your unborn baby. It’s natural response to protect and nurture.

 Get ready to feel empowered after this post. Once you know better, you can do better!

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