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November 5, 2019

COULD our gut bacteria influence our mood?

Apparently so. Researchers are now investigating the relationship between the bacteria in our gut and how we think and feel. Gut bacteria has been linked to depression, anxiety, and mood swings. 

My personal experience with this confirms this. I was born anxious, and struggled with being overstressed, depressed, and mood swings most of my life. All that changed when I focused on my gut. What I didn’t realize then is that it goes both ways. The state of your gut health can affect your thoughts and mood AND how you think can also affect your gut. It’s literally a two way street between the gut and the brain.

“The cells in your body react to everything that your mind says.” ~Bruce Lipton, biologist

How to Shift your Thinking 

When things aren’t quite going the way that you’d hoped, it can be really difficult to meet the challenges of your day with a calm smile. For some this can be even more difficult if they were raised in a household where there was...

October 31, 2019

"Autumn shows us how beautiful it is to let things go." - Unknown. 

Why do we want to form new habits and change what doesn't work? In order to make lasting changes in your health, changing your habits is always the first step and can make all the difference in your results. We all have habits, good and bad. Being aware of what those habits are so that you can make the necessary changes is a key piece of the puzzle to having you look and feel your best.  After you have created some simple habits to change in your life, take a step back and look at the results so far. This is where you can decide if you will continue with this habit, or if it might be time to call it quits, or look into advanced strategies.

When a New Habit Doesn’t Work 

To start with, every new habit you start is not going to be something you stick with forever. There are some that absolutely will and will probably change your life for the better. But just like other things you attempt in your life, they are not all...

October 24, 2019

Soup certainly doesn’t sound like any special life changing super-food. It’s soup, you’ve eaten it all your life. Yet soup has massive potential that often gets hidden behind nasty preservatives and less than ideal flavoring agents. The true beauty and nourishment happens with whole food ingredients and high quality homemade bone broth. This is where the magic happens.  

A daily soup made from local, seasonal ingredients and high-quality broth is better than any super-food or supplement out there. It’s a wholesome way to nourish your skin, immune system, joints, digestion and gut health.  

I can't say enough good things about this little secret. It was definitely one of the strategies I used in healing my family. You can read more about my story here. Most people don't realize the healing power it has. It's full of minerals, amino acids, and can help heal the gut. 

Homemade bone broth is rich in natural gelatin which is anti-aging and great for rebuilding  damaged inte...

October 15, 2019

This is one of my favorite soups. I could eat it every day, it’s so tasty and nutritious. A good soup does wonders for the body and soul. Soups offer a certain comfort that other foods lack. They’re also a vehicle for nutrient dense ingredients- especially if using homemade bone broth. A staple if you are on a gut healing journey. Bone Broth was part of my daily regimen when I was healing. You can read about my story here

Butternut squash is an excellent source of vitamin A and one of the healthiest starches you can get. It’s got a gentle sweetness to it which pairs well with a bold curry flavors and embraces the sweetness of apple. Apple and butternut squash naturally compliment each other. They’re harvested at the same time of year, they’re both high in fiber. When Fall comes around this is one of the first soups I whip up. It’s become a staple in my house and I hope you’ll enjoy it just as much.  

Ingredients 

1 Tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil  

1 onion, finely...

September 23, 2019

There is a new buzzword floating around social media that by now you may have heard of; biohacking. But what the heck is it?

Biohacking is a systematic approach to reaching optimum health. It is implementing small changes or hacks to improve areas of your life. According to Dave Asprey, the founder of bulletproof coffee, it is making changes in your life to becoming superhuman. 

Most biohackers strive to be the best version of themselves. Any areas of your life can be hacked whether it be physical, emotional, social, spiritual and intellectual. The journey of biohacking is up to you and where you see the need to change.  

The following is a must when starting your biohacking journey: 

Assess

What areas of your life would you like to improve? Maybe you simply need to fix your sleeping schedule. Perhaps you have a lot of stress that you would like to reduce or eliminate. Whatever it may be there are hacks that you can do to...

September 11, 2019

Avocado oil is a nutrient dense oil that should be in everyone’s cupboard. It’s great for cooking, skin care and digestive health and offers more benefits than

August 26, 2019

Paleo, AIP, vegan, GAPS, Keto, FODMAP...the list goes on and on and they all claim to be the answer. How do you know how to choose the right diet for inflammation that's unique to you?

August 21, 2019

90% of serotonin (the feel-good hormone) is produced in the gut. There are numerous studies on the effects of stress on the body. If you’re looking to make a change to your mindset and your overall gut health, then you’ll probably be excited to read the following article on how to have a positive morning.

August 7, 2019

Your inner kingdom, your microbiome, your gut symbiosis, these are all different words for the same thing. How healthy your inner world is depicts what shows up health wise in your outer world.  

Keeping your gut healthy and happy is one of the big secrets to good digestion, glowing skin and increased energy.  

I know first hand because when I was struggling with belly bloat, psoriasis, anxiety, and celiac disease, my gut health was at its worse. Only I didn't know what I didn't know at the time. I had a history of ear infections as a kid and multiple rounds of antibiotics. Add in the stresses of adulting and not doing any amount of self care, and I was a hot mess to say the least. Changing my diet and incorporating gut friendly foods was a game changer for me and our entire family.

The more easy ways you have to incorporate recipes that reestablish a healthy intestinal flora, the better. Having a smoothie loaded with beneficial microbes is a daily addition to your die...

July 22, 2019

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is one of the most common mental disorders that is affecting our children today. If you are a parent, it can be both frustrating and challenging to deal with some of the behaviors.  In our family, I saw a direct relationship with how my children behaved and performed in school with what I was feeding them. The gut is balanced when good bacteria and yeast exist at a healthy level. Children with ADHD have shown remarkable improvement by using healing foods that help increase a healthy gut. 

1.  Probiotic Rich Foods- If you haven't jumped on board with fermented foods, there are many kid-friendly options available to help improve gut health. Things like water kefir, kombucha, and fruit kvass just to name a few. Good old fashion yogurt is also an option as long as it is unsweetened with no added food coloring or dyes- you can add your own fruit and drizzle with honey for a much healthier version.

2.  Outdoor Playtime...

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