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March 16, 2020

Instead of picking a fruit off a tree, or a vegetable from a vine, we are shopping round, waxy produce from a pile of identical fruits and vegetables in the refrigerated section. This type of eating, while highly convenient, confuses our bodies, wallets, and the environment!

October 28, 2019

Have you read any good books recently?

This book, "The Little Book of Hygge" by Meik Weiking was a PURE delight and joy to read.

I highly recommend it!

It is written by the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Meik Wiking walks us through the philosophy of Hygge, the Danish secrets to happy living. 

Denmark is repeatedly at the top of the list for the world's happiest countries, so I was curious, what's the secret?!

What makes the Danes so happy?

Did you know that Social Support is the #1 factor that determines if people are happy?

Having someone you can turn to in a time of need is critically important for maintaining happiness. 

Who is that one person in your life?

Perhaps send them some love today, just a quick note to say you care?

It was so good, I wanted to share some of the key take aways with you.

I took some notes while reading because I wanted to practice the Hygge Manifesto. So I figured I'd share with you too!

***Hygge Manifesto***

(Pronounced HOO-GA)

Here'...

October 28, 2019

What's scarier than Halloween ghosts and goblins? 👻

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the MAX amount of added sugars you should eat in one day are 9 tsps for men, 6 teaspoons for women, and LESS  6 tsps a day for anyone under the ago of 18.  

TRIVIA 🎉

On Halloween, guess how much sugar the average child consumes??

About THREE CUPS of sugar, which is about 144 teaspoons of sugar!!

THAT IS 24 TIMES MORE THAN RECOMMENDED BY THE AHA 🚨

Not only will this knock the immune system out (watch how many people get sick these next few weeks...), but it also leads to a whole host of health issues. #KeepingItReal

Now of course Halloween is a holiday, but as a nutritionist I wanted to take this special time as an opportunity for a public service announcement. 😘

I love and care about you and want you to have OPTIMUM health.

Part of optimum health is cutting back on sugar. 

But it tastes SO good! 

I know, trust me, I have been there too. 

Are you aware that t...

July 19, 2019

The word detox might inspire images of someone 

starving on just lemon water and cayenne, or maybe you think of that friend that did a juice cleanse and had a migraine for three days...

Detox doesn’t have to be that extreme!

Sometimes those can actually end up doing more harm than good.

It can simply mean that you focus your efforts on changing some of your routines to help create a more balanced mind and body.

Due to environmental exposure, our bodies can become overwhelmed by toxins that enter into your body via water, air, food, pharmaceuticals, or other drugs.

Cleansing the body does not have to be as extreme or restrictive as some diets you’ve maybe heard of, or even tried yourself.

In fact, simple changes, such as considering changes to the following are great ways to start the detoxification process:

Water
Start each day with a glass of spring or filtered water and the juice of one lemon to help flush toxins and alkalize the b...

July 19, 2019

Indoor air pollution ranks among the top environmental dangers, and the majority of that pollution comes from the cleaners that we use on a regular basis. Often we don’t even think to relate symptoms we have to the product we use! Yet, some of the immediate effects might be headaches, nausea, irritation to the nose or eyes, and dizziness. 

It’s kind of hard to believe that one of the top pollutants is caused by something that could be eliminated entirely. The problem is, then how would we keep our homes clean?

The good news: there are options.

Chemical-laden cleaning products aren’t the only means for keeping your home nice and clean. Homemade, non-toxic cleaning products are easy to use, fun to make, and are definitely better for us and the environment.

Here are natural products you can start replacing those chemical products with now:

Baking Soda
Baking soda is great for deodorizing, shining, and cutting through grease and grime. 

Castile Soap
Castile soap is made from plant oils and is us...

January 17, 2019

Did you know that 60% of the body is made of water?

Did you know that water takes the backseat to carbonated soda as the most popular beverage in the United States? 🥤

It’s a scary statistic not only because the dangers of drinking sugary drinks on the body, but also because the body requires ample amounts of water to help balance all of the body’s fluids, digest food, transport nutrients from food to the rest of the body, and to regulate the body’s temperature.

So basically, water is your body’s superpower. 💎

Here are some of the other benefits of keeping your body adequately hydrated:

Flushes Toxins
Drinking enough water allows the body to release toxins through sweat and urination.
 
Maintains Regularity
Water is necessary for the digestion of food and to prevent constipation.
 
Promotes Weight Loss
Choosing water over a soda saves on the calories since water has zero!...

November 26, 2018

Do you know that the skin is the largest organ in the body?

The skin's job is to protect the body from trauma and outside dangers, regulate temperature, and sense pleasure & pain.

Like with any other organ, it is good practice to pay attention and nurture its health. One way to do this is to start a daily routine of dry brushing your skin in the morning before taking a bath or shower.

Dry brushing, appropriately enough, is exactly what it sounds like - the brushing of the skin with a dry brush. The process removes dry, dead skin cells, leaving the skin fresh and new. 

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You may be thinking that adding another step to your already busy routine is too much, but besides the baby-soft skin, the benefits of dry brushing go beyond just your skin - and it only takes 60 seconds!

Here are some of the incredible benefits:

Lymphatic System
The lymphatic system is comprised of a series of nodes throughout the body that are connected to one another by lymph vessels. The nodes contain immu...

November 13, 2018

1) Eat Breakfast: You want to support your blood sugar (which supports your energy levels) and make sure you start the day on the right foot. This can often get skipped especially if your the host and want to get everything all set up. It can also get skipped for the false logic of "saving calories" for the big meal - which often backfires completely because instead you show up like Godzilla running down the buffet line eating 5x more calories than you would have if you ate a solid breakfast. Save Godzilla for xmas morning when you open presents and do yourself a favor by eating breakfast on Thursday.

February 14, 2018

This is the cheapest, easiest, fastest, and healthiest way to make chocolate. No longer will you have to pay for low-grade chocolate from the store. Or only eat chocolate as a special treat on holidays. Be empowered by the ease of this recipe and explore. Keep in mind too that if you add healthy toppings like almonds and walnuts then you are making your chocolate last even longer while also giving it a protein boost.

May 25, 2017

There are three key factors that distinguish mammals from all other species. According to the Oxford dictionary a mammal is "a warm-blooded vertebrate animal of a class that is distinguished by the possession of hair or fur, the secretion of milk by females for the nourishment of the young, and (typically) the birth of live young."(1) Humans are animals. Women secrete milk to nourish their offspring and this has happened since the start of the human civilization. One could argue that this lactation, our ancestors only form of food as infants, is the very foundation for all human life to flourish and is thus the reason why we are alive today.

In the last century we have seen incredible technological advances that have revolutionized our world for the better....and in some ways, for the worse. the supposition that baby formula is superior to a mother's breast milk is one of the greatest catastrophes of our time. This belief in and of itself that has been pushed by large food manufactures(...

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