How do we stave off (at least some of) the excess holiday overeating without "just saying no" to food?
In my observations, encounters and work with individuals and their varied food/eating habits and struggles, I've come to identify three main "Food Character" types: the Moderator, the Avoider, and the Maximizer.
I was one of the 10% of women who suffer with PCOS (and infertility), and as my recovery was entirely nutritionally based, writing this post was near and dear to my heart!
The common + easily overlooked denominator sabotaging women's health efforts? Hormonal birth control + contraceptive devices.
Most women using hormonal birth control or contraceptive devices don't make the conscious connection, but the natural weight, mood, energy + health regulators in their bodies are being significantly altered and overridden by the intake of external hormones.
Let's be honest, the postpartum stage isn't an easy one, and healthy eating can be a real struggle. But the recovery of your body, mood, energy, metabolism + hormones requires that you get some quality nutrition -- you need to be feeding you right, too. Eating the quality + quantity of food that will heal your body is essential for postpartum mammas.
Most people who don't have a gallbladder (or who have one full of gallstones) have not been properly educated on the best ways to eat and care for themselves after the loss (or inhibited function) of this major organ.
If you're like me, you've been not-so-patiently waiting for the EWG's 2016 list of foods testing highest + lowest for pesticide + chemical residue so you know which foods to buy organic (and which to conserve your grocery funds on). I'm happy to say this info was recently released -- and I've laid it out for you in this simple 1 page infographic.
Ladies, I've got a secret for you, and one that might change your life. Here goes: Exercise isn't quite all it's cracked up to be. Now, if you're not struggling with weight, fertility issues or outta-whack hormones, the advice in this post might not apply to you. But if you have or are struggling with any of these issues -- hear me out.
When we find that we, personally, can heal our body naturally -- without the cost, risk or side effects too often found with prescription drugs + invasive medical treatments -- it can be a truly profound experience. I suspect this is why many of my clients become hungry to learn more of the health secrets unearthed by the life-changing field of Nutritional Therapy.
If you're one of my holistic-nutrition-curious soul sisters ...this post's for you!
March was the month of podcast interviews!
This time, the lovely ladies of the Real World Paleo Podcast and I talk on how we can naturally restore hormones, promote fertility + support the best possible environment for healthy cycles, conception, optimal fetal development, nursing, baby growth + mommy (and daddy!) care.
Listen to Heather + I examine the physical, mental, emotional + nutritional barriers that keep us from our weight and health goals and trap us in the cycle of binge eating.
We talk hope + help on what's needed to move away from those unwanted patterns with food to a healthier, happier size and life!
I'm so honored to have been interviewed about one of my favorite topics of all time: emotional eating!
The Real World Paleo Podcast and I pack in an honest, gritty discussion on the forms of emotional eating, why so many people are secretly struggling with this issue, and if there is hope for those who want to overcome their broken relationship with food.
I'm a little biased, but... I think you're really gonna like this interview! ;)
While episodes of over/undereating can be random or infrequent, those of us who find we have chronic patterns of stuffing and/or starving might feel like it's "just something we do / always have done." But often, there's way more going on under the surface that drives our unhelpful + abnormal behaviors with food.
Even those of us who are fairly nutritionally aware or educated are often unknowingly consuming foods that we think are proteins, but which are actually fat or carb by nutritional composition. This mistake happens more often than you might think -- just check out the list below... I bet there's at least one food in there you thought was a protein that technically isn't!
We have to construct deliberate fences around our food, because nature no longer does this for us.
While none of us deserve to live in a tiny, restricted food cage, most of us don't do well in an ungated, free-for-all food pasture. This is why we each need a custom-built food fence to protect our body + brain health and make sure we stay fully, safely nourished.
I am working on my gratitude,
and my gratitude is working on me.
Happy Thanksgiving friends!
From my table to yours, here's to a healthier, guilt-free Thanksgiving menu -- so that this year, your Black Friday can be free of Food Hangovers and violent shoppers.
Remember to treat food and your body with Thanks+Giving too!
When it comes to sugar + certain foods, I'm an addict.
Sugar is my favorite white powder.
Yes, this holistic nutritionist used to rub sugar in her gums, melt it by the spoonful, chug it, scrub it in her skin, consume it in questionable brownies, chain-eat it, shoot it up Pixy Stix style... and more.
I might make light of it, but I'm not joking when I say I used to be a sugar + food addict.
Light + heat can damage and alter the natural chemical structures of fatty acids found in fats/oils.
The effect of this the creation of free radicals, which are known to be harmful and even carcinogenic (cancer causing) to humans.
Trying to overcome infertility can mentally, emotionally and physically overwhelm or exhaust a couple.
Trying for a baby takes energy, effort, dedication, hope, patience, and waiting. When a couple is infertile, this can be a rollercoaster of extremes -- high hopes, steep pitfalls.
The additional stress caused by infertility certainly doesn't help the situation. Or the mood...