Gluten Decoded

Are you confused about what gluten is? What it’s in? What substitutions are available?

Here is a helpful infograph on gluten, where it’s found, how to avoid it, what substitutes exist and more: https://medalerthelp.org/gluten-free-life-infographic/

Study finds huge health & happiness benefits with this ONE thing!

A Harvard study has shed new light on the impact of social connection on health, happiness, and life satisfaction.

Check this out: Research has found that loneliness is as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes a day! 
And: “Lonely people are 50% more likely to die prematurely than those with healthy social relationships.”

That’s pretty shocking, right?

Loneliness is now considered worse for your health than obesity. It’s been found to increase inflammation and risk of a variety of diseases including heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and dementia.

You’ve seen me often write and speak about the connection between your emotional state and your gut health. This research is a prime example of this critical connection.

So, let’s define loneliness and also look at some actions you can take to keep yourself healthy & happy. 

As you know, keeping your gut healthy is extremely important. Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive. 

It is my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like gut/digestive issues, excess weight, low energy, mood imbalance, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.
 

Loneliness is different than being alone

Being alone doesn’t always mean loneliness. In fact, you can be surrounded by family and friends and feel lonely while others can live and work alone and not feel lonely at all. So it seems that if being alone doesn’t bother you, you aren’t lonely. There’s not a set amount of alone time versus social time that fits everyone. 

How do we define it then? According to psychology researchers Julianne Holt-Lunstad and Timothy B. Smith from Brigham Young University, who studied the links of loneliness and social isolation to cardiovascular disease, loneliness as “the discrepancy between one’s desired and actual level of social connection.”  In a nutshell, feeling a lack of social connection is considered loneliness and that’s what negatively impacts your health. Social connection on the other hand, benefits your health.

5 ways to improve social connection

  1. Practice emotional intelligence (the ability to mange your emotions). You can build your emotional intelligence and improve the quality of your social interactions. HeartMath tools are great for this! I practice emotional self-regulation daily and teach it to every client. You can also use active listening, meditation, and journaling to improve this area.
  2. Connect with people face-to-face or on the phone rather than online more often.
  3. Volunteer.
  4. Find a local group that shares an interest of yours or take up a hobby.
  5. When you interact with friends and family, notice what’s great about them and compliment them.


As you can see, improving health is a holistic journey and I know this information can make a positive impact in your life.

Please know that if you’re struggling with your weight, digestion/gut, mood, or energy, and you would love to feel like yourself again, I would love to support you.

I’m inviting you to set up a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session with me here. I have 3 spaces for sessions this month so please grab a spot so we can talk about how to help you take your wellness up a notch.

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

~Rebecca

Have you heard about sacha inchi?

Gut health is what it’s all about.

You see, your gut is at the root of both health and disease. When your gut health struggles, you’re going to feel it! Maybe you’ll feel it with low energy or poor mood. Maybe you’ll feel it with obvious digestive symptoms. Maybe for you it’s your skin or your weight that’s telling you something isn’t quite right.

You can’t be healthy and free of symptoms if your gut isn’t functioning properly and your gut needs the right foods for YOU in order to thrive.
Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive.

I care about all of these things because my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like gut/digestive issues, excess weight, low energy, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

So what does all this have to do with sacha inchi? Well, sacha inchi is a superfood that delivers all sorts of key nutrients to your gut!

Sacha inchi


Sacha inchi is a seed native to Peru. It’s a complete protein that’s highly digestible, is high in the amino acid tryptophan which you need to make the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin, is rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9 fats, and high in fiber (great for satisfying the appetite, promoting healthy blood sugar, and encouraging healthy bowels).
You can enjoy the nutty tasting seeds roasted or in powdered form. They can be added to just about anything from soups, salads, or your favorite smoothies. Some companies like Julian Bakery use them in products like their Pegan Thin food bars.
If you are looking for ways to increase your protein, fiber and healthy fats, sacha inchi is a great option. Look at your local health food store or get some online.

The more you are in touch with nourishing your body, you less deprived you’ll feel…AND the more likely you will want to keep feeling great. You’ll find ways to celebrate and be social that honor your health while still enjoying delicious food.

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

~Rebecca

P.S. Do you know someone who is struggling with their weight, digestion/gut, or energy?
Send them my way! They can set up a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session with me here

Is fiber actually healthy for you?

Today I want to talk to you about fiber. This can be such a source of confusion! Is fiber good for me? How much do I need? Could fiber be making my digestion worse?
There is not one answer that is true for every single person. Let me share with you some key facts about fiber that could help you to experience your best health.
Fiber is basically just the parts of plants (veggies, fruits, grains) that your body can’t digest . It passes through your body and your bacteria feed off of them (fiber is food for your gut bugs; we’ll talk about how this can be both good and bad).

So, keeping your gut happy is extremely important. Your gut is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, and clear out toxins that need clearing out daily so you can thrive. 

It is my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like gut/digestive issues, excess weight, low energy, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.
 

3 Things You Must Know About Fiber

1) There isn’t a set amount that everyone should aim for. 
When we look closely at studies with any thousands of people, some show that increased fiber intake is protective against digestive-tract cancer and heart disease….some don’t show any protection. One study including over 80,000 women and followed them for 16 yrs and there was no association between fiber intake and colorectal cancer (and this same conclusion was found in a study involving 40,000 men). The Journal of the American Medical Association looked at 13 studies involving over 700,000 people. Once the researchers adjusted for variables like exercise, they found NO protective effect of fiber intake (of any kind) on colorectal cancer. Similar research exists for IBS, heart disease and obesity–the research is really mixed.

2) There isn’t one type of fiber (or one diet for that matter) that is right for everyone. The foods and types of fibers that are right for your body could make another person feel terrible. Cutting out processed foods and eating to control blood sugar tends to be more important than trying to eat a lot of fiber. For certain conditions like Celiac, lots of fiber can make symptoms worse. For constipation, upping fiber can be helpful. It’s not black and white and that is where getting some guidance can make all the difference.

3) Lower fiber might be better at reducing inflammation and weight loss. 
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition looked at 22 studies and found that “a diet that controls blood sugar is better at reducing inflammation than a diet that increases fiber.” Over 50 studies found that low-carb diets are better for weight loss than low-fat (higher fiber) diets. This doesn’t mean that if you’re eating a higher fiber diet and feeling awesome that you should lower your fiber intake. It does suggest that if you’ve been trying to add more fiber and your symptoms aren’t improving or even getting worse, you may want to try a different approach.

In a nutshell, the generic recommendation to eat more fiber isn’t universally supported in the research. I’ve definitely seen it make some clients feel worse and for other clients, it was really helpful. Your dietary needs are unique. If you are having symptoms, they can help point you in the direction of what needs adjusting. Sometimes it is a simple adjustment and other times, there are multiple adjustments that are needed.

Bottom line, your body was designed to be healthy and fiber is but one piece of that puzzle. If you’re struggling with your weight, digestion/gut, or energy, and you would love to feel like yourself again, I’m inviting you to set up a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session with me here.

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

~Rebecca

References: Healthy Gut, Healthy You by Dr. Michael Ruscio

Autoimmunity and being “too clean”

Today I’d love to share some helpful information on how you can support your immune system.
You or someone you care about may be struggling with your immune system (and I’m not just talking about getting an occasional cold: I’m talking about autoimmunity). Autoimmunity is when your immune system attacks YOU rather than invading germs. It affects about 14-22 million people in the United States (heart disease, the most common disease in the U.S. affects 22 million).

Examples of autoimmune disease are celiac disease (intestines), inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis (intestines), Hashimoto’s and Grave’s (thyroid), multiple sclerosis (nervous system), and eczema and psoriasis (skin).

I’m reading this great book right now called Healthy Gut, Healthy You and there is a whole section on the research behind autoimmunity and hygiene.

Did you know that about 80% of your immune system is in your gut? Since a big part of how I help people to regain their health is through creating foundations for a strong healthy gut, I wanted to share a couple tidbits with you.

Your gut is the root of your health and it is where you take all the good stuff you eat and drink and transform it into the many building blocks your body needs to make energy, sleep well, maintain a healthy weight, build muscle, clear out toxins that need clearing out daily, and have a properly functioning immune system so you can thrive. 

Everything you eat has an impact on your gut health. So does your environment.

Why am I telling you this? Because my passion is to work with people like you whose health symptoms–like gut/digestive issues, excess weight, low energy, and skin & sleep problems–are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy your life.
 

Hygiene and Your Immune System

What we’re realizing is that being too clean and disinfecting everything from our hands multiple times each day to every surface of our work and home could actually be a big problem.

Is it good to wash your hands after you go to the bathroom? Yes. Is it good to wash up before you eat in general? Yes. But the research shows that people “who live in non-Westernized societies have far less inflammatory, autoimmune and allergic diseases” (H. Okada The Hygeine Hypothesis, Clinical & Experimental Immunology).

Using anti-bacterial soaps, hand sanitizers, anti-bacterial household cleaners reduce our interaction with bacteria–because they kill them off. And we need bacteria in our lives: our lives depend on it. You are more bacteria then you are human cells! It is now believed that by constantly reducing our exposure to bacteria makes your immune system restless. It is also believed that those who develop autoimmunity or allergies have a strong immune system…but it doesn’t have the constant exposure to dirt and germs it needs to train it to function properly. So when that immune system is really strong, bored and poorly trained from having a sterile environment, it is more prone to react quickly and strongly to your own tissues (autoimmunity).

If you already have developed one or more autoimmune condition, absolutely work with someone who can help you dial in your diet and support gut function. This can help you from anywhere from managing symptoms to going into remission. If you are having symptoms with allergies, skin, gut, energy, weight, poor sleep…well, these are signs that your health needs support. You can make a huge difference to the direction your life and health are headed by taking action now before autoimmune disease develops.

Generally, you can support your body by getting regular contact with nature. Get outside in nature as often as possible. Get your hands dirty if you’re taking a hike. Breathe in the fresh air. Have plants in your home and a pet if you can and aren’t allergic. Your body needs interaction with bacteria! Wash your hands with soap (not anti-bacterial) and warm water.

This is the tip of the iceberg. There’s so much you can do to support your health in addition to this. 
Please contact me if you’d like to explore what you can do to support your health and immune system. I’d love to help you.

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!

~Rebecca


P.S. Do you know someone who is struggling with their weight, digestion/gut, or energy?
Send them my way! They can set up a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session with me here and so can you!

“Fried” Chicken: Grain-free, keto & amazing!

I’ve got a fantastic recipe to share with you today!!!

Fried chicken has been something my family enjoys so I modified this recipe by Crunchy Mama and it is AWESOME!!! 

  • 3 lb chicken pieces with skin and bone (or boneless if you prefer)
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 egg (or 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk for egg free)
  • 3-5 TBSP melted butter or olive oil (I used butter!)
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp white or black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Spray a baking tray/cookie sheet or grill rack with coconut oil.
  3. On a large plate, add the almond flour and all spices and mix well.
  4. Whisk egg in a bowl.
  5. Taking one chicken piece at a time, dip in egg or almond milk and coat in flour mixture and set on baking tray. You can make this process go quickly by using one hand to dip the chicken in the egg and using your second hand to handle the chicken in the flour or use a fork (this is what I prefer).
  6. Drizzle butter or olive oil over all the chicken pieces.
  7. Bake for 40 minutes or until chicken pieces are nice and brown and cooked through

I hope you love this recipe as much as we do!

In health,

Rebecca