Is your diet making you cranky?

Are you feeling impatient, energy tanking during the day, and finding yourself always looking for a snack?

Your body may be trying to tell you something.
These symptoms are frequently linked to food stress. I’m going to share with you the top 3 common causes of food stress and the solutions you need to start feeling better.

1) Lack of good quality protein. You may either not be getting enough protein throughout the day OR the protein you are getting may not be digesting properly. Some great sources of easily assimilated protein are collagen, plant protein, and moringa powder. They can be added to smoothies like this one to give your body energy, good mood support, and help you feel satisfied rather than always looking for something to snack on.

2) Not getting good fats. Fats from food are needed to make hormones (some of these hormones help you to recover from stress!). Seeking out good quality fats and oils can be a real game changer for you. Examples are coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, grass-fed butter, macadamia nut oil, avocados, nuts and seeds. Poor oils can lead to cellular damage, inflammation and low energy so be sure to avoid trans fats and vegetable oils like soybean, canola, corn, and safflower.

3) Overdoing the wrong carbs. Carbs that support energy, mood and satiety are leafy greens, above ground veggies, and low sugar fruits like berries. It’s easy to go overboard on carbs if you are eating foods made from flour (dense in carbs and quickly converted into sugar in your body), so bread, pasta, tortillas, and chips can easily lead to increases in appetite, inconsistent energy, and irritability for many people. Here are 3 great pasta alternatives for you to try instead.

These food stress solutions can make a real difference in your day. I’m so excited for you to have a more balanced appetite, more energy, & feel more positive.

In health,

3 surprising health benefits of apple cider vinegar

Are you interested in feeling great, slowing the aging process, and preventing disease?

Then these tips are for you!
Raw, unfiltered, Apple cider vinegar (ACV) with “the mother” is a fermented vinegar from apples that has beneficial bacteria that can help you:
1) Kill harmful bacteria and pathogens like E. coli. ACV’s active ingredient acetic acid has been used historically as a disinfectant and natural food preservative. Infections like harmful bacteria and yeast overgrowth are some common underlying causes of health complaints like extra body fat, fatigue, and low energy.

2) Lowers blood sugar, fights Type II Diabetes. Your body functions at its best when it efficiently uses the energy you get from your food. When you’re stressed, eating a poor diet, and not moving your body enough, problems can arise with your body’s ability to get your food fuel into your cells (one example of this is called insulin resistance). ACV has been shown to lower blood sugar after meals and improve insulin sensitivity. This is great news for your energy, brain function, and waistline.
3) Cancer prevention. Some studies have shown that ACV has anti-tumor properties and may slow cancer cell growth.

Ways to enjoy ACV

ACV can be easily integrated into your diet. Try incorporating it into salad dressings, marinades, or in dips like guacamole.
If you have an adverse reaction to apples or ACV, consult your doctor. If your body has some underlying imbalances (reflux, ulcers, H. pylori infection), these may need to be addressed before you can get the full benefits of ACV. Get in touch if you’d like to learn more about addressing issues like these and supporting your health naturally.
I’m always happy to hear your questions and comments.

In health,

How do you know when it’s time to move on?

Do you feel deep down that you aren’t getting your needs met? That you want more and better even if you cannot picture how? If your answer is yes, this can bring up strong feelings and I want to support you by addressing this today.

Every day you make choices that change the course of your life. Where you’re at with how you earn a living, your family and friend relationship dynamics, and your current state of health, it’s not by accident. Your life is largely made of your daily choices. I’d like you to answer one simple question: Which of your choices are truly working for you?

There’s a pattern that divides those who seem to reach every goal they set and those who are always struggling. If you are someone who is struggling to reach your health goals, what’s underneath your struggle (feeling overwhelmed, feeling exhausted, not sticking with healthy eating habits, not knowing how to cook, sitting all day for work, not getting the support you need)?
If you want to be a success story, you’ve got to be able to see when it’s time to move on from what isn’t working for you.

Why You’re Stuck

The key to why SO many of us struggle with health issues is that we are so stressed out that changing anything feels too hard. Be honest, have you ever felt this way? You may genuinely want your body to look and feel differently, but there’s too many other things competing for your time and energy and so your efforts never fully take flight.
Most likely, this pattern is never going to change. It’s never going to be convenient for you to get healthy.

Move on to a winning strategy

You can have the results you want and you can have the resources you need to have them. A winning strategy to give you the room in your mind to be able to achieve this is through starting to transform your “stress” pattern. Broken down further, you’re stressed because there’s too much on your plate (usually not good stuff either, but rather too many things that drain your energy). Identifying energy drains and resolving them will help you get what you want with your health and every other area of your life. Why? Plugging those drains puts more gas in your tank so that you don’t run into as much decision fatigue and halfhearted attempts to make and stick with health improvements.

Start here

Here’s one thing you can do today to change this pattern: write down one energy drain you experienced yesterday or today. What was the obstacle, did it involve other people, does it happen often, how do you feel when it happens, and how have you been handling it? Feel free to share your answers with me.
As you start to identify your drains and resolve them, you will feel your stress start to melt away and you will automatically have more time and energy available to invest in the things that will deeply impact how you look and feel daily.
If you need some support with resolving your energy drains and transforming your stress, I’m here for you and would love to help you discover where your best health has been hiding.