I recorded a YouTube video today specifically made for a need I've been hearing from my clients and students. If you have a loved one who is elderly and has trouble getting on and off the floor, it can be more challenging to find workout classes online. I filmed this short video for them
The perfect solution for beat-up pears. #GF and sweetened with dates. #gfbaking can be tricky for the digestive system due to all of the gluten free flours used. A lot of people become gluten free, and then continue to struggle with symptoms due to molecular mimicry - a process by which the #immunesystem “brushfire” style reacts to any food that resembles gluten. I struggled with grains for years not knowing that GF actually meant #grainfree for my body. These days I skip the gluten free baking mixes and go right for the almond flour. These muffins are moist and bouncy just like any self-respecting muffin should be. And they pass the best test of all - my picky babe eats them right up! #ishbelwell #noprocessedfoods #nosugar
Your #adrenalglands are arguably one of the most hard-working organs in the body. They not only manage the stress handling system, but they also play a vital role in #sexhormones, #energy and vitality, #blood sugar, #immunity and the ability to have a sense of well-being. They produce #antiaging support and play a part in inflammation and fluid balance. Stress can affect their function in monumental ways. While conventional medicine only recognizes #addisonsdisease and #cushingsdisease as adrenal disorders requiring treatment, the adrenals often struggle unnoticed for years with symptoms ranging from #hormonebalance, to #fatigue, to trouble sleeping, to an inability to handle stress, to a suppressed immune system. People with adrenal struggles are often told they have thyroid issues, only to discover their thyroid is technically within normal range. There are a myriad of ways to support the adrenals. The best place to start is in the gut. Pathogens inhabiting the gut and food sensitivities compromise GI function and cue the immune system and the adrenals to react. One of the best ways to alleviate stress on the adrenals is to identify GI pathogens and food sensitivities, which not only dramatically increases absorption of vital nutrients and improves overall health, but also alleviates the immune system and adrenals from constantly having to exert energy to deal with these GI threats. Often, issues related to the adrenals are quickly improved when gut healing and food sensitivities are identified and resolved. #ishbelwell #adrenalhealth #gastrointestinal #gihealth
I've been following The Sleep Doctor https://thesleepdoctor.com/ for a while now and have been implementing his suggestions into my life as well as suggesting them to my clients. One big thing you can do right now to ensure you have optimal energy all week long is to go to sleep and wake up at exactly the same time every day. Do you tend to try to "catch up" on your sleep over the weekends? Turns out this doesn't prevent metabolic dysregulation or overall energy according to a new study on the topic.
Remember, no matter how important you think that next "to do" is, nothing is as important as rest. You'll get everything you have to do, done in way less time if you're well-rested. And! You won't be nearly so cranky. And! Your waistline and your overall health will see dramatic results.
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With the holidays upon us, our guts can take quite a beating. Between the sugar and the stress, our digestive systems may not be feeling the holiday cheer.
As a nutrition dork, I thought the best way to say Merry Christmas! is to send you some information on how to support your digestive system and your whole body so that you can really enjoy your holiday with your WHOLE self!
I wish you a wonderful holiday, and I look forward to seeing you in the New Year!
Some useful information on Leaky Gut and gut health (i.e this is why you should care for your gut):
Gut Healing Cinnamon Coconut Late (replace coffee with tea if needed)
Chocolate Collagen Protein Bites
Collagen, Essential Fatty Acids, Coffee
Bone Broth (I add chicken feet in with the bones). This makes a great base for a soup or is delicious on its own with some miso mixed in each cup for extra probiotics and flavor! http://blog.paleohacks.com/bone-broth-recipe/
There's something to be said for saying grace before eating, but even if praying isn't for you, taking a moment to calm yourself, center and breathe before eating will do wonders for your digestive system.
Your digestive track only works when you’re in a parasympathetic state. In other words, if you are stressed, driving (one of my classic eating practices before I knew any better!) or shoving food in your mouth while you’re running out the door, your digestive track is essentially out-of-commission until you settle down. Thus, all of that food sits in your gut putrefying and waiting for a relaxing moment. So, take a seat, take a breath and enjoy your food. Your digestive track will thank you a million times over, and you will feel so much better.
Chew slowly: about 30 - 60 chews per bite. It’s helpful if you set your fork down after each bite and take a deep breath as you chew.