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How can a Holistic Wellness & Nutrition Coach help you? Are you 50+ and feel like your body has let you down? Struggling with low energy, brain fog, insomnia, bloating, weight gain, or chronic aches and pains? Have you been to the doctor only to be told it’s all in your head? Are you too young to feel this old?

Did you know these are NOT normal signs of aging? This is your body giving you clear signals that something is out of balance. I can help you!

I can totally relate. Unfortunately with so many medical specialists these days and “a pill for every ill”, WHO is looking at your WHOLE health picture? I’ve been there… and that’s why I became a Holistic Wellness & Nutrition Coach, to help you thrive in wellness.

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Choco-Berry Protein Smoothie

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Choco-Berry Protein Smoothie

Looking for a quick and easy high-protein breakfast idea? Now that summer is almost here it’s the perfect time to drink this Choco-Berry Protein Smoothie.

Smoothies and other cold foods and beverages can be really cooling to the body, which can make you feel cold and sluggish. So you don’t want to drink a lot of smoothies or eat lots of cold foods during the winter—unless you live in a hot climate. But with the heat of summer on the horizon, it’s time to cool off. And this yummy Choco-Berry Protein Smoothie is just the ticket for a hearty, protein-rich breakfast.

In fact, it’s packed with tons of antioxidants, healthy fats, and protein, to keep you satiated and full of energy all morning long. Berries and cocoa are high in phytonutrient antioxidants. Nuts and nut butters are high in healthy fats and minerals. The nuts and nut butters as well as the protein powder, JuicePlus+ Complete, and gelatin or collagen are also packed with protein. If you’re vegan or vegetarian you can easily leave out the gelatin/collagen and still get lots of protein in this yummy smoothie.
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What Does Wellness Mean To You?

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WHAT DOES WELLNESS MEAN TO YOU?

Do you ever stop to think about what wellness means to you? When we’re healthy and well, we often take our health and wellness for granted. But that can sure turn around in an instant.

Unfortunately, last week we experienced such an instant. My husband Kirk tripped on a friend’s shag carpet throw rug under their coffee table. His hands were full as he was carrying things from the dining table to the kitchen. So as he went flying—along with the things he was carrying—he didn’t have time to get his hands out in front of him. And he took a face-plant into the coffee table. No bueno! He cracked a rib and his cheekbone, along with several places around his orbital bone.

We have a saying on the boat, “One hand for yourself, one hand for the boat.” Maybe that would be good to employ on land as well?! This accident has really made us think about our overall health and wellness, and where we can improve upon it as we age.
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Why Care About Vitamin D Deficiency?

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Why Care About Vitamin D Deficiency? https://www.thorne.com/products/dp/d-10-000

Updated from original post dated: September 30, 2014

Why has Vitamin D Deficiency been in the news and all over the web lately, and why should you care? For starters, according to a recent study published in the journal Nature, “Vitamin D deficiency markedly increases the chance of having severe disease after infection with SARS Cov-2 [COVID-19]. The intensity of inflammatory response is also higher in vitamin D deficient COVID-19 patients. This all translates to increase morbidity and mortality in COVID-19 patients who are deficient in vitamin D.”(1)(2) No bueno!

And that’s just the most current tip of the iceberg when it comes to vitamin D deficiency. Besides rickets, vitamin D deficiency has also been implicated in a wide variety of ailments ranging from enhanced intestinal permeability (a.k.a. Leaky Gut), osteopenia, and osteoporosis, to autoimmune conditions, Parkinson’s, and cancer. So as you can see, vitamin D is a VERY important nutrient.

So could you have Vitamin D Deficiency? How can you find out? And how can you safely supplement if you’re deficient? Let’s find out…
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Are You Eating Enough Fruits & Veggies?

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Are you eating enough fruits and veggies

Are you eating enough fruits and veggies? If you’re like most Americans the answer is likely “no”. Recent data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that just 1-in-10 American adults are eating enough fruits and veggies.(1) That means 90% of us are not getting enough fruits and veggies every day. Our children are equally deficient. And BIPOC communities are faring far worse.(2)

So what is the recommended amount of daily fruits and veggies anyway? The USDA’s “recommended amount” is 5 to 9 half-cup servings of fruits and veggies a day. But that is the bare minimum to survive, not to thrive. If you’re going for optimal health instead of the bare minimum, according to research shared in Dr. Mark Hyman’s book Food Fix (which I highly recommend reading!), you’ll want to eat 13 to 15 half-cup servings of fruits and veggies—in a wide range of colors—each day. And athletes need to eat even more. Wow! That’s a LOT. Especially when, ironically, only 2% of all agricultural land in the US is now used for growing fruits and vegetables.

Even as a functional medicine health coach, who eats pretty clean and healthy, I know I generally don’t eat 13 to 15 servings of fruits and veggies a day. How about you? It’s hard to wrap our heads around how much that really is. So let’s break it down a few different ways.

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