Hi, I’m Heidi, Functional Wellness Coach and Author… Are you 40+ and feeling like your body has let you down? Struggling with low energy, brain fog, bloating, insomnia, weight gain, eczema and other skin issues, or chronic aches and pains? Have you been to doctor after doctor only to be told it’s all in your head? Are you too young to feel this damn old? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Did you know these are NOT actually normal signs of aging? This is your body giving you clear warning signals that something is out of balance. And I can help you to get back in balance…

With so many specialists and “a pill for every ill”, WHO is looking at your WHOLE health picture? I’ve been there, and I can relate. That’s why I became a Functional Wellness Coach. I’m passionate about helping women 40+, who have already tried everything under the sun, to feel FANTASTIC again. Learn More

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What Supplements Do You Really Need?

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What Supplements Do You Really Need? (image of supplements)

There are so many supplements on the market these days. Not to mention a host of holistic doctors coming out with their own “miracle cure” branded supplements for everything under the sun, but primarily weight loss and “anti-aging”.

Since my clients frequently ask me “what supplements do you take?” I thought I would share a little about the supplements I take and why.

However, the biggest thing to keep in mind is the concept of bio-individuality. Every BODY is different. So just because I take a supplement for a particular reason, doesn’t mean you necessarily need it or would benefit from it, and vice versa.

Also, while I offer professional quality supplements to my clients and readers, and I do take some supplements myself, I am a BIG proponent of getting all the nutrients you can from your food FIRST. Before you supplement. Food is medicine.

We’re All Likely Nutrient Deficient

Studies show that 92%(1) of Americans are deficient in at least one important vitamin or mineral. So unless you’re one of the lucky 8%, you most likely have at least one vitamin or mineral deficiency, and possibly more.

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Is Your Appendix Really Necessary?

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IS YOUR APPENDIX NECESSARY? image: woman with inflamed appendix

Sometimes my functional medicine studies take me down rabbit holes. And learning about the appendix was one of those holes. I love sharing what I’m learning, to help you stay healthier too! Do you still have your appendix? Or have you had an appendectomy?

Either way, read on as it turns out there’s more to this little organ than originally thought. So what exactly is your appendix good for? Let’s start with a little appendix primer first, in case you’re not quite sure about this lowly organ. The appendix is a small tubular organ, about the size of your index finger. It is located in the lower-right abdomen between the belly button and right hip bone.

And it used to be thought of as an “ancillary organ”, that would just be removed if it became inflamed, infected, or ruptured. But new research indicates you might actually want to hang onto your appendix if you can. And if you’ve already had an appendectomy, there’s info for you here too.
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Kicking Insomnia

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Kicking Insomnia - Tosh Hackler taking a Cat Nap

Do you struggle with insomnia? Sleep is so important for our overall health. And yet it can be so elusive sometimes. Did you know humans are the ONLY animal that don’t sleep when they are tired? Are you among the 50% of the population who suffers from insomnia? Do you have a hard time falling asleep? Or maybe you fall asleep just fine—but then you wake multiple times in the night? Or do you sleep through the night OK, but wake up feeling exhausted each morning? If you can relate to any of these, read on for some sleep hacks to kick insomnia and sleep like a baby again.

Resolving insomnia is one of the top concerns of my health coaching clients and many of my readers as well. And while insomnia and sleep issues can plague us for a variety of reasons, those reasons can be very different from person to person. And they can even vary for the same person on different days, making it hard to pinpoint the exact cause. So how do you know what’s at the root of your insomnia?
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Mexican Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad

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Mexican Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad

This delicious Mexican Sweet Potato & Black Bean Salad is perfect for any summer bar-b-que, picnic, lunch, or dinner. I got the original recipe from a client (thanks Kathy!). And then I modified it because I can never follow any recipe exactly, LOL! (Usually, I need to swap out some ingredients that may contain gluten, dairy, or nightshades, or sometimes I don’t have a particular ingredient, so I punt.)

And since we live in Mexico, I had to add a bit of Mexican flare. So check out my modified version of the original recipe that my client found online.
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