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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On a cold autumn or winter night, a nice warm soup is the perfect warming food. And this delicious Sweet Potato Soup definitely fits the bill. It has been a holiday tradition in our family for years. And this hearty Sweet Potato Soup was also a favorite at our pot-luck Friends-Givings in Seattle for many years. The recipe was shared with my mom by an old Danish family friend, Inger Koedt, who passed away last year at 106 years old.
Inger was an amazing role model for our family on how to live a healthy, happy life. Well into her 100s she could be found hiking or cross-country skiing in the Tetons of Wyoming almost daily! We recently attended Inger’s celebration of life. And so many inspiring stories were shared about all the lives Inger impacted for the better. This included sheltering over 30 Jews in her basement and helping them to escape during World War II, before she immigrated to the US.
So we’re looking forward to making Inger’s Sweet Potato Soup this Thanksgiving. And we’ll be giving thanks for her wonderful examples of how to live life well: always pay it forward, help others whenever you can, laugh a lot, and live a healthy life.
Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients and are on Jonny Bowden’s 150 Healthiest Foods list. They got a bad rap with the low-carb craze, but they actually have some terrific health benefits.
If you ever loved “finger Jell-O”, “Knox Blox”, (or Jell-O shooters), these Coconut-Vanilla Jello Cubes are for you! When I was a kid, my mom would make “finger Jell-O” with Knox gelatin and fruit juice, for a healthier version without the added sugar. Recently, as I’ve been trying to find ways to incorporate more protein into my diet, strengthen my hair, and improve my joint health, I’ve turned to an old childhood favorite, gelatin!
Gelatin is not only good for healthy hair, skin, nails, and connective tissue, it’s also very beneficial in healing your gut lining too. And most of us could use a little TLC when it comes to our intestinal lining, as years of wear and tear can cause damage to the gut lining. I prefer using Vital Protein’s clean beef gelatin (not made from horse hooves!) And you will always save 20% when you purchase through my Fullscript Dispensary.
I tried making a few varieties of gelatin + juice (pink grapefruit is one of my favs), but they were always so high in sugar. (News flash: the body doesn’t know the difference between fruit sugar and other sugars. And fructose is one thing that really spikes blood sugar.) Then I realized that we use a lot of coconut milk and coconut water, and maybe that would be a good combo. I made these Coconut-Vanilla Jello Cubes and they were a huge hit with Captain Kirk. Our friends loved them too and asked for the recipe. So I thought I’d share it with you here as well. They taste a bit like tapioca pudding. Sooooo gooooood!!
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.
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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