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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.Learn More...
Life is short, eat dessert first! Can you relate? We try to live by the 90/10 rule, 90% of the time we eat clean and healthy, 10% of the time eat whatever the heck we want! This week that included making my favorite GF vegan chocolate cake—because hey, what else are you gonna do during a pandemic with a hurricane approaching?! AND eating GF vegan chocolate cake for breakfast—because it’s so loaded with cocoa powder if I ate it for dinner it might keep me up half the night, LOL!
This GF vegan chocolate cake is SO rich and moist, no one will guess it is gluten-free, vegan, and has no added sugar! It takes a little extra time to make it and bake it (think “slow cooking” a cake). But it is so deliciously dense, it’s totally worth the time you put into it. I modified the original recipe for a vegan chocolate cake found online, to make it sans sugar, and use ingredients I had on hand.
The original recipe called for baking the cake so I’ve added the baking instructions below. However, when we make this GF vegan chocolate cake we actually steam it (because our oven heats up our sailboat too much when we bake!) Have you ever steamed a cake? Wait till you try this!
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Are you staying hydrated? Maybe you drink enough water each day… or maybe you’re chronically dehydrated and don’t know it? According to the Harvard Health Letter, “Drinking fluids is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of every system in your body, including your heart, brain, and muscles. Fluids carry nutrients to your cells, flush bacteria from your bladder, and prevent constipation.”(1)
Did you know the human body is about 60% water? And we lose about three liters a day through elimination (stool and urine), breathing, and sweat. Sadly, it’s estimated that 75-80% of Americans are not staying hydrated, and are actually chronically dehydrated.(2) Wow!
Now I know I was chronically dehydrated for years as a kid. Growing up in a high-altitude town and not drinking enough fluids was a bad combo. I used to pop aspirin for my chronic headaches like it was candy. Little did my mom or I know my headaches were actually due to dehydration (headache across the forehead.) And I really should have been sipping water all day instead! Luckily today I love drinking water and always have my Flaska glass water bottle handy. So other than avoiding headaches, why is staying hydrated so important to your overall wellness?
Do you ever wonder if you really need all those vitamins and supplements you’ve been taking? I mean, if you’re eating healthy, can’t you just get everything from your food? I get asked this question a lot by my clients, and I’ve also been known to ask my own Naturopath the same thing! I’ve never liked swallowing pills, and I’ll be honest. Somedays I just look at my supplements lined up and grimace. Can you relate?
At least since going to nutrition school and studying functional medicine, I know what mine are for and exactly why I’m taking them. So I wanted to help you understand why you might or might not need your vitamins and supplements too. These days vitamins and supplements are big businesses. In the US alone last year the vitamins and supplements industry grossed a whopping $32 Billion dollars!(1)
And did you know this industry is largely unregulated?(2) This means that a lot of vitamins and supplements on the market may have suboptimal ingredients or ingredients like a bunch of fillers and binders that basically don’t do anything for you and could even make you sick if you’re sensitive to an ingredient. So if that’s the case, do you really need to take vitamins and supplements?
Are you eating your daily amount of veggies? Or do you need some recipe inspiration to get more veggies into your day? These creative and savory breakfast ideas are here to inspire you!
However, in order to get more veggies into your day, you need to start from somewhere, right? So let’s start with your plate. Typically you want your plate to be at least 50% vegetables at each meal. And the more greens you eat the better for your overall health.
If that seems overwhelming, let’s break it down so you can wrap your head around how to get more veggies into your day. The US RDA (recommended daily allowance) is a minimum of nine ½-cup servings of produce a day. That’s further broken down to equal 1.5-2 cups of fruit (organic and skin-on are best options), plus 2.5 cups of veggies a day.
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