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What Is It About Wheat?

Ever since my daughter had success resolving her food allergy issues, I am forever focused on healthy immune systems and well-functioning microbiomes. In doing so, I was recently recognized by Feedspot.com as one of the Top 40 Food Allergy Blogs and Websites on The Web!

Questions about healthy immune systems constantly include the topic of wheat. Michelle said it affects her stomach and Jacque wants to know why he can eat certain foods but not others without having trouble. Neither of these clients has celiac disease or wheat allergy, yet both are completely boggled as to why it’s affecting their digestion.

Why is wheat such an issue?

For one, alarming levels of glyphosate are found in so many of our foods and in our environment. Recent studies show that harm from this heavily used weed killer can begin at ultra-low levels. Residues of this toxic chemical are causing harm to our health by killing beneficial microorganisms in our gut. This creates a harmful imbalance in our gut flora which can lead to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

A second reason for gut issues from wheat is that 80% of the processed foods in our supermarkets come from genetically modified foods (GMO’s) which are also prominent in our food supply. The trouble is that these GMO’s contain Gliadin, a protein found in wheat that disrupts our intestinal barriers, allowing foreign substances to enter our bloodstream and eventually causing a variety of autoimmune diseases.

A recent article in Natural Medicine Journal states that changing the microbiome may suppress harmful species and allow a healthy microbiome to heal. It references the restriction of a Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) and others including Paleo, low-FODMAP, and GAPS diet. The children in the study with Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) had much improved results.

How to Heal Yourself…

Removing harmful foods such as wheat, barley, corn and rice from your diet is the first step. Make it a point to eat only organic, non-GMO foods. Add more nut flours such as almond and coconut to make breads and baked goods, while increasing fermented foods such as fermented yogurts.

Want to Get Even Healthier?

Do you want to learn more about eating healthier foods reducing stress, balancing your gut, and enhancing your health? Let’s talk!  As a Health Coach, I will work with you to help you integrate healthier nutritional and lifestyle habits into your daily life. My clients are able to sleep better, have more energy, lose weight and overall live happier lives. Let’s get started! Contact me today to schedule a complimentary 50 minute health consultation, or pass this offer on to someone you care about!

About Me

I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I learned more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.  My health coaching program will help you create a completely personalized “road-map to health” that suits your unique lifestyle, preferences, and goals.

I look forward to hearing from you!

In good health,
*holli.

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Improve Sleep and Seasonal Resilience

Have you noticed the days are getting longer?

The amount of daily sunlight changes constantly. Yet our body’s needs for nutrition, sleep and exercise adjust accordingly based on the season, climate and even altitude.

I thought about this while on a family ski trip. We were on the mountain enjoying the natural sunlight and fresh outdoor air on an otherwise cold day, while others were doing various indoor leisure activities. But most importantly we were sleeping better than ever.

Why were we sleeping so well?

Because we were tired from a productive day of skiing! Sure skiing is great exercise. But also the fresh air and absorption of natural sunlight contributed to the equation.  Plus being on the mountain and getting a mental break from the daily stress in our lives brightened our mood.
Then it dawned on me; all of these things probably contributed to our increased slumber experience.

The clock from within…

Our body’s internal clock or circadian rhythm regulates our sleep, eating patterns, alertness, core body temperature, and many other involuntary activities that the body performs seamlessly.

Diet, Exercise, Sleep!

Diet exercise and sleep are all energetically connected. In fact, they are one big happy triangle.
Exercise has a positive influence on diet and eating behavior because when muscles contract during exercise, they release a chemical, reducing white noise in the brain. This helps the body determine its correct nutritional status. And we all know behavior and mental clarity enable nutrition to be at its best.

Bottom line:

If you’d like to sleep better and engage in more positive eating habits, I highly recommend taking up an outdoor winter sport. It can be as simple as walking outside and may provide you with some seasonal resilience. Contact me for a free consult so we can take your winter exercise and healthy eating habits to the next step!

Want to Get Even Healthier?

Do you want to learn more about eating healthier foods reducing stress, balancing your gut, and enhancing your health? Let’s talk!  As a Health Coach, I work with individuals and families to help them integrate healthier nutritional and lifestyle habits into their daily lives. My clients are able to sleep better, have more energy, lose weight and overall live happier lives. Let’s get started! Contact me today to schedule a complimentary 50 minute health consultation, or pass this offer on to someone you care about!

About Me

I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I learned more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.  My health coaching program will help you create a completely personalized “road-map to health” that suits your unique lifestyle, preferences, and goals.

I look forward to hearing from you!

In good health,
*holli.
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Emotionally Free and Nutritionally Vibrant

I was recently asked by a local financial services firm to conduct an interactive workshop on stress management. The company’s goal was to reduce stress in the workplace to improve their cultural environment. But from a healthy eating perspective its important to reduce stress so our bodies can absorb nutrients from our food.  After all, isn’t this one of the main reasons we eat our food?

I could go into further details about how stress affects our bodies, and why. But in the interest of brevity, when we are stressed, our bodies go into a “fight or flight” response; completely unaware of its purpose of digesting food and absorbing nutrients. When our adrenaline is pumping, our fight or flight response is only concerned with running away from the saber tooth tiger!

Mindful Eating

Did you know the only voluntary step in the entire digestive process is chewing? The longer we chew our food, the more digestive enzymes we produce and the better we are able to absorb the nutrients from food into our bodies. Mindful Eating allows us to completely focus on the process of eating so our bodies can focus on digestion and truly be nourished. But if we are stressed, how can we focus on slowing down to chew food; nevertheless enjoy it?

So would you agree it’s imperative to slow down and de-stress? Easier said than done, right!

How do you De-Stress?

There are many ways to de-stress. Yoga, exercise, meditation, and listening to relaxing music are some examples. But in my interactive workshop, we will use one particular technique that is over 5,000 years old called Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT Tapping. This technique is so simple and painless that it can be applied whenever you want, wherever you are!

EFT involves tapping on specific meridian points to send signals directly to the stress centers of your mid-brain. This simply changes the neurotransmitters in your brain to elicit a relaxation response. EFT Tapping is something you can do to de-stress during the busy holiday season!

Contact me so I can help you learn to master this simple technique. It will take just one session.
We can work on freeing you from emotional stress so your body can perform optimally. Allowing you to digest your food and absorb nutrients more efficiently will reduce stress, help you sleep better and give you more energy!

Want to Get Even Healthier?
Do you want to learn more about eating healthier foods reducing stress, balancing your gut, and enhancing your health? Let’s talk!  As a Health Coach, I work with individuals and families to help them integrate healthier nutritional and lifestyle habits into their daily lives. My clients are able to sleep better, have more energy, lose weight and overall live happier lives.

Let’s get started! Contact me today to schedule a complimentary 50 minute health consultation, or pass this offer on to someone you care about!

About Me
I received my training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I learned about more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.  In my “Balance Your Gut” program, I will help you create a completely personalized “road-map to health” that suits your unique lifestyle, preferences, and goals.

I look forward to hearing from you!
In good health,
*holli.

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