On Monday, I appeared on KTVU Channel 2 news to talk about food and mood. Most people don't realize that you really don't need to look any further than your pantry or plate to start feeling better! Watch my segment below to learn more about the 5 best foods to improve your mood. Happy eating!
One of the best places to look when you want to turn your mood around is your pantry, not your medicine cabinet. Our gut and brain are deeply connected by the vagus nerve which runs from the abdomen up to your head. This is the primary route that our gut bacteria use to pass on information to the brain.
No matter where you go or who you talk to, there's always someone out there that will criticize the food that you've put on your plate. But, what if I told you that the anxiety and fear that you feel around your food is actually worse than eating something deemed unhealthy?
Three years ago I was living in Northern California with my then fiancee and working at a startup. My hours were totally insane, I was stressed out of my mind, cried all the time and then on top of it all, was trying to plan my wedding. You know that heart in your throat, shaky, I'm going to freak out feeling you get when you're in total stress mode?
Last week, Scientist Kevin Hall released a study that looked at the long term effects of the show The Biggest Loser. For those of you not familiar with the show, it features overweight contestants on a journey to lose weight by being put on strict low fat 1500 calorie per day diet mixed with intense 3-4 hour exercise regimes.
Essential oils have also been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritually, healing and emotionally uplifting properties. I've only started incorporating them into my life over the last year or so but have completely fallen in love. They are more than just nice scents, they are powerful plant extracts that offer a variety of support for your overall health and wellness.
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder where the ingestion of gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. Essentially, when gluten hits the small intestines of someone with celiac, it kills all of the villi, which then makes it really difficult to absorb any nutrients until those villi grow back.
In today's Friday Favorites post I'm giving you 4 Lifestyle Strategies that help with hormone balance and then a weekend workout you can do just about anywhere!
Many moons ago I played water polo. I grew up playing the sport and loved every single second of it. It was my passion and my world. I was lucky enough to play for the Junior and Senior National Teams and travel the world representing my country. It was an incredible experience!
For this week's Friday Favorites, I'll be sharing my favorite 20 minute body weight circuit (you could even do this in a hotel room) along with the best multivitamin and the adaptogenic herbs I just can't live without!
I love a lot of things, especially food! But, as we all know, there is a lot of crap out there that is marketed to us as being "healthy" and "healing" but is really full of sugar and preservatives, so the health world can be really hard to navigate. After many requests from clients and readers, I've decided that every Friday I will share some of my absolute favorite things here on my site. These are products, foods, snacks, supplements, you name it, that I use and whole-heartedly believe in. So, lets get right to it!
I began studying health, wellness and nutrition some years ago because I felt really crappy all of the time. I was thinking about food every second of the day (because I was always starving), limiting my calories, had really bad brain fog, didn't sleep well and wasn't seeing great results in the gym. Not to mention, food made me feel really anxious because I wasn't sure what was really good for me. My entire concept of food health revolved around calories in food and nothing else.
By now, you probably know that healthy fats are really really good for you. They speed up your metabolism, keep you feeling full, help you think more clearly and offer a host of other incredible benefits. There is one fat, MCTs or medium-chain triglycerides that reigns supreme over all!
Most of the time when I see the word detox, I cringe a little bit. The word is associated with a lot of negative feelings like struggle, restriction and hunger, to name a few. For that reason, I like to use the word jumpstart. Jumpstart to me means focusing my attention on all of the wonderful, healing rituals and foods that I can add into my life rather than what I should be taking away.
Have you lost weight only to find it creeping back a few months later? Or did you promise yourself that you'd commit to a new "diet" on Monday only to find yourself elbow deep in a box of cookies on Wednesday night? Maybe you find that you're struggling with your sleep or feel anxious and stressed all of the time?
Sometimes, I feel like a hot mess. I'm running from one client to the next then, cooking, cleaning, trying to figure out how the heck I pay taxes, blogging, remembering to register my car with the DMV, oh yeah, and then taking care of myself!
Learn to love your body and feed it the nourishing foods that it's asking you for. Each and every person is different and therefore requires a different style of eating.
It's really easy to get home after work, exhausted, throw on your lululemon pants, pour yourself a glass of wine and plop down for some bachelor or Netflix. This actually sounds totally amazing right now! Like most women, I love doing this but I do consider it a major indulgence. Why? Because it's the easy.
I don't choose the food that I do just to maintain a fit physique, rather, I select my nutrients carefully so that I have tons of energy, radiate that healthy glow, sleep well and get my brain to be as productive and creative as possible.
Rest and rejuvenation seem to be lost words in this fast paced world. To most, they are signs of weakness or show a lack of productivity. Many of us work 10 plus hour days, whether that is in an office environment, in a classroom, or as a new mother (which is more like a 24/7 job). Whichever the case, we are stretching ourselves thin while still trying to exercise, have a social life and remain somewhat sane.