Adrenal Fatigue: What Is It?

Adrenal fatigue is thought to be one of the (many) health issues that can be attributed to our high-stress lifestyles.

Because there is no widely accepted definitive test for adrenal fatigue, it's still quite controversial.

Fatigue, cravings, inability to sleep, and mood swings are real.

And common.

Let's dive into what we know about adrenal fatigue, and learn some ways to deal with it, including a non-food recipe (at the bottom).

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The Gut-Brain Connection: How To Feed Your Brain

You know that you can have gastrointestinal symptoms when you’re stressed or nervous. We’ve all experienced that.

But, you may have also heard about the "gut-brain connection." That your gastrointestinal system, lovingly called the "gut," not only talks to your brain (yes, talks "to" your brain) but is kind of its own brain (a "second brain").

And that it may influence your actual brain.

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The Coconut Oil Craze - Should I Jump on the Bandwagon Too?

Everyone seems to be talking about coconut oil these days. It's almost as if it is a miracle cure for everything!

But if you want to know what’s really true about coconut oil, you’ll have to read my post.

Spoiler alert: Not only should you jump on the bandwagon, but I’ll let you know three reasons why it can actually help you with fat loss. And I’ll share an AMAZING recipe for a dessert that I guarantee you’ll love!

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The Truth Behind Artificial Sweeteners

You probably know that I'm not a fan of artificial sweeteners. I'd much rather you reduce your sugar intake naturally (because that's not exactly a health food either).

And that can mean a long process of slowly adjusting your taste buds to less and less added sugar.

Artificial sweeteners just don’t seem to be the great weight-loss promoters they had hoped to be.

Want to know more? Click here to read the full post.  Or, if you just want to skip right down to the “sweet enough” latte recipe, you can do that too.

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Raw vs. Cooked - Which Contains More Vitamins and Minerals?

Have you heard the recommendation to eat certain foods (or all foods) raw?

Do you already eat a variety of healthy foods, and want to know how to get the most vitamins and minerals out of them?

You’re probably not surprised that there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to maximizing the vitamins and minerals your body absorbs from foods.

Let me go over which types of foods are best eaten raw, and which ones are best eaten cooked to maximize their nutritional benefit.

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Is My Poop Normal?

This topic may be uncomfortable, but it’s so important for you to know what makes a healthy “poop” because it can tell you a lot about your digestion.

And if your digestion is off, this could be an indication that something else is going on that you need to address.

I know you are either dying to dive into this post, or feeling like you want to close this and forget I ever mentioned it. 

Which one will it be?

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Dessert or breakfast? Here's a Healthy Gluten Free Guilt Free Treat

We all get a sweet tooth sometimes and that`s OK. I love having fruit when I get a sweet craving. Sometimes, you want a little more though!

For the past few years since I did a detox diet for a month and went gluten free, I tried Liberté Greek Yogurt, and ever since then I`ve been hooked! I started making these berry bowls first as a dessert and then as an on the go snack. Here are 2 of my favourite recipes and one of the very first recipes I fell in love with!

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Five Weight-Loss Friendly Snacks You Will Love

If you've been avoiding snacks because you're worried they may cause weight gain, I have a bunch of great "weight-loss friendly" snack ideas for you.

Ideas that can easily become "grab-and-go" options and are not only healthy but delicious.

And, as usual, I’ve included a bunch of tips to help you get more of them, and a recipe for a great dip (in case you’re the “dipping” kind). Click here to read the full post.

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Can My Symptoms Actually Be a Food Intolerance?

Do you have symptoms that just don’t seem to go away?

 I'm not only talking about just digestive symptoms but any random aches, pains, discomforts, etc.?

One of the trickiest things to figure out is whether a random symptom could be due to a food intolerance. That's because symptoms can be delayed, or ongoing, and not even resemble a gastrointestinal symptom at all.

In this post, I go over a few of the common symptoms, and two (very) common foods that you may be reacting to, but don't even know it.

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The Optimal Foods to Eat For Breakfast When You're in Menopause

I am tackling the controversy of breakfast right here!

So many people don't eat it.  Whether you do or not, please hear me out.

If you want to lose weight or maintain a lower weight breakfast is one of those key things that can help.

But not just any breakfast will do!  Sugary cereals and milk are probably not going to help you out very much (but, you knew that already, right?).

There are certain “optimal” foods that will help you get through your day and help with your personal health and wellness.

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Haven't Changed Anything in Your Diet But Getting Fatter?

Do you feel like you're getting fatter but you're still eating the same way?

I want you to know that you are NOT alone!

There are so many variables when it comes to weight gain and (of course) these go way above and beyond the concept of “calories in, calories out”.

I discuss the four top reasons in my newest post.  And none of them are related to food or exercise.

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5 Reasons You Bloat More After Age 45

Yes, it's very possible that you are bloating more now that you're 45 or older.

Want to know one reason why?

Because our stomachs become less efficient at creating acid when we eat and that stomach acid is a critical step to proper digestion of foods.  Reduced stomach acid can have wide-ranging digestive effects, including the feeling of bloating.

And, while that may not be awesome you just know I have a bunch of great tips and a recipe that can help you out, right?

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Menopausal Women: Do This Before You Take the Meds Your Doctor Prescribed

Have menopause symptoms?

I have seven solid ways you can easily improve your health and wellness right now.

The funny thing is you probably won't be surprised at most of them...but you'll probably be interested to know the health reasons why colouring books and blue blocker sunglasses are getting trendy!

Not to mention my amazing recipe to inspire you get more veggies into your day, even when you're out and about.  (Because you just knew that veggies would be one of those seven, right?)

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3 Supplements You Should be Taking if You're Over 45 Years Old

Do you take supplements?

Do you need to take them?

Which ones should you take?

I've edited down the best supplements into three main ones that you should consider, especially if you're over 45.

All three of them are listed because most people are simply not eating enough foods that contain these three critical nutrients.

I'll tell you which three and why in my latest article.

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Hey Men, Lost Your Sex Drive? This Could Be Why

If your sex drive seems to be a bit low there could be lots of reasons why.

And with lots of reasons come lots of healthy diet and lifestyle tips from me too!
Do you know which nutrients are critical for testosterone production?  Which exercises can boost it and which can bust it?  What about the effects of stress and sleep?

Have you ever heard of “maca”?

Click here to read the full post where I dish a bunch of ways you can try to recoup that sex drive you seem to have lost.  Not to mention a sinfully delicious drink you can share with your significant other.  You can thank me later.

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Three Must Eat Breakfast Foods

Are you a breakfast eater?  Or dare I ask are you a “healthy” breakfast eater? 

Maybe you need some inspiration for a few great breakfast foods.  Maybe you don't have time and you need some healthy ideas for “grab and go” mornings - who doesn't ever run short on time in the mornings?

Maybe you're ready to ditch the “desserts” that are marketed as being “part of a complete breakfast”.

Don't worry, I have you covered!

Click here to read the full post with three must eat breakfast foods and a yummy recipe too!

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Five Cholesterol Myths and What to Eat Instead

Are you just about done with everyone's “obsession” with cholesterol?  Do you already know that cholesterol is not all bad, in fact there is “good” cholesterol?

Well, here it is.  Let me bust some common cholesterol myths right now starting with the myth that “cholesterol is cholesterol” because it's not.  Depending on which of its buddies cholesterol is floating through your blood with makes a massive difference.  Not to mention the fact that cholesterol is essential to good health.  (Yes, you read that right!).

After I bust those myths I'll give you the goods on what healthy lifestyle choices you can make to increase that “good” cholesterol (because medicines don't seem to be able to do that but I will tell you what can!).

And I'll leave you with a delicious recipe that you can use to get more veggies into your day!

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Why Your Waist Circumference Matters 100x More Than What You Weigh

It can be too easy to think (or worry) about your weight.

But you know what?  There is something else that may be more important when it comes to real health.  That is your waist circumference.

Ahh, just a minute!  It's not just about the “pinchable” fat under the skin (you know, that “muffin top”), it's about the internal fat around your abdominal organs that can be the real issue.

That internal fat (AKA “visceral fat”) is known to release a bunch of hormones and inflammatory compounds that can mess with your blood sugar, blood fats (i.e triglycerides), and blood pressure.

In today's post I'll describe how to measure your waist circumference and then give you a bunch of actionable tips to help you reduce it.  And (of course) there's a super-nutritious recipe at the end.

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