How to Naturally Lower Stress Hormone (Cortisol)

Stress is everywhere these days. We feel it when we wake up, when things happen during the day, and we even take it to bed with us.

It’s chronic. And it’s not awesome for your health.

When we’re stressed our body reacts in a couple of ways, one is by releasing the stress hormone cortisol.

And you can imagine that there are natural ways you can lower it.

So check out my list of recommendations to reduce cortisol. Then indulge in my de-stressing dessert recipe.

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Common Weight Loss Myths Busted

Sometimes it seems that everyone has an opinion on weight loss. It’s full of bad oversimplified advice, and magical “non-diet” diet products. And this information is all over the internet.

I am so pleased to bust these bad boys. Want to know why? It's because I care about you. If you're looking to lose weight, then I want you to be successful. I want you to stop wasting one more second on garbage like the four common weight loss myths I’m debunking today.

Please join me in finally putting these to rest once and for all. And then, try my myth-free delicious and filling salad recipe.

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Mindfulness and Meditation...Do They Really Work?

Mindfulness and meditation are health buzzwords nowadays. Everyone, even those who aren't health practitioners, tout the amazing effects of being mindful and practicing meditation.

But, just because it’s popular doesn’t mean you should do it...or does it?

As a practitioner, I recommend it. This post gives you the lowdown on why it may be something you should start (or do more of).

And I bet you can't wait to see what kind of "recipe" I have for you on mindfulness and meditation, can you?

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Food Preservatives

Food preservatives are common in our foods these days. It’s nearly impossible to stay away from them because of the number of processed foods there are.

Being a health conscious person, you're eating better than most. You choose nutrient-dense whole foods more often than processed pre-packaged foods. So this may not be a huge concern for you. But, it's always good to know more about those random unpronounceable chemical-sounding ingredients in some foods. Would you agree?

And if you like salty chips, I have a way better alternative for you in the recipe at the end of the post.

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Here's How to Make Cooking More Fun

Do you find cooking to be fun? Or do you do it because you know it’s good for your health?

Maybe you avoid it because it’s such a chore?

If you're in a rut and want some inspirational tips on making cooking more fun, I've got you covered.

I've compiled my five best tips and a fabulous (and fun) recipe for you to try.

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Heartburn - Can I Help it with Foods and Lifestyle?

If you have heartburn, you're not alone. Up to 50% of adults experience it at least once per month. It's uncomfortable and can become potentially harmful.

But there are definitely things you can do to help it naturally!

In this post, I share my best natural health tips for heartburn. Tips on what to eat (and not eat), how and when to eat, as well as a few lifestyle tips.

And I have a recipe for something that won't cause burning, bloating, and throat symptoms. Trust me.

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The Real Deal About Artificial Flavours

Processed foods are the worst!

They contain too much salt, sugar, and fat. And not enough fiber, vitamins, or minerals. They're made with crummy inexpensive ingredients that you'd never find in your pantry or fridge; ingredients like artificial flavours.

Here’s my post on the real deal about artificial flavours. Why food manufacturers use them, and why you should avoid them.

And, of course, a delicious recipe that uses none of them.

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What is the Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load?

Have you ever had your blood sugar levels tested or heard about eating to balance blood sugar?

Have you wondered about the science behind how foods affect blood sugar? Or more importantly, which foods affect your blood sugar more than others?

If so, this post is for you.

It's all about the glycemic index and glycemic load. And it's not boring, promise!

Have a read because you may want to pay attention to foods that are high on the glycemic index or high glycemic load. And if you're at risk of blood sugar issues, pancreas conditions, or even diabetes this is IMPORTANT for you to know.

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The Stress Mess: How It Messes With Your Health

Ahhh, the "stress mess."

Does stress make you feel a bit off? Do you notice negative health effects when stress is the worst? Maybe it affects your sleep, or maybe you get sick more often.

Yes, stress can definitely mess with your health.

Today I talk about some of the telltale (and not-so-obvious) signs that stress is messing with your health.

Oh, and I have relaxing recipe for you (two ingredients - no stress!).

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Reduce Inflammation With These Key Foods

INFLAMMATION! INFLAMMATION!  INFLAMMATION!

This topic seems to be absolutely everywhere these days. Who in the health and wellness field is NOT talking about the infamous inflammation?

Some say it’s the root cause of all disease.

Everyone wants to tell you how to kick it to the curb.

Let me give you a rundown on my favourite anti-inflammatory foods. And for bonus points, I'll even tell you which anti-inflammatory, antioxidant compounds they contain.

Not to mention the anti-inflammatory recipe I’ve included at the bottom! Delish!

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Phytic Acid, The Mineral Reducer

You may have heard of phytic acid as a "mineral reducer," and this is very true. Eating raw nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes can prevent your body from absorbing some of the minerals from your food. 

But phytic acid has another side too.  It has some health benefits.

Read on to find out the real deal on phytic acid (and what exactly phytic acid is, if you have never heard of it), and how to reduce it in your diet (if you still want to). Not to mention an amazingly delicious summer latte that uses soaked almonds.

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Paleo Diet 101

The "paleo" diet has been pretty popular in the past few years. And while its name is rooted in ancient hunter-gatherer traditions, recent studies have come to support some of its health benefits.

In a nutshell, it's a whole food, nutrient-dense way of eating that removes processed foods. And that's pretty good, right?

Well, let me give you some of the goods on the paleo diet so you can decide for yourself.

Or, at least, try the awesome muffin recipe at the end; they're great for breakfast, snack, or even dessert.

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How Do I Keep My Blood Sugar Stable?

You've probably heard every health and wellness expert talk about blood sugar at some point, right?

Well, this means it's probably important for your overall health.

While your body has mechanisms in place to maintain stable blood sugar, there are many nutrition and lifestyle strategies that you can implement to help it out.  Maintaining stable blood sugar will improve your overall physical and mental health.

Of course, I have some nutrition and lifestyle recommendations, and a blood-sugar stabilizing DESSERT recipe just for you.

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How Can I Get Enough Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is critical for good health but too many people simply don't get enough of the "sunshine vitamin."

It’s not easy to get most of the year, and it’s not in too many foods.

Are supplements the answer?

Here’s the lowdown on this critical, all-too-often deficient vitamin. And three ways you can get enough of it.

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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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