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Welcome to the Ultimate U blog. On this page you can find a mix of all current blog posts across all categories.

Why You Need to Ditch Plastic ASAP!

Date:  10th September 2019         Category:  Health,

There’s no denying it… plastic has overrun our lives, and not in any way that is good — neither for the environment, nor for our health.   Plastics are literally everywhere, especially in all aspects of food storage: containers, plastic wrap, plastic bags, straws — and everything else imaginable!   Here’s WHY and HOW to ditch plastic… ASAP.   Removing plastic from your life – for health reasons   Most of the more common plastics … [read more]


Hormone Rebalancing Diet Tips

Date:  19th August 2019         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

People lead stressful and busy lives – that’s an unfortunate but undeniable fact these days. Then, when you factor in a poor diet and/or lack of adequate nutrition, it’s no wonder that disorders of the metabolic and endocrine systems are becoming the new norm!   Your hormones – the body’s chemical messengers – are involved in every minute aspect of your physical and even mental & emotional health, and you need them in very specific … [read more]


Can I Still Lose Weight If I Don’t Want To Give Up Alcohol?

Date:  29th July 2019         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

It’s no lie that alcohol and weight loss goals generally don’t mix, and if we’re being honest, there really are many reasons to reduce or even give up alcohol from our diets and social habits.   On the other hand, having a glass of wine, or whatever your drink of choice may be, is also a cherished pastime, a conduit for connecting with friends and is infused into most of our social gatherings.   How … [read more]


What Are The Healthiest Oils & Fats To Cook With?

Date:  13th June 2019         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

If you haven’t heard by now, fat is your friend!   Dietary fat provides energy, supports cell maintenance, enhances nutrient absorption, and is essential for producing some hormones.   Dietary fat used to have a bad reputation and was blamed for increasing rates of obesity and heart disease. Now, thanks to science and the increasing popularity of fat-containing diets, like Paleo and Keto, we know fat is an essential nutrient and a critical component of … [read more]


Vegetarian, Vegan, and Plant-Based Diets – What’s the Difference?

Date:  6th June 2019         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

The popularity of cooking reality shows in recent years has brought about more discussions than ever before about the topic of food. Food as nourishment, fuel and sustenance. Food simply for eating and taste enjoyment. Even food as art!   But, included in these discussions are various thoughts and ideas about what food people should and should not be consuming – and numerous reasons as to why.   And it’s not just about what food … [read more]


Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) 101

Date:  22nd May 2019         Category:  Health,

Most people diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, or psoriasis, are familiar with flare-ups – episodes where symptoms of their condition suddenly become more severe and/or resurface after a period of remission.   These flare-ups are often frustrating and uncomfortable for those living with these conditions.   Many autoimmune diseases have been linked to leaky gut syndrome – a compromised environment in the small intestine due to increased intestinal permeability … [read more]


10 Anti-aging Hacks That Don’t Cost a Thing!

Date:  22nd April 2019         Category:  Health,

SENESCENCE or biological ageing is the gradual deterioration of functional characteristics. The word senescence can refer either to cellular ageing or to deterioration of the whole organism. (Eek, deterioration!)   FACT: we all get older every single day and each person’s ageing process will look different.   But, despite Wikipedia’s definition of “biological ageing”, don’t you think it’s about time that we should embrace it, rather than fearing it, and spending lots of money trying … [read more]


Can Lack of Sleep Cause Weight Gain? (Is my sleep messing with my weight?!)

Date:  18th April 2019         Category:  Health,

Are you stuck trying to figure out why you’re gaining weight — or why it’s so difficult to lose those extra pounds that just seemed to sneak up on you despite not changing your diet or exercise habits?   This is often referred to as Weight Loss Resistance – and it’s exactly how it sounds: weight that just won’t budge no matter what you do!   Here’s one surprising reason why you might be gaining … [read more]


Apple Cider Vinegar – Healthy or Hyped?

Date:  2nd April 2019         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

Apple cider vinegar (ACV for short) is basically made from apples, sugar & yeast and is put through a double fermentation process, and it has also become very popular among natural health enthusiasts.   Many supporters claim that consuming just a small amount of ACV can result in all sorts of health optimising wonders: Reducing the appearance of acne Weight loss Lower cholesterol Lower blood sugar levels Decrease in symptoms of Diabetes Some have even gone … [read more]


Bone Broth – All It’s Cracked Up to Be?

Date:  23rd March 2019         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

Remember when Grandma would always have a big pot of broth or stock simmering, filling the kitchen with the enchanting aroma of chicken soup?   Well, move over dehydrating, overstimulating afternoon coffee – because there’s a new “addiction” in town!   Not only does a cup of hot broth provide good “warmth factor”, but when prepared through simple old school, traditional cooking, you’ll not only be amply hydrated, but well nourished with many valuable minerals … [read more]


Should You Avoid Food Colours & Dyes?

Date:  21st March 2019         Category:  Health,

Despite the growing trend of healthier and safer food products being introduced into the marketplace, you might be surprised to learn that the consumption of artificial food colours, has been increasing over the years, especially among packaged products marketed to children.   Food colours and dyes have been around since the mid-1800’s and were originally created from coal tar – today, they are typically made from petroleum. (yum!)   Many food manufacturers choose to use … [read more]


Emotional Eating – What is it and how can I get a handle on it?

Date:  6th March 2019         Category:  Mindset, Nutrition,

Picture this: You hit the snooze button one too many times, had a last minute project thrown at you at work, and then sat in an hour of evening traffic.   Finally home, you breathe a sigh of relief, head into the kitchen, and decide you deserve a snack after the day you’ve had. Maybe you reach for a bag of crisps, then a bit of chocolate.   Before you know it, you’ve munched your … [read more]


Exercise, Sleep and Your Waistline

Date:  4th March 2019         Category:  Fitness, Health,

When it comes to managing your health and your weight, it’s no secret that exercise and sleep are huge factors.   You know that exercise will help you burn off some extra calories and boost your metabolism. But you also know that sleep is essential for your overall health and well-being.   Better to skimp on sleep and get up early to workout?   Or better to sleep in and skip the gym for another … [read more]


Hair, Skin, & Nails – Why are they considered beacons of health?

Date:  26th February 2019         Category:  Health,

Your physical appearance can tell you a lot about your internal health.   The condition of your hair, skin, and nails can be indicators of underlying health issues, like nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and the health of your digestive system.   The growth and maintenance of healthy hair, skin, and nails is dependent on your intake, and absorption of a variety of nutrients, including plenty of vitamins and minerals.   You should regularly check out … [read more]


What is a ‘Health Halo’? (and are my foods wearing one?)

Date:  24th January 2019         Category:  Health,

If you’re trying to eat healthier, you already know you should be including lots of fruit, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and healthy fats   But when you step into a supermarket, things get a bit more complicated. The majority of the shelves are crammed with a tempting assortment of pre-packaged and convenience foods.   So, how do shoppers know which foods are healthy options?   Most people turn to nutrition and health claims found … [read more]


Could Your Health Issues Actually Be Due To Nutrient Deficiencies?

Date:  21st January 2019         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

Many health professionals generally advise that a healthful, balanced diet can provide most people with the nutrients essential for good health.   Fruit and vegetables naturally contain a number of beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and other biologically active components – or phytochemicals.   In fact, it has been documented that consumption of at least 5 servings per day is linked with a reduced risk of various diseases, including several cancers and … [read more]


Getting The Reins on Stress

Date:  14th January 2019         Category:  Health, Mindset,

Does this sound familiar? Wake up, take the kids to school, go to work, head home, make dinner, clean the house, go to bed.   On paper, your life seems boring, dull, and routine. But you know that’s not true. Before heading out the door in the morning, you’ve got to get your kids’ clothes on the right way round. Finally, when you’re ready to rest and relax with the family at the dinner table … [read more]


How to get Results at Last….

Date:  13th January 2019         Category:  Health,

Do you have a weight-loss goal in mind but can never seem to reach it? Here are some tips to help you stay on track until your goal is met.   You know the recipe for weight loss: eat less and exercise more. So what’s the hold up? If you desire to lose a certain amount of weight, you need a plan. Then you need to commit to the plan. Read on to discover proven … [read more]


Upset You Only Lost 1 Pound of Fat?

Date:  11th January 2019         Category:  Mindset,

If You’ve Ever Been Upset That You ‘Only Lost a Pound’ You Need To Understand That Losing 1 Pound of Fat is a BIG DEAL!   One pound of fat is approximately 3500 calories. So if you were to eat around 350 calories more per day than your body uses, in just ten days, you’d gain one pound of fat.   If you kept putting on that amount of excess every day, you’d continue to … [read more]


HFLC (High-Fat Low-Carb) vs. Ketogenic Diets – What’s The Difference?

Date:  7th January 2019         Category:  Health, Nutrition, Uncategorised,

It may seem like everywhere you turn the ketogenic diet, or keto for short, is being hailed as a miracle diet for weight loss and increased energy levels.   Keto is the “it” diet of the moment, but before you decide to jump on the bandwagon yourself, let’s take a look at what this diet is all about.   Keto is an extremely low-carbohydrate diet that replaces carbohydrates with moderate amounts of protein and large … [read more]


HIIT: what is it – and is it really the best fat burning workout?

Date:  5th January 2019         Category:  Fitness,

If you follow the fitness industry, you’ve probably heard of the benefits of HIIT (or High Intensity Interval Training).   The short, yet powerful workouts are touted as the best way to improve your overall conditioning, burn fat, and even balance hormones! (but that’s another article!)   So, what is HIIT anyway?   HIIT workouts involve working at an intense effort level for a short period of time followed by short recovery periods.   Tabata … [read more]


Magnesium 101: What You Really Need to Know

Date:  3rd January 2019         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

Magnesium is one of those nutrients we don’t hear about too much, despite the fact that it’s one of the most abundant minerals in our bodies.   It’s the fourth most abundant mineral that we have!   So what role does magnesium play?   Do we really need to be consuming magnesium or taking supplements? Let’s find out… Magnesium helps lower our stress levels. In fact, magnesium is often referred to as the “relaxation mineral.” … [read more]


Salt: The Delicious Health-Buster (And What to Use Instead)

Date:  21st December 2018         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

Yes, there are lots of different kinds of salt: pink, iodised, kosher, sea, etc. They come from salt mines in the ground, or from evaporating the water out of salt water. What they all have in common is that infamous mineral that I’m going to talk about below: sodium.   In food, salt is used for both flavour, and as a preservative. Salt helps to preserve food by drawing out the water that bacteria and … [read more]


Why Am I Always Hungry?

Date:  19th December 2018         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

If you often feel hungry, you are not alone!   There are many reasons to feel hungry. Of course, the most obvious one is that you are actually physically hungry. Perhaps your stomach is empty, your blood sugar has dropped, and your hunger hormones are having a party.   But other times, the hunger may not be physical hunger. It may be a craving or an emotional trigger. These are common reasons why some people … [read more]


Ketogenic Diet 101

Date:  17th December 2018         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

The ketogenic diet is a very low carb, very high-fat diet.   It has recently gained a lot of popularity in the wellness sphere because of some of its health benefits.   A ketogenic diet has been shown to help some people lose weight (yes, even with high fat). It can also help improve certain health conditions, like epilepsy in children.   Read on for some of the lowdown on how it reprograms your metabolism … [read more]


The Real Deal About Artificial Flavours

Date:  13th December 2018         Category:  Nutrition,

Let me ask you this: Have you looked at the ingredients on a food label lately? How about a “processed” food label; like famous brands of biscuits, cereals, or junky snack foods?   Do you have those ingredients in your house? Do you even know what all of those ingredients are?   There are a ton of artificial, chemical, “junky” ingredients in foods these days.  If you see an ingredient called “artificial flavour,” what exactly … [read more]


Mindfulness and Meditation…Do They Really Work?

Date:  11th December 2018         Category:  Health, Mindset,

Well…yes, they do really work. The fact is, science shows definite health benefits for people who use mindfulness and meditation.   Before we dive in, let’s just make sure we’re on the same page when we say “mindfulness” and “meditation.”   “Meditation” is the ancient practice of connecting the body and mind to become more self-aware and present. It’s often used to calm the mind, ease stress, and relax the body.   Practicing “mindfulness” is … [read more]


Heartburn – Can I Help it with Foods and Lifestyle?

Date:  7th December 2018         Category:  Health,

The odds are that you or someone you know experiences heartburn. Around half of  adults experience it at least once per month. Somewhere between 10-20% have it at least once per week! Heartburn, also known as reflux, occurs when the strong acid in your stomach creeps up into your esophagus.   It can feel like a burning sensation; hence the name “heartburn.” Other common symptoms include bloating, burping, difficulty swallowing, or a sore throat. Often … [read more]


Here’s How to Make Cooking More Fun

Date:  5th December 2018         Category:  Nutrition,

If you don’t love cooking, maybe I can help to make it more fun for you?   I know that sometimes I don’t find cooking to be all that fun. I can get into a rut just like everyone else.   So that’s why I’ve listed my best “fun” cooking tips for you.   Fun Cooking Tip #1   Check out new recipes.   Sometimes just seeing the beautiful food photos and reading the recipe … [read more]


I’m Sick. What Can I Do (Naturally)?

Date:  3rd December 2018         Category:  Health,

Getting a common cold doesn’t have to be so… common. There are things you can do naturally to make getting sick less likely.   But, if you do happen to get sick, there are things you can also do to help support your body to fight it off.   Good hand hygiene and overall healthy habits can reduce your risk of getting sick in the first place. And good nutrition can help your immune system … [read more]


Essential Oils 101: All the Basics You Need to Know!

Date:  30th November 2018         Category:  Health,

The power of essential oils (EO’s) is real – have YOU made them part of your everyday life yet?   We’re going to lay out all of the basics so you can get on this one bandwagon that’s here for the long haul. When you learn about the history of EO’s, you’ll know that they’re not even new. In fact, EO’s have been around for centuries!   Some essential oils come from seeds while many … [read more]


7 Simple Ways To Eat More Mindfully

Date:  28th November 2018         Category:  Mindset, Nutrition,

Eating as mindfully as we might on holiday, for example, is not realistic for many of us, especially with work, busy families, physical routines, and all the other daily distractions.   Here are seven simple ideas to help you establish more mindful eating habits, and perhaps start to reconnect the body and mind again.   1. Tune in to your body’s signals   Rather than just eating on emotional cues (different for each of us, … [read more]


Fitness Fuel: What to Eat Before, During & After Your Workout

Date:  26th November 2018         Category:  Fitness, Nutrition,

You’ve just finished your workout and you know you need to eat something. But what? Workout nutrition may seem rather complicated but it doesn’t have to be.   Here’s the latest on how to fuel your body before, during and after your workout so you can improve your performance, maximise recovery – and feel better!   Fuel your machine   You’d never head out on a long road trip without filling your car with petrol, … [read more]


What the Numbers on the Bathroom Scale Really Mean

Date:  23rd November 2018         Category:  Health,

We all know the frustration of working hard to maintain a healthy body weight, only to step on the bathroom scale and see the numbers going in the wrong direction – or not quickly enough in the right direction!   Here are 6 truths about those annoyingly normal daily weight fluctuations:   1| Scale weight is not a true measurement of your health. It is simply one of many variables you should be taking into … [read more]


How Exercise Impacts Your Energy Levels

Date:  21st November 2018         Category:  Fitness,

When you’re completely exhausted, the last thing you want to do is lace up your shoes for a workout. But if you’re tired of being tired all the time, you may want to rethink the idea of regularly exercising.   Exercise is one of the most powerful tools we have for increasing our energy levels and you don’t need to do a lot to reap the benefits.   In fact, a University of Georgia study … [read more]


Life “Hacks” of the Longest Lived People

Date:  19th November 2018         Category:  Health,

Think living a long and healthy life well into your nineties or even one hundred years old is only for those lucky few who hit the genetic lottery? Think again.   Lifestyle factors, i.e. the things you do everyday over the long-term – can add up to increase the number of quality years in your lifespan.   Look no further than the people of Blue Zones for proof of how powerful everyday habits are when … [read more]


Can My Symptoms Actually Be a Food Intolerance?

Date:  5th November 2018         Category:  Health,

Food intolerances or “sensitivities” can affect you in so many ways.   And they’re a lot more common than most people think.   I’m not talking about anaphylaxis or immediate allergic reactions that involve an immune response. Those can be serious and life-threatening.  If you have any allergies, you need to steer clear of any traces of foods you are allergic to, and speak with your doctor or pharmacist about emergency medication, if necessary.   … [read more]


Reduce Inflammation With These Key Foods

Date:  2nd November 2018         Category:  Health,

Inflammation. It’s not just for health headlines.   It’s a fact.   Scientists are measuring levels of inflammation in our bodies and finding that it can be pretty bad for our health; this is especially true when it’s chronic (i.e. lasts a long time).   Inflammation has been linked to obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes, just to name a few.   But, instead of writing all about what it is, how it’s measured, and … [read more]


Easy Cold Remedies

Date:  31st October 2018         Category:  Health,

With cold season already upon us, keep these home remedies on hand to battle your symptoms.   Feeling miserable because of a cold? While bed is calling your name and you know you should listen, duty is calling too loudly to ignore. What can you do to feel better faster? Good question with bad news, because there is no cure for the common cold. As a virus, it has to run its course, which usually … [read more]


4 Easy Ways to Beat Fatigue…Naturally!

Date:  29th October 2018         Category:  Health,

In today’s world, we are constantly on the go, a steady state “busy-ness” is the norm, and we’re always running from one responsibility to the next – literally! So, it’s no wonder that physical fatigue is such a common complaint.   The good news is that there are some really simple (and natural) ways to increase your energy so you can keep up with your busy life.   Get off the blood sugar roller coaster … [read more]


How To Beat Negative Self-talk and Limiting Beliefs

Date:  26th October 2018         Category:  Mindset,

A little self-criticism is a normal shared human mental pattern, and can even be healthy for the most part. But, we can also just as easily open the door to that overly vocal “negative nelly” voice in our head.   However, if your negative voice is preventing you from doing what you want or need to do in your life, then it has to get booted back out the door. This kind of mental chatter … [read more]


Everything you need to know about omega-3 fats

Date:  23rd October 2018         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

There’s a lot of talk about healthy fats these days. People are including more fat in their diets and forgetting about the fat-free diet crazes of the past.   You’ve probably heard about omega fats in the mix, but what exactly are they?   What are Omega Fats? Do they all perform the same function in our bodies?   Omegas are a group of fatty acids known as Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9. They’re numerically named … [read more]


Red Wine – Is it really good for you, or just health hype?

Date:  18th October 2018         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

If you’ve heard that red wine is one of the healthiest of all alcoholic beverages, it’s for good reason.   Thanks to the antioxidants found in the skins of grapes from which it’s made, red wine has been widely publicised as being “healthful”. The kind of antioxidants found in red wine, like RESVERATROL, have powerful anti-inflammatory properties.   Inflammation and oxidation are considered the root causes of most disease, so consuming antioxidant-rich foods is a … [read more]


10 signs you may have a hormone imbalance – and what to do about it

Date:  21st August 2018         Category:  Health,

Hormones are like chemical messengers, and govern nearly every cellular action in our body.   While very important, our sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone and testosterone, are actually not essential for our survival.   They’re responsible for sexual functioning and fertility, as well as in more of a “beauty” capacity – keeping our skin, hair & nails vital and youthful looking.   On the other hand, stress hormones (like cortisol & epinephrine, also known as … [read more]


Intermittent fasting 101: What is it and will it help me lose weight?

Date:  6th August 2018         Category:  Nutrition,

In a nutshell, intermittent fasting is just that: fasting intermittently.   The definition of fasting is quite simple. I’ve read through countless dictionary entries and website descriptions of fasting, and have decided that the best definition of fasting is the following: “The act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, and in some cases drink, for a pre-determined period of time.” The key word in this definition is “willingly” as it is the difference … [read more]


Pros and Cons of Elimination Diets

Date:  26th July 2018         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

Our digestive system is a huge portal into our bodies. Lots of things can get in there that aren’t always good for us. And because the system is so complex (knowing which tiny molecules to absorb, and which keep out), lots can go wrong. And that’s one reason why 70% of our immune system lives in and around our digestive system.   This makes food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances a huge contribution to an array … [read more]


What Makes Broccoli and Kale Superfoods?

Date:  23rd July 2018         Category:  Nutrition,

Broccoli and kale are often touted to be “superfoods.” And, yes, they really are amazingly healthy for you.   If you’re wondering what exactly is in these green powerhouses that makes them so “super,” I’ve dived into the research to give you some nerdy reasons to make these a staple in your diet.   To start, they’re both considered cruciferous vegetables related to each other in the Brassica family. This family of super plants also … [read more]


What to Eat if You Get Constipated

Date:  21st July 2018         Category:  Health,

Constipation is the opposite of diarrhea – it’s when stool tends to stick around longer than necessary. Often it’s drier, lumpier, and harder than normal, and may be difficult to pass.   Constipation often comes along with abdominal pain and bloating. And can be common in people with certain gut issues, like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).   About 14-24% of adults experience constipation. Constipation becomes chronic when it happens at least three times per week … [read more]


What Makes a Food Processed?

Date:  18th July 2018         Category:  Nutrition,

The world of food can be so confusing at times. There was a time when it was clear what food was – it came directly from nature – whether foraging, hunting, or farming.   Now there are so many things we eat that don’t resemble a natural food.   Michael Pollan has a famous quote, he said:   Eat Food – Not too much – Mostly Plants   And in his famous book, In Defense … [read more]


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

Date:  15th July 2018         Category:  Nutrition,

Yes you should (end of post).   But what exactly is it about coconut oil that makes it so healthy? And which type is best?   Let’s dive into some of the fascinating research and find out.   Coconut oil is a special kind of fat   Coconut oil is fat and contains the same 9 calories per gram as other fats.   It is extracted from the “meat” of the coconut. Coconut oil is … [read more]


How Do I Know if I Have a Leaky Gut?

Date:  9th July 2018         Category:  Health,

“Leaky gut” is a popular topic in the health and wellness spheres these days. It’s been blamed for many symptoms and conditions that seem to be all-too-common. Allergies, intolerances, joint pain, even autoimmune diseases can all be linked back to leaky gut.   But what exactly is leaky gut? What causes it? What kinds of issues are related to it? And most of all, what can you eat for leaky gut?   What is a … [read more]


Feeling Down? Need a Mood Boost? Eat This

Date:  4th July 2018         Category:  Mindset,

No question that what you eat can affect how you feel, right?   Mental health and brain health are complex. So are the foods we eat, and the ways our bodies interact with those foods.  While, we don’t know the exact mechanisms how food and nutrition help, we know a few ways food impacts our moods.   First, what we eat becomes the raw materials for our neurotransmitters. “Neurotransmitters” are biochemical messengers that allow our … [read more]


Vitamin K: The Amazing Nutrient You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Date:  27th June 2018         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

Vitamin what? K?   Yup!   Why’d they skip vitamins F, G, H, I & J?   Great question!   That’s because the “K” stands for “koagulation” which is the Danish spelling for “coagulation.” Vitamin K is the vitamin that helps the blood to clot or coagulate. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg of what this amazing, underappreciated vitamin does for our bodies.   It’s one of the four fat-soluble vitamins: Vitamins A, … [read more]


Foods and Nutrients to Help Your Thyroid

Date:  26th June 2018         Category:  Health,

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck that releases hormones. Thyroid hormones help your body regulate a few things – not a big deal – just the metabolism of ALL cells. And this is critical for maintaining a healthy body weight and having the energy to live your life.   (Yes, your thyroid IS a big deal!)   It’s estimated that at least 3% of UK adults have an underactive thyroid.   When … [read more]


Creating a Mindset for Health

Date:  18th May 2018         Category:  Mindset,

So much of health is all about habits and actions, but where do these all stem from? What if we don’t have to make as many changes as we think we do? What if there was one powerful thing that makes a lot of difference?   That thing is mindset.   Mindset is sometimes called “the story we tell ourselves.” It’s our attitude toward things in our life. And we have control over our mindset. … [read more]


The Solution to Weight Loss Through Nutrition

Date:  14th May 2018         Category:  Nutrition,

“ The doctors of the future will give no medicine but interest their patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease” – Thomas Edison   This is where the second hormone Glucagon is important.   What we must start to do is balance our meals out, and the correct ration for Fat loss is 40% Carbohydrates, 30% Protein and 30% Fat.   Now at the … [read more]


Why Are We Overweight?

Date:  13th May 2018         Category:  Nutrition,

There are 2 main hormones in the body that control whether you gain weight or lose weight. The first one is Insulin, which a lot of people have heard of through diabetes, and the second one is called Glucagon.   Now before I go into those what I want to do is talk through what most people typically eat on a daily basis. Most of the people I see will predominantly have cereal for breakfast, … [read more]


Can My Symptoms Actually Be a Food Intolerance?

Date:  1st May 2018         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

Food intolerances or “sensitivities” can affect you in so many ways.   And they’re a lot more common than most people think.   I’m not talking about anaphylaxis or immediate allergic reactions that involve an immune response. Those can be serious and life-threatening.  If you have any allergies, you need to steer clear of any traces of foods you are allergic to, and speak with your doctor or pharmacist about emergency medication, if necessary.   … [read more]


Which Foods Can Help With Blood Pressure?

Date:  26th April 2018         Category:  Health,

Guess how many people have high blood pressure?   A billion!   It’s said to be the “#1 risk factor for death and disability in the world.”   If you have high blood pressure, it’s best that you are monitored by your healthcare professional. And if you’re on medication for high blood pressure never change that without speaking with a medical professional.   Today, we’ll talk about what exactly blood pressure is, and which foods … [read more]


What to Eat for Healthy Skin

Date:  19th April 2018         Category:  Health,

There are so many things that can go wrong with the skin: dryness, redness, blemishes, etc.   Healthy skin is a reflection of internal health. There are many creams and cosmetics to put on top of your skin. But, there are also lots of things you can do to nurture and nourish your skin to better health from the inside.   How better to do this than with food?   Your skin needs many nutrients: … [read more]


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

Date:  16th April 2018         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

During menopause women tend to gain weight.  While this isn’t great it’s pretty common and there are many reasons why.   Two reasons why women gain weight during menopause…   Reason #1 Reduced muscle mass.  Muscle mass uses energy (burns calories) so when we have less of it the body burns less energy overall, leading to weight gain.  Unfortunately, this weight gain may appear as increased belly fat.   Reason #2 During menopause there is … [read more]


Mediterranean Diet 101

Date:  13th April 2018         Category:  Nutrition,

The Mediterranean diet is one of the most studied diets out there.   It’s based on the traditional foods that people who lived around the Mediterranean Sea ate about 50 years ago. Back then, in the mid 20th century, researchers noted that people in Spain, Greece, and Italy lived longer and healthier. And they had lower levels of heart disease, the #1 killer.   So, they set out to find what was so healthy in … [read more]


9 Ways to Break Free From Stress

Date:  11th April 2018         Category:  Health, Mindset,

Can’t Meditate? Here are 9 Other Ways to Break Free From Stress   I know! Meditation is the secret sauce to take your wellness up to the status of the elite gurus. It’s the “be all, end all” for the health of your entire mind-body-spirit. It’s the absolute must-do that is the only path to beating the infamous health-buster called “stress.”   Don’t get me wrong; practicing meditation is an excellent approach to optimising your … [read more]


The True Health Benefits of Exercise

Date:  26th March 2018         Category:  Fitness, Health,

Exercise. It can improve your health on all levels. We’re not just talking about being fitter and stronger. We’re talking about overall health and longevity.   Regular exercise improves your heart health, brain health, muscle and bone health, diabetes, and arthritis. Beyond those, it also reduces stress, boosts moods, increases your energy, and can improve your sleep. And exercise prevents death from any cause (“all cause mortality”).   Convinced yet?   The benefits of exercise … [read more]


Five Weight-Loss Friendly Snacks You Will Love

Date:  1st March 2018         Category:  Nutrition,

The words “weight-loss” and “snacks” often appear in the same sentence.   But that might also bring thoughts of “tasteless,” “cardboard,” and “completely unsatisfying.”   Right?   Let me give you my best weight-loss friendly snacks that aren’t just nutritious but also delicious!   What’s my criteria you ask?   They have to be nutrient-dense whole foods where a little goes a long way;  foods that contain protein and/or fibre.     1 – Nuts … [read more]


The Stress Mess: How It Messes With Your Health

Date:  26th February 2018         Category:  Health, Mindset,

We all have some level of stress, right?   It may be temporary (acute), or long-term (chronic).   Acute stress usually won’t mess with your health too much. It is your body’s natural reaction to circumstances, and can even be life-saving.   Then, when the “threat” (a.k.a. “stressor”) is gone, the reaction subsides, and all is well.   It’s the chronic stress that’s a problem. You see, your body has specific stress reactions. If these … [read more]


5 Natural Ways to Deal with Bloating

Date:  19th February 2018         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

Do you ever feel bloated after a meal? Perhaps “gassy?” Do you feel like you are carrying a “food baby?”   Well, bloating is common. Up to 25-30% of people experience it regularly. It happens when you have trouble digesting. The symptoms come from excess gas, reactions to foods, or food not moving through you as well as it could.   There are many reasons you might experience these symptoms. Maybe because of a serious … [read more]


Adrenal Fatigue: Stressed? Tired? Craving sugar? Can’t sleep?

Date:  15th February 2018         Category:  Health,

Stressed? Tired? Craving sugar? Can’t sleep?   All of these can be related to the constant stress we feel in our lives. We know that stress can have a huge impact on our health and wellness. And, since your adrenal glands produce stress hormones, adrenal fatigue (or “HPA Axis Dysregulation,”) is a popular theme lately.   Your adrenal glands look like walnuts that live on top of both of your kidneys. These important glands produce … [read more]


Water – How Much Do I Really Need to Drink?

Date:  7th February 2018         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

Water is essential for life. You can only survive a few days without it. And being hydrated is essential for health. I could argue that water is the most essential nutrient of them all. Water is needed for every cell and function in your body.   Water is a huge part of your blood; it cushions your joints and aids digestion. It helps stabilise your blood pressure and heart beat. It helps to regulate your … [read more]


What to Avoid if You Get Migraines

Date:  22nd January 2018         Category:  Health,

Migraine headaches can be terrible. The pain, vision problems (including aura), nausea, etc. can be debilitating; especially if they stick around for hours or even days.   Migraines affect about 15% of adults, so they’re fairly common. And, while the exact cause is not known, there are lots of known triggers. Many foods and drinks are common triggers of migraines. You may have noticed certain foods, and drinks trigger your migraines. Sometimes the migraine comes … [read more]


Protein – How Much is Enough?

Date:  22nd January 2018         Category:  Nutrition,

Protein is not just for great skin, hair, and nails; it’s critical for health. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to repair damage, digest food, fight infections, build muscle and bone, create hormones, and even think and have good moods. Higher protein diets can help fight high blood pressure, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Not to mention protein’s great benefits for metabolism boosting, satiety (feeling full after a meal), and weight management.   Protein is important, and … [read more]


Healthy Fats and Dangerous Fats

Date:  19th January 2018         Category:  Nutrition,

All fat is NOT created equal!   Fat is one of the three crucial macronutrients; along with protein and carbohydrates. Some fats are super-healthy; and, others are super-unhealthy.   Health-boosting fats support your brain, hormones, immune system, heart health, and moods. Unhealthy fats pretty much damage all of these (brain, hormones, immune system, heart health, and moods). So, this is why the information I’m sharing today is so important.   As a general rule, the … [read more]


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

Date:  17th January 2018         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

You are positive that you’re not eating more food or “junkier” food but you’re still gaining weight.   Is this possible?   Yes!  You are NOT crazy!   And here’s why.   We both know that the whole “calories in, calories out” argument is an overly simplistic view of weight.   There’s definitely more to the story than just what you’re eating, right?   A lot of this comes right down to your metabolic rate … [read more]


5 Reasons You Bloat More After Age 45

Date:  10th January 2018         Category:  Nutrition,

Bloating is generally the result of not being able to properly digest foods.  These not-so-digested foods feel like they’re just sitting around causing discomfort and a general feeling of being stuffed and “gassy”.   It can happen at any age but if it seems to be more frequent as you’re getting older it can very well be because of your stomach’s reduced ability to produce enough acid for proper digestion.   Normally, when we eat … [read more]


7 Tips For Menopausal Women

Date:  5th January 2018         Category:  Mindset, Nutrition,

Of course, listen to what your doctor says.   And also listen to what your body says.   We both know that what you eat and how you move can make a HUGE improvement in some of the symptoms of menopause. Not to mention how common it is for ladies to gain weight at this time of life. (Ugh!)   And as we both know eating better and moving more can help you stave off … [read more]


Five Cholesterol Myths and What to Eat Instead

Date:  26th November 2017         Category:  Nutrition,

You knew there was a bit of an over-emphasis (borderlining obsession) about cholesterol, right?   Before we jump into some myths let’s make sure we’re on the same page when it comes to what exactly cholesterol is.   Myth #1: “Cholesterol” is cholesterol   While cholesterol is an actual molecule, what it is bound to while it’s floating through your blood is more important than just how much of it there is overall.  In fact … [read more]


Why Your Waist Circumference Matters More Than You Weigh

Date:  21st November 2017         Category:  Health,

You totally want to ditch your scale, don’t you?   You may have this weird kind of relationship with your “weight”.   I mean, it doesn’t define you (obviously).   What you weigh can matter but only to a certain extent.   Let’s look at your waist circumference (well…you look at yours and I’ll look at mine).   Waist Circumference (AKA “Belly Fat”):   Do you remember the fruity body shape descriptions being like an … [read more]


Bye Bye Sleeping Through the Night

Date:  17th November 2017         Category:  Health,

Have you said “bye bye” to sleeping through the night?   Are you feeling exhausted or “running on stress hormones” all day?   Do not fear, I have some great tips (and an amazing recipe) for you!   The science of sleep is fascinating, complicated and growing   Sleep is this daily thing that we all do and yet we’re just beginning to understand all of the ways it helps us and all of the … [read more]


Why is My Metabolism Slow?

Date:  27th October 2017         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

You may feel tired, cold or that you’ve gained weight.  Maybe your digestion seems a bit more “sluggish”.   You may be convinced that your metabolism is slow.   Why does this happen?  Why do metabolic rates slow down?   What can slow my metabolism?   Metabolism includes all of the biochemical reactions in your body that use nutrients and oxygen to create energy.  And there are lots of factors that affect how quickly (or … [read more]


What You Know About Healthy Eating is Wrong & Making You Fat

Date:  19th October 2017         Category:  Health, Nutrition,

Oh my gosh – nutrition and diet info is everywhere! And each expert and association tries to lead you in their direction because they know best and their advice is going to help you.  Right? Well, maybe… Everyone has heard (and maybe lived through) the intense focus on how much you eat.  This has gotten way too much attention because while this does affect your weight and energy level, it’s certainly not the “holy grail” … [read more]


Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

Date:  12th October 2017         Category:  Nutrition,

Sometimes parties where you have a feast are just amazing. And it’s not just the abundance of delicious food but also the people and the ambiance. It is way too easy (and common) to indulge on those days. But it doesn’t always stop there. Sometimes we overeat on regular days. Or at regular meals. Or All The Time. Here are three tips to avoid overeating at meals. (Psst, turn these into habits and ditch the … [read more]


What is Metabolism?

Date:  28th September 2017         Category:  Fitness,

The word “metabolism” is thrown around a lot these days.   You know that if yours is too slow you might gain weight. But what exactly does this all mean?   Well technically “metabolism” is the word to describe all of the biochemical reactions in your body. It’s how you take in nutrients and oxygen and use them to fuel everything you do.   Your body has an incredible ability to grow, heal, and generally … [read more]


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