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Is Gluten Free Healthier? How To Know If You Should Eat Gluten Free

 It seems like there's a gluten-free version of everything these days. Should you be eating gluten-free too? Is it healthier? Check out some common myths, as well as a few helpful tips to know if you're gluten-free below. 

Truth #1

Over the past 9 years, the number of Americans going gluten-free has TRIPLED

Does this mean that more people becoming gluten intolerant? Are they just realizing how uncomfortable they feel after eating certain foods? Or has it just become so over-marketed that people think "gluten-free" means "healthy."

Either way, it’s led to the production of a TON of new “gluten-free” products like gluten-free bread, cereal, pasta, pizza, bagels, muffins, and more.

Myth #1

“Gluten-Free” means “healthy"

Not true. It just means that it does not contain any wheat, spelt, barley or rye.

Don’t get me wrong— there is a place for gluten-free products....

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Can't Sleep? Here's How I Fixed My Insomnia

Insomnia's always the worst, but it for many women over 40, it can increase with perimenopause and menopause.

After months of experiencing restless sleep, night sweats, and other symptoms of hormonal imbalance, I dug into the research to free myself from this awful cycle. 

Below, you'll find a few lifestyle shifts and magic tricks that have me (and my clients) reclaim our sleep. 

You’re tired, so you lay down and go to sleep.

In the middle of the night, for whatever reason (a child, a storm, a dream, a noise, the room temperature), you wake up.

Suddenly, your entire life “To Do List” floods into the forefront of your mind.

Your heartbeat speeds up, you feel hot, uncomfortable, and now you’re WIDE awake.

As soon as that happens, you know: it’s all over.  

You can’t sleep, you have a really big day tomorrow, and now you’re going to be exhausted, and then that fearful, awful cycle repeats itself for the next...

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3 Steps to Reduce Stress: A Must-Read for Women Over 40

Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from stress than men? Although it's something we "manage," it's not something to be taken lightly. Women over 40 should take serious steps to reduce their stress load not just for anti-aging and longevity factors, but also because it's a contributing factor for heart disease— a leading cause of death for women. 

Scary— I know. But how many times have you started a sentence with, "Things are just really busy right now?" For many of us, it's our motto! But the truth is, neglecting ourselves for the sake of an endless To Do List is a dangerous practice to get into. 

In the 3 Step Guide to Reducing Stress below, I'll walk you through some expert strategies to reduce your stress load and increase your nourishment so you can start living happier and healthier today. 

Step 1. Identify your stressors

Social media is flooded with moms volunteering at their kid’s school, becoming...

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3 Secrets to THRIVE this Holiday Season

weight loss Dec 02, 2018

What if I told you that you could enjoy your holidays without feeling guilty for the wine you drank, the cookies you ate, or the heavy meals you consumed?

It’s possible, and here’s why:

Losing weight is just as much about HOW you eat, as it is about WHAT you eat. As a Healthy Lifestyle coach, I’ve witnessed this firsthand with dozens of clients.

Many women I work with know what they need to do to lose weight (exercise, eat healthier), but they still have trouble losing it and keeping it off. Why? Because of other factors.

The truth is, for women, weight loss is both a physical and spiritual journey.

So, are you ready to happily approach your holidays with ease, instead of stress?

Below are 3 Secrets to a Healthier, Happier Holiday

*As a special bonus, enjoy your FREE Ultimate Guide to THRIVE this Holiday Season at the end of this post!

1. Have Your Cake & Eat it Too–– Slowly

Are you quickly, secretly, shoving dessert into your mouth when...

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3 Ways to Trick Your Mind into Loving Your Body

Ever heard the phrase “fake it til you make it?” 

Loving ourselves and our bodies is really hard to do. After all, our culture has done QUITE a number on us. For years, through TV, movies, magazines and the internet, we’ve usually only seen ONE version of “beauty” reflected back at us.

Case in point: this is what comes up when I google “beautiful woman”:

 Long straight blonde hair, blue eyes, light skin, small nose, size 2, early 20’s… 

Such a tiny percentage of us actually look like that! Aside from the fact that it’d be incredibly boring if we all did;  most of these images are retouched, photoshopped, and augmented in some way. Even if we know better, seeing these images over and over totally messes with our brains. It reinforces a singular sense of beauty and leaves out all of the other ways in which women all over the world are considered...

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What Comes First: Loving Yourself or Losing the Weight?

Unfortunately, most women and girls suffer from some form of body shame.

It usually happens early on and stays with us throughout the rest of our lives. The majority of my clients struggle with body shame and being able to love themselves. They often say that they want to lose weight or get into shape so that they can be happy with themselves and feel better. 

However, my belief is that in order to lose the weight or get healthier you must learn to love yourself FIRST.

I spent the majority of my life hating my body. In elementary school, I was so skinny that I would get made fun of. Then when I hit puberty, I noticed my thighs were getting bigger and began rubbing together. Everything was changing, and even when I exercised more or deprived myself of food I still didn’t feel happy. Everywhere I looked there were images of beautiful women that were everything that I felt I wasn’t. As I look back at that little girl, I wish I...

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3 Tips to Leave Your Work at Work & Be Present at Home

What if the stress from your workday no longer spilled over into your home environment?

What if you could come home from a stressful day at work and feel completely present to your family and leave all your work angst at the door?

Whether you’ve had a bad day or you’re stuck in traffic, there are a few different ways we can reduce our stress and change our state. 

While deep breathing is an effective way to reduce stress and I do recommend it to my clients, sometimes we just don’t feel like it. Sometimes, we feel like actually holding our breath, or being upset!

Yet, here we are stuck in the car after a long day of work and within a few minutes we must compartmentalize our work day and come home to our family. 

So, the question is: how can you change your state when you’re gritting your teeth and you don’t feel like taking a deep breath?

Here are 3 of my go-to’s in concrete, doable action steps that take you from the stressed...

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5 Common Mistakes That Slow Your Metabolism

I get it: metabolism is a tricky thing to comprehend. In fact, it took me years (and plenty of mistakes) before I really understood how brilliant our bodies actually are, and how I could best support my metabolism, rather than confuse it. 

What is "Metabolism" anyway?

 

Here's why it's confusing: your metabolism is not "a thing," (like an organ), but rather, a series of processes that, together, break down food and convert it into energy.

Based on many factors, your metabolism either functions optimally, or, it can become quite sluggish, which can lead to weight gain and discomfort.

I’ve broken down the 5 core metabolism mistakes we make in the hopes that YOU can better understand the way your brilliant body works, and harness its power for your benefit.

Mistake #1: Blaming “Genetics”

“I eat healthily and I exercise and I still can’t seem to lose the weight”— is a common frustration...

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The Real Reasons Why Fad Diets Don’t Work

Did you know that 98% of people who go on diets to lose weight gain their original weight back – and then some?

It goes like this:

You hear about the latest fad diet, check out some pretty amazing testimonials and before/after pics on Instagram, buy the food/pills/shakes/teas/membership required. You are PUMPED. This is going to be your triumphant attempt at losing the extra weight you’ve been struggling with for years.

Except, you don’t…

And so the cycle repeats itself as you get increasingly frustrated with your weight (and yourself) or give up and think that you’ll never be able to lose the weight.

I promise it’s not you.

Here are the top 3 real reasons why fad diets don’t work:

1. Your Body Thinks You’re Starving

The first problem with fad diets is that when you focus on losing weight – instead of fat – you lose sight of feeding your body with the right nutrients for it to function at its best.

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7 Food Swaps to Crush Your Sugar & Carb Cravings

Do you ever feel helpless to your sugar & carb cravings?

You walk into the grocery store with the best intentions and then you walk past the bakery and the smell hypnotizes you, or you’re standing at the checkout line and the candy bars scream your name?

Maybe you grew up having ice cream after dinner and you can’t imagine not having something sweet after your meal.

Or perhaps you are in the middle of a project and you find yourself staring at your pantry even when you know you are not hungry so that you can feel better? Can you relate? You are not alone.

The above scenarios are not random.

They are my own personal experiences.

As a child, I don’t remember ever having any cravings that made me feel out of control.

But as I got older, things changed.

I started to feel like I had NO CHOICE and sometimes, I knew I was emotionally stuffing my feelings. Other times, it felt like my body was seriously craving carbs and sugar.

As a health coach, the #1...

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