I’m back from a relaxing girls trip to Los Barriles, Mexico which is 45 minutes outside of Cabo. Not in the party area thank goodness, but a private home steps from the beach. We celebrated my future sister-in-law’s last days as a bachlorette. I will soon have a sister!
Are you struggling with food allergies (and sensitivities) and feeling stuck on what you can actually eat? Getting started with having the right foods in your kitchen and recipes to follow is where you should start.
I just returned from an extremely warm trip to visit my family in San Diego. Vacations are always a more difficult time to stay on track with healthy habits and I struggled this time more than usual. After about a half day of traveling I got sick. It’s true. Health coaches get sick too.
Are you getting enough fiber in your diet?
Here are some symptoms of NOT getting enough fiber:
• Abnormal bowels
• Tired & sluggish
• Blood sugar spikes
• Hungry after meals
• Weight gain
• Toxin buildup
Getting enough dietary fiber can be tricky even if you eat a variety of whole foods. I feel like I eat a LOT of fiber – veggies, superfoods (flaxseed and hemp hearts), some fruit, and occasionally beans and gluten-free grains, but am still not getting enough fiber. I certainly feel more energetic, satiated between meals, and have healthy bowels to eliminate toxins and waste when I consume closer to the recommended 30-50 grams of fiber every single day.
As we transition to cooler months our bodies tend to want more warming and grounding foods. It just makes sense and it’s important to pay attention to what your gut needs.
This time of year we often find ourselves reaching for more cooked vegetables & fruits, nuts & seeds, soups, stews, hot beverages, and maybe even pumpkin. It’s fascinating how our bodies know exactly what we need to nourish ourselves through different seasons.
Usually about this time of year I would be making pumpkin muffins, soup, and roasting a variety of squash, however, our unusually hot humid southern California weather is dictating my food cravings.
Summer BBQs are still in full swing. It’s all about going out and socializing, being part of a community, and enjoying the experience.
Pleasure actually stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which allows you to relax, makes you feel good (triggers feel good hormones), and is optimal for digestion. This is called the “Rest-and-Digest” response, which is when digestion is strongest, metabolism is optimized, and healing occurs. It’s also directly linked to our ability to get pleasure from life. You know, that summer BBQ!
Recently I have been craving this cabbage salad with tahini dressing. It continues to be a big hit at BBQs and our local concert in the park picnics. With only three ingredients plus the tahini dressing it makes for an easy crowd-pleasing dish.