Hormones & Dairy

I didn’t know I was sensitive to dairy.

I just knew I loved cheese and enjoyed a tall glass of milk with every meal. I got BabyBels and CheeseStrings in my school lunches and Kraft Dinner that I dressed up with a LOT of extra cheese at home. I grew up with the slogans “Milk Does a Body Good” and “Got Milk?” so of course I assumed I was, well, doing my body good because I got milk! My love for all things dairy was in fact the last hurdle to going vegan, and ultimately my love of animals won.

So I chucked cheddar, had it out with havarti, said goodbye to gouda…

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Do You Have These Symptoms? (Why You Should Check Your Magnesium Intake)

This week I’m all about how stress affects our hormones, and how that can be linked to gut health and immune function.

One nutrient that just about always tops my list for combatting stress is magnesium.

That’s because Continue reading “Do You Have These Symptoms? (Why You Should Check Your Magnesium Intake)”

Check Your Pulses [Recipe Post]

Okay, by “pulses” I mean legumes: beans, peas, and lentils. And by “check” I mean check to make sure

  1. that you’re eating them (I’ve sharing a recipe below to help with that!) and
  2. that you’re getting good quality with minimal contaminants!

Why do you want to eat pulses? Continue reading “Check Your Pulses [Recipe Post]”

Why Chocolate is Encouraged in My Programs (and a Recipe!)

You read that right. Chocolate is encouraged in my programs.

Okay, that might not be a surprising reveal. But since it’s World Chocolate Day (yay!), why do I include chocolate when pulling together recipes for my clients and followers?

One major reason I’m into chocolate for health: Continue reading “Why Chocolate is Encouraged in My Programs (and a Recipe!)”

[Recipe Post] Comfort Foods and Deprivation vs Modification

Do you deprive yourself of foods you love in the name of health goals?

What about modifying them?

I’m not a particular fan of complete deprivation. While I do know that it may be necessary to reduce or yes, even eliminate certain foods for the sake of specific health/lifestyle goals – Continue reading “[Recipe Post] Comfort Foods and Deprivation vs Modification”

How to Reframe Self-Talk to Make Space for Pleasure Foods

I’m tired. The heat, the stress, the burnout… I know so many of you also feel this way right now and it’s hard to know how to deal with it all on top of trying to make good food choices.

So let’s let go of the idea that all your choices need to be perfect. That’s too much pressure. Continue reading “How to Reframe Self-Talk to Make Space for Pleasure Foods”

Quarantine Stress Periods (Yup, That’s a Thing)

The last few weeks I’ve been talking a little more about stress and anxiety, since so many of us have been experiencing an uptick.

For some of us, anxiety and stress already seem elevated before our periods. If you have PCOS, PMS or PMDD, anxiety is among the symptoms we experience within the 2 weeks leading up to our periods, also known as the luteal phase, which would normally follow ovulation. I know this is true for me, with my symptoms affecting how I work, my image of myself, how I interact – or don’t – with other people.

But as our periods can affect our anxiety and stress levels, the inverse is also true. Being under chronic stress also affects our periods. And there is no short supply on stress or anxiety these days. Continue reading “Quarantine Stress Periods (Yup, That’s a Thing)”