Integrative Nutrition
4:02 pm

Set an Intention, Not a Resolution

Is it almost the New Year already? It seems like just yesterday we were setting resolutions, hopeful about accomplishing new goals and making positive changes in our lives. But while we often do our best to stay focused, resolutions don’t often pan out the way we’d like. Read More

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
2:30 pm

Why we started our New Year's Resolution NOW!

Why do we gain weight over the holidays? There are many reasons, but predominantly stress, broken routines, and emotional associations with food. So, what do we do? Read More

Integrative Nutrition
4:51 pm

Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

Feeling under the weather? When the temperatures drop, we tend to spend more time indoors, get less sunshine and fresh air, and consume more indulgent, comfort foods. This combination leads to higher exposure to airborne organisms and decreased immunity, which means you're more likely to catch a cold or flu. Don't fret, nature is chock full of remedies that can help you boost your immunity and alleviate symptoms of sickness. Read More

Integrative Nutrition
1:37 pm

5 Superfood Swaps That Will Save You Serious Cash

Healthy foods, especially superfoods, have a notorious reputation for being expensive, and a lot of people use that as an excuse to grab fast food and sacrifice their health. Fortunately, there are plenty of nutrient-packed foods proven to protect against cancer, prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure, and more – that won’t break the bank. Read More

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
2:43 pm

I May Sound "Corn - Y" But...

In the past year, I’ve made great efforts to choose organic whole foods over processed foods.  At first it was just an experiment based on some lectures from my nutrition school (IIN), but I stuck with it because of the effects on my mood, energy level, and digestion.  There are so many reasons to avoid processed foods:  lack of nutrients (it’s not actual food…Yuck!), sugar, chemicals, preservatives, GMO’s, you name it. 

I run a Holistic Health Coaching business, and I’m a Mom of 1 (Harrison) and step-mom of 2 (Cole and Ella). IMG_8451_copy1 I want our children to live full, healthy, happy lives.  So I take the safest route I can with food by trying to serve our family whole foods whenever possible.  That means we eat what grows in the ground, grains served in their natural form, or animals that eat their natural diet (more on that later). 

When I shop or cook, my hands rarely reach towards things in a box or a bag because…well, it just feels right to know exactly what we’re eating.  There are often so many unrecognizable ingredients on the list, and I want to know what we are putting in our bodies.  Yes, I’ve researched the effects of many of the chemicals you find on those lists and they are nasty.  But no one has time to research the often 50+  ingredients before buying a box of crackers so I try to stick to whole foods.

BUT…lets get real folks.  I did say I’m a working mom of 3 right?  I do cook most meals from scratch, and I cook in bulk for the week to save time, but I don’t have time to cook ALL THE TIME.  Life happens. When I do have to buy something from a box, I try to go with the least amount of ingredients, none of which are chemicals and the least amount of sugar (the World Health Organization recommends no more than 16 grams of sugar for kids – try that for just ONE day. It’s nearly impossible with processed foods.)  I also buy organic (to ensure no pesticides,) and NON-GMO (more on that later too, but hey… I’d prefer not to be someone else’s human experiment)

Breakfast foods are especially hard for me.  The kids want cereal or waffles or pancakes but the mixes are FULL of sugar, chemicals and highly processed.  I will make a batch of almond flour pancakes on the weekend but getting 3 kids out the door by 7 am for school and getting myself enough sleep to feel sane means I have to reach for a box or a bag. 

I found this amazing cereal that all 3 kids will eat.  It literally has zero preservatives and only three…YES THREE ingredients.  Back to the Roots organic stoneground flakes are made from organic stone-ground, non-GMO corn from Minnesota, organic cane sugar (yes, I know, but only 5 grams), and a pinch of sea salt.  Serve this with some fresh fruit and a hard-boiled egg (make a dozen ahead of time on Sunday).  Now THAT’s a balanced breakfast and they are only $3.95 at Thrive Market online.  

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Integrative Nutrition
2:55 pm

3 Ways to Create a Wellness Tribe Wherever You Are

Isn’t it nice when you can let your hair down and just be yourself? When you can share your personal passion, struggles, or vision for the future, and have someone to turn to with questions, someone who actually “gets” you on a deeper level? That’s what a wellness tribe is all about! Read More

Integrative Nutrition
9:38 am

5 Simple Systems to Help Reach Your Goals

We all have big dreams and long to-do lists but why is it that some people are so good at actually accomplishing things, while others constantly feel like they’re struggling to catch up? Read More

Integrative Nutrition
11:52 am

Is Hummus Healthy For You?

Have you ever wondered if those little tubs of hummus you find at the grocery store are actually healthy for you? Hummus is marketed as a healthy snack option, but is it really? Read More

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
8:57 am

Last Night's Tomato Sauce

See recipe on my recipe page

Integrative Nutrition
11:27 am

How to Detox Your Body, Mind, and Home Without Dieting

Whether you want to lose weight or get a promotion at work, you need to master productivity. You’ll never be able to fit in workouts, healthy meals, and meditation if you’re constantly procrastinating and not making the best use of your time. Read More