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 7 MINI TO-DO'S THAT WILL MASTER YOUR OXYTOCIN AND LOWER YOUR STRESS.  

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 7 MINI TO-DO'S THAT WILL MASTER YOUR OXYTOCIN AND LOWER YOUR STRESS.  

The Anti-Stress Hormone + How To Increase It

Sometimes I geek out on biochemistry –– those chemical processes that prompt how we move through life.


Our biochemistry drives our behavior.


Each day, our stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) run through our bodies influencing many of our imperative functions –– including metabolism, energy, blood sugar, sex drive and sleep.


When our stress hormones are in balance, we feel generally strong, resilient, positive, and joyful.


When our stress hormones are out of whack things tend to go awry:


  • We may try and try and try some more to manage our anxiety, or our high levels of overwhelm and simply find it to be a losing battle over and over again.


  • We may wake up in the middle of the night with our minds spinning and lie awake (in a panic) for hours.


  • We may notice our high levels of stress are destroying our eating ––we crave sugar, french fries and/or a couple extra glasses of pinot to take the edge off.


  • Our thoughts are a hot mess! We may blame ourselves for not being more resilient, strong and grateful.



All we are doing is trying to cope. 🙈


Have you heard of oxytocin (also known as the love hormone)? Oxytocin promotes connection, bonding, and closeness.


Today I want to tell you why oxytocin is my favorite hormone (and maybe the most important of our time!).


Not only is it the feel good, warm and fuzzy, cuddle hormone, but oxytocin also keeps us calm, lowers inflammation and most importantly balances out our cortisol –– the sneaky, chronic and destructive stress hormone that has most of us in a tailspin.


If you are like me, you would most likely prefer your oxytocin be higher than your cortisol –– to relieve chronic states of stress, higher levels of depression and/or anxiety, extra weight gain, and uncontrollable cravings.


The good news is that you can create more oxytocin in your life.


Want to know how? I've got some answers for you today:

 7 MINI TO-DO'S THAT WILL MASTER YOUR OXYTOCIN AND LOWER YOUR STRESS.  

 

Not only are these simple, do-able and user friendly to-do's, but they are so very pleasurable, because oxytocin elevates our pleasure –– so feel free to let it fly!

1.     EAT OXYTOCIN PROMOTING FOODS

 

Yes! You can eat yourself into a more positive and calm state. Balanced-blood sugar, loads of tryptophan rich foods, healthy fats, antioxidants and B vitamins to support your brain chemistry result in higher level of serotonin, higher levels of oxytocin and lower levels of stress.

Be sure to check out the following calming superfoods to feed your body into a more oxytocin induced biochemical state.

  • Dark chocolate (specifically raw cacao)

  • Black sesame seeds

  • Avocado

  • Fig

  • Quinoa

  • Cashews

  • Walnuts

  • Brazil Nuts

  • Wild Salmon

  • Spirulina

  • Sweet Potato

  • Berries

  • Wild Mushrooms

  • Yerba mate

  • Pomegranate

  • Organic Turkey

  • Whole milk yogurt or kefir

  • Eggs

  • Bananas

 

2.     TAKE OXYTOCIN PROMOTING SUPPLEMENTS

 

There are several (high quality) supplements that encourage the release of oxytocin.  On a biochemical level, there are many ways to boost you up. Here are a few to explore.

  • Vitamin D

  • Vitamin C

  • Magnesium

  • Chamomile

  • Melatonin

  • B vitamins

  • 5HTP

  • Tryptophan

  • L-Glutamine

  • GABA

  • L-Phenylalinine

  • L-Theanine

 

** often times you can find a blend of many of these supplements that will . support your oxytocin. If you need a little help, let me know. Check out our online apothecary HERE

3.     ENJOY OXYTOCIN PROMOTING MIND-BODY PRACTICES

 

While it may seem like your monkey mind is not on your side at times when it comes to calming and uplifting your spirits, try these mind-practices to boost your oxytocin and shift yourself out of your habitual stress response.

  • Meditation

  • Yoga

  • Gratitude practice

  • Have a good cry

  • Personal reflection

  • Positive affirmation

  • Long deep breaths (to engage to calming side of your nervous system)

  

4.     CONNECT AND BOOST YOUR OXYTOCIN

 

Oxytocin is often called the love hormone, the cuddle hormone and even the connection hormone.  Being close to another person elevates our oxytocin.  Try these relational tips and see what happens.

 

  • Hug someone

  • Laugh

  • Connect with your friends

  • Call a loved on on the phone

  • Give or receive massage

  • Orgasm

  • Give a stranger a compliment

  • Snuggle your pet

  • Enjoy a romantic meal with your partner

  

5.     MOVE YOUR BODY TO ELEVATE YOUR OXYTOCIN:

When you move your body, you secrete endorphins and oxytocin. These hormones enhance your brain chemistry and are also the primary reason that folks tend to exercise to relieve stress. While cardio works well, you don’t have to go to the extreme, join a gym or become a hard-core athlete. Moving your body in a variety of ways will suffice.

  • Dance

  • Hike in nature

  • Swim

  • Go on a bike ride

  • Do some cardio

 

6.     GET OUTSIDE AND SOAK UP SOME OXYTOCIN:

 

Being outside correlates to higher levels of oxytocin. Soak up some sun. Listen to the sound of nature –– birds chirping, rivers rushing, frogs croaking. The connection hormone is also about connecting to nature.

  • Try forest bathing (sit and enjoy nature while doing nothing)

  • Camp in the woods

  • Read a book in the sunshine

  • Sit by a river

  • Garden

  • Enjoy your lunch under a park tree

  • Have a bonfire

  • Sit at an outdoor dinner table

  • Sunbathe

 

7.     GIVE FOR THE LOVE OF IT:

 

We are social creatures and we are wired to help one another. Giving is a neuro-pathway that has been shown to be a powerful way to creating more joy and improving overall health.

  • Help a friend

  • Make a donation

  • Volunteer with an organization that speaks to you

  • Give advice (when warranted)

  • Help a stranger change a tire

Handling a stressful situation the best you can (with the above knowledge in your back pocket) may help you navigate some of the most common automatic responses to stress that could lead to or exacerbate imbalances in your stress hormones.

Ultimately, you don’t have control of when or what stress life throws at you, but you do have power within your stress response that can be honed and sculpted over time to create a healthier and happier life.

I’d love to hear from you! What is one oxytocin boosting to-do you are going to try? Tell me in the comments below.

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SUPERFOODS FOR A SUPER HEROINE LIFE

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SUPERFOODS FOR A SUPER HEROINE LIFE




ALWAYS BE YOURSELF, UNLESS YOU CAN BE A SUPER HEROINE THEN ALWAYS BE A SUPER HEROINE




There are days, when I meditate, walk little Sadie, get my morning work out or yoga in, clear my inbox, write some content, see a few clients, make a yummy dinner, tidy the house, fold the laundry and still have time to cozy up with my man for an episode of Chernobyl.


These are the (rare!) days when I feel like a super heroine. 


Life is full. Especially at this time of year, the longer summer days seem to lend themselves to more outdoor time, more socializing, more fun and more energy output.


I have to carefully pace myself, remind myself to go to bed early, take some downtime, and remember to …

B R E A T H E.


If you are like me, you are a person who’s looking to take a bite out of life, make sure you get enough down time plus find ways to give back.


Hint: If you want to be a super heroine in your own life you need to feed your body with super heroine fuel — to feel your most resilient, strong and energized.


You can cultivate more energy, clarity, focus, and strength by infusing specialized superfoods into your diet, to give you a little boost. 


It doesn't have to be hard, and it sure can taste great.  


I hope you enjoy powering up your plate! 🙌


Here’s to some summertime fun..
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Check Out My Favorite Superfoods For A Super Heroine Life

You may have heard of the many definitions of a superfood, some are even a little controversial. Many would even say there's no scientifically based or regulated definition of a superfood.

To me, a superfood is a potent and healing food that is packed with nutrients and supports your energy, vitality, radiance and health. You may be thinking, “that’s a lot of foods!”, and you are right. Below I chose a few of my favorites to write about.

I enjoy infusing my diet regularly with superfoods, but especially if I am feeling tired, depleted, stressed or a little off balance.

You may have some of these in your refrigerator or pantry, and some of these may be new to you. Either way, have fun experimenting with superfoods and be sure to let me know how you feel after a good superfood boost!

DARK CHOCOLATE

Do you crave a little sweet now and then? While you may have thought you needed a good excuse to enjoy a piece of dark chocolate, the truth is the delightful and ancient superfood ingredient found in high quality dark chocolate, known as cacao, has more to offer your health than you may realize.

The cacao bean contains more than 400 phytochemicals, and many of them positively affect human health. Dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids and studies have shown antioxidant activity, endothelial function, lower blood pressure and assistance in blood clot formation. It is also known as a food to induce high amounts of pleasure.  Try a little…

In ancient texts, cacao was described as a sacred superfood, often referred to as food of the gods. The cacao bean and its consumption date back as far as thousands of years, where it was used as a powerful and healing food, including use in ancient ritual and ceremony.

Today, with much science and research at your fingertips, cacao has many well-proven benefits for your body, mind, and soul. It may be just the superfood you will be delighted to include in your day-to-day life.

  

TUMERIC

You might know of turmeric as the yellow spice in your curry, but there is so much more to this potent antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory food. Turmeric is known for having an astounding ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value––a popular scale that measures the antioxidant strength of foods.

Turmeric has been used historically in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for its anti-inflammatory healing benefits. In addition, turmeric may promote anti-ulcer activity, supporting the digestive system, and can help fight cancer. These superfood benefits keep you feeling young, spry, and full of vitality.

Try one of my favorite ways to get more turmeric in: Golden Milk!  

BLUEBERRIES

It’s not surprising that blueberries have taken center stage for their vast and dynamic health benefits. After all, they are the most nutrient dense of all the fruits. From rich antioxidant properties to notable anti-inflammatory relief, blueberries are worth ensuring they land on your plate often.

Historically, blueberries are one of the fruit species native to North America. In fact, Native Americans were known to revere these potent wild berries so much that they even developed folklore around them.

The Native Americans called blueberries ‘star berries’ because the blossom end of each berry—the calyx—forms a perfect five-pointed star. Blueberries (along with their leaves and roots) were used in Native American traditions for medicinal purposes, such as relieving stomach problems.

Today, blueberries are one known as one of America’s favorite berries. In fact, blueberries have the highest antioxidant content (ORAC value) of any other fruit.

COCONUT

There are few substances on the planet that stand up to coconut oil. This versatile superfood has beneficial uses that span skin care, hair health, and anti-inflammatory properties—benefitting you inside and out. Coconut oil is antibacterial and antimicrobial, making it a wonderful addition to your menu (and to your bathroom cabinet).

Notably, research shows that eating coconut oil regularly can support and heal your digestion as it positively influences the delicate balance of good and bad flora.

I keep one jar in the kitchen and one in the bathroom!

RAW HONEY

You may think of raw honey as just a sweetener for your tea, but raw honey’s healing benefits go far and beyond.

Studies show that raw honey is antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and anti-cancer. Raw honey is chock full of anti-aging antioxidants called phenolic compounds, which play an important role in cancer prevention, manage diabetes, and prevent cardiovascular disease.

Raw honey has also been shown to stimulate anti-inflammatory cytokine production––small proteins produced in your cells that govern inflammation and wound healing––making it a powerful anti-inflammatory food to enjoy.

 

KALE

Kale is considered the most nutrient dense of all the greens out there. Kale can be prepared and enjoyed in thousands of ways. Kale is a form of cabbage (Brassica family) with green or purple leaves, in which the central leaves do not form a head.  

Kale is high in fiber and great for digestion.  Try adding baby kale to your next smoothie or massaging it with some olive oil, avocado, sea salt and lemon or try our {dairy free} massaged kale Caesar HERE

CHIA SEEDS

Chia seed is highly nutritious, medicinal see that has been used for centuries for its beneficial properties. Chia was a staple for Incan, Mayan, and Aztec cultures. In fact, Aztec warriors were said to fuel up on chia seeds before battle.

High in essential fatty acids alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid, made up of 30% protein, Vitamins A, B, E, and D, and a wide array of trace minerals. Chia is a wonderful addition to your snacks and meals.  

Chia is filling, it has a fun texture, and it is a great way to increase your omega-3’s with a plant rare based source!  Add CHIA seeds to your favorite milk for chia pudding. Try a scoop in smoothies, oatmeal, or yogurt. Need a recipe? We’ve got you covered. Check out our yummy coconut chia pudding HERE.

BEET JUICE

Beetroot juice has recently been given recognition as one of the top recommended superfoods. The juice of this delicious root vegetable is rich in antioxidants and naturally occurring  healthy nitrates.

When consumed, the body converts nitrates to nitric oxide, a compound that enhances blood flow in the vessels and helps lower blood pressure. Because of these beneficial attributes, beetroot juice can increase exercise performance and support heart health.

Research shows beetroot (the reddish roots known as beets) lowers blood pressure and protects brain cells—keeping you feeling healthy and vital. If you like these earthly sweet roots, consider adding them to your super heroin diet!

 

MACA

Maca, a Peruvian superfood grown high in the Andes mountains, has been used for thousands of years by the Incas. Since maca root is in the Brassica family, it is related to the more commonly known root vegetables such as radish and turnip.

Loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein, and phytonutrients, maca is know to have a number of health benefits.

These include increasing energy and stamina, balancing hormones (especially during menopause), repairing adrenal function and enhancing sexual function. Ooh la la!

You can find both maca powder and capsules at your local health food store.

GINSENG

You have probably heard of the gnarly but potent root and brightly colored berry known as ginseng. Ginseng has been used in Asia and North America for centuries in both Native American medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Native Americans used ginseng as a stimulant, a digestive tonic, and to soothe headaches, whereas Traditional Chinese Medicine used ginseng to boost energy and vitality, manage diabetes, and support sexual health.

Today, many folks are turning to ginseng as a natural remedy to elevate energy, enhance memory, decrease inflammation, boost sexual function, and more. In fact, ginseng is among the most popular and best-selling natural remedies in the world.

Ginseng can be used in many ways. Try it raw, gently steamed, taken in a capsule, made into a tea, or even finely chopped and added to a stir-fry. Ginseng is a powerful and medicinal food and remedy that can benefit many aspects of your health. Enjoy ginseng benefits however you can!

LION’S MANE 

Have you tried a lion’s mane mushroom? We have a wonderful wild mushroom booth at our local farmer’s market, where I first discovered this potent white and shaggy mushroom.

Lion’s mane is known to boost brain function, support mental health easing symptoms of depression and anxiety, support neurological function, soothe the digestion and boost the immune system.

You can often find lion’s mane at your local health food store. It is delicious cooked up with a blend of other mushrooms in a tasty stir-fry, or even made into a wild-mushroom soup.

Keep your eye out for other products with lion’s mane mushrooms, such as supplements, teas and recently (one of my new favorites) lion’s mane mushroom coffee.

If you are a mushroom person like I am, be sure to give lion’s mane a try.

LOVE 💗

LOVE is the ultimate superfood. In our busy worlds, we are so often rushing through meals, disconnected from our food, it’s source and how it has landed on our plates. Learning to put love, reverence and intention into both the food as we eat it and our food as we prepare it makes a tangible difference in how your body assimilates the nutrients, and how your body metabolizes the food into energy.

Add some LOVE into your meals. Experiment! See how you feel when you have dinner with a loved one, or sit down on a lovely fall day in the park to enjoy your lunch. Light a candle while you cook, chant while you simmer your soups, and give thanks for the abundance you have on your plate.

Every other superfood pales in comparison to LOVE in your experience with food.  

 

Most of all LOVE your self with every bite.

 

 

 

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LOVE YOUR LIVER [PART II]

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LOVE YOUR LIVER [PART II]

THE POWER THAT MADE THE BODY HEALS THE BODY

BJ PALMER
 
 

I wanted to touch back in with you after last weeks article (Love Your LIver ~ Part I) to remind you that detoxifying your body (specifically your liver) doesn't have to be daunting (or a horrible experience).


In fact, I am a firm believer that all of the goodness found in natural, pure and seasonal foods can be turned into delicious spring alchemy with just a little bit of practice. 


I put together a few of my favorites for you today, but I also really want you to know that this is just the tip of the iceberg.


Yes, adjusting your palate to natural food (instead of processed foods, if that’s what you are used to) can take a small bit of time, but once you do, you will begin to recognize and enjoy the full flavors of whole foods, natural sweeteners, and pure ingredients –– all the building blocks your body needs for health and radiance.


If you know me, you know I live the pleasure principle every day. I make a point of it because I both want to enjoy all the nuances of daily life and I also want to feel my best.


Guilt-free comfort food is my answer.  🙋‍♀️


Here’s to letting your kitchen creativity soar this spring.


Eat Well!

 


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{DAIRY FREE} MASSAGED KALE CAESAR

 
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MARINATED SLOW ROASTED RAINBOW BEET SALAD

 
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LEMON TURMERIC {GRAIN FREE} SNACKING CAKE

 

P.S. Need a little help? I've got you covered. Click here to get customized support through my spring CLEANSE-OLOGY Program.

P.P.S. Stay tune for part III coming to you soon.

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7 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR LIVER {PART I}

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7 WAYS TO LOVE YOUR LIVER {PART I}


GLOW GETTER:  A DRIVEN BUSY GAL WHO STRIVES TO ACHIEVE HER GOALS IN LIFE WHILE ATTAINING A BEAUTIFUL GLOW BOTH INSIDE AND OUT



Are you ready to get your glow on?

In the spring, according to Traditional Medicine, it is the time to tend to the liver. When we allow the spring to influence our diets, we will create a deep well of spring within, and a radiant glow. 


A healthy liver establishes a smooth flow through your entire being –– body, mind and soul. People with healthy and clear livers are said to be more calm, peaceful and relaxed.

I put together some simple daily practices and ingredients for you to check out –– from a functional nutrition perspective –– that enhance detoxification, and will leave you feeling lighter, clearer and energized while also ensuring you enjoy the process with some yummy recipes and foodie delights to boot. (Stay tuned for part II!)



... because taking care of your health doesn’t have to suck 🙌



Before we dive in, I wanted to take you on a little walk through your liver detoxification process. A short, simple and sweet distillation, just to be sure you get the gist.


There are three important phases of detoxification to take note of: 

  • In phase 1, the liver supports the first line of defense against toxicity. In this phase the liver breaks down toxins through oxidation.

 

  • In phase 2, the liver-toxins that have been altered in phase 1 can now be conjugated (or linked to a molecule that will allow its excretion). This process is reliant on adequate nutrients, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and protein. *if you are doing a liquid cleanse, it takes about 2 days until your body will start to breakdown muscle mass.

 

  • In Phase 3, the body prepares to transport the toxins to the elimination organs. There is a need for adequate hydration and elimination for this part to work. 

There are some specific ways you can support your liver this spring. While a deep cleanse is always an option, I know it can fell intimidating and restrictive for many of you.


I put together some simple ingredients and daily practices for you to check out –– from a functional nutrition perspective –– that enhance detoxification, and will leave you feeling lighter, clearer and energized while also ensuring you enjoy the process with some yummy recipes and foodie delights to boot. (Stay tuned for part II!)

I hope you enjoy these easy and do-able tips and tricks that will support you in getting your glow on this spring!


Here are a few ingredients to explore in your diet and in your life. While you surely don’t have to choose all of them, filling up your life with a variety these detoxifying ingredients and practices will support your health.

PLANTS

Fill half your plate with a variety of these plants-based foods (organic please) to ensure your liver is supported in the detoxification process.

  • Leafy Greens:  kale, Swiss chard, watercress, cilantro, beet greens, dandelion, spouts and mustard greens

  • Brassica: Radish, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale

  • Sulfur-rich foods: garlic, onions

  • Citrus: oranges, lemons and limes (avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice, which slows Phase 1)

  • Love your liver superfoods: artichoke, asparagus, beets, celery, dandelion greens, arugula greens, and dandelion-root tea, nettles, fermented vegetables.


PROTEINS

Now you know for a successful detox (with all the phases rolling along smoothly) you need a good source of protein at every meal. In fact, protein is a cornerstone of detoxification. Here are a few (plant and animal) options to explore, all rich in an important detoxification amino acid called methionine.

  • Nuts and seeds: almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios, sesame and pumpkin seeds to name a few. One study showed a decrease in liver enzymes with a healthy dose of nuts each day. As always, best to soak and roast before eating for best absorption and assimilation.

  • Non GMO Soy: The best versions include are tempeh, natto, and miso because they are fermented and the easiest to digest.

  • Legumes: Lentils, chickpeas, beans of sorts digest (and assimilate) better when soaked overnight (for approximately 8 hours) before cooking.

  • Free range eggs:  Eat the whole egg. The yolk contains most of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega-3 fats.

  • Wild caught salmon: High omega-3 content supports a healthy liver

  • Grass-fed buffalo or beef: The oils in grass fed beef and buffalo (omega-3 and CLA) are much healthier and grass-fed varieties are also full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, many of which support healthy liver detoxification.

  • Pasture range, hormone free Chicken or Turkey: These varieties are more nutrient dense and of course the animals were treated better.

  • Hormone free raw dairy: (if tolerated) Yes, butter is back in (with the health trends) and grass-fed dairy is the kind to look for. High in omega-3’s and A2 milk (the protein type found in grass-fed) is also a wonderful source of glutathione, and important ingredient in liver detoxification.

  • Grass-fed Liver: I know it’s a stretch, but for those of you who like organ meets, give liver a try. Liver stores many important nutrients (vitamins A, D, E, K, B12 and folic acid, and minerals such as copper and iron). These nutrients provide the body with many of the precursors it needs to get rid of toxins.



SUPPLEMENTS

Even with a healthy diet and all the other practices listed here, sometimes your body needs a little extra help. The following supplements (some of my favorites) will help your body detox naturally. If you have specific healthy issues or feel intimidated in creating your own supplement regiment, I can help you HERE.

  • Milk thistle: Silymarin, the active ingredient that has been shown to reduce liver toxicity while supporting regeneration. 

  • Turmeric: One of natures most powerful anti-inflammatory and has also been shown to support healthy liver tissue and liver metabolism

  • Dandelion: A natural diuretic that eases the flow through the liver to eliminate toxins more quickly

  • Burdock root: A cousin of the dandelion, cleanses the blood and supports the liver.

  • Glandulars: High in vitamins A, D, E, K, B12 and folic acid, and minerals such as copper and iron. These nutrients provide the body with many of the precursors it needs to cleanse the liver.

  • Alpha-Lipoic Acid: Supports antioxidant activity, the regeneration of other antioxidants (including glutathione), and promotion of healthy liver function.

  • N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC): replenishes intracellular glutathione — needed for detoxification and antioxidant support. 

* In many cased supplement companies have combined many of these ingredients for you in liver detox formulas

 

HYDRATION

I know you know this, but I am just here to give you a gentle reminder. Your body is made up of a large amount of water, in fact, studies show your body is composed of up to 75 percent H2O. Water is also imperative to flush out your liver tissue, and support your kidneys in eliminating toxins from the body.

Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure you get enough.

  • Drink half your body weight in ounces of purified water each day, or more with exercise.

  • Drink a large glass of water first thing in the morning before you do anything else.

  • Add a squeeze of lemon or a splash of apple cider vinegar to your water for extra cleansing and digestive support.

  • Drink herbal tea through out the day.

  • If you drink a cocktail or glass of wine, follow with two glasses of water.

  • If you get absorbed in what you are up to during the day (like me) set a timer on your phone to remind you to drink water every hour.

  • Choose sparkling water over other sugary drinks or sodas

  • Bring your water bottle with you wherever you go.

REST & RESTORATION

What is the connection between sleep and the liver? TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) observes the connections between the body’s organ systems and sleep cycles. If your liver is needing a little extra support, you many notice you are waking up during liver time (1-3 am) each night.

While detoxifying the liver, your body is working harder than usual and you may need more sleep, restoration, and downtime to support the process.

  • Try going to bed earlier, as much research shows that each hour of sleep you get before midnight is worth two hours after midnight.

  • Giver yourself permission to get an extra hour (or two) if possible each night while you are giving your liver some extra love!

  • Take a detox bath. While a warm bath can actually help you sleep, detox bath (of sorts) can also help your body detox. Some of my favorite detox baths include adding Epsom salts; or essential oils of lavender, wild orange, Roman chamomile; adding lemon juice or apple cider vinegar; adding ground ginger.

  • Practice just “being”. Give your self more white space in your day –– even if that sounds impossible. Give it a try.

  • Journal, meditate, read, practice gentle yoga, take a nap.


EXERCISE

Any movement is a wonderful addition to supporting your liver in natually detoxifying. Sweating has an even greater effect. While there is more research needed in this area, much of the research has shown that sweat is composed of some level of toxic waste. Moving the body supports the conditions for the body to detox through breathe, stretching, circulating and sweating. 

  • Get outside and enjoy the spring with a brisk walk or hike

  • Head to the yoga studio (warm classes are great for this) and get your sweat on.

  • Find a cardio workout that works for you

  • Dance

  • Take a sauna

  • Do a mini-work out in your living room!

  • For best results try to exercise at a pace where you can breath evenly (as that supports healthy detoxification) while being able to carry on a conversation.

While I know you may not be able to follow through with all of these suggestions, what I intend here is for you to handpick 1-2 practices from each category. Start slow. Add in the ingredients that best suit your life (and your tastes) and build your momentum from there.

Then… share which ones you pick in the comments below. I am so curious and excited to hear the combination you create just for you!

Here’s to a happy and healthy spring season, and your ever growing RADIANT GLOW!

Need a little help?  I have got you covered.  Get customized support through my CLEANSE-OLGY Program.

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SATIATE YOUR SOUL

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SATIATE YOUR SOUL

Have you ever wondered how to best feed your soul?


Certainly, we are not just fed by food, but rather by the many other aspects of our lives. Our food is so much more than what we find on our plates.  


I call these our soulful superfoods, and they are the very ingredients that satiate our souls. 


When our lives are feeding us, our unhealthy food habits (and various other behaviors) are so much more easily quelled.


If you were part of the Soulful Superfood Series just last week (which you can still join HERE), you may have heard about this there. 

But I wanted to be sure you heard...


Our passions are our soulful superpowers. Our inspirations are our inner GPS. Our enthusiasm is a roadmap into our true authentic selves. 

Living a life filled with passion, inspiration and enthusiasm (small or large) ignites our purpose and satiates our souls. 

Because becoming more of our truest selves is our purpose.


And letting our inspirations and passions FLY is our pathway to get there.



While I believe were born to be guided by these strong and powerful energies, many of us have lost sight or even forgotten about them all together.  Notably, in many cases, this transpires into other health issues –– emotional eating, chronic stress, self-medicating in unhealthy ways, disrupted sleep, or a chronic feeling of something missing in our lives.


On the podcast today, I share with you my personal (and vulnerable) journey into how I reclaimed some of these lost parts of myself, plus some of the most powerful ingredients that guided me home (always a work in progress).


Listen to hear:

  • The insight Mary gave me that changed the course of my life


  • The most important ingredient that I added in to support reclaiming my joy


  • Mini-mind shifts that will sculpt your schedule, and free yourself from excuses




If you're feeling stuck, looking at what eeeeeveryone else is up to, imagining they've got a something that you could never have, or that your life is simply to complicated, too busy, or just too something that makes satiating your soul impossible in this life, this podcast is especially for you.



As always, I hope you enjoy this conversation and please respond (or leave a comment HERE) with your thoughts and insights.


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WHEN GOING AWAY IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS COMING HOME...TO YOURSELF

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WHEN GOING AWAY IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS COMING HOME...TO YOURSELF

THE SOUL'S PATH IS NOT STRAIGHT AND ORDERLY; IT'S WINDY AND OFTEN BUMPY, BUT IT HAS AN INCREDIBLE VIEW.

Elisa Romeo
 



There was a time (not very long ago) where the thought of unplugging terrified me.


Single mom. Entrepreneur. (And possible control freak 🙈)


Unplugging felt almost impossible.


Not only did I always feel on call for my kids, but physically leaving them meant calling in a lot of support. Grandparents would fly in, friends would help with carpooling, and I would write endless lists of how our routine worked most successfully for those who were there to help. 


It was a logistical overload.


Taking time away not only felt like a huge project, but even worse, it also brought up so much fear and anxiety.


And, I desperately needed a break.


Over the many years of leading my annual international women's retreats, I began to learn how to manage this inner battle better and better.


The personal value and insight I received with time away is something that can still bring me to tears. 


On one early morning during a Bali retreat –– at approximately 4 am, while sipping Balinese coffee and writing in my journal –– I realized how I had been holding onto so much shame, feelings of not being enough, feelings of not being worthy, for far too long. 


I, in turn, made some big manifestos to myself that morning, promising myself I would learn how to break free from these old beliefs and patterns, that I saw were so clearly holding me back.


As you can imagine, I had some inner work to do, so that a new way of being and thinking would gain a solid foot hold in my life.


To this day, if I notice myself slipping back into those old thoughts and loops, I catch myself much quicker. I tend to the triggers. I know better how to flip my script, so to speak.


That morning changed my life forever. 🌺


I am sharing this with you because I know we all have our blocks in taking time for ourselves ––large or small, near or far. 


My women's retreats have become a perfect way support many women in transforming these blocks, and I now know in my bones that this is my calling. 


I support women (like you!) in taking a break, creating time for reflection and getting out of your day-to-day stressors –– to create some space exhale.


I want you to know that all of your efforts in preparing to get away –– from prepped meals for your family, to play-dates for your kids, to delegating your work, to simply letting go of control –– are all worth it. 


In fact, every single to-do that gets you closer to taking a break and being with yourself in an intimate way is priceless.
 


I have many upcoming retreats (see below) because I want you to have options, and I want the right retreat to speak to you. 


I am featuring our upcoming Satiate Your Soul ~ Bali retreat because, if you can join me, I know this trip will knock your knee highs off.  


It is pure magic.


Join The Satiate Your Soul ~ Bali Women’s Retreat: Experience a week of nourishment from the inside out where you can live your organic rhythm, connect with like minded adventurers, and step into an experiential and cultural immersion in the sacred land of Bali.

  • Embody: Practice Women's Flow + Yin Yoga 

  • Nourish: Organic food, Balinese cooking classes and inspirational workshops

  • Cycle: Explore some of Bali's most culturally significant sites, rice fields, waterfalls and temples. (all levels)

  • Rest: Relax, Renew, Reflect and Discover

  • Immerse: Enjoy the culture through ritual + Balinese dance + food + goddess study.

 

Practice yoga amidst the jungle sounds, explore the most authentic aspects of yourself, enjoy an intentional group of women, participate in a traditional Balinese full moon ceremony, immerse into the Balinese culture through women, food, ritual, while basking in the wanderlust of a life changing retreat


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Join us in experiencing this very special and intimate Bali retreat illuminating the devotional and cultural aspects of Bali through the feminine. 



Learn more and register here



Also (and reminder) to give you a little taster of what I teach on this retreat, I want to share with you The Soulful Superfood Series. A *FREE* online experience to satiate your soul. You can join HERE.





   

“Sue’s ability to lead is remarkable.  She gracefully and intentionally adapts to the needs of the group and is able to dig in to get to the heart of the matter in a tender and loving way.  Her wisdom and thoughtfulness is evident in everything we did.  She is a wonderful yoga teacher and remarkable workshop leader.  Her heart-centered approach allows woman the safe container to be vulnerable and open up in ways that can accelerate growth.  All of our needs are met so we can focus on our intentions and relax into the experience.  Sue’s retreats are always life-changing for me.  I am a more balanced and thoughtful person because of her.”
 

— Ani (Bali 2016)

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WHAT ABOUT BREAKFAST?

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WHAT ABOUT BREAKFAST?

EAT SOME BREAKFAST, CHANGE THE WORLD


Do you experience:


Topsy-turvy mornings?


Rush hour? 


Early morning classes?


Trouble getting your kids out the door to school (along with the morning melt downs that come with)? 



A little too much snooze button?


And then, to top it off, breakfast...the most important meal of the day?  Seriously?


It is all rather complicated and can often feel impossible. I know that mornings (especially getting a healthy breakfast!) can feel like an uphill battle that you don't want to fight, but trust me, it does not have to be a struggle...


There are some important aspects of what to eat to ensure a healthy breakfast and a few important science-based reasons to avoid skipping breakfast. I thought I would share some with you today (along with some easy and healthy breakfast ideas).




HOW TO EAT HEALTHY BREAKFASTS ON BUSY MORNINGS?

  • Balance your macronutrients. Be sure to include proteins, fats and healthy whole carbohydrates for healthy and stabilized blood sugar (keeping those sugar cravings at bay all day!)


  • Try simple protein-based green smoothies for busy mornings (avoid frozen or super cold breakfasts as they are hard on your digestion. Simply warm up your frozen fruit a bit before blending).


  • Choose well rounded plant-based or animal proteins to boost your metabolism and elevate your energy.


  • Make quick and easy portable go-to breakfasts (so you don't throw in the towel on breakfast all together!)


  • Prep some overnight grab-and-go breakfast favorites (hello chia pudding)


  • Dinner for breakfast?  Absolutely. Warming soups and broths do wonders for your digestion in the morning and are often packed full  of veggies to boot!



WHY TO NOT SKIP  BREAKFAST?

  • Eating breakfast kickstarts your metabolism


  • Eating breakfast helps you focus A LOT better throughout the day(kids included)


  • Skipping breakfast has been shown to drastically increase your food intake later in the day


  • Skipping breakfast exacerbates your sugar cravings (hello late night pint of ice cream!)


  • Skipping breakfast is linked to weight gain, migraines, brain fog, afternoon drops in energy and of course a hangry attitude that is more irritable, short-tempered and cranky.


Ultimately, there is no one-way approach to health and vitality, and for the occasional person, skipping may work, but almost everyone (biochemistry included) feels better with a smart and satiating start to the day. 



If time and efficiency in the morning are your biggest breakfast obstacles, be sure to scroll down and explore some of my favorite simple and satiating breakfasts. I have you covered!


P.S  What are your biggest morning challenges?  Tell me in the comments below!

SOME FAVORITE SIMPLE AND HEALTHY BREAKFASTS…

Heart Beet Green Smoothie

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Coconut {Soaked} Granola

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Sweet Potato and Mushroom Breakfast Hash

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Coconut CHia Pudding

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Simple Fiesta Breakfast Bowl

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Overnight Berry Oats

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LET'S TALK ABOUT LEAKY GUT!

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LET'S TALK ABOUT LEAKY GUT!

If you have been keeping up with trendy health blogs and magazines you have probably heard of this digestive phenomenon.



I prefer to call it gut permeability (which is exactly what it is).

 

Here's the deal Sparkle, the overload of foreign substances we are exposed to on a daily basis take a toll on the health of our digestive lining.


With the decline of the American diet and rise of digestive distress–– including candida, food allergies, chronic stress, pesticides, chemicals and more –– the seals of tight junctions in our gut lining can become permeable (not preferable for a healthy and strong digestion).


When this happens, foreign substances and food particles that are meant to move through the GI tract to be excreted can end up leaking into the bloodstream, causing the immune system to build a reaction (or antibody) to the foreign substances it cannot absorb.   


This is commonly known as leaky gut or gut permeability.
 

Consequently, your digestion does not absorb or assimilate well and these reactions in the blood can cause further damage, such as systemic inflammation, autoimmunity, weight gain, joint pain, fatigue...and more.


Don't worry, I have some answers for you today... 



First, you may be wondering how you can tell if you have leaky gut?
 


If you are diagnosed or suspect any of the following you most likely have some gut permeability (leaky gut).
 

  • Candida overgrowth

  • Food allergies or sensitivities

  • IBS/IBD

  • Autoimmune disease (such as Crohn's, Colitis, Hashimotos, Celiac or Rheumatoid Arthritis)

  • Chronic gas or bloating

  • Chronic diarrhea or constipation

  • Acid reflux

  • Fatty Liver disease

 

Want the science? Leaky gut can also be assessed through the Lactulose/Mannitol test. These two different sized sugar molecules are excreted in the urine which reflects absorption from the gut and is a reliable representation of gut permeability. 


While “leaky gut” sounds like a disturbing diagnosis, many, many folks suffer with this very common digestive weakness. The good news is, it is completely reversible.



Second, you may be wondering how can you heal leaky gut?



In Functional Nutrition, we call a method called the 4 R's to digestive repair:
 

1.  Remove the digestive irritants triggering leaky gut (candida, food allergies, toxicity, chronic stress etc).

2.  Replace the digestive irritants with the nutrients that are required for digestion to take place. (Such as enzymes, Betaine HCL, Pepsin, along with specific amino acids, vitamins and minerals.)

3.  Repair the digestive lining so that the permeability restores to a non-permeable environment. (Using foods, supplements, time and patience.)

4.  Reinoculate the good bacteria. Once the digestion is back into homeostasis and working order, inflammation is diminished, and the trigger foods are removed you can replenish the good flora to improve the health of your microbiome.



I created DIGEST & DIGEST PLUS with this in mind. Following the recommendations and protocols in DIGEST will ensure you are on the right path for your digestive healing and repair.  In other words, you can say goodbye to leaky gut for good (and it doesn't have to take that long!)



👉 Learn all about DIGEST & DIGEST PLUS here >>>>






I would be honored to support you!

P.S. Don't worry, there is plenty of space in DIGEST. However, if you are looking for a deeper experience with DIGEST PLUS, don't delay, as I have to cap this to just the first 10 people (with a wait list available) 

P.P.S. Because this is the premiere of my new program, I discounted the price generously for you! I hope you enjoy this amazing opportunity.

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WHY PRACTICE GRATITUDE?

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WHY PRACTICE GRATITUDE?

THE BEST WAY TO EXPRESS YOUR GRATITUDE IS TO ENJOY ALL THAT LIFE GIVES YOU.



About 25 years ago I was gifted a Tarot deck while I was backpacking around Central America. 


You may laugh, but have kept this same deck nearby since then.


The above quote was written on one of those Tarot cards, the very one I pulled out of my tattered old Tarot deck just a few years ago on Thanksgiving day.


Since then, I have consciously been practicing enjoying what I have with more intent. In the process, I’ve noticed a few things that perhaps you can to relate to:


... At times I have felt guilty for taking pleasure in the successes and the luxuries that I do have.

... Often, my mind has automatically turned toward self-criticism, imperfection and focussed on the negative, rather than celebrating my health, abundance and joy.

... Once in a while, I've noticed when I receive a compliment or an acknowledgement, I have a hard time taking it in, but rather brush it off as not true or an exageration.




For many of us, receiving pleasure and celebrating the good in our lives is takes practice.


But, I’ve also noticed that elevating daily gratitude and pleasure gets easier with time, practice, frequency and focus. 


While the Thanksgiving holiday accentuates gratitude, the science behind gratitude has many diverse and positive effects that go far beyond Thanksgiving.


Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Gratitude Improves Our Patience: Research shows that practicing gratitude can increase your internal well of patience and keep you more calm and centered in yourself.

  • Gratitude Improves Our Eating: Gratitude is a positive state of mind. Gratitude fills your body with loving thoughts, positive intentions, and reverses judgment and criticism (of self or others). Gratitude not only makes us happier, but healthier as well.

  • Gratitude Improves Our Self-Care: Gratitude is the perfect ingredient to boost wellness-based activities and self-care. One study found a positive correlation between practicing gratitude and focusing on healthy behaviors such as diet and exercise.  




Back to you! What are you most grateful for? How are you enjoying these elements in your life?


I’d love to hear your response!  Tell me in the comments below…


Eat well and happy Thanksgiving!


Be sure to check out our Thanksgiving gratitude goodies HERE


P.S. Calling all Coloradoans! I just opened registration for a local day retreat this December - ENVISION - for those of you who want to consciously create your 2019.  Join me December 30th, right here in my home town of Boulder, Colorado. Find out more HERE!

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WHAT'S YOUR FLAVOR FAV?

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WHAT'S YOUR FLAVOR FAV?

THE SECRET INGREDIENT IS ALWAYS LOVE


 

Sweet honey crisp apples, pungent roasted green chillies, salty farmers market cukes...


Fall flavors are a flowin'.


In traditional medicine, the 5 flavors are a representation of the geography of our palates, as well as a larger geography of our lives. Each of the five flavors have their own unique medicinal properties.
 

Flavors attune your body, mind and soul.


Subsequently, with our unique body ecologies, we can inquire into the flavors we crave on our plates and how they may reveal some deeper patterns in our lives.


Every craving has a message.


Let 's take a peek into the deeper currents of flavor:
 

  • Sweet:  Sweetness is the most nourishing flavor –– all the way from breast milk to a homemade desert. Often a metaphor for love and attention, sweet is the most over eaten and out of balance flavor in our culture. When used wisely, sweetness nourishes the body and heart to the highest degree. 

  • Salty:  Foods such as sea salt, seaweed and cured cheeses deliver salt to the body. Salt maintains the electrolyte balance in our cells. The salty flavor is said to increase inner courage, drive and fearlessness.

  • Pungent:  Foods such as hot peppers, garlic and ginger bring the pungent flavor (also known as spicy). Pungent flavors clear the sinuses and improve circulation. Pungent foods are said to increase passion and excitement.

  • Bitter:  Bitter is experienced in foods like kale, spinach and chocolate. Bitter is the flavor most lacking in the Western world’s diet, even though bitter foods often offer the most health benefits and spiritual enhancement. Bitter foods purify and cleanse the body, mind and soul.

  • Sour:  Citrus, green grapes and fermented foods such as vinegars and pickles offer the sour flavor. Sour is energizing and supports a strong and healthy digestion. The sour flavor is known to soothe irritability and increase our sense of calm and peace. 


Often known as the taste of satiation, the combination and balance of all five flavors gives us the feeling of being fed, and being fed well. 



Notice the foods you crave when you are worried, stressed, irritable, bored, lonely or tired.


Which flavors you are drawn to?  Which flavors do you shy away from?  What do you need to be nourished?

Check out some of our favorite fall recipes HERE


Eat Well,


 P.S. For upcoming foodie fun and recipe demos follow us HERE


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THE ANTIDOTE TO YOUR SELF SUFFICIENCY SYNDROME

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THE ANTIDOTE TO YOUR SELF SUFFICIENCY SYNDROME

"BEHIND EVERY SUCCESSFUL WOMAN IS A TRIBE OF OTHER SUCCESSFUL WOMEN WHO HAVE HER BACK." 
 


Do you have a weekly to-do list?

I have a gargantuan appreciation for mine: it forges my path for the week; it keeps me focussed; it holds me accountable.

So when something on my to-do list isn't getting done, I have a few questions I like to ask myself:


Am I procrastinating?

Am I resistant to something?

Am I uninspired?

Is the timing not right?



So, when I told my mastermind group that I wanted to create a new program during our final meeting of 2017, I was expecting things move along as they usually would.  

With the new year ahead, I felt inspired. 

However, for a reason unbeknownst to me, the months kept passing and this program was not getting it's weekly check off my to-do list and I could not figure out what was holding me back.

A couple months later, my business coach and I sat at my kitchen table over a cup of yerba mate and some spring tulips. She had come over to interview me for her podcast on women entrepreneurs and motherhood.

During the recording she asked: "Aren't you about to launch a new program?".  Although I still felt somewhat wobbly on when, I quickly responded with a definitive "YES! Yes I am." 

This was my faith it till you make it moment.

Finally, this summer I hunkered down for a 15 hour plane ride home from Bali. Somewhere between Guam and Hawaii, whilst the plane was dark and sleepy, it came to me––a new (and improved) version of this program.

Sometimes, we have to trust the process. 

Last week I wrote to you about an epidemic I call "Self Sufficiency Syndrome" (Read part 1 here: Are You Part Of The Epedemic?), and today I am thrilled to be fulfilling this personal and professional mission in announcing The Antidote To YOUR Self Sufficiency Syndrome:

 

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LOTUS LEADERSHIP
A YEAR-LONG HOLISTIC LEADERSHIP MENTORING PROGRAM
 

I created my business, Boulder Nutrition, over 15 years ago from the ground up. Since then I have grown a successful and sustainable business and I have lead over 20 local and international retreats. I am excited to share what I have learned in holistic business and leadership with you!


Lotus Leadership is a soulful, empowered, nourishing and supportive approach to business, leadership, aligned action and self-care.


Through our private coaching and masterminding Lotus Leadershipwill offer you a road map that guides you to rise in your leadership and create a sustainable business and life you are passionate about. Through this program you will learn to:
 

  • Develop and focus your attention and energy on the mission of your business and leadership.

 

  • Create a healthy rhythm, map your goals and navigate your time and energy sustainably.

 

  • Align your core values with your business and leadership.  

 

  • Elevate yourself and others to rise in full potential.

 

...and so much more!

 

{BONUS: The first 10 women to join will also receive access to The Yoga Of Eating Online Program f ($597 value) and a discount to one of my international retreats ($200 value).}


 

   


You don't have to do this alone. I am thrilled to share this journey with you.


With love...

 







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ARE YOU PART OF THE EPIDEMIC?

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ARE YOU PART OF THE EPIDEMIC?

"ONE WOMAN CAN CHANGE ANYTHING. MANY WOMEN CAN CHANGE EVERYTHING."
 


I have a Q for you to A...

 

Do you ever feel like you do it all yourself?


Whether it be running your household, taking care of your kids, managing your business or taking care of everybody else but yourself (or all of the above), you are likely part of a major epedemic..


I call it self sufficiency syndrome (SSS).


The reason I want to talk to you about this is simple: I too, am in full SSS recovery and oh boy, it's a doozy. 


For manyH E L P is a four letter word.

 

You know you have SSS if:

 

  • You have a hard time asking for help
  • You would rather do everything yourself so that it gets done "right"
  • You are an inherent people pleaser to your core
  • You chronically find yourself exhausted with too much on your plate



While you may be thinking "I can't always control my life circumstances," what I want to tell you today is that what you can control is how you respond to them.


You can do anything, if you stop trying to do everything.


Asking for help, delegating and leaning in to support and trust have been a challenging yet monumental practice for me in my personal and professional life. As with any of my deep internal work, I have learned so much about myself in the process


I have also felt uncomfortable, tentative and extremely vulnerable.


Don't get me wrong, self-sufficiency can be a blessing––but not when we are left burnt out, fried, overwhelmed and exhausted.


Gathering support, in whatever form we need, is an important ingredient for our health and our happiness.  


So today, I want to introduce you to some of the pinacle support in my life: the wonderful, innovative, smart and savvy women, who have joined forces with me, so that I can stop trying to do everything by myself


...because I have learned, it takes a tribe.


You may have seen them if you follow me on Instagram, as they have been doing some fun and informative #instatakeovers. You may have met them if you have joined (or will be joining) me on any of my local or international retreats. You may have even tried out one of their recipe creations from the Boulder Nutrition recipe page.


Either way, each of these three women have become an integral part of my business and I am incredibly grateful for the work we are creating together. 

 

MEET THE BOULDER NUTRITION TEAM:

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Alana Quattro :: Retreat Assistant

Alana is a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a yoga instructor and natural baker.  Alana's passion lies in the combination of yoga and nutrition to help women heal negative body image and disordered eating. She brings a bright light and loving heart to many of our retreats.  
(@alanarenewellness)

 

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Kristine Mahan :: Assistant Program Coordinator

Kristine is in school for her Master Nutrition Therapist degree in Denver. She’s an advocate for functional health care and believes that your whole history is part of your health story. In practice, she wants to specialize in gut health while teaching others the importance of agricultural sustainability and how to properly prepare food for optimal nutrition.
(@kristinemahan)


 

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Olivia Hagen :: Recipe Manager

Olivia is a science student at CU, with a passion for healthy food and movement, on the path to her masters degree in Holistic Nutrition. She comes from a huge family of foodies and loves to create and test the Boulder Nutrition recipes
(@mama_alis_cookin)




Back to you!

 

If you want to create a healthy and happy life, you need support too. 



Here are a few questions for you to ponder:
 

...Where do you feel supported in your life?

...Where are you overwhelmed, exhausted or feeling alone?

...What is one baby step you can take this week to build your tribe?



I would love to hear your responses. Scroll down to comment section and join the conversation.
 

 

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WHAT SHOULD YOU EAT? 10 EATING STYLES FOR YOU TO CHEW ON

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WHAT SHOULD YOU EAT? 10 EATING STYLES FOR YOU TO CHEW ON

"THE WAY WE DO ANYTHING IS THE WAY WE DO EVERYTHING.  THE WAY WE EAT IS THE WAY WE LIVE"


GENEEN ROTH

 

Vegan or Paleo? Gluten free or whole grain? Whole food or fat free? What we “should” eat gets a lot of press these days. We know eating healthy is a great first step, but when it comes to aligning with a particular eating style, there are many factors to consider.

Eaters are often left confused around which eating style to choose in order to obtain optimal health and vitality––if choosing any at all. Each of the eating styles below comes with specific health benefits and characteristics that may help you navigate what lands on your plate. 

Whole Food

The whole food diet is likely the most basic and simple way of eating.  Whole food eating means eating food in its whole form with minimal processing. In 2011, Harvard School of Public Health created one formula of a whole food diet, The Healthy Eating Plate:  A simple and thorough guide to creating healthy whole food meals. With this version of a whole food diet a few simple guidelines are recommended: 

o   Fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits

o   One-quarter of your plate with whole grains

o   One-quarter of your plate with proteins (plant or animal based)

o   Use healthy natural oils in moderation

o   Drink lots of water (avoid sugary drinks)

o   Get your daily exercise.

These guidelines are basic, simple and healthful. If you are dealing with specific health issues, you may need to alter the foods within the whole food regimen to address your health more assertively.

 

Gluten Free

Gluten free substitutions and health trends have become more and more popular in local health food stores over the past decade. Studies now show that 1 percent of the population has celiac disease (gluten intolerance) and 10 percent of Amercians are gluten sensitive. Grains containing gluten include wheat, spelt, barley, rye, farro, and kamut (along with other grains that may be contaminated with gluten such as oats).

While many of us may not be technically gluten intolerant or sensitive (or undiagnosed) eating less gluten can be beneficial for reasons such as decreasing inflammation, improving candida symptoms, healing leaky gut, and reducing migraines.

But don’t be fooled, eating gluten free does not guarantee your health. Beware of the ingredients in many gluten free substitutions as they are often refined, high in sugar, GMO’s, or preservatives.

 

Traditional

Originally coined by Dr. Weston A Price, the Traditional diet is exactly what it sounds like: Eating the traditional and local food of your climate and culture. In the early 1900’s, Dr. Price travelled around the globe, making the world his laboratory, while he observed many cultures far and wide––from Eskimos to Swiss and African tribes to Polynesian Sea islanders. His research is based on the dental structure and health of these varying populations and how their traditional diets affected physical degeneration related to nutritional deficiencies.

His complete body of work can be found in his masterpiece: Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. The Weston A. Price Foundation was created in 1999 to continue his work and research in the world, while also educating folks on restoring nutrient dense foods to the human diet.

The Traditional Diet recommends a whole food based regimen based on nutrient dense local foods from plants and animals, with a special focus on nutrient dense foods, such as local cultured butter, local raw milk, farm fresh egg yolks, bone broth, as well as traditional sourdough breads and organ meats. 

 

Paleo

The Paleo regimen is fairly simple: If the caveman did not eat it, then neither should you. The Paleo diet is based on the premise that genetically, we are almost identical to our caveman ancestors. While studies show this premise to be only partially true, this hunter-gatherer type of eating style has many positives.  Paleo eaters avoid processed sugar, grains, legumes and dairy.

The Paleo eating style is based on a diet heavy in

o   Vegetables

o    Fruits

o   Unprocessed meats of all sorts

o   Eggs, nuts and seeds. 

While some folks find it meat heavy, studies have shown the Paleo diet has a positive impact on glucose intolerance, weight loss, and cardiovascular health. The Paleo Diet is a highly anti-inflammatory, pure and clean option to check out. 

 

Ketogenic

Originally created by the medical community as a supportive diet for children with epilepsy, the Ketogenic diet focuses on high fat and protein foods that force the body into a ketogenic state—burning fat for energy instead of the usual glucose and glucose-rich carbohydrates. This eating style surely busts the myth that “fat makes you fat”.

The Ketogenic diet has become more widespread recently with various associated health benefits outside of managing childhood epilepsy. While the Ketogenic diet requires more than a little diligence and a commitment and many folks question these drastic dietary changes, studies show that the extended use of the Ketogenic diet has a positive impact on weight loss, body mass index, cholesterol levels (raising HDL and lowering LDL) and blood glucose levels with no noted long term safety issues.

 

Low FODMAP

With digestive issues on the rise, the low FODMAP diet addresses some of the more common digestive issues of our time and is often recommended because many eaters have trouble digesting short-chain carbohydrates (tiny carbohydrates with less than 10 sugars).

FODMAP stands for "Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols”. The result of eating high FODMAP foods can be that these partially digested carbohydrates reach the large intestine and create a fermentation effect.  Also, in the gut one’s “bad bacteria” uses these partially digested carbohydrates for fuel, exacerbating digestive issues, leading to gas, bloating, stomach pain and even constipation. 

While the low FODMAP diet can feel a bit restrictive and challenging at first, studies show this diet to be a very healing option for many who struggle with IBS. You can find a complete list of the high FODMAP foods to avoid here.

 

Whole 30

Whole30 was founded by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig in 2009. Their Motto:  Eat. Real. Food. This popular 30-day program is a whole food short-term nutritional reset, governed by a few particular do’s and don’ts. Do’s include eating a real food diet rich in meats, fish, eggs, poultry, natural fats, and spices. Don’ts are to avoid processed sugars (including artificial sweeteners), grains, alcohol, legumes, dairy, MSG, sulfites and carrageenan and processed foods of any kind.

While there is no recommended calorie counting or weighing during the program (in fact it is forbidden), weight loss is highlighted as a primary benefit. Whole30 is considered more of a diet than an eating style with it’s 30-day focus on structure, duration, support, and regulation. 

 

Plant-Based

Michael Pollan said it well:  “Eat food, mostly plants.”  This is the foundation of the plant-based diet. Plant-based is not as strict as it sounds, with a wide range of plant based foods – vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and legumes and can include small amounts of animal protein.

Often confused with the vegan or vegetarian diet, plant-based eating has a foundation of plant-based foods without the strict guidelines.

But beware, according to the Harvard School of health: “All plants are not created equal”. Technically fruit juice, potato chips and white bread are plant-based foods but can wreak havoc on your blood sugar and bodily inflammation, while a diet high in leafy greens and whole food based plants can do wonders for health and vitality.

If you choose to eat plant-based, be sure to choose your plant-based foods wisely.

 

Vegan

Veganism is known as a diet and lifestyle (often for ethical and environmental reasons) that excludes all forms of animal products, including all dairy, honey and eggs. When done well, the vegan diet can be sustainable, satiating and create and array of health benefits, specifically lowering body weight, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the rate of cardiovascular disease. However, not all vegan diets are healthy. Eating vegan requires attentiveness and an understanding that certain nutrients (such as omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, zinc, iodine iron, calcium, and iron) are harder to come by in the vegan world. 

When eating vegan, it is important to stay away from processed, nutrient-weak foods that lack proteins and fats, instead choosing whole food proteins (in the form of nuts, seeds and legumes) and naturally fat-rich foods that provide a stronger base for nutrition, while in some cases supplementing with nutrients such as vitamin B12. 

 

Flexitarian

This witty marriage of the two words, flexible and vegetarian, was voted the third most popular diet trends of 2018 by US News. The diet was originally described in the book, "The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease and Add Years to Your Life," by registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner. Flexitarian eating emphasizes a diet high in vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, plant-based proteins with occasional animal protein options. The original Flexitarian regimen comes with a supportive menu plan, lots of resources on cooking tofu and other plant-based proteins, and many supportive intentions including pleasure, satiety, and convenience.

The Flexitarian diet is just like it sounds, flexible. While this works well for some, others may prefer a bit more structure. There are many versions of eating flexibly and finding the best one for you is important to consider.


Finding an eating style that works for you can take a little patience, education and mind-body awareness. In general, when filling your plate with nutrient-dense whole foods, you can be confident that you are getting a high quality nutritious diet. Many of the above eating styles are strong and healthy options that over time, you can customize to align with your health and wellness needs.

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LET'S MAKE IT SUN-SATIONAL

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LET'S MAKE IT SUN-SATIONAL

 

"EVERY SUMMER HAS IT'S OWN STORY"

 

Are you ready for 3 months of BBQ's, fresh garden salads, summery adventures and pool time?  


For me... a wholehearted YES!!! 🙋‍♀️


Memorial Day weekend is the kick-off to summer for many of us. One of the beauties I love about this time of year is the simplicity of the food we can eat. Summery meals are often lighter, fresher and more colorful as well as easier to prepare. Picking a fresh salad from the garden or exploring the local farmer’s market to find seasonal produce can inspire a simple and ‘localicious’ meal to share with loved ones.
 

If you want to stay ahead of the game this holiday weekend (and not feel lethargic and icky come Tuesday) check out some of our favorite tips and treats..

 

 

1.  Prioritize Your Preparation:

Having what we need and want in our kitchens, to feel aligned with our eating, is what I consider the secret to success. When we are surrounded by food we are avoiding, we get into a battle with our will power and our cravings.  

Research now shows that creating healthy habits and positive automatic behaviors will lead us to much better results.  On any given day our will power can be anywhere from a 0-10 in strength –depending on our sleep, stress, hormones, and self-care. Our will power changes day-to-day – not the best thing to rely on. 

What works much better is being surrounded by what we want, and getting into regular routines and rhythms that support our choices.  This way, we can rely less on will power and more on our daily routines.

 


2.   Substitute Smart:  

Feeling deprived is not going to be sustainable for most of us. Enjoying our food and our lives is something that is born from deep within our human consciousness.  Rather than making unattainable goals for ourselves, why not try smart substituting?  

Guilt free comfort food is what we call it! Between Amazon.com, health food stores like Whole Foods, and Google, it is not hard to find substitutions for our cooking, baking, and summer time festivities that are still tasty and delicious (Pinterest is my favorite for this purpose).

Check out some of our favorite guilt free comfort food recipes HERE.


3. Watch Your Whites: 

White sugar, white flour, white rice and all those high-glycemic ingredients that sneak into so many foods will reek havoc on our blood sugar, our digestive tracts and send us into a moody madhouse. 

Rather, try eating a more whole food based diet, (including those smart substitutions), use more natural sweeteners, add lots of fresh seasonal fruits and veggies.

Enjoy the full flavors of natural food.


4. Get Outside: 

There is nothing like getting outside and moving our bodies in the sunshine to helps us get a clear perspective, increase our feel good neurotransmitters, and help us embody our health.  

I consider movement and nature one of our primary foods. When our primary foods (all the other ways we nourish ourselves, along with our eating) are happening, we are surely to make better food choices.  The good feeds the good.

Give yourself some fun in the sun this holiday weekend. Take a walk in the woods or get out and dance to your favorite summertime outdoor music at your local Memorial Day festivities. 

(I will be enjoying some great music down at The Boulder Creek Festival).


5. Make Pleasure Your Practice: 

Most of you know I have your and my pleasure in mind and I surely don't want you to miss out on any of the holiday goodies, so try finding your middle ground in the process. 

In my opinion, restriction is never the answer, but knowing your limit, how YOU best stay in balance, and what you want for yourself (crystal clear) should help to inform your choices.

Take things slow. Bring mindfulness and intention to your eating. Make peace with your plate.

 


 

What are your tried and true tips?  Tell us in the comments below…

Happy Memorial Day!!

 

 

 

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THE ONE THING ALL WOMEN HAVE IN COMMON

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THE ONE THING ALL WOMEN HAVE IN COMMON

FIND WHAT MAKES YOUR HEART SING AND CREATE YOUR OWN MUSIC


MAC ANDERSON



In the spirit of Mother's Day weekend I have a question for you:  When was the last time you were exhausted, overwhelmed, stressed out or totally fried?

(Raise your hand if it was just the other day!)

I talk to women (and men) everyday who feel like they are simply juggling too many things, doing too much, or trying to please too many people. Somedays, I too am one of those women. 

It's an epidemic of our time.

Most women (and men) have a very hard time carving out time for themselves: for downtime, for rest, for passion and play.

Mother's Day is a very interesting day for many of us. Some of us feel celebratory, some of us feel alone, some of us have lost our mothers, some of us have always wanted to become a mother. Some of us have lost a child. 

While I could write to you about all the gestures you could fashion for your mother this year, or all the recipes you could prepare for Mother's Day brunch, I feel I would be glossing over the pain, grief and even exhaustion that many of us feel.

Here's what I am more curious about this year:
 

 

HOW DO YOU 'MOTHER' YOURSELF THROUGH IT ALL?

 

While most of us (whether we are mothers or not) tend to take care of everyone else first – our families, our pets, our jobs, our friends – are you willing to dedicate some time just for YOU this Mother's Day (even if it feels uncomfortable and a tad selfish)?

... If you experience something challenging around Mother's Day, this is especially for you.
 

 

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF?
 


Mothering ourselves can look like many, many things:

Taking a personal day
Saying "NO"
Taking long walks to smell the spring flowers
Getting body work done
Going on a retreat (Join Us HERE)
Napping
Getting your nails done
Asking for help
Forest bathing
Making your favorite food
Getting your house cleaned
Taking long aromatherapy baths
Buying fresh spring flowers for yourself
Drinking tea in a garden
Buying a new outfit
Going out on a girl's night
Creating art
Journaling
Meditation
Listening to your heart


...the list goes on.


Take a moment.  Contemplate.  Ask your heart and soul.  



WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR YOURSELF THIS MOTHER'S DAY? (DON'T BE SHY)
 


Just for fun I thought I would include my most favorite mother yourself meditation. This piece has touched me so deeply and brought me to tears over and over again these past 20 years or so.  Today, I am excited to share it with you! (click below to listen)

With warmest spring wishes for you and yours...

 


Photo by @the_sunkissed_kitchen

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HOW TO GET YOUR GLOW ON THIS SPRING

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HOW TO GET YOUR GLOW ON THIS SPRING

GLOW-GETTER:  

A DRIVEN AND BUSY GAL WHO STRIVES TO ACHIEVE HER GOALS WHILE ATTAINING A BEAUTIFUL GLOW BOTH INSIDE AND OUT. 
 



A fond memory: My eyes peek open in the dim light of the morning dawn. 
 
The sheer mosquito net around my bed adds another almost surreal quality to waking up in the midst of our Bali retreat.  

It's 4:45 am. 

As the rising sun burns off the haze and chases away the dew on the rice fields, I quietly creep down stairs for a warm cup of Balinese coffee. I find my favorite little nook to sit quietly and enjoy the serene peace of the early morning.

These moments in life – where we feel at peace, present, and deeply connected to ourselves – re-fuel us from our busy day-to-day lives. These types of moments (big or small) fill up our cups and govern our glow .

Our glow comes from our personal vitality, health, happiness and electric energy on high volume.  Luckily, we can illuminate this aspect of ourselves by learning what we need to reclaim our radiance in our lives. 
 
How we feel on the inside is reflected in how we show up on the outside. Our radiance and our glow grow from within.

In today's podcast mini-series, RECLAIM YOUR RADIANCE, I have a special guest who specializes in all kinds of GLOWING. Listen to Jennifer Fisher (Founder and Owner of Vasu Skin Solutions) and I share GLOW-GETTER tips to help you reclaim your radiance this spring.
 


MEET JENNIFER FISHER:
OWNER AND FOUNDER OF VASU SKIN SOLUTIONS

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In the spirit of being a GLOW-GETTER in our lives this spring, sit back and enjoy today's feature podcast:

  • Listen to a brilliant interpretation of radiance from an expert in her field (and how she helps others reclaim theirs)

  • Enjoy a few surprising tips along the way that will have you rethinking your radiance this spring.

  • Learn some strategic ways to restore harmony with yourself and your radiance no matter where you are starting from.

     

 

JOIN US IN BALI THIS SPRING

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TWO WOMEN. TWO BREAKTHROUGHS

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TWO WOMEN. TWO BREAKTHROUGHS

WHEN YOU STAND AND SHARE YOUR STORY IN
AN EMPOWERING WAY,
YOUR STORY WILL HEAL YOU
AND YOUR STORY WILL HEAL SOMEBODY ELSE.

– IYANLA VANZANT
 

Quiet space, connection and self-care:  Three qualities I truly crave and aspire to have in my little world.
 
These wise cravings are so often lurking in the depths of our beings, never having the time nor the space to fully bloom – free of our to-do lists, our inner critic or our agendas.

Listening to and honoring these cravings requires awareness, commitment and diligence.
 
So today, I want to introduce to you, two very special women in the Boulder Nutrition Community. Each having her own very incredible story to share. Stories that guarantee some inspiration for you ... and your ongoing story.

Through listening to and honoring some of their wise cravings, they have created unimaginable breakthroughs in their lives. 
 

MEET ANI AND LIZ: 
TWO WOMEN. TWO STORIES. TWO BREAKTHROUGHS

 

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I wanted to include them on the podcast because sharing our story is a form of personal medicine for our hearts and souls. We connect more deeply this way. We feel our humanness through another’s insights, struggles and path to healing.

When we offer our deepest truths and our stories, they transform into a healing salve for those who listen. 
 

OUR STORIES BUILD EMPATHY AND BRING US TOGETHER ON OUR LIFELONG, COLORFUL AND BRILLIANT JOURNEYS. 
 

On this very special edition of the podcast you will hear us talk about:

  • How taking a break created these two massive breakthroughs.
  • Why going away can be the first step towards coming home.
  • The power of our intuition when we have the space to listen.

RECLAIM YOUR RADIANCE is series designed to elevate our spring radiance together and to celebrate the brand-new BOULDER NUTRITION RETREAT schedule (with a few deals you don't want to miss).

 

Soulful Cycle Bali:  Special Offer
June 24th - July 1st, 2018

Ahhh...  As if basking in Bali weren't enough, your perfect retreat just got better: 
Introducing THE BALI 10.10.10 SPECIAL, just for you:
The FIRST10 PEOPLE to sign up for the retreat get 10% OFF retreat cost,
along with 10% OFF private personal sessions.   

🌸
Enjoy the Bali love!
 

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THE SCIENCE OF SERENITY

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THE SCIENCE OF SERENITY

THE SCIENCE OF SERENITY

 

THERE IS VIRTUE IN WORK
AND THERE IS VIRTUE IN REST.
USE BOTH AND
OVERLOOK NEITHER.

– A L A N   C O H E N

 

Some days, my life moves faster than my guardian angels can fly 😉

I have to give myself a pep talk to remind myself to sloooowwww down.  I have to practice saying no. I have to set a reminder on my phone so I go to bed by 10. On many days, I have to remind myself to do one thing at a time (no more multi-tasking).  I have to trust in doing less to achieve more.

 

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When I do this, I go from feeling like a rushed hot mess to a spacious serenity queen. (see the most relaxed picture of me ever taken above on my last trip to Bali)

Today kicks off a little 3-part series I created for you called RECLAIM YOUR RADIANCE I am so excited to share it because I know that a huge part of our health and our radiance comes from slowing down, filling up our cups and taking a (seemingly impossible) break whenever we can (big or small!).
 

I also know (from experience) how hard it can be to give ourselves permission to do it.


RECLAIM YOUR RADIANCE is in celebration of both elevating our spring radiance together and the brand-new  BOULDER NUTRITION RETREATS schedule (with a few deals you don't want to miss)


Today, on the podcast, I am going to share with you some very specific health benefits that happen when we give ourselves a break and create some serenity in our lives:
 

1. The biochemistry of slowing down
2. The art of taking things off of your plate
3. How to get from hormone havoc to practical peace 

 

 

Soulful Cycle Bali:  Special Offer
June 24th - July 1st, 2018

Ahhh...  As if basking in Bali weren't enough, your perfect retreat just got better: 
Introducing THE BALI 10.10.10 SPECIAL, just for you:
The FIRST10 PEOPLE to sign up for the retreat get 10% OFF retreat cost,
along with 10% OFF private personal sessions.   

🌸
Enjoy the Bali love!
 

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A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

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A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS

" NO ONE EVER MADE A DIFFERENCE BY BEING LIKE EVERYONE ELSE "

P.T. BARNUM

 

As I write to you today, I am enjoying one of those awestruck picture-perfect, wintery days here in Boulder... A fresh snow fall, a clear blue sky and the majesty of what I most love about Colorado – nature's beauty.  
  

For the past few weeks, I have been enjoying the quiet inner space of winter: finding my flow with 2018, cozying up with my honey, snowshoeing in the beautiful Rocky Mountains, resting more, and treating myself to a few of my favorite things.  


Sovereignty, embodiment and presence happen for me more naturally in a sacred space filled with ambiance, quietude and a moment to step away from the chatter of daily life – for a minute.


This time of musing with my inner world and indulging myself with my favorite goodies has been inspiring my creative juices to flow more freely.


So, today I want to share with you a few of my favorite things. As you will see, they all have a little something in common: they nourish me on many levels, they enhance my daily experience and they simply make things a bit brighter, tastier and sweeter.



I would LOVE to know more about you too. This past couple of months the Boulder Nutrition's readership has expanded in big and beautiful ways. Let's get to know each other! What are your favorite things? (scroll down to share your comments 💗)


To your simple pleasures...
 

A Few Of My Favorite Things

{Nutritionist Approved}

 

As a health care practitioner, I get asked questions all the time about different kinds of health products, supplements, superfoods etc.  I like to try new things out and do my research so I can be better informed to answer your questions.  I linked these all up below, so you can explore for yourself if you feel called.

Most of my favorite things have come from this type of informal research and of course, my love of health, radiance, pleasure and feeling our best.  I hope you enjoy!

 

Pekoe :: Steamed Mate 

You may see me around Pekoe Sip House if you are a Boulder local.  My office is right across the street, so I meander over often on breaks to grab myself a cup of steamed Mate.  When I drink Yerba Mate, I always feel energized, clear minded and focussed.  It is my favorite helper for long days or  days when I get immersed in my writing.

Yerba Mate has been used as a base for herbal medicines in South America for centuries, and the plant’s benefits and therapeutic properties have recently been verified by a number of scientific studies. The chemical components of Yerba Mate are similar to those found in green tea; however, Yerba Mate is even more nutritious and alkalizing.

 

Foodie Fuel

Do you ever just need a quick snack, but can't think of something that will truly fuel you up?  Foodie Fuel is the answer.  Founded by a friend of mine, Eloise Nelson and her partner Chris here in Boulder CO, Foodie Fuel is high in protein, paleo friendly, naturally sweetened, gluten free, non-GMO and super tasty treat.  My favorite flavor is the Butter Toffee.  

You can buy Foodie Fuel at most health food stores, Amazon, and of course right from their website (linked above)

 

Pangea :: Canadian Pine and White Sage Essential Oil

Okay.  First off, I grew up in Canada.  In college I became a tree planter in my summers off, way up near the border of Alaska. I have a serious emotional connection to the smell of Canadian pine trees.  This essential oil takes me right back. Long baths with a few drops are so comforting.  But wait...the best is when Jason and I sprinkle in on our pillows, turn on some forest music to fall asleep to, as we gaze at the glow in the dark stars on my ceiling... we feel like we are camping, and we get a great nights sleep. 

Pine Oil has a warming, purifying quality with properties that freshen the air and benefit the respiratory, nervous and circulatory systems. For the mind, pine is at once elevating, grounding and expanding. For the body, it is cleansing and invigorating.

Pangea Organics, another local Boulder company founded by an old friend of mine, Josh Onysko, gone international.  You can even find his company in Singapore.  They have a wonderful online store and an incredibly potent and pure line of essential oils.

 

Gaia Herbs :: Golden Milk

I used to make golden milk a lot, in fact there is a great recipe in the Winter Self-Care and Recipe Guide (that you can download for free by clicking the announcement bar at the top of this page).  Then I tried the fairly new Gaia Herbs Golden Milk.  WOW!  It is delicious and it has one of my favorite ingredients for sleep, stress and adrenal health: ashwaganda (an Ayurvedic herb).  

Golden milk is full of one of natures most potent superfood, turmeric.  

Turmeric is both a super food and a super spice.

Turmeric is ranked number 6 of the top 100 high ORAC value antioxidant foods which really means it is one potent substance.  Turmeric is a spice most commonly found in curry but its medical benefits are golden rich.

Some of the most amazing turmeric properties include: destroying multi-drug resistant cancer, destroying cancer stem cells, protecting against radiation-induced damage, reducing unhealthy levels of inflammation, protecting against heavy metal toxicity and preventing and reversing Alzheimer’s disease associated pathologies.  

 

Instant Pot

Sometimes my mom knows best.  Especially in the case of my Instant Pot.  I would have never purchased this kitchen miracle on my own (I'm a bit more of a traditionalist in the kitchen) but she surprised me with this gift for my birthday last month.  

I was skeptical and a bit intimidated by all the buttons and things this kitchen wonder can do (yogurt making rice cooking, sauteing, slow cooking, pressure cooking etc)

With just a little practice (it's been a month) I am figuring it out.  I have made a few soups, stews, chilli, and some other goodies in less than 20 min – start to finish.

Apparently this was the most purchased item on Amazon this past holiday season.  Worth checking out? 

YES!  Just sayin.  

(if you want to peak at my first instant pot attempt check out m y post from January 20th HERE)

 

LuluLemon :: Align Tights

I am a texture person for sure.  ALL of my clothes need to be somewhat soft and cozy. While I have worn Lululemon clothing for years (and they are also a Canadian company founded in my home town, Vancouver) these particular pants are my new favorite.  

Cozy, comfy, well fitted and soft to the touch.  I treated myself to two pairs recently, and you will find me wearing them probably a little too often.  

Lululemon has many many other wonderful items in their shop.  They are my go-to store for most of my yoga attire.

 

Birch Bender Paleo Pancakes

Being highly hypoglycemic and on the far end of the protein type spectrum, I have never been able to eat pancakes (even the gluten free ones) without a major blood sugar red-alert.  Not the case with these tasty easy paleo pancakes.  Ari and I make these on the weekends for brunch all the time.  Honestly, I feel great afterwards – full of energy and perfectly balanced with no blood sugar crash in sight.

I really like the taste and the ingredients.  We all need a pancake once in a while right? These could not be easier to make, totally affordable, and super yummmmm.  Check out one of my favorite ways to enjoy them HERE.

 

Lovely Lady :: Facial Nutrients

Lovely Lady is a local fair trade organic delightful skin care company that a friend introduced me to.  I am so addicted, especially in the winter months with the dry Colorado air.  

I use the Everlasting-Argan Immortelle Facial Nutrient morning and night and I love it!

One of the key ingredients is helichrysum essential oil. There's a reason this oil is called "Everlasting" and "Immortelle". This flower will not wilt or wither after it has been picked. This formula is complete with properties from the immortelle plant, so just imagine how effective these properties can be for your skin.

 

(Unsweetened) Bhakti Chai

I love to buy un-sweetened versions of things because I am a bit of a sugar patrol, and it can just sneak into almost anything these days. 

I LOVE the spicy, tasty warming hues to this delicious chai, and I love to add my own sweetener (usually raw honey) with my own milk of choice (usually raw milk or Ripple).

This is a great treat to order at some of Boulder's hip coffee shops (most of them carry it) or of course buy the grab and go version from local health food stores.

Sometimes, I even make my chia pudding with Bhakti Chai.  That's some wintery goodness right there.

Winter, warming, tasty, naturally sweet and full of spicy gingery goodness.

 

Fresh Thymes Eatery

We all need that place that feels like the food is made just for our palate.  Fresh Thymes Eatery is locally owned, organic, gluten free, dairy free and easy to swing into for lunch or dinner.  

I love when I can order anything on the menu and not have to worry.  

Some of my favorites are the Crying Tiger Bowl (no quinoa, sub extra veggies), the skirt steak combo plate and the dairy free, gluten free Mac Attach (their version of mac and cheese).  I also grab there bone broth to-go if I am fighting something off and haven't had the energy to make my own.

Affordable, effieicnt, easy and so tasty.  

 

Isagenix Amped Hydrate Electrolytes

We all need a little electrolyte boost here and there.  I enjoy my favorite electrolytes (raise your hand for orange) after my morning spin or yoga class, before bed for some extra hydration, and really any time at all.  

These electrolytes help me to drink more water.  I crave salt, and the little bit of sea salt in here hits the spot. These are infused with lots of B vitamins, a little bit of stevia and raw honey, and a great flavor.

Click the linked title above for all the deets!

 

Wonder Press :: The Cure (pressed ginger and lemon shot)

Okay.  Let's talk about the flu.  So many folks have been hit hard this year.  As soon as I feel something coming on this is my cure.  These little shots of wonder are a ginormous immune boosters.  You can totally make this at home if you have a juicer, and it is always nice to know where you can get them if you want a grab and go. 

Ginger is a wonderful immune booster that naturally warms us up in the colder days of winter.  This superfood is great for digestive issues, flus – very anti-bacterial, anti-viral.  

I often cut this concoction with a little hot water as it is super strong.  

 

Instacart

Like most new technology, it takes me a little while to get on board.  It wasn't until Ari and I were sitting at the Seattle airport on our way home from a family trip when I tested out Instacart.  Have you tried it?

I got home at nearly 10 pm that night with a fresh bag of groceries waiting for me.  How awesome is that after a week of traveling and a long travel day?  

My day-to-day life can get a little full here and there and on those days, Instacart is the answer to simplifying.

When you download the app on your phone, you can pick your grocery store, choose your items, pick a time for delivery and voila, easy peesy.  

Instacart is blowing up, so if you are not in Boulder, you may find it showing up near you soon.  

 

Kavinace

We all no there is nothing better than a good night of sleep.  While there are many many things to do to create a happy sleep environment, sometimes we need a little boost.

On our retreat in Costa Rica this fall, we brought some with us, and before you know it we were sharing sleep support with many of our retreaters.  The results were amazing. Many of the ladies said they slept better than ever.  Being a health care practitioner, I have used many many sleep formulas with my clients – this one works the best by far.

One of our Boulder Nutrition team members works for Pharmaca (Boulder's holistic pharmacy) where she reported that this product is the number one best seller of all supplements store wide.

I love it's blend of amino acids and melatonin and how it addresses so many imbalances that could be causing restless nights.  

Here's to great sleep!!

 

 

 

 

Above photo credit: Jeremy Sheehan (@jcshamrock)

 


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MY BIRTHDAY GRATITUDE LETTER FOR YOU...

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MY BIRTHDAY GRATITUDE LETTER FOR YOU...

" THE MORE YOU PRAISE AND CELEBRATE LIFE, THE MORE THERE IS IN LIFE TO CELEBRATE "

OPRAH WINFREY

 

I am celebrating,


When I woke up the other night with the inspiration to write to all of you on my birthday, my body started to tingle. (eeeekkkk)


Excitement. Fear. Vulnerability. I knew something important was coming for me to share...


While many of you are new to the Boulder Nutrition readership, many of you know I have been writing to you for more than 15 years. (yes, it all started on bright pink paper that I would deliver around town.)  


A lot has evolved in my business over the years to bring us here today.


As many of you know, I love to take three whole weeks to vision for my new year. From the darkest night of the year (Winter Solstice) until today (my birthday) is exactly 3 weeks. This has grown into such a lovely ritual for me on these wintery days and nights, one I look forward to all year. I like to consciously look back over my year and see what has come about, to then begin to vision and look ahead. (You can listen to more about how i do this HERE)


This year something different is happening... 


Where I usually feel so inspired by this process, instead I became disillusioned by some of my old ways: Setting intentions, making lists of goals, forecasting numbers, and looking at how I want things to unfold – to then feeling the pressure to make (or force) all of these to happen. 


Who I am today is not the same. Something in my soul is untangling me from my past and sculpting a new way that I am just now beginning to see and cherish.


After a lot of time to reflect, write, meditate, bask in the quietude of winter and vision for this coming  year, I wanted to share with all of you what is emerging in me...


I don't want to force anything anymore. 


Sometimes the very things that have served us, become big boulders in the river of our flow.


What I want for myself this year is to allow.  What I want this year is to follow my creative flow, my inspiration, my authenticity and my heart – more. This feeling in me is new and I am still curious as to how this will unfold. I don't know how it will shift my life or business just yet. The only thing I do know is that it feels like a sweet natural alchemy of power and grace commingling in my heart..


Boulder Nutrition and I are such intimate reflections of each other, and Boulder Nutrition (and all of you) has also solely supported my family for over 15 years!  


From my writing, to my private sessions, to my online programs, to my retreats and to my daily commitment to all of you... I am eternally grateful for this opportunity to live my passion every day, to be with each of you in such unique ways, and to continue to grow and evolve in the artistries that are emerging.  


My heart is full today...


I hope to continue to share with you, all that is true for me as we walk this path to health and happiness together.


Thank you so much for being a part of this growing community.
 


With a warm heart and lots of love ...

 

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