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4 Simple Ways to Naturally Reduce Inflammation

4 Simple Ways to Naturally Reduce Inflammation

You’ve likely heard how inflammation can negatively affect your health, but I bet you haven’t really thought about the role it’s playing in your current health situation.  

It’s sometimes referred to as a silent killer, and has a bad reputation, but inflammation is not necessarily always a bad thing. It naturally occurs in response to injury and is helpful when you get hurt or even if you over-exercise. It’s a healing response to injury that protects and heals.  

The big problem is chronic inflammation that comes as a result of the amount of stress your physical body is under on a daily basis. Under the wrong conditions, your body has a difficult time healing and can lead to symptoms caused by this inflammation like: 

  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Brain fog
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sluggish thyroid

While inflammation does play a major role in the development of chronic diseases, the great news is, we can control chronic inflammation through lifestyle and daily behaviors. 

A few simple ways to naturally reduce inflammation:

1. Focus on whole food nutrition 

Toss out the processed and packaged foods that are filled with sugar and non-food ingredients. Gluten, dairy, sugar, and hydrogenated oils are 4 of the most inflammatory foods. Replace these with healthier alternatives anytime it’s possible to begin naturally reduce inflammation in your body.

Opt for more nutrient dense foods like pasture-raised meats, wild-caught fish, organic fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Snack on fruit and vegetables and fill your plate with lots of color. 

Great anti-inflammatory food sources that naturally contain antioxidants include oranges, red bell peppers, kiwi, avocados, sunflower seeds, tuna, halibut, grass-fed beef, blueberries, blackberries, and acai. Sulforaphane rich foods are also an excellent source and include vegetables such as broccoli, broccoli sprouts, and foods in the cabbage family. 

2. Add herbs and spices to your meals

Spices not only add flavor, but they have great healing properties. Once you remove the inflammatory foods, you can add antioxidants to help protect your body from cellular damage. 

Using antioxidants to clean up internal damage can help boost your cellular health and that means you have more energy, you feel stronger in your body, you improve your mood, and your brain works better.

This can be as simple as adding antioxidant rich spices into your food. Those are things like turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, cacao, and oregano.

3. Make sleep a priority

Aim for a 10 p.m. bedtime. Your body runs on a circadian rhythm, which is around the sun. You release the most melatonin starting around 10 p.m. And your liver and organ repair starts shortly after. 

Deep sleep is responsible for making sure you feel fully rested when you wake up, and it occurs early in the evening. 

REM sleep makes up the last 4 hours and it’s when your body focuses on the mental and emotional aspects of healing. 

A solid bedtime routine will help set you up for successful sleep. Wind down by using softer lights or lamps instead of bright overhead lighting. This will mimic the natural going down of the sun. Turn off your technology and devices 1-2 hours before bedtime since artificial light can disrupt your sleep. 

Take a few moments before bed to process your day and take note of a few things you’re grateful for so you can fall asleep in a more joyful state.

If tomorrow’s to-do list is already running through your mind, keep a notepad beside your bed to jot it down and let it go. It will be there tomorrow when you rise. 

4. Spend time outside and move your body

Outdoor sunlight and fresh air helps you reset your circadian rhythm and helps you soak up vitamin D. Weather permitting, find an outdoor hobby you enjoy. You could go hiking, walking, swimming, kayaking. When weather is not permitting, bring nature indoors by using plants and stretch out on a yoga mat.

Nature has its own immune system and within a few hours of being outdoors, you can boost your immune systems for up to 30 days. 

Nature also reduces stress, which is closely linked with reducing inflammation and the symptoms associated with it. Make outdoor activity a priority for a few hours per week to reset your mind and body. 

When you pair daily movement with time outdoors, you will significantly improve your mood, reduce pain, increase energy, and reduce stress, which will greatly impact your overall health and reduce inflammation.

So before you pop another anti-inflammatory, give these a try. 

If you’re looking for a straightforward approach to improving chronic conditions such as thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, extra body weight, or other digestive issues and hormone imbalances, research shows that working to naturally reduce inflammation in the body is a great way to improve the quality of your life and health.


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Why Is Estrogen Dominance On The Rise?

Why Is Estrogen Dominance On The Rise?

You may not know this, but Estrogen dominance is on the rise.

Part of my role as a health and wellness coach is to look at hormone tests every day. And everyday, I see more and more estrogen dominance when I start investigating my clients’ hormone imbalance.

Many times, this imbalance gets overlooked on a standard blood test. It’s not only the cause of irregular menstrual cycles and PMS symptoms, but it can be related to issues like weight gain, decreased sleep, increased appetite, low energy, insulin resistance, low libido, and even mood disorders like depression in both men and women.

When my husband and I first started investigating our hormone health, we discovered we both were estrogen dominant.

And we’re not alone in that!

So many people experience this same type of hormonal imbalance.

For me, I knew my hormones were out of sync. It started when I got on birth control at the age of 11 to manage my debilitating cycles. Although birth control seemed to help, I wish I had known about the negative impact that daily pill had on my health long-term.

So why are you hearing more about estrogen dominance in the health sphere? And how do you manage it before it results in permanent damage? I’m covering all that in this blog.

What Is Estrogen Dominance?

In general, estrogen dominance means that your estrogen levels are high relative to other sex hormones. We particularly look at the estrogen to progesterone ratio in women and compare to testosterone in men. It’s a delicate balance between having too much or too little estrogen. And this is true for all the hormones!

The great news is, it doesn’t happen overnight.

And in most cases, it is preventable and reversible.

If you don’t get your estrogen dominance under control, it can contribute to a variety of health issues, such as the following:

  • Hormone driven cancers like breast cancer
  • Tumor-like growths like fibroids
  • Autoimmune conditions like hashimotos
  • Yeast and bacteria overgrowth and drive conditions like candida

Do you know if you have estrogen dominance? If not, let’s run a lab to evaluate your hormones.

Why Is Estrogen Dominance On The Rise?

Simply put, the reason why estrogen dominance is one the rise is because of our environment.

We’re exposed to numerous hormone disruptors in our everyday environment. These are known as xenoestrogens. These xenoestrogens lead to estrogen toxicity and disrupt our natural hormone production.

You can most commonly find these xenoestrogens in plastics, chemicals, pesticides, and our water systems.

Take a moment to look around in your environment.

Start with your kitchen. The foods we eat are either processed with chemicals or coated in pesticides. Our tupperware that reheats our meals are made of plastics.

Evaluate your cleaning products. A few chemicals to look out for include cyclosiloxanes, phthalates, and parabens.

Then survey your medicine cabinet. Certain medications can impact your estrogen levels – especially hormone therapy drugs.

All of these small things make a great impact on our health.

If we don’t control our home environment starting now, we’ll continue to see a rise of estrogen over our progesterone levels. Ready to take control of your health? Let’s chat about how to redirect your course here.

How Do You Treat Estrogen Dominance

So, how do you treat this hormone imbalance? I’ve put together a couple of tips that you can start to implement today.

Decrease Your Exposure

It’s nearly impossible to totally eliminate our exposure to these hormone disruptors, but you can take small action steps to help. Try any of the following to decrease your exposure:

  • Opt for Pyrex dishes and glass containers instead of plastic food containers (i.e. tupperware).
  • Make the switch to non-toxic beauty products. Unfortunately, a lot of the makeup and body lotions that women are using today have hormone disruptors in them – especially those plumpers. They are filled with these fake estrogens.
  • Use non-toxic cleaners for your home instead of toxic chemicals. They not only smell better, but they’re safer for your home.
  • Use a water purifier so you limit the exposure to toxic metals and chemicals in your drinking water. Our body is about 70% water. It’s vital that you care about what you’re putting in your body – starting with your water.

 

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Detox Your Body

Depending on the severity of your estrogen dominance, I may recommend a complete detox protocol where we strategically remove all the toxins impacting your body’s balance. If you’d like to explore what a detox would look like for you, schedule a discovery call here.

Love Your Liver

When you’re cleaning up these toxins, it’s also important to address the health of your liver. One of the liver’s jobs is to get rid of excess estrogen. If you fully support the liver by making sure its drainage pathways are open, then you’ll more easily eliminate the toxins you’re exposed to on a regular basis that could otherwise raise your estrogen levels.

To support healthy estrogen levels by loving your liver, you can:

  • Take daily liver support supplements; ask me about what you should take for your body.
  • Eat naturally detoxifying foods that support your liver, like lemons, beets, and grapefruit.
  • Consume foods that regulate estrogen levels, like broccoli, cauliflower, kale, brussel sprouts, and arugula.
  • Use castor oil packs to naturally detox the body. It helps you sleep better, improves bowel movements (which helps you release old estrogen), helps with digestion, and reduces stress by activating that rest/digest state in the body. It has so many benefits.

Experiencing Estrogen Dominance?

If you’re experiencing hormone imbalance and it appears that you have estrogen dominance, these tips will not be enough (at least with my experience working with dozens of clients).

If you suspect you may have a hormonal imbalance and you want to gain access to the right lab tests and resources to help you get it under control, then take the time to schedule an appointment with me today. This could mean the difference between living a life traveling from appointment to appointment and experiencing freedom.


 

 

What Areas Should You Focus On When Healing Your Thyroid Health?

What Areas Should You Focus On When Healing Your Thyroid Health?

Are you dealing with a metabolism issue?
That may not be easy to answer at face value.
If you’re experiencing low energy, fatigue, brain fog, poor memory, and digestive symptoms, that may be an indicator for something more.
The symptoms above paired with cold hands/feet, dry skin, and hair loss could be signs of a hypoactive thyroid. Many clients don’t seem to be getting better with their medications.
Others experience the symptoms of a hypoactive thyroid, but their labs fall into normal ranges – indicating a normal thyroid.
Then a few are masking each symptom separately with medications and supplements.
We’re quick to blame the thyroid here, but it’s usually not the only piece to the puzzle – even if there is damage to the thyroid or an underlying autoimmune condition destroying the thyroid.
If you’re searching for out-of-the-box therapies or want more for your life than pills and medications, discover where you should put your focus to heal your thyroid.

Find The Root Of Your Problem To Address Your Thyroid Issues

Our thyroid is the master of our metabolism; however, the symptoms we’re experiencing may not be caused by the thyroid alone.
Instead of investigating the underlying causes – an imbalance of the gut, brain, adrenal glands, and/or cellular health within the body – we may be left with lingering symptoms.
When we see a metabolism issue, we often blame the thyroid and treat those symptoms alone. When that doesn’t work, we typically get referred out to someone who “specializes in” a specific organ or condition.
Unfortunately the root of the problem is never addressed.
This is why people believe we must get sick before we die and that disease is inevitable. The truth is… If we address the underlying cause of our issues, then we can have a much healthier life.

Studying Your Thyroid From A Holistic Standpoint

Addressing the thyroid, or any other organ for that matter, from a holistic standpoint allows us to look at the person as a whole (instead of treating symptoms). When we approach the body in this way, it allows us to uncover imbalances that are leading to dysfunction in these organs.
A thyroid problem is not always a thyroid problem.
If we look at all the organ systems like the immune system, digestion, detoxification pathways, the nervous system, and even emotional health, we will uncover the stress that is actually leading to disease. When we uncover this stress and work to bring healing in those weak areas, we bring balance into the body. This balance gives us the results we are looking for as a side effect of good health.
Of course, there’s a systematic process to accomplish this. That’s why so many people fail when they try to do it on their own. Most people I talk to have spent thousands of dollars trying to figure out their health on their own, when they could have hired a mentor to guide them through the process instead. Skip the heartache and empty wallet that comes with DIYing your health. Schedule some time to chat about your health with me today.

 

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Why Is Thyroid Health Vital?

Your thyroid health regulates metabolism and energy production in the cells. It’s important for tissue repair, cardiovascular health, bone density, cholesterol levels, temperature regulation, and energy levels.

Two Types of Thyroid Conditions

When it comes to thyroid health, there are two different types of conditions – primary and secondary.

Primary Thyroid Condition

A primary thyroid condition is when the gland itself is not functioning at optimal levels. In these cases, medical supervision is required. When you include healthy lifestyle factors through nutrition, proper supplementation, the reduction of deficiencies, the use of stress reduction techniques, and gut healing strategies, you will improve your primary thyroid condition.

Secondary Thyroid Condition

A secondary thyroid condition is caused by toxicity from other areas in the body. This can also be due to chronic stress and inflammation in the body. Since this type of thyroid condition is caused by poor lifestyle habits or toxicity, medications typically will not bring the thyroid into balance because the thyroid isn’t the problem. The key here is bringing balance into all the organ systems of the body so you can experience health. When you address this from a holistic standpoint, medication may not be needed.

What Areas Should You Focus On When Healing Your Thyroid Health?

When someone comes to me with thyroid, metabolism, energy, or even autoimmunity, these are my biggest areas of focus:

  • Brain
  • Adrenal glands
  • Liver
  • Gut

Your Brain

Thyroid communication starts in the brain. The hypothalamus responds to the low thyroid hormone in the body and secretes thyrotropin releasing hormones (TRH). It sends a message to the pituitary gland to secrete thyroid stimulating hormones (TSH). TSH stimulates the thyroid to release more thyroid hormones into the bloodstream to bring the levels up.
Keep in mind, TSH is a pituitary marker – not a thyroid marker. If your doctor is only looking at TSH to measure the health of your thyroid, you will not receive accurate results as to whether or not your thyroid is making enough hormones. Looking at TSH alone is a shot in the dark and does not give an accurate picture of thyroid health.
Instead, acquire a full thyroid panel, and work with someone who understands how to interpret it to help you function optimally.
You can see the type of results this type of investigation will give someone by reading Tina’s story here .

Your Adrenal Glands

Your adrenal glands play a big role here as well; they also get their messages from the hypothalamus and pituitary. They not only help to manage stress, but they also help regulate blood sugar and control mineral levels.
Our adrenal glands are taking a toll due to the chronic state of stress we are in.
Everything from mental and emotional stress to physical stress to environmental stress to internal stress inside the body… The adrenals are responsible for keeping the body in balance.
Right now, they are overstressed – releasing large amounts of cortisol. The body then begins to break down. It will cause your thyroid gland to slow down so it can conserve energy.
Your big takeaway here is that you must address your stress and your adrenal health if you want your thyroid to respond fully.
Unfortunately, you may miss this point because you may not feel stressed. That doesn’t mean your adrenals aren’t stressed.
The body wants to maintain balance; help it by addressing those disease processes from a holistic standpoint.

Your Liver

The liver is responsible for the conversion of T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to your active form of thyroid T3. If there’s a problem with this conversion, then the T3 will remain low – leading to symptoms related to a hypoactive thyroid. This hormone gives your body fuel. When it’s low, you feel sluggish.
The liver also produces a substance called thyroid binding globulin – which prevents thyroid hormones from being immediately absorbed into the cells surrounding the thyroid gland. In addition, the liver distributes and transports thyroid binding globulin into other areas of the body. When there’s a malfunction in this area, it can cause the T3 levels to appear high or low.
Thankfully, there’s a sweet spot when it comes to your hormones. You don’t want them too high or too low. When the liver is doing its job, these thyroid hormones will come into balance. Utilize functional lab tests to discover if you have a liver issue and map out a healing plan with me.

Your Gut

My favorite area to talk about is the gut because as Hippocrates said, “it is the window to disease”.
This is foundational when it comes to thyroid health. 20% of the free T3 that is used by the body is produced in the gut. Your good friendly bacteria play a huge role in the conversion of your active T3.
Your gut is made up of billions of bacteria; they can either help us or harm us.
The good bacteria helps to nourish us.
On the other hand, bad bacteria produce toxins that make us sick. Poor diet, inflammation, medications, toxicity, food sensitivities, and low stomach acid can stress the gut. It leads to a condition called leaky gut – which allows toxins and other unwanted particles to pass into circulation. This puts stress on the immune system and causes an inflammatory response throughout the body.
When food proteins spill into circulation where they don’t belong, the body begins to elicit an attack. Many of these food proteins look very similar to our organs, so the body may begin to attack specific organ systems. This leads to autoimmunity. And autoimmunity does not go away. While you can live symptom-free with autoimmunity, it is a condition you must work on to remain healthy.

My Recommendations For Healing Your Thyroid Health

If you want to start healing your thyroid health, here’s what I recommend:

  1. Work with someone to access the right lab tests. Your doctor orders a lab test as a way to diagnose and treat a specific symptom or condition. Those lab tests do not address underlying causes of disease. Functional practitioners, like myself, use lab tests to see a clear picture of what may be causing a disease or condition. You want to make sure you address your brain, adrenals, liver, and gut.
  2. Throw out the processed foods and focus on nutrient-dense foods that heal the organs. Try to include more good healthy grass-fed meats, organ meats, wild-caught fish, healthy fats (like ghee, coconut oil, avocado), dark leafy greens, and colorful vegetables into your diet.
  3. Get your ZZZ’s. Get in bed by 10pm. The first half of the night is when the body is repaired, and the second half is for the brain. Don’t skip this!
  4. Eliminate stress – not just emotional stress. Make sure you’re addressing physical stress as well as internal stress. The internal stress will require that you invest in yourself by hiring a guide.
    If you’ve been spinning your wheels for years trying to figure out how to get healthy on your own, and you’re still stuck in the same place you were years ago, it’s time to address your health in a holistic way.
    What is your other option?
    Are you going to spend the next five years doing the very same things that get you nowhere?
    What would your life look like if you actually reached your health goals?
    If you’re ready to tackle your thyroid, metabolism issues, autoimmunity, or any other chronic condition head-on, schedule a discovery call with me to strategize a game plan.

     

 

How To Reduce Your Stress to Strengthen Your Immune System

How To Reduce Your Stress to Strengthen Your Immune System

With all the hysteria going on in the world, I want to add a little bit of calmness to your day.
2020 added a lot of confusion into the health and wellness industry with the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. For some, the overwhelm and stress was crippling. And that stress may have exacerbated the situation. My effort is not to add to any confusion but help you navigate through any stressful situation to find health.
Back in 2011, I was in New Jersey and got a violent stomach bug. Fortunately, the bug only lasted a day. Unfortunately, my friend got the same illness around the same time; her bug lingered for almost an entire week.
What was the key to my quick recovery? It was and is my intentional effort to make sure I have a good and strong immune system.
And I want to help you do the same! When you purposely boost your immune system and steward your health, you can maintain your health all year long. And you won’t have to worry about things like COVID-19 (or anything else like colds, the flu, viruses, and things like that) coming around because your immune system is going to take care of those things for you.
COVID-19 is not the first serious illness that we’ve seen. And it surely won’t be the last! So my goal today is to help you see the light at the end of the tunnel – and that starts with your immune system.

How To Reduce Your Stress to Strengthen Your Immune System

Are you ready to stop worrying about things like COVID coming around into our environment? It’s time to step up and start taking care of your body. Here’s how to reduce your stress to strengthen your immune system.

Include Whole Foods Into Diet

Health starts with what you put in your body. And that starts in the kitchen! Health starts with a good diet.
I spent many years, pounding down the sugar to feed my sweet tooth. All of those processed foods were destroying my immune system.
Maybe you’re in the same situation I was in? Many of my clients wake up every single day saying these things:

  • “I can’t give up my cereal for breakfast.”
  • “There’s no way I can give up my favorite foods.”

The problem is that we’re so used to these convenience (and processes) foods. And while you don’t have to cut out everything, you do need to include more whole foods into your diet. In fact, whole foods should make up the bulk of your diet. You need the nutrients to build your immune system.

Take Supplements That Support Immunity

I also support my immune system by taking supplement vitamins and minerals every day.
Biotics Research highlights that “During times of stress, your body is doing its best to maintain homeostasis or balance. It is trying to work efficiently, while attempting to reduce the effects of stress. This means it uses greater quantities of specific nutrients to stay in balance.”
So why take supplements? Our foods are void of a lot of nutrients we need to be healthy. There are several types of supplements I use for myself or recommend for my clients to use.

Multivitamin

Although I don’t take a multivitamin regularly, I do like having an all-in-one, everything-you-need pill. Metagenics makes PhytoMulti® , a multivitamin that has phytonutrients that support your overall wellness.
Just remember that when it comes to supplementation, you can’t out supplement a bad diet. So you’ll still want to include good, nutritious foods in your diet!

 

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Medical Foods

I also recommend medical foods to support weak areas in your body. These supplements offer whole food nutrition to support specific processes in the body to prevent illness or heal disease. While I won’t go into a whole lot of detail in this blog, medical foods really help boost your immune system. You will want to work with a practitioner in the functional medicine field to determine the one’s right for you.

Herbs and Botanicals

Supplementing with herbs and botanicals (or adaptogenic herbs) counteract the impact of stress on our bodies. So while we are constantly bombarded with stress, this may be a good solution for you.

Ganoderma

One adaptogen I use and recommend is Ganoderma. It’s also called Reishi Mushroom. My favorite company produces the highest quality Gandoderma in the form of coffee and teas – making it really easy for you to consume it daily.

Use Essential Oils

I love to use essential oils to intentionally strengthen the immune system. There are many different types of essential oils you can use for all different purposes – add to your shampoo, facial cleanser, cleaning products, etc. These oils are filled with anti-microbial properties and help boost your immune system instead of tearing it down.
If you’re using regular countertop cleaners and cleaning detergents, you lower your immune system every time you’re spraying those chemicals. If you clean your home with essential oils and natural cleaners, you can actually boost your immune system. Plus, you get that beautiful smell and clean environment all at the same time!

Get Outside in Nature

I highly recommend boosting your immune system all year round by getting outside in nature. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve really been focused on getting out in nature to get sunlight on my skin. It’s amazing the healing properties that nature has. Walking in the forest actually boosts your immune system for up to 30 days.
If you can’t go out on long nature walks or have a park nearby, all you have to do is to walk around your backyard. Try walking barefoot in the grass. Not only does that connect you with the earth, but it introduces you to ions that help you get rid of some toxins.
Another benefit of getting outside is the fact that you are moving your body. Exercise boosts your immune system as well.

Practice Your Breathing

This is one you may not think about or take seriously, but practicing focused breathing can really strengthen your immune system. This can take place before or during calming practices like yoga, prayer, meditation, or a variety of other things. When I first start working with a new client, one of the first things we do is practice simple breathwork. There are multiple techniques that actually calm the nervous system down.
Try to introduce slow or rhythmic breathing into your daily schedule or in moments of stress.
When we’re in stressful situations, we begin to breathe fast and into our chests. But when we breathe into our bellies, there’s a physiological response that calms our nervous system, lowers our stress levels, and boosts our immune system. So when you’re in those heightened moments, breathe in deep, hold it, and release it while pulling your belly button into your spine. You’ll feel the shift within a few minutes.

Work On Your Mindset

Last but definitely not least is to work on your mindset. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns all the time. So we have a decision to make. We either focus on our fear, or we focus on keeping a positive attitude. For me, I stick with the latter.
This season of quarantine and uncertainty is just that… A season. It will not last. There will be plenty of seasons like that. So make the best of it with the right mindset!

Prepare & Strengthen Your Body’s Immune System

At the end of the day, we can continue to live in fear or we can go out there and conquer the day. We do not have to let sickness rule our lives. How? By building and strengthening our immune system every single day.
If you have any further questions or want a customized action plan, reach out to me for a free discovery call. Here to help!

 

 

Have 2021 Weight Goals? Focus On Your Health Instead

Have 2021 Weight Goals? Focus On Your Health Instead

Do you have big 2021 weight goals?

But have you been on a yo-yo diet year after year, gaining a little progress, and then ending up where you started or in a worse place?

You’re not alone.

I have these conversations with my clients every single day.

And believe it or not, I was once in their shoes. I was once a chronic dieter in my twenties (and perhaps even younger) – always reaching for that next diet that would help me lose that extra 10 pounds. There was always a better answer, or so I thought.

I would cut calories, only to end up binging when I reached the point of starvation after so much self-deprivation. I was around for the low fat, no fat movement. And you bet I made all those swaps in my pantry too – falsely believing that eating fat made me fat.

And I would set unrealistic goals for myself to reach a certain body weight by a certain date and would go on these extreme cleanses like the cayenne pepper and lemon water fast. Yuck!

Even when I gave it my best, I would lose a few pounds and gain them right back in less time.

My mind constantly questioned my weight. I didn’t like the way I looked. My thighs were too big. My body was too puffy. And funnily enough, I thought the amount I weighed was important to other people too.

And even worse than that, I didn’t feel good about myself. I lacked confidence. My anxiety about what others were thinking of me kept me under pressure all the time.

I was seeking perfection (which heads up, doesn’t exist).

And honestly, I was never really bad overweight.

Most people would probably tell you I wasn’t overweight at all. And it probably had a lot to do with insecurities. But after battling this for so many years, I finally realized the reason I wasn’t able to manage my weight better had a lot to do with the fact that I was trying way too hard to lose weight.

Weight Loss Is A Side Effect Of Health


If you get nothing else from this blog today, I want you to know that weight loss is a side effect of health.

If we focus on the weight and how to get it off, then we can actually make things worse. We destroy our metabolism in the process with these fads. While they may give us results in the beginning, they turn out to be super unhealthy in the end.

One of the best things I ever did for myself was throw out the calorie counting apps and the scale.

I was so tired of trying to figure out whether or not I was in a calorie deficit, then looking at the scale to see the number didn’t budge after all of my hard work. I started to wonder whether or not I would ever be happy with my weight.

Everyone else counted calories and it seemed to work for them.

How can millions of people have calorie counting apps downloaded and they don’t seem to work for me?

And why am I doing all the right things and the scale seems to go in the opposite direction?

Part of the problem is… You’re focusing on the problem.

I believe wherever you put your focus, it grows. And if you’re constantly focusing on your waistline, then maybe you’re causing it to grow.

While that may be stretching the truth a little bit, it makes you think.

Sometimes, we need to let go of things and relax if we want to see change.

Why Is It Important To You To Lose Weight?


So I want you to ask yourself a question today… Why is it so important that you lose weight?

I remember having this ideal body in mind. I even put photos on my devices of other people with similar bodies to strive towards. And I would go to the gym to half kill myself. Then I ended up sabotaging myself by filling up on food that didn’t really take me closer to my goals.

This is really easy to do when you don’t understand why you’re doing it in the first place.

When I dug a little bit deeper, I found that I was struggling so much because I didn’t really know why I wanted the physique I saw in the photo.

Perfection was part of it.

But I didn’t really understand why it was important to me until I started digging a little deeper. And then I realized, the biggest thing I wanted was confidence. I had been insecure about my weight my whole life, but my weight wasn’t the real issue. It was insecurity in me, and showing myself to the world. I felt like I would have more confidence to be who I wanted to be in front of other people if I could put my best face and my best body forward.

 

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Underlying Health Issues


I tried everything I needed to get that perfect body! But I didn’t realize at the time that I had underlying health issues that were actually keeping me from reaching my goals.


Stress & Anxiety


I was suffering from stress and anxiety because of the hormone imbalances causing shifts in my mood and energy.

I was holding onto belly bloat and constant tummy issues because I had a sluggish liver, parasites, and bacteria and yeast overgrowth. And I wasn’t consuming the right diet for me. I was focusing on all of the foods that others were telling me I should eat on all these fad diets instead of focusing on the foods that my metabolism needed.

You need a you-centric diet. Not an everyone-centric diet. You are not everyone.

When I began to work on myself from the inside and started to heal some of these underlying health issues, my weight began to stabilize and I was able to maintain a healthy weight by living a healthy lifestyle.

Eating Disorders


The truth is, I even battled with eating disorders. And there was a time when I became so malnourished that I was unable to gain weight.
And you’d think after all those years of wishing I could lose weight that I would be happy. But the problem is, I felt horrible. I suffered from adrenal fatigue, a non-functioning gallbladder, and nonexistent hormones. Yep! I was in perimenopause at the age of 27.
And I was still not maintaining my weight, even with a hypoactive thyroid.
I was always told that it would get more difficult as I got older, but you are not designed to have weight and metabolism issues for the rest of your life. Sometimes, it takes a little bit of time and investigation to figure everything out.
I’ve worked with people who have lost weight without counting a single calorie or spending hours in the gym. Want a sneak peek into what I offer my clients? Access my free food guide here to help you navigate eating for your metabolism.

Investigating Your Health

 

Finding health all comes down to investigation, using the right lab tests, and identifying where your body is imbalanced. And when you support the imbalance, the body will begin to heal naturally. And weight loss just happens.
Some of the areas that cause people to gain weight are underlying hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification, energy, or nervous system imbalances.
Unfortunately, the standard blood tests your doctor runs will not usually pick up these imbalances because they aren’t looking at what’s happening in the body from a functional level. They are looking to diagnose or treat specific diseases. And if their lab tests don’t reveal enough information to provide you with a diagnosis, then you end up leaving with more questions than you have answers. Those doctors don’t believe you’re sick.
A person’s weight is one thing that can give us insight into how well these systems are working together. When it comes to your weight, there’s much more to the story than diet and exercise alone.
I encourage you to start with a lifestyle of balancing your energy, weight, and metabolism. And when these things are not enough, then send me a message and let me know that you’re ready to dive in to do a little bit of functional lab testing.

5 Things To Meet Your 2021 Weight Goals

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss. But I can attest from my own experience that when you focus on your health first, you’ll meet your 2021 weight goals (within reason). In the meantime, here are a couple of things you can do to start heading in the right direction:  

  1. Clean up your diet by removing inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, alcohol, and hydrogenated fats. If you want the secret to feeling satisfied, energized, and uplifted after meals, download my free guide here
  1. Move your body for at least 20 minutes a day. The best exercise is the one you are actually going to do, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself to do an outrageous workout. 
  1. Implement a 10 p.m. bedtime. Your body needs rest to recover and prepare you for the next day.  
  1. Do something every day to practice mindfulness whether that be prayer, meditation, yoga, or deep breathing
  1. Support your body with a good quality multivitamin that includes antioxidants. 

If you do these consistently for 30 days and you’re not seeing any changes in your body, you may need to dig a little deeper to see what’s going on. I support people just like you with energy, weight, and metabolism issues by helping you gain access to the right lab test and resources. My goal is to see you shine with the confidence and energy needed to live your best life! 

Before you head off to conquer 2021, download my free food guide here.  

Happy New Year!