Do you need a Detox? Yes, you need a detox from time to time, we all do! Our environment is full of toxins. Toxins come from many environmental sources including pollution, toxic ingredients in household cleaning products, beauty products, and processed foods, and they become stored in our bodies. Toxins especially like to hang out in our fat cells, ugh! The Liver is Overworked. The truth is that we can all benefit from a targeted detoxification, more than what our bodies already do naturally. The liver is the primary detox organ working to help us deal with all of the toxins we are exposed to. [...]
Black Lives Matter The year 2020 has been a rough one. COVID-19 has me feeling a loss for normalcy. I’ve watched my children mourn for school, companionship, sports, and their “normal” days. However, the past couple of weeks have been like nothing else. It has exposed raw pain and sadness in the Black community that I have never seen so transparently. I see and honor their pain at a deeper level than ever before. The past few weeks have elevated Black Lives Matter to the highest of priorities. Black Lives Matter and white people need to do better. My heart is aching for my Black [...]
Weight Loss Resistance - A Symptom of a Deeper Problem If losing weight was simple, the diet industry would not be so gigantic. Losing weight is complex, it requires focus and analysis and it usually goes deeper than food and exercise, especially as women age. Many women experience weight loss resistance, or the inability to reduce their weight despite dietary and activity changes. Weight loss resistance is certainly frustrating but it’s important to realize that resistance to losing weight is actually a symptom of a deeper problem. It’s your body’s way of telling you, like all symptoms are, that something is out of balance in [...]
Stress Reduce stress we are told. In fact stress contributes to 95% of disease. When I work with clients and in most of my blog posts, related to all types of topics, reducing stress is a key tool for improving health outcomes. Stress is rampant, it’s excessive, and it’s wrecking our health. What is cortisol? Cortisol is a hormone excreted by our adrenal glands. These are little walnut-sized glands that sit on top of our kidneys. We need cortisol in the right amounts so that we have the right amount of energy to get out of bed in the morning and start the day and [...]
It’s time to quit sugar There is no better time to break up with sugar. Why now? Because we are in a pandemic and sugar wreaks havoc on our immune system. Because we are seeing that those with the worst outcomes have metabolic disorders, which means, among other issues, their consumption of sugar was too high for many years. We are feeling stressed and anxious, again sugar will increase the intensity of these feelings, the highs and lows of blood sugar enhances anxiety and depression. Sugar is highly inflammatory to the body and it’s just plain toxic. Sugar brings you up and then down Sugar [...]
Sleep, why are you so hard to get? I fell asleep at bedtime without a problem, on the early side, about 9:30pm, I was tired. However, it’s 3am and now I’m wide awake staring at the ceiling, or rather, flipping from one side to the other, hoping that the right position will make me sleepy. It’s not working. I have a song playing in my head, I have a scene from Chicago PD that I watched before bed that was a little too stimulating and disturbing also playing in my brain. I’m worried. I have worried thoughts about my kids missing school, missing their activities, [...]
My 9 year old threw himself on the floor for the 3rd morning in a row, very upset that he couldn’t have a friend over to play. I tried to convince him that he should do some reading, I would read to him, or he could practice some math facts. I am trying to homeschool a child that thrives under structure and currently has none. He says every day how unfair this is and because I am his mother, he blames me, says that I am a mean mom. Everyone feels how hard this is, everyone’s structure is gone. We are trying to adjust to a new normal, one where we feel uncertain and have little control over. We do have control over our bodies and our choices, so let’s focus on those.