To Snack or Not to Snack?

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This is yet another area of nutrition where we get conflicting advice from the experts. Some say that in order to keep your metabolism fired and burn fat and calories more effectively, it’s best to eat 6 small meals throughout the day. Some say 2-3 meals a day and nothing in between. In my inbox, the newest thing is intermittent fasting, where you go 18-24 hours eating nothing, and that keeps your metabolism stoked.

I always go back to bioindividuality, which is the idea that every body is different, and that we each need to find and follow what works best for us – and that even that changes at different times in our lives.

I’ll use my own story as an example. In 2004, I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, which is basically extreme burnout. When that happens, people get super-fatigued (I had to cut back to working part time hours for 6 months), blood sugar and blood pressure drop to low levels, hormones and metabolism get all out of balance and gut health suffers. Stress has serious consequences. Read more

I Built This Website – ME!

I’m not techie. Like – if something goes wrong with my phone, I’m headed to the Sprint store. In my day jobs, IT guys hated seeing my number come up on their phones. So, when my brother-in-law suggested I build my own website, I was like, no way, I can’t do that! But it’s a lot of money to hire someone, and when you’re just getting a business started, there isn’t a lot of money. So I started searching. And I hit the jackpot! www.wp-bff.com and Shannon Mattern. She’s got a FREE 5 Day Build Your Own WordPress Website challenge. I started it, and bought her super-reasonably priced paid program, which gave me access to a closed FB group where all of my questions have been answered. And not only that, the paid package includes how-to videos for MailChimp and Canva.  And if that wasn’t enough, she’s got great business sense, and offers tons of tips and tricks for running an online business.

So, seriously. This website wouldn’t be if it weren’t for Shannon and her site. If you need a website, or know anyone who does, check it out.

The Simple Health Plan

The Simple Health Plan
By Leo Babauta – www.zenhabits.com. 

Note from Kris: this is a great blog! Here’s a link to the site, so you can see what it’s all about. His work is what he calls “uncopyrighted,” meaning that I’m not stealing from him by sharing it, which I think is just cool. And this is one of my favorite posts of his… enjoy!

There are a lot of complicated diet and exercise plans out there, a lot of workouts that are the latest craze, a lot of fad diets and detox juicing and more.

If it’s the newest craze, I recommend skipping it.

Instead, let’s get down to the simple fundamentals: it’s not that complicated to get healthy. In fact, I’ve boiled it down to two strategies.

Here’s my simple plan: Read more

6 Superfoods You Can Find in Any Supermarket

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Have you heard the phrase “superfoods?” Maybe it conjures up ideas of weird things you can’t find at the neighborhood grocery, and who knows what the heck they are and what to do with them? Healthy eating doesn’t have to be so complicated. Here are 6 nutrition superstars that are available at your nearest grocery store.

  • Garlic – you’re probably already using this one and didn’t even know you had a superfood in your kitchen! It contains a sulphur compound called allicin, which is released when you cut or smash the cloves. Garlic has protective effects on the cardiovascular system, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-bacterial effects, and anti-cancer properties. If you have a bleeding disorder or take blood thinning medications, be sure to talk to your doctor before increasing your garlic

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But it’s so expensive to eat healthy…

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I hear this all the time. And it’s true. Nutritious, nutrient dense, whole fresh food costs more than the stuff in boxes in the center of the store. (And the craziness of that would be a whole other post…) But avoiding the cheap stuff in boxes ensures you’ll spend less on healthcare for years to come, so let’s look at the ways that we CAN cut costs on real food.

1.      Plan your meals. You make a calendar and put each day’s meal on it, then purchase what you need for those meals. I’m not much of a meal planner myself, but I hear that it works really well. 🙂 I’m more of a “keep a lot of basics in stock and check Pinterest before I cook” kinda girl.

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What are these GMOs people keep talking about and why should I care?

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Frankenfoods, GMOs, Roundup ready crops… you may have heard these phrases thrown around a lot lately, with varying opinions on whether they’re good or bad. Confusing to be sure!

Simply put, genetic modification means that the DNA of an animal or plant is changed. It’s been done for years by gardeners and plant people who’ve spliced together different types of plants to make a new variety. That’s why, when you go to the garden center for tomato plants, for example, there are so many varieties. They’re tomato plants that have been hybridized over years to have more or less of some characteristic. Two of the same species are combined. Like two humans having a baby, or two dogs producing puppies. Read more