Is Stress Killing Your Motivation?

August 31, 2017

STRESS!!! Its causes are absolutely everywhere. Would you agree? Our natural “fight or flight” stress response can sometimes go a little overboard. It’s supposed to help us escape injury or death in an emergency and then return to normal after we’ve fought or flown. But, that doesn’t happen too much in our society – it becomes a long-term reaction. It becomes chronic. You’ve probably heard of the main stress hormone, called “cortisol.” It’s released from your adrenal glands in response to stress. It’s also naturally high in the morning to get you going, and slowly fades during the day so you can sleep. Did you know that too-high levels of cortisol are associated with belly fat, poor sleep, brain fog, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and even lowers your immunity? Talk about motivation killers! Do you experience any of these? Well, then read on because I have a list of foods, nutrients and lifestyle recommendations to help you lower this stress hormone naturally!

Foods and nutrients to lower cortisol

Let’s start with one of the biggies that increase your cortisol… sugar.

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August 15, 2017

Do you get hot flashes? Are they mostly at night? Do they set the bed on fire (but not in a sexy way)? Let’s get you some solutions! Before we do that, just some quick info on why hot flashes occur so we can try to affect the root cause of these hormonal symptoms.

What causes hot flashes?

As you can imagine it’s all about hormonal balance (or imbalance). During the menstruating years your estrogen allows for your ovaries to respond when “luteinizing hormone” (LH) says to release those eggs every month. When it gets to the point where your estrogen levels start dropping (i.e. perimenopause) those ovaries start to simply ignore the LH. And guess what your body’s response to this is? It releases adrenaline! This causes your body to heat up for a few minutes until it cools itself back down.

What triggers hot flashes?

You may have

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May 27, 2016

It’s going to be a glorious Memorial Day weekend! It’s a time to reminisce, celebrate, be with family, go on a mini vacation or enjoy backyard parties. This is not the time to have to “worry” about your eating regime, just relax and follow these simple strategies for a healthier more energized end of the week. You will be so proud of you next week!!!

  1. Load up on detox liquids. Prepare water bottles, or pretty containers with lemon or cucumber slices, mint, berries, etc. and drink them constantly.
  1. Add fat to your smoothie or to your salads. Extra avocado, a tablespoon of coconut oil and/or almond butter or olive oil will do wonders to keep you satiated longer and will provide you with plenty of energy.
  1. Go Green and Lean! Load up on healthy proteins with massive amounts of veggies (this applies even if you are going out). It’s not all about salads, grilled or sautéed veggies are an excellent companion to Body Love.
  1. Snack smart. Opt for unsalted nuts, green apples with almond butter, two squares of 80% chocolate or go for a mini smoothie (a bunch of spinach, almond milk, almond butter, cinnamon and stevia for sweetness.)
  1. Say YES to yourself! .. to your commitment to fe

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