Why become the CEO of your own health?

For starters, who wants to be told how to live and survive? For me, I would rather have control over my health and THRIVE. I remember the days of suffering when I was so frustrated and had a laundry list of symptoms.

I felt like I was just a number or file at the doctor’s office. I was receiving no answers just methods to temporarily “mask symptoms” that were causing more symptoms. I was at such a loss and just wanted to live a normal life.

The moment I decided I was done and set out to discover what I needed to do for my own unique body, I felt free. It took a long time, a lot of self care, a strong support system, lots of education and discovery. I had to discover a lot about myself and through that process I discovered ME. How many people wait until they are sick to go to the doctor?

I’m not judging; I was one of them. When I discovered holistic health, functional medicine and prevention, it changed my life.

When I discovered the unique foods that nourished my body, I felt empowered and healthy.

When I discovered the importance of self care, I felt loved.

I chose food and a lifestyle change as my medicine and healthcare. This message is not meant to criticize or stir up politics, but empower you to take a stance in your health.

In discovering the things that are designed for your own beautiful bio-individuality. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about your health. Don’t be afraid to stand up and take responsibility for your journey.

I hear (and have felt myself) frustrations, I see people suffering and the lives I want to help change. It took me years to discover what healthy looks like–in all aspects of the wellness wheel. It’s more than just what we eat and exercise.

I became a holistic health & wellness coach to help others live a balanced healthy life with less time, frustration and lack of understanding. To help others on their healing journey- physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

I encourage you to listen to your body, grow your knowledge and understanding, bump up your self care tank, work on a mindset shift and discover your own beautiful live life!

Grandma was right

Your little old soup making grandma who claimed chicken soup would cure what ails you was right as studies show many soups also have medicinal purposes. What was once considered a wives’ tale, chicken soup now has the backing of the scientific community with helping relieve the symptoms of the common cold. Scientists believe that a bowl of the soup may reduce inflammation of the lungs. It is thought that chicken soup slows down the activity of white blood cells that can cause the inflammation.

So break out that bowl and spoon! Umm, ummm, good!

So what are good carbs?

When people decide to get a healthier lifestyle many start with looking at their diet and removing unhealthy items, switching out carbohydrates and in some cases avoiding carbohydrates entirely.

Avoiding carbs completely is probably the worst thing you can do, you need some sure cutting out breads, pastas and cereals is a start, but what carbs can you keep to benefit for your health?

Here is a short list that includes 15 starchy or complex carb foods:
Vegetables: All of them, especially pumpkin, butternut squash and fresh beets. It is best to eat a variety of vegetables every day.
Whole fruits: Apples, bananas, pears, strawberries, berries, etc.
Tubers: White potatoes with skin, sweet potatoes, yams, etc.
Legumes: Lentils, kidney beans, peas, peanuts, etc.
Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, etc. Avoid Brazil nuts.
Seeds: Chia seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds.
Whole grains: Choose grains that are truly whole, as in 100% whole wheat bread, 100% whole wheat pasta, pure oats oatmeal, couscous, brown rice, Basmati (a long grain rice) etc.
Tubers: White potatoes with skin, sweet potatoes, yams, etc.
Cereals: Oatmeal (old-fashioned or steel cut), Cream of rice hot cereal, multigrain hot cereal, barley, oats, rye, triticale, and a few others)

Cold & flu season tips

It’s cold and flu season and there are so many things you can do to strengthen your immune system.

I haven’t had a major cold or flu in years. I attribute that to my move out of a mold infested house, a healthy lifestyle and my Peak Performance multi-vitamins. Lifestyle and taking care of yourself does make a difference.

Here is a simple guide to maintaining health throughout the cold and flu season.

Happy Wellness Wednesday!
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Gin & Tonic Can Prevent Wintertime Colds?

We just read about a study that confirms Gin & Tonic can prevent wintertime colds. We know the Brits used Gin & Tonic to help prevent malaria in the tropics, this may be the next logical step for Gin & Tonic.

This awful winter rainy cold weather brings with it all of the symptoms of the common cold, including a runny nose, coughing, sore throat, and drowsiness. It is not something that we want, but it is something we have to endure during winter months.

If you enjoy feeling healthy and avoiding colds, there may be a solution hiding in plain sight. Many tend to reach for an antioxidant or superfood to cure a cold because of the high levels of vitamin C. It certainly can help to keep the cold away, but there may be something else you can do and it is a lot more fun! Have you ever thought about drinking a gin & tonic to help with your cold?

Some people may do it to help themselves sleep when they are sick but gin may actually be the alcoholic beverage of choice for those who are suffering. When you compare it with red wine, whiskey, and other alcoholic beverages, it has lower levels of histamine and that means fewer allergy triggers. If you plan on having a drink this winter, then the British Asthma Association recommends trying gin.

The low level of histamine is all due to the distillation process. When gin is distilled, it results in a lower histamine level but it also provides other benefits. One of those benefits is low levels of sulfites, which is also something that can help to keep your cold in check. It is also something that asthmatics would appreciate.