Olive Oil Benefits (& How to Buy One That Isn’t Fake!)

Table of Contents[Hide][Show] If you’re anything like my husband, then olive oil may be your go-to oil for all things cooking. But if you’re not of Italian descent like me, you may wonder if olive oil is as healthy as some claim it is. While olive oil is considered a highly nutritious and healthy oil due to its high levels of monounsaturated fatty acids and vitamins A and K (unlike oils like canola, soybean, and vegetable oil, which are problematic), it also has many lesser known benefits that are worth…

How to Become a Certified Nutritionist or Wellness Coach

Table of Contents[Hide][Show] If you’re like me, nutrition has become a big part of your life. It literally changed my health! Becoming so passionate about something can easily make you think of doing more with your interest. Have you wondered about doing a nutrition program or getting nutrition education so that you can start a career in wellness? I’ve rounded up some of the best fully online programs that you could use to launch a career in wellness. Doing your own research is important, but this should get you started…

Simple Breathing Exercises You Can Do Anywhere

Table of Contents[Hide][Show] I’ve talked about how important it is to clean your indoor air, but it’s equally as important to know how to breathe properly. We eat a few times a day, drink water an additional handful of times, exercise a few times a week, but we breathe nonstop all day and night! Let’s face it, breath is one of the biggest inputs we put into our bodies. Learning how to do it right by practicing deep breathing exercises (yes, even when the toddler is melting down) can have…

How Zinc Deficiency Affects the Whole Body

Table of Contents[Hide][Show] I find it ironic that I had a zinc deficiency for years without realizing it… especially because I’d written a senior biology paper on the functions of zinc in human biology. Like magnesium, I knew the many ways that zinc functions within the body, but I assumed I was obtaining enough from food. Many processed foods are fortified with zinc, and it also occurs naturally in foods such as oysters, beef, chicken, pumpkin seeds, lamb, spinach, and yogurt. The Role of Zinc in the Body Zinc is a master-mineral…

Is a Bone Broth Diet Healthy? (+ Sample Plan)

Table of Contents[Hide][Show] Bone broth has become such a wellness staple in many homes, mine included. The bone broth diet has risen in popularity as well, along with other dietary approaches like intermittent fasting and the paleo diet. I’ve researched and tried so many things in the wellness world, and a bone broth diet is no exception. If you’re considering one, here is a breakdown of what a bone broth diet is, along with benefits and potential drawbacks as well as a sample plan to follow. As always, all health…

How to Use the Fasting Mimicking Diet

Table of Contents[Hide][Show] I’ve been interested in fasting and related concepts for a long time because of the potential for major health improvement. Research continues to show promising benefits. For years I’ve been fascinated by the work of Dr. Valter Longo on the topic of fasting and how to use it to increase our odds of a long, healthy life. I had the honor of interviewing him on the Wellness Mama podcast (listen here), so today I thought I’d share all I’ve learned about his method of fasting called the…

19 Journal Prompts to Build a Healthy Mindset

Table of Contents[Hide][Show] Few things have helped me in my journey to emotional and physical health more than journaling daily. I had to work at this habit, but now it’s my favorite way to reset my mood or end the day. Writing things down clears my mind of unresolved questions and stresses. I also journal to track specific things about my health, family systems, or progress on personal goals and challenges. Either way, it helps to have a list of journal prompts on hand. I’ve collected some of my favorites to…

30-Day Reset Autoimmune Diet Plan

Table of Contents[Hide][Show] For many years I suspected that I had some form of thyroid problem based on my own research and symptoms like dry skin, occasional fatigue, trouble losing weight after having a baby, and hair thinning. Even with all those symptoms, I was never able to get answers from conventional tests which showed that my T3 and T4 thyroid hormones were in the normal range. Thankfully, I found an amazing doctor who specializes in hormones and endocrine problems and with additional blood testing and a thyroid ultrasound, he…

Is Soy Healthy or Not?

Table of Contents[Hide][Show] Soy is a controversial food. I’ve had many people ask me lately about various forms of soy and whether it is really healthy or not. On one side, some experts say it has numerous health benefits for hormones and cholesterol, as well as being a vegan source of protein and fiber. On the other side, experts say it is an allergenic food that is often genetically modified. It can also cause thyroid problems. So who’s right? This post will explore what soy is, the different types of…

What I Learned Wearing a Continuous Glucose Monitor

Table of Contents[Hide][Show] I’ve learned over and over that health and wellness is increasingly personalized! I largely credit my transformation to addressing trauma… and figuring out the personalized diet/lifestyle approach that worked for me after years of experimenting. The latest in my quest for personalized health is wearing a continuous glucose monitor. As a population, we consume over 10x more sugar per day than we did 100 years ago, so glucose is becoming a bigger and bigger deal. We All Have to Figure It Out… Many in the health world…