Apple cider vinegar seems to be the new craze these days. I’ve heard people claim that is can lower blood pressure, increase insulin sensitivity, boost your metabolism, burn belly fat, and more. All of this sounds amazing right? But how true is it? Unfortunately, since apple cider vinegar didn’t gain popularity until recently, there isn’t much research on it. There have been a lot of studies performed on rats and other animals that look extremely promising. However what works for a rat might not work on a human. Therefore I think it’s important that we don’t jump to conclusions. What the research says… However, thereRead More →

stressed woman in a dark room

Have you ever been so stressed that it seemed like your whole life was a mess? You weren’t sleeping, you were in a constant state of anxiety, you were getting more headaches than usual, and maybe you were even gaining weight. We all get stressed. It’s part of life. However chronic stress can lead to some serious health issues. Have you ever heard of cortisol? Well cortisol is typically referred to as your “stress hormone”. This is because it is the hormone that is released during stressful, “fight or flight” situations. Cortisol’s main job it to maintain homeostasis in the body. Meaning it wants toRead More →

How to get rid of abdominal bloating FAST!

If you’ve ever suffered from abdominal bloating, you know just how frustrating and uncomfortable it can be. The painful pressure pushing on your stomach. The terrible way your stomach can grow five times its normal size! And let’s be honest, the embarrassing gas that usually accompanies bloating is no fun either. Identifying the root cause of your abdominal bloating is a key factor in avoiding it in the future. You can check out my previous post here to learn what causes bloating. However sometimes it sneaks up on us and we need a way to get rid of it ASAP! So I’m here to help! I’ve compiled a listRead More →

Boiling water poured over a tea bag in a white mug

I’m sure at some point in your life when you complained about xyz, your mother or grandmother said that a cup of tea could fix that. And I’m sure you reluctantly drank it, all while thinking how crazy they were. Am I right so far? I used to be just like that. I used to think that tea was only for people who didn’t like coffee (and who doesn’t like coffee??). However as I began my studies to become a certified Health Coach, I started to come across a reoccurring topic….herbal tea. It quickly seemed like herbal tea could cure almost anything. Insomnia? Bloating? UpsetRead More →

I vividly remember this one time that I had a huge presentation at work. I was so nervous the entire day imagining everything that could possibly go wrong. I could forget what I am suppose to say, the PowerPoint could mess up, the audience would find me boring, etc. We’ve all been there right? As if all of this worrying wasn’t enough…BAM I get hit with a terrible case of bloating. Not only did my stomach look bloated, but the pressure on my stomach was extremely uncomfortable. So now on top of all of my other worries, I had this wonderful distraction. After my presentationRead More →

Want to know a surprising fact? I have yet to meet a woman who has never been on a diet at some point in her life. If you’re a woman and you’re reading this, I bet you can think back to at least one time where you went on a diet. Maybe you tried a 3 day cleanse, or a 21 day fix, or even Atkins/South Beach/Weight Watchers, etc. There are so many different diets out there, which is why it makes it so easy for people to bounce around from diet to diet. We are so focused on finding the “next best thing” thatRead More →

a woman pouring water at a restaurant table

The other night I was out to dinner and I overheard a conversation at the table next to me. I know you shouldn’t eavesdrop, but they were talking loud and I couldn’t help it! It was a man and a woman out to dinner and the man asked her what she was going to order. I heard her sigh and say “I guess I’ll just get a salad”. She didn’t seem too thrilled by the idea, so he asked her why. That’s when she admitted, “I’m trying to eat healthy and everything else would ruin my diet”. This really bothered me. I felt bad forRead More →

Let me guess what’s going on in your life right now… You’ve been trying really hard to lose weight. You started eating healthier. You cut out a lot of processed, junk food. You even passed up that piece of cake at the office last week. Woohoo! Maybe you lost some weight initially, but now you’ve hit a plateau. Or maybe you never even saw the scale move and now you’re getting discouraged. Thoughts of giving up are starting to enter your head… How did I know this about you when we’ve never met? Well I’m no physic (but that would be cool wouldn’t it??). It’sRead More →

The other day I was in the grocery store shopping for turkey burgers. I went into the store knowing exactly was I was looking for. At least I thought I did. Until I started looking around and realized just how many choices there were. They had low fat turkey burgers, full fat turkey burgers, spicy turkey burgers, and some claiming to be “all natural”. With all of these choices I realized just how important it is to read food labels. There were so many brands claiming to be “healthy” yet the ingredient list had 10+ items, and some I didn’t even recognize! So in orderRead More →

Employees sitting at an office meeting with papers and laptops

According to a recent study, “on average, adults in Western countries spend between 55% and 70% of their day sedentary” (Chau 2013). For the average person who spends about 16 hours a day awake, that equals out to be about 9-11 hours of sitting each day! To make it even worse, the same study found out that “that each additional hour of daily sitting is associated with an overall 2% increased risk of all-cause mortality.” If you have a desk job, I’m sure you spend more time than you’d like sitting. If you start to do the math, it can get frightening! But the goodRead More →