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The cultures who introduced us to alkaline, anti inflammatory and fermented foods.

It’s no secret I openly scoff at trends. Maybe it’s because I mostly shop at TjMaxx and Marshalls so I am always a season or two behind. Alkaline, Anti inflammatory and Fermented Foods have become somewhat of a health food trend popping up in magazines, from celebrities and from faint whispers in the back of your yoga class. A trend it is not. These foods have been around for hundred of years in cultures all over the world. What is alkaline? Alkaline is a term related to the PH scale. The Ph scale measures how acidic or base a substance is. Acidic meaning acidic and base meaning alkaline. Why should I care about my PH? Your body’s most optimal and healthy blood PH should sit somewhere between 7.35 and 7.45. I do want to note that your urine PH and your blood PH are different and come from different bodily regulated systems. PH strips can test saliva and urine but testing your blood PH will require a blood test over a course of time. Alkaline forming …

sleepy time tea

The best tea for sleep that isn’t chamomile tea.

When looking for a sleep tea or sleepy time tea chamomile tea tends to be the most suggested. Is chamomile tea effective to soothe? Absolutely, whatever helps you count those sheep but let me introduce you to a serious contender, Passi Flora tea aka Passion Flower tea. Not being able to fall asleep or having a shitty nights’ sleep is the absolute worse. Top reasons affecting your slumber include: thinking too much or problem solving (I do by best work at night) eating protein too close to bed time hormonal changes (enter night sweats) room temperature being too warm working out late caffeine still in your system – it takes 12 hours to leave your system  abnormal sleep patterns like sleeping in too late or staying up watching Netflix shows all night I have experienced all these using chamomile tea as my soother until I discovered my ultimate sleep tea, Passi Flora. Passi Flora also known as Passion Flower is an herb that has been used by Natives of South and North America for hundreds of …

eating healthy when everyone around you doesn't

Tips for eating healthy when everyone around you doesn’t.

As summer is fast approaching the time for bikinis-or actually one pieces since they are now in style and way chic-er, cook outs, and crop tops are at hand. With warm weather comes body bearing and food sharing and if you are trying to eat healthy and treat your body and soul like the temple it is, it can be incredibly hard when living with family, roommates or children who don’t see eye to eye when it comes to eating healthy. So how do you eat healthy when no one else will? Thanks to the amazing digital health community, myself Angie Santos at Greenbanangirl.com and Sarah Pollard at Sarahpollard.org have partnered to bring you this summer’s must have tips to staying on track and eating healthy when dealing with picky eaters, junk food lovers, significant others and children!  Sarah! I’m Sarah a newly certified holistic health coach but didn’t always care about my health. If you hung out with me four years ago, you would know that I would visit the drive through often, eat …

eating healthy on the road

Eating healthy on the road is as easy as gluten free, nonGMO, organic pie.

Eating healthy on the road is doable and dare I say easy if you know how. If you think you are going to spend your road trip or work trip eating rice puffs and baby carrots you might be a crazy because what’s really going to happen is as soon as you pass that McDonald’s you are going to think ” these rice puffs suck!”. Plato and every high school teacher said “know thyself” and that applies to your eating habits as well. I know that if I don’t pre-buy my snacks I’m going to eat like shit. I LOVE salads and smoothies but I also love me a double cheeseburger from McDonald’s and if I am going into a state that has an In-N-Out I don’t care how many rice puffs or bananas are going bad before my very eyes I’m going to pull over and eat the hell out of an animal style cheeseburger. If I was dying and they said you can only eat lettuce or you will die I would die …

intuitive eating

Cereal at Midnight. Why I follow intuitive eating.

This is going to sound a little crunchy but I’m really craving a beet salad for lunch!- If my sister was reading this she would roll her eyes at how naturally healthy I am and I would laugh with her because ya it totally sounds a little pretentious and far out. It’s called intuitive eating and it’s something I follow, now unconsciously, which means if I have a craving for a certain food whether it be sweet or salty, rich or light I follow it. I eat when I’m hungry and I stop when I’m full, but sometimes, I eat until the point of nausea because I’m having so much fun! Intuitive eating is not a diet, it’s a way of life (I just rolled my own eyes in case my sis didn’t catch that) where instead of following everyone else’s diet/nutrition advice you listen to your body and actually follow your own. This is assuming that you have a pretty good understanding of what is healthy and what isn’t. To climb on my soapbox for a minute; …