Meal Planning 101

Meal Planning 101 Have you wished someone would just create a meal plan for you, shop for you and cook for you? I have! I have had so many people ask me lately, “Do you have a “meal plan” I can follow? The answer to this question is, “yes, I do have meal plans available through Living Plate.” There are many options including a 5 day Anti-inflammatory Meal Plan, a Diabetes Meal Plan, a 28 Day Refresh Plan, and a Plant Based Meal Plan and More! Don’t get me wrong,…

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Freedom from Shame and Guilt

Freedom from Shame and Guilt Do you ever get that feeling of guilt after eating a little too much dessert? How about a piece of pizza? Do you find yourself often feeling guilty about something you ate or because you didn’t do something (like exercise)? Hmmm. I wonder though, should you feel guilty? Guilt and shame happen frequently for many of us when we “break the rules”. These feelings come up more and more often as we continually add food and exercise rules to our list of “shoulds”. These feelings…

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Pushing Away Idols to Re-Focus on God’s Glory

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Pushing Away Idols to Re-Focus on God’s Glory “What?” you ask, “do idols have to do with food and nutrition?” A lot actually. I recognize this is a challenging subject, and as I write this today, I am convicted myself in more than one way. I hope that as you read this today, you will pause and consider your own heart. Psalm 139:23 “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me…

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How to Improve Immunity During COVID-19

Antioxidants in berries can help immunity

What is happening? COVID-19 is spreading fast.  As I am writing this, over 140,000 people have died and there are over 2 million cases worldwide.  Everyone is wondering, “what is happening?”  Besides wondering about daily life, and how in the world am I going to teach both of my children, and work, and keep my house clean, and cook meals…???  I am also wondering, how can I reduce my risk of severe illness or even death from this deadly virus?  What are some easy (because let’s be real, I don’t…

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Pros and Cons of Popular Diets

Pros and Cons of Popular Diets Misinformation There is so much misinformation about nutrition plaguing our culture with false promises, quick fixes and just plain bad nutrition advice in so many popular diets.  There is truly a great need for science-based nutrition information from reputable sources.  Knowledge is power, but knowledge doesn’t mean lasting change.  Knowledge often helps us with change, but we need to dig deeper.  We need to discover the heart behind the decisions we are making with about our nutrition.  I often use the Bible to help…

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12 Ways to Naturally Detox

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What are toxins? Toxins include everything that our bodies don’t need that can be harmful if accumulated.  They are actually made by the body through metabolism: lactic acid, urea or other waste products.  They also come from outside the body and can include pesticides, mercury, lead, pollution, chemicals in tobacco, drugs, or alcohol.  Toxins can accumulate in our bodies in fat, muscle, and bones. How does our body naturally detox? Our bodies are constantly detoxing naturally.  It is the process by which these toxins are removed from our bodies through…

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The Story About Fats

The Story About Fats I wrote a very lengthy article about a year ago about fats.  While it is packed with some really good info and a lot of research to back it up, I wanted to write a simpler version for those of us who are short on time.  What I mean by that is, everyone.  So here it is, the story about fats. The Buzz Recently, you have probably heard some buzz about how coconut oil is one of the truly healthy oils.  Perhaps you have heard promises…

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GERD: Do you have Reflux?

GERD Q: Do you have hoarseness, chronic cough, choking episodes, trouble swallowing, lump in throat, chronic throat clearing, postnasal drip, heartburn, or asthma? A: If your answer is yes, you may have GERD. GERD doesn’t always present with heartburn.  It may show up as any of the above symptoms.     Q: What causes GERD? A: It’s not actually the stomach acid itself that causes GERD. It is the pepsin (the enzyme in the stomach that helps digest protein). Pepsin is activated by acid, but it isn’t the acid that causes…

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Leaky Gut? Leaky What?

Leaky Gut, Leaky What? Leaky Gut Syndrome: What you need to know. About our Small Intestines To understand what leaky gut is, you need to understand a little about your small intestine.  The small intestine is home to 70-80% of our immune cells.  It also houses 100,000 neurons and therefore has a deep connection to your brain.  It has an immpresive 4,000 square feet of lining.  All of this lining is made up of one single cell.  Between these cells you have tight junctions (TJ’s).  These TJ’s have a very…

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Lemon Garlic Roasted Yellow Squash

Lemon Garlic Roasted Yellow Squash This lemon garlic roasted yellow squash was delicious!  It is easy to prepare, about 10 minutes, and really was quite good.  I love finding new ideas to put more veggies in my life! I was challenged a couple of weeks ago by one of my clients who asked me for more ideas for side dishes.  I was stumped.  I realized that my side dishes are often quite boring!  I decided to come up with some new, interesting, tasty, and easy ideas for vegetables sides.  This…

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