Mashed Potato Hacks

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Everyone loves mashed potatoes. In fact, everyone loves potatoes! However, potatoes in excess can cause blood sugar and insulin to surge and then drop, which is why they are considered a high-glycemic vegetable.

Every once and a while it’s nice to have the traditional dish, especially as the holidays approach and it’s an easy-go and must-have at the dinner table.

Luckily, there are delicious new twists to making the old-style dish into a healthier one. Choose ti get creative with 1 or more of the “mashed-hacks” below:

  • Blend cauliflower with the potatoes to get a buttery flavor with fewer carbs

  • Add Greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream to get a creamy consistency

  • Add bone or vegetable mineral broth to get a creamy texture when you mash potatoes

  • Add creative seasonings like garlic, sumac, or nutritional yeast to give your mashed potatoes more zest or cheesy flavor.

  • Roast an entire garlic bulb in foil and add to the mashed potatoes for a creamy and rich flavor.

  • Use extra virgin olive oil instead of butter for creamy potatoes (note: the calorie count will still be high but butter is a source of saturated fat and olive oil is a good source of monounsaturated fat which is considered to be a healthier fat. Ghee, however is insanely healing to the gut so this option is wonderful too).

  • Use cashew milk instead of cream to whip the potatoes. Cashew milk still is high in fat but it’s less congestive and perfect for those who don't want to use dairy products. 

Bon Appétit.

New Location!

Harborside

I am just SO excited to start seeing clients at Harborside on Monday's from 10-4 starting in November. Harborside wins Best Cannabis Dispensary in California from Green State Cannabis Awards. So clearly this is going to be an exciting opportunity to reach and help even more members of our community.

I will be offering one hour individual consults. Book a session with me today! :)

There will be sliding scale for those who qualify for $65-100. Email me to learn more.

A quote from Ghandi ...


"Your beliefs become your thoughts

Your thoughts become your words

Your words become your actions

Your actions become your habits

Your habits become your values and

Your values become your destiny"

—Ghandi


This quote really speaks to my philosophy. I believe that when you reframe your mindset to the positive the cascade effect of what happens around you also shifts. Your job gets better, your relationships improve and you attract the right ones, you make more money… you basically add more meaning and value to your life!

Reflect on this quote. Do you resonate with it?

October's Fruits + Vegetables

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Every season has specific fruits and vegetables that are grown in abundance depending on growing conditions and weather.

As we approach autumn, we’ll continue to see some fruits and veggies from summer but overall, you’ll be seeing more green and hearty vegetables starting this October. Find these guys at your farmer’s market or favorite healthy supermarket.

Fruits

Apples: bake slices with coconut oil, cinnamon and a pinch of cardamom
Avocados: guacamole – add nutritional yeast and hemp seeds for protein and fat
Dates: stuff with ghee and vanilla salt for a decadent dessert
Figs: deliciously fresh is quite alright
Grapefruits: wedged with a sprinkle of salt, chili flake, and fresh rosemary
Pears: sliced in an arugula salad with walnuts and goat cheese

Vegetables

Greens: (Arugula, Kale, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard): eat raw, lightly sautéed, massaged, use them for as a “wrap”
Bok Choy: lightly sauté with coconut aminos and other veggies
Brussel Sprouts: roast with garlic and fresh rosemary
Broccoli: eat steamed with melted ghee, sprinkle with a pinch of salt
Cauliflower: make mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes
Eggplant: roast and add to your favorite pasta sauce
Fennel: thinly shaved and added to your salad
Okra: oven-roasted. It can be simply flavored with olive oil, salt and pepper, or smothered with spices. Snap Peas: raw and used as dip sticks
Tomatoes: fresh in a salad with torn basil or cooked in your favorite soup or sauté
Winter Squash: roasted with ghee and sea salt and black pepper. Topped with hemp seeds, arugula and extra-virgin olive oil drizzle.

Allow your body to flow with the seasonal changes of food.

Welcome autumn, let’s cleanse

Fall

Autumn is here, can you feel it? Now we can look forward to having an excuse to stay in, watch movies, and cook delicious meals. I always think of the autumn months as a time to re-ground and nurture what we have.

Let’s rewind and talk about summer real quick. It’s awesome, right? The weather is just right, the sun bronzes your skin, we wear lighter more colorful clothing, we’re surrounded by an abundance of bright fresh antioxidant-rich foods, the bqqing, the socializing …

Although these are all fun and cool aspects of summer, we also tend to pick up some unhealthy habits that tend to get drawn out over those few months … late night dinners, decreased amounts of sleep, over-stimulating socializing, spontaneous meals, lots of chips and guac, rose, ice cream desserts, and then some. Delicious times, of course but doing so more than usual can cause rise to tummy troubles, weight gain, lethargy, and brain fog.

Typically by the time mid/late September hits, the body is feels how summer indulgences have taken on an energetic weight that is ready to shed off. Tuning in and you’ll notice the body wanting to slow. And if you really tune in, you’ll feel the body wanting to detox to get ready for the colder seasons. Most people think of detoxing from the winter months but I think it’s important to stimulate and cleanse your liver (not only daily) after every season.

The liver is always detoxing, that’s its job 24/7. However, the liver needs support and stimulation from herbs, food, and exercise so that it performs optimally. Here’s what you can do for the next 2-3 weeks to cleanse the body and mind so that you begin the fall season feeling grounded and solid.

Reduce/Avoid:

If you’re a meat eater reduce intake to 1-2x a week while increasing fish 2-3x a week, and adding more vegetable protein.

Reduce/avoid intake of dairy, including cheese - dairy tends to cause digestive upset, congestion, hormonal imbalances, and weight gain

Reduce/avoid intake of grains - grains can be inflammatory, cause digestive upset, and brain fog. You can opt for gluten-free grains like amaranth, rice, quinoa, and buckwheat.

Increase:

Warm lemon water with 1 tsp of ginger powder every AM

Seasonal veggies, especially broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, garlic, and onion

Eat warm, cooked meals along with raw fresh greens like dandelion greens

Add spices to your repertoire

Drink herbal teas like dandelion tea with is wonderful for simulating the liver and removing toxins from the body quickly and nettles tea which is tonifying, bone-building, kidney and urinary tract cleansing, and even helps with skin issues like eczema.

Add more brisk walking and cardio. Shoot for at least 30 minutes a day. Tip: listening to an engaging podcast can keep you walking for a long time!

The sun sets earlier, so try to eat dinner around the sunset time or at least 3 hours before bedtime. This will help your digestion function optimally and allows your liver to perform best at it’s prime working hour 1-3am.

You receive energy and grounding when you get in touch with nature and it’s life cycles. So, sit at a park and listen to the birds and listen to trees and watch their leaves begin to change their color.

Honor your body’s need for Rest n’ Relaxation… sleep, nap, and decompress...

Vegetable Protein

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I’m continuing this month on the topic of protein, one of the magical macronutrients that your body needs protein for growth, repair, & maintenance of body tissues — muscles, blood, bones & hormones, including immune system function, energy production when blood sugar is low, metabolic & digestive enzymes, and hair, skin, nails, collagen, & elastin production.

Last blog post, I spoke about complete protein and how to get it by consuming grass-fed, pasture raised, and wild-caught animals and fish. But as we all know, not everyone eats meat or fish.

Luckily, starchy and non-starchy vegetables also offer protein. The tricky part is that the majority aren’t complete proteins because they don’t contain the full amino acid profile. Not to fret, there are combinations to make them become complete proteins.

These must be properly combined to be complete …

  • beans with grains

  • beans with nuts or seeds

  • milk products with grains

Beans/Legumes + Grain Ideas …

  • garbanzo beans or black beans + quinoa

  • garbanzo beans + tahini = hummus

  • kidney beans in salad, sprinkled with sunflower seeds

  • pinto or black beans with + rice

  • lentils + rice

Nuts & Seeds + Grains or Beans/Legumes

  • cooked gf oats with walnuts, sprinkled with chia or ground flax

  • brown rice with black sesame seeds or shaved almonds

  • basil pesto with pine nuts OR cilantro pesto with pumpkins seeds over brown rice, brown rice pasta or tempeh

  • hemp seeds + gf grains and/beans

Healthy tip: You can eat them separately within a 36 hour period for them to still work in the body as complete protein.

Who says that you can ‘t find a vegetable that isn’t a complete protein?

Microalgae like chlorella & spirulina are highly absorbable, high in protein, beta-carotene, EFA’s & minerals. Refreshing & vital!

Bee pollen gives you energy, is a nutritive tonic, builds blood, decreases allergies

Nutritional yeast is full of fiber, B vitamins & chromium. Stimulates metabolism. No more than 2 tbsp. a day.

Check out those three superfood boosters that you should add to your repertoire now…

Animal Protein

sardines

what is protein?

Protein gives your body the structure and raw materials to anchor itself to the earth.

Your body needs protein for growth, repair, & maintenance of body tissues — muscles, blood, bones & hormones, including immune system function, energy production when blood sugar is low, metabolic & digestive enzymes, and hair, skin, nails, collagen, & elastin production.

Proteins are made up of individual building blocks called amino acids. These nutrients can be classified into three main categories: essential, nonessential and conditional amino acids. Nine of them are called essential because they can't be made by the human body and must be obtained from food.

A “complete protein” from sources like organic eggs and dairy products, fish, beef, and poultry contain all 9 essential amino acids.

When choosing animal meat, choose pastured or wild animals. Not only are they much leaner than their conventional counterpart but they are also higher in key nutrients, including antioxidants, vitamins (A, D & K2), and a beneficial fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that's been tied to improved immunity and anti-inflammation benefits. Plus, these animals are sustainably fed and in healthy ecological conditions.

Choose grass fed beef, organic, free-range poultry, pork, pastured dairy like cottage cheese, ricotta cheese, ghee, yogurt and kefir, undenatured whey protein powder.

Choose free-range, organically grown animals as the inherent energy of the animal combines with the vibration of the quality of the animal’s life. These animals are good at staying in the moment and living according to their instinctual selves. As we gratefully eat animal products, their energy is transferred into us and we feel more nourished and grounded.

Seafood is best when it is wild-caught, cold-water and oily fish like cod, halibut, herring, mackerel, wild salmon, sardines, and anchovies.

Farmed seafood on the other hand typically contains hormones, heavy metals, and toxins. The essential fatty acid ratios also change in farmed seafood then in wild seafood.

Food grown organically and sustainably will have a harmonizing effect on our energy because there were thoughtful and respectful ways that were brought in the cultivation of the food.

Protein -- the what, why and how

protein

what is protein?

Protein gives your body the structure and raw materials to anchor itself to the earth. Proteins are made up of individual building blocks called amino acids. A “complete protein” from sources like organic eggs and dairy products, fish, beef, and poultry contain all 8 essential amino acids. Your body needs protein for growth, repair, & maintenance of body tissues — muscles, blood, bones & hormones. Including:

  • Immune system function

  • Energy production when blood sugar is low

  • Metabolic & digestive enzymes

  • Hair, skin, nails, collagen, & elastin

signs of deficiency

  • Loss of muscle tone

  • Confusion

  • Slow wound healing

  • Irritability

  • Low libido

  • Food cravings

  • Too acid or alkaline

  • Fluid retention

  • Fatigue

  • Muscle weakness

  • Thin hair

  • Weak nails

  • Weight loss

signs of excess

  • Acidosis or dehydration

  • Constipation

  • Putrefaction in the gut if stomach acid is inadequate

  • Loss of bone

  • Muscoskeletal issues

  • Kidney dysfunction

  • Ammonia in the blood

How do I know how much protein I should have daily?

Here is a simple formula that helps you determine how much protein you should have daily.

1. weight in pounds divided by 2.2 = weight in kg

2. weight in kg x 0.8 -1.8 g/kg = protein in grams

Example: 145 pound woman who exercises moderately every week.

1. 145/2.2= 65.90 kg

2. 65.90 kg x 1.3 = 85.67 protein in grams daily

Sedentary adults should get 0.8 g of protein per kilogram of body weight, while endurance runners and strength training athletes need up to 1.4 or 1.8 grams of protein per kilogram, respectively. Also, if you are pregnant or recovering from an injury, protein intake should also be increased.

Now, the ability to digest, assimilate, and absorb the amino acids and nutrients from the protein in order to build, heal, and recover the stomach will need adequate amounts of hydrochloric acid (HCL), AKA stomach acid.

Hydrochloric acid (HCL) activates pepsin enzymes to break down protein. A simple way to produce HCL is to chew slowly and thoroughly. If needed, take a digestive enzyme with HCL like this Pure Encapsulations brand, that I recommend to all of my clients.

Check out my next blog post about getting healthy and lean protein from animal products. And stay tuned for vegetable protein next …

A day in the life: Optimal Fiber Mini Menu

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Now that you know a little bit about the FIBER and the difference between insoluble fiber and soluble fiber – insoluble being known as the roughage part of raw vegetables and soluble as the kind that dissolves in water … you may wonder, how do I know I’m getting enough daily and how do I do it?

The optimal amount of fiber per day is 40 grams and here’s how you can get it …

Breakfast

Blueberry + Spinach  + Chia seed Smoothie = 8 g                                                                           (1/2 cup = 1.8g) + (1 cup = 0.7g) + (1 tbsp = 5.5g)

Snack

Carrot spears + Peanut butter = 5.5g                                                                                                   (1 cup = 3.6g) + (1 tbsp = 1.9g)

Lunch

Lentil soup with Avocado slices = 20.3g                                                                                              (1 cup = 15.3g) + (1/2 avocado = 5g)

Dinner

Vegetable sauté + Brown Rice = 10-12g                                                                                             (8-10g) + (1/2 cup = 2g)

Daily Fiber Content 44.8g

If getting adequate amounts of fiber is tough on certain days … Get a fiber-supplement like psyllium husk, only if needed.

And remember … Get active, go for a 30 minute moderate brisk walking to help food to flow out!

Healthy Snacking

Fruit snack

Healthy snacks give you energy, increase nutrient intake, stabilize blood sugar levels, and keep you satisfied. What makes a snack, healthy? Other than it being real and fresh food, healthy snacks contain all three macronutrients -- protein + fat + carbohydrates. 

Protein is necessary for muscle growth, tissue repair, and movement. Protein makes up skin, hair, muscles, nails, ligaments, tendons, enzymes, blood + hormones. 

Sources

Animal protein: sustainably raised animal food, fed with grass. Buffalo, poultry, beef, bison, pork, eggs

Plant protein: whole grains, beans, legumes nuts, seeds, algae, nutritional yeast, spirulina

Fats store energy, make hormones, transport vitamins, strengthen immunity, increase cognitive function and keep the brain healthy, stamina, and improves skin health, hair, and eyesight. 

Sources

Animal: wild caught oily fish, pasture-raised butter and animals, egg yolk, raw milk, cheese

Plant: nuts, seeds, olives, avocados, coconut, flax seed, chia seed

Complex Carbohydrates offer a quick source of energy, regulates protein and fat metabolism, plus they contain vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytonutrients. Carbohydrates are made up of three components: fiber, starch, and sugar. Fiber and starch are complex carbs, while sugar is a simple carb. Depending on how much of each of these is found in a food determines its nutrient quality.

Sources

Grains: quinoa, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, oats

Fiber-Rich Fruits: apples, berries, bananas, pears, dates, etc. 

Fiber-Rich Vegetables: broccoli, leafy greens, carrots, etc. 

Beans/Legumes: kidney, black, black-eyed, chickpea, lentils, etc. 

SNACK IDEAS

  • sardines + avocado

  • hummus + vegetables

  • spiced nuts + extra virgin olive oil

  • cottage cheese + seeds + raw honey

  • raw energy bars

  • soft/hard boiled eggs

  • kale chips + nutritional yeast

  • chia pudding with nuts and seasonal fruit

  • fruit + vegetable smoothies and juice

  • pesto + vegetable sticks

  • thai vegetable and/or chicken spring rolls

  • vegetable soups

  • seasonal fruit

TIPS for improved digestion

Lemon Water

Why is digestion important?

Good health is impossible without being able to break down, absorb & utilize the nutrients that come into our bodies

Digestion involves working with other internal organs to ensure that the nutrients from the foods we eat are properly distributed throughout the body and that everything that isn’t needed or is harmful is eliminated. If nutrients are missing or not in balance, digestion won’t be optimal.

Digestive functions

  1. Break down and absorption of food into compounds your body can use for nourishment.
  2. Eliminating unused waste products of digestion, food waste, metabolic waste, toxic metals, and drug residues.
  3. Aiding the first line of defense in the body’s immune system.
  4. Eliminating waste + immune function. 60% of immunity lives in the tract.

Symptoms of poor digestion:

• Constipation • Loose bowels • Excess gas • Bloating • Acne • Skin rashes • Headaches • Migraines• Irritability• Stomach pain• Food sensitivities • Low back pain • Low energy • Dysbiosis (imbalanced gut bacteria) • Candida• Heartburn • Indigestion

Common causes of poor digestion

• Processed & packaged food • Refined sugar• Low stomach acid• Dysbiosis • Stress • Not chewing thoroughly

Simple ways to improve digestion

SIP ON lemon water or 1 tbsp. of raw apple cider vinegar diluted in water for gastric juice production. Limit beverage intake during meals in order to prevent dilution of digestive juices.

DIGESTIVE BITTERS reduces digestive discomfort, improve digestive system, fuel for good bacteria, breaks down food

FERMENTED FOODS bring your colon back into balance. help your body digest and absorb food with live enzymes.

EAT IN PEACE eating in a peaceful environment with plants, softer lighting, less noise, encourages slower eating & better chewing

I encourage to take your digestion seriously as it houses our immunity, mood, healthy aging, and overall wellness. 

Getting to know your FIBER

Fiber

 

The road to health is paved with good intestines. Eating a diet rich in fiber helps to feed the good microbiota as those friendly-bacteria feast on the fermentable fibers. A diet rich in fiber also maintains healthy blood sugar levels by slowing down the rate that sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream. So what is FIBER?

Fiber is a plant-based nutrient that cannot be digested or absorbed in the gut. Therefore, fiber passes through the gut optimizing digestion and regularity, removing toxins, maintaining healthy weight levels, and reducing cholesterol. 

There are two different types of fiber: Soluble and Insoluble Fiber. 

Soluble fiber dissolves in water allowing it to absorb excess liquid in the colon, creating a thick gel  and bulk as it passes through the gut. 

Soluble fiber comes in fruits + vegetables like:

Avocados, sweet potatoes, asparagus, broccoli, pears, collard greens, carrots, mango, peas, apples, banana, beets, okra, potato, grapefruit, brussels sprouts, and peaches.

and... legumes, grains, nuts + seeds

Black beans, lima beans, kidney beans, lentils, chickpeas, hazelnuts, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, oatmeal, barley, oat bran

Insoluble Fiber

This fiber is found in the rough skin of raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and the bran portion of whole grains. It comes any plant food that is rough, stringy, has a hull, peel, pod, or seeds and it adds bulk to clean the colon and regulate bowel movements.

Insoluble fiber promotes fullness and moves through the gut to remove waste and toxins. This fiber is best in preventing constipation.

We're looking at... Whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, berries, pineapple, apple skin, cauliflower, sprouts, cucumbers, dates, prunes, melons, green beans, granola, cabbage, bok choy, leafy greens, onions, fresh herbs, broccoli, and eggplant.

In general, you will want to drink adequate amounts of water daily to help fiber pass through the colon smoothly.

If constipation is health challenge that you struggle with most, follow these tips:

  • Optimal grams of fiber per day: 40g
  • Make sure your mineral intake is sufficient. You may have to increase your sodium intake, especially during the first few days. Also, try 400 mg of magnesium citrate - it helps with constipation.
  • Eat good fats: Seeds, avocados, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil to improve digestion and reduce intestinal inflammation.
  • Make sure you don’t eat too much protein.
  • Get a fiber-supplement like psyllium husk, only if needed.
  • Be more active, go for a 30 minute moderate brisk walking.

 

Well-balanced smoothie - How to build it

Smoothiebuilding

The best thing about smoothies is that they are easily digestible, nutrient-dense, very delicious and quick to take on the go. To have a balanced smoothie for sustained energy, it is essential to have adequate amounts plant protein, healthy fats, and low-glycemic fruits and vegetables. 

Here are some pro-tips to building a well-balanced smoothie...

Protein

The perfect smoothie needs protein. It’s the building block in keeping your blood sugars balanced and keeping you full.

  • Organic full fat plain yogurt   
  • Hemp seeds
  • Natural, plain whey protein powder            
  • Raw egg yolk
  • Hydrolysate protein powder from Great Lakes

 

Liquid

Go half with purified filtered water and raw milk or unsweetened alternative milk

  • Brewed, chilled Chai tea            
  • Almond milk        
  • Coconut milk                    
  • Full fat, organic milk
  • Green tea    
  • Hemp milk        

 

Flavors - Spice it up!

  • Natural raw almond butter            
  • Cinnamon
  • Pure vanilla extract              
  • Cacao powder
  • Mint leafs or extract                
  • Ginger
  • Matcha green tea powder       

 

Booster add-ons

Nutrient dense, they provide vitamins, minerals & antioxidants

  • Bee pollen                    
  • Raw almond butter    
  • Ground flax or chia seed               
  • Coconut oil or butter
  • Spirulina powder                
  • Cacao nibs        
  • Dry oatmeal                    
  • Maca powder
  • Soaked raw quinoa (yes!)
  • Adaptogen powders from Moodbeli or Moon Juice                

 

Veggies and Fruits

  • Banana  
  • Avocado
  • Spinach    
  • Kiwi    
  • Collard greens    
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries    
  • Strawberries    
  • Orange    
  • Blackberries    
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Pumpkin    
  • Lemon & lime    
  • Cherries  
  • Cucumber    
  • Pineapple
  • Kale
  • Beets
  • Carrots

Get creative and have fun with it!

Your simple detox elixir

cucumber water

You want to know what keeps you energized, clear-headed, feeling full, and keeps your skin plump and hydrated? You guessed right, water! As you prepare for total health, the most simplest and inexpensive way to start is by drinking more water. 

If you haven't already begun this detoxifying ritual you will begin today. First thing every morning, drink a tall glass of warm water and squeeze the juice of half a lemon. Natural lemon juice contains electrolytes, detoxifies your organs, and stimulates digestion. So you're already prepping your body to break down your breakfast. This practice is genius. 

Don't know how much water to drink per day? Here's what to do...
Divide your weight in pounds by two and convert that into ounces. Example: 150 pounds / 2 = 75 ounces.
(You may need to increase the amount of water intake if you are intensively training, pregnant, under hot weather, or have a urinary tract infection).

Is it a challenge to drink all that water because you're running around too much or annoyed of the size of your bladder? That's ok you can eat your water! Here are some high-water content foods:

  • cucumbers
  • grapefruit
  • celery
  • spinach
  • bell peppers
  • cabbage
  • radishes
  • watermelon (ooh can't wait for summer)

Six Weeks to Glow

I'm so excited to announce a *NEW* dream offering of mine in partnership with Dr. Jessica Parker of root & stem Acupuncture.

Together we are offering --- Spring Reset,  a 6 week women's wellness program combining Eastern Medicine, Acupuncture and Nutrition/Wellness. At the end of the program you will walk away with the tools and knowledge to take charge of your health. You'll learn what feeds you (literally!) and be more empowered around your overall wellness.

sixweekstowellness

The tools you walk away with will serve you for your entire life, and you can even share what you've learned with your friends and family! We believe in an empowered model for health, and the more tools and knowledge we have to make decisions the better. 

This is the spring detox and reset you’ve always wanted, minus crazy dieting and deprivation. You’ll sleep better, balance your cycles and hormones or eliminate peri-menopause or menopausal symptoms, get radiant skin, reduce stress and feel your best.

{the details} of HOW it will work

6 weeks to glow, a new kind of women's wellness program

You will get 6 weekly sessions with Dr. Parker and Lyssandra Guerra (3 total sessions with each practitioner) customized to your needs and schedule.

The Issues addressed  in these sessions include: digestion, hormones, balancing your cycles or minimizing and eliminating perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms (e.g. night sweats, mood swings, etc.), get better sleep, improve the health and glow of your skin, stress management and more! 

Note: You will receive an intake from both Dr.Jessica Parker and Lyssandra Guerra at the start of the program to asses areas of need and focus.

Payment plans and schedule of visits to be arranged at the first meeting.  We are happy to answer any further questions you might have.

Your Investment --- 6 Weeks to Glow Program: 
$675 by 4/31, $750 after
(payment plans available upon request)
 

Get Started - 6 Weeks to Glow

(email sixweekstowellness@gmail.com to schedule)

What is The New Moon Walk + Talk?

new moon

A new moon occurs when the moon is between the Earth and the Sun, so that the illuminated side of the moon faces away from viewers on Earth. As a result, the moon appears as a thin crescent in the sky, or it vanishes entirely. 

The new moon is energetically encouraging for planting the seeds and taking action in aspects of your life where there is potential for growth.

I intend for the New Moon Walk & Talk to be a gathering for women to set specific and heart-felt intentions towards our goals. I blend walking and talking because I believe that movement helps the mind relax. When the mind is relaxed the chi is flowing through the body, creativity and inspiration rise. During the walks, I also encourage women to vent and release their stressors and un-deserving emotions. We need to let that stuff out, right!?


Together we share resources, tools, stories, and smiles while plugging in our action steps to help us get closer to what we want to embody. Small steps towards our goals are more likely to get accomplished and they propel us to the next one. It's a wonderful energetic trickle effect. Plus, creating accountability with our peers is proven to keep us going toward the gold.

I intend for women to leave feeling less overwhelmed about their current situation.

I intend for women to feel lifted by the love and support from other women.

I intend for women to feel permission, love, and compassion for themselves.

I intend for women to feel empowered by their thoughts and their choices.

Healthy pantry swaps

nut milk

Most of us grew up having basic food options but these days theres a plethora of alkalinizing whole foods that are perfect alternatives to the conventional ones we grew up eating. This is extremely fortunate for those wanting avoiding food sensitivities, wanting variety, and switching over to real food. 

Stay posted as the list below is ever-growing as we explore more foods to swap away the conventional ones...

 

trade this: conventional Milk

for this: rice milk, coconut milk, and nut & seed milks like cashew, almond, pumpkin and sunflower seed

 

trade this: white bread and wheat

for this: sprouted seed breads, rice, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, amaranth

 

trade this: boxed cereal

for this: steel-cut oats, quinoa, millet, buckwheat, or amaranth

 

trade this: conventional mayonnaise and ketchup

for this: hummus or avocado, olive tapenade, or homemade mayo and aioli 

 

trade this: bleached pasta

for this: rice noodles, buckwheat soba noodles, raw spiralized zucchini

 

trade this: chips and dip

for this: seed crackers and hummus, guacamole, fresh salsa

 

trade this: table salt

for this: Himalayan sea salt, Celtic salt, dried seaweed flakes

 

trade this: white sugar

for this: stevia, coconut sugar, date sugar, raw honey, maple syrup, blackstrap molasses

 

trade this: ice cream, cake, and cookies

for this: non-dairy coconut ice cream, cashew ice cream, quick banana ice cream, rice pudding

 

trade this: coffee and black tea

for this: green tea, matcha, roasted dandelion, chicory root, chamomile, nettle or mint tea

 

trade this: soda and energy drinks

for this: fresh juices, sparkling mineral water, kombucha

 

trade this: sweet cocktails

for this: sparkling water mint mojito, rosemary-infused cucumber lemonade, ginger mint mocktail, vodka or gin with club soda and a lime (yes!)

Raise your vitality

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My approach for a healthy and balanced life is to eat clean, real food, stay hydrated, sleep, think positively, and allow for pleasure. We are a ‘whole’ being, meaning that what we eat, how we think, and how we live directly affects our mind, body, and our spirit.

Food is the first step in achieving vitality and reconnecting to your true unique beauty. Food is our nourishment, when we eat high vibrational foods, their energy radiates through our body to heal the body, prevent disease, and change your mood.

Medical experts and research studies have long recognized the effects of diet and lifestyle on the risk of chronic diseases (1). Therefore using food as your medicine helps you to clear out any toxicity and thereby creating ample space for energy, clarity and making life-affirming decisions.

You see, just like we are made up of energy, so is food. That’s why certain food may deplete your energy or cause harm to your body and why other foods increase your energy and uplift you. Eating foods that are natural and in their pure form will have higher vibrations than most conventional food because they contain living enzymes that are essentials for optimal digestion, assimilation, absorption, overall health and beauty benefits.  

Unfortunately, processed, packaged and conventional food, (tortilla chips, you guys, is my frenemy) which can typically hang out in your pantry for months cause inflammation and make your body more vulnerable to illness and disease. Because your body is so intelligent, it doesn’t recognize these chemical-laden foods as real food, and therefore is unable to metabolize and cleanse from the body effectively. Yep, that’s why you, your BFF, and your sister struggle with bouts of weight gain, brain fog, harsh PMS, acne, stress, and autoimmune disorders, amongst other issues!

Bottom-line? Eating real, whole, nutrient-rich foods is essential for increasing your vitality. Eating a colorful array of vegetables, fruits, plant-based protein, pasture-raised meat & eggs, whole grains (if you’re tolerant to them), and pure clean beverages is going to take you to the moon and back.

Here’s a pro-tip: To eat the rainbow on the daily, choose a vegetable that represents a color from the rainbow and do the same for fruits. With these vegetables you can make a sauté or salad and with the fruit you can whip up a fruit salad or blend them into a smoothie. Activate your well-being! 

 

 

References: Prevention of Chronic Disease by Means of Diet and Lifestyle Changes from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11795/

How to keep it real this year

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It’s about time we start setting realistic health goals. Ones in which are sustainable, forgiving, and fun.  At the start of the New Year, people tend to hit the ground running so hard on their ambitions that they quickly lose steam and give up on them. Every January I witness packed fitness studios and intense diet cleanses but by February, I a huge slow down. While hitting the gym and eating clean is a big thumbs up, (seriously, I’m not hating) I notice they don’t become sustainable activities because people really don’t want to do them. My goal is to help people reframe the way they make their health goals. 

So let’s refashion how you see health. Taking an inventory of your diet and lifestyle can give you clarity.

Here are some helpful questions.

Food:

  • What do you eat and how do you eat daily?
  • Do you have 3 meals and 2 snacks?
  • Do you graze all day and have a heavy dinner?
  • Are you chewing thoroughly or do you eat quickly?
  • Are your meals typically take-out?
  • How do you get your vegetables in?

Exercise:

  • Do you exercise daily?
  • What kind of exercise do you do?
  • Do you enjoy it? How does it make you feel?
  • What is your main goal when you exercise?

 

Community, Connection & Self-Care:

  • Do you have a support crew (friends, family, partner)?
  • How connected are you to a community? Do you want to be?
  • What do you do for fun? Hobbies? Interests?
  • What kinds of activities make you feel good/calm/confident/inspired/motivated?

Once you get clear on what you see is feeding you life and energy, you will be able to see what desires you can bring forth that align with you.

This helps you to choose fulfilling and joyful actions. For example, choosing your favorite vegetable and making different meals that contain it. For example, carrots… you can make carrot juice, carrot soup, carrot and zucchini breakfast muffins, or add them to a sauté.

1. 80% Rule:

Let’s look at the big picture for a moment…if 80% of the time you’re eating whole plant-based foods including pasture-raised meats and eggs, then allowing yourself to “let loose” 20% of the time becomes a healthy balance. Eating healthy foods doesn’t have to feel boring. Fruits and vegetables can be eaten hundreds of ways. At times they too can feel like an indulgence – not only are they delicious, and potently nutritious but best of all, you can eat them all the time. I mean, spirulina truffles, cashew cheesecake?…c’mon.

2. Things you enjoy

Follow what feels good. Being on an exercise and nutrition regimen that works for you is likely to stay. Mixing it up between strengthening, conditioning, yoga, swimming, dancing, sports, etc., will be more enjoyable then doing one type of exercise 5-7x a week, plus it’ll be more effective. If your New Years resolution is to run a full marathon but you dislike running, why do it? Similarly with food, eat health foods in a way that feels good for you. A vegetable and fruit smoothie sometimes sounds more enticing than a salad, right?

3. How to stay on top of it?

Plan and organize your new health goals by creating lists and penciling them into your calendar. Invite your friends and family to partake in meal plans and workout activities to establish accountability. Studies show that it takes 21 days for a new action to become a habit. So, the more you make these actions a part of your daily routine, the most likely they will become second nature.

4. What to do when you fall off?

Forgive yourself and let it go. We’re all human beings with urges and tendencies. Self-love and acceptance is the most sustainable way to live. Balance is about making decisions based on what makes you feel good. If you feel like you’re “falling off the wagon” from diet or exercise, consider whether you feel mentally, physically, and/or emotionally imbalanced by what you’re eating/lack of exercise or if you’re honoring your body’s needs (example: eating heavier foods and resting for recovery/recharging).  

Being present and conscious of your health gets you closer to truly enjoying your life NOW and in the FUTURE. 

EASY post-holiday cleanse tips

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Welcome 2018!

Here are some simple and effective ways to ease into health this year. As always, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of pure water and herbal teas. 

  1. Eat your greens, especially the cruciferous kinds like broccoli, arugula, kale, cauliflower, and radishes– these guys stimulate the detoxification.  
  2. Lose the gas and bloat, ease constipation, and other general gut problems by eating more raw or steamed plant foods, add more fiber and fermented foods.
  3. Reduce stress by taking Epsom salt baths, clean and organize your home, get a facial or massage, and get plenty of rest will help center and refocus yourself.
  4. Get sweaty – eliminate toxins from poor-quality foods, alcohol, and salt. Increasing cardiovascular exercise through exercise, saunas, or steam rooms helps remove these toxic chemicals and pollutants from your body making you feel lighter and improves skin glow. Plus, this makes your brains feel-good chemicals kick-in.