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5 Gut Healing Foods For a Healthier Life 

Improving gut health is a popular topic right now. Between gut health drinks and probiotic capsules, you can barely turn an aisle in the store without seeing something marketed toward a healthy gut. Supplements are great, but they can't replace a diet full of nutritious, gut healing foods. If your meals lack fiber, ferments and healthy fats, this list of the five best foods for gut health will help make your next trip to the grocery store easy! What Makes Your Gut Healthy, Anyway? We all have a gut microbiome, which means that we all have billions of bacteria living in our digestive systems. The number and type of these bacteria depend on a lot of factors (diet, genetics, environment, medications), but we all have a balance of "good"...

8 Easy School Lunch Ideas For Your Kids 

Summer flew by and now it’s time to think about school lunches. There’s nothing wrong with having a sandwich but there are many other creative meals that are easy to make and enjoyable for your kids. Essentials For A Healthy Lunch [caption id="attachment_6271" align="alignnone" width="446"] Credit: CDC on Unsplash[/caption] A healthy lunch is balanced and offers variety. Vegetables and fruits should be present, but your child will need the bulk of their energy to come from carbohydrates. Pick high-quality whole grain carbs whenever possible. They are rich in fibre and essential nutrients, including iron, that kids need to grow and thrive. Protein is recommended at every meal. It helps to keep bellies satisfied and the amino acids in the protein are essential building blocks that build new tissues, hormones, and...

10 Items for Transitioning to Vegan Lifestyle for Beginners

You are ready to take the plunge into plant-based eating but you’re not sure which items you should buy. Here are 10 products that help with switching to a vegan lifestyle for beginners. Choosing to go vegan is growing in popularity. It is not a trendy diet, but a personal choice. Once you cut out all animal products from your diet you are exposed to different nutrient deficiencies. But, with good planning, you can meet your needs through plant-based food sources. Keeping these 10 items on hand will help you transition to veganism and stay on top of your dietary requirements. 10 Products for Going Vegan for Beginners Becoming vegan is a challenging process from the decision stage to the implementation. First and foremost, you need to rearrange your eating...

What Is Intuitive Eating?

Ready to ditch diet culture and embrace a different approach to eating? Get ready to learn all about Intuitive Eating and its long-term benefits! What Is Intuitive Eating? Intuitive Eating (IE) is an approach to eating that rejects rules and restrictions we commonly see in mainstream diet culture. It is a refreshing approach to nourishing your body that doesn’t rely on counting calories, macros, or grams of fat. Instead, you tune into your hunger cues and listen to the natural intuition of your appetite. What Are Hunger Cues? Hunger cues are your body's method of signaling you to say “hey, I could benefit from some energy and nutrition right now!” You may notice that there are several different reasons why you feel hungry, this is normal and is all...

Women-Owned Businesses to Support

March is Women's History Month, so it's the perfect time to celebrate the bold and strong female entrepreneurs who have taken the risk to live their dreams! Below, I've listed a few businesses owned by women from all walks of life who have turned their passion into a successful business. Check them out and show them your support! Buff Chick Supplements Strong women build each other up, both physically and mentally. This is the mission behind fitness trainer and powerlifter Meg Gallagher's supplement brand. The company tagline is, "insecurity isn't for sale," and she makes it clear that her products aren't meant to be gimmicky "skinny teas" or detox regimens. Gallagher's passion for empowering women extends to sharing her own ever-changing strength journey and being real about her...

Spring Gardening: What to Plant Now!

Spring will be here before you know it! That means it's time to stop daydreaming about your garden and start making your dreams into reality. Whether you're a veteran gardener or a plant newbie, the sheer number of seed choices available can be overwhelming. While you will have to do a little research into which plants grow best in your location, I've decided to round up a few of my favorite things to plant in March to get your garden growing. [caption id="attachment_5591" align="alignnone" width="2560"] Image credit: Debbie Hudson on Unsplash[/caption] Shrubs and roses Confession time: I love gardens for their beauty more than practicality. I'm learning how to care for fruits, veggies, and other edibles, but flowers are my first love. If the ground isn't frozen, March is...

3 Water Bottles We Love

Staying hydrated is essential for year-round health, but it's especially important in the summer months. Our bodies need a LOT of water to function correctly, so it's not really practical or sustainable to constantly drink from single-use plastic bottles. I'm pretty picky when it comes to a reusable water bottle. It needs to be easy to clean, convenient to carry and drink from, big enough to hold plenty of water, sweatproof, and leakproof. Oh, and it has to be pretty (of course). Believe it or not, there are lots of bottles that fit my admittedly long list of needs, and they make my water taste great too! Today, I'm going to share my shortlist of top contenders so that you can find your own perfect reusable bottle. ...

My Favorite 3 Ways to Brew Hot Coffee

I'm a coffee snob, and I'm okay with admitting that. I haven't owned a regular drip coffee maker in years because there are just so many other fun and delicious ways to brew hot coffee! If you're stuck in a coffee rut, or you just want to try something different, switching up your brewing method might be exactly what you need to fall in love with coffee all over again. Here are three of my favorite ways to make a delicious cup of hot coffee. French Press The French press has gotten popular over the past few years because you can also use it to froth milk (hello, at-home latte!). I love French presses because they deliver a much richer, more flavorful cup of coffee than a drip...

How to Identify Poor Gut Health, and How to Fix it

Recent studies have indicated that the gut contributes to our health and well-being in more ways than we ever thought possible. If you are experiencing a decrease in mood, nutrient deficiencies, bloating, and irregular bathroom habits, you may be suffering from poor gut health. Stress The most important thing to recognize is the gut is a stress-depleting system. This means that when we are stressed, the gut suffers! This can result in a variety of symptoms such as gas, bloating, and acid reflux. Probiotics can help support your gut during times of high-stress. If you know there will be a turbulent period ahead, consider taking a probiotic supplement. On top of probiotics, managing stress levels should also be a priority. Bloating Feeling bloated is uncomfortable, and can impact appetite. There...

New Season, New Skincare: Tweak Your Routine for the Warmer Weather

When the weather has more mood swings than I do in a week, I know it's time for me to start changing up my beauty routine. I say goodbye to all of my heavy hand creams, thick moisturizers, and rich facial oils and start slowly rotating in my summer staples. It can be hard to figure out the right balance when it's time to transition your beauty routine, so I'm going to share a few of my favorite tips with you today. Switch from rich moisture to light hydration. As it becomes warmer (and usually more humid), even dry skin reaches a point where rich moisturizers are too much. If you notice that you're getting a little too shiny during the day, or your makeup starts breaking...