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Five Reasons You Should Take Collagen Everyday

Sometimes, I think our ancestors knew more about nutrition than modern day health professionals. Okay, I sort of think this constantly, especially health professionals that promote low-fat, processed foods over nourishing, traditional foods humans have been eating for thousands upon thousands of years. Like bone broth. Our ancestors ate every part of the animal. They made use of the hide, made tools from the teeth, made broth from the bones and feet. This broth left them with a mineral-rich, gelatinous substance rich in collagen – which is the most abundant protein in the body. While I love me some bone broth, the reality is that I don’t always drink it. Whether that’s because I live in DC and these swampy summers leave me wanting to bathe in ice more than drinking a cup of hot broth or because I just don’t have any on hand. Supplementing with collagen is one of…

The Benefits of Collagen and How It Differs From Gelatin

I was first introduced to gelatin many years ago, as a new nutrition student trying desperately heal my gut issues. In my desperation, I ordered some off the internet, added it to my tea, got ready to chug…and ended up sipping a thick, gelatinous cup of green tea. ‘This has clearly gone bad.’ I thought. As it turns out, I had purchased gelatin instead of collagen. While gelatin and collagen are closely related and both very healthy, they’re not exactly the same. The most obvious difference is that gelatin causes foods to solidify – this is great if you’re making jello. It’s not so great for sipping tea. And while I love jello, I simply cannot consume enough. Collagen goes into my tea every day. Both collagen and gelatin are derived from the hides, hooves, and bones of animals. Our ancestors and traditional cultures around the world largely consumed collagen and gelatin. No part…

What I Eat In A Day For Anxiety Management

Beneficial bacteria & balanced blood sugar are two huge factors for mitigating anxiety. Here are some examples of what I eat in a day for anxiety management! Anxiety has long been something I’ve dealt with in my life. With two drug addicts for parents, I’m not sure if it was clinical anxiety or just good sense. Either way, I’ve spent the last several (maybe ten?) years delving into every topic imaginable trying to overcome it. I now know that diet is one of the most critical factors so today I’m sharing what I eat in a day for anxiety management. I’ve written a lot about anxiety over the years (you can check out those articles here). It’s something I’ve struggled with on and off and I’m finally at a place where I feel like I’ve overcome it. I’ve overcome it in the sense that while it will never be completely…

An Unbiased Review of Flat Tummy Tea

You all know I’m no fan of meal replacement shakes. Because of that, you could say that this review couldn’t be truly unbiased. And you are probably right. But I try to keep it professional and only review the ingredients. I haven’t personally tried Flat Tummy products, but I also haven’t tried crack. That just ain’t for me. Neither are something that as a health professional, I would ever put into my body. So if you’re simply looking for a review of whether or not the products work, please read on. They may work, but they may work because you’re literally taking a laxative. The main ingredient in this tea is senna, something given to many patients before an operation to empty the intestines. So will your stomach look flatter after you empty your intestines? Sure, maybe. Is this safe or something you should be doing on a regular basis?…

Meal Plan / March 3rd-8th – Paleo, Gluten-Free

We are back from LA (where I got glutened twice – ouch) and I’m ready to jump into a week of healthy eats. To be honest, I kind of felt like shit by then end of the week in LA. I feel like there’s this stigma against gluten-free eaters. Like it’s just a trend and only brainwashed idiots follow it. When it reality, even if you’re not celiac, there’s an extensive amount of evidence that gluten is harmful or at the very least difficult to digest – even without celiac. So when I sat down at The Draycott and told the waiter, “Just to let you know, I’m celiac.” And he said, “I have no idea what that is but okay.” I didn’t exactly feel comfortable eating there. But what were we going to do, leave? We had a sitter for the kids, LA was unusually cold and it was…

Third Trimester Update

As I write this, I’m well into my third trimester at almost 36 weeks. My c-section is scheduled for next week so I thought it would be the perfect time for a third trimester update. Read why I have to have a c-section here. This pregnancy has been different from my first in so many ways. When I got pregnant with Everett, I had a miscarriage six months prior. I was terrified of miscarrying again. I ran to the bathroom constantly to make sure I wasn’t spotting, which is how my miscarriage started. I bled for two weeks before miscarrying. It was torture. When I started spotting with Everett, I was convinced I was having a miscarriage. I was devastated. I cried hysterically. I felt gutted and terrified, like I’d never be able to have a child. But the cause of the bleeding was never identified, and I continued to…

An Unbiased Review of Rodan + Fields

I title all of my review unbiased for one reason: I do not sell the products I review. I do not gain anything if you buy the products. I’m not bashing a company. I’m simply reviewing the products. This is not personal. This is education. People need to know what’s in the products they put on their skin twice a day, every day. Before anyone accuses me of what I’ll inevitably be accused of, let me beat you to it: Yes, I have my own skincare line. Yes, technically I would be considered a “competitor.” In all of the unbiased reviews I’ve done, I’ve always been accused of doing them because I work for a competing company. Hence, this is the first review I’ve ever done in which that accusation has any truth to it. Realistically, the people who buy my organic, non-toxic products are not the same customers buying…

Meal Prep Monday

Every Sunday I meal prep my ass off. If and when I don’t do this – we ended up eating out about 17 times. I love to have food already made in my fridge. It’s so convenient. It makes my life SO much easier. If there’s one piece of advice I can give anyone trying to eat healthier (aside from eating good, whole, real, organic food), it’s that you should be meal prepping every Sunday. And if you need ideas, just come here and check out my Meal Prep Monday posts. We’re all busy. A lot of us are parents. Most of us work. At the end of the day, it’s so nice to have good, healthy food already made to just pull out of the fridge and heat up. This week I made: paleo lasagna roasted chicken and veggies paleo taco lasagna four smoothies sautéed mushrooms I used these…

High Protein Pumpkin Spice Smoothie (Paleo, Low-Carb, Low-Sugar, Whole30)

You guys. I don’t even like pumpkin. I know – my Uggs should be revoked (and yes I wear Uggs because I live in the effing Mid-Atlantic and our winters are freezing and I want my feet to be warm while simultaneously feel like I’m walking on soft furry pillows). But I loved this smoothie. LOVED. It’s a creamy, delicious treat that feels like you’re having dessert despite the fact that this high protein pumpkin spice smoothie actually has no sugar. It’s also paleo, dairy-free, low-carb and Whole30 safe. It’s the absolute perfect snack. It’s high in protein from my new favorite protein powder, Collagen Fuel. I’ve written about how amazing collagen is before, but here’s a refresher: collagen is the most abundant protein in the body around 25, we produce less and less every year this lead to wrinkles, arthritis, brittle nails, weaker bones, etc it’s amazing for gut…

An Unbiased Review of Le-Vel Thrive

Read this honest Le-vel Thrive Review by a holistic nutritionist before you invest in weight loss patches, capsules and shakes! What is Le-Vel Thrive? Out of all the review requests I’ve received recently, Le-Vel Thrive has been at the top of the list. I get more requests to review this company than any other, and I can see why. They’re exploding. The company started in 2012 and has made a billion dollars in the past five years. That’s pretty impressive. But I have to be honest, something about this company rings really dishonest to me. Le-Vel is a direct selling company offering a so-called “health and wellness experience”. Thrive is a three-step regimen consisting of Thrive capsules, Thrive Lifestyle Mix and Thrive DFT. The whole thing is meant as a premium lifestyle plan to help individuals reach peak physical and mental levels. My Le-Vel Thrive Review – Is this legit or…