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Daily Collagen Beauty Smoothie

Make this daily collagen smoothie with berries, kale and chia seeds part of your beauty routine! A healthy, delicious and energizing way to start your morning. Loaded with nutrients that are great for your gut, skin, hair, joints and bones! I start my day with this collagen smoothie (or a similar version of it) every day. It is not only delicious and easy to make but also loaded with so many nutrients for everything from our skin to our guts. I can feel and see a noticeable difference when I’m not drinking this daily. Can I replace breakfast with this collagen smoothie? You could. I personally like this collagen smoothie with eggs and/or sausage on the side. I know a lot of people do a smoothie for breakfast and that’s it, but I need more food than that. I like to sit down with my family and have this with…

How Collagen Can Improve Anxiety – Collagen As Natural Anxiety Relief

Did you know that collagen provides natural anxiety relief? Find out how collagen can improve your symptoms of anxiety! What is collagen? Collagen is a hard, insoluble, and fibrous protein that makes up a whopping one-third of the protein in the human body. Think of it as the substance that holds the body together! It is not only the most abundant protein in the body but also an extremely healing food. As you might know, anxiety stems from many factors, and oftentimes it is caused by physical issues within the body like nutrient deficiencies. My battle with anxiety: I started getting severe anxiety when I was 19. It came in the form of panic attacks, of feeling a constant sense of unease, an unending sense of doom and near-constant negative thoughts. I battled with it on and off until my last pregnancy, which due to hormonal fluctuations cause a pretty…

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…

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…

My Breast Fat Transfer Results

It’s officially been over three months since the procedure and here are the my breast fat transfer results – finally! In February, I decided to have fat transferred to my breasts. You can read about that more in depth here, but basically after nursing two kids – my boobs were pretty wrecked. They just had no shape and very little tissue. I researched breast implants, but after doing a deep dive, I decided they were completely unsafe and just not for me. So I ended up getting a fat transfer! How much was transferred and my cup size increase I saw Dr. Bednar, THE preeminent breast fat transfer doctor in the country. Dr. Bednar is known for his ability to create shape, increase retention rates and harvest fat off of very thin women. At the time of my surgery, I was an athletic 5’6 and 122 pounds. And a very,…

How To Combat Stress With Supplements + My Daily Anti-Stress Routine

Learn how to combat stress with over the counter anti-stress supplements and find out how to reduce daily stress with a healthy routine for a calmer, happier, and meaningful life every day. This whole pandemic, social isolation, quarantine situation has really amped up my stress levels lately. Not just mine, I think everyone is more on edge going through this. We’re out of our normal routines, some people are out of jobs and we’re all worried for our family members, friends, economy, and the world. It’s a lot to deal with! I have had a ton of practice over the years with combatting stress and navigating anxiety. And now is the time to pull all the tools out of the box to calm my nervous system. I’ve built structure, routine, and helpful supplements into my daily routine to combat stress. Normally I don’t need all of these, but it’s helpful…

Gut Healing Krispie Treats (Gluten-Free)

I am slightly obsessed with this marshmallow-y goodness of my childhood. These healthier rice krispie treats are a million times better than those sketchy ones that come out of that blue wrapper with the leprechaun people. Plus, there’s a secret gut healing ingredient! Time for some healthier rice krispayyys ya’ll! These taste even better than the rice krispie treats of your childhood but are actually much healthier. Most marshmallow ingredients contain high fructose corn syrup, which in addition to being genetically modified, it will seriously spike your blood sugar and do a number on your poor liver. Doesn’t your liver have enough work to do? As if detoxing your body wasn’t hard enough. Don’t add high fructose corn syrup to it’s workload! Fructose is processed by the liver and actually raises triglycerides, predisposing you to issues like heart disease. This takes all of ten minutes to throw together, and that’s…

A Healthy Daily Quarantine Routine With Kids

Coronavirus quarantine with kids: Here is a list of activities, a survival guide, if you will, for parents who are quarantined at home with their small children. Now that I’m home all day with my jackals, I had to come up with a healthy quarantine-friendly daily routine for the kids! I have worked from home for years, but since I had Storm I’ve had a nanny from 9 am -3 pm four days a week. Now that we are essentially quarantined due to coronavirus, our daily routine has changed quite a bit. First let me say that we take this very seriously. We are not going to local playgrounds, we’re not having family over and we’re not visiting with friends. No playdates, no social interaction outside of our family aside from chatting with our next-door neighbors across the fence. In doing so, I’ve had to get creative with our routine! And keeping…

Healthy Quarantine Meal Plan

Eating healthy under quarantine is doable! Here’s my quarantine meal plan with simple, healthy and isolation-friendly recipes your whole family can eat. Low-carb, paleo & gluten-free. This quarantine is the perfect time to stay home, cook healthy meals and boost your immune system with nutritious food! Start with this healthy quarantine meal plan! These are trying times, ya’ll! We have to be mindful of the elderly and vulnerable in our society, and stay the fuck home! The best way to mitigate the spread of coronavirus is to limit your exposure to other people as much as possible. For me, this meant one huge grocery haul last Friday – and we haven’t been out since aside from walks around the neighborhood. And I’ve cooked every. single. meal. I thought it would be exhausting, but honestly, it’s been fun and feels super nourishing and healthy. If you’re also on lockdown right now – it’s the perfect time…

How To Prevent Stretch Marks During Pregnancy

Learn how to prevent stretch marks by optimizing your nutrition and focusing on nutrient-dense and supportive foods like collagen. Here is how I prevented stretch marks while pregnant: Before I got pregnant, something in the back of my mind worried about my body changing. I think most women are like this, but I was particularly concerned. When my mother was pregnant with my little brother, she routinely told me how disgusting she felt. “I feel fat.” “My body is so gross right now.” I heard this constantly. Even at five years-old, I remember her saying these things about her pregnant body. They always stuck with me. Additionally, my mother had some of the worst stretch marks I’d ever seen. I didn’t mind them, they were just a part of her body. But she hated them. And to be honest, if I put myself in her shoes, I wouldn’t like them…