Trust Your Gut

So, I can’t let the whole month of April go by without talking about this topic. April is gut health awareness month and it’s too important a topic to not talk about!

Here’s the thing, guys…our microbiome is SUCH an important system in our body. Aside from the obvious and significantly important role of digesting food and absorbing nutrients, the microbiome plays a KEY role in healthy skin, mental health, energy, autoimmune conditions and SO much more. In case your wondering if a health challenge your facing is related to gut health…here’s a clue: IT PROBABLY IS. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Gut health has always been an important thing for me. I was the kid that struggled with anxiety and simultaneously had many school absences due to unexplainable stomach aches. Back then, we didn’t know the connection but it’s pretty clear to me now.

As an adult, I’ve continued to live with periods of anxiety and digestive discomfort. I’ve learned ALOT along the way, changed my lifestyle in some meaningful ways and helped many clients find the resources they need to upgrade their health via the gut. Cause again- it’s connected to EVERYTHING!

Anyway, I thought I’d bring some attention to this month by sharing a few things that have worked for me. Nothing in this world is solved with a cookie cutter approach and I am not your doctor and am in NO way giving medical advice. But, what worked for me might work for you and it’s certainly worth you doing the research to find out ways to optimize your gut health:

  1.  Don’t go it alone. For so many reasons, you should get support in this or any health journey. For one thing, there’s some comfort in knowing that so many others have been in your shoes and have healed. Because you can too. Also- getting the help of a trained professional will save you time and frustration and ensure you are getting adequate nutrition in the meantime. When I had to do a low FODMAP diet for some time, I needed both the ideas of my functional nutritionist to find foods that I could eat/make, and her guidance when reintroducing foods back into my life. She also reminded me that low FODMAP is not a healthy long term solution for many of us, and gave me the perfect amount of reassurance to try some foods again. SO, the lesson here- talk to your doctors, of course, but also seek a functional nutritionist who can really customize a plan for you. 
  2. Think outside the box. Some of my biggest successes in optimizing my heakth have come from my therapist, meditation trainings, acupuncturist and pelvic floor therapist. I highly respect the number of trained physicians and specialists I have worked with over the years, but I will say, I have felt my best when working with the “alternative” practitioners. They really shouldn’t be alternative at all- they should be included in all insurances and more physicians should be referring out to them, IMO. 
  3. Stress less, sleep more. WAY easier said than done, I know. But the connection between poor sleep/high stress and gut imbalance is pretty strong. When my stress levels are high of sleep quality is low, my body is not happy. It all adds up after a while. My favorite ways to manage this: daily meditation (twice a day if I can), daily exercise or long walks outside, scheduling time with family and friends, daily gratitude journaling and getting enough sunlight and fresh air. I also take some really great, natural supplements to help with sleep when I need them (my fave sleep support jellies can be found here:
  4. Eat clean. I mean, this should be a goal of ours all the time, right?! But, if you’re experiencing gut discomfort, bloating, skin irritation, depression/anxiety- it’s even more important. Many of my clients have had success testing for food allergies and cleaning up their nutrition. But again- you may want to work with a functional nutritionist to develop a customized plan. You may need more fiber, less fiber, a different kind of fiber, cooked veggies, low nightshades, etc…But, the basics of good nutrition- whole food, avoiding highly processed foods and added sugars, etc…are always a good idea. 
  5. Drink less- I know, I know…I didn’t wanna hear this either. But, the truth is, alcohol is inflammatory to the body and it’s worth reducing your intake. I find my sweet spot is 1-2 drinks per week. When I’m feeling like a glass of wine, a seltzer with lime, my fave adaptogenic drink or a warm cup of bone broth does satisfy me quite well. Here is my new favorite gut supporting drink:
  6. Supplement well. I know most of us have had to rely on over the counter or prescription meds at some point. In my experience, though (and this is NOT medical advice), it’s worth questioning what you’re prescribed. Every time I’ve been prescribed antibiotics for myself or my kids, I’ve asked the doctors if they are ABSOLUTELY needed. The answer has, surprisingly, always been “no”. I’m just so careful with antibiotics, as use of them in my younger years led to some pretty detrimental consequences. I’m also really adamant about trying to avoid antacids, PPIs, etc. again- NOT medical advice…I just encourage people to REALLY do their research before putting anything in their bodies. That being said, some well researched supplements have made a world of difference for me and I’m grateful, again, for the guidance of my functional nutritionist. My daily lineup is adaptogens, prebiotics, polyphenols, cbd and magnesium. That’s what works for me. Find  yourself a good practitioner who is open minded about the power of clean supplements (unfortunately, my GI doctor was not and it took my own work to find what I needed- but I’m SO glad I did the work!!) 

Lots of info here, I know. But, my goal is to shorten your journey to optimal health- whether its to improve immunity, energy, skin, gut health, etc… There are solutions out there and you will find them when you seek the right practitioners, find the root causes of your symptoms and remain open minded about all of the treatment options out there.
To your health!


Spring treats and good eats


Happy Passover! Happy Easter! Happy Spring!
Easter is coming up in our family the next two weekends. Yes, two- cause my husband and I both have blended families and my family is out of state. So we drag out holidays and I’m not the least bit sad about it (still a kid at heart 😂)

This weekend, we’ll be heading to my sister in laws house and I’m super excited to see everyone and feast on lots of good stuff. She asked me to bring a salad and I’m thrilled for that too- cause those of you who know me know cooking is not my talent 🤷🏻‍♀️

Next weekend, we’ll be hosting my family though- so I’ve been busy looking up healthier recipes to make. And there are so many- and guess what?? They can be JUST as delicious as our “traditional” holiday indulgences…

So I was inspired to throw together this quick blog for you with some fun Spring/Holiday ideas for your next get together too 🥗🍳🧇🥧

🍳LETS TALK BRUNCH! There’s probably not a meal out there that I enjoy more than brunch. And not just for the mimosas (though those don’t hurt). And believe it or not, brunch doesn’t have to be full of carbs and fat- it can even be tasty without those. My faves?? Make a huge fruit salad and a frittata. And better yet- make double so you have easy breakfasts and snacks for the week 👌👌

DON’T SKIMP ON VEGGIES : You know the best way to enjoy a holiday meal without feeling like crap after?? Fill half your plate with veggies. Yep- same thing you should be doing for all your meals, only on holidays, that other half of your plate may be filled with some yummy tradional foods you don’t get to eat very often. Awesome!! But, still nourish your body with some veggies!! If you’re heading to Easter lunch/dinner, bring a fun Spring salad or a cute veggie plate, like this one, found here:

I mean, how cute is this?!?!

AND LASTLY, DON’T FORGET A SWEET TREAT: What’s a holiday without some sweets, right? Personally, I do a very low gluten and lactose diet, and that can be hard when it comes to desserts. Here’s a recipe I’m gonna make for a sweet and refreshing Spring treat:

Love this for an Easter treat 🐰🐥//INGREDIENTS//-

1 cup almond flour

4 scoops vanilla IsaLean shake (you can find that here:

2 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut (separated into 1 1/2 cups and 1 cup)

Juice and zest of 1 lemon

3 tbsp coconut oil

3 tbsp honey

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp sea salt

DIRECTIONS: Put all the ingredients except 1 cup of coconut in a food processor and blend until well combined.Scoop out a heaped teaspoon of mixture and roll into a ball with hands.Finish off by rolling in coconut to cover the outside of the ball.Set in fridge for 1 hour to chill and set.

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend, time spent doing the things you absolutely love and joyful memories made ☀️☀️

Off to dye the Easter eggs with the kids! 🥚🥚
Cheers, friends!