5 Steps to Manage Menopause Naturally 

2021-04-13T00:07:29+00:00Health|

Menopausal hormones  First, let’s talk about what actually happens to women during menopause, because this is an often misunderstood time in women’s lives. As women approach midlife, sex hormone production slowly begins to decline over the course of 10-15 years, aka menopause!  During this process, ovaries hand over the job of making sex hormones progesterone, estrogen and testosterone to your adrenal glands. If you are like most women I know, your adrenals might already be taxed with everyday stress, family, work obligations, etc. When the added work of making hormones is given to adrenals, it often leads to a sudden onset of unpleasant symptoms—low energy, weight gain, hot flashes, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, anxiety and depression.  The decline in estrogen

Which fast should you do to lose weight?

2021-04-01T21:23:12+00:00Health|

Weight loss is not the result of successful calorie-counting. If it was, we would have solved obesity years ago. Nevertheless many people get caught up in this “calorie in, calorie out” myth, which inevitably leads to frustration and only short term results. The truth is...weight gain is the result of an imbalance in these two hormones: insulin and leptin. Without fixing these two hormones, weight loss efforts will be fleeting. So how do you fix leptin and insulin?  INSULIN Insulin in your fat storing hormone. When insulin isn’t able to manage sugar intake (aka glucose), the body resorts to storing sugar in fat tissue.  Insulin resistance is created over time. It’s an accumulation of years of inflammation in the

Can fasting help with anxiety?

2021-03-29T15:14:00+00:00Health|

Have you ever considered where anxiety comes from inside the body? Well, there is a part of the midbrain called the amygdala and the job of the amygdala is to keep you safe. It’s always on the lookout for danger. When it perceives danger or a stressful situation—whether valid or not—it triggers a “fight, flight or freeze” response.  The thing is, we can often get locked into this constant state of reactivity, where the amygdala gets stuck in perceived danger, usually based on past events. I often refer to this as having an “amygdala brain”. It can feel like no matter what you do, you’re stuck in a feeling of stress and anxiety. While the amygdala sends information to

Should I fast if I don’t have a cycle?

2021-03-25T19:08:41+00:00Health|

Should you fast if you don’t have a cycle? The short answer is yes! In fact, fasting may be the healing tool that energizes your cycle. Fasting has the ability to bring the body into homeostasis and balance, allowing to naturally regulate sex hormones, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. The key is understanding how to use fasting to help your cycle. Women can lose their cycle for a variety of reasons. Women may be on birth control, have had a hysterectomy, are in the perimenopausal, menopausal or postmenopausal stage of life, or have a condition such as PCOS.  However, many women aren't sure why they don’t have a cycle. In these cases, I recommend doing a Dutch Hormone Test. The

Which types of fasting boost your immune system?

2021-03-08T17:59:01+00:00Health|

Studies show that fasting has incredible benefits—increasing mood, energy, mental clarity, weight loss, lowering inflammation, and boosting the immune system, helping it better defend against pathogens, viruses and bacteria.  There are three steps you’ll want to take to create this heightened immune response.  Step 1: Become Metabolically Flexible The first step to boosting your immune system is becoming metabolically flexible, this means you can easily go in and out of being a fat-burner and a sugar-burner. Metabolic flexibility has been shown by science as a valid approach to “dampening” the COVID-19 virus. Yet only 12% of American adults are metabolically healthy! How does metabolic flexibility help defend against viruses? Viruses do not have their own metabolism. This means that

Will intermittent fasting slow your metabolism?

2021-03-04T19:02:26+00:00Health|

A question I get all the time is, "won't intermittent fasting slow down my metabolism?" One of the most common mistakes I see fasters make is repeating the same fast over and over. Here’s what usually happens—when you first adopt a fasting lifestyle, you’ll likely see immediate positive results, you may start dropping weight, find an increase in your energy, focus and mental clarity. All great things. You get so excited about these results that you decide to continue intermittent fasting day after day. Then suddenly you realize you’re not seeing the same results. Maybe you’re even starting to gain weight.  Repetitive Intermittent Fasting and Metabolism Here’s what happened: repetitive intermittent fasting slowed down your metabolism.  Think of it

Should you fast when you’re sick?

2021-02-04T17:28:31+00:00Health|

This is a great question, and I’ve been getting it a lot lately, especially in today’s viral climate.  The first thing I want you to do is to listen to your intuition. Have you ever noticed that animals will naturally fast when they’re not feeling well. It’s one of the first signs that there might be something wrong with your pet when they stop eating. You have an inner doctor inside you, that speaks to you through cravings and feelings. So instead of worrying about what you should do, ask yourself --do I feel like fasting or eating right now?  Fasting & Viruses: There are several things we know happen to your body when you fast: Ketones prime the

Fats that will make it easier to fast.

2021-02-01T19:01:05+00:00Health|

Contrary to what you may have been taught, not all fats are bad. One of the mistakes beginner fasters often make is failing to differentiate between good fats versus bad fats.  Eating too many bad fats can end up preventing you from seeing fasting results, leaving you frustrated, not getting into ketosis and hungry! Bad fats actually make it hard to fast. I covered this top in my previous video, so if you haven’t watched it, go back and watch it now. In The Resetter Podcast with Dr. Cate Shanahan, Dr. Cate went so far as to say that bad fats were even worse for you than sugar! That the consumption of bad fats is truly what is underlying

Bad fats that make it hard to fast

2021-01-28T18:19:31+00:00Health|

If you are new to fasting and/or keto, one of the first things I educate on is that bad fats will make it hard to fast. The body has two options for creating energy. It can either burn sugar or burn fat for fuel. When you fast (especially longer fasts), the body is forced to burn up all readily available sugar, and when glucose is significantly used up, the body will begin to burn fatty acids from stored fat for energy. When this transition to burning fat for energy is made, the body produces ketones and is said to be in a state of “ketosis”. There are levels of ketosis, from light to therapeutic.  Now, there are some foods

Struggling to lose weight while fasting?

2021-01-21T17:09:29+00:00Health|

Are you struggling to lose weight while fasting? Weight loss occurs when you’ve made the switch from burning sugar to burning fat for fuel. We call this being a “fat burner”, and this switch is defined by the presence of ketones in the body. There are a few things that can prevent this switch from happening. However the good news is, there are five things you can do to make the switch and unstick your weight.  Increase your fasting window It’s possible that you just haven’t fasted enough. Generally it takes consistent fasting to see results. It requires that you try to make fasting a lifestyle habit, not just something you do once in a while. If you are

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