Healthy Food for Busy People

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Can I be real with you in this post? Has anyone else reading this had a child and found themselves trying to figure out how to get back to “normal?”

In search of finding my new norm post-baby, I literally wrote out a plan. I would have work, parenting, exercise, meal planning, and cooking in perfect order by the time my kid hit six months old… okay, maybe a year. Continue reading “Healthy Food for Busy People”

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Avocado, and Lime

It’s that time of the year where my body seems to be craving anything green. I love Brussels sprouts and trying different recipes with them. That’s where this fun recipe for Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Avocado, and Lime came from. Continue reading “Brussels Sprouts with Bacon, Avocado, and Lime”

7 Ways to Detox Naturally!

Anyone who thinks detox is unimportant or bogus  — ahem, much of the conventional medical community  — is not serving you or your body. It’s plain foolish to think you can sidestep or escape the 80,000 chemicals in our environment.
Continue reading “7 Ways to Detox Naturally!”

Shishito Peppers with Creamy Sriracha Sauce

This time of the year, there’s nothing like a spicy snack. Ok, maybe any time of the year 😉  I really enjoy foods with a kick.

I was pursuing the aisles of my favorite health food store, saw some shishitos, and thought of the delicious (but goodness what kind of scary ingredients are probably in them?) appetizers I’ve had, and thought….YES…I can do healthy, spicy, delicious shishito peppers with creamy sriracha sauce! Continue reading “Shishito Peppers with Creamy Sriracha Sauce”

The 4 Best Tips to Beat Your Sugar Cravings for Good!

I have a love/hate relationship with sugar! I love how it tastes, but hate that it is so harmful to my health.

I had been making healthy lifestyle adjustments for a couple of years before I was really able to give sugar the boot! Sugar was the hardest thing for me to stop consuming in my new healthy lifestyle. I already knew that it was making me tired and triggered my migraines, but for some reason, I couldn’t stop craving it! It was so frustrating. Can you relate?

Then I learned that it wasn’t my fault. Packaged foods are chemically engineered to make us continue to crave them! And because scientists know that humans are drawn to sugar, they’re sneaking it into more packaged food items than you’d think! We know there is sugar in cakes, cookies, and ice cream.

But did you know sugar is also in salad dressings, sauces, and yogurt? I wrote a post here where I listed the top 10 places that sugar is hiding.

As a side note: did you catch how I mentioned that scientists are making our packaged foods? That’s something I found really disturbing! It’s not chefs making these food items, but scientists and engineers!

Before I get to how to kick your sugar habit, it’s important for you to know how much sugar is recommended for your maximum daily intake. The RDA (recommended daily amount) of added sugar is 11g for kids (lower that number for younger kids and increase that number for older kids), 25g for women, and 34g for men.

Ok…now let’s get to the part where we kick sugar out!

The #1 piece of knowledge that really helped me quit sugar was knowing how much harm it was doing to my body. So, I’d like to share how sugar is harming your health.

Negative Effects of Sugar

The negative effects of sugar are endless! Sugar can now be linked to EVERY disease. While I’m supplying you with one source/study for the topics below, I want to point out that there are tons of studies out there from all over the world showing how sugar is killing us. The proof continues to stack up against sugar! The following list should give you plenty of motivation to kick sugar to the curb!

Negative Health Symptoms/Illnesses Linked to Sugar

Don’t let that list scare you – let it empower you! If I can quit sugar, I KNOW you can too! Here are some tips to get you started:

When quitting sugar, DO NOT:

> Tell yourself that you can never have sugar again. When you tell yourself “I can’t have sugar,” you want it even more! Instead, tell yourself that you don’t want it. You now know how harmful it is to you and you don’t want poor health, which means you don’t want sugar.

> Feel deprived when you choose to pass it up. Instead, give yourself a pat on the back! You have the power, sugar doesn’t.

> Hang out at places or with people who trigger your want for sugar. We all have that one restaurant that we just ‘have to’ get dessert from. Or we have that one friend who wants to share dessert every time we meet for a meal. In the early stages of quitting sugar, you’ll want to avoid these places and people.

> I realize it’s impossible to never again have sugar, so don’t beat yourself up when you do have sugar. Make a deal with yourself that it will be ok to have a treat every once in a while. If you start to see your sugar habit getting out of control again, stop yourself. The good thing is that now you know what to do to stop that cycle!

The 4 Best Tips to Beat Your Sugar Cravings for Good!

When quitting sugar, you must:

1. Find the root cause of your sugar craving. Sugar cravings may come from emotional needs that aren’t met. Do you want a hug or to have a meaningful conversation with someone, but aren’t able to? That can cause you to seek comfort from food.

It may be that you have an imbalance in your gut bacteria. Fermented foods, probiotics and quitting sugar will help balance it out again. The easiest way to find out what the root cause is is to journal. Journal how you physically and mentally feel before and after you eat. You will probably start to see a pattern develop in your emotions around eating and how your body is reacting to your food choices (ie bloating, mood swings, fatigue).

2. Consume fiber. Sugar is a toxin and fiber helps us eliminate toxins. Fiber also helps keep us full longer and aids our body in processing sugars. The best source of fiber is fruits and vegetables. I do suggest a fiber supplement while getting over sugar cravings, and this is the best fiber supplement I’ve found. It’s organic, made from real food, and tastes yummy. (FYI – you can use code HippieDippieMom for $50 off of your first order.)

3. Eat healthy fats to keep you feeling full longer and keep your blood sugar stable. Good fats are essential to good health! Every single cell in your body needs fat to function properly. Your brain is 60% fat. Vitamins A, D, E and K need fat in order for our body to use those vitamins. We all have fat cells, and if we’re not filling them with healthy fats, they’re probably full of toxins. Restricting your fat intake may be one reason why you crave sugar.

When you crave a specific type of food – that is your body’s way of telling you are lacking in necessary nutrients. We usually temporarily relieve that craving with junk food because it’s yummy and easy to get. Examples of healthy fats include: organic coconut oil, avocados or avocado oil, nuts and nut butters, butter from grass-fed cows, and olive oil.

4. Replenish your nutrients. As I mentioned a couple sentences ago, when you crave a specific type of food – that is your body’s way of telling you that you are lacking in necessary nutrients. On top of eating whole organic foods, supplements have become a necessary part of our well-being today. Farms soils have been overfarmed, which leaves the soil deficient in vitamins and minerals, which then makes the fruit and veggies grown in the soil deficient of vitamins and minerals, which leads to humans being deficient in vitamins and mineralsThis article states that “A Kushi Institute analysis of nutrient data from 1975 to 1997 found that average calcium levels in 12 fresh vegetables dropped 27 percent; iron levels 37 percent; vitamin A levels 21 percent, and vitamin C levels 30 percent” and “yet another study concluded that one would have to eat eight oranges today to derive the same amount of Vitamin A as our grandparents would have gotten from one.”

Be aware that most of the supplements available today are made from chemicals and synthetic ingredients that harm your health more than they help. One tip to know you’re getting a good quality supplement is to make sure it is made from organic food. You can do this by checking the ingredients on the label. This is one of my favorite supplement lines and this organic greens shake doubles as a supplement and a healthy snack. It provides 97% of your recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables and is the equivalent of eating 6 superfood salads! As with the fiber supplement mentioned above, you can enter code HippieDippieMom for $50 off your first order.

Once the sugar cravings are gone, it is ok to consume sweets every so often. Here are some ideas of sweets that won’t harm your health:

  • Organic Dark Chocolate. Dark chocolate can actually be beneficial to your health in small amounts. The higher the percentage of cocoa in the dark chocolate, the better it is for you. I like this one or this one.
  • Lily’s Chocolate contains NO sugar! It’s sweetened with stevia but tastes like the sugar-filled chocolate we’re used to. I use their chocolate chips to bake with or the chocolate bar to take a bite from.
  • Monk Fruit Sweetener is what I use in place of sugar in baking, in my coffee, or anywhere else I might use sugar. It’s a 1:1 sub for sugar, has no gross aftertaste, isn’t made from chemicals like some artificial sweeteners, and is low glycemic. It comes in powderedgranular, and brown.
  • Follow Bri’s ‘Healthy-ish Treats’ boards on Pinterest. I still love to bake and have my occasional sweet treats too. I pin recipes that have better quality ingredients than conventional treats.

**Be sure to join Melissa and Bri for their live event on January 30 at 8 pm PST. During “Detox Your Makeup Bag and Your Supplements,” we’ll help you discover how to identify and eliminate toxins that are hiding in your makeup and supplements. These toxins contribute to many negative health issues. We will be available to answer questions during and after the event. There will also be a giveaway (but you have to be there live to be entered)!! Join here and invite your friends!**

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About Bri. Bri is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Registered Nurse, blogger and founder of HippieDippieMom. Bri is passionate about helping others eliminate common toxins from their personal environment so that they’re able to reach their wellness goals. More information about eliminating toxins from your personal environment can be found at Bri would love it if you joined her private Facebook Group here, followed her on Instagram here, or Pinterest here.

How EFT (a form of energy healing) Helps to Detox Emotions & Achieve Your Best Health

I am so excited to introduce you to one of my favorite healing modalities. I had a very special guest join me to teach you How to use EFT/Energy work to detox emotions and achieve your best health… Continue reading “How EFT (a form of energy healing) Helps to Detox Emotions & Achieve Your Best Health”

How to Make Kombucha at Home + Elderberry Kombucha Recipe

Kombucha is one of my favorite immune-boosting, gut healing drinks. It’s so easy to make at home and so much cheaper. The list of uses and benefits goes on and on. If you’re looking for a great way to replace soda, boost immunity, and ditch the afternoon coffee habit, look no further! Read on and learn How to make kombucha at home + Elderberry Kombucha Recipe… Continue reading “How to Make Kombucha at Home + Elderberry Kombucha Recipe”

How to Make and Use Elderberry Syrup

Last week, I brought you the health benefits of elderberry. This week, as promised, I wanted to bring you the first simple DIY elderberry recipe to save you money and boost your health and wellness. Read on and learn how to make and use elderberry syrup at home… Continue reading “How to Make and Use Elderberry Syrup”

Elderberry Benefits & Immune-Boosting Recipes

Cold and flu season has officially arrived. It’s the time of the year where it seems everyone is sick. I’m definitely still recommending my top tips to recover from a cold quickly, but this year, my family has been using something new and different that I think you’ll love. Read on to learn about elderberry benefits in this 3-part DIY health-boosting series… Continue reading “Elderberry Benefits & Immune-Boosting Recipes”

2017 Healthy Holiday Gift Guide

For the Love of All That is Healthy

  1. Butcher Box Subscription – Pasture-raised meat delivered to your door! 100% grass-fed and grass finished, antibiotic and hormone-free, and NEVER raised on a factory farm. Get $10 off your first order + free bacon. Grab a box here.
  2. Thrive Market Membership – Access to organic groceries at a discount! New members get 25% off your first order, plus a 30-day trial and + free shipping for a limited time when you sign up here.
  3. Perfect Supplements – All of my favorite supplements in one place. This company is the only company that I have found who carries all of our favorites, at the lowest prices around! Use code “RNL15” at checkout to save an extra 15% sitewide. Available here.
  4. Young Living Starter Set – I love Young Living Essential Oils. They have elevated my families wellness and helped so much with my EBV. I use them daily. The Premium Starter Kit is an incredible deal! Get yours here.

For The Love of Food

  1. Vitamix Blender – I use my Vitamix Blender every day for green smoothies and bulletproof mochas! I have this one because it fits on my counter top and under the cabinets with no issue. Available here. 
  2. GreenPan Cookware – Safer non-stick pans great for cooking stuff that sticks all the time. Available here.
  3. Instant Pot– Because who has the time?! Available here.

For The Movers and Shakers

  1. Defender Shield Headphones – Go hands-free and reduce exposure to EMFs! Available here.
  2. Non-toxic Yoga Mat – If you are doing yoga, then you know it involves a lot of deep breathing. Do not breathe in toxic fumes from traditional yoga mats, buy a non-toxic yoga mat for a totally zen experience. Available here.
  3. Pitangafit Active Wear – Premium eco-friendly active wear for fitness or everyday life at great prices. These are the cutest most comfortable yoga pants I’ve worn. 10% off with discount code “YVA10”Available here. 

For The Babies (& New Parents!)

  1. Belly Armor Belly Blanket – Shield your baby from radiation exposure! I plan to use this when I’m pregnant with baby #2 and feel better when I lay my baby down with it. Available here. 
  2. Green Toys – Makes safe, eco-friendly toys from recycled material right here in the US. Priced similar to toxic brands you’d find at your local toy chain. Available here. 
  3. Beautycounter Diaper Bag – With safe baby products. These are the only products I used on my baby. After the baby was a couple months old this became the best computer bag ever. Get the set here.

For the Beauty Junkie

  1. Beautycounter – My go-to brand for safe skin care and their holiday collections are so beautiful! Available here.
  2. 100PercentPure Nail Polish – Safe, long-lasting polish. This is also the makeup brand I would use if I had a teen. It’s inexpensive and safe. I don’t find the performance (outside of nail polish) as high as Beautycounter, but it’s such a great option! Available here.
  3. Home Microdermabrasion – This has been my safe, natural go-to for graceful aging and getting my hyper-pigmentation under control. My clients love it for acne as well. Available here.

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Melissa Schollaert is a Holistic Health & Nutrition Counselor and founder of Real Nutritious Living. Helping others achieve their health goals to attain their healthiest, happiest life is her greatest ambition.

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