Muffins are a special breakfast around here. I don't put in the effort to bake them terribly often, but when I do throw together a batch I am always satisfied with the ease of grabbing one off the counter in the morning. Bread-y goodness paired with a pat of golden butter or dollop of creamy nut butter is quite the luxurious way to start the day. These basic coconut flour muffins are the perfect compromise. Made in the food processor with only nutrient-dense ingredients, this recipe is both simple and healthy enough for everyday munching. Now this is the type of breakfast routine I could get used to.Read More
This post is part of a series that covers the many ways in which nutrition, digestive health and mood are related. We hope that you find it helpful. If there are any topics that you would like to see covered, leave us a comment and we will try to add them to our series too!
When stress is high it can seem difficult to breathe fully. The chest becomes tight and constricted, the shoulders rise and the belly squeezes in. Breathing feels choppy, shallow and contrived. This is an obvious contrast from the effortlessly smooth and rhythmic breath that we experience in moments of calm. However, for those struggling with chronic anxiety and worry, tension and strain in the breath can start to seem normal. Breathing exercises that focus on the exhale can help to reverse such patterns of restriction in the body, and in turn bring some ease to the mind. In fact, when done correctly, full and mindful breathing has been found to be one of the most effective grounding techniques to combat stress and restore a sense of spaciousness and relaxation in the body.Read More
Tags: Heal Your Mind
Earlier today I walked into my kitchen to a frightful sight. An entire bunch of bananas lay saggy, spotted and brown on the counter. I’m not sure how it happened but there they were, too mushy to be eaten and too fragrant to be left out for long. In the face of an impending fruit fly attack, I needed a recipe to use up these bananas quickly. With five ingredients and only one bowl required, these simple cookies proved to be just the thing. I served a heaping plateful as an afternoon snack and they were snatched up by desiring fingers in minutes. No more bananas in sight!Read More
I have yet to meet an individual who enjoys going to the dentist. If you are that person, then bravo, because when I hear the words “the dentist” I have a tendency to cringe. I dread it. There is something about that place that makes me want to run for the hills. Despite the soothing wall colors, decor, and friendly staff, I am terrified of a simple cleaning. However, this year was slightly different, as when my appointment came around I had a little secret up my sleeve and was actually rather intrigued to see if it would help.Read More
Tags: Supplements & Remedies
Stress. It happens. There are certainly those days when the tangle of deadlines, bills, chores, and appointments on my schedule just seem like way too much to handle. Add to this the sporadic dinging and buzzing of emails, texts and calls, and it can be tempting to throw my phone out the window and plop myself down on the couch in protest. Sound at all familiar to you? Lately I've been enjoying this DIY salve as a gentle relaxation-helper during the day. With carefully selected essential oils that refresh and reset the senses, and a touch of magnesium oil to help slow down the body and mind, it is a quick, luxurious treat. I recommend whipping up a few jars of this Stress Soothing Balm to tuck away in bags and pockets for some trusty, on-the-go tension relief.
Welcome my sister Kelsey back to the blog! Together we are working on a series that covers the many ways in which nutrition, digestive health and mood are related. We hope that you find it helpful. If there are any topics that you would like to see covered, leave us a comment and we will try to add them to our series too!
At the height of my anxiety I found myself drifting away from social events and outings with my closest friends. I was so terrified to leave the comfort of my house because I was afraid that I could possibly get sick. My stomach was acting up a lot and my anxious thoughts were so strong that it was easier for me to retreat. It was difficult because I knew I was missing out on many fun things, and I really did want to go out and enjoy life fully. However when push came to shove, I just could not do as much physically and mentally as I wanted. I began to blame myself for not getting over my anxiety, which only increased it. This was a tiring and exhausting cycle. I didn't realize then that using some very simple relaxation tools could make a big difference for my body and mind.Read More
Tags: Heal Your Mind
A few weeks ago, my sister Kelsey wrote a post about how she healed her acne using real foods and superfood supplements. She is back to share one of her favorite all-natural ways to moisturize and replenish the skin using ingredients you can find in the kitchen!
Winter really took a toll on my dry skin this year. It seems to do so every year, despite my daily moisturizing techniques. Fortunately, I am a big fan of DIY face masks and have tried just about every single one out there...and if you have looked on Pinterest lately, you know there are a whole lot of face masks to try! I find it kind of fun to play around with natural ingredients and see how they really affect the skin. Plus, I also get to spook people with all that gooey stuff on my face! Recently I tried the classic banana and honey face mask, which left my skin feeling incredibly soft. I like this one in particular because it is super easy to make and offers a lot of great benefits for nourishing the skin inside and out.
I love making nut butters of all kinds. From almond butter, the trusty classic, to versions using more unique ingredients like cashews and raw honey, I find each variation satisfying. Lately I've been experimenting with seed butters too. And let me tell you, they are equally as delightful. Pumpkin seed butter is one of my absolute favorites and, If you can get over the fact that it is green, I'm sure you will fall in love with it too. This recipe uses soaked pumpkin seeds and a warming blend of spices to make a unique and versatile butter that pairs well with sweet and salty foods alike.
A few weeks ago we started a series on the The Unspoken Solution for Anxiety here on the blog. This collection of articles looks at the many ways in which nutrition, digestive health and psychological well-being are related. There is an abundance of fascinating scientific literature out there connecting food and mental health, but unfortunately a lot of this information has never made it to the mainstream. Therefore our series is being built as a way to share some of our own knowledge on these important topics with you. This week, I want to offer up an article that I recently wrote discussing the link between vitamin B12 and mental health. While this article focuses mainly on depression, there are a lot of overlaps in the pathophysiology of anxiety and depression that make it highly relevant to our series. Let's take a look!Read More
Tags: Fuel Your Body
There is something about sitting down at the end of a long day with a hot bowl of stew in hand that is entirely relaxing. The curls of steam rising off the top, the comforting aroma of slow-cooked veggies and meat mingling together, and of course, the luxury of having time to finish all of the pesky prep dishes before the meal even starts. This simple beef stew is an absolute pleasure to both make and serve. Using plain, easy-to-find ingredients, the flavors meld together beautifully to create a dish that is far more complex tasting than it is to create.
Tags: Fuel Your Body