I can't fall asleep. My mind is racing. My body's having a difficult time relaxing.
We all have those nights when we can't really fall asleep, but with stress becoming a mainstay in our culture these days, it can be hard to let go of whatever went on during the daytime and turn our brains on low to we can catch some zzz's.
Maybe not for everyone, but for a lot of people taking magnesium may be a good way to help find some calm in your nightly routine. The issue is, most folks don't actually get enough of this nutrient - in fact, it's one of the top nutrients that is lacking in our diet today. But why, might you ask, does it matter if we're not getting enough magnesium? Well, magnesium, the eighth most abundant mineral on Earth, helps with many functions that allow us to just chill out. This includes calming the energetic activity in your muscles (including a racing heart and an active brain!), regulating blood pressure, promoting restful sleep, and even helping d...
If you follow me on social, you probably have noticed I obviously love my morning drinks. But as much as I'd love to have a warm cup of coffee every single morning, that's just not great for my body or mind because of it's overstimulating effect. So most days I rotate between a cup of bone broth, tea, turmeric latte, or maybe decaf coffee once or twice a week.
My sweet friend Lauren from Flow With Delight is always sharing her deliciously unique coffee and non-coffee blends made with tahini on her IG stories, and after finally going grocery shopping for our new apartment to pick up some essentials (including creamy tahini), I decided to try it for myself. The result? Mind BLOWN.
Tahini, a paste made from sesame seeds, offers a lot of fun benefits, the most noticeable one being it's addition of a creamy earthiness to your drink. I've loved adding tahini recently because of the texture, the small boost of protein it adds to my drink (a tablespoon contains about 2.5 grams protei...
I love to snack - which, to be honest, isn't always the best for my booty. However, gathering together snack-like items to make a full, balanced meal? Mealtime perfection. This is why I'm so in love with creating little picnics and putting them into a bento box.
What is a bento box, exactly? Bento is simply a Japanese meal that brings various elements together and is typically stored in a box that is sectioned off. A bento box can consist of one container that has compartments holding different foods, or it can be a layer of smaller containers that snap together into one package. (I recently purchased this one and love it!!)
Typically my bento lunches are just real, whole, simple food that works together well. The combinations or foods don't need to be complicated and, in fact, work well without elaborate ingredients. Each element should compliment the other, while maintaining balance and, or course, pleasing the taste buds!
I first learned about ghee from my roommates a long time ago when I lived in Hawaii. I was health curious and they were health conscious, eating veggie-heavy meals and making their own food for their sweet little baby. I remember they used to grease their beloved cast iron pan with golden, nutty ghee before cooking their potatoes or peppers in it, resulting in a fragrant and delicious medley.
Ghee, if you're unfamiliar, is also known as clarified butter. After melting butter down, it's simmered until the milk solids (the lactose) rise to the top and are skimmed off. The finished product is a savory, nutty golden brown cooking fat that is perfect for crisping roasted veggies, scrambling eggs or adding into Bulletproof coffee.
Especially beneficial for those who are lactose intolerant due to the removal of the lactose element, ghee is treasured in Ayurvedic medicine for it's ability to lubricate joints and connective tissues, promote better memory, and improve digestion. Ayurve...
Probiotics have picked up quite a bit of fame in recent years, particularly due to the science + research that's consistently showing the connection between gut health + overall wellbeing. However, could the brightly shining spotlight blind the importance of other key players, like prebiotics? And what are these gut health helpers, anyway?
Probioticsare "good" bacteria that live in your gut (especially in the part of the digestive tract that includes the intestines) and support the absorption of nutrients, keep "bad" bacteria, yeasts and fungi at bay, and help digestive functions move smoothly. By keeping the gut healthy, probiotics also create a solid environment for the immune system to thrive, as an estimated 70% of immunity stems from the gut; and they help to balance mood by producing a large amount of the body's pleasure and happiness neurotransmitters. Collectively, probiotics live in an environment called a microbiome - a community of bacteria.
Since giving up coffee about a year ago, I've struggled to find a comparable alternative. Although I treat myself to decaf once a week, I've wanted something to drink on a more regular basis that still gives me that rich taste of coffee, but lacks the buzz + crash.
For me, tea lacks the boldness and volume that coffee encompasses, and while matcha is a great alternative, it still has too much caffeine for me to handle. After being on a caffeine sabbatical, even decaf coffee can sometimes do me in! So, what's a girl to do without her morning beverage?
Enter this delicious take on a Spiced Turmeric Latte! Sweetened with little more than a couple dates, this drink low in sugar, while also chockfull of healthy fats from cashews and ghee, loaded with anti-inflammatory properties from the turmeric, and even good for the adrenals since it's coffee-free + has an added pinch of sea salt. This simple recipe is full of Fall flavor and a boost of nutrient-dense ingredients fit for a wellness...
A little over a year ago I began experiencing debilitating anxiety that made me feel out of control of my own body. It was accompanied by the occasional panic attack, which I had never experienced before in my life - and it was terrifying. It's difficult to explain the emotional feelings and physical sensations that the panic brings to someone who has never been an anxious person or known what a panic attack feels like. But, fortunately I have had an amazing support system (thanks, mom!), been introduced to invaluable tools, and was able to lean back on my nutrition education.
Anxiety is something I've been open with, but not loudly. Because of my personal connection to anxiety and the real struggles it's brought into my life, specifically in the past year, it's always a topic that's in the back of my mind. Anxiety is actually a quite normal reaction to stress - something many of us are familiar with. However, there's still a stigma around the topic that makes it scary - or w...
On this last official day of summer before the Autumnal Equinox, it occurrs to me just how much my body flows with the seasons and how strongly my cravings reflect that. Instead of fresh peaches, berries + delicate greens I've eaten all summer, I've got heartier kale, sweet squash + crunchy apples on my mind. Is this all because of the changing leaves outside my front door and the mention of Pumpkin Spice Lattes? Or is there a biological shift when we reach this cusp of the seasons?
Though "seasonal produce" or "seasonal eating" have become buzzwords, our ancestors were way ahead of the game! Back when hunting + gathering was actually necessary for survival, our predecessors had no choice but to eat with the seasons. For them, the luxury of going to the grocery store to pick up an avocado shipped in from Mexico wasn't an option - they'd actually have to travel for months to go south of the border and pick an avo from a tree themselves (and by then they may have been out of s...