"These foods provide the necessary fiber to promote gut health; essential vitamins and minerals we are often deficient in; phytonutrients to provide antioxidant activity and anti-inflammatory benefits; essential fats from rich seafood, nuts/seeds, and olive oil; and encourages eating a wide variety of different foods."
When a food thought is all consuming, I recommend sitting down in a quiet place and asking yourself, what am I looking to experience right now? Am I looking for happiness? Love? Joy? Stress relief? A distraction? Do I need to have a conversation with someone I’m putting off? Am I not speaking my truth in some area of my life?
My passion with gut health started with my own health issues that emerged starting with gut discomfort, body aches and pains, fatigue, skin issues, brain fog, among other things. I scoured the possibilities of what could be going on but it wasn’t until I addressed my gut health with a stool test that I discovered my root cause of the issues I was experiencing. Addressing those things made the difference in my health and it’s been my passion ever since. I understand the lengths someone will go to get their health back in order. I’m here to shorten that path.
Within this scope, I use nutrition, genomics, food sensitivities, functional testing, nutrient status, supplements, and coaching to support the body back to dynamic balance. I believe every person that comes to see me needs something a little different than the person before, therefore, I personalize all my plans to meet my clients where they are at and what their body needs at that moment. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all diet, we all need something different. I work to find those unique differences and help my clients implement any changes they need to make in their lifestyle. All of this while providing support, compassion, positivity, and a listening ear.
Hi Paula, so great to have you join us again. For folks who might have missed our earlier conversations, can you please take a minute to briefly introduce yourself?
Hi! I’m a Registered Dietitian, Functional Medical Nutrition Therapist, and a Master Mindset and Wellness Coach. I love helping women overcome digestive and hormone issues through nutrition, functional medical testing, strategic supplement use, and neuro-linguistic programing (NLP).
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In order to function properly, it needs specific vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, amino acids, essential fats, fibres, and fermented foods to nurture the multiple systems involved in keeping the immune system operating in harmony within our body.
For instance, it’s important to support gut health and keep inflammation in check for a strong immune system. It’s amazing to note that 70-80% of the immune system is housed in the gut.
This is because our gut has significant contact with the outside world through the food and beverages we ingest that could expose us to potential pathogens.
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My biggest tip is to tell yourself you are allowed to have sugar, you just CHOOSE to have it or not. Put the power into your hands and take away the “should” or “shouldn’t” which can just propel you to want sugar more.
Have you noticed the minute you tell yourself you “can’t” have something is the moment you really want it?
Moving away from restriction into allowance can be super powerful because now you get to make a decision at the moment and choose to do the best thing for your body in that situation, it’s more self-care at this point rather than punishment. Coming from a state of punishment never works anyway.
Also, give yourself permission to have a little sugar here and there. When you know you are allowed to have it in the near future it’s much easier to say no at the frequent temptations. Creating that balance between diligence and allowance is a healthy, sustainable way to live a healthy lifestyle.
Create a routine: First things first, a routine is critical to leading a healthy lifestyle and this is probably the first thing that slipped once we were forced to stay at home more. Establish a consistent wake-up time and bedtime to make sure your sleep stays on track.
Next, schedule in workouts or some type of activity daily. Plan out when you will be eating meals and snacks and stick with it. If you find yourself in the pantry looking for something to nosh on outside of your established eating schedule, remind yourself when your next meal/snack is and back away.
This will prevent you from mindless eating when you are just looking for a distraction or comfort.
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