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My Pre-Wedding Skincare Regimen (Surprise: It’s not “All Natural” or “Paleo”!)

Planning a wedding is stressful enough without being worried about the way your skin looks as the big day approaches. And sometimes eating well, sleeping plenty, and exercising regularly isn’t enough to support healthy skin. I’ve been experiencing a serious acne and keratosis pilaris flare up over the past few months, which I attribute to stress and hormonal changes. My...
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Stress and Gut Health: How The Gut-Brain Axis Causes Your Digestive Symptoms

Has a doctor ever told you your gut symptoms are “all in your head”? Many conventional doctors attribute unexplainable gut conditions to “psychosomatic” causes, meaning their symptoms are primarily due to negative emotions or stress. Suffering patients are usually diagnosed with IBS, which is often accompanied with an “it’s all in your head” response from their doctor. Patients are sick...
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5 Reasons Not To Avoid Beans and Legumes

Hardcore Paleo advocates fervently argue that legumes are unhealthy and are to be completely avoided for optimal health. Their main concern with beans, lentils and peas surrounds the high levels of anti-nutrients in legumes, which they claim lead to poor nutrient absorption and inflammation. While there is some truth to these arguments and there are people who may benefit by...
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Do You Know How To Rest?

This year has started out a little rougher than I had expected. I’ve shared in the past how I’ve developed “adrenal fatigue” type symptoms from hustling for worthiness and up until recently I felt like I had really moved on from that type of lifestyle. Over the past year I had been feeling positively about my body image, flowing in...
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How To Bust Through A Fat Loss Plateau

This is a short preview of an article featured at GirlsGoneStrong.com Fat loss can be one of the most challenging and controversial fitness goals that a woman can set for herself. Especially women who are already relatively lean, for whom losing a little bit more fat can be particularly challenging. While the desire to achieve a certain fat loss goal isn’t...
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10 Reasons You Might Be At Risk For Vitamin A Deficiency

Vitamin A is a nutrient that has gotten a seriously bad rap over the years, with most people (dietitians/nutritionists included!) under the false impression that vitamin A is dangerous, and that we need to be careful we don’t get too much. In my practice as a nutritionist, I find that many, if not most of my clients aren’t getting enough...
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5 Physical and Spiritual Health Lessons From My Daniel Fast

If you follow me on Instagram, you may know that I recently participated in a spiritual fast with my church. The fast our church chose to follow is called The Daniel Fast. It is a biblically based partial fast designed around the book of Daniel, where the prophet Daniel chose to abstain from any pleasurable food and subsisted on plain...
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Fitness is about doing BETTER. Not MORE.

One amazing thing I’ve discovered from working with a strength and conditioning coach for the past year and a half is this: Fitness is about doing BETTER, not MORE. I used to kill myself at the gym for 1-2 hours a day, 5-6 days per week. I did bootcamp classes that left me unable to walk downstairs the next day....
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5 Common Paleo Diet Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

Making the switch from a standard American diet to a whole foods “Paleo” (primal, ancestral, whatever you call it) diet is usually a great first step to improving your health. Perhaps you lost some stubborn body fat when you first made the switch, or perhaps your annoying acne started to die down. You may have even had some significant health...
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My 2017 Word of the Year: Intimacy

Photo Credit: Brett and Jessica Photography in·ti·ma·cy (noun): close familiarity or friendship; closeness. Rather than setting any new year’s resolutions, for the past two years I’ve set “intention words” that guided my decision making through the year. I’ve much preferred this mindset and it has really shaped my approach to life in a positive way. Last year, in 2016, my word...
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