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Eating Healthier Almost Plugged Her Toilet

Kaitlyn was on a mission to eat healthier and lose weight. For good. She was tired of gaining and losing the same 50 pounds. It was time for her to make a permanent change. She hired me to coach her through the challenging times. Kaitlyn knew what she needed to do, she just needed that extra push to keep her on track.
 
For a few weeks, things were going well for Kaitlyn. She was seeing results. A few pounds had dropped off the scale. Her energy was already on the rise. And then it happened. One day, Kaitlyn could barely get off the toilet. She thought it was just an off day. Then it happened again the next day. And the next. Finally, Kaitlyn clued in that the reason she had to “go” so much was because of all the vegetables she recently started eating.
 
Here’s the thing about veggies. Yes, they are good for you. They are jam-packed with fiber. Which makes you, um… “go.” Lots....
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10 Ways to Get More Fiber in Your Diet

You’ve probably heard that you need to eat more fiber but you may not even know where to start. How much do you need? What foods have fiber? What is fiber? There’s so much to know! Let me help clarify things for you:

What Does Fiber Do?

  • Decreases blood cholesterol, slows glucose absorption (keeping blood sugar lower)
  • Eliminates waste products
  • Keeps the “trains” running on time. Just make sure that you drink plenty of water with your increased fiber load or you’ll end up even more constipated. Think of what happens when you put only a bit of water into cement- it forms a giant, solid plug. Fiber is the same way. Thin it out with lots of water!

Types of Fiber:

  • Soluble Fiber: Dissolves in water, broken down in digestion/absorbed (eg. Legumes, fruit, vegetables)
  • Insoluble Fiber: Attracts water, adds bulk to the stool (Eg. Bran, beans, flax)

How Much Fiber Do You Need?

  • Men: 38g/day
  • Women: 25g/day
  • Many people only get less than 10g/day (That’s not...
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How to Eat Food- 5 Things You Really Need to Know

You’ve grown up eating food your entire life. But chances are you were never taught how to truly eat properly.  To get even more benefit from your nutrition, here’s five quick tips you can use to truly eat properly:

It takes at least 20 minutes to feel full

Eat until you are comfortably full, not stuffed. Eating slowly allows your normal feedback mechanism to kick in, telling your body to stop eating before it’s overfilled.

Chew your food thoroughly

This helps to break down into smaller pieces and mix saliva into them to start the breakdown process where it’s meant to start. Chew your food well until it’s in small, soft pieces. Watch your digestion improve with this one simple tip alone.

Chew liquid foods

Even liquid calories need to have saliva mixed into them to break them down properly. Anytime you drink foods such as smoothies, soups or coffee, make sure you chew them or swish them around your mouth. This mixes the important enzymes in your...

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Improve Your Mental Well Being By Working On Your Digestion

By being able to do all the stages of digestion well, you’ll be more likely to have adequate nutrient production. Your GI tract produces all kinds of nutrients and neurotransmitters such as serotonin. We are learning new information every day about what role the gut plays!

Your GI tract is part of building a healthy immune system and is very connected to mental health. Your gut produces between 70-90% of the serotonin in your body, which helps with mood, well-being, and happiness. If you want to have good mental health, improving your digestion is a great place to start.

Dylan is a young 26 year old who has severe bipolar disorder with mixed symptoms of depression and mania. Due to the type of bipolar disorder he has, it has been a challenge to find a medication that works consistently for him. As a result, he often needs medication changes and is rarely able to find a balance between his bipolar symptoms and the medication side effects.

When Dylan is manic, he is super...

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