80/20 Vegan Plant Based Lifestyle for Health & Balance Plus A VIDEO!

Its been a minute since I’ve posted a YouTube video for you (more like years, not minutes but hey who’s counting, right?)

This video is about my approach to eating and basically everything in my life.

The 80/20 rule aka the Pareto principle states that roughly 80% of the events come from 20% of the causes. It has been adopted in business management stating that 80% of profits come from 20% of clients/customers. Interestingly enough it has been found true in several areas in life, for example 80% of the worlds wealth is in the hands of 20% of the worlds population.

I sort of use it for everything.

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How To Boost Your Mood and Deal with Anxiety Naturally

When it comes to stress, anxiety, depression and overall mood one of the often overlooked impacts is the food we eat (or don’t eat for that matter).

Food and various nutrients are vital for the body and mind to feel happy, clam and clear. At the same time, there are also foods that can causes stress by spiking cortisol, leave us irritable from a sugar crash or a difficiency in an amino acid or vitamin inhibiting our bodies ability to produce feel good hormones like serotonin and dopamine.

Everyone wants to wake up feeling positive and ready to take on the day regardless of their circumstances or be able to stay calm in a less than ideal situation. Getting up in the morning and feeling sad without a “good reason” to feel sad is not the most empowering way to start your day.

I do believe that everyone is different and their circumstances are not the same nor is their unique biochemistry.  However, I firmly believe that you can add, remove or adjust the foods you are eating to increase the amount of positive vibes that radiate from within you. i’ve experienced it myself. In essence, the foods you eat can impact your personality and outlook on life so to speak.

Science has recently discovered that we are only 10% human cells and the rest is microbiota or tiny bacteria. Much of which reside in our gut where most of our serotonin is produced. As Dr. Grundy puts it from his interview on The School Of Greatness podcast, these “bacteria send text messages to our brain” effecting our actions, decision making and homornes that can impact cravings and mood.  In addition to eating a diet that is nutritionally sound providing proper vitamins and minerals, “our bacteria control our behavior” so that means that the food we feed those little guys really matters as well.

Over the last 7 or so years, but specifically the last two I’ve made adjustments to the foods I’ve eaten and have experienced a change in my mood  and below are some of the things I’ve learned and experienced that have left me feeling positive and with a sense of endles possibility for my life.

*NOTE: Keep in mind that this is my personal experience and I am not a doctor so be sure to talk with your doctor before trying anything out for yourself.

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12 Quotes to Inspire a Healthy Lifestyle

I love lists and I quotes. I know, how basic of me but I feel like a good quote has the ability to inspire change and ignite something within us that might have been dimmed.

I recently started using pinterest, I know – soo late to the game, but I kept seeing really awesome quotes scattered through out my feed so I collected my favorite shareworthy ones about nutrition and health to kick start your weekend and hopefully provide some inspritation to keep you motivated.

  1. Diets are temporary fixes with expiration dates, Lifestyle changes last a life time

  2. Eating well is a form of self respect

  3. Food is not a number, niether are you

  4. Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for what you ate

  5. when start eating food without labels you dont need to count calories

  6. Your health is an investment not an expense

  7. Eating health is easy when you turn ” I cant have that” into “I dont want that.”

  8. Eat fruits and vegetables like your life depended on it. Because it does.

  9. Healthy Lifestyle is about healthy habits not restrictions

  10. True health care reform starts in your kitchen

  11. Eating organic is not a trend, its a return to tradition

  12. If you don’t recognize an ingredient, your body wont either

Aren’t those great? If you said any of these quotes and want credit HMU! Also- if you would like the recipe for this Thai Beet Noodle salad you can find it HERE on my IG.

Have a great weekend guys. I’ll be in LA at a womens retreat called the Shift. I am looking forward to a minimal screen time, digital detox weekend but I’ll be back on Monday.

xo, C

11 Ways to Improve Your Digestion and Support a Healthy Gut

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Having digestive dis-ease is so uncomfortable and can really impact your overall health and wellbeing.

Digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, bloating and gas are negative symptoms of an upset GI track but did you know it can lead to asthma, exhaustion, weight gain, food allergies and even chronic health issues if left untreated?

I know, seems serious right?

Think about it. Digestion of food is crucial to nutrient and vitamin absorption. its in your digestive track that your body collects all the goodness it needs.

All of our organs, tissues, cells, hair and skin all get their fuel from the food, water and air we take in from the outside. If your system is not running optimally then organs like your liver and pancreas have to work harder and you might not be getting the nourishment your body needs to thrive.

Gut health is all the rage on instagram these days and with good reason. Here are some of my favorite tips to taking care of your digestive track.

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5 Easy Ways to Have More Energy. Like Right Now.

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Hey babes, with everything you have going on in life having a little more energy would help, right?

Maybe you are in school and working, or are working and have a side hustle, or have kids and a career. Maybe you just don’t have the best eating habits so instead of feeling amazing after meals you feel sluggish, tired and on the verge of a serious crash.  Maybe you are not as productive and focused as you’d like. Whatever it is these 4 changes will drastically increase your energy level.

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Alkalizing vs Acidic Foods and Why A Balanced pH is Key to Good Health

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Last week I posted a photo on instagram talking about alkaline vs. acidic foods that garnered a positive response from many of you. I wanted to discuss the imporance in more detail and answer some questions. Its a fun topic in my opinion and SO IMPORTANT! Lets just get to it, ok?

What does pH mean?

The term pH refers to the relative proportions of acidity and alkalinity and stands for potantial hydrogen. Every living system on earth has a pH: your hair, ocean water, the air. Even Draino and lighter fluid has a pH.

Maintaining a proper pH inside our bodies is one of the necessities for good health. When we have a balanced pH we lose weight easily (assming you have weight to lose), we have clearer skin and are less likely to get sick or suffer from chronic illness.

Essentially a balanced pH = healthy af.

Health and an Imbalanaced pH

Addressing an over acidic system is fundamental to bringing the body back to  health. So what can happen if you are overly acidic which many Americans are?

Acidic enviorments are breeding grounds for pathogens that get us sick.

The ratio of celluar pH determines whether bad bacteria and pathogens incuabte or reamin dormant -basically if disease spreads or not. When tissues and organs are loaded down with acidity then the body can’t properly distribute oxygen to cells- this leads to mucus building up in lungs causing infections and viruses. The main forms of arthritis relate to a pH imbalance and accumalation of acid in the joints.

Acidity weakens the nervous system making it harder to manage stress and day to day life.

If you are constantly out of breath you might be suffering from acidosis which means the body is having trouble delivering oxygen to the cells because the blood is too acidc.

Acidic conditions in the body are also associated with cataracts,  gout, migraines, constipation, cancer, acne, skin rashes, stroke, allergies, diabetes, obesity and more. Its a laundry list people.

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ACNE- How I Got to the Bottom of My Breakouts And Cleared Up My Skin

 

Skin- When you its clear and glowing you feel confident. When its covered in pimples you don’t. Its hard to even listen to anyone else talk because you’re so in your head worried if they are staring at your pimples that you can’t hear a word they are saying. At least thats what happens to me.

Often when you switch your diet to a whole foods plant based one your skin clears up. And mine did initially but this last year my skin took a turn for the worst. And it sucked.

I was dealing with all kinds of breakouts. Serious painful breakouts that came to a head this January and I was just over it. 

Read on to see the transformation of my skin with un-edited before and after photos and the changes I made in diet, lifestyle and products that have left me with the clearest skin I’ve had in years.

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5 Non-Toxic Health, Home and Beauty Hacks

Like many I am a sucker for a good DIY but often find that I am too lazy to actually do it. However when it comes to my health, motivation is never in short supply. These little hacks require very minimal effort making, are very approachable and easy to add into your daily routine. On top of that they are actually good for you and your home. Hashtag winning anyone?

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5 Easy Ways to Get More GREEN Vegetables in Your Diet

This may or may not come as a surprise to you but I effing love vegetables. All of them. I havent met one I don’t like and green ones in particular I take a special liking to. Now, I know you have heard it hundreds of times: eating vegetables is vital for your health but studies show that diets higher in plant based foods are linked with lower rates of chronic illness including cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Unfortunately for many people vegetables are not enjoyable foods to eat. And we’re not just talking about childern here either. Think about your friends and family for a minute. I bet that you can name at least one adult who struggles to get enough vegetables in their diet simply because they do not like them or don’t know clever ways to sneak them in. Share this list with them and start utilizing them in your daily life to up your vegetable game!

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