What I Learned From Going 30 days (almost) Alcohol Free

Alcohol.

It’s responsible for some of the best and some of the worst memories in my life. It’s brought me immense joy and created life altering pain. Sometimes I use it to help me celebrate some of lifes most important moments and sometimes it has helped me forget the worst.

Some of my best ideas come to me while drunk. Well, they seemed great at the time.

Alcohol can bring people together and can rip families apart. Its a part of culture, of religious ceremony, a rite of passage, and a coming of age.

It can be used for both good and evil. It can be beneficial for health and a toxic poison.

Alcohol has given me courage and has made me feel massive shamed.

Alcohol. Moderation really is key.

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5 Tips to Overcome Binge Eating Behavior

Most of us have at one point or another eaten too much, especially at a party or around the holidays (I’m looking at you Thanksgiving) but that is different from having binge eating disorder or being a binge eater.

Binger eating is characterized by consuming lots of food, in a short period of time and often past the point of being comfortably full. If you are overweight people might overlook the disordered eating and advise you to diet and exercise which could exacerbate the problem.

Not all individuals with the disorder are overweight but no matter your size living with this disorder is emotionally exhausting and very depressing.

People suffering in silence see their health decline and their hope of normal eating fade. But I say to hell with fading. I want you to know that there is hope and I have been there before and you can overcome it.

As you may or may not know I was a binge eater and bullimic for 10 years of my life. The behavior was so shameful for me and I felt very depressed but the truth is I wasn’t alone. And you are not either. Binge eating effects millions of people in the United States, prodominetly women.

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Why Willpower Has Nothing to Do with Weightloss, Food Choices and Working Out

Welllllllll  If it isn’t another YouTube video.

Today’s topic is one that is really close to my heart. One thing I know for certain is that living a purpose driven life is fullfilling, rewarding and fun.

And having a genuine purpose is the driving force in our lives no matter who we are or what we are wanting to accomplish.

Often when we are trying to lose weight, adopt a healthier lifestyle, make better food choices and stick to a workout routine we chalk up our lack of success to a lack of will power.

We say things like:

“I gave in to the cookies/pizza/fries because I have no self-discipline.”

“I have no willpower when it comes to food.”

“I don’t have enough motivation to get to the gym when I am tired or not feeling like it.”

What if I told you that it had absolutely nothing to do with willpower, self-discpline and motivation?

I know its a radical statement, but hear me out. Because its something else, I promise.

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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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Good Mood Food: Cashew Alfredo Pasta with the Goods

Heyyy guys! I’ve been in LA the last couple of days enjoying the energy of the city. Its really unlike any other place I’ve been. You know when things just feel right, like you can’t necessarily put it into words but you somehow feel in alignment with your self and what you are up too? Thats how I have been feeling the last few days and months even.

I’ve been paying a lot of attention to the food I have been eating as a way to boost my mood.  Good Mood Food I’ve been calling it. Last week, I posted about how changing up my diet and lifestyle helped curb depression and anxiety symptoms.

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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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Avocados 101- How to Pick, Store, Ripen and Recipes

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THE GOOD FAT. More the like the BEST fat. I used to be so afraid to eat avocados because of the low-fat craze of the 80’s/90’s but I’ve official shed that skin. Now I eat them on the daily and the love runs real deep.

It should be of no surprise to anyone that follows Caras Kitchen on instagram that I eat them all time so I wanted to show ’em a little bit more love. Today I am sharing my favorite recipes from other bloggers, some of the health benefits you can recieve by eating them and how to pick, store and take care of these gems.

Lesss go!

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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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