Paleo Chili Recipe for a Chilly Day…

A hearty bowl of chili  is the perfect dinner for a blustery winter day. This one in particular is one of our favorites. It’s spicy, super savory, and extra hearty. We can’t get enough of it! Read on to learn exactly what makes this chili so special.

It’s packed with veggies.

It’s a common misconception that paleo dieters subsist solely on meat. Untrue! Veggies are an important part of any diet, and this chili makes sure you get the good stuff in! It’s packed with celery, peppers, and onions, and could be adapted to make way for even more vegetables. Try stirring in some chopped cauliflower with the onions, or stir in kale near the end of cooking time and simmer until it’s wilted.

It’s got all the classic chili flavors.

Since fruits are tricky ingredients to navigate on paleo, it might come as a surprise that you can eat tomatoes. Because they’re relatively low on the glycemic index they’re totally safe to eat. Fire roasted tomatoes + lots of chili powder, cumin, and oregano = big chili flavor.

It’s got the best toppings EVER.

Once you try chili topped with bacon, you’re never going back. To offset all that salty, fatty goodness we’ve got bright cilantro, spicy jalapeño, and creamy avocado. It’s all about balance. 😋

It’s a meal-preppers dream.

Chili, like many soups and stews, is better on day 2. This makes this chili the PERFECT food for meal prep—it gets better as the week goes on! Just keep your toppers separate, microwave the chili when you’re ready to eat and top as desired.

You can freeze it… forever.

Okay, not forever. At least 6 months though, which is basically forever. Freeze it in pint containers for super easy single-serving dinners.


YIELDS:6 SERVINGSPREP TIME:0 HOURS 15 MINSTOTAL TIME:0 HOURS 55 MINS

INGREDIENTS:

slices bacon, cut into 1/2″ strips1/2 – I like natures rancher because it has minimal ingredients and no sugar.

medium yellow onion, chopped2 

celery stalks, chopped2 

bell peppers, chopped3 

cloves garlic, minced2 lb. 

lean ground beef2 tbsp. 

chili powder2 tsp. 

ground cumin2 tsp. 

dried oregano2 tbsp. 

smoked paprika

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper1 

(28-oz.) can fire-roasted tomatoes2 c. – no salt added.

low-sodium chicken broth

Sliced jalapeños, for garnish

Sliced avocado, for garnish

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  1. In a large pot over medium heat, cook bacon. When bacon is crisp, remove from pot with a slotted spoon. Add onion, celery, and peppers to pot and cook until soft, 6 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more.
  2. Push vegetables to one side of the pan and add beef. Cook, stirring occasionally, until no pink remains. Drain fat and return to heat. 
  3. Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, and paprika and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine and cook 2 minutes more. Add tomatoes and broth and bring to a simmer. Let cook 10 to 15 more minutes, until chili has thickened slightly. 
  4. Ladle into bowls and top with reserved bacon, jalapeños, cilantro, and avocado.

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5 tips to achieve your 2021 goals (+giveaways!)

How many times have you told yourself this is going to be the year?

The year you…

Finally lose the weight

Get your energy back

Ditch the stress and make more time for self-care

Figure out what is really going on with your hormones

Reverse your autoimmune issues and manage them naturally

Or get to the bottom of your bloating and digestive struggles

…and ultimately get back to feeling like yourself again (or for the very first time).

As most people do, you probably always start the new year with the best of intentions but quickly find yourself getting lost in the chaos of everyday life.  And before you know it, the whole year has practically passed you by, and you still feel uncomfortable in your body, sick or tired all of the time.

I feel ya, I’ve fallen into this vicious cycle myself in the past.

And let me tell you, it’s not your fault if you haven’t reached your New Year’s resolutions in years past.  There is no such thing as failure, only feedback.  Feedback that you need a different plan of attack.

There’s more to achieving a goal than just setting one. 

Marathon runners don’t just wake up one day and run a marathon.  They train for it.  They fuel their body for it.  They buy the right clothing for it.  They put energy and thought into exactly how they are going to make it to the finish line on race day.

Like training for a marathon, in order to achieve your health goals you need the right plan, resources and support.

I have worked with hundreds of clients, and no matter what the goal might be, I have found these 5 tips to be critical for reaching the finish of any health goal.

1 – Focus on the why, not the what

Who wouldn’t want to lose a little weight, have more energy or control of their health naturally?  Those are surface goals.  It’s not what’s on the outside that matters, it’s what is on the inside that will keep you motivated.  

What would having more energy, control of your health and weight do for you?  How would it change your life?  

It would give you more confidence.  You would feel more comfortable in your skin.  You would be able to focus better at work, and as a result make more money.  You would be a better partner and parent.  You would be able to travel the world, hike the tallest mountain, do anything you physically wanted to do with a feeling of joy.  You would be limitless!

When I trained for a marathon, sure there were days I didn’t want to get out of bed and run a ridiculous amount of miles.  And when I was in the depths of healing Hashimotos and mold illness, there were plenty of times when I wanted to throw in the towel, but reconnecting with my “why” is what kept me going, and it’s what keeps my clients going too.

2 – Clear the clutter

Distractions are everywhere and the can come in any form; food, finances, physical clutter in your home, negative people who and drain your energy, or people who convince you to do things that aren’t in your health’s best interest.

If you have to stare the cookies in the chocolate chip eye every day in the pantry, eventually they will get the best of you.

Give yourself time to set up your environment to support the pursuit of your goals.  Clear the food out of the pantry and fridge that isn’t in alignment with how you want to be eating.  Put together a budget or get your finances in order so you don’t have to worry about them, and you can focus on yourself.  Take one day and organize that hall closet, garage or other cluttered space in your home.  And set some healthy boundaries for those people in your life who may not be on the same path as you – instead of gossiping over cocktails, grab a coffee or take a walk and set a time limit with a reasonable excuse as to why you need to get going.  

Once the clutter is out of the way you can move forward on a clear path.

3 – Build upon your existing rituals

We all brush our teeth in the morning, or at least I hope you do.  This is a ritual, or a habit, and something that we can build upon.

Often times what feels overwhelming about going after your health goals is the idea of having to “create time” or space to workout, eat healthy, meditate, drink more water etc.  But what if you just built upon the time you’ve already carved out, the rituals or habits you already have in place?

This really helped me build a meditation practice.  I started by doing just 10-15 minutes of meditation after our evening family dog walk as part of my nightly “wind down.”  It eventually grew into 30 minutes and I yearned for it so much that I eventually implemented into my morning routine right before my workout.

Oil pulling is another great example for me.  I do it 3 mornings per week while I prepare my dog’s breakfast – tackling two things at once!  I’m all about efficiency.

Another great example that my clients really enjoy is doing their meditation in their car, in the driveway when they get home from work before entering their house.  It’s a great way to disconnect from work and be present for loved ones.

Assess your current rituals and how you can build upon them with the things that you would like to be doing for yourself to support your health.

4 – Recruit the right support and resources

It’s ok to ask for help, and don’t let your ego tell you otherwise.  Instead of spinning your wheels about what foods to eat, what exercise to engage in, which meditation to try, supplements to take or about anything else that might support your health goals, recruit the right experts and resources to be your guide.

As the old saying goes, “it takes a village to raise a child”, it can also take a team of experts or resources to help you reach your health goals.  Set yourself up for success by hiring the right experts to hold you accountable and give you the resources you need to feel your best.  Your health-goals dream team might include a personal trainer, health coach, chiropractor, acupuncturist, spiritual guide or other health professional.

YOU.ARE.WORTH.IT

5 – Stop shooting in the dark

If you’ve “tried everything” when it comes to diet and exercise, yet nothing seems to work then it’s time to test instead of guess.  You are unique and therefore your diet, exercise, sleep, supplements and stress reduction needs will be too.  What works for one person isn’t exactly going to work for you.

When your attempts to lose weight, increase your energy and get your health back under control aren’t working, it’s a sign that something bigger is going on beneath the surface such as hormone imbalances, liver congestion, poor nutrient absorption or fat for fuel metabolism, and your typical blood tests won’t pick up on these hidden dysfunctions. 

Your results will always be lacking, no matter how many diets or workout routines you try, if you’ve got something greater going on under the hood.

So stop shooting in the dark, run some functional lab tests that will give you a bigger picture of your overall health and take a more strategic, and personalized approach to reaching your health goals this year.

Let me know how I can support you more in achieving your 2019 health goals…

As Samantha the Gut Girl , my mission is to support busy, health-minded people like you in getting access to the right lab tests and resources so you can find the missing pieces to your health puzzle and get back to feeling like yourself again (or for the very first time!).

Here’s to you achieving your health goals this year!

(P.S. I would be thrilled to be on your team and I’m currently offering 20% off my coaching programs.

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Do you want more energy? To lose weight so you can feel great in your body again? To finally put your digestive issues, anxiety or crappy nights of sleep to rest? All so you can feel healthy, strong, free and limitless to be adventurous and live life to the fullest every day? If so, then 2019 is your year.

I’m currently accepting a limited number of clients and offering a 20% discount on all of my coaching packages through January, for those who want to start 2019 strong with a personalized, yet strategic health-building plan that is realistic and produces long lasting results.

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I have worked with hundreds of clients, and no matter what the goal might be, I have found there to be 5 critical pieces of the puzzle they need to reach the finish line of their health aspirations. Like training for a marathon, in order to achieve your health goals you need the right plan, resources and support.

It would give you more confidence.  You would feel more comfortable in your skin.  You would be able to focus better at work, and as a result make more money.  You would be a better partner and parent.  You would be able to travel the world, hike the tallest mountain, do anything you physically wanted to do with a feeling of joy.  You would be limitless!

314.724.5040
seefitpt@gmail.com
http://www.seefitpt.comhttps://linktr.ee/seefitliving

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach, NESTA Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, ACSM Wellness and Nutrition Coach, and Metabolic Typing.  

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Happy Holidays!

Samantha Lee Lander
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Paleo Chicken Pot Pie

I’ve gotten tons of requests over the past month or so for a chicken pot pie recipe – it’s like you all are mind readers.

Chicken pot pie is a tall order, the ultimate of ultimate comfort foods, in my opinion, and, one of my favorite foods from childhood.  

It all starts with the dough/crust, which I found from a paleo pie crust I made.

I decided to make 2 smaller pies with double crusts (top and bottom) and one personal size pie with only a top crust to test both options.  Both turned out absolutely delicious, so feel free to use only a top crust, and smaller dishes, if you want to cut down down on prep time or just don’t want so much crust in your pie.

As for the filling, I decided to go very traditional, only swapping out the typical peas for broccoli florets to make it paleo.  You can easily swap your favorite veggies into the filling without altering the recipe, so definitely take the opportunity to add whatever you and your family loves the most.

For the chicken, I pre-baked boneless skinless chicken thighs, then cubed them, but you can use any cooked chicken you like – even a rotisserie chicken will work just fine.   Once again, use whatever is convenient and family-approved to make this your own!   T

So, what’s left?  The creamy factor, right?  We’ll be using chicken bone broth – either homemade or purchased – along with organic ghee or grass fed butter, tapioca flour (or arrowroot) as a thickener, and a small amount of coconut milk for that last bit of creaminess.

The filling may or may not make more than you need to fill the crusts (depending on the size of your dishes) but any leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator and served for lunch the next day as soup.  At least, that’s what I did with mine – YUM!  

Ingredients

crust:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 1/4 cups tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 14 Tbsp palm shortening or coconut oil , or grass-fed butter, or a combination of both, cold
  • 2 large eggs

filling:

  • 1 lb chicken breasts or thighscooked and cubed
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 1/4 cups celery diced
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots peeled and diced and blanched**
  • 1 head broccoli cut into florets and blanched**
  • 6 Tbsp or grass-fed butter or goat butter or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour or arrowroot starch
  • 2 3/4 cups bone broth homemade or purchased
  • 1/3 cup full fat coconut milk blended prior to adding
  • 1 tsp a good poultry seasoning blend .. I like rosemary, oregano, thyme and garlic.
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley minced
  • 1 egg plus 1 tbsp water for egg wash, optional


Instructions

prepare crust:

  1. In a food processor combine all ingredients EXCEPT for the eggs and pulse until mixture resembles thick crumbs.  Then, pulse/process in the eggs until a dough forms.  Gather the dough into a ball prior to rolling or pressing into your pie dish(es).Separate dough into 4 disks and wrap tightly in plastic.  Refrigerate for about 30 minutes prior to pressing/rolling out dough.

prepare filling:

  1. Have your chicken cooked and cubed and your carrots and broccoli blanched** and set aside. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  2. Heat a large stock pot over med-low heat and add the 6 tbsp ghee or butter. Add the onions and celery, sprinkle with just a bit of salt and pepper.
  3. Raise the heat to medium and cook about 5 minutes, until translucent and fragrant.
  4. Whisk in the tapioca flour and continue whisking while the mixture bubbles for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add bone broth and raise the heat, bringing the mixture to a boil while stirring. Once boiling, lower heat to med-low and continue to simmer another 10 minutes, until thickened.
  6. Once thickened, add the coconut milk, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, parsley, cubed chicken, carrots and broccoli. Stir and cook another 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat and set aside.
  1. If planning on making both bottom and top crusts (as opposed to top only) press or roll dough between two sheets of parchment paper, then gently lay each one into the bottom of your pie dishes – you can make this in a large deep dish pie dish (9 inches) or 2 smaller deep dish pie dishes (5-6 inches). Alternatively, you can make 4 personal size pies in ramekins.***
  2. If using a bottom crust, poke holes all over crust with a pork and place pie dishes on a baking sheet. Pre-bake the bottom only for 10-12 minutes, or until bottom is just set, then remove from oven.
  3. Fill your pie dishes with filling almost up to the top (it’s fine that they boil over a bit while baking). Extra filling can be saved as leftovers for soup, or frozen for later use.
  4. To prepare the top crusts, roll or press the remaining disks between two pieces of parchment paper (or all of them, if using a top crust only) until about 1/4” thick. Carefully place top crust over filling and seal the edges as desired, then, using a thin knife, make 3 or 4 slits on the top crust. If using the egg wash, gently brush it over the top crusts and sprinkle with additional sea salt if desired.
  5. Place pie dishes on a large baking sheet (use 2 if necessary) and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, until crust is deep golden brown and filling is bubbling through.

Recipe Notes

*Unbaked pies can be frozen and baked later on, you can also prepare dough and filling up to 3 days ahead of time, then assemble and bake

***Press dough into bottom and sides of the pie dish(es) to fit – this dough will break easily since it lacks gluten, however it also repairs incredibly easily and can withstand a lot of manipulation without affecting the final product!

Nutrition

Calories: 558kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 20gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 542mgPotassium: 498mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 3735IUVitamin C: 57.6mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 2.2mg

If you want to learn how to optimize your health and change your lifestyle now is your chance. Set up a free 45 minute discovery call with Samantha. For no cost you can get a free plan to change your life forever. Email seefitpt@gmail.com or check out www.seefitpt.com for more info.

Samantha Lee Lander
314.724.5040
seefitpt@gmail.com
http://www.seefitpt.comhttps://linktr.ee/seefitliving

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach, NESTA Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, ACSM Wellness and Nutrition Coach, and Metabolic Typing.  

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Low Carb Nachos on a Lazy Sunday

These low-carb keto nachos are:

  • Savory
  • Salty
  • Satisfying
  • Gluten-free

The main ingredients for these keto nachos include:

  • Pork rinds or Siete almond flour tortillas toasted , or the chips
  • Ground beef
  • Avocado
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream

Optional ingredients:

  • Olives
  • Chopped onion
  • Salsa
  • Bell peppers
  • Guacamole
  • Cilantro
  • Jalapenos
  • Your favorite veggies that are low carb

Health Benefits of Keto Nachos

Nachos might not seem like your go-to health food, but when transformed into a keto recipe, you might be surprised at the potential health benefits. Not only does this low-carb version of a Mexican classic help regulate blood sugar, but it also boosts heart health. 

Regulates Blood Sugar

You might be wondering if too much protein is a potential risk on the keto diet — a condition that is called gluconeogenesis. This is when your body turns your dietary protein into glucose in the absence of carbs. 

The truth is gluconeogenesis is a critical bodily function and there’s a reason your body has this process. In fact, the notion that too much protein can kick you out of ketosis or cause heart disease is based on bad science.

Protein has minimal effects on insulin levels, and fat has even less of an effect, suggesting that more protein and fat — and fewer carbs — are better for blood sugar regulation[*]. By regulating your blood sugar, you will likely feel a more sustained level of energy without the dips and spikes carbohydrates can cause. 

Heart Healthy

A few foods in this keto nacho recipe can promote a healthy heart. Avocados and grass-fed beef are the most abundant on the list, but adding low-carb, keto-friendly veggies will also promote heart health. 

Avocados

Avocados, whether you slice them up as a nacho topping or mash them into keto guacamole, are a powerhouse of healthy fats and nutrients. 

Avocados are high in potassium, an essential mineral and electrolyte that plays an important role in cardiovascular health, hydration, and muscle health. Adequate potassium is linked to lower blood pressure levels, which means a lower risk of heart attacks and stroke[*].

Just 100 grams of avocado contains about 14% or your daily dose of potassium — higher even than bananas, a famously high-potassium (but high sugar) fruit[*].

Grass-Fed Beef

Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) is a fatty acid found in high amounts in grass-fed and pastured meat and dairy products[*]. In fact, you’ll get anywhere from 300-500% more CLA in grass-fed beef and dairy than non-grass-fed animals[*]. Aside from the ethical concerns, this nutritional benefit is a great reason to switch to grass-fed or pastured (similar to grass-fed with some differences) beef, dairy, pork, chicken, and eggs.

Higher levels of CLA are linked to a lower risk of heart disease in population-based studies, although this could have more to do with the high vitamin K2 content of grass-fed meat and dairy.

Grass-fed and pastured beef are also higher in vitamin K2 than their conventional counterparts. Vitamin K2 is a nutrient that helps shuttle calcium from your bloodstream into your bones where it belongs[*]. This helps keeps your bones strong and mineralized while protecting against artery calcification.

Pork Rinds: The Secret Ingredient to Low-Carb Keto Nachos

Nacho chips are the foundation of any nacho recipe. And without your usual tortilla chip option, you might be wondering how to replace them. The answer? Pork rinds. Pork rinds are made with pork skin and fat, resulting in a delicious, crunchy, salty chip.

If the idea of pork rinds turns you off, you can try a low-carb Siete. Cheese chips are made by melting hard cheese on parchment paper and baking it in the oven so it hardens into a crisp. Using these cheesy crisps in this recipe might take your cheese consumption over the top, but that’s for you to decide.

Just beware if you’re using a low-carb tortilla chip or almond flour-based chip, they are higher in carbs than cheese chips or pork rinds. You might have to watch your serving size more closely. Check out more of the best alternative to ensure you stick within your macros.

INGREDIENTS

  • ⅓ lb ground beef
  • 1 ¼ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ⅛ tsp onion powder
  • ⅛ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 package (about 30g) pork rinds
  • ½ cup shredded grass-fed cheddar cheese

Optional additional ingredients: 

  • ¼ cup black olives, chopped
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup salsa

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large pan over medium heat, brown the ground beef. Drain the excess grease, and stir in the spices.
  2. In a large bowl, add pork rinds, beef, shredded cheddar, olives, avocado, sour cream, and salsa.
  3. Optional: Place your pork rinds (or alternative chip) and cheese on a baking sheet, and melt the cheese before adding the rest of your ingredients.
  4. Serve and enjoy.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 984
  • Fat: 65.5g
  • Carbohydrates:13.9g (5.5g net)
  • Protein: 83.2g

If the idea of pork rinds turns you off, you can try a low-carb Siete. Cheese chips are made by melting hard cheese on parchment paper and baking it in the oven so it hardens into a crisp. Using these cheesy crisps in this recipe might take your cheese consumption over the top, but that’s for you to decide.

Just beware if you’re using a low-carb tortilla chip or almond flour-based chip, they are higher in carbs than cheese chips or pork rinds. You might have to watch your serving size more closely. Check out more of the best alternative to ensure you stick within your macros.

To learn more about how you can reach optimal health set up a free 45 minute Discovery Call to discuss your individualized plan. There is no time like the present to get a jump start on your health.

Samantha Lee Lander
314.724.5040
seefitpt@aol.com
http://www.seefitpt.com

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Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach, NESTA Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, ACSM Wellness and Nutrition Coach, and Metabolic Typing.  

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Bone Broth Nutrition: The Perfect Food for Cancer Patients?

Bone broth is very high in both protein and nutrients, and while good for everyone, may be exceptionally beneficial for people with cancer.

Cancer patients who undergo conventional cancer treatments (surgery, chemo, and radiation) often experience a range of issues that impact eating. These can include: nausea, vomiting, headache, tiredness, sore mouth and/or throat, dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, loss of appetite, and changes in taste and smell of food.

After surgery, for example, the body requires extra calories and protein for wound healing and recovery. However, this is also when most cancer patients have pain and feel tired and often don’t feel up to eating. Bone broth is the perfect solution because it provides maximum nutrition in an easy to swallow form that is easily digested and soothing to the digestive system. This is in contrast to many other foods (especially solids) which can be difficult to fully break down.

The broth can be sipped alone, or turned into a base for soup to which you can add other cancer-fighting ingredients (i.e. organic vegetables, turmeric root, ginger, etc). For cancer patients who are experiencing a change in taste (or have lost their sense of taste) due to chemotherapy or radiation, herbs and spices can be easily added to enhance the flavor of the bone broth and make it more palatable.

Bone Broth Supports a Healthy Immune System

One of the most remarkable benefits of bone broth is its gut supportive benefits. This provides a holistic effect on the body which even supports healthy immune system function.

Leaky gut occurs when undigested particles from foods seep through tiny openings in the weakened intestinal lining and enter the bloodstream. The immune system detects these particles and becomes hyperactive which in turn increases inflammation. As the immune system releases high levels of antibodies, it causes an autoimmune-like response and attacks healthy tissue.

The collagen/gelatin and the amino acids proline, glutamine, and arginine in traditionally-made bone broths help seal these openings in the gut lining and promote gut integrity.

By restoring gut health, bone broth aids in supporting immune system function and healthy inflammation response. As an added bonus, bone broth can even promote healthy sleep, boost energy during the day, and support a healthy mood… all critical elements when healing from cancer.

Don’t want to spend all that time making Bone Broth yourself…

6 Beneficial Nutrients Found in Bone Broth

  1. Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) – support collagen and elastin production which is good for the structure of the body, skin, hair, and nails. GAGs also aid in digestive health by helping to restore the intestinal lining. Important GAGs found in bone broth include glucosamine, hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin sulfate.
  2. Glucosamine (hydrochloride and sulfate) – Supports joint strength and mobility by helping to maintain the integrity of cartilage (the rubbery substance within joints that acts as a natural cushion to keep bones from rubbing together). Bone broth can be a delicious and easy alternative to expensive glucosamine supplements for supporting joint health.
  3. Hyaluronic Acid – supports healthy tissues, including cell rejuvenation and skin firmness. Hyaluronic acid is a common ingredient in anti-aging skin care products. Bone broth provides the benefits from the inside out!
  4. Chondroitin Sulfate – Often used along with glucosamine to support joint health. Studies have shown that supplementing with chondroitin supports healthy inflammation response as well as cardiovascular health, bone health, skin health, and healthy cholesterol levels
  5. Minerals and Electrolytes – Essential minerals, including electrolytes, found in bone broth include calcium, magnesium, and potassium, as well as many other minerals such as phosphorus. These minerals are important for supporting healthy circulation, bone density, nerve signaling functions, heart health, and digestive health.
  6. Collagen – Quality bone broth is a good source of collagen which has a number of important functions in the body. These include helping to form connective tissue (allowing for easier movement) and protecting and sealing the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. Collagen is a complex protein that is a rich source of 19 amino acids, many of which must be obtained from diet.

Do you want to learn more about how you can navigate your way to optimal health? Take advantage of a free 45 minute consultation with me to talk about your health journey and what we could do together to create your ideal wellness plan. Feel free to learn more at my website http://www.seefitpt.com or email me today to to set up the consult at seefitpt@gmail.com.

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Holiday Health Survival Guide


Survival Guide to stay healthy for the Holidays 

All around the U.S. people are kicking off the holiday season by celebrating Thanksgiving; which means facing some of your biggest food and beverage temptations and stressful travel situations followed by post celebration bloating, weight gain, fatigue, and sometimes just feeling down right sick or crappy.

And even if you’re not in the U.S. celebrating along with us, the holiday season is still happening in your part of the world too. So social gatherings, travel, temptations and celebrations are abundant, and they can leave you feeling less like yourself going into the new year. 

But I’ve got you covered!

Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or some other holiday this season, I have 4 survival tips to help you…

  • Avoid overeating and bloating while actually improving digestion! 
  • Maintain your weight and possibly even lose some! (wouldn’t that be nice?)
  • Have a ton of energy and to protect yourself from catching a cold!

The best part about these tips is that you can do them anywhere and they don’t require much time, effort or money!

Before I dive into the tips though, I want to emphasize that your health success this holiday season will require your presence.

The key to having your ideal health and weight is honoring your body’s needs.

And to know what it needs, you need to be present in order to be tuned in to your body.  You might be wondering,“what does that mean or how do I do that?”

It’s actually fairly simple, all you have to do is slow down a bit, and tune into what your body is asking you for.  And some of these tips are designed to help you do exactly that.

Ok, let’s get into these 4 Turkey Day Survival Tips so you can start putting them into action…

#1 – Front load your water intake. 

Feeling hungry and needing to snack throughout the day can actually be a sign of dehydration. Eating carb rich foods, drinking alcohol and traveling during the holidays can majorly mess with your hydration levels so aim to front load your day with massive amounts of water and a pinch of sea salt for electrolytes to stay hydrated. Staying hydrated will help you cut cravings, avoid overeating and fluctuations on the scale.

#2 – Get into rest and digest mode. 

In order for you body to properly digest food, it needs to be in the “rest and digest mode”, and not in the typical fight or flight (aka stressed) state that you might tend to be in during the holidays from rushing around trying to get things done or dealing with less than ideal family situations.  But don’t fret, you can instantly put your body into rest and digest mode to banish or prevent bloating using deep breathing techniques and by thoroughly chewing your food.  Do the 5-5-7 breath (inhale 5 seconds, hold 5 seconds and exhaling 7 seconds)  5-10 times before each meal, and chew each bite 20 times to allow your body to properly digest food. This will also help you recognize when you are full so you don’t overeat. 

#3 – Drink more tea. 

High quality organic green, herbal and even black teas are packed with a variety of nutrients to reduce inflammation, balance hormones and keep your gut healthy.  Peppermint and ginger teas are perfect post meal to promote digestion, reduce bloating and ease stomach upset.  Green tea varietals are a great coffee alternative, and cinnamon containing teas make for a great sweet treat, and both help to curb cravings by balancing your blood sugar!  Pique Tea is my favorite tea brand because of its quality and easy to mix in cold or hot water powders (great for traveling!).

#4 – Walk, don’t run.

During the holidays, you probably think you need to exercise more to “work off” what you ate and drank. BUT when your body is already depleted from eating inflammatory foods, traveling and staying up late, intense exercise will deplete you even more – making your workout more harmful than good resulting in weight gain, fatigue and feeling run down.  It’s still important to move your body during these times, so opt for more restorative exercise such as walking, yoga and pilates. 

Aside from being present to implement these 4 survival tips, don’t forget to also be present with your family and friends so you can truly enjoy the holidays.

Joy, laughter and happiness all promote better hormone balance and digestion, which are necessary elements for more energy and weight loss.

Happy holidays to you and your loved ones 🙂

#1- Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or some other holiday this season, I have 4 survival tips to help you…

Avoid overeating and bloating while actually improving digestion! 

Maintain your weight and possibly even lose some! (wouldn’t that be nice?)

Have a ton of energy and to protect yourself from catching a cold!

The best part about these tips is that you can do them anywhere and they don’t require much time, effort or money!

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Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or some other holiday this season I have 4 survival tips to help you…

  • Avoid overeating and bloating while actually improving digestion 
  • Maintain your weight and possibly even lose some! (wouldn’t that be nice?)
  • Have a ton of energy and to protect yourself from catching a cold!

The best part about these tips, is that you can do them anywhere and they don’t require much time, effort or money!

If you want to get your hands on the right lab tests and resources so you can feel good in your body again, then schedule an Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me

For more info about Samantha Lander

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Belly Fat Facts…

There’s still time to flatten your stomach!


As we enter into the holidays why don’t you make this one different? Seeing it is already going to be very different use that as an opportunity to get extra healthy instead of eating all those cookies.

If you’re dealing with unwanted belly fat then the idea of getting into your skinny jeans or holidays dresses sounds awful. Why don’t you start 2020 with a new concept on health.

What you probably don’t know is that there’s a LOT more to losing belly fat than just diet and exercise.

So that’s why this week is the blog is about all the belly fat facts you need to know so you can banish belly fat for good!

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I would say that 90% of the people I talk to would love to lose weight around their midsection. Most of them are seeking that ever so elusive flat stomach. 

Are you one of those people? 

If you are, I have good news for you…

There’s still time to flatten your stomach for the new year!!

And it doesn’t require counting calories, crash dieting or spending hours at the gym.  

Because the fact of the matter is, belly fat is NOT always a result of eating too much and exercising too little.  In fact, calories-in versus calories-out is a dying school of thought.

There is a plethora of researchthese days showing just how broken the calorie counting and crash dieting approach is.  In fact, cutting calories and crash dieting can actually cause weight gain long-term.

Everywhere you turn you’ll see all kinds of marketing, promotional products and advertising geared towards the calories-in versus calories-out method for weight loss and finding that flat stomach.

And yet, people still struggle to lose or maintain weight loss, even when they’ve tried almost every diet and exercise routine out there.

And what about the people who have stick-skinny arms and legs but are round in the middle – what’s their story?

What’s up with that belly fat that just won’t budge?!

The accumulation of fat in our bodies, and particularly around our midsection, is way more complex than what is portrayed in mainstream health.

Diet and exercise actually play a small role in the reason for fat around your midsection.  In some cases, eating “healthy” and exercising can even contribute to fat accumulation.

Here are some facts about belly fat that I bet you didn’t know…

Excessive inflammation increases your storage capacity for fat cells, particularly white fat cells which are directly related to your “spare tire.”

White fat cells that accumulate around your midsection also serve as a protective mechanism to store the toxins you’re exposed to in order to prevent them from affecting your brain.  So the more toxins you’re exposed to, the more white fat cells you make and the bigger the spare tire gets.

Constipation and poor liver detoxification can lead to a buildup of toxins in the body which creates even more white fat cells around your midsection.

Excessive amounts of white fat cells trigger even more inflammation which can result in fluid retention (edema), resulting in even more white fat cells!  And a toxic body will intentionally hold onto fat to hide toxins in order to protect you and your brain from the re-circulation of toxins if they are not eliminated.

Low glutathione levels reduces mitochondrial function which leads to weight gain or loss resistance.  Glutathione is the body’s most powerful antioxidant, and mitochondria are the organelles within our cells which generates energy from the food we are eating.

Insulin resistance or carbohydrate intolerance contributes to a fatty liver.  All of which contribute to inflammation overload and poor toxin detoxification.

Do you see now why diet and exercise aren’t enough to get rid of belly fat?

In this week’s video and blog, I straighten out the facts about belly fat and give you tips so you can get that flat stomach for summer.

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Now, that you know the facts about belly fat, it might seem like getting rid of it is much more complex than you originally thought.

In some sense this is true. Diet and exercise are a part of it, but alone won’t get rid of it.

Don’t lose hope, though.  

There are four simple steps you can take to reduce your inflammation and toxic load while boosting your liver function and glutathione levels to help you get that flat stomach for summer.

Step 1: Boost Glutathione & Liver Function

Your body needs cysteine (a sulfur-rich amino acid), B2 and selenium to make glutathione and for your liver to function optimally.  Eat foods rich in these nutrients such as; organic grass fed red meat, wild salmon, eggs, chicken, lamb, almonds, brazil nuts, tuna, halibut, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, asparagus, onions, mushrooms, and spinach.

Step 2:  Cut Down Carbs (especially processed ones)

This one should be easy if you focus on replacing carbs, especially processed ones, with some of the nutrient rich foods mentioned above.  Eating too many carbs in one sitting, or multiple times a day can oversaturate your cells with glucose causing insulin resistance, even in the “healthiest” people. Focus replacing your carb intake by bumping up your healthy fats with avocados, fattier cuts of organic meat and poultry, and oils such as olive, coconut and avocado oil.  This will cut your carb cravings, leave you feeling fuller longer and less bloated.

Step 3:  Minimize Toxic Exposures

We can’t always control what toxins we are exposed to because we can’t always see, hear, smell or feel them BUT taking action to control the ones you are aware of can drastically reduce the toxic load on your body.  Some swift and strategic toxin reducing actions you can take include: using non-toxic home cleaning and personal care products, drinking and cooking with filtered water only, getting a HEPA air filter for your bedroom and office, and getting outside for fresh air multiple times a day.

Step 4:  Reduce Inflammation

By minimizing your toxic exposures, cutting down on carbs, and boosting your liver and glutathione levels you’ll already be on your way to reducing inflammation.  There are a LOT of other unforeseen things that can cause inflammation such as food sensitivities, parasites, bacteria and yeast overgrowth in the gut. To sort out these other inflammatory agents you’ll need to do some testing.  But you can also take reducing inflammation to the next level by getting to bed by 10pm and avoiding the top most toxic and inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, sugar, soy and alcohol. 

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I can almost guarantee, if you practice these simple steps every day, your belly fat will start going away in 30 days (or less!).

And if you still feel stuck with belly fat that just won’t budge, let’s test so you don’t have to guess about it anymore!

To get your hands on the right lab tests and resources so you can find the missing pieces to your health puzzle and start feeling like yourself again (or for the first time!), schedule a complimentary Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me here today!


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Health Truths Revealed!

As you know, we’re currently experiencing a health crisis, particularly in the Western World. Autoimmune disease and other chronic diseases continue to rise. The Human Longevity Project Documentary series brings to light what the healthiest, longest living people are doing and they have done for centuries to be free of chronic disease in a way that makes it possible for you to learn from them and change the course of your health for the better!

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Find Your Perfect Diet Tool!

Figuring out what diet is right for you requires dialing in your perfect ratios of proteins, carbs and fats so your body can get the fuel it needs to function at its potential.

When you’re eating the right ratio of protein, carbs and fats per meal, you will:

  • Be able to go 3-5 hours or more without feeling hungry
  • Have energy for hours and feel recharged
  • Think clearly, feel uplifted and be more positive

Eliminate Bloating, Improve Bowel Movements and Strengthen Hair!
Did you know that castor oil is one of the most naturally healing substances on the planet???  Castor oil can be used to:

●     Regulate bowel movements and digestion

●     Reduce inflammation and stomach bloat

●     Promote hair and eyelash growth

●     Minimize menstrual cramps

  • Improve oral health

And of course my favorite – LIVER PACKS TO BOOST DETOXIFICATION!!!

*you can order a castor oil kit off Amazon. Just make sure you get castor oil from a glass bottle.


#1-  I would say that 90% of the people I talk to would love to lose weight around their midsection. Most of them are seeking that ever so elusive flat stomach. Are you one of those people? 

If you are, I have good news for you…There’s still time to flatten your stomach for summer!  And it doesn’t require counting calories, crash dieting or spending hours at the gym.  Because the fact of the matter is, belly fat is NOT always a result of eating too much and exercising too little.

In this week’s video and blog, I straighten out the facts about belly fat and give you tips so you can get that flat stomach for summer.

#2- What’s up with that belly fat that just won’t budge?!

There is a plethora of research these days showing just how broken the calorie counting and crash dieting approach is.  In fact, cutting calories and crash dieting can actually cause weight gain long-term.  Yet, everywhere you turn you’ll see all kinds of marketing, promotional products and advertising geared towards the calories-in versus calories-out method for weight loss and finding that flat stomach.

The accumulation of fat in our bodies, and particularly around our midsection, is way more complex than what is portrayed in mainstream health.  Diet and exercise actually play a small role in the reason for fat around your midsection. In some cases, eating “healthy” and exercising can even contribute to fat accumulation.

In this week’s video and blog, I straighten out the facts about belly fat and give you tips so you can get that flat stomach for summer.

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#3-Here are some facts about belly fat that I bet you didn’t know…

Excessive inflammation increases white fat cells which are directly related to your “spare tire.”

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White fat cells serve as a protective mechanism to store toxins in order to protect your brain, so the more toxins you’re exposed to, the more white fat cells you make and the bigger the spare tire gets.

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Constipation and poor liver detoxification can lead to a buildup of toxins in the body which creates even more white fat cells around your midsection.

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Low glutathione levels reduces mitochondrial function which leads to weight gain or loss resistance.

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Insulin resistance or carbohydrate intolerance contributes to a fatty liver.  All of which contribute to inflammation overload and poor toxin detoxification

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Belly Fat Facts

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Resources:

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Is Estrogen Dominating You?

Estrogen dominance is on the rise among men and women. Find out how you can get it under control.

Estrogen dominance has been showing up a LOT lately in the consultation conversations I’ve been having and in my clients’ test results.

It’s a stealthy hormone imbalance that often goes overlooked in typical blood test and can be related to issues such as weight gain, sleepless nights, sugar cravings, low energy, depression and insulin resistance all within both men and women, and irregular periods and intense PMS symptoms for just the ladies. 

For this week’s blog, I’m bringing back this topic so you can elevate your knowledge in case estrogen is dominating you…

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Stubborn weight, acne, low libido, restless sleep and struggling to build muscle are just some common characteristic when estrogen is dominating your body.  Estrogen doesn’t discriminate. It’s just as much of an issue these days with both men and women.

My husband is a perfect case in point.

For the majority of his adult life, he was able to manage his body weight with the simple calories in versus calories out equation.  When the scale started to tip, he simply cut back on his food intake and exercised more.

That was, until estrogen took control.

The older he got, the harder it became to manage his weight through diet and exercise, and one day it just stopped working all together.  Not only was he not able to lose weight, but one day he stepped on the scale and had actually gained weight despite his efforts to work out harder and monitor his food intake.

For an engineer and scientific-minded guy, this scenario was mind boggling.  He applied the equation of calories in versus calories out and it did not produce the outcome it was supposed to.

There’s a million things I could say about the broken calories in versus calories out equation, but let’s stay focused on estrogen.

There was obviously something more at play keeping my husband from managing his weight, so we set out to run the right type of hormone test and to collect some clues.

Clue #1– A possible genetic predisposition.  A few years ago, his mom had been diagnosed with the estrogen driven type of breast cancer called ER-2. About 80% of all breastcancers are “ER-positive”, meaning the cancercells grow in response to estrogen.

Clue #2– A Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones (DUTCH) revealed estrogen metabolites (estrone and estradiol) were very high outside the functional range and testosterone was within range.  These values can not be seen on a blood test, so they had been routinely missed.

My husband had a classic case of underlying estrogen dominance that was keeping him from losing weight.

What is estrogen dominance?

In men, it’s usually determined when estrogen levels are relatively high in comparison to testosterone.  Meaning testosterone levels could be normal or low, and estrogen is high relatively high to whatever that number is.

In women, it’s commonly evaluated based upon the ratio of estrogen to progesterone, but as with men, it can also be evaluated when comparing testosterone to estrogen.

In general, when estrogen levels are relatively high to other hormones, it’s not good.

I fell victim to estrogen dominance back in the day.  I suffered from periods every other week. I had rapid weight gain no matter how hard I worked out nothing mattered. I ate perfect I had no life bc I always felt bad. I was an emotional roller coaster and no doctors could help. They suggested anti-depressants. It is nothing to joke about it almost killed me.

The good news is that estrogen dominance doesn’t happen overnight. It’s preventable and reversible in almost any case.  

But if estrogen gets out of control, it can lead to more health issues beyond stubborn weight, acne and pain in the ass periods.

Estrogen dominance can also contribute to:

  • Hormone driven cancers such as the ER-2 breast cancer
  • Autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s
  • Yeast and bacteria overgrowth such as Candida

So how can you keep estrogen within its normal playing field?

Making sure estrogen doesn’t start dominating the field means tackling it from a couple of different angles.

Angle #1 – Sort out estrogen sources

One of the biggest reasons why estrogen is on the rise is due to a classification of toxins known as Xenoestrogens.  These toxins have the ability to mimic estrogen in the body or block hormone receptor sites resulting in elevated estrogen levels. Common sources of estrogen promoting toxins can be found in:

  • Plastic food, water or other types of containers
  • Lotions, shampoos, conditioners, deodorant or other personal care products
  • Metal substances such as as cadmium, lead, and mercury

Aim to swap out your plastic containers for glass or stainless steel and use the EWG’s Skin Deep Databaseto find non-toxic personal care products.

Other estrogen elevating sources also include:

  • Non-organic foods containing pesticides or added hormones
  • Tap water (yes, even though it’s deemed “safe”) contaminated with pesticides/toxins
  • Intestinal parasites, bacteria and yeast that elevate toxic enzymes and trap estrogen
  • Excess body fat that absorbs, stores and synthesizes estrogen
  • Synthetic hormones found in hormone replacement therapies and/or birth control 
  • Water damaged buildings with mold growth
  • Unrelenting mental or emotional stress

Some actions you can take action to tackle these sources by eating organic, drinking and cooking with only filtered water, properly addressing water leaks and mold and taking time to meditate or de-stress daily. 

To sort out the synthetic hormones and/or intestinal pathogens, seek a functional health practitioner (like myself) to assist you with proper and personalized strategies.

Angle #2 – Love your liver

The reality is, we can’t control our exposure to estrogen driving toxins 100% of the time.  But our liver does play a major role in getting rid of excess estrogen that might be circulating in the body, and that’s something you can get behind. By supporting liver function, you can kill two birds with one stone: eliminate toxins you’ve been exposed to that might raise estrogen levels, and excrete existing excess estrogen.

To support your liver, you can:

  • Take a daily liver support supplement with nutrients such as milk thistle
  • Eat naturally detoxifying foods such as beets, grapefruits, lemons and dandelion greens
  • Occasionally do castor oil liver packs, dry body brushing or an infrared sauna

Do all of the above and give more power to your liver! 

Angle #3 – Eat and drink anti-estrogenic

The great news is, you can combat estrogen on a daily basis with little effort.  Simply aim to eat anti-estrogenic foods, known as cruciferous vegetables, and drink clean, filtered water (from a glass or steel bottle of course!).

Some of the best estrogen regulating foods to consume include:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Kale 
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Arugula
  • Cabbage
  • Bok Choy
  • Radishes
  • Collard Greens

By taking action from all three angles, estrogen will be neutralized and will play nicely.

However, in some cases even if you’re adamantly working to lower estrogen levels, there still might be something stopping you from getting where you want to be.

My husband was another perfect case of this. Even after months of taking action to reduce estrogen, his levels only moderately decreased.  It certainly wasn’t for lack of effort, but a genetic predisposition became more clear. 

Remember, clue number one in his story was his mother’s history of estrogen driven breast cancer.  We were able to correlate his family history clue with his repeated test results to see from a genetic standpoint, his body actually needed more support than most people to keep estrogen under control.

Today I’m happy to report that with the proper diet and lifestyle choices, my husband has lost over 30 pounds.  He easily maintains his weight while taking more days off from exercising than ever before and he is proactively preventing a future battle with estrogen driven cancer.

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If you suspect estrogen might be dominating you, and you want to get your hands on the right lab tests and resources to get it under control, then email seefitpt@gmail.com to schedule your free 45 minute consult.



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#1- Stubborn weight, acne, low libido, restless sleep and struggling to build muscle are just some common characteristic when estrogen is dominating your body. Estrogen doesn’t discriminate. It’s just as much of an issue these days with both men and women.

The good news is that estrogen dominance doesn’t happen overnight. It’s preventable and reversible in almost any case.  But if estrogen gets out of control, it can lead to more health issues beyond stubborn weight, acne and pain in the ass periods.  Estrogen dominance can also contribute to:

Hormone driven cancers such as the ER-2 breast cancer

Autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s

Yeast and bacteria overgrowth such as Candida

So how can you keep estrogen within its normal playing field?  In this week’s blog, I dive into more detail about what contributes to estrogen dominance and what actions you can take to keep it or get it back under control.

If you have a friend or family member in your life who wants to solve their health problems once and for all, share this info to help them finally get back to feeling like themselves again (or for the very first time!).

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#2- What is estrogen dominance?

In men, it’s usually determined when estrogen levels are relatively high in comparison to testosterone.  Meaning testosterone levels could be normal or low, and estrogen is high relatively high to whatever that number is.

In women, it’s commonly evaluated based upon the ratio of estrogen to progesterone, but as with men, it can also be evaluated when comparing testosterone to estrogen.

In general, when estrogen levels are relatively high to other hormones, it’s not good.

I, too, fell victim to estrogen dominance back in the day.  My weight climbed by 15 pounds, I broke out with acne for the first time in my life, I had painful and heavy periods, didn’t sleep great and couldn’t keep my emotions under wraps- all because estrogen had taken over.  And I’m almost certain estrogen was a tipping factor towards my Hashimoto’s.

So how can you keep estrogen within its normal playing field?  In this week’s blog, I dive into more detail about what contributes to estrogen dominance and what actions you can take to keep it or get it back under control.

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If you have a friend or family member in your life who wants to solve their health problems once and for all, share this info to help them finally get back to feeling like themselves again (or for the very first time!).

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#3-If estrogen gets out of control, it can lead to more health issues beyond stubborn weight, acne and pain in the ass periods.  Estrogen dominance can also contribute to:

Hormone driven cancers such as the ER-2 breast cancer

Autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s

Yeast and bacteria overgrowth such as Candida

So how can you keep estrogen within its normal playing field? Making sure estrogen doesn’t start dominating the field means tackling it from a couple of different angles.

Angle #1 – Sort out estrogen sources

Angle #2 – Love your liver

Angle #3 – Eat and drink anti-estrogenic

By taking action from all three angles, estrogen will be neutralized and will play nicely.  However, in some cases, even if you’re adamantly working to lower estrogen levels, there still might be something stopping you from getting where you want to be.

In this week’s blog, I dive into more detail about what contributes to estrogen dominance and what actions you can take to keep it or get it back under control.

Click below to check out the blog:

If you have a friend or family member in your life who wants to solve their health problems once and for all, share this info to help them finally get back to feeling like themselves again (or for the very first time!).

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#HEALTHBOSS #healinghashimotos #aip #autoimmune #hormones #thyroid #guthealth #leakygut #paleo #glutenfree #cleaneating #healthtips #healthychoices #mindset #mindandbody #hashimotos #adrenals #adrenalfatigue #fatigue #energy #workout #adrenalfatiguerecovery #cortisol #chronicfatigue #grainfree #activateandupgradeyourhealing #thepowerofepigenetics #livingwithhashimotos


References

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