Are you underestimating stress?

Stress is anything that places a burden on the body resulting in imbalance.


In our modern fast pace society, we have a tendency to underestimate the amount of stress we are under on a daily basis.

In the work I do with clients, one of the first things I asked them to do is re-define the word “stress”.

“Stress is anything that places a burden on the body resulting in inflammation or imbalance.”

Typically when we hear the word “stress” we think of mental or emotional stress, and common things such as challenges within our relationships or family, tough to deal with bosses, crappy coworkers, traffic, the loss of a loved one or friend, trying to meet expectations and deadlines.

But stress can also be:

  • Foods you’re eating that aren’t right for your body or that cause inflammation
  • Going to bed late or getting a bad night’s sleep (especially consistently)
  • Over exercising or intense exercise when the body is already stressed
  • Not exercising or moving your body enough regularly
  • Toxins that you can’t alway see, hear or feel in your environment 
  • Nutrient deficiencies that you might be unaware of
  • Tight muscle or joints that are out of alignment (specifically the spin)
  • Traveling and crossing different time zones  

No matter what the stressor might be, the body reacts in the same way, activating the sympathetic nervous system, more commonly known as your “fight or flight response.”

The fight or flight response is a brilliant but old primal instinct, that was originally developed to keep us safe from harm.  This mechanism was developed to help us deal with acute, or short-term stress, not the low-grade constant stress we now encounter on a daily basis.

Here is the classic textbook example of this instinctual response…

If you were to encounter a lion on your lunch break, your body would activate the flight or fight response instantly, sending blood flow to your arms and legs for quick moving, and to your brain for quick thinking so you could find a way to outrun or out-smart the lion.  You don’t have to think for a second about this, your body just does it – brilliant right?

While we don’t encounter lions on our lunch break, or in our daily lives at all (unless you’re at the Zoo or on a safari breaking the rules, LOL) –  the  body responds to our modern day stressors just the same – directing blood flow outward for quick action, leaving little resources for digestion or the vital actions needed to actually heal the body.

The smallest things in our daily routine can trigger the fight or flight response resulting in a decreased ability to digest food, combat colds and the flu, and which can ultimately add up leading to weight gain, hormone imbalances, low energy, poor sleep and generally not feeling like yourself.  

Stuff that could be triggering the stress response in your body might be things you wouldn’t even think of such as watching the news, sitting in traffic during your typical commute even though your enjoying your favorite podcast, and working through your lunch break.

We underestimate the stress response because these actions or behaviors are so common.

Let’s take a look at where you might be encountering subtle stress throughout the day without even realizing it…

Are you always on the run, stacked back-to-back with meetings, trying to get from one place to another on time, or feel like you’re “on” in your job or as a parent from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed?

Moving fast through life like this activates the fight or flight response all day long.

Do you find yourself drinking your smoothie or eating breakfast on the way to work, working through your lunch break, or rushing to get dinner on the table or eating dinner fast so you clean up after and get on with the rest of your nightly routine?

All of these actions induce the fight or flight response also.

Do you get worked up about our political climate, watching the news, scrolling Facebook or social media – all of these elicit the fight or flight response too.

See how quickly the amount of stress our body deals with on a daily basis can add up, without you even realizing it?

Constant subtle stressors add up quickly throughout the day, keeping the body in a constant fight or flight mode, resulting in minimal resources to aid in digestion and healing, leaving the body depleted, and eventually leading to a lack of energy, hormone imbalances, digestive upset and other health issues.

Imagine a red solo cup, and for every stressor you encounter one drop goes into your cup. If you don’t do something to minimize the number of drops or empty the cup it will eventually overflow.  We can’t always control all of the stressors we encounter, but we can aim to minimize them as much as possible and to empty our cup throughout the day. 

In order to maximize digestion and for the body to heal, you must be in a relaxed state.

Typically the only time we’re in a totally relaxed state in this modern day world is when we’re asleep, and that’s only if you’re a great sleeper.  If you struggle with insomnia then your relaxed time is drastically diminished.

But even a good night’s rest isn’t enough anymore to combat the rising number of stressors and demands our body faces on a daily basis.

To support your ideal health and weight, you want to look for opportunities to slow down in your daily life so you can empty your stress cup and allow the body to heal and digest.

Here are a few ways you can easily empty your stress cup throughout the day:

  • Do some deep breathing; inhale for 5 seconds, hold for 5 and exhale for 7
  • Schedule breaks to get outside, get some fresh air and breath
  • Chew bites 20 times or put down your fork in between bites to slow eating
  • Create a daily meditation, journaling or tapping routine
  • Cuddle or exchange hugs to boost oxytocin hormone which decreases stress hormones

These are super simple acts, that don’t require much effort, but can make a BIG difference in your overall health.

Other actions that help to reduce the overall stress burden include:

  • Eating an anti-inflammatory diet
  • Sleeping during the hours of 10pm – 6am
  • Exercising at an intensity that is right for you
  • And minimizing your exposure to stress inducing environmental toxins

Lastly, start to notice how stress shows up in your body, because it’s different for everyone.  It could be in the form of aches and pains, skin rashes or breakouts, losing your hair, low energy, disrupted sleep, weight gain and more.

Once you get in tune with the signs of stress in your body, you can take quick action to empty your cup.

And if you’re not sure about how much stress your body might be dealing with, you can test instead of guessing by doing a dried urine total comprehensive hormone test to look at your stress hormone, cortisol, as well as other sex and steroid hormones that will reveal insights about the overall burden of stress your body is under.  

If you’d like to get your hands on the right lab tests and resources to measure your body’s stress burden and strategies to reduce it, then click here to schedule an Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me.



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!).

Stress is anything that places a burden on the body resulting in inflammation or imbalance.

Typically when we hear the word “stress” we think of mental or emotional stress, and common things such as challenges within our relationships or family, tough to deal with bosses, crappy coworkers, traffic, the loss of a loved one or friend, trying to meet expectations and deadlines.

But stress can also be:

  • Foods you’re eating that aren’t right for your body or that cause inflammation
  • Going to bed late or getting a bad night’s sleep (especially consistently)
  • Over exercising or intense exercise when the body is already stressed
  • Not exercising or moving your body enough regularly
  • Toxins that you can’t alway see, hear or feel in your environment 
  • Nutrient deficiencies that you might be unaware of
  • Tight muscle or joints that are out of alignment (specifically the spine)
  • Traveling and crossing different time zones  

No matter what the stressor might be, the body reacts in the same way, activating the sympathetic nervous system, more commonly known as your “fight or flight response.”

The smallest things in our daily routine can trigger the fight or flight response resulting in a decreased ability to digest food, combat colds and the flu, and which can ultimately add up leading to weight gain, hormone imbalances, low energy, poor sleep and generally not feeling like yourself.  

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!).

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!).

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

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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.

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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TRAINERS… Lets team up!

Attention all trainers!!!!

Have you ever known that your client needs more help than you can give professionally in order for them to reach their goals? 


Are you afraid they might quit training with you if you refer out for help? 


Do not be afraid ! When I first started training it was hard to think just working out and eating right wouldn’t work for all clients. Well, it doesn’t and the best thing you can do for your client is to tell them they aren’t doing anything wrong. In today’s stressful world there are so many more factors that play a role in maintaining optimal health. There are more causes of poor health than ever- we see cases of autoimmune conditions, thyroid conditions, gut dysfunction, hormone imbalances and metal toxicity to name a few. All of these things can cause serious roadblocks when it comes to feeling good. It doesn’t mean you are a bad trainer if your clients are struggling to reach their goals!!!! It just means you need to add some more tools to your toolbox. 


Your clients will respect you more for being humble enough to say we need to add another member to our team ! Figuring out what each client needs is not black and white! 


Let’s meet for coffee and talk about how I can help you with your tough clients !!! I do not want to train them- that is your job! You can also potentially make some extra cash on the side !!!!

Seefitpt@aol.com

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Give your Digestion a Break…

bone broth jars

Ok so you have almost survived the holidays. New Years is the last holiday, remember what I said in my old post about what to drink and how to prevent a hangover.

A great way to just give your body a break after all the sugar and rich food is give your digestion a small break. Try drinking broth for a day and a healthy light dinner loaded with veggies and lean meats.

Bone broth is a very powerful tool when it comes to your health. It will help heal leaky gut and repair damage to your intestinal wall.  The gelatin in the bone broth (found in the knuckles, feet, and other joints) helps seal up holes in intestines. This helps cure chronic diarrhea, constipation, and even some food intolerances. It also helps boost your immune system, which we all need this time of year.

Taking glucosamine supplements to help with joint pain has been common knowledge for years, but it turns out that bone broth has glucosamine too.  The chondroitin sulfate in bone broth has been shown to help prevent osteoarthritis. Bone broth will help reduce inflammation in your joints.

Bone broth is a good source of collagen. You can find collagen in all kinds of “plumping” products these days. It is way cheaper than Botox.

The phosphorus, magnesium, and calcium in the bones seeps out into the broth leaving you with the essential building blocks for healthy bones.

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BONE BROTH RECIPE

  • Whole organic chicken or 4 Large Grass Fed Beef Bones
  • 4 or more quarts of filtered water or about 1 inch above contents
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 onions, coarsely chopped
  • 7 carrots,  chopped
  • 5 celery sticks, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons of Thyme and Rosemary
  • Sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried green peppercorns, crushed or ground in pepper grinder
  • Fresh ginger root
  • 3 Bay leafs

Fill the bottom pot of a large stockpot with the onion, carrots, herbs, apple cider, celery, and ginger. Put the second pot on top and add the large peppercorn, bay leafs and the whole chicken. Fill the entire pot up with filtered water. Let the pot boil on high for 1.5-2 Hours until the chicken is cooked. Turn off the pot and pull out the chicken and let it cool. Once the chicken has cooled take all of the meat off the bone and throw the bones back into the top pot. Turn the stove on low and boil with a lid for 12 hours minimum. The longer the more intense the flavor will be. If you do not have a stockpot you can use a crock-pot. Drink UP!

 

NOTE: If you cannot make bone broth  many of the health foods store carry it in the frozen foods section. They have many varieties you will have to see what you enjoy the most or you can contact me personally for purchases of broth. 

 

 

 

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What is FDN?
Functional Diagnostic Nutrition (FDN) is a type of detective work that seeks to identify the underlying causes of disease instead of treating symptoms. Using functional lab work, I will identify healing opportunities and engage each client in a health-building process using the potent, proven, professional protocols in our D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success program. This includes Diet, Rest, Exercise, Supplements and Stress Reduction. This natural, holistic approach yields the highest level of positive clinical outcomes. I do not medicate, I educate!

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