Archive for Holidays
As delicious as it is, Mexican food can be a high-carb dietary disaster. With the tasty tortillas, endless bowls of beans, creamy cheeses and ice buckets of beer, it’s easy to pack on the pounds over the Cinco De Mayo weekend. The good news is, with these easy-to-prepare holiday delights, you can have a blast this weekend and benefit your body. Did I mention this mouthwatering menu includes a margarita?
Slow Cooked Pulled Pork Tacos
Our ancestors were used to short bursts of “flight-or-fight response” stress from running away from wild animals or catching the day’s dinner. Nowadays, we’re often constantly exposed to stress. It’s this chronic, long-term stress takes a major toll on our health and can sabotage any fat loss efforts. The body responds to stress by releasing stress hormones. These hormones make blood pressure, heart rate, and blood sugar levels go up, which, over time, can contribute to numerous health problems including adrenal burnout, gut dysbiosis, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and insomnia. Check out the Infographic below for a deeper look at how stress affects the body.
Whether you’re lacking sleep, overloaded with stress, struggling after the Holidays or battling the cold Winter weather, here are 5 simple tips to strengthen your immune system and support your overall health!
1. Improve Gut Health
Over 70% of your immune system is located in your digestive tract. Thus, the best way to improve your immunity is to strengthen your digestive system. Supplementing digestive enzymes is a great way to increase nutrient absorption. You can also eat fermented foods such as homemade sauerkraut, Zukay products, kim chi, and organic yogurt or kefir. Read More→
A new year is upon us and it’s time to create resolutions for daily improvements that will inspire successful lifestyle changes. I like to think of “New Year’s resolutions” as “intentions.” Resolutions are often viewed as goals that are a yearly ritual and, usually, don’t last very long. I view intentions as daily goals that are subject to change, but are always pushing you towards growth and personal development.
Now that the ball has dropped, toasts have been made and the confetti has settled, let’s create some simple intentions to kick off the new year. It’s the little things that produce the biggest results. Start with small changes that are easy to implement on a regular basis and, before you know it, you’ll be accomplishing everything on your list with ease. Don’t forget to look at the big picture. Focusing on a vague goal, such as “I want to lose weight” will only get you so far. Start with a clear intention, get really specific in how you’re going to implement that intention daily, then do what it takes to make it happen now. Choose intentions that are doable and enjoyable, because that’s what makes them sustainable. Follow the 3 CNK tips below for intention setting success! Read More→
Are you looking for healthier cocktails? The good news is you can ditch the high fructose corn syrup, aspartame, and other artificial sweeteners without having to say sayonara to soda. Now you can satisfy your carbonation cravings, with Zevia. Sweetened with stevia and erythritol, Zevia has zero effect on blood sugar. Zevia comes in all different flavors including: Black Cherry, Cherry Cola, Grapefruit Citrus, Grape, Strawberry, Mountain Zevia, Lemon-Lime, Orange, Cola, Lime Cola, Cream Soda, Dr. Zevia, Ginger Root Beer and Ginger Ale. Read More→
Baby it’s cold outside! A great way to warm your body and lift your spirits is with a warm, hearty, homemade soup. Soups are incredibly easy to make and are a great way to prepare a delicious and nutritious meal with little effort. Ditch the highly processed boxed and canned soups and make one of these 2 simple slow cooker recipes. Bon appétit! Read More→
If you’re a fan of sweets, you’ll jump for joy over these top 10 reasons to eat chocolate. But, before you grab a Snickers, it’s important to recognize that not all chocolate is created equal. Dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa content or higher, contains more health benefits and less sugar than milk chocolate varieties. Make sure you always read the label and look for whole food ingredients and a sugar content of less than 10 grams per serving. Dark chocolate may not directly reduce body fat, but can certainly provide a healthier alternative to those conventional sweets that are sure to sabotage weight loss. Read More→
The Holidays are a nutritionally challenging time of year for most people. How do you partake in all of the wonderful festivities, without packing on the pounds? Yes, you could just wait until New Year’s resolutions roll around and kill yourself on the “dreadmill” at the gym. But, losing weight really doesn’t need to be that painful or difficult. All you have to do is turn up the heat in your house as you shed fat from following these 5 super simple nutrition tips. Read More→
Make holiday shopping a snap while giving the gift of better health. Ditch the popcorn tins, fruitcakes, ugly sweaters, fuzzy socks and onesie pajamas. This holiday you can help your friends and loved ones set the stage for a healthy and successful new year!
Get your diabetic Uncle the gift of Stevia, an all natural sweetener that has zero effect on blood glucose. Send your coffee-craving pregnant friend a nice bag of Almond Almaretto Teeccino, the perfect caffeine-free coffee alternative. Surprise your spouse with a new knife to make him/her feel like Emeril or Giada in the kitchen. Send your boss a crock-pot so he/she will have delicious meals awaiting him/her after work (this might even be the secret to getting a raise). Celebrate by buying the family a fun ice cream maker to make delicious homemade desserts. Finally, stock up on some flavorful Zevia soda for the kids and to make the adults healthier holiday cocktails! Read More→