• Healthy Green Living,  Nourish

    A beginner’s guide to eating organ meats

    A few months ago I read the book Deep Nutrition by Dr. Cate Shanahan. In the book, she made a very compelling case for what she calls the “Human Diet”. According to Dr. Shanahan and a very robust set of scientific data to back her up, human diet is essentially in alignment with what our human ancestors ate and contradictory to what she learned in medical school. From an evolutionary biology perspective, human bodies (and every cell in them) are designed for consumption of both plants and animals. The human genome was written to digest, absorb, and utilize compounds in the natural environment and even with technological advances and the…

  • Healthy Green Living,  Nourish

    9 benefits of ashwagandha that are backed by science

    Ashwagandha, also known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, is a root that has been used for over 3 thousand years for its restorative, adaptogenic and rejuvenating effects. In Ayurvedic medicine, ashwagandha has been used for boosting immune system function, enhancing stamina, reducing cortisol levels and regulating the production of thyroid hormones.  Animal studies have provided evidence that ashwagandha can help to boost production of thyroid hormones from a sluggish thyroid and can also suppress the production of thyroid hormones from an overactive thyroid.  In addition, medical research has found evidence that ashwagandha not only lowers cortisol levels but also increases insulin sensitivity and balances sex hormones.  With the help…

  • Mindset,  Nourish

    How I healed myself from physical and emotional trauma

    A few months ago I found myself at a point where I was overwhelmed, tired and worn out.  I had taken on additional duties in my full-time job, ramped up my training for volleyball, was working on growing 2 online businesses, exploring my new home in Colorado and trying to be a good girlfriend. I knew I was taking on too much and I’d have to pull back on something if I wanted to preserve my health and my sanity.    I knew that I was doing too much but everything that I was working toward was incredibly important to me so I just kept grinding away.   Not only was…

  • Healthy Green Living

    How to reduce your microplastic footprint

    Hopefully by now you know that plastic pollution is a huge environmental issue wreaking havoc on our planet these days.  A subtopic of plastic pollution that is gaining popularity and is considered an “emerging contaminant” are microplastics.  These tiny particles are plastic pieces that are less than 5mm in size (think the size of a sesame seed).  One type of microplastics that I’m especially concerned with these days is microfibers.    These fibers, often referred to as lint, are released from synthetic clothing every time we wash them.  Materials like polyester, nylon, and acrylic are amongst the top sources of synthetic microfibers, and make up about 60% of the clothing material…

  • Healthy Green Living,  Nourish

    The link between Vitamin D, COVID and seasonal depression

    Scientists have been lately been spending their time and money investigating the relationship between COVID-19 and a Vitamin D deficiency.  They are looking into whether or not a Vitamin D deficiency has an impact on being infected with coronavirus in the first place, and/or the severity of the symptoms in COVID-19 infected patients. A recent study found that 80% of COVID-19 patients at a hospital in Spain also had a Vitamin D deficiency (1) and researchers at the University of Chicago claim that a Vitamin D deficiency may raise the risk of getting COVID-19 (2). The jury is still out on the exact relationship between Vitamin D deficiency and COVID, but…

  • Desserts,  Recipes,  Thanksgiving

    [RECIPE] Low Carb Pumpkin Pie

    Pumpkins are  considered a superfood by many because they are high in fiber and rich in the phytonutrient beta-carotene.    Beta-carotene, an anti-oxidant, is the pigment responsible for the orange color and is converted to Vitamin A in the body.   Vitamin A is an essential vitamin in the body which is responsible for healthy skin and mucus membranes and good eye health.  It also supports a healthy immune system and lowers the risk of cancer and heart disease. This low-carb pumpkin pie recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free and dare I say…healthy?   What about whipped cream?  Well, I’m glad you asked.  Low-carb, dairy-free whipped cream is pretty easy to make by mixing…

  • Recipes,  Side Dishes,  Thanksgiving

    [RECIPE] Healthy Green Bean Casserole

    The traditional green bean casserole recipe calls for a few unhealthy ingredients such as a can of Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup and French’s French Fried Onions. Ingredients in Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup: Water, Mushrooms, Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola, And/Or Soybean), Modified Food Starch, Wheat Flour, Cream, Contains Less Than 2% Of: Salt, Whey, Soy Protein Concentrate, Monosodium Glutamate, Yeast Extract, Dried Garlic, Natural Flavoring. Contains: Wheat, Milk, Soy Ingredients in French’s French Fried Onions:  Onions, Palm Oil, Wheat Flour, Salt and Dextrose. Many green bean casserole recipes also use soy sauce as an ingredient.  I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather have a green bean casserole…

  • Healthy Green Living

    25 Healthy Green Stocking Stuffers

    Here is a list of eco-friendly gift ideas to stuff in stockings this Christmas.  The gifts on this list range in price from $5 to $30 and include fashion accessories, zero waste alternatives, travel items, personal care products and everything in between.  Many of these stocking stuffers could also make a good neutral gift for coworkers, acquaintances, or anyone else that you may not know very well.        Hemp Knit Socks, $12.00 Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrushes, $5.98 (pack of 4) Hu Organic Fair-trade Chocolate Bars, $22.50 (4 pack) Tiny Footprint (Carbon Negative) Coffee, $18.53 (16oz package) I Like Plants Mug, $13.99 Bamboo Round Coasters, $16.95 (set of 10) Organic…

  • Healthy Green Living

    Healthy Green Gift Guide

    Looking for ecofriendly gifts to give your loved ones this year?  This gift guide provides you with 40+ gift ideas including sustainable products from eco-conscious brands.   These gifts range from personal products to home goods to subscriptions and gifts that give.  For inspiration on healthy and green stocking stuffer ideas, click here.  BUNDLE GIFTS Zero Waste Hair Kit Bass Brushes Bamboo Hair Brush, $12.82 Whiff Botanicals Shampoo and Conditioner Bars, $16.99 GranNaturals Scalp Massager, $9.99 Soap and Salve Natural Dry Shampoo, $19.50 (for dark hair) (for light hair) Peachy at Home Soap Lift, $5.99 for 4 Zero Waste Farmer’s Market Kit Abeego Beeswax Wraps, $18.00 (set of 3) Fasten Silicone…

  • Healthy Green Living,  Skincare

    My current obsession: this eco-friendly skin care brand

    There was a time in my life that I actually spent a lot of money on getting my skin to look flawless. I was getting ready for my wedding and it was a time in my life where I wanted everything to look perfect.  For 12 months prior to the big day, I went to see an esthetician regularly for exfoliation treatments, purchased what I thought were the best natural products available, and focused on consuming nutrient-dense foods. Thousands of dollars later and I could barely tell the difference in my skin. Thank goodness for makeup! My skin may not have looked like I wanted it to but the wedding…

  • Let Go,  Mindset

    How I paid off $33k of debt in 18 months

    I’ve never really identified myself as someone who was good with money. The only formal “training” I’ve had was my microeconomics elective in undergrad and I got a C in the class. I was a bio major and a student-athlete on scholarship so while I enjoyed math, finance wasn’t really my jam. At that time I had a joint credit card with my dad for “emergencies” but didn’t really understand how that all worked because he was the one paying the bills every month.

  • Let Go,  Mindset

    My Word of 2020

    2019 was not my favorite. I came home one day to 3 inches of water in my basement – which was also where my bedroom happened to be. I finalized my divorce. I said goodbye to the most amazing dog I’ve ever met (RIP my beloved Otis). I spent countless hours for a month straight getting my condo ready to sell. That hard work (and $$$$$$) seemed to pay off because I accepted an offer after just 12 days. I sold all my furniture, streamlined my belongings to just my most prized possessions and moved from a 3-bedroom condo to a single room 40 miles closer to work. 6 days…

  • Recipes

    [RECIPE] Anti-Inflammation Smoothie

    This smoothie tastes sweet, tart, and warm and contains nutrient-rich and anti-inflammatory ingredients. It’s perfect for starting the day with an energy boost and also for recovering after a long night of fun or an intense workout. Let me know what you think in the comments!

  • Healthy Green Living,  Recipes

    Healthy Green 3-Day Smoothie Cleanse (With Recipes!)

    If you’re looking for a gentle reset after all the holiday celebrations, 3 days of delicious, dessert-inspired smoothies may be just what your body needs. These smoothies are meant to be filling, but if you want to add some healthy complex carbs like oats, sweet potatoes or brown rice then go for it! This “cleanse” isn’t meant to starve you, it’s meant to give you the most amount of nutrients possible over the course of 3 days to optimize your body’s natural detoxification mechanisms. The recipes follow the same basic pattern of ingredients per serving which is 1-2 cups of liquid, 1 cup fresh leafy greens, a frozen banana, a…

  • Drinks,  Healthy Green Living

    5 Eco-Friendly Straw Alternatives

    In the last 30 years, the Ocean Conservancy’s volunteers have collected over 9 million straws and stirrers during their beach cleanups and more continue to make their way into our environment. These types of marine debris pose a significant threat to ocean life including sea turtles, fish and albatross. Here are 5 alternatives to plastic straws that are better for the environment. 1. The “Just Say NO” Option. Make your commitment to skipping the plastic straw and announce your support for a clean ocean by taking the Ocean Conservancy’s Skip the Straw Pledge. “…commit to skipping the straw and add your voice to the sea of people taking a stand…

  • Healthy Green Living

    These Common Chemicals Are Wrecking Your Hormones

    Hormones are chemical messengers that that play a significant role in many biochemical pathways in humans. Every single cell in our body has specific receptors (or binding sites) that respond when a hormone compound connects to it. We can think of the hormone as a key, and the receptor on the cell is the lock. The key unlocks the lock and opens a door which corresponds to a certain cellular function. For example, when cortisol, also known as the stress hormone binds to a cell membrane, a “door” opens which allows for a surge of energy in the form of glucose to flood into that cell. This surge of energy…

  • Uncategorized

    7 Eco-friendly Fashion Tips for Women on a Budget

    Pollution is present in every phase of garment manufacturing making the fashion sector the second most environmentally unfriendly industry in the world behind the petroleum sector. Most of the textiles used in making garments are made with a variety of harmful pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. In fact, the National Resources Defense Council estimates that 20,000 chemicals are used by textile mills to make clothes. Then of course there’s another slew of chemicals used to clean the garments via laundry and dry cleaning. And at the end of the garment’s life, those out-of-commission textiles end up in landfills or worse, break down into microfibers and pollute our oceans. In addition to…

  • Healthy Green Living

    10 Tips for Healthy Green Cooking

    Going green in the kitchen is often associated with SAVING some green in your wallet so it’s a win-win for you, your bank account and the environment. Here are 10 ways you can incorporate green practices when you’re whipping up those Healthy Green meals. 1.) Use fabric or unpaper towels instead of paper towels Drying your hands while cooking or cleaning your counters with paper alternatives is a great way to reduce paper use in the kitchen. Switching to more sustainable materials such as hemp and linen are not only good for the environment, but they are better at absorbing water than cotton. They also have anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties…