The Gut-Brain Connection: What You Need to Know​

By Katie Afra, PsyD, NSCA-CPT 13 minute read Butterflies in your stomach. A gut-wrenching feeling. Your stomach suddenly drops… You’d better go with your gut. All of these are intensely emotional experiences that seem to be best described by what’s happening in our stomachs at the time. Now, consider this for a moment — our most intense emotional experiences involve the gut SO much that … Continue reading The Gut-Brain Connection: What You Need to Know​

EMOTIONAL EATING WHY WE EMOTIONALLY EAT: 3 TOOLS TO MANAGE IT!

You’re driving home from work, trying to release stress. But that presentation. You’re not ready. What if you mess up? What if you forget what to say? As your mind is fluttering, your body made a decision to pull into the store and pick up some mini chocolate-frosted cupcakes.  You pop open the container and take that blissful first bite. Creamy chocolate frosting fills your … Continue reading EMOTIONAL EATING WHY WE EMOTIONALLY EAT: 3 TOOLS TO MANAGE IT!

You Are What You Eat! The Brain – Allergen Connection

It is commonly known that allergies from food or other substances can cause signs and symptoms (S/S) of hay fever, asthma, and hives. However, the brain – the most intricate and biochemically complicated organ – can also be affected by allergies. Body allergies and brain allergies often go hand in hand. Mood altering foods are tough to diagnose, but for many who have unexplained emotional … Continue reading You Are What You Eat! The Brain – Allergen Connection

Healing Himalayan Salt Elixir

Switching your morning coffee to warm water, lime juice, and Himalayan salt not only helps with rehydration and alkaline balance after a night of detox and repair, but the Himalayan salt provides much needed minerals and electrolytes that support your hard-working adrenal glands! Simply add a squeeze of lime juice and a pinch of Himalayan salt (the pink one!) to 8oz of warm water and … Continue reading Healing Himalayan Salt Elixir

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Why it Matters for Mental Health

When you hear the term “omega-3 fatty acids”, what is the first thing you think of? For most of us, it’s fish oil or heart health. We’ve known for a long time that supplementing fish oil and getting ample omega-3’s in your diet means a lowered stroke and heart attack risk, but new research shows that they have very important biological functions in the central … Continue reading Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Why it Matters for Mental Health

Overnight Fruit and Yogurt Parfait (No Sugar Added)

Here is a simple, healthy, upgraded parfait recipe that can be assembled in advance and left to marinate overnight in the fridge. This unique recipe contains oats (rich in fiber, and minerals like phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc) and chia seeds (which are high in omega fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, and iron). Using frozen fruit allows you slash the prep time, and the next morning … Continue reading Overnight Fruit and Yogurt Parfait (No Sugar Added)

Mood Food Recipe: Sautéed Dandelion Greens

Here is a very simple dish that you can whip up in a matter of minutes. Never thought of using dandelion greens before? Neither have most! This is a great side to wild-caught salmon with a pistachio crust to bump up the fiber! To read more about the link between fiber and mental health, see Amanda’s previous article. PREPARATION 1 Bunch of Dandelion Greens (remove stalk … Continue reading Mood Food Recipe: Sautéed Dandelion Greens

Ashwagandha Adaptogen Energy Balls

So you keep hearing about adaptogens, but you aren’t sure what they are and why they benefit your health. Fear not! We are here to help. Adaptogens are stress-fighting plants that have been used for centuries in Chinese and Ayurvedic healing. An easy way to remember it: they help your body “adapt” when stressors arise.  Ashwagandha is one of our favorite adaptogens.  According to National Ayurvedic Medical Association … Continue reading Ashwagandha Adaptogen Energy Balls