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Sleep is SO much more than shut eye!

”Without enough sleep, we all become tall two-year-olds.” 😬Who can relate?

👉🏻Sleep is consistently the most underrated aspect of any health & wellness journey. & It’s one of the biggest priorities I focus on with clients, especially if they have an aesthetic goal.

💤 Creating & maintaining a bedtime routine is the best way to prioritize a good nights sleep.

Here are a few before bed SLEEP HACKS:

😴Block blue & green light, lower the temperature in your bedroom & reduce the volume on TV 1-2 hours before bed.

🛌 Be sure to sleep in complete darkness, wear sleep mask if needed

💤 Use a white noise app or air filter, or ear plugs if you’re a light sleeper.

😴Go to bed early around 9-10pm

🛌Use a guided meditation app (headspace, calm, insight timer)

💤Stick to a sleep schedule (even on weekends)

😴Use supplements to enhance sleep (200mg theanine, 500 mg gaba & Magnesium Glycinate )

🛌Get out of bed briefly if you do wake up.

How’s your bedtime routine? Let me know, are you going to incorporate any of these?👇🏻

Good sleep promotes good health. Sleep represents a third of every person’s life and it has a tremendous impact on how we live, function and perform during the other two-thirds of our lives. It is indeed as vital as the air we breathe and the food we eat, especially for those with chronic diseases or compromised immune systems.

”Happiness in simplicity can be achieved with a flexible mindset and nine hours sleep each night.” – Dalai Lama

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Let’s get BACK to BASICS for Digestion & Absorption

📌Back to basics- Digestion & absorption edition 🤓

It’s important to address these GI basics before thinking you need any advanced protocols.

The biggest culprits I see in my coaching practice is improper stress management, poor chewing and rushed eating! Focusing on these “low hanging fruit” lifestyle changes can make dramatic impacts!

Next is HCL insufficiency, bile salt insufficiency, enzyme insufficiency, and a lack of dietary fiber (Insoluble vs Soluble).

Stomach acid is essential for proper digestion, especially protein and supports the absorption of essential nutrients, such as, Zinc, Copper, Iron, Calcium & B12. Not only does it help with digestion but it plays a vital role in protecting the body from harmful pathogens.

🙅🏻‍♀️Stop: Taking stomach acid suppressors, skipping meals and eating a low protein diet!⁣
✔️Start: Addressing chronic stress, eat a nutrient dense diet, improve your gut / brain connection with mindful eating practices. 🧘‍♀️

Lack of digestive enzymes production which are vital to properly break down the food we eat, can lead to slower transit time and poor nutrient absorption. This can result in feelings of bloat, constipation, acid-reflux, and gas.

🙅🏻‍♀️Stop: Rushing your meals and slouching around after eating.⁣
✔️Start: Supporting stomach acid production, chew your food properly (20-30 Times) and address any underlining gut inflammation. ⁣

Bile release is crucial for the emulsification of fats, so that they can then be properly broken down and absorbed. You won’t get the all the benefits of these healthy fats if they are not properly broken down. 🧈⁣

🙅🏻‍♀️Stop: Restricting fats or consuming too much of the wrong kind, like vegetable oils & fake butter⁣
✔️Start: Getting enough healthy fats in your diet and support stomach acid production

Finally, a healthy and balanced gut flora supports our body to proper digest food and protects from harmful pathogens. 🙌🏻

Complete digestion = more optimal nutrients! 🍽

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Top tips on tracking your meals/food

Macro-tracking can take some time to get the hang of, but doing so is well worth it! And there are ways to make it easier and more enjoyable so it doesn’t have to take up any more of your precious headspace.


1️⃣ Pre-Log your day ahead of time. Spend 10-15 minutes the night before to pre-plan and log your next day’s meals. Not only does it save you time from trying to log as you go, it also prevents you from making impulsive decisions in the moment.

2️⃣ Log your favorites first and work backwards. If you know you want a burger and fries for dinner, or maybe it’s a glass of wine with dinner, and or a piece of chocolate after lunch, log that first, then reverse engineer your day from there.

3️⃣ Repeat meals you enjoy eating often. Reduce decision fatigue by making a list of two to three go-to meals you don’t mind repeating and eat those throughout the week. For some variety, you can cycle through the same breakfast and lunch, while making a different dinner each night.

4️⃣ Purchase a simple food scale. You can find legit ones for <$30 at Target, or online. Start tracking/weighing! Put your plate on the food scale and zero it out (tare). Put your protein source on the plate, log the weight and zero it out. Repeat these steps for your carb, fat and veggie/fruits. If you zero/tare it out each time, you don’t have to worry about adding things up. Build your plate on the scale.⁣ You won’t have to do this forever, but right now you’re learning!

5️⃣ If your food has a barcode, scan the barcode directly into the app + adjust the serving size. If your food does not have a barcode, search for a verified entry for that specific food. Examples are “ground beef” or “cooked jasmine rice”.⁣

6️⃣ AVOID GENERIC ENTRIES such as “medium banana” or “large rib eye”. What do medium and large actually mean? Instead, find an entry for bananas in grams and an entry for rib eye in grams so you can be specific.⁣

7️⃣ Often people batch cook meat, which means you’ll be weighing the COOKED meat. The nutritional facts on the labels are for the RAW meat. Take the COOKED weight and divide it by .75 to get the raw weight that you log. (120g COOKED chicken is 160g RAW chicken…. 120g/.75 = 160g)⁣

8️⃣ Weighing a sauce or butter, honey etc? Put the jar on the scale and zero/tare it, take out your desired amount (a negative # will show on the scale) and log that number/weight.⁣

9️⃣ Focus on MACROS vs CALORIES. It may show that your macros are hit perfectly, but calories are either high or low. The reason for this is because nutrition labels have the discretion to round their data to the nearest “pretty” number essentially.⁣



3-5 meals daily works best for most. Choose times you can consistently eat each meal, and stick to those – this helps prevent cycles of under/overeating, or playing “macro tetris” too often.

Choose a primary protein source for each of your meals, & adjust the serving size until it gives you 25-50g protein, OR add another protein source to reach the 25-50g range. (We want to divide protein evenly between meals, most will hit their goal with 25-50g at each meal.)

Now you’ll know what carb sources will pair well with your proteins – choose 1-2 carb sources for each meal, and adjust serving sizes to fit your macros. (Making the meals around your workouts more carb heavy is more optimal.)

Your protein (and some carb) sources will have fat, so we’re waiting until last to add fats as needed to meals. (Timing these further from your workouts is more optimal.)

You now have a rough template you can build your days around, and tweak as needed for daily success (e.g. dropping fats when you know you’ll drink later.)


It’s Friday 1pm, when your friend texts you “Hey, let’s go to that winery tonight for dinner”

  1. Plug the foods you’ve already eaten today into your food log.
  2. Plug in your best estimate of what you’ll eat & drink at the winery–doesn’t have to be perfect, just a rough estimate so you can adjust the rest of your day to fit your goals AND enjoy the night!
  3. Plug in what you’d like to have, EVEN IF it pushes your macros over.
  4. Keep in mind you still need to hit your protein goal by the end of the day
  5. Don’t go to the winery super hungry, when you’re hungry, your inhibition is lower, and can make drinking worse. ⁣So don’t skip dinner. Just make your portion smaller.

Example: Say you planned to you have 1 cup Greek yogurt with fresh berries, with sourdough & honey before your afternoon workout and chicken thigh veggie stir fry on a bed of soaked rice for dinner. Instead make a mineral dense protein shake, (recipe reel on Instagram) keep your chicken and stir fry with veggies and reduce the rice size portion.

Now that you’ve adjusted your day around the boxes you need to tick to continue to make progress with your goals, you should be able to enjoy your night out on the town and still be within 5-10 g of your goals!

This tip is SO CRUCIAL it’s worth repeating: You will find at the end of the day, it will be much easier to achieve your goals when you spend 10-15 min at night to pre-log your day the night before.

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The benefits of Lion’s Mane Mushrooms

🍄 🧠 Lion’s Mane is large and has a shaggy appearance with white cascading spines that resemble a lion’s mane, hence the name. It is known as the “smart mushroom”, related to how it can improve mental clarity, focus, alertness, nerve health and overall brain support. But that’s not all, it has been shown to improve athletic performance too!

What makes lion’s mane mushroom so special?

This mushroom contains high amounts of a compound called β-glucan polysaccharides, which is a type of naturally occurring glucose polymer found in cell walls of certain fungi and bacteria. This mushroom is also rich in, lectins, proteins, lipids, hericenone, erinacine and terpenoids, which is basically everything an athlete needs for top performance. Along with β-glucan, these compounds are responsible for many of the health benefits associated with lion’s mane.


  • Contains anti-fatigue properties and increases energy.
  • Improves concentration, focus, and overall cognitive function.
  • Reduces inflammation and recovery time.
  • Accelerates fat metabolism.
  • Improves gut health.
  • Boosts the immune system

Anxiety and Depressive symptoms have also been reduced in humans fed 2g of lion’s mane, via cookies, over the course of 4 weeks. There was a significant difference between groups on the measurements of concentration and irritability, favoring the lion’s mane group.


It is well known that proper training, nutrition, and supplements are integral pieces in an athlete’s progress. Lion’s mane mushroom continues to gain popularity due to its various health benefits, however the potential benefits for athletes makes it a unique food for sports nutrition. Studies continue to show the positive physical and mental outcomes from utilizing lion’s mane. There are several ways to incorporate lion’s mane mushroom into your diet, this includes eating them whole or taking lion’s mane extract as a nutritional supplement. Athletes looking to further advance their performance should consider our newest lion mane’s supplement to add to their daily routine for optimal results.

We have been adding one serving to our morning protein smoothie! @ommushrooms

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7 Best Lion’s Mane Supplements (in no particular order)

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•Om Mushroom Superfood Lion’s Mane Organic Powder — Best Lion’s Mane Mushroom Powder
•Real Mushrooms Lion’s Mane Capsules — Best Organic Lion’s Mane Supplement
•Genius Mushrooms — Best Mushroom Supplement With Lion’s Mane
•Host Defense Lion’s Mane — Best Lion’s Mane For Overall Health
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It’s not only the stress, but also our reaction to it.

🧠 Mindset and awareness MATTER more than you may think. 🧐

Your mindset around being stressed is just as influential as the actual stress you’re experiencing.

While in a stressed out, sympathetic state our decision making will be impulsive, emotional, and geared towards instant gratification. (Likely not ideal for your health goals 😬)

Let’s dive deeper:

How do you perceive stress? How do you recognize and monitor your stress levels?

Do you view the stress you’re experiencing as:

Enhancing (a challenge to overcome) Or Debilitating (problem).

When in a 🌱 growth mindset, approaching stress as a challenge you CAN and WILL overcome, the science shows you’ll have a more adaptive cortisol response.

Viewing stress more positively seems to encourage people to cope in ways that help them thrive, whether it’s tackling the source of stress, seeking social support or finding meaning in it. The ability to learn from stress is built into the basic biology of the stress response.

Taking the time to reflect and learn. Adapt, overcome and implement your intentions is key 🔑

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How to avoid bad fitness advice….

REAL TALK: There are a lot of “wellness” and “fitness” influences out there, who are highly disordered in their own relationship to food, who then promote their disordered beliefs as “wellness”. -Jennifer Rollin.

Nearly everyone on social media is an “expert” these days. How can you tell what’s good, what’s so-so, and what information might actually harm you?

Yes, Credentials matter. Ideally, your information is coming from those who are educated. But even these folks can be spreading misinformation. I’ve seen it here on the ‘gram and Clubhouse.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, your coach/mentor/personal trainer should know the “WHY” and the “HOW” behind their recommendations. Ex: Registered Dietitians, Certified Nutrition coaches, ISSA, NCSF, ACE, NASM are some top programs in the USA.

If you are interested in working with someone, drop into their DMs, ask them about their education, what do those letters behind your name mean?

Make sure when they do teach you new things, it isn’t always slanted to sell you stuff. If everything ends up in a glute band or supplement, they just want your money and want to fill your head with whatever convinces you to buy their products.

Always ask…Why am I doing this?

How does this work?

What is happening inside of my body to promote these changes?

How will this help me achieve my goals faster while keeping me safe and healthy?

Can you teach this to me another way so I firmly understand it?

BOTTOM LINE: If something feels off, triggering, or harmful to you-unfollow the account or start asking questions

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A carrot a day keeps estrogen at bay. Well, it helps 😝

Well, it helps 😝But let’s talk about estrogen dominance, because it is painfully common in today’s women. Because of the toxic world we live in, the processed food we’re surrounded with, the stress we’re consumed by, the amount of soy + PUFAS we’re consuming, the low protein diets we’re prioritizing ALL contribute to what we call estrogen dominance (too much estrogen, especially in relation to progesterone + testosterone).

Now, let me preface by saying I’m not a hormone expert, I’m just a girl who is on the road to balancing her own (still bringing down my own estrogen but my progesterone has gone from low to amazing!).What can too much estrogen manifest as?

•low libido or CRAZY high libido (see our Freely Rooted podcast episode on this)

•thyroid disorders

•painful or irregular cycles

•mood swings, depression, anxiety

•headaches + migraines (especially cyclical)

•acne + gut issues

•breast tenderness

•weight gain(And so much more)

What we need to understand about estrogen dominance is that we HAVE to support progesterone, not *just* focus on how to get “rid of” excess estrogen. And you want to know the best way to do both of those things? *drumroll please*


When you shift your diet to being mineral-focused, adding bio-available nutrients from things like well-sourced animal protein + quality carbohydrates + saturated fats your body’s hormone balancing ability will SHOCK you. The foundations of both increasing progesterone and lowering estrogen have a whole lot in common (and I formulated the meal plans with all of these principles in mind! Check out my reviews highlight for lots of stories from woman who went from painful periods, etc., to thriving).If we have thyroid issues, cycle issues, autoimmune issues – we HAVE to be mindful of hormone-supporting activity. I’ve been blown away at how my own have moved toward balance over the last year (and check out my healing crisis highlight if you are pursuing prometabolic eating and not feeling quite so balanced yet).

It’s amazing what a full year of raw dairy, ⬆️ carbs, ⬇️ raw veggies +⬇️ nuts and seeds did for my hormones!

Repost from fallondanae

Does Sugar Belong in a Healthy Diet?


Short answer: in controlled amounts, yes. When many people think of “sugar,” they often think of added sugar found in processed junk foods and desserts. However, simple sugars and other carbohydrates are naturally found in many nourishing foods that are important to a healthy diet like fruits, vegetables, dairy, legumes, and whole grains.

Working to reduce the amount of added sugar you consume each day is a worthy goal, especially because many common foods and beverages provide extra sugar and calories but very little of the quality nutrition our bodies need.

On its own, sugar isn’t necessarily good or bad. It becomes a concern when you consume foods that are high in calories and added sugar but low in essential nutrients like protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Many everyday foods, beverages, and condiments contain a surprising amount of added sugar without contributing much nutritional value. Cutting back on these sources of excess sugar is a good idea for both your well-being and your waistline.

But, there is no need to eliminate sugar completely, especially if you want to eat in a way that supports your health and wellness goals. Sugar and other carbohydrates are essential nutrients that play a vital role in many bodily functions, including in the nervous system and immune system. Not to mention that naturally occurring sugar is present in many of the delicious, nourishing foods we should enjoy every day.



How Much Sugar Is in the Food We Eat?

The Importance of Pre and Post Workout Nutrition

Your workout may be where you “feel” like you’re getting results, but it’s actually proper nutrition + your workouts that plays a larger role in the results factor.

🍌Nutrient timing is purposely choosing foods around your workouts that will nourish and support your cells for the upcoming physical activity. It was found that the net protein balance was greater when consuming the protein + carbs before exercise rather than post exercise.⁣ What does this mean?⁣ ⁣ You get a greater anabolic response (protein synthesis= growth) when consuming pre-workout nutrition compared to post workout nutrition. You get more amino acids into your muscles both during and after exercise when consuming pre-workout nutrition.⁣


•Ideal pre-work meal is mostly carbohydrate based. •20 minutes to 1 hour before exercise: Simple carbohydrates from fruit like dates, raisins or banana, or a coconut water can give you quick energy. Or a small serving of yogurt with fresh fruit. My favorite is the adrenal elixir with some collagen. AIM for: 6 G protein & 35 g carbs minimum •1 hour (or more) before exercise: Complex carbs & simple carbs larger meal size & some fiber okay! Examples: Oatmeal+ collagen with fresh fruit or greek yogurt, rice cake with jelly and dates, sweet potatoes and eggs with fruit. ⁣ ❓What about protein before workouts? There is evidence that consuming protein before a workout is beneficial, and while these recommendations include protein, you could increase the amount in your pre-workout meal–experiment with anywhere between 6-20 g and see what works for you! ❓What about eating a high fat meal before a workout? Fat is the most complex fuel for your body to break down and absorb, and while it’s important for overall health, I recommend consuming low-to moderate fat intake with your pre & post workout meals.
pre workout snacks


HYDRATION: The first nutritional priority after exercise is to replace any fluid lost during exercise. Consume 16-24 oz. of water post workout.

Eating post workout within the right time frame following your workout plays a huge role in your recovery and training progress. And when it comes to fueling after exercise, I bet there’s little surprise that women are different than men. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re trying to maximize your recovery: 👇 . 💪 Women’s metabolism comes back down to baseline within 90 minutes after exercise whereas men might take 3-18 hours, depending on the exercise.

💪 We need to eat protein (aim for 25-30 grams with 5-7 grams BCAAs) with a bit of carbohydrate as soon as possible after exercise – especially if you’re doing a depleting exercise like cardio. Ideally, aim to eat within 30-45 minutes after finishing your workout.

💪 If you delay calorie intake, you stay in a breakdown state. In short, your body won’t start repairing until you take in some food.

💪 Even if you eat enough in the rest of your day to meet what your body needs, not eating post-workout acts the same as not eating enough.

Benefit of protein shakes/post workout liquid meals: Liquid form of nutrition that contains rapidly digesting carbohydrates (e.g., maltodextrin, dextrose, glucose, etc) and proteins can accelerate recovery by utilizing insulin for nutrient transport into cells, can result in rapid digestion and absorption. Also, these products are often better tolerated during and after workouts. Whole food meals aren’t always practical for a few reasons. Some find they aren’t hungry immediately after exercise, and the process of digestion may take 1-3 hours before its absorbed into blood stream and your body needs replenishing within the hour. Protein and Carbohydrates: Research shows that combining protein with carbohydrate within thirty minutes of exercise nearly doubles the insulin response, which results in more stored glycogen.   This is essential to building adequate glycogen stores for continued endurance training.  Endurance exercise is defined as repetitive prolonged exercise of sub maximal intensity greater than 45 minutes. Protein Data indicates a minimum of 18-20 g of protein after a workout to maximally stimulate muscle protein synthesis. This number will vary depending on lean body mass and your goals. Eating more protein than that, however, has a negative impact because it slows re-hydration and glycogen replenishment. Fuel for what you’re doing, and fuel for the recovery that your body needs afterwards! Now enrolling clients! Apply for coaching here! Not medical advice. Sources: PMID: 11440894, 16896166,
Doi: 10.37527.2020.70.3.005 #preworkout#nutritioncoach#nutrition#snacks#fuelyourbody#carbs#carbsarelife#sugar#coconutwater#fruit#carbscarbscarbs#sportsnutrition#onlinepersonaltrainer#personaltrainer#fitness#fitfam#nasmcpt#nasmcertified#nutritionist#nourishyourbody#explorepage#explore#onlinecoach http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12235033?dopt=Abstract http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1601794?dopt=Abstract http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/trends.HTML