Adaptogens are herbal pharmaceuticals. They work to counteract the effects of stress in the body. Stress takes a toll on the body, especially over extended periods. It can harm neurological, endocrine, and immune systems. Adaptogens “adapt” their function to mitigate the body’s stress response.
There are generally two ways to perceive moderation: if I include something notoriously ‘off-limits’ in my diet or health plan, in smaller amounts, how will I be able to stop myself once I start? Or the flip side, I can have part of anything as long as I don’t eat the WHOLE thing.
As a Chicago-area resident, I have noticed our days are definitely getting cooler and darker! Less sunlight decreases the feel-good chemical, serotonin, which influences appetite, mood, and sleep quality.
Excitotoxins, usually amino acids, are added to foods to make them taste better. Well, more like taste buds on steroids!
Is caffeine bad for you? No, (phew!). It enhances focus and metabolism, reduces the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, and reduces certain liver and pancreas conditions.
Do the words “meal planning and preparation” fill you with an overwhelming feeling? Here’s the thing: if your idea of meal planning begins about an hour before you’re going to eat, it’s too late. By then you’ve resorted to foods that you didn’t start out wanting to choose and you’ve nabbed something quick, prepared, or processed.
We all want great skin. If we have it, we want to keep it and, if we don’t, we’ll look to see how we can improve it. Often, exactly what we try to cover up is a message from the skin telling us that something is wrong. It’s these messages that need our attention.
Say yes to snacks! Whether your snack pattern is in check or has gone off the rails since the pandemic moved into full swing, I’ve got you covered!