Why You Should Take a Gluten Challenge + 4 Tips for Going Gluten Free

Why You Should Take a Gluten Challenge + 4 Tips for Going Gluten Free

You probably have a friend or two who are on a gluten-free diet. Maybe you’ve heard of Celiac Disease, and know that for those who have been diagnosed, it can be deadly to consume gluten. But what about gluten sensitivity? Is it a real thing or just another food trend?

Non-Celiac gluten sensitivity is in fact an established medical diagnosis. Functional medicine specialist, Dr. Mark Hyman states that gluten sensitivity is “actually an autoimmune disease that creates inflammation throughout the body with wide-ranging effects across all organ systems including your brain, heart, joints, digestive tract and more.” Unfortunately, many people who have it don’t realize it. The symptoms can be as subtle as occasional digestive upset, low energy, excess weight and feelings of bloat, or it can manifest in serious autoimmune diseases, chronic illness, and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. If any of those sound familiar, it’s time to take a gluten challenge!

Self-Care from a Health Perspective: Its effect on your MIND+BODY

Self-Care from a Health Perspective: Its effect on your MIND+BODY

We’ve already covered the role of self-care when it comes to making better food choices, staying active, and rethinking your beauty routine. This week we wanted to discuss self-care from a health perspective and it’s effect on your mind+body. How does stress affect our body? What role does mental and emotional health or stress play in self-care? So we asked our wellness partners over at Parsley Health to share some insights and had the opportunity to interview Dr. Soyona Raatajah, an Integrative and Functional medicine expert.

Self-Care Beauty Tips - Our Interview with Beauty Experts, Flynn&King

Self-Care Beauty Tips - Our Interview with Beauty Experts, Flynn&King

We are mid-February now and two weeks into establishing better practices for more ME TIME. We’ve chosen to eat clean and learned from top fitness pros about how to incorporate more activity. This week we wanted to check in with ourselves to think about our beauty routine - Are we nurturing our skin and body or hurting ourselves with chemicals and synthetic ingredients? One of our favorite ingredients in the bathroom (and kitchen!) cabinet is coconut oil. Coconut oil is a natural skin moisturizer and makeup remover. But did you also know it can be used as a sunscreen, insect repellent, lip balm, and hair conditioner?! It is incredibly versatile and our number-one, go-to for self-care.

But we wanted to know more! So we sat down with our friends and beauty experts over at Flynn&King to learn about what we should consider when buying beauty products, details on their five-minute morning routine, and which products they can’t live without.

SELF-CARE + FITNESS: Time to get active

SELF-CARE + FITNESS: Time to get active

February is in full swing and we have SELF-CARE at the top of our to-do list all month long. Last week was all about starting to eat better (LINK TO ORDER NOW) and choosing nutritious foods. Designed to keep our body nourished and full of energy, eating clean is a must if you want to love yourself and take serious care of your health.

This week we have FITNESS on deck and thought it would be fun to hear from some experts on self-care and what part fitness plays in their routine. Check out our interview below with fitness experts: Laurel Crosby, S-Factor Teacher, and Christina Jensen, NASM Certified Trainer.

Fitness Expert, Christina Jensen, Shares Her 5 Favorite Training Moves

Fitness Expert, Christina Jensen, Shares Her 5 Favorite Training Moves

We checked in with our Wellness Partner and Fitness Expert, Christina Jensen, to get her top moves that are essential to her workout routines.  Check them out:

SQUATS
This booty busting move is a fundamental in most fitness classes and regimes. There are endless variations, styles, and exercise tools you can use to make your squat harder or easier. 

Make SELF-CARE a Priority

Make SELF-CARE a Priority

We’ve declared this February to be SELF-CARE MONTH! All month long we encourage you to make a choice to put your health and wellness a priority by loving yourself. Whether it’s choosing one day of the week that is all about you or even just one hour or a few moments each day, this month BE SELF-ISH!

Each week our team will be sharing tips and insights from our wellness network on topics to help you create or improve a self-care routine. You deserve to eat deliciously, bathe luxuriously, feel sexy, and think positively!

Top 5 Fitness Apps for the Busy Professional

Top 5 Fitness Apps for the Busy Professional

Your health and wellness must be a priority this year. You’ve taken the first steps already by getting setup with our Organic Meal Delivery or Cleanse Program. The second step is to start incorporating more ways to stay active. And we totally get it. When are you supposed to have time to meet your trainer, go to Soul Cycle, or zen out in a yoga class? In this day of technology, no time is no longer an excuse.

How to Manifest True Health and Happiness this Holiday Season

How to Manifest True Health and Happiness this Holiday Season

This week we’ll be coming together with friends and family and giving thanks. It’s been a particularly stressful Fall for many of us this year, and my hope for all of you is that the remainder of 2016 is not only a time to celebrate the season, but also a time to rest and restore. But whether it’s cantankerous family members, or the siren call of desserts on the table, or just one too many cocktails that has you not feeling your A game, I wanted to share some thoughts on how we can move through the season as our best selves, and prepare for a new year

Two big questions that are buzzing in my head right now are:

  1. What if our true nature is joy?
  2. What if our default state is perfect health?

Fall in Love with Pumpkin: Clean Eating and Hormone-Balancing Recipes for Pumpkin Lovers

Fall in Love with Pumpkin: Clean Eating and Hormone-Balancing Recipes for Pumpkin Lovers

It’s fall, and you know what that means: warm sweaters and fuzzy socks, spiced candles that smell good enough to eat, and pumpkin...everything pumpkin. From pies to pudding to pancakes, we can find pumpkin in all of our favorite cold-weather comfort foods. However, traditional comfort foods full of white flour and processed sugar can wreck havoc on imbalanced hormones and can be especially stressful for those living with PCOS.