How can you benefit your body’s ecosystem?

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Did you know your body’s inner ecosystem is made up of beneficial bacteria, friendly yeast, and even non threatening viruses that naturally live inside your digestive tract? Your inner ecosystem can highly influence your waistline, mood, inflammation and allergies. It is truly the key to a strong immune system and helps your body age slowly and well. A balanced ecosystem & healthy digestive tract are essential for living a longer, healthier life.
How healthy is your ecosystem? And what can you do so that your body can flourish?

In order to keep your ecosystem healthy, immune system strong, and keep yourself in great health you should consume 80% alkaline-forming foods and 20% acid-forming foods. So what does this mean?

The typical American diet is completely acid-forming, rich in acid-forming meat, dairy & highly processed foods. Your body’s pH is 7.35, also known as slightly alkaline. Your body constantly seeks balance and works hard to maintain this healthy neutral alkaline zone. Alkaline-forming foods keep your pH balanced; give your body more energy and boost your immune system.

So which foods are Alkaline-forming foods? Here are a few:

Fruits: Lemon, Lime, Black Currants, Cranberry

Grains: Millet, Quinoa

Root Veggies: Carrots, Garlic, Leek, Onion, Radish, Daikon, Scallions

Veggies: Cucumber, Green Beans, Lettuce, Red Bell Pepper, Spinach, Zucchini, Parsley

Protein Fat: Coconut, Pumpkin Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds, Avocado

Starchy Veggies: Red Skin Potato, Acorn Squash, Artichoke, English Peas, Butternut and Winter Squash

How many of these foods are you consuming on a regular basis? It’s definitely something to think about!
To your thriving ecosystem and mine,
Health and Lifestyle Coach Autumn
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It Only Takes Seconds to Sign Up for My Health Boosting Newsletter!

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I decided it was time to roll out my newsletter since this month marks my one year anniversary of being a health and lifestyle coach! 

As you know, I have always had an interest in health, nutrition and motivation; and enjoy sharing this knowledge with my friends, colleagues and family. Two years ago, I decided to enroll in a health and nutrition school and it was one of best decisions of my life! I not only learned how to improve my well-being; I learned how to coach and motivate others around food and lifestyle choices so they could live to their fullest potential. I now coach clients with programs that help them reach their health goals, reduce stress and cravings, increase their energy, lose weight, improve their confidence and find balance in their lives.  It’s been an exciting last year!

I would love it if you would take 20 seconds out of your day to sign up for my newsletter!  Go to my website, www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com and scroll down to the right side of the home page to sign up for my newsletter.

My newsletter will be sent out bi-weekly and will contain informative but simple ways to living healthy in body, mind and spirit.  How would your life change if you were in your optimal state of health?

Revive Your Health. Find Your Balance. Transform Your Life.

In Good Health,

Health Coach Autumn

Five Ways to Avoid the Holiday OverIndulgence Hangover

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It’s way too easy to get caught up in the festivities and foods of the holiday season these days!.There you are, laughing and reminiscing near the buffet table, mindlessly munching while not paying attention to how many calories you’ve consumed, nor what you’ve even eaten.  Here are a few tips on how you can avoid the post holiday guilt trip:

1.  Eat nutrient dense foods that are low in calories.  Consume healthy but filling dishes  such as veggies with hummus, fruit, bean salads and low-calorie soups.

2. Plan your indulgences.  How many sides will you allow yourself to have with the main entrée? What desserts can you skip trying? Planning out your meal for a celebration ahead of time can help you to stay on track.

3. Bring a healthy dish or two to share.  You can’t control how what others bring and how healthy or not healthy their dishes will be–but you can control what you decide to bring.  Have a few healthy staple recipes on hand that you know how to whip up quickly so that you know no matter what, there will be something healthy for you to eat.

4. Snooze on the booze.  Instead of hitting up the liquor as soon as you get to the party, have 1-2 non-alcoholic drinks to start the event off– water is always a good choice. Then, alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks the rest of the time.  For instance, follow your glass of red wine up with a drink of carbonated water with lime.

5. Eat Breakfast.  Many of us skip breakfast the morning of Thanksgiving or other holidays because we want to save room for what we will be consuming later in the day.  This is the first step to setting yourself up for failure.  Ditching breakfast can lead to snacking on the high calorie foods later in the day such as cookies, muffins, potato salad, etc.

Have a healthy and happy Easter!

Health Coach Autumn

10 Youth Boosting Anti-Aging Tips!

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Wouldn’t it be fabulous if we could all age successfully? 

Here’s 10 Youth Boosting Tips to get you Started to a Younger You!

  1. Love yourself and know your worth
  2. Use sunscreen on your face daily
  3. Surround yourself with positive, healthy minded people
  4. Develop a skin care regime
  5. Start Juicing Daily
  6. Eat Plenty of foods with Antioxidants
  7. Make friends and not enemies
  8. Creatively express yourself
  9. Use very little products  that contain chemicals
  10. Create balance in your life

To your youth and your health!

Autumn (check me out at www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

 

 

 

 

Help! My food cravings are driving me crazy!

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Are you suffering from weight gain, acne, low energy, depression or mood swings?  Your cravings could be the cause!!  

Here’s what happened to me when I used to have cravings:

I would have a craving.   I’d decide to “feed my craving.”   After indulging on way too much ice cream and chocolate chip cookies, my stomach would be bloated and achy.  I’d be over- stuffed and feeling sluggish.  That night I wouldn’t sleep well and the next day it will show up in my all too snug jeans.

I was so tired of living that way.  I bet you are too.  It doesn’t have to be like this.

There are many sources of cravings, from lack of water to hormones changes.  Cravings can make us overeat, binge eat and eat junk food among other things.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when you are having a craving:

– Are you dissatisfied with an area of your life? For instance, your career, your relationship, your spiritual practice or your finances?  Being stressed, bored, unhappy, angry, uninspired, and a whole other range of emotions can cause emotional eating.

– Are you filling a void?  Is there an area in your life that feels incomplete or hurts?  Are you filling that space up with food?

– Do you have a yin / yang imbalance in your body?  This simply means: Did you eat too many sugary foods and not enough salt?  Did you eat too many raw foods and not enough cooked foods?  There are many kinds of yin / yang imbalances in the body that can occur.

– Are you craving a family dish because it’s part of a tradition?  Can you make a healthier version of this same dish?

I know this will get you started on deconstructing your cravings.   Check out my other blog post ” The Hidden Source of Cravings” for more information!

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

I found the fountain of youth!

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I once had a dream. I dreamt I was at a beautiful enchanting resort and the resort was throwing a pool party.  A few of my tight knit friends were there and we decided to go wait in line for the high dive.  There were several people already waiting in line and it took awhile for the line to move.  Finally, after waiting awhile I approached the steps to the diving board.  I slowly climbed the steps and walked out to the ledge to take my leap.  I looked down at the water and suddenly realized how magical and sparkling it looked–this was no ordinary pool…

It was the fountain of youth!!  I happily dove into the warm and bubbly pool, filled with healing minerals and vitamins.  The water  was crystal clear like it is in the islands of the Caribbean. The pool almost felt fuzzy–it was like swimming in an expensive glass of champagne!

I awoke feeling refreshed and alive, the best kind of feeling in the morning.  How I would love to dream that dream every night! It got me thinking– Does the fountain of youth really exist?

It does!  I found it and  you can too.  It’s not a skin care regime here and there, or a supplement, or a diet– it’s a lifestyle.  Through the years I’ve found some amazing keys to staying young.  Here is my first longevity secret:

Stay hydrated!  Drink lots of water–when you feel thirsty your body is already dehydrated. Drinking good quality water; filtered or alkaline (ionized) preferably.  Alkaline water penetrates your cells with hydration while balancing and restoring them.   If you can’t afford a Kangen machine, (great machines but very pricey) then try out a brand called “Penta” or another brand named “Essentia.”  Trust me, one afternoon on Alkaline water and your body will tell the difference.

Stay tuned to my upcoming blogs for more longevity secrets!

To your health and happiness,

Autumn

Stay tuned to my blog for more longevity secrets!