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How to Naturally Lower Stress Hormone (Cortisol)

How to Naturally Lower Stress Hormone (Cortisol)

Stress is everywhere these days. We feel it when we wake up, when things happen during the day, and we even take it to bed with us.

It’s chronic. And it’s not awesome for your health.

When we’re stressed our body reacts in a couple of ways, one is by releasing the stress hormone cortisol.

And you can imagine that there are natural ways you can lower it.

So, check out my list of recommendations to reduce cortisol. Then indulge in my de-stressing dessert recipe.

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Covid-19 Stress: How It Messes with Your Health

Covid-19 Stress: How It Messes with Your Health

Covid-19 and the “stress mess.”

Does stress make you feel a bit off? Do you notice negative health effects when stress is the worst? Maybe it affects your sleep, or maybe you get sick more often.

Yes, stress can definitely mess with your health.

Today I talk about some of the telltale (and not-so-obvious) signs that stress is messing with your health.

Oh, and I have relaxing recipe for you (two ingredients – no stress!).

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50 Simple Ways to Start a Daily Self-Care Practice

50 Simple Ways to Start a Daily Self-Care Practice

Scheduling and planning out your “me time” is what usually makes a regular practice stick. By practicing at least one (or two!) of these activities every day, you’ll soon realize that self-care is indeed a necessity – and you’ll wonder where it’s been all your life! That’s why we’ve got a great big list of self-care ideas (50 of them!) to inspire you to start nurturing, supporting, and loving yourself more often – the way you deserve to! Check out the list in our latest blog post and grab the sweet DIY spa facial treatment recipe while you’re at it 😉

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Chronic Stress Syndrome – Am I At Risk?

Chronic Stress Syndrome – Am I At Risk?

True that short-lived stress is generally harmless, and sometimes even helpful, it’s when it persists and becomes chronic that it can really start to create havoc in our lives — and in our health. Chronic stress can cause a range of concerning symptoms, and not just the psychological ones we often associate it with. It can also contribute to the development of a multitude of physical issues and mental disorders — it truly is a full-body response. Could you be at risk? Find out more in my latest blog post!

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Exercising with Chronic Pain

Exercising with Chronic Pain

1 in 5 Canadians and 50 million Americans are living with chronic pain. This includes conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, low back pain or neck pain. But, what if you could reduce the symptoms of chronic pain with a daily workout or maybe trying a new recipe? Find out what the experts have to say about the effect of exercise & nutrition for chronic pain. Their simple tips may surprise you!

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How Exercise Impacts Your Energy Levels

How Exercise Impacts Your Energy Levels

The food you eat plays a huge role in your energy levels! In addition to getting regular exercise, be sure to fuel your body with whole foods throughout the day to keep your energy levels up and maintained. Grab our super easy, but super yummy Energizing Power Ball recipe — giddy-up!

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What is a ‘Health Halo’ (and are my foods wearing one?)

What is a ‘Health Halo’ (and are my foods wearing one?)

If you’re trying to eat healthier, you already know you should be including lots of fruit, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains.

But when you step into a grocery store, that’s when things get a bit more complicated.

The majority of store shelves are crammed with a tempting assortment of pre-packaged and convenience foods loaded with nutrition marketing buzzwords.

Maybe you’re thinking it’s not that hard to decipher which foods are healthiest. After all, if a product is labeled as “organic” or “low-fat” or “gluten-free”—it must be good for you, right? Well, not exactly!

You may also think you’re doing a noble thing by adding healthful-sounding foods to your cart—but in reality, you may end up taking in way more calories, sugar, and unhealthy ingredients than you intend!

This is because most product nutrition claims don’t cut it when it comes to the actual healthfulness of a food.

But yet, many shoppers are still crushing on this alluring food label lingo—i.e. “natural, organic, paleo, whole grain, low in [calories/fat/sodium]”—and believe these terms alone mean a food is healthier than it actually is.

This effect of perceived healthfulness of a food (or food-like) product based on a single claim is called a ‘health halo’.

Let’s talk about two of the most common labeling terms that contribute to this health halo effect, and what you can do to make truly healthy food choices for you and your family.

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Can’t Meditate? Here are 9 Other Ways to Break Free from Stress

Can’t Meditate? Here are 9 Other Ways to Break Free from Stress

If you love meditating and do it regularly, you’re still going to want to read this post.

While the health benefits of relaxation techniques like meditation are amazing, there are other ways to relax as well. You may want to try something new or share some of these ideas with a friend or family member who might want to de-stress but just can’t seem to meditate.

Either way, I have you covered with nine non-meditation ways to break free from stress.

And, this week’s recipe relaxes you and smells ah-mazing!

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