Blog posts about gut health, eating real food, mental wellness, and how to make healthy food choices at the grocery store.

How to Improve Digestion

2020-03-14T23:05:58-06:00March 14th, 2020|     The health of your digestive system has a lot to do with lifestyle and is determined by: the foods you eat the amount of exercise you get and your stress level throughout the day. Good news....there are many natural ways you cab help yourself to overcome digestive issues! One thing that's really [...]

How to Pick the Best Multivitamin

2020-03-09T12:44:05-06:00March 9th, 2020|

Are you taking a multivitamin?? So many reasons to be on board with taking a multivitamin!   Some of the main reasons to be supporting your health in this way are: Corrects nutritional deficiencies that can cause fatigue and other challenges Supports healthy pregnancy Promotes proper growing and development (adults and kids) Improves brain function [...]

7 Helpful Tips to Get Through the Stressful Holidays

2020-01-09T10:26:06-07:00December 16th, 2019|

With it being the holiday season, stress is hitting most of us and it’s only going to get worse. More than ever is self-care important. Here are some helpful tips to get you through this hectic period and stay happy and healthy: ✔️MAKE TIME FOR YOURSELF: Don’t let the chaos and overwhelm bring you down. [...]

How to Improve Gut Health to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

2020-01-09T10:56:01-07:00July 13th, 2019|

As you've probably noticed, I'm emphasizing the importance of gut health on WFN more often. And, the reason is this...with the rise of more and more people struggling with their health through disease, food intolerances, unbearable stress, fatigue, autism, anxiety, depression, etc. I find it pertinent to share the most recent science to give [...]

The Gut-Brain Axis: What It Is and How It Works

2020-01-13T14:26:29-07:00March 4th, 2019|

It seems like everyone is learning about the importance of probiotics and balancing out the gut for improved overall health. This is a great step forward! Over the last 5 years, scientists have dug even deeper in learning about the importance of having a healthy microbiome full of good, diverse bacteria. Scientists are also learning [...]

My Daughter Katie’s Health Update (Gut Health)

2020-01-09T11:00:35-07:00March 4th, 2019|

I thought I'd do a quick update on my daughter, Katie's, health in hope to inspire, motivate, and encourage anyone who may be suffering with their health or who have children who struggle with feeling well. To catch you up to speed, when Katie was very young, I took the initiative to help her illnesses [...]

How to Create Positive Feelings in Any Circumstance

2020-01-09T11:02:07-07:00December 17th, 2018|

Over the last 10 years, I've come to recognize that many people struggle with their mental health. I want to be very sensitive to the subject of mental health because everyone's situations are unique. And so, I never want to claim to know even a spec of what you or your friend may be experiencing. [...]

How to Boost Your Mood With Food

2020-01-09T11:09:38-07:00December 7th, 2018|

Can we really boost our mood with food? Well, there is growing research that is showing us how the quality of our food is just as important to our mental health, as it is with our physical health. It's so cool to think that we can improve our mood, our anxieties, brain fog, etc. by [...]

10 Tips for Making Quick, Healthy Meals

2020-01-14T13:34:26-07:00November 15th, 2018|

Our family has entered a different stage of life as our kids begin to enter teenage years. We seem to be busy with the needs of our two older kids, while trying to meet the demands of a baby and toddler. Stretched thin and short on time is an understatement most of the time. But, [...]

#1 Way to Recognize Processed Foods

2020-01-09T11:05:18-07:00September 1st, 2018|

I want to tell you my best tip for identifying highly processed food so you can recognize it quickly without being a nutritionist or researching food for hours. But first, I can’t tell you how often I am told the foods people feed their kids. Without me bringing up my blog, the foods my kids [...]

Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bites

2020-01-09T11:11:24-07:00August 18th, 2018|

  Need a real-food dessert to bring to a party? These are ALWAYS a hit at parties because because they are just THAT GOOD! They're a staple dessert in our home and both of my older kids can make them all by themselves because it's a no-bake, no fuss (I didn't say no mess ;) ) recipe. [...]

5 Low Sugar, Whole Grain Cereal Ideas

2020-01-09T11:21:50-07:00June 16th, 2017|

The health claims on cereal boxes can make us feel like they are healthy, nutritious, and "help us start the day off right". However, these highly processed cereals have a lot of concerning ingredients, one of which is added sugar. One of the secrets behind boxed cereals is the excessive amounts of hidden and added [...]

5 Things I Wish I’d Known About Sugar

2020-01-13T14:32:38-07:00April 24th, 2017|

While visiting family, I shared a delicious pancake syrup recipe that contains maple syrup. Upon placing the syrup on the table, it was said that the syrup was "sugar-free". Totally perplexed, I responded that it wasn't because it contained maple syrup and I didn't want to lead others into thinking it was sugar-free. Sure enough, this [...]

Healthier Chocolate Cake Recipe (Best Ever!!!)

2020-01-09T11:32:08-07:00March 8th, 2017|

  Are you as serious about having a delicious chocolate cake recipe as I am? If so, keep reading... Homemade chocolate cake is our family's go-to birthday cake and we all look forward to it! I have been so excited to share this healthier recipe with you! EEEK! The struggle I've had with my traditional chocolate [...]

How to Pick Healthy Eggs for Your Family

2020-01-09T12:03:06-07:00February 27th, 2017|

  Over the last couple of years I've learned that not all eggs are equal. I've done some side by side comparisons and research and there are some striking differences...specifically between factory-farmed eggs (mass production of eggs within a warehouse) and pasture-raised eggs (birds that spend their days out in fresh pastures). I'm going to [...]

How to Get Toddlers to Eat Real Food

2020-01-09T12:09:11-07:00February 13th, 2017|

  You may be thinking, "Is this even possible?" I've had the same question and still do at times. It has been a challenge with each of our kids during different phases of their childhood to get them to eat real food over waiting around for a treat or dessert. Even worse, choosing not to [...]

7 Healthy Swaps for Unhealthy Food

2020-01-09T12:07:55-07:00January 18th, 2017|

  When I began learning about healthy eating so I could help my daughter Katie with her upset stomach, it took me awhile to understand that we could still have most of the delicious meals and treats we were currently having. I simply needed to swap out ingredients with healthier ones*. Who wants to say goodbye [...]

47 Every Day Uses and Benefits of Coconut Oil

2020-01-09T11:25:35-07:00January 10th, 2017|

I'm so excited to share my love of coconut oil with you! Coconut oil is an item I'd never owned or used prior to making healthy changes in our diet. So, if you don't know much about it, that's ok! We all start somewhere and I hope after your read this, you'll be ready to [...]

5 Food Myths That Do More Harm Than Good

2020-01-09T12:40:00-07:00January 2nd, 2017|

Every year around the holidays, I hear people say they must "diet" once the parties are over. I cringe at the word "diet" and dislike using it because it has a negative connotation when it comes to people wanting to lose weight and be healthy. The reality is there's not short term fix as the word "diet" [...]

5 “Healthy” Foods that are Loaded with Sugar

2020-01-13T14:32:14-07:00December 5th, 2016|

I purely love to share what I've learned about healthy eating because it's been so eye opening to me and how food effects the way you feel. I feel confident it will be for you too (if not already) as you learn more about highly processed foods and discover the feelings and long-term health problems [...]

5 Tips to Help You Shop for the Healthy Stuff

2020-01-09T12:48:27-07:00November 1st, 2016|

I'm a healthy food shopper. It is fun to me to find new awesome products that don't have food colorings, a million additives, processed ingredients, etc. But, it's not always easy to know what is healthy. Adapt these tips when you grocery shop, and you'll find healthy grocery shopping to be not as much a mystery! 5 [...]

5 Favorite Vegetables to Add to Smoothies

2020-01-09T12:45:05-07:00August 17th, 2016|

If you ever feel like you or your kids aren’t eating enough vegetables in a day, let me tell you my secret weapon for super-fast nutrient-boosting foods...                                      Fruit and veggie smoothies Some days, it feels like we are in and out of the car going from one activity to another and there isn't even [...]

15 Healthy Foods to Buy From Costco

2020-01-09T11:28:22-07:00August 10th, 2016|

Looking for a place to add more variety to your healthy food options without breaking the bank? Over the last 2 years, I have fallen head over heels with Costco. Not only because I can buy in bulk for our big-ish family, but also because of its great prices, healthy food items, and variety. I’ve done some [...]