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3 Ways to Avoid Seasonal Affect Disorder

3 Ways to Avoid Seasonal Affect Disorder

Daylight Savings Time is here and we are all getting less sun!  This could bring on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and the pandemic is probably not helping!  SAD can make you feel low and can affect your mood, sleep, appetite, and energy levels.  We need to watch out for it because it can also impact your relationships, social life, work, and/or school.  Yikes! So what causes SAD?  Research shows that during the shorter, darker days of winter, we get the double whammy of not getting enough Serotonin and too much Melatonin.  Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that influences mood.  Melatonin is a...

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Simone Wan

Is My Stress Also Stressing Out My Gut?

Is My Stress Also Stressing Out My Gut?

I think that, at some point, we have all experienced some level of stomach or digestive upset when we have been faced with a stressful situation—yes?  What we may not know, though, is how significant the impact of ongoing stress can have on our gut flora or digestive microbiome, our immune function and general health.  And, equally important as stress impacting my gut health is that my gut health can impact how I react to stress!  The brain gut connection is real! So, let’s dig into the “brain-gut connection” and what it all means.  Nerves extend from the brain to...

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Can I Eat My Way to a More Peaceful Existence?

Can I Eat My Way to a More Peaceful Existence?

We all have some level of stress and anxiety, perhaps more these days than ever.  There are any number of ways that we can try to mitigate the constant onslaught of stress and anxiety inducers.  We can meditate, we can exercise, we can make sure that we are connecting with friends and loved ones, deep breathing, journaling.  But what about anxiety-reducing foods?  Is there such a thing?  Answer-Yes! There are foods that can actually help to reduce the symptoms of anxiety.  Foods that are high in antioxidants, high in omega’s, Vitamin B, Magnesium, and foods that reduce inflammation can all...

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What Does a Plant-Based Diet Really Mean?

What Does a Plant-Based Diet Really Mean?

I am not a “diet” person, and often I think diets just require too much change and are too hard to do.  But good news—plant-based diet doesn’t mean that you have to become a vegan or a vegetarian!  You certainly could do that if you want to.  But those choices are on the far end of the continuum of a plant-based diet.  Plant-based diet just means your diet has a focus on foods that are primarily derived from plants. Of course, a plant-based diet includes fruits and vegetables.  It also contains nuts, seeds, oils, whole grains, legumes, and beans. And—yes—it...

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