The Minimalist Diet

I spent way too many years stressing about food and dieting. When there is a world that is overloaded with tons of new supplements and fad diets, how are you supposed to know what’s actually the right thing to do? Thankfully, there are easy to follow tips that have been around for centuries and they are super easy to start and stick to. I like to call these this, The Minimalist Diet.

How Our Family of 5 Survived a Downsize of 2,000 Square Feet

Hi there! I’m Renee!

My husband Tom and I have been married for over 9 years and I never would have dreamed of the journey we would take together. When we met we both had high hopes for life and “moving up in the world.” Finally, one day all our dreams came true and we landed in a house in the neighborhood we always dreamed we’d be a part of. We had the house, we had the location and then we slowly started to fall apart. In order to save our marriage, family, and finances we knew would need to downsize. This is the story of how our family of 5 survived a downsize of 2,000 square feet!

What Your Poo is Saying About You: How Diet Can Help

What Your Poo is Saying About You: How Diet Can Help

Yep, we’re going to get real down and dirty today. It’s been on my mind a lot, and I’ve tried to deny it, but it’s time. Time to talk about poop. This is not a topic anyone wants to readily discuss, but when it comes to you diet and health, this information is crucial. There are so many issues today like IBS, dairy and gluten intolerance. If you are one of these people; learning about whats going on in your body could be helped by keeping your eye on what’s coming out

People often see overweight people and assume they are unhealthy. This isn’t always the case, however. It doesn’t matter what shape or size, you can still have serious underlying health issues.

One major way to make yourself aware of these issues is through poo.

It seems so simple really; what comes out represents what goes in. If your poop is coming out in an unhealthy way, chances are something unhealthy is going down in your digestive tract. No matter what’s coming out, chances are you have some form of leaky gut going on.

Leaky Gut Symptoms

poop-IBS-gluten-intolerance-diet-healthThis is a condition that affects the lining of the intestines. Damage that is done over time to the lining of the intestine essentially breaks down their ability to filter properly. This can cause waste that would normally be absorbed into your system to instead “leak” out into your blood stream.

Scary thought isn’t it?

Leaky gut can lead to an array of autoimmune reactions such as bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, brain fog, tiredness, joint pain and skin problems. It’s also believed that having a leaky gut can either cause or trigger certain autoimmune diseases such as Celiacs, arthritis, and Chrone’s.

One symptom you don’t hear about too often but I find incredibly interesting is depression. Our enteric nervous system (ENS) located in the lining of our gastrointestinal is often referred to as our “second brain.”  This ENS connects directly to our brains. In other words, those gut feelings we’ve heard about our entire life are actually quite accurate. This is referred to as the brain-gut axis. Our brain and gut communicate about things like hunger, worry and stress. If you have ever noticed when you feel nervous you feel it in the pit of your stomach? That is your ENS hard at work.

So, naturally it makes sense that if something is off in this area of our bodies, our brain can just as easily be effected with a symptom like depression.

While I could go on about this, because it is something I am truly fascinated by, let’s continue to focus on what all these symptoms could mean should you experience any of them.

If you find yourself having one or many of these leaky gut symptoms, read on to find out how your poop could be offering up ideas on how to fix the underlying issues.

Minimalist Approach to Weight Loss. 10 Things You Can Stop Doing Today

Minimalist Approach to Weight Loss. 10 Things You Can Stop Doing Today

Weight loss is all the rage and has been since the 1950’s. The problem with this is that people have literally been obsessing about weight loss for almost three quarters of a decade! In truth, weight loss doesn’t have to be that stressful! There are 10 common things that most people do when it comes to weight loss that you can totally quit today! If you are tired of trying to lose weight and stressing about it the whole time, then you are going to want to keep reading!

5 Best YouTube Channels for at Home Workouts

Maybe you want to save money by not working out at the gym or maybe working out at the gym is just way too intimidating. Whatever your reason, look no further because here are the 5 best YouTube channels for at home workouts for women.