Self Care

Common Causes of Bloating and Digestion Problems

Happy Wednesday!  I never thought I’d be talking about bloating on here, but it’s something that I’ve personally been dealing with for the past 3 years and after opening up about it on my instastories, I was shocked to learn so many of you have too.  It seems like almost everyone I know these days is suffering from bloating, digestion problems, stomach pain, and/or food sensitivities.  And what’s really sad is that most of us haven’t been able to figure out what’s causing it. Despite seeing countless doctors and trying every diet under the sun! Well, I feel incredibly lucky and grateful to have finally gotten to the bottom of my stomach problems and I wanted to share everything I’ve learned over the past 3 years with you.  I’m a total nerd and when I need an answer to something or am interested in a particular topic. I go on a deep dive and read every article, book or podcast I can get my hands on to find a solution!  I have been able to speak to countless experts in the industry and pour through hundreds of documents to come up with this list for you! Ultimately what really solved my bloating though – was listening to my body, a lot of trial and error, and eliminating foods high in histamine.  As a reminder I am not a doctor and you should consult with yours before making any drastic lifestyle changes! -Raw veggies especially cucumber skin and carrots are hard to digest for some -Beans/legumes/chickpeas -Eating fruit with other food. It should always be eaten on an empty stomach -Probiotics containing lactose or weird additives -Kombucha (at least for me!) -Dairy -Chewing gum -Refined sugar – try an alternative like maple syrup or coconut nectar/sugar -Nuts – if you can tolerate nuts, only eat sprouted or soaked nuts because they are much easier to digest -Gluten free baked goods that you think are healthy but actually have more chemicals in them! -Brown rice syrup (found in many energy bars) -Brown rice – I eat white rice since it’s easier to digest, many say brown is healthier, but my bod just doesn’t digest it as well –Stevia – I got addicted to stevia and it actually increased my sugar cravings and made me feel sick after consuming it regularly –Agave – this is not a healthy sugar alternative -Caffeine -Alcohol – If I do drink, I love Belvedere because it’s the purest vodka -Additives and preservatives in food like guar gum and carrageenan. Basically anything that you can’t pronounce or don’t know what it is and isn’t natural – wreak havoc on my gut – and is found in “healthy” food including almond milk and yogurt too. So read your labels and don’t buy anything with it -Pork –PCOS -You could have SIBO or a parasite -You could have a food sensitivity and not know it (I found out I have a histamine intolerance) –Histamine intolerance -Drinking ice cold beverages. Cold liquids are a major culprit for me so I drink mostly room temperature water, etc. -Carbonated beverages – even Pellegrino -Too much salt (the celery juice craze is real, but celery is very high in salt, so cut the salt content by adding in other veggies with your juice) -Too much fiber and not enough water with it -Not enough water throughout the day -Drinking too much water with a meal. You should technically not drink water 20 minutes before a meal and 1 hour after since it dilutes the digestive enzymes in your tummy, I don’t follow this religiously, but I am mindful not to guzzle water with a meal, or right after a meal – instead I’ll have small sips if I’m dying of thirst –Stress – we hold emotions in our guts -Nightshade sensitivity.  I stay away from tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and mushrooms 90% of the time since they cause inflammation -Supplements/powders that aren’t high quality or that your body just can’t digest/break down – I do not take anything -Not giving your body enough time to digest between meals and grazing throughout the day -Eating too many high FODMAP foods. I love zucchini but it is a high FODMAP so I don’t eat it every single day – it’s crucial to rotate and switch up the food you eat everyday so you can get a wide range of nutrients -Eating spicy foods when your dosha doesn’t align with it – check out Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda to find out your dosha (its been around for almost 5,000 years and is the real deal) -Pre-existing conditions/illnesses can also make you more susceptible to bloating The way I personally beat bloating was through an IgG blood test (a food sensitivity test), trial and error, an elimination diet, and avoiding the things I listed above majority of the time.  The icing on the cake to my health journey was realizing I had a histamine intolerance which I will eventually do an entire blog post on, but for now you can find a list of high histamine foods here.  To explain the the IgG blood test – it’s a test that basically compares the protein in your blood to the protein in common food items and analyzes whether or not they’re an inflammatory for your body. Things I always disliked growing up like; shellfish, blueberries, and bananas showed up as inflammatory on my list – no wonder I never wanted to go near them!  It’s amazing how our body already pretty much knows what’s good vs what’s bad for it isn’t it?  Now, let me say that this test is not 100000% accurate. Because for example – it said that nuts were good for me/not an inflammatory… but I get bloated and feel sick when I eat nuts, so now I just listen to my body and omit nuts.  You can use the test results as a loose guide (most of it was accurate for me), but ultimately you need to listen to your body. As far as elimination diets, I have eliminated gluten for weeks, dairy for weeks, meat, and other more specific food items and then reincorporated them back into my diet to see if they were triggers.  Elimination diets are a great way to naturally test what works for you and what doesn’t.  Because again, a test result can’t always tell you exactly how you’re going to feel after you eat something. It really comes down to you. I did an elimination diet for my histamine intolerance where I cut out all high histamine foods, then slowly one by one started incorporating them back in to see if they gave me a reaction.  An example of how I did this – was I eliminated avocado for 4 weeks since it releases histamine and then reincorporated it back in, but when I did I instantly felt sick/bloated – so there was my answer – avocados are not for me (sad, but I also weirdly had a feeling and just didn’t listen to it – lesson learned!!!)  I did the same thing with chocolate – and was SO happy to have no reactions so I enjoy it in small doses! Everyone’s body is different and we all require different things.  Please don’t look at this list and think “Omg I can’t have anything, this is so restrictive!”. Because that’s not true.  These are just common things that trigger bloating but some people may be perfectly fine with any or all of these.  I love food and I do not believe in depriving myself.  Now that I’ve got my bloating under control – I feel like I can actually eat more and really enjoy everything from rice to pasta, chicken, salmon, fresh veggies, etc. I am not afraid of carbs haha!  You can see what I eat in a typical day here. I hope the biggest thing you take away from this post is – LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. Don’t go off what one person, label or article says is healthy, don’t jump on the latest fad diet without checking in with yourself first, use common sense and stay away from chemical filled foods, preservatives and anything that doesn’t come from the ground/is natural, and don’t get discouraged!!!! It’s worth it to do your research, ask questions, get multiple opinions and tests done, and go through trials and errors to find out what will help you look and feel your best. Remember gut health affects your mental health, mood, physical abilities, skin, hair, nails, and more!  I hope you found this article helpful and as always feel free to email me with any questions you may have!!! XO
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Best Workouts in NYC and LA

I’ve tried just about every type of workout and workout class under the sun and wanted to share a roundup of my favorites here with you!  Whether you’re visiting or live in NYC or LA, these are the workouts that cannot be missed.  Read through to see what this week’s giveaway is…it’s a big one! The best workouts in NYC and LA…Love Yoga Venice (LA)This boutique yoga studio is so unassuming and laid back.  There’s no intense check in area (the yoga instructor teaching the class just casually checks you in), and the space is small and intimate.  The style of flow focuses on breath work and deep stretching so I always leave feeling restored, balanced, and 3 inches taller.  My favorite teachers are Miki and Hannah. Box Union (LA)It is essentially the Soul Cycle of boxing.  The room is dark and sexy, the music is amazing, and the class is so high energy/peppy it goes by in the blink of an eye.  If I am ever in a rut – I know I can go here, sweat it out, shake up any bad vibes I was feeling and walk out of the class totally high on endorphins.  Make sure to book a class with Deja – she books up fast but is definitely the best teacher there!!! Hot 8 Yoga (LA)This is one of my favorite heated Bikram yoga classes.  The sculpt class is insane and will literally sculpt your bod within a few sessions… Charlotte McKinney always goes to the class I go to at the Santa Monica location – talk about bod goals!  Take a class with Leigh he’s fabulous. Hike Runyon Canyon or Solstice Canyon (LA)Hiking is one of my favorite outdoor activities in LA – and it’s free!  Head to Runyon Canyon in West Hollywood and then to a yummy brunch right after, or drive along PCH to Malibu and spend the day at Solstice Canyon followed by a smoothie at Sun Life at the Malibu Country Mart. Love For Pilates or Studio MDR (LA)Love For Pilates isn’t related to Love Yoga but they both have a low key vibe.  Also, Love For Pilates is a very small studio (I go to the one in Santa Monica) that focuses on slow movements that really get your muscles fired up and toned.  Honestly, I appreciate that the classes are always less than 10 people and that the teacher takes the time to correct your posture and form.   I included Studio MDR on here because so many of my girlfriends love it. Furthermore, I have done it several times and while I did like it – I found that it was a little too intense for my liking and the teachers didn’t pay close enough attention to my form so I often came home with a sore neck or back from doing the movements incorrectly.  That being said, the music is great, you really feel the burn and it’s a fun/trendy studio workout class. Gotham gym (NYC)I used to do private boxing with Kareem 3 times a week in their Meatpacking/West Village location and my abs were rock solid at one point LOL!  Kareem is amazing and everyone there was so friendly.  Don’t be surprised when you see Gigi and Bella Hadid…or Ashley Olsen working out there – it’s a celebrity hangout! Flybarre (NYC)I went to the Flatiron location once or twice a week when I lived in the city.  The studio is spacious and the classes produce results – I always noticed a difference after just a few sessions! Y7 Yoga (NYC)This is a heated, hip hop yoga class.  They actually just opened a location in LA and I have yet to go!  The music is always incredible and you lose yourself in the hour you’re in the room.  I love that it combines intensity and relaxation throughout the class and that you can always go at your own pace. Running, tennis, Tone It Up or BBG on the West Side Highway (NYC)I lived right near the West Side Highway/Hudson Park in the West Village and used to love running along it and then I would do the Kayla Itisines BBG Sweat app in one of the side grassy areas. Jamie Ehrlich Pilates and FLEX Studios Pilates (NYC)Jamie was my private pilates teacher in the West Village and has the cutest studio with two reformers.  It doesn’t get more intimate/boutique than this little haven!  I love her style and philosophy and she really makes the most of your 50 minute session.  If you’re in Soho – head to FLEX Studio’s Noho location and take one of their pilates classes.  You won’t be able to walk after but it will be worth it!!!! I also wanted to answer a few frequently asked questions I get around the topic of working out in general.   Q: Do you workout? A: Yes I do workout even though I sometimes loathe it/don’t feel like it haha!  I workout for my mental health, to stay physically healthy/toned, and for my digestion (did you know working out improves the bacteria in your gut?)   Q: What types of workouts do you do?  A: I have tried sooooo many and go in waves of certain workouts I’m really into depending on my mood.  At the moment, I am doing less intense workouts and opting for a personal trainer 2 times a week to do circuit training with me (stuff like kettle bell swings, planks, TRX, and lunges), yoga once a week, and I hike on the weekends – plus I walk Charlie multiple times a day.  Having a personal trainer is worth the $ – they know what they’re doing, monitor your form, and hold you accountable. Q: Why have you decided to work out less? A: Working out is obviously amazing for you – however certain workouts can raise your cortisol/stress levels.  I had a blood test done a while ago, and my cortisol levels were quite high so I aim for workouts that don’t get too intense so I can keep my cortisol. And in turn hormones more balanced.  Plus, I realized I didn’t really enjoy super intense workouts and needed to let my body recover from the workouts I was doing so that I could build muscle.  Recovery is so crucial!  If you’re unsure of what workout is right for you… I highly recommend taking an Ayurveda test to find out what the best workout for your body type is.  Ayurveda has been around for more than 3,000 years and is extremely helpful in navigating your mind, body, health connection.  FYI I’m currently reading the Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda written by my friend Sahara Rose in case you’re more interested in learning about it! This week’s giveaway is $500 worth of workout clothes, makeup, sunscreen, accessories and more in the cutest lucite gym bag.  To enter, leave me a comment below telling me what your favorite type of workout and/or workout class is, Subscribe to my Youtube and newsletter, Follow me on Instagram and like my last 3 photos.  Winner will emailed on Friday!  Good luck! SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave
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How Meditation Changed My Life

Before I started meditating I was your typical high strung New Yorker.  Living life in the fast lane – going out to dinner and drinks every night. Constantly attending events, traveling to a new city or country just about every other week. And never taking a day off from emails, creating content, brand partnerships or editing photos.  While I loved that exciting time period, it also became incredibly stressful. I wasn’t able to shake off that stress like I had in the past through workouts, girls nights, retail therapy, reading, etc.  It felt like I was wearing a heavy blanket of overwhelming anxiety that I just could not get rid of! I confided in my friend and pilates teacher at the time, who always seemed so calm, cool and collected. Despite running her own pilates studio and living in the heart of NYC – and asked her what the heck was her secret.  She told me she did a style of meditation called; Transcendental Meditation.  That night, I went home, googled different styles of meditation, signed up for a class that felt like the right fit for me. (I went with Ziva – a Vedic style which is similar to Transcendental). And now it’s been 3 years since I started meditating! How has meditation changed my life?First of all, I am able to manage stress and stressful situations with so much more ease.  Furthermore, I take things in stride and dissect a situation into mini blocks and tackle each aspect of it piece by piece rather than getting consumed by it. Second, I am so much more positive and happy.  Clinical studies show that a consistent, daily 20 minute meditation practice actually increases the serotonin and dopamine levels in your brain. Pretty amazing huh?  I have less social anxiety and anxiety in general. Also, I feel more confident in any social situation I’m put in even if I don’t know anyone or if it’s uncomfortable. My stomach doesn’t feel like it’s in knots from stress, bad news, or work deadlines like it used to.  It’s insane how much emotion we hold in our stomachs and how that effects our digestion! Honestly, I have way more energy all day, feel more well rested, and rarely drink caffeine (maybe once a week now.)  Also, I can power through my workouts, have more stamina and just feel healthier in general. (Meditation is proven to increase your immune system.) In addition, I do not get jet lagged and time difference doesn’t effect me at all – yet another benefit of meditating. I’m so much more calm and relaxed.Just ask my friends and family members who have known my Type A, perfectionist self forever. ;)  I’m able to think more clearly and be more productive with my time and time management. Overall, I have continued to feel more and more grounded, open to the unknown (which I couldn’t say in the past as a bit of a control freak). And prepared for the ups and downs in life. A lot of you have been asking me if I can teach you how to meditate or write about how to do it.  There are many different types of meditation and many different ways you can meditate… While it is a simple concept, I really do feel that it’s best to take a class and learn from an expert!  I’ve read several books on meditation, but nothing has been as effective as the Vedic meditation class I took in NYC called: Ziva Meditation(Which also offers an online class. By the way, this isn’t a sponsored post or affiliated with Ziva in anyway. I just loved the experience I had there.) It’s a 4 day course (2 hours per day) so you can easily incorporate it into your life.  I’m partial to a 20 minute seated mantra meditation because not only do scientific studies prove it’s insanely effective (Which is why celebrities like Oprah, Jenna Dewan, Fortune 500 executives and top athletes practice it as well). BUT it’s something that I’ve been able to enjoy and stick with consistently everyday for 3 years without ever missing a day.  Note – Vedic is similar to “TM” or Transcendental Meditation which you may have heard of. In that they are both 20 minute seated meditations you do with a mantra.  There are lots of debates comparing the two. And I say choose whichever style or class jumps out at you. It’s such a personal experience! Even though I don’t feel comfortable teaching anyone how to meditate (again it’s such a personal process and you should really choose the right style for you!). I’ll tell you in general how Vedic and Transcendental meditation work!  When you sign up for a course, your teacher will give you an ancient Sanskrit word that you repeat silently in your head, while sitting upright (I sit up in my bed) over and over again for 20 minutes. (I do this first thing every morning before anything else.)It’s called your “mantra” and basically acts as a tool to guide you into a relaxed state of mind.  No one’s brain can repeat the same word for 20 minutes straight without having other thoughts… So your mind will drift which is part of the process and totally normal! You may start thinking about your grocery list, the dinner you have later that night, the random bird chirping outside your window… Just let all of those thoughts come, and then once you realized you’ve trailed off from the mantra you start repeating it again.  You keep a clock within eyesight and peek at it whenever you think you’re getting close to the 20 minute mark.  What’s crazy is that our bodies circadian rhythm somehow will usually always let us know when it’s been 10 minutes or 20 minutes exactly!  SERIOUSLY!  When I first started, I would get nervous that I would accidentally go over the 20 minute mark and miss a meeting. But I never did. Usually, I peek at the clock at the 10 minute mark, realize it hasn’t been 20 minutes, then close my eyes and peek once more.  Once I see it’s been 20 minutes, I have a 2-3 minute “come down” from the meditation. Which is where I say what I am thankful for and just give myself positive affirmations.  This allows you to not be dizzy/lightheaded after the deep state of relaxation you just put your brain in! Also, I pop up from my meditation feeling energized and refreshed. You may be thinking…20 minutes a day?!That means I have to wake up 20 minutes earlier than usual?!  But 20 minutes is honestly nothing compared to what you’ll gain from practicing meditation.  Meditation will become such a part of your morning routine it will be like brushing your teeth. No joke!  Like I said, I have never, ever missed a morning meditation in 3 years. Even when I’ve been soooo tired or haven’t felt like doing it.  The benefits I get from it are just too good to miss out on.  You can meditate in your bed, in a cab, on a train, in an airplane, at a friend’s house, laying out by the pool, at your desk chair – anywhere.  You can meditate with the lights on, with people talking in the background. Even with horns honking, or in complete silence.  So what are you waiting for?!I hope you enjoyed this week’s Wellness Wednesday post. It’s one that I’ve been wanting to write for a long time!  A big congrats to Emily from Virginia for winning last week’s giveaway!  This week’s giveaway is an entire box of Bliss Spa goodies for you and your bestie.  Each box comes 10 full size Bliss Spa products including a clay mask, facial cleanser, bath bomb, makeup remover, makeup wipes, foaming cleanser, body wash, and lemon & sage moisturizer (which is to die for.).  To enter this giveaway, Subscribe to my Youtube and newsletter, Follow me on Instagram and like any of my last 3 photos. Also, leave me a comment below saying “Subscribed and Followed”!  Winner will be announced next Monday. Good luck! SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave
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My Thoughts on Diets

Happy 4th of July!  I hope you’re doing something fun today!  Derek and I are heading to the beach today for a picnic and bike ride :)  It’s Wellness Wednesday which means I’m giving away something amazing (read on)…and talking about a wellness topic that I’m super passionate about: DIETS and DIETING!In the last few years I’ve tried soooooo many different diets in an effort to figure out which one would help me look and feel my BEST.  For those of you who don’t know, I’ve suffered from stomach pains, digestion issues, inflammation and food sensitivities for 3+ years.  I’ve visited countless top gastroenterologists, nutritionists, naturopaths, and specialists to try and pinpoint what the heck was causing it all! One of them told me to take Pepto Bismol for the rest of my life (LIKE WHAT?!). Some told me to go vegan, some told me to go paleo, some told me to take weird shakes and supplements. Basically no one ever had a solution that actually WORKED long term even after a handful of blood tests and endoscopies.  So after lots of frustrating visits and embarrassing bloating, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I have been researching and eliminating/then reintroducing several foods into my diet ever since. First of all, I don’t really like the word diet.I associate it with deprivation, restrictions and sad salads.   My diet isn’t even really a “diet” but a lifestyle.  It’s a way of living and eating that I’ve come up with that is 100% unique to me that makes me feel vibrant, sharp, glowing, and energetic.  What are your thoughts on diets?  Do you think our society should change the way we think and talk about diets?  Have you been frustrated with doctors and misdiagnoses as well?  Suffered from food sensitivities and digestion issues? Below are all of the diets I’ve tried – and what I’ve learned or adapted from each.  As a reminder, I am not a doctor and you should consult with your own doctor before making any drastic lifestyle changes! My DietMy diet is a lifestyle that is 100% unique and tailored to ME based on years of trial and error.  It is closest to the 80/20 diet.  I eat anti-inflammatory, gluten free, dairy free, low histamine (see #3), organic food 80% of the time and then pretty much whatever I want 20% of the time.  However, some weeks it’s 90% vs 10% depending on how my stomach is feeling. Also,  I never crave/eat stuff like soda, fast food, red meat, pork, and rarely drink alcohol, so the 20% free-for-all is usually stuff like pasta, bread or dessert when I’m out to dinner! Honestly,  I know my body SO well now so I know that eating tons of gluten and dairy for 3+ days in a row will leave me feeling like crap for a week. But 1 or 2 days of it and I’m fine (especially in Europe where the gluten is different!).  If I have a big photo shoot coming up, I steer clear of dairy, gluten, sugar, and alcohol for at least 2+ days beforehand.  In addition, I don’t count calories and I don’t feel guilty for eating something indulgent.  I love my body and I truly believe life is all about balance.  Being overly restrictive leads to binge eating and stress – life is too short for that!  I’d rather enjoy pizza and pasta than obsess over being a size 0.  What I typically eat in a day at home (when I don’t go out to eat); 7AM hot water with lemon, 9AM green juice, 10:30AM (optional if I am hungry) either a homemade gluten free oatmeal energy bar, buckwheat waffle, or sometimes 2 scrambled eggs. 1PM salad with pesto chicken, 3PM handful of popcorn, seaweed or flax seed crackers. 6PM sweet potato with coconut oil and steamed veggies, white rice with wild salmon and veggies. Or kelp noodles with zucchini, pine nuts and pesto.  I do not take any supplements, vitamins or probiotics at the moment. 80/20I love the 80/20 diet and mentality because it means you pretty much eat healthy food 80% of the time and indulgent food/whatever you want 20% of the time.  I feel like this is a realistic way of thinking about a diet rather than trying to be super strict and perfect 24/7. (Which in the past has made me “cheat” and crave certain foods even more.) Low HistamineI recently found out I have a histamine intolerance!  What’s tricky about this – is there’s not really a medical “test” that confirms this. And it’s also not super well known in the medical community.  I did a ton of research on this after I had hunch that I had it and decided to eliminate high histamine/histamine releasing food for 1 month to see how I felt.   After only a few days my bloating went away, brain fog disappeared and I legit felt happier and more like myself.  Turns out, even though I was eating healthy foods like avocado, dark chocolate, citrus, berries, nuts, green tea, coffee, spinach, and even probiotics (yep I stopped taking them for the time being!). They are all high histamine releasing foods and were making me sick.  The great news is you can heal a histamine intolerance and I do not have to eliminate those foods forever! Alkaline/Anti-InflammatoryThis type of diet helps protect against certain diseases and regulates blood sugar levels.  It encourages you to eat lots of fiber, fruit, veggies, healthy fats, omega 3 fatty acids. Also, high alkaline food and no processed food/refined sugar.  I try to eat this way 80% of the time!   PaleoThis diet focuses on natural foods, healthy fat and protein – and eliminates processed food, grains, starchy vegetables, beans, sugar, and sweeteners.   I tried being strict paleo for a while, but it didn’t work for me.  Personally, I don’t feel my best when I eat a high fat/high protein diet and felt too restricted eliminating all of the food I mentioned above. Also,  I thrive when I have a well rounded diet with a little rice, sweet potato, chicken, wild salmon, and of course lots of veggies and seeds.  My sister and her fiancé on the other hand, love the paleo diet and feel their best on it.   VeganIn: veggies, fruits, tofu/tempeh, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, natural sweeteners (no honey.)  Out: eggs, dairy, animal protein, animal oils/fats.  I went vegan for a month and since I don’t like soy, quinoa, or legumes I felt like it was too restrictive for me.  I can’t eat a lot of nuts because of my histamine intolerance. And I enjoy chicken/wild caught fish so this particular diet just doesn’t jive with my bod or personal preferences. However everyone is different and if it works for you then that’s great! VegetarianThere are a few different types of vegetarian diets. Vegan as I mentioned above, pescatarian, lacto-vegetarian….The simplest definition of it is a diet free of fish and meat.  After watching countless documentaries and reading tons of articles over the years, there’s no doubt in my mind that eating less meat is better for me.  I have definitely cut back on eating meat especially in the last year. And I don’t eat it everyday of the week and certainly not at every meal.  When I do eat meat, it’s organic free-range chicken and wild, fresh caught salmon.   Keto/Low CarbThe Keto diet is definitely having a moment this year.  You may have watched The Magic Pill documentary (super interesting – go watch it if you haven’t) or read about it online.  Basically you eat 80% fat and little to no carbs.  Your body then goes into ketosis and burns fat for energy.  I have SIBO, which has contributed to my digestion issues and histamine intolerance. So I tried Keto for 6 weeks to heal my gut.  I eliminated all grains, sugar, starchy vegetables, even fruit. Basically, I  ate only non starchy veggies, eggs, chicken, fish, avocado, nuts, and seeds.   Sadly I actually felt worse eating this way!  My stomach ballooned making me look pregnant (not fun!). My digestion was sluggish and I just felt so inflamed.  I think part of that could have been from eating the avocado and nuts (high histamine foods). However, this just goes to show, that one diet does not fit all and that sometimes you have to do lots of trial and error to see what works for YOU.  Some people’s bodies process carbs really well, while others don’t.  Some people’s bodies process protein and fat really well –  and some don’t!  We are all so different and unique. Intermittent FastingThere are a ton of benefits to intermittent fasting from curbing cravings to weight loss to improving autoimmune conditions.  Reminder – before trying it or making drastic changes consult your doctor.  It is not recommended for everyone – and women with hormone sensitivities/issues should be cautious or not do it at all.  I recently started doing a very basic version of intermittent fasting. Where I make sure that my body has at least 12 hours to digest between dinner and breakfast.   Usually, I aim for 14-16 hours which means that I eat dinner around 6PM and breakfast around 9AM.  Nothing drastic – but this window  allows me to wake up feeling more refreshed, energetic, and I’ve noticed that it’s improved my digestion.  The first thing I have to “break the fast” is a big green juice which I show you how to make in my latest Vlog!  Having a juice or smoothie as your first meal is a great way to wake up your digestive system and set the tone for the day. MacronutrientI’ve heard great things from several other bloggers about counting Macros.  They’ve said they’ve lost a ton of weight and never feel deprived.  I personally don’t want to count the grams of carbs, protein and fat in everything I eat throughout the day so this diet wouldn’t work for me, however, if you are disciplined and/or have a weight loss goal in mind then it sounds pretty logical and reasonable!  It seems like the best way to go about it is to meet with a dietitian, or determine your macronutrient ratio which is based on your age, height, weight, activity level and goal. This week’s giveaway is a box full of Tone It Up goodies; their full nutrition plan book, workout bands, water bottle, protein bar and the cutest tupperware (a $170 value!)  To enter; Subscribe to my Youtube channel, Subscribe to my Newsletter, Follow me on Instagram and like any of my last 3 photos, and leave a comment below telling me “Subscribed and followed!”  Bonus points if you tell me about your dieting experience – pros, cons, fave ones, etc! XO SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave
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