Have you been using Dr. Google for a while now? Do you find yourself reading tons of health blogs (like this one!) but still having lingering symptoms? Are you confused about what is healthy and right for YOU?
Don’t worry! That’s normal!
For many of us, the path the greater health starts with self-exploration and private research. We find great blogs and books with scientific evidence, recipes, and advice.
We try to discern and decipher this advice for ourselves, and for a while it works. We feel better and our symptoms abate somewhat.
But over time, many of us find that we can’t hone in on those last few lingering symptoms. We simply need expert help.
That’s why we are so excited to be offering consulting services with a functional nutritionist, Amber Fischer, MS. She’s provided this post below to help acquaint you with three big ways she can help you back to optimal health. If you’re interested in learning more about her or what working with her is like, find her here.
#1 An Expert, Outside Perspective
A functional nutritionist is someone who looks deeply at the root causes of disease and dysfunction in the body and helps you improve your health from the inside out. We aren’t interested in covering up symptoms, but rather targeting those root cause issues and getting to the bottom of your problems.
One big way working with a functional nutritionist can help you is by giving you an expert, outside perspective on your problems. So often, we are blind to the very things that are distressing our bodies. Whether it be too much or too little exercise, a possible cortisol or hormonal imbalance, a food sensitivity, or many other things.
In my experience, we often need that outside perspective to help us discover what is really going on, and admit it to ourselves.
A functional nutritionist looks at your unique history and experiences and spends time talking with you about what has led up to this point. We don’t spend 15 minutes with you and send you on your way, we really want to deeply understand and know you so that we can truly help you.
We take that history and formulate an expert idea about what may be going on with you and then we filter that through our education and biochemistry background to formulate a unique plan for you.
#2 Hone in on issues
Because functional nutrition isn’t concerned with covering up symptoms, we understand how to look past symptoms that may be distracting you from the underlying cause.
Issues like hormonal imbalance typically indicate a deeper problem and when we use supplements and protocols designed to help manipulate those hormones, we miss the underlying reason the hormones have become unbalanced in the first place!
This is a skill that takes many years of vigorous education and experience to obtain. Functional nutritionists take numerous hours of advanced biochemistry, along with doing lots of research and seeing clients. This gives us a level of understanding and perspective that the average person just isn’t able to obtain.
When you need help figuring out your health goals, you will save time and money by going to an expert first.
#3 Unique functional testing and custom services
A functional nutritionist respects your story and intuition about what works and doesn’t work for YOU. We take your needs as a whole person into account before making nutrition recommendations. We offer customized plans and services for YOU.
We can also run some incredible functional testing that you won’t be able to get at your doctor’s office. Checking your adrenal gland rhythm, neurotransmitters, gastrointestinal tract, micronutrient status and more are all possible with a qualified practitioner.
These things may not seem that important, but knowing what is truly going on underneath can give you a world of information and perspective to help you attack lingering health issues.
If you’ve struggled with hormonal issues like PCOS, adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorders, lingering weight issues, gastrointestinal issues, or anxiety and depression, I’m here to help.
If you’re interested in working with me through Paleo for Women, learn more about me here.
You can also visit my website here and my follow me on facebook (here) where I publish my articles and often do videos to help keep you up to date with the latest in nutrition!
Have you lived most of your life as a career dieter?
Do you struggle with body image issues?
Feel you don’t measure up to societal standards?
Are there lots of things you JUST WON’T DO because of how you feel about your body?
Here’s a few examples: wear a certain skin-hugging dress? Enjoy yourself at the beach in a cute swimsuit? Go to the gym?
Do you think things like: “That kind of dress isn’t made for someone with my shape” or “I shouldn’t wear that swimsuit, no one wants to see my rolls” or “Everyone will stare at me when I’m exercising because I’m so fat”
Do these kinds of thoughts hold you back from doing things you’d like to do? Do they keep you cooped up and quiet when you want to be bold and free?
Are you sick and tired of it??
I was too. For a long time I starved, berated, and damaged my body trying to fit a certain mold.
I even did this when I was supposedly “healthy” and paleo.
It was a brutal time where I weighed myself constantly and never felt comfortable in my own skin.
Can you relate?
Cue my life changing transformation in body image and self-love which has helped me not only overcome my own issues, but help thousands of others.
I started with myself, but I had a lot of help along the way.
One of my incredible friends was a major influence on the way I feel now.
She is strong, beautiful, and doesn’t give two f***s what people think about her or her body.
She loves herself unconditionally and she teaches women like you and I to do the same.
She is known for taking sledgehammers to scales and empowering women to love themselves no matter what.
That woman is my friend Summer Innanen.
And I’m fiercely excited about her new program. She’s calling it You, On Fire.
You guys know I love to sign my emails “With fire and love” because I love the idea of women bringing out their fiery, passionate, bold and fierce natures and really loving themselves, despite everything else!
Summer’s new program is the PERFECT option for any of you who struggle with that. It’s for those of you that are DONE with letting diet culture dictate to you or make you feel like your worth is based on a number on the scale, a certain shape or figure, or whatever BS they’re spewing out these days.
It’s for those of you who want to love yourselves and learn how to do that in a safe place with an AMAZING and hilarious woman.
You, On fire is a kickass 12-week group coaching program where you’ll join Summer’s entourage and learn to stick it to societal standards, stop living behind the number on the scale and feel like a total rockstar in your body.
This will be a fun, hilarious, and soulful journey into the depths of who you are, but more importantly, will release your sense of humor!
Summer has the ability to bring humor into anything and I know you’ll love her and her program! I can’t recommend her highly enough!
So check out You, On Fire. Find more info here.
Tell us how you’ve overcome (or not overcome!) your body image issues! What do you still struggle with? What advice has helped you the most?
I feel like I’ve been bombarded lately with questions about fad diets. They’ve always been around, but they just don’t seem to go away.
It just seems shiny and new to try a “new” diet instead of sticking to the fundamental principles of a healthy one.
I’ve been noticing this more and more, with the incredible popularity of “keto” which is pretty much paleo circa 2012, and with new books sent to me for my feedback like The Sirtfood Diet (Find it here).
I was able to read and review The Sirtfood Diet, a plan that claims to help you lose 7 pounds in 7 days, all with the power of what they call “Sirtfoods” which are essentially antioxidants, polyphenols, and other health supportive compounds.
What are the kinds of foods the Sirtfood diet wants you to eat? Things like buckwheat, soy, strawberries, turmeric, red onions, kale, dates, garlic, and olive oil, among others. Besides buckwheat (for some) and soy, I had a hard time figuring out how these foods were so lacking in typical healthy diets like the authors claim.
Most people who promote a paleo diet include ample amounts of these, and sometimes the dark chocolate and red wine pictured on the cover, as well-rounded parts of the diet.
Reservetrol, a healthful component the diet authors claim is often missing is available in fabulous multi-vitamin supplements like this one and in many foods like blueberries and cranberries, besides red wine.
Polyphenols are also common across the range of plant based foods and are even available as powders to mix with smoothies (like this one). Most paleo authors value and promote the inclusion of lots of plant based foods in the diet.
Here’s the truth as I see it. The reason you might lose 7 pounds in 7 days is because the first three days consist of 1000 calories of mostly green juice. This is a common trend among fad diet plans- starve you during the first week while you’re motivated (while also telling you that you aren’t starving but are instead “detoxing” which is why you feel like you’re starving) and then working calories up to more maintainable levels so you continue to lose weight but think you are eating much more.
You’re losing water that first week. A little fat is lost too, but its almost scientifically impossible to lose 7 pounds of pure body fat in one week for the average person. It requires a caloric deficit that not even 1000 calories a day can meet.
I have no issues with a diet that supports the inclusion of healthy ancient foods. My mind has changed over the years with regard to gluten-free grains and other dietary components, so long as they are healthy FOR YOU.
The key to lifelong weight loss is learning how to heed your internal cues. Learning your body, understanding its needs, and feeding it nutrient dense food. There doesn’t need to be a special superfood protocol. There just needs to be balance.
I’m never going to say its ok to eat mostly bacon and butter. They’re nice as inclusions, but they don’t have the nutrient density that vegetables do.
I’m never going to be cool with women fasting. Thankfully the Sirtfood diet and I agree on that one (though I still think 1000 calories a day for a woman is pushing it, even for 3 days). If the choice is between you eating or not eating, I’m always going to say, eat.
But eat what makes your body feel good. I know what that looks like for most people- vegetables, fruit, meat, fat. Eat those things, in balance with the other things. with a focus on quality. That’s all you really need. And that’s what Weight Loss Unlocked is all about.
If weight loss has become a struggle following that paradigm, then you should look into seeing a professional. A good functional nutritionist in your area can help you get to the bottom of what is going on and provide a structured plan that will help you reach your goals, along with the accountability and monitoring to help you truly maintain that weight loss.
Please, oh please, don’t just go looking for another crash diet. In the end, you’ll lose much more than some money and a few pounds.
Ever tried natural makeup?
The worst part of finding ANY makeup is finding the right shade. The worst part of natural makeup is probably a tie between finding the right shade and finding something that doesn’t come off with the slightest amount of sweat or touching.
But I don’t worry about any of that anymore, because I’ve got my fav brand of makeup now.
Using natural minerals and all clean, organic, paleo ingredients, AnneMarie Skincare has come up with several gorgeous shades of makeup that are perfect for all skin types.
The mineral foundations come as powders to be mixed with a special facial oil that smells OMG amazing.
You customize the shade and oil amount so that the coverage is right for you!
With oily skin, you can use just the powders alone or use the oil/powder combo and then do a bit of powder on top. With dry skin, the oil mixed with the powder makes a liquid foundation that feels GREAT on skin and doesn’t look cakey and dry like so many mineral foundations.
But the question still remains. How do you find your perfect shade?
Natural makeup is definitely an investment and AnneMarie’s makeup line is SO WORTH IT.
But to make sure you absolutely LOVE it, they’ve put together a wonderful sample kit so you can find the optimal shade for your skin.
With the mineral multi-purpose foundation sample kit, you get sample bottles of each of the mineral foundation shades. These shades can all be mixed and customized as well.
You can find the best match for you or even combine two different shades to make the right one for you.
You can even use these foundations as bronzers/contouring powders.
Now you can be fully confident that you have beautiful looking skin that isn’t being inundated with nasty chemicals, parabins, toxins, and other yucky stuff.
The best part is that the sample kit comes with an awesome $10 coupon for you to use on your full size product once you find the right shade!
Ready to try AnneMarie’s wonderful foundations? Get your sample kit here.
I see too many women in my life constantly battling with food and their weight.
Is that you?
If it is, I want to talk to you!
I want to talk to those of you who are constantly searching for the perfect diet, and constantly falling off the perfect diet.
Are you constantly swinging between “this time I’ve got it,” and “what the hell is wrong with me that I can’t stop eating peanut butter out of the jar?”
Are you always judging yourself based on what you ate that day or whether or not your skinny jeans fit?
Do you generally let food and weight concerns rule your world — the ups and downs of the diet-binge cycle dictating your “good” or “bad” days.
I’ve lived this stuff.
I’ve lived a life that revolved around the food I put in my mouth, the exact quantity and macronutrient profile.
I’ve lived a life of food obsession and poor self-esteem.
Isabel Foxen Duke, my friend and founder of Stop Fighting Food, calls this “feeling crazy around food.”
Isabel is one of the most well-respected pros in the emotional eating world, contributing some very new ideas about how we can change our thought-patterns around food and weight, and finally break out of the exhausting diet-binge cycling behaviors that too many women find themselves trapped in — behaviors like, sneak-eating ice cream in the middle of the night; yo-yo dieting; emotional eating, and emotional eating’s painful cousin:binge-eating.
Many of my readers have worked with Isabel and her programs and have found her to be uniquely supportive and able to help them understand what is going on in their minds, and get back on the right track.
She’s got a wonderful, witty perspective that will keep you laughing and she drops truth bombs like nobodies business.
Isabel’s offering a free video training series this month, (Find it here) covering some of her most important concepts in changing women’s relationship with food on an emotional and psychological level.
If this is a topic that speaks to you, I highly recommend you sign up to get her free vids.
You don’t have to live your life clinging desperately to diets, only to end up with your fingers in a jar of Nutella at the end of the day.
You don’t have to live the rest of your life feeling bat-shit crazy around food.
Here’s the link again to sign up for this free training.