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Know Your Dominant Energy Throughout The Day

Do you know your dominant energy throughout the day? Learning this can help you with self development and to be more productive, happy, and fulfilled in your life. [GUEST CONTRIBUTOR] One of the most impactful Power Foods Lifestyle lessons, for me, was the energy archetype lesson focusing on mindset. Kristy Jo started off the lesson by saying that “whenever you are feeling frazzled or unfulfilled, DO THIS!!” There are four energy archetypes: The Ruler (Queen), Warrior, Lover, and Sage. Each person has all these archetypes, but whichever archetype is your most dominant one tends to direct the feeling of your day and personality. As you work on achieving more focus and flow between all four energies, you will have more happiness, fulfillment, and balance in your life. First, the Ruler, also known as the “Queen.” Your Ruler is the part of you that sets agendas, makes rules, and directs your life....

How to Manage PMS Naturally (Premenstrual Syndrome)

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a major health issue impacting women who are in child-bearing years. Symptoms of PMS include both physical and emotional conditions that can affect your quality of life. Instead of taking the conventional approach, here at Body Buddies, I like you to think like a strategist to take control of what you can control. And that is quite a lot! According to Educator Margaret Christensen, MD, “we want to address the actual underlying hormonal imbalances and triggers from a functional standpoint.”  To do that, we should look at each symptom, then trace it backward to understand some of the potential lifestyle, nutrition, and emotional approaches we can take to help alleviate these symptoms. Emotional Symptoms of PMS: Anxiety Depression Irritability Physical Symptoms of PMS: Breast Tenderness Severe Cramps Heavy Periods Nausea There are many different pathways to look at as this is a complex interaction of hormones going...

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Exogenous Ketones | Body Buddies Podcast Episode #188

Exogenous Ketones, like any other product on the market, can appear to be the miracle product that puts us immediately into fat burn! But are they really all they’re cracked up to be? Ketones are your body’s secondary fuel source for the brain while glucose is the primary fuel source. When you go lower carb in your eating or into ketosis for fat loss and anti-inflammatory goals, you may experience something called the “carb flu.” If you suddenly have that shortage of carbohydrates, you may feel fatigued, lethargic, and sometimes even nauseous. If you don’t want to take the time to slowly reduce the amount of carbs you eat each day, you can take ketones to help replace the fuel going to the brain while the transition is taking place. I do recommend exogenous ketones for the right individual: Individuals who are in a Ketogenic (lower carb state) who wish...

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Are You Addicted to Food?

Do you find yourself eating whenever something difficult happens in your life? Do you call yourself an ‘Emotional Eater’ or a ‘Compulsive Eater?’ Are you frustrated with the lack of control you feel? If so, you are not alone. In this episode of the Body Buddies Podcast, I will help you understand what you may not know about addiction vs. habit reprogramming, as well as the psychological hacks to start getting in front of your patterns of behavior. I will teach you about the E.T.E.B. Chain, the mechanism by which all habits and behavior are produced. This knowledge will give you the power to take into your life and start being more aware of the subconscious elements that drive you, but give you the upper-hand to start breaking through your habits or addictions! It’s beyond powerful, which is why I am SO excited to give this information to you. The...

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Episode #185: Navigating Your Inner Dialogue

When you’re working to improve your body’s aesthetics and/or health, it can be very frustrating when things are not going according to plan. Maybe that is in your choices and lack of follow-through, or maybe that is due to unforeseen events in your life. No matter what is getting you off track it is important to find solutions (and quickly) so you can beat the debilitating momentum that comes from one more day, and one more day, and one more day of begin off track. However, within the midst of those efforts, the quality of your inner dialogue is critical. The more you work on improving your thoughts, the better you will become at managing your emotions. After all, emotions ride on the tailcoats of thoughts. In this episode of the Body Buddies podcast, Kristy Jo will help you learn through her own authentic and vulnerable sharing of life as...

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Leaky Gut and the Microbiome

What is Leaky Gut and the Microbiome?  Latest research reveals we are doing ourselves a disservice by not looking at the root cause of illness and disease. How could that be? Due to the connection between the ecosystem in the gut and all the bacteria housed there, researchers are finding the direct correlation between how we eat, autoimmune conditions, mental health conditions, and nearly every one of these “mystery illnesses” that continue to pop up. Talking about the chemicals in our food and how they are changing our biology is a topic that many don’t want to hear; in fact, they believe I am quite controversial when I talk about this. However, that mental construct, carefully crafted through cultural paradigms and media programming, is doing no one any good. Instead, it’s making us sicker and sicker and raising our mortality rates, insurance premiums, and dissatisfaction with life with each passing...

Why Grass-Fed Beef Is Superior to Conventional Beef (STOP Buying It)

“Beef. It’s what’s for dinner . . . ” (here’s what they didn’t tell us). . . Without a doubt, grass-fed beef is growing in popularity due to not only taste, but proper education. In 2013, retail sales of grass-fed beef clocked in at over $400 million, which was staggering compared to only $5 million in sales in 1998.   Eating beef once per day in at the main meal (dinner) is what we were told for years during the American advertising campaign, paid for by the Beef Checkoff Program. While I agree this was a successful campaign when it comes to profits of the cattle industry, I do not agree with the slogan. Here at Body Buddies and the Power Foods Lifestyle, my job as a Mind and Body Strategist is to help you learn not only some important science, but to navigate your thoughts and application of behavior appropriately for your...

Where Does Spirituality Fit In Your Health Improvement?

Have you ever wondered how to deepen your purpose, and the meaning behind caring for your body with proper nutrition and fitness? Have you ever felt there was a part of you that was missing? Have you wondered how you can find more enjoyment in everything you do? If so, you’re not alone. Feelings of emptiness, lack of motivation, and overall ‘blah’ seem to be a constant companion to so many who I am blessed to interact with at Body Buddies. In this blog post, I would like to consider together the benefits of bringing more spirituality into everything we do–from nutrition and fitness to our every day work and hobbies. I believe that a careful analysis of your life and the effort to incorporate my challenge at the end of this post will be the first domino in a chain reaction of positive events in your life. I can...

5 Shocking Ways to Combat Depression with Real Food

“If you struggle with feeling hopeless, sad, depressed, or mentally fragile, you’re not alone. More than 100 million American (1 in 3) struggle through life with depression.” -Mark Hyman, MD Pharmaceutical companies are preying on the epidemic of a highly depressed population. Anti-depressants are prescribed left and right as the default coping mechanism when we are feeling stressed, sad, blue, and our  “light” has gone out. While I do not fault physicians entirely as I feel many of them are doing their best to help people with acute conditions who present, and I recognize they just do not have the time nor training to get to deeper root causes, conventional medicine cannot cure the rising rates of depression through treating symptoms only.  There is a division of those who prescribe medications alone, then there are those who insist that therapy is the path to the heart of the issues. We can observe a huge disconnect...