Posts in FUNDAMENTALS
MISFIT WELLNESS HEALTHY GROCERY SHOPPING TIPS

Eating more whole, real foods that support the health of your brain and body begins at the grocery store. Filling your cart, your pantry and your fridge with foods that help you harness the power of nutrition gets you one big step closer to improved energy, mental clarity, immunity, digestion, moods, skin and so much more. But what to do when you’re surrounded by highly palatable, convenient packaged and processed foods in every corner of the grocery store? How do you navigate the aisles without unintentionally loading your cart with hard to resist comfort foods, cookies, candies and sugar cereals? Below are my tips to help you create a sustainable, affordable healthy grocery shopping routine that still leaves room for treats and chocolate. Plenty of chocolate.

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WHY I SOLD 90% OF MY CLOTHES AND WHAT I LEARNED IN THE PROCESS

To be honest, I am still a little surprised by the resistance I felt every step of the way to accepting myself in whatever shape or form prioritizing health created. Intellectually, I knew it was the right choice, a no brainer. Logically, I knew there was no other choice but to put my health first. But emotionally? That was a whole other story. All of a sudden, I became painfully aware of all the negative associations I, and society, have with bodies that aren’t slim and tight and taught and perfect. It took a lot of therapy, hugs from my husband, reassurance from a few dear friends, reinforcement found in my work as a health coach, journaling and more therapy to free myself from the limitations of those associations.

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WHAT NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT MAKING PEACE WITH FOOD & YOUR BODY

Although I’m grateful that there is more openness and dialogue around making peace with food and our bodies in the media, often what we see is over simplified, prettied up and packaged (often to sell products or services) in a way that I believe is a bit misleading and does a disservice to people embarking on this journey. If the expectation is that this is a simple, 30-day, sunshine and roses process, people are destined to feel as if they’re doing everything wrong when it’s anything but, and they’re likely to give up. The truth is a lot more complicated and loaded with things I wish I knew from the start. Below is my version of it.

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HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESS AT WORK (AND BEYOND)

Unfortunately, stress is so woven into the fabric of our lives these days and it’s often unavoidable. We can’t control many of the variables that contribute to stress, but we can change how our brains and bodies react to it by choosing healthier coping mechanisms that minimize the detrimental effects without causing any harm. That is where the stress management tactics below come into play. You might not be able to fire your boss (or your kids) but you can reduce the stress they cause with these tactics.

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THE HEALTHIEST, BEST TASTING SNACK & PROTEIN BARS

I’ve been testing bars for a couple of months now, and here are a few of my favorite healthy snack and protein bars. I feel good about eating these when I’m pressed for time and feel good enough about the ingredients to share them with family, friends and coaching clients.

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FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTHY EATING PART VIII: COOK AT HOME (EVEN A LITTLE)

You don’t have to be a wizard in the kitchen or spend hours every day cooking complicated meals entirely from scratch, but spending a little more time creating balanced meals with whole food ingredients is an investment in your health that you’ll never regret. With just a few hours spent in the kitchen each week, you can reap the benefits of more health promoting nutrients in your diet. Think better digestion, increased energy, more stable moods, clearer skin, improved immunity and so much more!

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FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTHY EATING PART VII: HOW TO CROWD OUT PROCESSED FOOD & DRINK

In my experience, most people are confused about where to start with healthy eating and how to put meals together after years of choosing packaged convenience foods. So, I’ve come up with this handy little guide for integrating whole, real foods into your meals, your routine and your kitchen and crowding out the junk.

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18 AFFORDABLE & EFFICIENT WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR HEALTH

I started Misfit Wellness because I want to make a healthier and happier diet and lifestyle more accessible, approachable and sustainable - especially for those of us who have struggled with mental and physical health. Unfortunately the basic fundamentals of living and eating well often get sexed up and overcomplicated to the point where they seem completely inaccessible and unattainable to the average American. I might not be able to change the fact that our healthcare system and food supply in this country are beyond broken, but I can help you take your health into your own hands with simple diet and lifestyle choices made each day.

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10 THINGS THAT HELP ME MANAGE DEPRESSION

When I started to open up about disordered eating and body image, I learned that shedding light on the darkest corners of my life can help shed more light on a path to healing for myself and others. In the hopes that opening up about depression will do the same, I’m sharing the below list. These are the things I believe have transformed my experience with depression, or in the very least, have kept me out of bed when I just want to pull the covers over my head.

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6 THINGS THAT CHANGED THE WAY I DEAL WITH STRESS

By the time I committed to healthier habits around managing stress, it had already wreaked havoc on my digestion, immune function, sleep, weight and sanity. I no longer had the energy to have or be fun anymore. Don’t let stress make you a Debbie Downer too. Use these simple but transformative tips to help you manage stress before you find yourself perpetually frazzled, bloated, angry, and downright miserable.

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FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTHY EATING PART VI: 35 EASY WAYS TO EAT MORE WHOLE FOODS

Interested in eating more whole foods but don’t know where to start? This post is chock full of ideas for incorporating more vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and other powerful and nourishing foods into your diet in beautifully simple ways. The best part? When you focus on adding delicious and nutritious foods to more meals and snacks, you naturally start to eat less of the processed gunk over time. Now THAT is what I call a realistic, sustainable approach to healthy eating! 

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SO YOU'VE HEALED YOUR GUT. NOW WHAT?

Once you've done the hard work to get your gut bacteria back in balance, heal those gut walls and quiet inflammation, you start to feel the incredible benefits of eating and living to support gut health. The last thing you want to do is welcome chronic constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, brain fog, acne or mood disorders back into your life. So how do you loosen restrictions without compromising the delicate balance you've worked to achieve? Beyond eating a vegetable forward, nutrient-dense diet rich in whole, real, unprocessed foods and minimizing triggers and irritants like caffeine, sugar and alcohol, I encourage my gut protocol clients to explore these other ways to support gut health.

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9 SURPRISING THINGS THAT HELPED ME HEAL MY GUT

The benefits of eating to support gut health (and health in general) are so intangible and incomprehensible to anyone that has never tried to do so that it can be easy to ignore the hype and chalk it all up to "health freak BS". Without experiencing the incredible reality of how much more amazing I feel when I eat/live to support that crazy microbiome within, I’m not sure I would have ever truly committed to healing my gut myself. Now that I've experienced what it is to ignore gut health and conversely, to focus on it (read more here and here), I'm excited to share the below things that have had the biggest impact on my health during my gut healing journey! 

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8 THINGS THAT HAVE HELPED ME BALANCE MY HORMONES NATURALLY

15 years on The Pill + PCOS + hypothyroidism + chronic stress + 2 decades of disordered eating = a perfect hormonal storm that turned out to be the second biggest factor affecting my health since adolescence. Below is a list of things that have helped me navigate the complicated journey back to some semblance of balance and sanity without synthetic hormones. 

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SNACK ATTACK: YUMMY & NOURISHING SNACKS AT HOME & ON THE GO

Arming yourself with nutrient dense whole food-centric snacks made with simple, real ingredients is the best way to nourish your body in a pinch without having to overthink it. Check out my favorite store-bought, on-the-go, travel and work snacks in this post!

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FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTHY EATING PART V - WHY WHOLE FOODS?

When I started eating more whole, real food at the ripe age of 23 (I was a processed food junkie before that), I was sure it was going to be torture. After all, I did hide my broccoli under my napkin until I moved out of my house for college and then ate mostly heaping bowls of cereal washed down with orange soda and beer for 4 years straight. My palate wasn't exactly primed for Brussels sprouts and dry roasted nuts.

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FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTHY EATING PART IV - EAT LESS ADDED SUGAR

The average American is eating 22 TEASPOONS of added sugar a day. And before you say "not me! I drink my coffee black and choose diet soda!"consider this: most people are completely unaware of how much added sugar they're eating until they start reading labels. On your next trip to the grocery store, examine the labels on the yummies you're throwing in that cart and you'll likely be surprised to see how much sugar is added to everything from seemingly "healthy" bread to savory crackers to vegan dips and paleo protein bars. But why should you care?

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FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTHY EATING PART III: EAT MORE GREEN VEGETABLES

So! You're ready to dig that fork of yours into a big pile of health and wellness and wake up a changed woman, eh? But what the heck actually goes on that fork?

The conversation around nutrition in this country has grown maddeningly confusing. It can seem impossible to get straight answers to questions around whether or not things like red meat, gluten, saturated fats, or even little ol' brown rice are harmful or perfectly healthy. Add increasingly high rates of food allergies, hormonal imbalances, gut issues, and autoimmune diseases and no wonder many of us feel beyond overwhelmed.

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FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTHY EATING - PART II: DISCOVERY PHASE

A combination of personal experience, extensive research and observation over the past 2 decades has made me a firm believer in slow, incremental change and bio-individuality. Because change can be daunting, and figuring out what works best for your biologically unique body can be even more daunting, we're going to start with simple, foundational changes that are low maintenance and high impact for anyone and everyone - regardless of your physical condition, health goals and available resources.

Up first is mindful eating, a skill you can use it at every stage in your healthy eating evolution. The best part? You can get rolling while still clutching a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos if you want - although I can promise you won't feel the same about them when we're through. 

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FUNDAMENTALS OF HEALTHY EATING - PART I

As someone that started her health journey as a broke 23-year-old who thought Skinny Cow ice cream sandwiches and vodka sodas were healthy, I remember too well what it's like to stare down the path to healthy eating feeling overwhelmed and ill-equipped. I'm here to tell you that it doesn't matter if you start neck deep in cupcakes or encounter all sorts of tricky hurdles along the way. It IS possible to get to a place where you're harnessing all the nourishing, healing, anti-aging, disease-fighting benefits of a healthy diet every day. And it does NOT have to be overwhelming, confusing or inaccessible. 

The goal of this MFW Fundamentals series is to provide the support you need to make healthy eating feel possible, in the form of a step-by-step guide. We'll start at the beginning, keep things simple and have some fun along the way. So my only question is this: are you ready to see where a healthier diet will take you? 

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