2016 Wellness Trends…What’s Hot

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The hot trends that are predicted for 2016 are kind of predictable, especially if you follow any of the headlines happening in your favorite health magazine or major news outlets.

Do you consider yourself a trendsetter or trend follower?

I myself tend to do both at different times and on different trends. For example, I was a gut geek when it wasn’t cool to be one (it wasn’t a trend). I have experimented and had experiments tried on me as a child, (which is probably where I get it).

Eating fermented foods when it wasn’t trendy. Today, it’s getting hotter and hotter and more and more is being shared about the numerous benefits of adding fermented foods and drinks to your daily life in order to keep your system healthy and filled with friendly bacteria.

I might follow a trend for a bit if it makes sense in my gut, so to speak. If it truly resonates with my lifestyle and I feel it might truly be beneficial.

An example is the time I was seriously working out, almost to the extreme, and decided that I should jump on the pre and post workout supplements. Very expensive and I can’t say they enhanced the workout either way.

My point in sharing in this…research before just diving in. Don’t do something just because it’s the hottest new trend. You’ll more than likely end up spending more money and not getting the results you imagined.

Dieting is a big new year’s resolution or goal this time of year. I guarantee there are many diet trends happening and I guarantee there will be many jumping on board.

The sad truth though is that while many may see results, they are short lived and not realistic. A question to ask yourself when deciding on anything new. Will I be able to sustain this long term? Then decide if it’s a lifestyle change and if not, then it’s not worth your time or money.

You are the most important person and what makes you happy and healthy in the long term are what matters.

I teach that our bodies do extremely well when we are satiated because we are eating nutrient dense foods and healthy saturated fats. There are no food groups eliminated, no starvation, no deprivation, just good wholesome, clean foods.

Processed foods are slowly killing us. It’s a sorry state of affairs when we won’t know the country of origin of any meats you buy in the grocery store. Yet another reason why you should be buying from a well trusted and known producer, locally!

There are many great resources out there, you just have to be willing to look and ask around. You’d be amazing at what you can find when you connect with other like-minded individuals. The bounty is truly unlimited in most areas.

Here’s what the news is predicting to be the hottest wellness trends to enhance your life. I guess only time will tell where this goes.

  1. Kelp is predicted to be the new “kale.” It’s touted to be the new green in your diet. It’s high in protein and B vitamins.
  2. Matcha Japanese green tea powder is now showing up in coffee bars and baked goods.
  3. Sippable skincare is showing in beverages loaded with antioxidants and other nutrients to help promote a healthy glow from the inside.
  4. Super herbs called adaptogens, like ginseng and moringo, maca and ashwanganda. They are touted to help the body adapt to stress.
  5. Holistic health beats dieting and stressing about calories or carbs. Looking at the big picture of what it takes to live a healthy life is a key element.
  6. Group meditation is becoming the social event of the year. It’s a great stress-management tool. You might want to give it a try.

While I’m not advocating or scrapping any of these “trends”, I say, do what is right and best for you and not because it’s the hottest new thing.

What have you found to be beneficial or detrimental from following the trends or from being a trendsetter? Share your thoughts below. Can’t wait to hear from you, your voice matters.

To your health,


Toxicity and Skincare: Ever wonder how it affects your health?


A few weeks ago brought up a conversation about acne. So I posed the question… ever wonder how it affects your health?

It’s kind of an odd question really, but there is a direct correlation between your skin breakouts, like acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc. and gut health that most don’t know about and actually are surprised by it.

If scientists are saying that the gut is considered the “2nd brain,” would you agree that it controls most bodily functions and go so far as to agree that if your gut isn’t healthy, the rest of you isn’t healthy?

A lot to take in isn’t it? When we frame a question like this one, it allows our brains to think about situations in a slightly different way. It plants seeds of doubt or of insight, depending on what’s being presented.

Either way, a seed has been planted for us to either put away for later use (I call this my back pocket) or to research and dig into further at the present time.

Today, I propose we dig into toxicity and skincare and gut health. When our world is toxic, from the foods we eat, to the air we breathe to the products we use in our homes and on our bodies, our health pays a price.

Toxins are everywhere. Even those of us who pay special attention to exposure, will still be affected. It’s the world we live in. We can, however, limit how much by some changes.

One of the biggest organs of our body is our skin. A vast majority of what we put on it gets absorbed into the body. Once there, some of these toxins wreak havoc on our system causing illness and disease.

This then led me to an email that I received from EWG (Environmental Working Group) talking about their fabulous tool called Skin Deep which is a Cosmetics Database.

They are finally mobile so you can have a cool app on your phone and while shopping can search a product and get a score of how toxic the product is or if it passes their testing to be deemed safe to use.

It rates all the ingredients in a particular product and gives an overall score. I love it, no more guesswork and taking a manufacturer’s word for just truly how good a product is.

We all know that marketing is done to sell a product. It doesn’t necessarily mean that all facts stated are true and in our best interest.

If you’d like to check out this great tool for yourself, as well as a few other incredible apps they have, like their sunscreen app, food scores, healthy cleaning, pesticides and produce, as well as others, check them out at www.ewg.org and be prepared to be educated on what’s perhaps been affecting your health all along and you didn’t even know it.

I find that the less we have to think about what to use and what not to use and there’s someone that’s a trusted source that has taken a lot of the guess work out of it, kudos to them and yea for us for plugging in.

What products have you successfully been able to purchase or make to reduce the toxic load in your skincare or household? I’m looking forward to your comments below.

To your health,


Holistic Wellness Mentor

Healthy Gut and Clear Skin – They go hand in hand!

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Are you constantly plagued with acne or other skin disorders and it doesn’t seem to get better? Or….it gets better for a second and then flairs back up?

If you answered yes to either of these questions, you’re not alone.

What triggered this article; was this. Earlier this week, we (my sister-in-law Kathy and I) did a Fermenting class and demo. After the class, while speaking to so many, one particular lady asked me about my skincare use.

She approached the subject like this…”Since you’re the healthy and organic girl, it would make sense that you probably use good quality organic skincare products too, right?”

While this isn’t the first time people have commented on my skin, it’s the first time in the context of a food class.

Now remember, I’m an experimenter and researcher, so my logical brain went into the correlation between our gut health, our brain and our skin.

You see, they really all do work systematically together. I’ve always instinctively known that what you put in shows up on the outside, via your skin, your weight, your mood, etc.

When you are stressed what happens? You tend to eat and/or drink more caffeinated foods/drinks and you sleep less. You also tend to pick up more of the junk or comfort foods than you might normally.

So imagine a life like this. We’re constantly barraged with stress, toxins, processed foods and a body that’s stressed more and more and more!

What happens? We might start noticing symptoms of indigestion, acid reflux, autoimmune diseases, skin disorders, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, depression, anxiety, or other issues.

What if you haven’t noticed any of these things, other than the “normal” stresses? You’ve had hardly any real signs of gut disorders that would lead the face breaking out and/or the dry patches of skin.

There are many studies that link gut health to skin health. Vitamin A and D are essential to good skin. If you suffer from “leaky gut”, your body isn’t utilizing the nutrients that you are taking in and these toxic antibodies are floating into your bloodstream and causing havoc on the outside as well as the inside.

Since the skin covers a large percentage of our bodies, and it does absorb a lot of what’s put on it, it does warrant some thought about what happens from the inside out and vice versa.

Going back to the ladies question about my skincare, yes I do take care of what I put on the outside. As I just mentioned, our skin is a giant sponge and if it gets clogged up with toxic overload from so called good skincare, we are just overloading our system with more junk.

The big named cosmetics don’t want you to know that the more you use their toxic products, they more you are reliant on using them, as they continually will make your skin worse.

Same goes for the overload on the inside. If you don’t deal with these issues and go through a healing process, you’ll never have the health or skin that you desire.

I know, balloon buster here! The good news is this….there is hope and healing to be had. I keep saying this! At some point, I hope that you believe it internally and take the necessary steps to do what you have to!

Acne is a big problem for many and it almost always can and is linked to gut health. Clean up your gut and clean up your skin. Let’s face it. We all have some vanity or we’d not be human.

Who wants to truly live with a face, neck, scalp or body marked by acne or other major skin disorders? Let’s face it….we all need to take care of our inside so our bodies can take care of us, which includes the outside.

What experiences have you had with skin disorders and cleaning up your diet and gut health?

To your health,


Holistic Health Coach

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