Gastroparesis: Is there any hope?

Gastroparesis: Is there any hope?

Recently I have come to learn about a condition called gastroparesis. I learned of this after a friend posted on social media about being diagnosed with this condition and the struggles she faces with living with this.

What is gastroparesis?

For those of you who do not know what gastroparesis is, this is a rare condition that affects the stomach muscles. As a result, the stomach cannot empty itself of food in a normal fashion.

Gastroparesis can be a very difficult problem to treat.

One thing that is know about this condition is that it can be caused by damage to the vagus nerve. This nerve regulates the digestive system. So, a damaged vagus nerve prevents the muscles in the stomach and intestine from functioning. Because of that food is prevented from moving through the digestive system properly.

Is there any hope for someone with gastroparesis?

I was able to talk with Dr. Shawn Talbott when I was in California at my company’s mental wellness symposium about this particular condition and if there was anything I could offer that may help with this situation.

What I learned from that discussion is that the Digestive product is the most targeted to this situation. You don’t know what causes gastroparesis but the entire digestion system is almost sluggish with this issue. It is not doing what it is supposed to do.

For that reason, a motility enhancer like what is in MentaBiotics™ and in Digestive would be really good for this. If possible it is actually best to do the FundaMentals Pack™ and add Digestive product. But if budget is a concern then at the very least begin with MentaBiotics™ and Digestive.

It truly is a difficult diagnosis because we do not know what causes it. It could be a nerve thing. It could be an actual musculature thing with the tissue of the the intestinal lining. It could be a microbiome disruption. Or it could even be just plain old inflammation.

By doing the full FundaMentals Pack and Digestive you would be addressing all of those things at the same time. Where people don’t get a lot of benefits is where they go with one product and if it’s not that issue you are not hitting it so then they see no results.

Remember…

I felt it was important to share this discussion so people know there may be hope out there for them! Again, I cannot offer medical advice or say this is a cure but what if there was hope? What if you have even a fraction of help with relief of the issues you face daily? Wouldn’t you want to give it a try?

I know I would.

My name is Sue and I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Ketogenic Living Specialist and Amare Global Wellness Partner. Coaching others is my passion. I want to be the change and help others take back control of their health and happiness!

Is The Keto Diet Safe Long Term?

Is The Keto Diet Safe Long Term?

Recently, one of my favorite mentors, Dr. Shawn Talbott, hosted a Zoom Call as part of our Project B3 program. Each week he answers questions from participants live as part of our coaching during the program. One of the questions he was asked was about the keto diet which leads to the question on everyone’s mind: Is the keto diet safe long term?

People love the keto diet! This is because short term you can lose a lot of weight due to the restriction of carbohydrates. You lose 3 grams of water for every 1 gram of carbohydrates you shed. So, you lose a lot of weight! And for children it shows promise for various things such as seizures, ADHD, autism and more

If you are truly in ketosis, which is actually very difficult to do, your body will start to metabolize fat in a different way.

There is a problem with staying on the keto diet long term. The keto diet is so low in carbohydrates that you cant get in the fruits and vegetables you need to provide the prebiotic fibers that feed the microbiome.

So that raises the question, is the keto diet safe long term?

The microbiome data would suggest maybe not. But what if you could eat keto and get benefits from it? Then how can you also nourish your microbiome without giving you a lot of carbohydrates?

We can do that by giving you targeted supplementation. Someone can be keto and still nourish their microbiome in a proper way by giving the right probiotics, giving the right probiotics, giving the right phytobiotics (which is exactly what the FundaMentals Pack is for Adults and the Kids FundaMentals drink mix is for kids and teens).

Plus if you add in the GBX foods, you get the right oligosaccharides, you are getting the right galactomannans, the right galacto-oligosaccharides, the right iso-malto-oligosaccharides, you don’t just get one probiotics you get a family of them to nourish a diverse microbiome – which you cannot get if you are restricting your carbohydrate intake.

So, can the keto diet be healthy long term?

Yes it can be!

People need to realize that following keto is just like in the past when all of the rage was Atkins. That was when everyone thought ‘I can eat all of the bacon cheeseburgers I want as long as I don’t have the bun’’. Except they were doing it wrong because in Atkins you were actually eating salad and salmon and avoiding things like processed foods, white bread, white rice, white pasta, a lot of whole sources of grains because they are dense carbs.

With keto it is possible to be healthy long term if you focus on lean grass fed healthy fat proteins and carb sources are low carb high fiber. This includes lots of green leafies and beans which look high in carbs but are not because they are so high in fiber you are actually not even accessing most of those carbohydrates.

One of the problems with ketogenesis is that once you are out you are out! It might take you 2 or 3 days to get back into the right ketogenic profile so you have to be very very strict!

How do I make sure to stay on track?

So yes, the keto diet can be safe long term IF you structure it just the right way. But you have to be a professional nutritionist or really dialed into your diet to make it perfect all of the time.

So, it is very important to have the right targeting of those prebiotic fibers that the FundaMentals (or Kids FundaMentals) and GBX Foods can give you in a very precise, therapeutic targeted way to make sure your microbiome is healthy even though you might not be getting that in your base diet.

 

My name is Sue and I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Ketogenic Living Specialist and Amare Global Wellness Partner. Coaching others is my passion. I want to be the change and help others take back control of their health and happiness!

Are You Struggling to Sleep at Night?

Are You Struggling to Sleep at Night?

There’s nothing better than crawling into bed after a long day. It’s incredible how rejuvenating a good night’s sleep can be, but for many of us, a restful night isn’t always a guarantee.

Many adults will experience short-term insomnia, usually lasting a few days or weeks, at some point in their lives.

According to the Mayo Clinic, “insomnia is a common sleep disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep, or cause you to wake up too early and not be able to get back to sleep.”

Short-term, or acute, insomnia is usually caused by stress, a specific traumatic event, or changes in schedule due to work or travel. On the other hand, long-term (chronic) insomnia lasting a month or more is often associated with mental health disorders, medical conditions, or medications.

Signs of insomnia include difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night, waking up too early, feeling tired in the morning and throughout the day, irritability, depression, anxiety, difficulty paying attention or focusing, or constant worry about sleep.

Insomnia can negatively impact your mood, health, and overall quality of life as your body performs many important functions while you sleep. For example, your body is able to rest and repair, which supports immunity, muscle growth, and protein synthesis. So yes, you really do need your beauty sleep, inside and out!

Here are some great ways to help cure your insomnia:

Practice good sleep hygiene: The best way to prevent insomnia is to develop good sleep habits! This includes being consistent about your sleep patterns and creating a space that’s optimal for rest. As far as consistency, it’s important to train yourself and your sleep cycle with healthy habits. Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, even on the weekends. Your room should be dark and cool to support your sleep cycle. The sleep cycle is controlled by a circadian rhythm that tells your body when it’s time to be awake (when it’s light out) and when it’s time for bed (when it’s dark out). Light can throw off your circadian rhythm, so do your best to limit any light sources in your bedroom. Additionally, studies suggest setting your thermostat between 60°F and 67°F as cool temperatures can initiate the cool-down process needed for sleep.

Ditch the Melatonin: The supplement that people typically turn to is melatonin, which is not an effective solution for increasing sleep quality. The majority of melatonin supplements on the market are synthetic, and may help you to fall asleep quickly, but often leave you feeling groggy and sluggish the next day. This happens due to the fact that you are not able to properly cycle through REM sleep or deep sleep. Amare’s Sleep+ is a revolutionary new product that features a natural and unique patented ingredient derived from non-GMO corn grass that encourages your body’s own natural production of melatonin. The key ingredients in Sleep+ have multiple scientific studies that show significant benefits including helping you fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and spend more time in REM sleep (for brain rejuvenation) and deep sleep (for body rejuvenation)..

Say no to screen time: Ditch all electronics before you go to bed. While many of us decompress after a long day by scrolling through our social media feeds or catching up on our favorite TV shows, the blue light emitted from our phones, televisions, computers, and other devices disrupts the body’s circadian rhythm, negatively impacting sleep. In fact, according to Harvard University neuroscientist Anne-Marie Chang, light is the most powerful trigger for altering the phase or time of our circadian clock and can suppress melatonin, which can throw off when you feel sleepy. A Harvard Medical School study showed that people who use blue light–emitting e-readers before bed took longer to fall asleep, experienced less REM sleep, took longer to wake up, and were sleepier upon waking.

Maintain a regular workout schedule: Your sleep is greatly impacted by what you do during the day, and establishing a consistent workout schedule can lead to a better night’s sleep. In general, exercise normalizes your circadian rhythm and can also physically exhaust you. It’s important to figure out what works best for you. Just like with food, bio-individuality applies to exercise, and what works for one person doesn’t always work for another. Experiment with morning and evening workouts to see which fits your lifestyle and sleep habits best, but make sure not to exert too much energy close to bedtime.

Practice self-care: Create a nighttime routine that allows you to care for yourself and wind down at the end of each day. An evening routine can lead to a better night’s sleep, an easier wake up, and a more productive tomorrow! Try taking a hot bath, setting aside ten minutes to journal, enjoying a cup of (caffeine-free) tea, reading a book, or practicing meditation or yoga. These activities allow you to clear your mind, release stress, and manage anxiety.

If your insomnia persists and makes it difficult for you to function during the day, it’s important to seek professional help.

My name is Sue and I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Ketogenic Living Specialist and Amare Global Wellness Partner. Coaching others is my passion. I want to be the change and help others take back control of their health and happiness!

Saying Yes to Becoming Your Own Boss

Saying Yes to Becoming Your Own Boss

Setting your own hours, doing work you love, and sharing your true passion are all perks of being your own boss. While it may seem overwhelming to make the step to becoming the leader of your success, as your own boss, you now have the ability to manifest your future and create the life you’ve dreamed of.

Your job plays a crucial role in your health and happiness. It’s what you’re doing each day and should be something you enjoy! In fact, at Integrative Nutrition, career is a key area of primary food – the things that don’t come on a plate that feed your soul. Other areas include physical activity, relationships, and spirituality. When you are satisfied in these pillars, you’ll live a happier and healthier life.

But I get it! Becoming your own boss is an exciting, yet completely intimidating experience. Unless you’ve done it before, when you make the move to follow a passion and become your own boss, you likely won’t know exactly what you’re doing, what your next week will look like, or what you’re going to earn.

Here are a few ways to say yes and be successful as your own boss.

1. Avoid self-doubt.

Know that changing your career is normal and possible! When you realize you’re in a position that’s no longer filling your life with joy, it’s time for a change, and that’s okay. Often, when people decide to make the switch, they feel anxious, scared, and maybe even lost. These feelings are normal when making big changes. Keep a positive mind-set, be proactive, and know that what you’re doing is going to have an impact on the world and how you feel.

2. Have a plan.

Maybe this week you’re going to work on your website or maybe you’ll start creating video content for sharing. Each week may look different – some with longer hours and more effort, others feeling quiet or balanced. As your own boss, you have the opportunity to create the life you want, but it is all up to you. Create lists, calendars, and a schedule to take the steps toward building your new business.

3. Build your connections.

One of the best parts of my team is the incredible community we share. We all share a deep passion for health and wellness. Be open to sharing more about your new adventure with others and be willing to take feedback. You’ll never know the connections you can build unless you put yourself out there!

4. Find what makes you tick.

Once you find your passion, go with it! When you are authentic about what you love, people will resonate with it. Find your niche within the industry and use it to your advantage.

5. Follow your heart.

There’s a reason you’ve either been thinking about changing your path or already made the decision to do it. It might not make sense to your family or friends, but trust your gut and follow your passion – the results will come.

Interested in pursuing a career on my wellness team? CLICK HERE and let’s talk!

My name is Sue and I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Ketogenic Living Specialist and Amare Global Wellness Partner. Coaching others is my passion. I want to be the change and help others take back control of their health and happiness!

The Best Keto Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

The Best Keto Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

I am sure you have heard all about Bulletproof Coffee by now. And if not, no worries, I will fill you in.

I must admit, when I first heard the idea of what it contained I was not too sure it was going to be right for me. After all, I loved to drink my coffee black and any time I had ever tried to add anything to my cup it tasted awful. But, I decided to give this whole BPC thing a try.

So, what is Bulletproof Coffee?

This coffee, many times referred to as BPC, is a high fat coffee. I may help you reduce hunger, bump up your energy, and boost your brain power. Adding bulletproof coffee to your morning routine is the perfect solution to feeling energized. It can also keep you feeling satisfied and ready to take on the day ahead.

How do you Make Bulletproof Coffee?

The first time I tried BPS I was like “eww no thanks”. But I continued to experiment with variations that I saw floating around on the internet. Then finally BAM I found the BPC Recipe that actually tastes amazing and I never looked back.

My personal favorite recipe for this came from my friends over at Perfect Keto!

It combines:

  • 2 cups of freshly brewed hot coffee
  • 2 tablespoons of grass-fed butter
  • 1 scoop Perfect Keto MCT Powder (and if you use the Chocolate or Vanilla instead of unflavored it can give a whole new taste to your BPC)
  • 1 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon
  • Optional ingredients include:
    • Keto Collagen Powder (which as you may know by now I swear by using collagen as part of your keto diet)
    • 1teaspoon of of Himalayan sea salt
    • Maca powder
    • Stevia for added sweetness (well I do not use stevia – I actually use Swerve instead as I am not a fan of stevia)

You can see the full recipe (and even grab a printable version) and read more about the amazing benefits of this morning cup o’ joe by clicking here.

So tell me, how do you drink your bulletproof coffee?

My name is Sue and I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Ketogenic Living Specialist and Amare Global Wellness Partner. Coaching others is my passion. I want to be the change and help others take back control of their health and happiness!

Natural Low Carb Sweetener Conversion Chart

Natural Low Carb Sweetener Conversion Chart

Are you wanting to make some Keto sweet treats? Do you know how to switch that recipe over to a natural low carb sweetener? Well, look no further than this handy dandy natural low carb sweetener conversion chart!

Why do you need this chart?

Most often I hear people asking how much to use of their preferred sweetener. They find a recipe they love and want to make, only to realize they are unsure how to make it ketogenic. The difficult part is knowing how much of your preferred natural low carb sweetener to use to replace what you see on the recipe. Each sweetener has it’s own unique flavor and sweetness level. That is why it is important to know the conversions. You want to make sure your foods are not too sweet, but at the same time they stay sweet enough to make your recipe turn out right.

Enter the Low Carb Sweetener Conversion Chart

Then it happens, that amazing looking photo of food we must try pops up. Consequently, we have all turned to Google to gather this information. Or maybe even asked people in the Facebook group for help. As a result, the time you spend trying to look up that information can be frustrating, especially if you just want to make a 90 second mug cake. No one wants to takes 30 minutes to look up how to sweeten it right!

Here is a chart I made to help make it easy to figure the proper conversions for the sweetener of your choice.

Natural Low Carb Sweetener Conversion Chart - Slender Suzie - Elevacity Elepreneur - Happy Coffee Smart Hot Chocolate

There are plenty of options out there that are ketogenic friendly. Sometimes it takes some trial and error to find the one you like the best. This chart should prove to be very useful when you begin to get comfortable using the sweetener of your choice.

Keep it Keto my friends ~ we can totally do this!

Do you have any other natural sweeteners you have converted? Share your info below!

My name is Sue and I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Ketogenic Living Specialist and Amare Global Wellness Partner. Coaching others is my passion. I want to be the change and help others take back control of their health and happiness!