Monday, June 7, 2010

Sex and Fiber!

To my fiber arts aficionados, no, I'm not talking about wool roving.

Did you know that a simple way you can improve your overall libido is by adding fiber to your diet? It may sound like a stretch, but it's true. Fiber is the non-digestible part of all plants, and we can find dietary fiber in all of our whole plant-based foods: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and beans.

Fiber and Digestion
Fiber is best known for its role in improving digestion. We have better bowel movements when we have more fiber. When we go to the bathroom, we eliminate toxins such as spent hormones, common chemicals found in our food, air and water, and other substances, which can make us feel tired, sluggish, and headachy. Not a winning combination for a romantic night in. And constipation is counter-productive to feeling sexy.

Fiber and Circulation
Fiber helps lower cholesterol and improve circulation. Cholesterol can block arteries, reducing overall circulation. Compromised circulation means less blood flow to ALL our parts. Keep in mind, the human penis becomes erect entirely because of blood flow. Better circulation means better circulation everywhere.

Fiber and Blood Sugar
Fiber slows the absorption of sugar into our blood stream, which can help keep our blood sugar levels more even. There's nothing less sexy than getting cranky and light-headed from low blood sugar!

Fiber and Hormone Balance
Certain types of fiber, such as the lignans found in flax seeds, can actually help balance our hormones too. Lignans cause the liver to create a chemical called Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, which helps our bodies keep our hormones optimally balanced.

A healthy body is a sexy body. Try and get at least 4-6 servings (that's equal to about two to three cups) of veggies, plus fruits, beans, nuts and seeds, and whole grains every day. Your sex life will thank you for it...

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Love the Life You Live!

Welcome to my blog! In this blog, I'll be discussing how you can love the life you're living, by maximizing your physical health, enhancing your sense of overall well-being, and helping you figure out how to make the most out of your life. I am a board certified holistic nutritionist, herbalist, and somatics coach with a passion for getting people healthy, happy and inspired.

There are a million diets, self help fads, supplements, techniques and ideas for how to improve your health and wellness. Most of us know that we should be eating our vegetables, getting enough sleep, exercising, managing our stress levels... you know that already. For many of us, the problem is not knowledge, it's implementation. It can get overwhelming to try and figure out how to eat well and exercise and do all those great sounding self care things while also having family and friends and a job and a busy life. But if we don't find a way to do at least some of those things, we won't connect as deeply with our loved ones; we won't do as well at our jobs; we won't love the life we're living.

So where do we start? Start by creating an image of what you want your awesome life to look like. How would you answer the question, "what does my ideal life look like? What do I wish were possible for me? Who would I be? What would I do? How would I move in the world? What kind of person would I be? How would I feel?" Start by creating an ideal you. Write it out in bullet points. Discuss your ideal life with an encouraging friend. Write poetry about it. Do interpretive dance exploring it. Whatever method makes sense to you, go for it. But figure it out, and dream it in exquisite detail. Dream big. Once you have your vision, you can start figuring out the steps you need to take to get there, but you have to start by dreaming it.

I would love it if you left a comment with one thing you are excited about becoming, or one vision of what the ideal you would be like!