11 Simple Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally During the Fall + Winter Season

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As the holidays approach us and we enter into cold and flu season, it’s more important than ever to keep our immune system in tip-top shape!

What’s the immune system, anyway? Essentially, it’s a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to defend the body against attacks by “foreign” invaders. Think of it as your own personal body guard, keeping you safe and healthy!

When our immune system is strong, we feel healthy, energized and clear-headed, and when our immune system is compromised, you may notice feeling fatigued, catching frequent colds or not quite feeling yourself.

Below I share some of my favorite ways to naturally boost your immune health. The best part? Many of these techniques can be done on a budget in the comfort of your own home.

11 Ways to Rock Immune Health:

  1. Prioritize sleep, and limit distractions and electronics before bed. Need help falling asleep? Try taking a shot of tart cherry juice, which helps stimulate melatonin production.
  2. Get yo’ Vitamin C from citrus, frozen berries or even green veggies like broccoli and in-season Brussels sprouts.
  3. Go Green. Leafy greens like kale, spinach, collards and chard are naturally good for boosting immune health!
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Weekly Healthy Chicks in the Community Feature: Kristen Cillo of The Everyday Woman Podcast

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Happy Friday, beauties! I am super excited, as I’m jetting off early this afternoon to head to NYC for The W.E.L.L. Summit. You can keep up with my adventures on my Instagram stories throughout the weekend, as I’m sure I’ll have lots to learn and share.

Alright, it’s time for this week’s feature on Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series highlighting rockstar Girl Bosses doing their thang in the wellness community. This week’s special guest Kristen Cillo has her own super rad podcast The Everyday Woman, spotlighting real stories from women, for women. I was honored to be interviewed in Episode #41 The Power of Positivity and Affirmations which you can catch here.

Aside from her podcast, Kristen is a fabulous health coaching mom of three, whose focus in on helping women let go of the diet mentality. Since we have so much in common, her and I are actually teaming up to offer you all a month-long Healthy Holiday Support Group for women, starting November 27! You can learn more about the special program here.

I’ll let Kristen take the floor from here! 😉

NAME: Kristen Cillo

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Embrace the Energy of the Fall Season: Getting Grounded + Exploring Your Root Chakra

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Happy November! This new month’s energy is beautiful, reminding me to slow down, get cozy, and soak up those festive vibes. It’s time for family, sleeping in, hot coffee and comfort food. It’s also a great time to kick back and really get grounded in your body.

If you find yourself all over the place, you may want to focus on ways you can ground yourself to embrace the energy of the fall season.

What better place to start than by focusing on your root chakra, which supports our entire foundation and roots us to our earth and everything around us?

The root chakra (our first “energy” center in the body) is signified by the color red and is the most common chakra to have blockages or weakness. When this chakra is blocked, one may feel emotionally needy, low self-esteem, and fearful. When balanced, you feel super energized, grounded and healthy.

So, how do we balance our root chakra, anyway?

A great place to start is by paying attention to the foods you’re eating! As the weather becomes cooler, our bodies crave warming foods that are known to help ground and calm the body. Think: seasonal root veggies, soups … Read More!

Weekly Healthy Chicks in the Community Feature: Elisa Haggarty of Culinary Farmacy

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Happy Friday, loves! Don’t forget to check out Wednesday’s post on incorporating bone broth into your diet, including a discount from local Boston company Five Way Foods.

Speaking of nourishing food, that brings me to this week’s feature on Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series highlighting rockstar women doing their thang in the wellness community.

As I’ve mentioned before, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s I started working with Parsley Health, a high-tech medical practice dedicated to putting the patient first and helping you discover your root cause. Once you sign up for a membership, you’re paired with a Functional Medicine Doctor as well as a health coach.

Lucky for me, I was paired with Elisa Haggarty of Culinary Farmacy who — you guessed it — is this week’s Healthy Chick. I absolutely love Elisa’s whole foods approach to wellness, as she “prescribes” nourishing real food before medication or unnecessary supplements. In a world that I feel is overmedicated and on every pricy supplement in the book (yes, some are necessary), I think it’s refreshing to go back to the basics and use food to help the body heal.

Elisa has taught me so many nuggets … Read More!

Best Ways to Incorporate Gut-Healthy Bone Broth Into Your Diet (Featuring Five Way Foods)

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If you know me well, you know I’m a big fan of bone broth. Any given day, you can find me either talking about it, drinking it or writing about it. In fact, I actually dedicated a whole post confessing my love for Five Way Foods bone broth over here.

While I covered the health benefits of bone broth in my previous post, today I wanted to talk about my favorite ways to consume and cook with bone broth!

First things first, you need to find a bone broth you absolutely love. While health perks matter, it also has to taste good! Be weary of shelf-stable broth, which often has additives and isn’t truly bone broth. Instead opt for a broth that either comes refrigerated or frozen, keeping the good stuff in tact.

Five Way Foods Bone Broth

My all-time personal favorite is Five Way Foods, a local Boston company that sources their ingredients locally without any preservatives. Their broth is simmered for hours, extracting all the good-for-you vitamins, minerals and proteins i.e. the good stuff I was talking about. It comes in four delicious flavors — beef, chicken, fish and vegetable — stored in glass bottles instead of … Read More!

Weekly Healthy Chicks in the Community Feature: Lauren Lampert of AukaLife

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Happy Fri-YAY ladies! I’m extra happy today, as I just got my most recent thyroid bloodwork back, and I’m happy to report my levels have pretty much normalized. I’ll likely write a detailed post on this soon, but for now you can catch my instagram stories for the latest updates or read this and this post for the background on my journey with Hashimoto’s.

Since it’s Friday, we’re back for another round of Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series highlighting rockstar Girl Bosses doing their thang in the wellness community. Since I love supporting fellow female entrepreneurs — especially in the wellness space — I’m thrilled to introduce you to Lauren Lampert, the founder of AukaLife. Offering up a slew of nutrient-rich superfood blends in single-serve pouches, AukaLife is on a mission to simplify your morning smoothie routine.

I’ll let Lauren, the brains behind the operation, take it from here…I hope you leave feeling as inspired as I am! 😉

NAME: Lauren Lampert

DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS/LINE OF WORK: Simplifying superfood blends one scoop at a time! AukaLife’s variety of products are designed to boost meals and smoothies with all-natural, nutrient-rich and tasty organic superfood blends. Convenient packaging … Read More!

Healthy Up Your Game Day Snacks: Make This Vegan Gluten Free Spinach & Artichoke Dip

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There’s nothing that beats Sundays in the fall. I’m absolutely in love with cozy mornings spent inside with a hot cup of coffee, crisp fresh air, and watching football with hubby and friends during the afternoon.

While I love getting together with my besties for Game Day, I don’t love that your typical tailgating snacks are filled with sketchy ingredients, and typically loaded with gluten and dairy (two oh-so-dreamy things I can’t have). The thing is I love the taste of Game Day comfort foods, so I often try to healthy up my favorite recipes using clean ingredients made from real, whole foods to get my fix.

This Spinach & Artichoke dip is one of my creations, and I gotta say it’s been a hit! Made with just a few simple ingredients, this app has all the warm gooey flavors you know and love without processed ingredients, gluten or dairy. Plus, it’s 100% vegan! Win, win, win. Grab a bag of your fave tortilla chips or sliced veggies, and dip away as you cheer on your team!

Vegan Spinach & Artichoke Dip 

  • 1 bag frozen artichoke hearts (thawed & drained)
  • 1/2 bag frozen spinach (thawed & drained)
  • 1 container Kite
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Weekly Healthy Chicks in the Community Feature: Aileen Axtmayer of Aspire with Aileen

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Happy Friday, ladies and welcome back to Healthy Chicks in the Community, a weekly series highlighting rockstar Girl Bosses doing their thang in the wellness community!

One of my favorite things about what I do is that I get to connect with strong, beautiful, like-minded women on the day to day. It was such an honor to meet one of my instagram buddies Aileen (@aspirewithaileen) IRL at a women’s conference last month. We instantly connected, bonding over our love for wellness, real food and sushi. When she asked me if I wanted some warm water with lemon at lunch, I knew we’d be besties 😉

I’m thrilled to feature this beautiful holistic career coach today on the blog, whose mission is truly about helping other people. Be sure to check out her BRAND NEW career coaching program here to help you discover a job your passionate about, or schedule a free consultation with her. I’ll let Aileen take it from here!

[photo credit: Pure Style Photography]

NAME: Aileen Axtmayer

DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS/LINE OF WORK: I’m a holistic career coach who helps people find work they love. I have over 10 years of experience helping people with everything from … Read More!

On Letting Go of the Outcome + Being Present {Through Your Fertility Journey and Beyond}

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“In my life nothing goes wrong. When things seem to not meet my expectations, I let go of how I think things should be. It’s a matter of not having any attachment to any fixed outcome.” -Deepak Chopra 

One of the themes that will come through a lot this fall season is letting go. Just like the leaves change colors and then fall to the ground, we too benefit from “shedding” that which no longer serves us.

Yesterday in my evening slow flow yoga class, the teacher kept bringing up the idea of letting go of the outcome. “Do the best you can and then let go of the outcome,” she said softly to the group of yogis.

Throughout the 60 minutes, this came up often, whether it was being OK with not bending into the pose as deeply as others, or breathing into the present moment whenever I felt my mind start to wander.

You may often hear yoga teachers use the term “Take a deep breath and let it all go,” but do you truly let it all go?

During the fertility journey I am currently on, it can be easy to get caught up in … Read More!

14-Day Fall Self Care Challenge: Reflect, Nourish & Get Grounded Through Food, Movement & Meditation

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Even though it feels like summer, fall is officially here and I am so ready for a season of root veggies, change, connecting with our deeper selves, letting go and GROUNDING. (Oh how I love the grounding.) Our seasonal self-care challenge starts up again October 16th and you are so in for a treat. Think: sweet potato hash, turmeric smoothies, roasted pumpkin soup and allll the grounding exercises and meditations your little heart desires!

Just as the leaves change colors, it’s important for us to reflect on the things in our life that are working for us and those we’d like to let go of or “shed.”

Join myself & fellow Certified Health Coach / Yoga Guru Kelley Abatzis for a 14-day Fall Self Care Challenge focused on putting yourself 100% first for the magical season ahead.

THE PROGRAM BEGINS MONDAY, October 16TH + INCLUDES:

1. Daily morning dose of positivity + clear action steps sent straight to your email (even better than your morning pumpkin spice latte!) with feel-good action-steps to implement right away throughout the two weeks.

2. Access to our private ‘Soul Sisters’ Facebook group to hold one another accountable – We’re a firm believer that the … Read More!

 
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