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The Gut-Brain Connection: How To Feed Your Brain

The Gut-Brain Connection: How To Feed Your Brain

If there was ever a call for “digestive health,” this is it! Yes, it’s true. Your gut is considered your “second brain.” There is no denying it anymore. And because of the new scientific discoveries about the vagus nerve, the enteric nervous system, and the amazing influence your gut microbes can have, it’s no wonder...

The Optimal Foods to Eat For Breakfast When You’re in Menopause

The Optimal Foods to Eat For Breakfast When You’re in Menopause

During menopause women tend to gain weight. While this isn’t great it’s pretty common and there are many reasons why. Two reasons why women gain weight during menopause… Reason #1 Reduced muscle mass. Muscle mass uses energy (burns calories) so when we have less of it the body burns less energy overall, leading to weight...

Haven’t Changed Anything in Your Diet But Getting Fatter?

Haven’t Changed Anything in Your Diet But Getting Fatter?

You are positive that you’re not eating more food or “junkier” food but you’re still gaining weight. Is this possible? Yes! You are NOT crazy! And here’s why. We both know that the whole “calories in, calories out” argument is an overly simplistic view of weight. There’s definitely more to the story than just what...

Why Your Waist Circumference Matters 100x More Than What You Weigh

Why Your Waist Circumference Matters 100x More Than What You Weigh

You totally want to ditch your scale, don’t you? You may have this weird kind of relationship with your “weight”. I mean, it doesn’t define you (obviously). What you weigh can matter but only to a certain extent. Let’s look at your waist circumference (well…you look at yours and I’ll look at mine). Waist Circumference...

Why is My Metabolism Slow?

Why is My Metabolism Slow?

You may feel tired, cold or that you’ve gained weight. Maybe your digestion seems a bit more “sluggish”. You may be convinced that your metabolism is slow. Why does this happen? Why do metabolic rates slow down? What can slow my metabolism? Metabolism includes all of the biochemical reactions in your body that use nutrients...

February Recipes, 2016

Heart Healthy Red Pepper Hummus Ingredients: 1 can garbanzo beans/ ”chickpeas” 1/2 red pepper 1/3 cup Tahini (found near peanut butter at Whole Foods) 2-3 cloves, peeled and chopped garlic Juice of 1-2 lemons 1 tsp. ground cumin ½ tsp. ground coriander Sea salt and pepper to taste Directions: Puree all ingredients in food until...

January, 2016 Member Spotlight: Shani Dahl!

We love all of our members and we know that each of you has a unique story and a personal journey that has brought you to be part of our tribe! We believe these stories are important so our coaches have decided to choose a Village Coach Fitness member to spotlight each month so they...

September Recipes, 2015

Salmon with Red and Orange Vegetables   Serves 2-3 Ingredients: • 2 King salmon (wild) fillets, washed and patted dry, skin on • 1/2 butternut squash, peeled and cut into cubes • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped small or minced • 1 red pepper, chopped • 1 bunch kale, chopped or torn into small...

August Recipes, 2015

Zoodles vegan and gluten-free! The Spiralizer makes “noodles” out of veggies! Check it out here. Ingredients: • 2 zucchini • 1 summer squash • ½ tsp ghee or olive oil • ½ lb. washed button mushrooms • 2 veggie burgers (your choice) My favorite is Hilary’s best-veggie-burger • Tomato sauce – healthy store bought or...

July Recipes, 2015

Protein Energy Shake A great way to get a balanced breakfast or mid-morning mini-meal. Ingredients: • ½ – ¾ cup water • 1 scoop hemp or Vega protein powder (or your favorite protein powder) • 1 handful fresh spinach or kale leaves • 1 Tbsp flaxseed • 1 Tbsp almond butter • ¼ cup frozen...