10 Day Sugar Challenge: Starts August 21, 2017!

10 Day Sugar Challenge: Starts August 21, 2017!

The next 10-Day Sugar Challenge is just in time to take a break in between Halloween and Thanksgiving from all that sugar! What a great way to head into the holiday season and take charge of your health!

Sugar cubes picDid you know that high sugar intake is not only linked to dis-eases like high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and inflammation but sugar can also aggravate other conditions like hormonal imbalance, headaches and migraines, yeast infections, joint pain, and overgrowth of the “bad” bacteria in our gut?

Some of you might feel like you are addicted to sugar. Or maybe you might think you don’t eat much sugar until you decide to really clean it out of your diet (What? It’s in bread and deli meat?). Maybe you are usually pretty low-sugar but you just want to get yourself back on track? Or perhaps you need a little break from all that Halloween candy? ‘Wherever you are, we have a level to support you in your health and vitality!

If any of these sound like you, I have the perfect solution for you!

Join the next 10-Day Sugar Challenge starting November 6th!

 

What you will get:

  • private Facebook support group with daily suggestions, tips and ideas to address any sugar cravings. You can also post questions, get support from other members, and stay connected to the sugar retreat community.

  • A live 30-minute call the Sunday before the challenge starts to answer any questions and to help you make sure you are all prepared for the sugar retreat.  (This call will be recorded if you can’t make it live.)

  • Welcome packet with helpful information to help you get started.

  • Individualized suggestions to help you come up with a plan that works for you.

  • Three different levels so you can find the path that works best for you!

  • It’s more fun to do this with friends and family! Invite a friend or family member to join!

Does this sound like just what you have been looking for to take a break after all that Halloween candy?

Then click here to join today!

Past participants report some pretty amazing results in just 10 days!

  • jumpstart to weight loss
  • less cravings
  • more focus and clarity
  • more energy
  • less depression and anxiety
  • reduction of PMS symptoms 

This is an amazing opportunity at $69 per participant

(valued at over $225)

and if you’ve joined before, you can re-enroll for just $49

OR if you and a friend want to join together, the “buddy price” is also just $49/person!

 

It’s easy to join! Just CLICK HERE to join via Eventbrite and you’re all set.

I’ll be sending out the information and materials one week before our 10-Day Sugar Challenge begins!

 

 

 

Nourish Yourself Group: Next enrollment starts in August 2017

Nourish Yourself Group: Next enrollment starts in August 2017

I’m thrilled to be putting together an exclusive new online group called Nourish Yourself. There is currently a group running, but the next one will start August 2017.  I am excited about creating a really dynamic, positive, focused group of women who will support each other in self-care practices, truly nourishing ourselves, and cultivating our mind-body-spirit connection so that we can show up powerfully in the world.

I’m calling the group Nourish Yourself because I think these times are calling for us to nourish ourselves in so many ways—food, movement, sleep, creativity, joy, and self-love. I also think we are more powerful together, which is why I want to create a group experience.

Having facilitated and participated in many groups over the years, I know how fantastic a well-guided group can be when we compassionately hold each other accountable, draw on our collective wisdom, celebrate the positive steps forward, and raise each other up.

What you will get out of the group:

★   Discover a personal solution that works for you because one size does not fit all!

★   Develop a platform for personal growth and transformation that addresses your thoughts, feelings, habits, and patterns to create new ones that help you achieve your goals around health and nutrition.

★   Practice ways to let go of guilt and fear around eating and instead really enjoy and celebrate food.

★   Learn to feel more confident in your ability to create nourishing meals or meal plans that support your body, mind and spirit.

★   Focus on gratitude for our body, enthusiasm for making small changes that lead to big results, and creating awareness about what we really need and want.

★   Explore various ways to nourish yourself and bring more joy to every day.

Email me at michelle@healthcoachmichelle.com if you are interested in adding yourself to the waiting list for the next group!

 

Using The Hormone Cure to Address PMS

Using The Hormone Cure to Address PMS

flower-936895_640As many of you know, I was trained in Dr. Sara Gottfried’s Hormone Cure program to become a Hormone Cure Coach. I find that addressing people’s health challenges like fatigue, struggle with losing weight, stress, and cravings, it is helpful to include an assessment of their hormones gives me more tools to guide my clients back to a place of balance.

One hormonal challenge many women struggle with is PMS or pre-menstrual syndrome.

According to Dr. Sara Gottfried in The Hormone Cure, “PMS is related to a problem with progesterone, but frosting yourself in progesterone cream does not automatically fix the symptoms in all women. Our best science shows that PMS is the result of the poorly synchronized interplay among four entities: progesterone, allopregnanolone (a derivative of progesterone), and in the brain, the GABA and serotonin pathways. It’s a complicated neurohormonal mix that results in progesterone ‘resistance,’ which is why topping off your progesterone may not be the answer. Your body may respond better to a ‘cure’ that addresses upstream causes—including precursors, such as vitamin B6, that help you make serotonin, or perhaps an herb that alters progesterone sensitivity, such as chasteberry, as well as lifestyle techniques to calm your brain.” (page 50)

Not only can progesterone, GABA and serotonin affect PMS symptoms, but so can cortisol, the body’s stress response:

“When stress is high, cortisol rises and PMS worsens. When progesterone is low, PMS also worsens. In other words, there’s a dance between cortisol and progesterone in the development of PMS, and you want to address both adrenal function and your production of cortisol as well as your progesterone to minimize PMS.” (page 283)

When addressing something like PMS, it often can take a multi-prong approach: food, exercise, mindset and maybe even some complimentary treatments or supplements.

Let’s take a look at some of these suggestions here.

  • Exercise frequently: 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes
  • Nourishing whole foods eating plan (Not sure what that looks like for you? Book a complimentary Discovery Session with me today!)
  • Limit sugar (especially added and refined sugar)–join my next 10-Day Sugar Retreat to banish those sugar cravings!
  • Reduce caffeine
  • Acupuncture
  • Reflexology
  • Address cortisol levels and chronic stress
  • Increase fiber
  • Support your liver (because all hormone processed through the liver)–check out Andrea Nakayama’s Replenish PDX excellent handout on supporting your liver!)

Some supplements can also help but aways seek advisement from your health practitioner:

  • Vitamin B6: 50 to 100 mg/day (or if you are on a birth control pill, you may want to consider taking a B Complex)
  • Calcium (carbonate or citrate): 600 mg 2x/day
  • Magnesium (citrate, glycinate taurate, aspartate or chelated forms like malate, succinate, fumarate): 150-300 mg/day (for more on the benefits of magnesium, check out this great article from Dr. Mark Hyman)
  • Vitex (chasteberry): 500-1000 mg/day (take in morning if possible)

What have you found helps with PMS? Have any of these approaches worked for you? Need more personalized guidance, please contact me today!

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