Is Cancer a Carnivore?

pexels-photoNot only does a whole-food-plant-diet lower cholesterol, blood pressure and your overall chances of developing many chronic diseases, it can also arrest and reverse most cancers.  In the book The China Study, Dr Colin Campbell presents irrefutable research correlating consumption of animal protein with cancer growth.  Basically: animal protein (including human) feeds cancer cells.  I’ll explain later about the human protein part. Read More…

IBS – #1 Digestive Problem Today

It seems today that most people suffer from tummy troubles. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, is the most common and can be the bodies reaction to many different problems (overgrowth of bad bacteria, leaky gut, candida overgrowth, etc). I had horrible tummy bloat and gas for years. I chalked it up to my healthy eating and large amounts of fiber. It seemed the healthier I ate the worse it got. I never considered IBS because I thought IBS meant “constant bathroom emergencies”, which was never my problem. The only symptoms I ever suffered from were horrible bloating, cramping and gas. Basically, every morning I’d wake up with a normal tummy and by bedtime I looked five months pregnant. Read More…

Doing Things Slowly – Enjoying a Snail’s Pace

by Madisyn Taylor


Take time to slow down, rushing never gets you anywhere but on to the next activity or goal.

Life can often feel like it’s zipping by in fast forward. We feel obliged to accelerate our own speed along with it, until our productivity turns into frenzied accomplishment. We find ourselves cramming as much activity as possible into the shortest periods of time. We disregard our natural rhythms because it seems we have to just to keep up. In truth, rushing never gets you anywhere but on to the next activity or goal.

Slowing down allows you to not only savor your experiences, but also it allows you to fully focus your attention and energy on the task at hand. Moving at a slower place lets you get things done more efficiently, while rushing diminishes the quality of your work and your relationships. Slowing down also lets you be more mindful, deliberate, and fully present. When we slow down, we are giving ourselves the opportunity to reacquaint ourselves to our natural rhythms. We let go of the “fast forward” stress, and allow our bodies to remain centered and grounded. Slowing down is inherent to fully savoring anything in life. Rushing to take a bath can feel like an uncomfortable dunk in hot water, while taking a slow hot bath can be luxuriant and relaxing. A student cramming for a test will often feel tired and unsure, whereas someone who really absorbs the information will be more confident and relaxed. Cooking, eating, reading, and writing can become pleasurable when done slowly. ! Slowing down lets you become more absorbed in whatever it is you are doing. The food you eat tastes better, and the stories you read become more alive.

Slowing down allows you to disconnect from the frenzied pace buzzing around you so you can begin moving at your own pace. The moments we choose to live in fast forward motion then become a conscious choice rather than an involuntary action. Learning to slow down in our fast-moving world can take practice, but if you slow down long enough to try it, you may surprise yourself with how natural and organic living at this pace can be.

The Importance of Sleep 💤

Most people are not getting enough sleep. And many of you, the sleep you get is mediocre at best. Your bodies NEED good, solid, restful sleep…and lots of it. Maintaining adequate amounts of quality sleep is essential to your optimal health and well-being. How sleep deprivation affects you:

Leptin, your satiety hormone, is significantly reduced when you are sleep deprived. Since leptin plays an important role in appetite control and metabolism, having low levels of this hormone results in hunger not being naturally suppressed. Therefore, your appetite and cravings increase.


Your body is more susceptible to stress without a good night’s sleep. The immune system does not function optimally, and inflammatory proteins and blood sugar levels rise in response to lower levels of insulin being released throughout the night. All of these negative effects on the body contribute to an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and infection.


When you are exhausted, both physically and mentally, there is an increased risk of injury, errors, and accidents. This tired state of mind may lead to mishaps like stubbing your toe, cutting yourself in the kitchen, or getting into a car accident.


There are measurable changes in brain activity that occur after
a period of sleep deprivation. When you do not get a sufficient amount of sleep your mental performance suffers, impairing your ability to process new information and memories and impacting your overall mood, focus, and high-level cognitive function.


Without sufficient rest, you may have trouble keeping your emotions in check. Increased feelings of irritability, anxiety, sadness, and anger are common. You may even find that you are more vulnerable to laughing or crying regardless of what you are experiencing.


How much sleep do you actually need? Adults 18+ years require 7-9 hours of sleep per night to allow critical bodily activities to take place. Those activities are:

• Internal organs rest and recover – tissue repair, muscle growth, and protein synthesis primarily occur during sleep.

• Hormones are released and help to regulate appetite control, stress, growth, metabolism, and other bodily functions.

• Memory consolidation occurs, allowing for the formation and storage of new memories, which is essential for learning new information.

Follow these 9 steps towards better sleep:

  1. Maintain a consistent daily schedule
  2. Reduce your daily intake of caffeine
  3. Turn off the computer or television
  4. Don’t go to bed on a full or empty stomach
  5. Engage in regular exercise
  6. Limit beverage consumption before bed
  7. Keep your bedroom dark and quiet
  8. Invest in comfortable bedding
  9. Go to sleep and wake up using your internal clock


*Photo courtesy of John Carter at http://shutterbrothersphoto.com

Adrenal Fatigue

Most people today have no energy, that’s why coffee and energy drinks are a multi-billion dollar industry. Why is everyone so tired? Well, it might not just be lack of sleep or being over-worked. It’s quite possible many people suffer from adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue, also known as burnout, is a very serious condition and can have numerous side effects. Some common symptoms include:

  • Low blood-glucose levels causing dizzy spells
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Craving for sweet foods
  • Inflammations taking over and allergies developing or worsening
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Low blood pressure
  • Craving for salty foods
  • Trouble getting up in the morning and going to sleep at night

Are you or someone you know possibly suffering from adrenal fatigue? If you want to learn more, check out this article.


Treatment for adrenal fatigue requires a great deal of cooperation between the physician and the patient – they need to be able to work together as a team. As a Health Coach I would guide and support the patient in making the necessary lifestyle adjustments, which may include:

  • Getting enough sleep (trying to be in bed by 10pm)
  • Limiting your exposure to computers and television just before bed and minimizing other stressors such as work or relationships.
  • Dietary adjustments include limiting sugars, white flour and caffeine as well as focusing on a diet of lean proteins and complex carbohydrates like vegetables.
  • It is also important to maintain a stable blood sugar by eating small amounts of food every two to three hours. Nutritional support includes pharmaceutical grade multivitamins, antioxidants, B vitamins, vitamin C and magnesium.

You and your physician may also utilize adrenal adaptagenic herbs and glandular products to help support the adrenals as they heal. In the most severe cases, where the activities of daily life are affected, bioidentical cortisol could be used in the short term along with the diet, lifestyle and nutritional interventions.

Cruise Hacks

First of all, have fun. You’re on vacation. Don’t beat yourself up if you derail from your normal healthy eating, and human size portions. Just get back to reality when you get home. I just got back from Alaska…what a beautiful part of the world! This was my 6th or 7th cruise (I’ve lost count) and I’ve learned a few hacks along the way I’d like to share:

  • Large trash bags for your dirty clothes
  • Small spray bottle for wrinkled clothes
  • Travel size air freshener for your bathroom (lots of eating and drinking and those rooms are tiny!)
  • Completely unpack your suitcases and store them under your bed. The rooms are small enough as it is without that added clutter.
  • Pack a backpack for all land excursions or pool days. A backpack is also handy as a “personal item” when flying
  • Many buffets have pre-made sandwiches or snacks that can be saved in your room fridge to pack for land excursions

Again, those are my hacks. I also recommend checking the cruise line website for detailed information on what to pack or expect for that specific cruise.

Anyone have any cruise hacks they’d like to share? I’d love to hear them!


Hi everyone, my name is Crystal Paqua. I’d like to share a little bit about the personal me, and why I decided to become a Certified Health Coach. The short answer? I really do want to help people. I’ve had an obsession with health and wellness for the last five or so years, and I don’t really know what sparked it, but when it sparked, it exploded. On my own, prior to enrolling in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, I watched numerous documentaries and read so many books I’ve lost count, just because I wanted to know more. I question everything, and research topics of interest daily. I can’t help but want to share this wealth of knowledge with everyone. Until now, “everyone” has been friends and family who don’t always want or care to know. Now, as a Health Coach, I can share my passion with people who actually want to know, those ready to make positive changes towards healing and well-feeling. I can share my knowledge and passion with you. It really is a dream come true.

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