Breaking Down Inflammatory Foods – Episode 08

Breaking Down Inflammatory Foods – Episode 08

Breaking Down Inflammatory Foods – Episode 08
Author:Kristin Longacre

August 31, 2021

One quote that has stuck with me for months is:

“Many people are strangers to their own kitchen.”

In a world of go-go-go we live for quick and easy meals, usually at the sacrifice of our health. We rely on fast foods, processed foods, boxed foods, and meal kit deliveries. While these types of food all serve their purpose and there is for sure time and a place but when we rely on them 100% of the time we are hurting ourselves more than the convenience is worth.

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Hello, hello, welcome to be your best self help weekly casual conversations about taking health into your own hands. I’m your host Kristin Longacre. One quote that has stuck with me for months on end is that many people are strangers to their own kitchen. Do you feel like that’s true for you? In a world of gogogo we live for quick and easy meals.

Usually, it’s at the sacrifice for our own health though. We rely on fast foods, processed foods, box foods, meal delivery kits, don’t get me wrong. All of those serve a purpose and they’re for sure is a time and a place to enjoy them. But when we rely on them 100% of the time, we’re actually hurting ourselves weigh more than the convenience that it’s worth.

For starters, let’s look at fast food. We know it’s not good for us, let’s be honest. But the convenience and taste outweigh the effects it has on our health. If you haven’t seen a documentary supersize me take a break and watch it sometime.

Yeah, it’s old, but it’s still holds up in a lot of ways. Many of these aspects of certain fast food chains have gotten better over the years but there’s still not considered the health healthiest options. And what happens in that documentary still happens today. Just not in supersized form. For starters, fast food chains include way too many ingredients for one item.

Looking at chick fil a Did you know that a chick fil a chicken sandwich just the standard one that you would order off the menu contains over 60 ingredients that it doesn’t include topics that’s just the button in the chicken.

Don’t get me wrong, I know it takes a few ingredients to make a button. But that’s way too many ingredients for a piece of chicken that’s fried on a bun 60 ingredients.

Chances are if you were to look at fast foods on the outside a chicken sandwich might actually sound like a healthier option than a burger and fries. Unfortunately, even though it tastes delicious, it’s not even remotely healthy.

Fast foods and processed foods contain 10 to 30% of our daily salt and sugar or sugar intake. In one serving.

Yeah, one serving which means one hamburger or one serving of fries, or one chicken sandwich. By the end of a meal. It’s easy to have consumed close to if not more than 50% of your daily salt or sugar intake in one meal. That doesn’t include your breakfast or dinner that you haven’t eaten.

That’s why it tastes so good, right? I’m not here to really hate on fast food it comes into our house we enjoy it from time to time. But sometimes it makes you think twice if you take time to look at the ingredients and break it down what damage it’s doing to your body. In order to break it down, it’s important to look at what foods are considered inflammatory foods.

Last week, we talked a lot about gut health here on the podcast and inflammatory foods play a huge role in keeping your gut and check. Taking sugar and salt out of this. There are five inflammatory foods that we look at when we’re starting to look at somebody’s gut health.

That is gluten, eggs, soy, corn, and dairy. All of these five ingredients can result in inflamed gut, everyone has different triggers.

So what might not agree with your gut might actually be okay for somebody else. Many of these, like I said are standard in fast foods and processed foods.

Going back to that 60 ingredient chick fil a sandwich. Four out of five of these are somehow in that chicken sandwich. Corn is the only exception but that’s just because I don’t know all of the ingredient breakdowns for corn. However, chick fil a does list on its menu for allergens that gluten, eggs, soy and dairy are all in that chicken sandwich.

And again, we’re not talking about the topics just the bun and the chicken. This isn’t limited to fast food though they can also go to processed foods and meal delivery kits. I love the convenience of all of these but if you’re trying to prioritize your health, it’s time to stop and take a look at the ingredients you’re actually eating.

Part of prioritizing your health means healing from any issues you might be having. As we talked about last week, 90% of Americans have gut issues and many of them don’t even know it.

It doesn’t hurt to spend some time removing some of these inflammatory foods from your diet. The number one way to start that healing process is to hit the kitchen with Whole Foods.

In other words, those foods that have one ingredient such as fruits, fed Use whole grains and organic meats.

None of those are considered inflammatory foods. I’m not saying you can’t ever touch a piece of processed food, fast food meal delivery kits, etc. Again, they absolutely have a time and a place. But when you’re working on your health, they might need to take a backseat. changing your diet can be really, really overwhelming, especially when it comes to removing any of those five foods.

I get it, I’ve been there. So how do you start? My best advice is to start by getting creative in your own kitchen. This goes back to the quote that we talked about at the beginning of the episode, try something new instead of the normal recipes you make or maybe don’t make on a daily basis. Think about it this way. If you tried one new recipe each week, even if you only liked half of the recipes, you could have 26 new meals to choose from over a year.

That’s actually a lot when you consider you only need to make dinner seven nights a week, maybe even five. My second tip might sound a little bit ridiculous, but the gut health MD sent me on to a fun game in his book fiber field.

It’s a great book about eating plant based and Whole Foods. And I highly recommend it. If you are somebody who thinks he might have gut issues, I will make sure to link it in the show notes. But let’s talk about this game. He made a game out of how many vegetables you could fit into one meal, you basically get one point for each vegetable. If you’re competitive like me, it’s a great way to compete yourself. compete with yourself, have a little fun with your food and keep the inflammatory foods down. In case you’re wondering, my record is 12 I know you needed to know that bit of information.

My last challenge for you is that the next time you’re at the grocery store, see how much of your cart you can fill up on the perimeter of the store. Generally speaking the way grocery stores are laid out the less processed foods around the perimeter of the store like the fruits, vegetables, dairy meat, and yes, I realized dairy can fall into processed foods.

But in general, it’s on the perimeter and the more processed foods, the boxes, the Pop Tarts, the macaroni and cheese all are in the center of the store. So by shopping the perimeter, you’re actually getting less inflammatory food.

Again, give or take some dairy and more healthier options that are going to ultimately help you heal your gut. It’ll help you prioritize your health and it’ll help put you on the path to success. And you’re gonna feel better.

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Hey There, I’m Kristin! I have a strong passion for helping women make small changes in their everyday lives that add up to the healthy life they desire. Whether it’s a mom looking to find her confidence or a family who needs help making changes in the kitchen I believe every health goal can be accomplished.

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Breaking Down Inflammatory Foods – Episode 08

Why Is Sugar So Addicting? – Episode 05

Why Is Sugar So Addicting? – Episode 05
Author:Kristin Longacre

August 10, 2021

Do you know what the recommended daily sugar intake for a human is?


Line up 6tsp of sugar in a row and it probably looks gross right?

What if I told you most people in the US eat that by lunchtime, in fact, a recent estimate shows that American’s eat 23 tsp a day.

This week in the podcast we are going to take a look at how it affects us, where the sugar is coming from and how you can use this information to make adjustments to what comes in and out of your house.

Tell us in the comments below, what shocks you the most about this episode?

Full Transcript:

Weekly casual conversations about taking health into your own hands. I am your host Kristin Longacre.

In this episode, I’m going to start out with a pop quiz. Do you know what the recommended daily sugar intake is? I’ll give you a second 60s boots. Think about that lineup six teaspoons of sugar in a row, and it probably looks gross, right?

What if I told you that most people in the US eat that by lunchtime? Actually, a recent estimate shows that Americans eat 23 teaspoons of sugar a day. Let that sink in.

This week, we are going to take a look at how sugar affects us where the sugar is coming from and how you can use this information to make adjustments to what comes in and out of your house.

Before I get started, I want to give a disclaimer. We are not here to talk about natural sugars such as honey, fruits and even vegetables. Those sugars aren’t the reason that America has an obesity problem.

We are here to talk about added sugar, which these days is added into what seems like everything. So why is added sugar bad for you? It’s not terrible for you. However, the amount we’re consuming is where we’re running into problems.

We know that sugar rots your teeth. The dentist has been telling us this since we were little kids. But there are so many other aspects of our health that sugar affects more so than our teeth.

First things first, let’s talk for a minute about sugar and hormones. If you’re female, you are probably all too familiar with the ups and downs that come with hormones. Did you know that too much extra sugar can affect things even more.

For example, let’s take a look at sugar and PMS symptoms. Bringing in excess sugar causes inflammation in your body. In turn, inflammation can cause hormone imbalance. Therefore, when you are craving sweets, you are actually adding fuel to the fire with your PMS symptoms by consuming them.

If you’re curious to see how it affects you watch your hormones over the next few weeks and the up and down balance. Specifically keep an eye on how much sugar you’re bringing it with less added sugars. Are you feeling a little bit more in control? tying it in with hormones and inflammation. Too much sugar can cause other reactions in your body.

Do you ever notice more breakouts on your face a few days after enjoying a few too many sweets our bodies can take a bit to process sugars in may show up as inflammation on our skin and a form of acne. I get if you’re curious start keeping track of your sugar intake and the breakouts you’re seeing. Are they possibly related? Maybe acne isn’t so bad to control.

It’s not just hormones that sugar can play a part in nor is it just rotting your teeth. Sugar isn’t evil when consumed in low amounts. Our body actually uses it as fuel to give us energy. However, the excess sugar can cause the liver to freak out because it can’t handle the amount being sent its way our body doesn’t need a ton of extra sugar for more energy.

So it will take all that extra sugar and turn it into fat to store it. This is where the obesity problem begins. If consistently eating too much sugar continues time and time again. Our body continues to store it more and more as fat along with the higher obesity rates comes mothered many other conditions such as high blood pressure, type two diabetes and the list goes on.

So where’s all this added sugar hiding? You’re probably thinking, well, I don’t really eat a lot of sweets, so there’s no way I’m eating this much extra sugar. Chances are you’re used to hearing about the sugar in pop candy, juice, cereals, etc. But there are many other hidden sources that we really don’t realize we’re consuming that much sugar in.

Let’s start with bread. I’m not here to hate on bread. It’s delicious, but honestly it’s also extremely high in sugar. two slices of delicious white Wonder Bread are five grams of sugar which translates to 1.2 teaspoons of sugar. Therefore 1/6 of your daily recommended sugar can be coming from two pieces of breakfast toast That doesn’t include the jelly or whatever you’re putting on top, then suddenly, it sounds kind of gross.

Again, I’m not here to hate on bread. However, there is a reason so many people see success in weight loss when it’s removed from their diets. Sugar is the main reason for that. condiments can also be a huge source of sugar.

Take ketchup, for example, one serving of Heinz ketchup is one tablespoon. That serving contains one teaspoon of sugar, salad dressings, dipping sauces and pieces. Pizza sauces aren’t much better. Again, I’m not here to hate and I believe that we absolutely still be using condiments and sauces. But let’s use them in moderation if you’re enjoying them.

So how can you enjoy them without worrying about sugar? Well, I’m glad you asked. First things first, pay attention to the serving size. As a country, we have very little respect for serving sizes. Next time you enjoy ketchup or a salad dressing, flip the ball around and get a better idea of the recommended serving size. Don’t just eyeball it, measure it out.

Look how far off you are. Using this knowledge, take inventory of your sugar intake. Don’t be concerned about calories, fats, proteins, etc. Just look at sugar for a few days, you may be surprised at how much you’re consuming.

If you want to satisfy that sweet tooth. Try swapping out sweet treats for something else such as fruit. Instead of a brownie after dinner, which is probably extremely high in sugar. Have a bowl of strawberries that can satisfy a sweet tooth but are filled with natural sugars.

Not to mention a few vitamins and minerals. Another way to avoid sugar is to focus more on the whole foods in your day to day meals instead of processed foods or fast foods. You know vegetables, fruits, things that come from the earth. Chances are if they’re coming from a factory or a drive thru, there’s a good amount of sugar added to it.

I know you’re probably saying but sugar is so good. I get it. Sugar is actually addicting. Research shows that when you consume sugar, it triggers an opiate response in your brain, therefore sure actually becomes a reward for your brain. From there, you crave more sugar. Because it’s a reward, it begins a vicious cycle that’s really hard to break.

If nothing else, I hope this episode helps make you more aware of your daily sugar intake. While some have done it cutting sugar 100% from our daily lives is not necessarily easy or realistic. However, by taking a step back from how much sugar you’re eating, and avoiding more of the added sugars, you can gain a lot of control over your own body just with those changes.

I would love to know your thoughts on sugar and our daily lives.


Hey There, I’m Kristin! I have a strong passion for helping women make small changes in their everyday lives that add up to the healthy life they desire. Whether it’s a mom looking to find her confidence or a family who needs help making changes in the kitchen I believe every health goal can be accomplished.

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Breaking Down Inflammatory Foods – Episode 08

Increasing Your Vegetable Intake – Episode 04

Increasing Your Vegetable Intake – Episode 04
Author:Kristin Longacre

July 27, 2021

Today we’re going to talk about vegetables and why they are important to your health.

Next time you see greens powder advertised on Instagram, take a step back from what they are selling, save some money and grab a few vegetables instead. Chances are they have a little less sugar, no added chemicals, and well they’re a much healthier way to get your greens in.

As a society, we have pushed healthier and more vitamin-filled vegetables to the side in favor of convenience.

Let’s talk about why and how we can change that.

Topics Covered:

  • Why vegetables are important
  • What vegetables should you eat?
  • How many vegetables should you eat a day?
  • HOW do you eat that many vegetables a day?

Full Transcript:

Welcome to be your best self health chats, weekly casual conversations about taking health into your own hands. I am your host, Kristin Longacre. Hello. Hello. So Normally I am recording from my office back home.

Um, today we are on location and that means you may hear some nature in the background, some jet skis, and I’m not sure what else. So hopefully it’s a little quiet here until we get our little chat finished today.

We are going to talk about vegetables and why they’re important to your health. Yep. Those green beans and Brussels sprouts actually do mean something more than your parents just being mean to you. Insisting that you finish everything on your plate for dinner. Next time you see greens powder advertised on Instagram. Take a step back from what they’re selling. Save some money and grab a few vegetables. Instead. Trust me, your parents were right.

Chances are those greens have a lot of added sugar, some chemicals, and well vegetables are the healthier way to get your greens. Vegetables are something that the U S overall has gotten away from the standards required in schools are minimal and many kids have never touched a green bean in their life. It’s no one person’s fault has this society.

We have pushed the healthier and more vitamin-filled vegetables to the side in favor of convenience. I get it. It’s much, much easier to get a kid to eat a side of fries and call it a day. Instead of a bowl of green beans, I have nothing against potatoes. They’re delicious, especially when they’re fried in oil and covered in salt, but it’s time to expand our palette when it comes to vegetables. That leads us to the first question of the day.

What are the vegetables that we should focus on? Truly there isn’t a bad vegetable out there, but I want to be sure to start getting more color in our lives.

There are sweeter vegetables, such as corn peas or carrots to just the ones with your sugar, bad for you by any means, but too much of it can result in too much sugar elsewhere in your diet. Especially there are sweeter vegetables like corn peas or carrots, but don’t limit yourself to just the speed vegetables with the higher sugar content.

They are not bad for you by any means, but too much of it can result in too much sugar in your diet, especially if you are limiting sugar, anywhere else. If peas, corn and carrots are all you like, that’s a great place to start. There is no reason not to eat them. However, branching out into broccoli, spinach, cucumbers, and peppers of all colors is a great next step. All of these vital high-end vitamins filled with fiber and are a little bit lower on the sugar content.

The next question is how many vegetables should we be consuming a day? Now this is on the extreme side, but one UK study has shown that eating seven serving of vegetables a day along with the little bit of fruit can reduce mortality from all causes by 24%. Okay. That’s one study and it’s the extreme side of it.

The CDC recommends two to three cups of vegetables a day. This is a more realistic option, especially if you are not used to eating vegetables.

Now, the last piece we’re going to dive into today Is how do you get those vegetables in your diet? Believe it or not, it’s not as hard as it might seem. It takes a little bit of planning, but it can actually work out a lot better in the long run. If you take a few steps, as soon as you get your groceries, my first trick is, as soon as you get your vegetables home from a grocery store, wash them. And if you have time, get them cut up and prepped for the week. This way you have no excuse not to add them to your meal.

When it comes to breakfast, the easiest way to get vegetables in is mixed. Whatever you are enjoying in with some vegetables. So for example, if you’re eating some eggs, throw some spinach in, maybe some onions, some peppers, even that half a cup of spinach can shrivel up really quickly when it’s cooked into eggs, that you won’t even notice it.

Smoothies are another way that makes it easy to sneak in a ton of vegetables. You can easily blend a cup of spinach or kale, add in some cauliflower crumble, and not even know that they’re in there because the other fruit will cover up the taste.

When it comes to lunch or dinner, I have an easy rule of thumb. Fill half of your plate with vegetables. Then fill the rest with your meal. A go-to lunch for me is half a plate of mixed raw vegetables, such as sweet peppers, carrots, broccoli, sugar, snap, peas, cucumbers, along with two tablespoons of hummus to dip it in. Plus a protein such as some lunch meat or grilled chicken.

Again, going back to cutting up those vegetables. When you’re organizing groceries, there’s little to no excuse to making an easy lunch like this.

When it comes to dinner, there are plenty of options on a lazy day. I’ll repeat my lunch, but I love a good vegetable steamer from the frozen section at the grocery store. They’re an easy way to throw a side of vegetables with your dinner.

Keep an eye on the other ingredients that may be in those such as any added. I prefer to stick with the ones that are just vegetables and add any seasonings to it. After they’re cooked, cooking with vegetables mixed into your dinner is always a good option, such as tacos throw in some peppers or onions with chicken grilled mushrooms on top as a favorite of my husband’s, or even chopped up peppers, jalapenos, and onions mixed into a hamburger. When you grill it, simple things like that add so much flavor and you get the vitamins and nutrients that come with the vegetables. 

Zucchini makes a great substitute. For many things, chances are, you’ve heard of zoodles or zucchini in place of pasta. We’ve bought them already zoodles before, but you can also do them yourself at home. Last summer, we discovered zucchini boats, where you take the seeds out of the zucchini and fill the rest up with something else such as taco meat or shredded chicken with cheese on top. Squashes are great for this too.

These are just simple ideas, but a quick Pinterest or Google search will give you thousands of ideas on how to incorporate vegetables into your life. My best advice is don’t overcomplicate it.

Hop on over to our show notes and share your favorite way to incorporate vegetables into your meals. To see all of the show notes from today, or share your thoughts, please visit podcasts best health Make sure to subscribe to our podcast so you can get our weekly chats directly on your favorite app. We’ll see you back here next Tuesday.


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Breaking Down Inflammatory Foods – Episode 08

Is Calorie Tracking Still Okay?

Is Calorie Tracking Still Okay?
Author:Kristin Longacre

June 16, 2021

If you missed our post two weeks ago, we are digging into tracking your food. It can often be overwhelming and hard to figure out where to start. As I mentioned, I think food journaling is the perfect place to start for someone who is brand new to their food and really wants to get a feel for how food interacts with their body. 

Moving from there, the next detailed step would be counting calories. Let’s dig into it. 

Why Should You Track Calories? 

At the end of the day body weight is determined by calories in, calories out. Yes, I know that sounds way too easy. Truth be told it is not really that easy because HEALTH really is a lot more than that. 

Calories are here to tell you how much you eat vs. how much you are burning in energy each day. I often look at it as a step up from food journaling in terms of data. Not only are you tracking what you are eating, but you are starting to track how much you are eating. 

It’s a great starting point for someone looking to lose weight and control their portion sizes. 

Calories Sometimes Get A Bad Reputation

Calorie tracking is something that is often demonized for a variety of reasons. 

  1. Many people rely on an app to give them a target number of calories to eat per day (that sometimes is too low and dangerous).
  2. It doesn’t necessarily help you eat healthier (just less).
  3. You don’t learn much about how your body reacts to food. 

For what it’s worth, I agree that all of these are reasons to try something OTHER than tracking calories. However, I spent a better part of 6 years tracking calories and I have that tracking to credit as reasons I was able to overhaul what I ate. 

Lessons were learned and while right now I have no intention of going back to tracking calories (I like more data), I do believe that despite its bad reputation calorie tracking is not bad if done correctly. 

How Do I Calculate My Calorie Intake

This is your reminder that no adult can be healthy while eating 1200 calories a day. A toddler should be eating about 1200 calories a day. Many will tell you that 1200-1400 calories a day is the best way to lose weight, however it is not the HEALTHY or SUSTAINABLE way to lose weight. 

Now that we’ve established that, there is also no one-size-fits-all way to say how many calories a day you should eat. [Sorry]. 

Many apps will help you calculate your calories based on your goals. Please know, these are to be taken with a grain of salt. 

If the app suggests that a female goes below 1600 calories or a male goes below 1800 calories, chances are you need to re-evaluate your goals. It is healthier, and more sustainable to adjust from 2-3 pounds weight loss a week to 1 pound weight loss a week if it means properly feeding your body. 

Another factor may be exercise.  You want to make sure to account for that in your calorie intake. Do not hesitate to reach out to a health or nutrition coach if you have questions on how to figure out how much you should be eating. 

Where Do I Track My Calories?

If you look in any app store there are hundreds of apps and websites to help you track your calories. A few of the more popular ones are MyFitnessPal, LoseIt and FitBit

It really comes down to what you like and how detailed you want to get. Some apps will be loaded with food options, barcode scanners and extra data whereas other apps will be more straightforward and just give you your calories for the day. 

I would suggest downloading a couple of them and finding one that works best for you. 

Have you ever tracked your calories? What was your experience? 


Hey There, I’m Kristin! I have a strong passion for helping women make small changes in their everyday lives that add up to the healthy life they desire. Whether it’s a mom looking to find her confidence or a family who needs help making changes in the kitchen I believe every health goal can be accomplished.

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Breaking Down Inflammatory Foods – Episode 08

How To Use A Food Journal

How To Use A Food Journal
Author:Kristin Longacre

June 2, 2021

So you want to start tracking your food, but are overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? One person on Instagram says to use macros but your friend on Facebook loves counting calories. Then there is the idea of a food journal and now you’re just not ready to do anything at all. 

Does that sound about right? 

In the days of social media it’s easy to see trends go in one direction or the other. Between macro diets, calorie counting and food journaling it is easy to get confused on what might be best for you.

All three of these options have one thing in common:  you track what you eat. Among the three there can be overlap, and various ways of eating can fit into each of them differently. 

It’s important to keep in mind that what works for one person, might not work for another. So it’s always a good idea to understand the benefits of each different type of tracking and how they will play into your overall goals. 

Over the next three weeks we are going to dig into food journaling, calorie counting and macro tracking. We will look at the pros and cons of each and how they may help you with your goals. 

We’re going to start simple with Food Journaling. 

What Is Food Journaling? 

The good news is, food journaling is as simple as it sounds.  It is writing down the different types of food you eat throughout the day. 

However, to really use it as a tool you keep track of more than just exactly what you eat. 

Food journaling helps you keep track of how your body reacts to the different foods you eat, such as how they make you feel. It’s a great way of tracking for someone who is looking to understand their body’s relationship with food or who has a history of crash-course diets. 

As a coach, I think it’s a great starting tool for someone who is new to nutrition because it is simple and only requires a piece of paper. 

The beauty of food journaling is that you can track as little or as much information as you like. 

For example if you are looking to keep track of your portion sizes, you can write them out in your journal. If you are just looking to get a better idea of what you eat throughout the day you can just write the name of the food. 

Food journaling isn’t meant to help hold you accountable to a number. This is why I like it for someone who is new to tracking. Instead of having to pay attention to all of the numbers an app might give you, it’s a way to start just looking at what you’re eating and nothing else. 

So… What do I Write? 

As I mentioned above, food journaling is for you to write as little or as much as you like about each meal. 

My basic template is: 

  • What did you eat?
  • What time did you eat?
  • How did your body feel 30 minutes after you ate it? 

These three questions will help you learn more about your body and the way it reacts to certain food. 

Some other questions that you could answer: 

Food Journal Ideas: 

  • How was the food eaten (on a plate? From the container? Standing in the kitchen?)?
  • How did you feel 30 minutes before the meal/snack?
  • What was your mood prior to eating?
  • Did the food satisfy your hunger? 
  • Did you enjoy the food? 
  • How long did it take to eat the food? 

Have you ever taken inventory of your eating habits with a food journal? What was your experience?


Hey There, I’m Kristin! I have a strong passion for helping women make small changes in their everyday lives that add up to the healthy life they desire. Whether it’s a mom looking to find her confidence or a family who needs help making changes in the kitchen I believe every health goal can be accomplished.

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Introducing The Gut Check – An Introduction To Gut Health

Introducing The Gut Check – An Introduction To Gut Health

Introducing The Gut Check – An Introduction To Gut Health
Author:Kristin Longacre

April 7, 2021

When your gut isn’t happy, your body isn’t happy. Gut health is one of the most overlooked pieces of our health. All of the crash diets and medicine in the world can’t fix an inflamed gut. 

We’ve experienced it first hand in our house. The difference between an inflamed gut and a healthy gut is night and day. 

Gut health is a newer trend out there. Research for gut health really started between 2008 and 2012. At the time gluten-free was becoming a popular weight loss trend, but it also began to open the eyes of researchers as they saw what was happening to those who were healing from diseases they didn’t know they had.  

What did they discover about gut health?

  • 70% Of The Immune System Is In Your Gut
  • 95% Of Serotonin Is Made In Your Gut
  • 90% Of American’s Have Gut Issues

In 2020 we became more focused than ever on our health. A large piece of our health that continues to come up time and time again is gut health and it’s ability to help with our immune systems. 

The ability to heal your body from many ongoing problems may begin in your gut. 

Where Do You Start Learning About Your Gut Health? 

This is where the exciting news comes in. I’m officially launching my new course called The Gut Check:, An Introduction to Gut Health.”

Through The Gut Check we will talk more about what gut health means, how it affects your day-to-day life and how to start the healing process.

We Will Break Down The Basics of Gut Health

When your gut isn’t happy, your body isn’t happy. We will talk about what this means and what the signs are of poor gut health. 

You Will Gain The Knowledge Of What Questions To Ask

The biggest struggle with gut health is that many of the symptoms don’t take place in our gut. Rashes, acne, bloating, anxiety, brain fog, the list goes on.  By learning the basics of gut health, you will be armed with knowing where to start when asking questions in getting to the root of your own health problems. 

I Will Share My Framework To Heal Your Gut. 

The healing process is different for every single person. I will introduce you to my method explicitly created to heal your gut. This framework can help you come up with your individualized plan for taking your gut health into your own hands. 

Who Is This Course For? 

The Gut Check is for anyone who is interested in learning more about their gut and their own body. The two are one in the same. 

How Long Is It?

Great news! The Gut Check is five modules with videos no longer than 5 minutes in each module. There is an assignment that comes with each module to help you learn more about your body. 

It is self-paced so you can go through it as quickly or as slowly as you want. 

You will have lifetime access to The Gut Check so you can go back as often as you would like. You will also receive any updates made to the course in the future right in your course portal. 

How Do I Purchase It?

You can purchase The Gut Check by clicking on the image below!

The Gut Check - Introduction To Gut Health


Hey There, I’m Kristin! I have a strong passion for helping women make small changes in their everyday lives that add up to the healthy life they desire. Whether it’s a mom looking to find her confidence or a family who needs help making changes in the kitchen I believe every health goal can be accomplished.

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