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Stress and Comfort Eating Strategies

It is not uncommon to use food as a mechanism for comfort when you are upset or to turn to food for a moment of stress relief. You may have learned at an early age that food can help you relax or that it can make you feel better.  You may even feel that you deserve to eat whatever you want when you are stressed or upset.   Stress often comes when we have constraints on our time. We rationalize unhealthy eating by thinking we don’t have the time to eat healthy or that we are too tired to eat anything but easy-access, unhealthy food. When we are feeling emotionally upset, we often try to make ourselves feel better by “rewarding” ourselves with our favorite unhealthy foods....


Summer Nutrition Coaching

We know your summer will include lots of barbecues, parties, campouts, vacations, keeping the kids busy and so much more! We also know you still care about your health and want to feel great! MoreEnergy can help you focus on your goals, while working around all those plans. We will give you lots of tools and guidance to have your most energized summer! 100% Online! What does it include? Institute of Functional Medicine (includes recommended food list and daily servings) Caloric & Macro prescription *for most accurate prescription see Evaluation add ons* 7 day meal plan Weekly Check-Ins with certified health and well-being coaches (real people, not robots) Nutrition Guidance Flexible communication done via text and email (to work around your busy summer schedule) Weekly Challenges (nutrition...


Pantry Essentials

Having the right foods available in your home is an effective way to manipulate your environment. When all the ingredients for healthy meals are right at your fingertips, you easily eat those healthy things. This list, paired with seasonal fresh produce, will help you create delicious healthy meals and snacks with ease. Don't feel the need to go buy everything on this list the next time you are at the grocery store, but rather choose a few items you feel will most impact your daily routine and go from there. Here is a list of things to keep in your pantry. Whole Grains: Brown Rice Steel Cut Oatmeal Farro Quinoa Buckwheat Muesli Dairy and Alternatives: Milk (whole or nut) Plain Greek yogurt or Icelandic Skyr Cheese (one...


The Hungry Brain

Why is it so hard to change the way we eat? The drive to eat is one of the most powerful human urges. We also live in an environment that is loaded with tempting food. The result of this combination is a constant battle between your brain and your willpower. Here are a few more reasons it is so hard to resist tempting foods.   Your brain is hardwired for pleasure. Our thoughts cannot eliminate the urge to feel good. Positive feelings drive the desires of the human heart. We want to feel good and be happy! Tempting foods are engineered to play on these desires. They taste good, they are readily available, they are socially acceptable and they are affordable. They cause food cravings, food addictions,...


Diets Don’t Stick

Most of the time, diets don’t work. Traditionally, diets are straightforward prescriptions. Eat this exact thing, in this exact amount, at this exact time. No matter how enthusiastic you are, diets are impossible to execute perfectly. This is normal. Life gets busy. Kids get sick. You are expected to work late. It’s a birthday or special holiday. Or if you do in fact follow your plan too well for too long, you could have disordered eating patterns or lasting health consequences as a result. Or if you follow it perfectly and it sucks, you get turned off by the process and quit altogether.  While sometimes a rigid prescription is necessary, for the most part we don’t need that surgical precision. You just need to think...


Pre- and Post-Workout Snacks

Pre- and post-workout snacks may feel overwhelming at times. It seems like there is conflicting information everywhere about whether or not to eat before and after a workout, eat carbs, don’t eat carbs, and many more. We have researched different places to round up the best information about pre- and post-workout snacks. The most important thing to remember is to listen to your body. Do what feels best for you. However, there are a few general rules of thumb to be aware of. Pre-workout snacks are essential for a good workout. They fuel your body and give you energy so that your body can operate at maximum capacity. The best time to eat a full meal is 2-3 hours before you exercise. This meal should contain...