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What On Earth Are Probiotics And Prebiotics?

I can’t remember the last time that I was sick.

Sometimes, when I’m tired and busy, I kind of wish that I could be (gently) struck down with a cold. Just for a day or two, so that I can eat chicken noodle soup and watch hours of Downton Abbey re-runs.

(The downside of living in sunny SoCal is that it’s hard to justify spending a day on the couch with a bowl of popcorn…I’m praying for a Saturday thunderstorm.)

But my immune system hasn’t always been strong. As a child I spent countless hours in the doctor’s office or emergency room with chest infections, and you could pretty much count on a bout of tonsillitis each year.

This meant dozens of courses of antibiotics, which did quite the number on the health of my gut.

So while I rarely get sick, I still occasionally find myself with a bloated belly or a sluggish digestive system. Fortunately this has improved out of sight over the past 18 months, thanks to a few new habits:

  1. I cook (or ferment) 80% of my vegetables — the raw stuff is a little hard for me to digest.
  2. I try to chew my food really well, and stay hydrated. Learn more about “How To Stop Constipation.”
  3. And I take probiotics and prebiotics each day, through a supplement or food.

Point #3 is is what I want to talk with you about today. In this video you’ll learn:

  • What are probiotics and prebiotics, and why you need them
  • And how do you make sure that you’re getting enough of each every day

Having a healthy gut and well functioning digestive system makes a HUGE difference to how you look and feel. So I’ve created a quick-to-read cheat sheet with 8 tips for boosting your metabolism and improving your digestion.

In this mini-guide I also explain what to look for when purchasing a probiotic supplement. This is really important as you could be wasting your money on a supplement that doesn’t work.

You can grab that free download by clicking here.

And now on to the video where we chat all things bacteria. Sound good?!

To Recap, Here’s What We Covered:

  • Probiotics are healthy bacteria that keep your digestive system in tip-top shape, you can get them from supplements and fermented foods.
  • Prebiotics are what the probiotics need to eat to survive and multiply.
  • I used the analogy of the probiotic being like the video game Pacman* and the prebiotic being the little white dots that he eats.

*In case you’re not familiar, Pacman is a maze-based video game from the 80s, where a face (Pacman) eats some dots and escapes from a ghost. My brother hosts a wildly popular video game show in Australia called Good Game Pocket… I don’t know if he’s proud of me for using that analogy or mortified about the way I summarized the game. #SorryNichboy

Now I’d Love To Hear From You

Are you currently taking a probiotic? How about a prebiotic? Do you have any questions about adding these supplements, or fermented foods in general, into your diet? Let me know by leaving a comment below!

Don’t Forget Your Free Download

A slowing metabolism not only causes weight gain, it can also be the culprit behind irritability, low blood sugar, depression, allergies, joint pain, skin conditions, insomnia, IBS, and inflammation… Basically the kind of symptoms you’d rather avoid.

If you’re done with feeling grumpy and lethargic, (and want a no-willpower way to kick those sugar cravings), this is the guide for you.

By simply adding these 8 tips into your current routine you will boost your metabolism, increase your energy and, hopefully, start to notice a flatter tummy.

Click here to download the guide

With love,

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Sugar In Healthy Food

How Much Sugar Is In The Healthy Food You’re Eating?

Do you know how much sugar is in the “healthy” food that you’re eating?

It’s probably much more than you think.

“There is often loads of sugar in healthy food, or at least food that we’re told is healthy.”                 Click to tweet.

But just because a product label claims to be “healthy”, “organic” or “natural”, it doesn’t mean it’s actually good for you. 

Terms like healthy and natural are not strictly regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), which makes it easy for shoppers to be misled. In fact, often the least healthy foods make the grandest number of claims.

Take a box of Kellog’s Raisin Bran for example. The bright packaging is covered with claims such as: heart healthy, a good source of fiber, made with whole grains, rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, made with real fruit…

But the proof is in the pudding, and this cereal has 17g of sugar per single (one cup) serve. Pudding indeed.

And cereal isn’t the only offender. Many products carrying the “healthy” label are loaded with added sugar.

Today’s video is for you if you’ve been trying to:

Eat better • Sleep better • Have more energy • Reduce mood swings • Reduce belly bloat • Lose weight…

Why? Because reducing your sugar consumption will help you get there. But in order to reduce how much sugar you’re eating you first need to know exactly where the sweet stuff is lurking in your fridge and pantry, how to find it, and what to choose instead.

In the video below I’m chatting with you about:

  1. How to read nutritional labels and ingredients lists to find out how much sugar a product contains
  2. Highlighting some of the main sweet offenders
  3. And to wrap up I’ll show you how to swap these products for healthier alternatives

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’d love to hear from you.

What healthy food swap will you be making this week, to reduce your overall sugar consumption?

Join in the discussion by leaving a comment below.

You can download the cheat sheet that I mentioned, by clicking the image below.

Cheat Sheet- Hidden Sugars - July 19, 2016

Just to recap, here’s your task for today:

  • Set aside 15 minutes to read the nutritional labels and ingredients list on the packaged food in your fridge and pantry.
  • Discard anything that you find from the “high offender” list, and make a note to buy the low sugar alternative at the store tomorrow.

Thank you so much for joining me here on Jennifer Dene Wellness. Together we can create a bright, healthy and purpose-filled future for ourselves, and the women that come after us.

With love,

JDW Signature

P.S. Don’t forget to download your free PDF. Here it is.
P.P.S Sad to think about breaking up with cereal? Don’t be! Make my low sugar bircher muesli recipe instead >>>

How To Make Exercise Fun

Ah, exercise. I know you’re good for me, but do I really have to see you every day?

The answer, my friends, is yes.

The good news is that exercise doesn’t have to be grueling, sweaty and uncomfortable. In fact, with a little know-how you can actually make exercise fun.

No kidding!

The benefits of daily physical activity are numerous, covering everything from improved mobility and mental health, to lowering the risk of many diseases.

But it’s the daily part that really counts.

If you want to be the best version of yourself then a short walk three days a week just won’t cut it.

The easiest way to be consistent, and make this an every day habit, is to choose a style of movement that is fun and enjoyable.

Ditch the bootcamp and get fit, feminine & fabulous with exercises that you love. Click To Tweet.

If you’ve given up on exercise because you think that it’s too hard, or boring, or, *gasp*, not important then you need to press play on today’s video.

In the next few minutes you’ll learn exactly the kind of (fun) exercises you should be doing on a daily basis, how to fit them in to your schedule, and I’ll give you the key to kickstart this healthy habit.

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’d love to hear from you.

What’s your absolute favorite kind of exercise?

Join in the discussion by leaving a comment below.

Remember that this video is part of my series: 7 Ways To Love Your Body & Life This Week. Catch up on all the videos here.

Click the image to download your free Self Love Checklist!

7 Ways To Love Your Body (Cheat Sheet)

Just to recap, here’s your task for today:

  • Write down all the types of movement that you really enjoy doing. It might include things like walking, bike riding, swimming, dance, yoga, Pilates, ice skating, surfing … even gardening.
  • Select one of these activities to do everyday this week (preferably something free and easy, such as walking or riding a bike), and a second activity that you might only do once or twice (such as dance or Pilates).
  • Schedule these activities on your calendar, every day.
  • Put on your shoes and go and do that first, every day activity right now. Even if you only have time for 5 or 10 minutes, we need to kickstart that new habit in this very moment.

Then dive into the final video, where you’ll be reminded to live boldly and say yes to new experiences.

Thank you so much for joining me here on Jennifer Dene Wellness. I know that together we will create a bright, healthy and purpose-filled future for ourselves, and the women that come after us.

With love,

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P.S. Don’t forget to download your Self Love Checklist. Here it is.
Stop Dieting | Jennifer Dene Wellness

Stop Dieting And Live At Your Ideal Weight

Do you have a healthy relationship with food?

Are you able to eat intuitively, enjoying all kinds of food without guilt or shame? Or do you feel trapped by certain sets of dieting rules that tell you what, when or how to eat?

Would you love to stop dieting but are anxious about gaining weight if you do?

In today’s video I’m sharing the simple mindset shifts that allowed me to finally stop dieting, and changed my life physically, mentally and emotionally.

And it started with the realization that finding our ideal weight doesn’t start with the food on our plates, it starts with trusting in our bodies and experiencing our lives. 

If we spent more time focusing on how we want to feel, we could (quite easily) look how we want to look. Tweet This.

If you’re regularly eliminating foods that you enjoy, just because someone whom you have never met — and knows nothing about your lifestyle or body type — has written a book suggesting that you should, then today’s video is for you.

I hope that, by pressing play on today’s video, you will feel empowered to release the diet mindset and discover how to live at your happy weight, in a happy way, once and for all.

Once you’ve had a chance to watch, I’d love to hear from you. Answer one or both of the questions below.

  1. Does the idea of ditching the diets feel liberating or anxiety-inducing to you?
  2. Have you experienced an “aha” moment about eating for your lifestyle and body type?

Join in the discussion by leaving a comment below.

Remember that this video is part of my series: 7 Ways To Love Your Body & Life This Week. Catch up on all the videos here.

Click the image to download your free Self Love Checklist!

7 Ways To Love Your Body (Cheat Sheet)

Just to recap, here’s your task for today:

  • Write down all the dieting rules that you’re trying to follow. Keep what serves you and ditch the rest.
  • Stop classifying foods and “good” or “bad”, and give yourself permission to eat all food.
  • Pay attention to the foods that make you feel great, and the one’s that don’t.
  • Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re comfortably full.
  • Enjoy a treat every day!

Then, dive into the next video, where we’re chatting about making exercise fun!

Thank you so much for joining me here on Jennifer Dene Wellness. I know that together we will create a bright, healthy and purpose-filled future for ourselves, and the women that come after us.

With love,

JDW Signature

P.S. Don’t forget to download your Self Love Checklist. Here it is.
Love Your Body And Life | Jennifer Dene Wellness

7 Ways To Love Your Body And Life This Week

Do you feel overwhelmed with trying to eat right, get enough exercise, honor your work and life commitments, and still find a little bit of time for yourself?

Can you say, without hesitation, that you truly love your body and life?

As women we often put ourselves on the back burner, putting our own health and happiness after that of everyone else. But there are consequences to neglecting your own needs, and they’re much more serious than just feeling a little overwhelmed.

  • Physically you might experience weight gain (or being underweight), muscular complaints, and digestive issues.
  • Mentally you might feel anxious, have trouble sleeping, or even feel depressed.
  • Emotionally you might experience self doubt, feeling apathetic and complacent, or feeling disconnected from your life’s purpose.

And if that’s not enough, here’s another reality…

If we aren’t taking care of ourselves, we have nothing left to give to others. Tweet This

You have one body and one life, so it’s time to start loving it, caring for it, and really living in it.

In today’s video I’m introducing my brand new series 7 Ways To Love Your Body And Life This Week. Over the course of this series I will guide you through the seven daily tasks that are the foundation of living in a body and life that you love.

After each video you will walk away with one simple strategy that you will help you to make those positive changes to how you feel about yourself and your life.

Once you’ve had a chance to watch I’ve love to hear from you.

Do you struggle to put yourself first?

Are you ready to commit to these seven simple steps that will help you feel more positive, healthy and inspired?

I sure hope so! Please leave a comment below, so that we can support each other as we take this journey together.

You can download your free Self Love Checklist that I mentioned in the video by clicking here.

Then, dive into the next video, where I’ll show you how to start appreciating your physical body today.

Thank you so much for joining me here on Jennifer Dene Wellness. I know that together we will create a bright, healthy and purpose-filled future for ourselves, and the women that come after us.

With love,

JDW Signature

P.S. Don’t forget to download your Self Love Checklist. Here it is.