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You're Totally Exceptional...

just not that exceptional.

At Institute for Integrative Nutrition I learned the theory of bio-individuality. The concept of bio-individuality is that each person has unique food and lifestyle needs. One person’s food is another person’s poison.

You are super special and unique. Reaching your ideal weight and enjoying sustained energy demands paying attention to and honoring the needs of your body instead of following a fad diet or random list of rules.

That said, there's one thing that's pretty bad for everybody across the board: sugar. Sorry. I'm sure this isn't a surprise but lemme explain further. It's easier to accept that way. 
When you eat sugary things like candy and snacks or savory things made with refined or simple carbs (white potatoes, white pasta, white rice, white bread), your body breaks it down into something it can understand and use- glucose, a source for energy.

Your pancreas responds to glucose by creating insulin. Insulin moves the glucose into cells to be used as fuel. Good job, insulin! 

The downside is if you've crammed a cupcake into your face, you've got way more glucose than your cells need. The insulin then just turns the extra glucose into fat so you can use it later.

Fat is your body's way of carrying around a doggie bag. Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it) you'll probably never have an emergency where you need those leftovers.

If you're like most people in America, you get more than enough to eat, including lots of glucosey goodness. I can't blame you. Most of what is available for us to eat is high in sugar but low in nutrients, so of course you are hungry and eating a lot.

When you eat lots of sugar, your body must continually produce enough insulin to deal with the glucose you assault it with. Over time, this can exhaust your poor pancreas. Even worse, your body may become insulin resistant which means the sugar isn't getting out of your blood stream. Insulin resistance can make it hard to burn fat. It can also lead to obesity, diabetes, and many more dangerous health problems.

How much sugar do you eat in a week? How does sugar make you feel? Keep a food diary for a few days to see. Also attend my upcoming free Sugar Smackdown workshop. (Food diary resources & event details below.)

As always, thank you for allowing me this space in your inbox and your life. Write back if you are so inclined. I'd love to hear from you! 

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Keep a Food Diary...because those old jelly beans you found in the cabinet and ate totally count.

I've been keeping a my food diary for 3 days. I'm learning a lot about how I actually eat vs how I think I eat! (So far, there's less veggies and more bread than I expected. And BIG gaps in between meals.)

Try keeping one for a few days following the helpful guidelines in this PDF to get the most out of the experience. Use a note on your phone, snap photos with your phone, or use a small notebook to document what you eat. Bring it to the Sugar Smackdown workshop.  

Please do not use the info you gather as an excuse to be mean to yourself. Just observe lovingly and without judgement.

Wash your face with honey!

If you're cutting back on the sweet sticky stuff but wondering what to do with it, try this honey face wash to get smoother, softer, and clearer skin.

I've been honey cleansing my face for just 3 days and already I've gotten a few compliments on how "glowing" and "refreshed" I look!
  • Massage about 1 tsp of honey into your face.
  • Leave on your face for 10 minutes if you have time.
  • Rinse with warm water.

I picked this up from Empowered Sustenance, a blog I highly recommend checking out for all things healthy and natural.

Olivia Lane is a Health Coach trained at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Her mission is to help women kick low self-esteem to the curb and put out the welcome mat for a hot body, unlimited confidence, and unbridled joy. She teaches her clients how to stop dieting and start working with nature and their intuition to transform themselves from the inside out. Learn more about her work at

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