Superfood: Yacon Root

I don’t know about you, but I love food. I love everything from Thai food, to Mexican, to waffles, to mangoes, to ice cream. However, finding the right food to eat and when to eat it is such a challenge. If I’m being honest, grocery shopping is a headache. Because I haven’t reached health guru status yet, I still get lost in the grocery aisles wondering what the hell I should buy. I hum and haw over recipes and stare off to space in the middle of the store. (Did you know you should try to shop in the outer edges of a grocery store because that’s where the freshest, healthier foods are?)

What’s a girl to do?!

Well, as I do more research, I keep stumbling across gold mines of delectable, satisfying, body awakening foods. Have you heard of “superfoods”? It’s a really popular term that is thrown around in the health world and the name really says it all. Superfoods are foods that contain many health-optimizing properties that promote weight loss, chronic illness reversal, and mental/emotional wholeness. They are foods that should be part of your diet simply because they are so good for you. These foods won’t solve all your problems, usually because health issues are more complicated than just adding in a couple of good foods. However, superfoods will provide a lot of beneficial nutrition that your body desperately needs.

That’s where yacon root comes in.

Yacon Roots

I discovered yacon root a couple of weeks ago when I was reading an article by Yuri Elkaim, a fitness and nutrition expert (who is awesome, by the way). I did a little research and I was sold on this nifty plant.

Yacon is a perennial daisy grown in South America for their sweet, tuberous roots (yacon root). The tubers contain  fructooligosaccharide, which is an indigestible carbohydrate made of fructose. This carb passes through the digestive system without being metabolized, which means that it has a very low caloric impact. It tastes sweet, but instead of going straight to your hips like that jelly-filled donut, it passes right through your system!

Daily consumption of yacon root has been known to contribute to weight loss, as well as lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides which are associated with heart disease. Do you struggle with constipation or diarrhea? Take some yacon root! It has a prebiotic function, which can improve and optimize digestive health and gut fermentation.

You can buy yacon root in pill form or as a syrup. I prefer the syrup because you can put it on toast, add it to smoothies, coffee, or tea, or pour it on waffles as an alternative to other syrups. It’s really sweet and satisfying with minimal effects on your caloric intake and blood sugar!

So if you want to lose weight or you’re just looking for an alternative to unhealthy sweet treats, give yacon root a try! You really can’t go wrong.

♥ Michaela

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A Revolutionary Way to Oxygenate Your Body!

A Revolutionary Way to Oxygenate Your Body!

Check out my boyfriend’s post on exercise with oxygen therapy! It really is a revolutionary therapy that is having a huge impact on the health of those who use it.

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As you may know, there are many avenues of potential exploration when it comes to breathing techniques, protocols, and technologies. Recently I have been reading about a revolutionary way to increase health and oxygenate the body that I think after understanding the implications you will be just as excited to hear about!

Meet Manfred Von Ardenne, the man who helped develop an atomic bomb… and an astonishingly simple technique to oxygenate the body and heal disease.


Ironically, the same man who worked on the atomic bomb also developed an incredibly powerful technology for health, not destruction!

Talk about reversing bad karma..

Manfred von Ardenne (20 January 1907 – 26 May 1997) was a German research and applied physicist and inventor. He took out approximately 600 patents in fields including electron microscopy, medical technology, nuclear technology, plasma physics, and radio and television technology. From 1928 to 1945, he directed his…

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It seems so obvious to say this, but mold is quite toxic for the human body. And even though it seems on-the-nose, most people don’t realize this. I didn’t know how bad mold really was until my boyfriend started pointing me towards the research.

Mold on or exposed to our food, mold in our walls, mold in our shower grout, mold anywhere, can be so harmful that repeated exposure can cause life-altering side effects.

Don’t believe me?

Watch Dave Asprey‘s documentary on mold. It’s less than an hour and it will blow your mind wide open to the toxic effects of mold. In addition, Dave lists resources for combating this sometimes invisible killer. 

I’m in a difficult spot right now because I’m not living in my own house. So, unfortunately, I’m faced with a plethora of dust (ugh), pet dander (double ugh), and mold (triple ugh). I noticed that my private bathroom was housing mold in the shower and I made it my mission to eradicate it. With a mask on my face and gloves on my hands,  I scrubbed, and scrubbed, and sprayed the entire shower down with white vinegar, a great natural disinfectant. I now consistently spray my shower down with vinegar to keep the mold at bay.

While I’m proud of this progress, I’m also aware that mold spores are invisible and they are probably clinging to the ceiling or they are deeper inside the walls and grout. Hopefully in a year I’ll be able to live in my own house again and be more in control of environment contaminants. Until then, I can only do the best I can!

Happy de-molding and feel free to let me know how your progress is going!

♥ Michaela

Baby Steps to Optimal Health

I think it’s pretty safe to say that we all want to be healthier. We know that eating a cheeseburger at McDonald’s is bad for us, that we should exercise more, drink less alcohol, & get more sleep at night. However, this is no easy task when burgers taste delicious, sitting on the couch is relaxing, getting drunk is fun, & our busy schedules keep getting in the way of better night time habits.

What can be done? Below are steps that I try to implement in my every day life. I have to keep reminding myself that optimal health is a process and that it takes time, which can be frustrating for those of us that prefer instant results (myself included). Hopefully the steps below empower you and motivate you in your journey.

1. Start caring.

Your health is important and your lifelong happiness hinges on it. Think about the quality of life you’d like to have now, 10 years from now, and 20+ years from now. Do you want to be active and able to do most, if not all, of the things that you enjoy currently? Would you like spend your days taking medications and waiting in doctors’ offices or would you like to be out enjoying the great things that life has to offer? Do you want to be wheelchair-bound, fully dependent on others, and restricted to your house or would you like to have control and independence in your own life? A lot of those options depend on the decisions you make now.

2. Start small.

Break it down. What would you like to change first? Maybe you’d like to eat healthier. Try cutting out fast food, then after that eat more vegetables, then cut out sugar, etc. Take it one step at a time. Would you like to exercise more? Start by going for a walk three times a week, then every day, then go for hikes, and then start lifting weights.  Don’t try to implement it all at once. If you go too hard too fast, you are more likely to get discouraged.

3. Write out your goals.

Do you want to lose weight? Write down the amount of pounds you’d like to lose and then research ways to make that possible. Give yourself a reasonable timeline (maybe 1 pound a week) & then go at it. Make a chart and put it on your wall. Visual aids and encouragements are very motivating.

4. Be patient.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is optimum health. Unfortunately, we will live in a toxic world and most of us have grown up being ignorant of truly helpful health practices. Don’t expect to transform your health in a day, week, or even a year. You can make great strides in that amount of time, but it takes awhile to right our wrongs. Good habits need time to become concrete, our bodies need time to rewire, and it takes time and energy to research and implement practices that work best for you.

5. Love yourself.

Love yourself every day. Don’t beat yourself up because you cheated on your diet. Don’t get discouraged because the number on the scale isn’t changing. Don’t let yourself get down because you didn’t work out today. This is all a process. You’re only human and all you can do is your best. Being hard on yourself will not motivate you to get off the couch. More than likely, it will motivate you to return to your bad habits as a source of comfort. Be proud of yourself for trying, kick yourself in the butt when you need to, and love yourself when you’re not where you’d like to be.


♥ Michaela