We were so lucky to have Holistic Nutritionist and Yoga Teacher, Erin Holt from Erin Holt Health , speak at Wild Vibes Fest this year! When it comes time to balancing the diet, reducing inflammation, improving digestion, and countless tasty, healthy recipes…Erin's our go to gal.
Her knowledgeable, relatable, and humorous approach makes the how's, why's, and what's on wellness topics easy to digest. If you haven't met her yet, we highly suggest dropping in on one of her Yoga classes, following her blog, or signing up for her online coaching programs…we know you'll be hooked. This month, Erin explains it's not always about WHAT you eat but HOW you eat that could be harming your health. Be sure to check out her recipe for Coconut Macaroon Balls below, we couldn't stop eating them at Wild Vibes!
Erin's Top Three Ways On How You Can Improve Your Digestive Health TODAY
If you’re reading this, then you’re probably a health conscious person. And as a
health-conscious person, I’m assuming you spend some resources on good, healthy
food - whether that be time, money, energy, thought, or all of the above.
Because you know healthy food is important.
But have you ever stopped to consider what your body does with that good food?
How you process what you eat is arguably more important than what you eat. Digestion
One of the functions of digestion is to extract nutrients from food for your body to use to
do its job. If digestion isn’t working properly, then you might be wasting some resources:
you’re not getting all the benefits of your healthy food, shortchanging the rest of your
According to recent research, (see study here) 72% of Americans experience digestive trouble on a regular basis. Seventy-two per cent!
That’s a lot more than half of us.
But just because it’s commonplace doesn’t mean that it’s normal. If you experience
frequent digestive distress (heart burn, acid reflux, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea),
it could be a sign of an underlying issue. We’re so quick to take a pill to mask a symptom
rather than ask what’s causing the symptom in the first place? AND - what other
implications does this have on my health?
In my upcoming Fueled+Fit program, I explain in detail how digestion works in the body, things that can go wrong, and how to fix those things and get digestion working optimally. I also discuss how getting digestion on track starts with de-stressing your life. This includes both mental and physical stress, as well as aggravating foods - even the seemingly “healthy” ones. Certain foods we’re told are healthy might actually be more problematic if we’re experiencing digestive upset.
If you’d like to shift away from addictive, potentially allergenic and difficult-to-digest food
and embrace whole foods, then check out Fueled+Fit - this 21 day nutrition program
provides the framework to support digestive health, blood sugar regulation and weight
loss or gain goals.
Session starts Monday, September 21. Sign up here to kickstart or upgrade your
diet-free healthy life.
In the meantime, here are things you can do TODAY to help your digestive health:
1. Practice at least 5 minutes of deep breath or meditation each day. A great time to do this
is before a large meal, as this shifts your body into a parasympathetic state (also called
rest-and-digest mode), greasing the wheels of digestion.
2. Drink lots of water, but not with your meals. We know hydration is key for proper
health. It’s necessary for elimination of waste and toxins via the stool, sweat and lymph.
But drinking lots of water when you eat can dilute gastric secretions necessary to break
down your food. It’s okay to sip some wine or water with your supper, but if you’re going
to chug-a-lug, do so 30 minutes on either side of a meal.
3. Add in gut-healing foods, like gelatin.
Gelatin contains the amino acids glutamine and glycine which are critical to healing and
repairing the gut. It can improve the lining of the small intestine, protect the stomach lining
and can even prevent ulcers. Gelatin absorbs water, which helps carry fluid through the
digestive tract, promoting healthy bowels.
Not quite sure what to do with gelatin? Try the recipe below for the Coconut Macaroon
Balls - I made these for the Wild Vibes Fest and they were a huge hit!
Coconut Macaroon Balls
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
5 medjool dates, pitted
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1/4 cup collagen peptides - this is the brand I recommend
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp real sea salt
2 T water
Place all ingredients in a food processor. Process until well combined. This mixture will
be sticky and you may have to scrape down the sides of the food processor bowl. Using
a tablespoon, scoop out spoonfuls of the mixture and roll into balls. Place in refrigerator
for at least 30 minutes to firm up. Store in fridge. These travel well as snacks, but they do
Looking for more ways to use gelatin?
Check out my inflammation-busting, gut-loving smoothie bowl!