Coconut Collagen Latte

Like most people across the globe, I start my days with coffee. I know it exhausts my adrenal glands by triggering cortisol release, which will ultimately make me feel more sleepy over time. It's addictive and if I was at my healthiest, I wouldn't crave the caffeine boost. I hear ya. But sometimes a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. 

I used to get jittery when I drank a cup of coffee and crashed soon after I got my boost. Then, I discovered this amazing blended coffee recipe! It has healthy fats and protein, which help to ease the caffeine buzz. It gives me some sustenance when I'm running out the door, and even makes my skin look great! 

Benefits of Collagen: 

  • Improves elasticity of skin and hair
  • Reduces wrinkles
  • Strengthens joints
  • High in Protein and Amino Acids
  • Heals the lining of the gut

I love this recipe because the combo of collagen powder and coconut milk makes a frothy latte that makes me feel fancy when I'm bringing my coffee from home. I have been using Great Lakes Collagen which is tasteless, textureless, and dissolves perfectly in this drink. The small amount of honey is enough to give it a touch of sweetness, but has WAY less sugar than your typical Starbucks drink. I also add a tablespoon of the cream from the top of a can of coconut milk.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Let me know how it turns out.


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A Healthier Kitchen

A Healthier Kitchen

The way we store and cook the foods we eat can impact our body and our hormones. Clean out the kitchen from top to bottom to restore your hormones, reduce toxicity, and boost your fertility!

#1.  Trash the junk.

Trust me. The act of clearing the junk food out of your life is the best thing to do. Because, let’s face it: if it’s there, you’ll eat it (at some point). I can’t think of a single (rational) reason someone would need to keep junk food around.

You don’t have to challenge your willpower by keeping bad foods around. Ditch the junk. Start in the cabinets, and work your way to the fridge. Throw it all away (even though it may seem wasteful).

Look for added sugar, and replace those staples if you can. Ketchup, dressings, and sauces are common places to find added sugars, and they add up quickly!

#2 Replace plastics with stainless steel, glass, or silicone

This is a step for the committed wellness gurus, and for anyone who is trying to get pregnant. If you’re trying to optimize your fertility (both men and women!), you have to get rid of plastics in the kitchen. Storing or cooking food in plastic containers causes BPA, phthalates, and PVCs to leech into your food. If your food contains fat, it is more likely to leech these chemicals from the plastics in which they are stored. 

Store Beans, Grains, Nuts, Seeds, and other pantry staples in glass jars.

Store Spices in Glass Jars
Store Nuts and Seeds in Glass Jars

You can buy mason jars, or just clean out and save jars from grocery store purchases. If you bring these jars with you to the store and buy from the bulk section, you can greatly reduce both your environmental impact and your plastic exposure!

Store spices in glass jars.

Store Spices in Glass Jars

Have you ever noticed that bulk spices bought in plastic bags tend to break down the bags over time?  This means the plastic is leeching into the spices and going into your food. Store in glass for optimal flavor, quality, and shelf life! 

Pro-tip: Buy small amounts of spices fresh, as you need them. Old spices that are more than 1 year old have lost their nutritional content. Fresh spices are medicinal.  You can tell if it’s gone bad if the smell is not quite as potent, or the color has faded

**It doesn't have to be fancy, it just has to be glass!

Store leftover food in glass containers. 

We recommend buying a set of glass storage containers like those found here:

It’s an investment, but they will last forever.

#3 Trash the Teflon

Teflon coating may seem like an easy, convenient solution for non-stick cooking. However, convenience usually has a price. You may notice when you buy non-stick cookware, there is a warning that cooking with high heat can cause breakdown of Teflon, which can lead to “teflon flu”, hormone dysregulation, and damage to the fetus in pregnant women. One EWG study in 2003 showed that cooking 2-5 minutes in a Teflon pan raised the temperature above “safe” limits. Teflon fumes may kill pet birds, and cause flu-like symptoms. It HAS to go!

As Teflon heats and breaks down, it comes loose from the cookware and goes into your food, as well as into the air you breathe. Using abrasive cooking utensils can accelerate this process. Choose stainless steel or cast iron cookware instead.

Pro-tip: For a cheaper option, scour your local Goodwill—people are always getting rid of cookware! Cast iron cookware is easy to restore and make good as new.

For cooking utensils, like spatulas and ladles, chose stainless steel or silicone. NEVER use stainless steel utensils with Teflon pans, though: this accelerates the breakdown of the Teflon.

#4 Look for lead in dishware

This one is a little harder to do. Some dishware made in Asia is coated with a lead based glaze. Start to take note of this possibility, and look for lead free dishware. Ceramic cookware with a glaze is notorious for containing lead. Asian dishware with a lot of decorations generally contain lead glazes. Lead test kits are easily available, and can let you know if there is lead in your dishware

#5 Use a good quality dish soap & dishwasher soap

What to avoid:
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)
Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES)
Propylene Glycol
Fragrance : this can be a code for ANYTHING, as it is a non-regulated ingredient.  Commonly contains phalates, known carcinogens and endocrine disruptors
Triclosan: antibacterial agent

In general, the less ingredients, the better. Look for health conscious brands that don’t contain fragrance.

Look up your dish soap, see how it ranks

NOTE: There is no federal regulation for the word “natural”. Just because something states it is “natural” it doesn’t mean it is safe. The best course of action is to look on the label for known harmful chemicals, and stick to brands that have expressed interest in consumer safety.

#6 Avoid canned foods

The inner lining of cans has a chemical coating. Most conventional coating is made of BPA, a known hormone disruptor. The new trend is using “BPA free” coating—this is code for: “We know you don’t want BPA, so we chose a different chemical to coat the can instead, and we have no idea what it will do to you.”

Acidic foods, like tomatoes, are more likely to cause breakdown and cause it to get into your food. We recommend making beans and soups from scratch, and storing leftovers in glass jars in the fridge or freezer. Canning foods (in glass) in the summer, when they are rich in nutrients and easy to buy in bulk, is a great way to stock up your pantry with tomatoes and sauces.

This may seem a bit overwhelming, but trust me, you can make these changes. Everyone should feel good about what they put into their body. Reducing exposure is the best way to balance your hormones and boost your fertility!

How Weight Affects Fertility

How Weight Affects Fertility

Weight is a hard thing to talk about, especially when it comes to fertility. Ultimately, I believe that all people should be free to be confident, happy, and proud of their bodies, no matter what the shape. We are constantly bombarded with messages and images that critique our body image. I don't  body shame as a doctor (that's the worst).

So let's get real. Studies show that both high and low body fat negatively impact fertility, so we have to talk about it if you're trying to get pregnant.


Obesity can increase miscarriage rates, increase the rates of pre-term birth, decrease natural fertility, and lower success rates of IVF. Increased fat stores can lead to major hormone disruption. If you are struggling with “unexplained infertility”, hormone imbalance can be major cause.

Extra fat can increase estrogen production in both men and women. For men, high estrogen is linked to low testosterone. This can lead to low sperm count, decreased healthy sperm movements, and a change in sperm shape. For women, high estrogen can lead to low progesterone, which can negatively impact ovulation or lead to early miscarriage.  

Low Body Fat

Some people just can't keep the weight on. Just like when people feel like they can never lose the weight, this could be a red flag that there's an underlying health issue that you need to address with a hormone expert. Low body fat can cause anovulatory cycles; decreased fat stores and low fat intake are a problem because fats are the building blocks of hormones.

High Body Fat

Do you feel like you’re doing everything right, and the weight is still not coming off?

Stress majorly affect our body’s ability to let go of extra weight! Cortisol, the stress hormone, causes the body to hold on to fat cells and slows weight loss.  Stress hormones can also affect signaling of estrogen and progesterone, which in turn can affect ovulation and implantation.

Fat cells help our body store toxins. This is a helpful mechanism because it gets toxins out of the bloodstream and stores them where they aren’t as harmful. When you lose weight quickly through an extremely low calorie diet, exercise bulimia, or prolonged fasting, these toxic fat cells release their toxins and stored estrogen. This can affect your cycle and fertility.

This is why I recommend slow, steady lifestyle changes that increase muscle mass, increase resting metabolism, and lead to slow, steady fat and weight loss. This is a low stress approach that allows cortisol to normalize!

When you implement these simple shifts in lifestyle, you should see your weight find it's new normal, whether it be higher or lower. The body is wise, and generally finds the right landing place. It takes time, and the kinder you are to yourself, the more success you'll have. Enjoy your beautiful body and enjoy delicious, nutritious food! 


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