Mariel Heiss

How To Properly Prepare Beans For Gut-Healthy Diets

If you’re following an ancestral or gut-healthy diet like SCD, AIP, GAPS, paleo, or a leaky gut diet, beans are one of the most confusing foods you’ll hear discussed.

On the one hand, you probably grew up believing beans to be a “healthy food.” They’re versatile, cheap, tasty, and filling… there’s a good reason they are a staple in diets around the world.

But on the other hand, if you’re interested in gut health, you may have heard some bad news about beans…

Like that beans contain anti-nutrients. Or that they damage your gut. That they are actually really bad for you.

So which is true? Are beans good or bad?

The truth is that (like just about any food) beans and legumes aren’t strictly good or bad.

Depending on the individual, beans may or may not be a good food for you right now.

But one thing is certain: to be a healthy food for anyone, beans must be properly prepared.

When prepared properly, beans are a nutrient-dense food that can nourish your body. In this article, I’ll briefly cover the bean controversy plus share how to safely prepare beans at home. [click to continue…]

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The 2-Step Approach to Healthy Skin

Your skin is the first thing people see when they look at you (or you see when looking in the mirror).

You know that when your skin looks good, facing the world is a little easier.

That’s why having skin issues can be so frustrating and embarrassing.

(I know because I struggled with skin issues for years myself.)

But issues like acne, hyperpigmentation, and rosacea don’t just look bad –  they’re often a sign of something more than skin deep. From nutrient deficiencies to hormones that are out of whack, and even leaky gut syndrome, there are many internal causes for external skin problems.

The health of your skin is one of the biggest indicators of your overall health. A healthy body is reflected in clear, radiant skin – and health issues are often reflected in a sallow complexion.

In this article, I want to share how I’ve approached my own skin issues – from the foods to eat and avoid, to the supplements that can help, and even what products to use and avoid.

Beautiful, radiant skin isn’t simply about what you put IN your body, or what you put ON your body – it’s about balancing both. [click to continue…]

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Banana bread was one of my favorite childhood comfort foods – I’d always be excited to see enough brown bananas amass in the fruit bowl for my mom to agree to bake a loaf.

These days I still love banana bread just as much – but now I use my own gut-friendly recipe. [click to continue…]

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Secrets of Healthy Pets & Owners

Name 3 things you can do to improve your gut health.

How about take a probiotic? Maybe use a supplement like l-glutamine? Drink a cup of bone broth every day?

These are all time-tested and science-backed ways to boost the health of your digestive system…

But there’s something else I use to boost my gut health, my immunity, and overall sense of happiness and well-being.

You might use it too, and not even realize it!

It weighs about 80 pounds. It’s got a long, wet tongue. And it loves nothing more than a belly rub.

Yes, it’s my dog.

Pet ownership has myriad health benefits – not limited to improving the diversity of the microbiome (aka your gut health!). Today, I’m excited to share a few of the health benefits of pet ownership – and what you can do to return the favor and keep your pet happy and healthy, too. [click to continue…]

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Gut-Healthy BBQ

With Memorial Day coming up, I’ve been thinking about how to celebrate the unofficial kickoff of BBQ season. After all, nothing says “summertime” quite like a day spent outside with family and friends around the grill.

But a “Standard American Barbecue” is far from gut healthy…

  • Sauces and marinades full of sugar, gluten, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors
  • Inflammatory oils like canola and soybean
  • Low-quality meats like hot dogs and pre-made burgers

That doesn’t mean you need to spend your summer alone and inside. (We already know that following a leaky gut diet doesn’t mean you can’t be a Social Butterfly.)

Instead of the usual hot dogs, my favorite thing to grill are kabobs. I love how versatile they are – you can take any veggies, any type of meat, and combine them with fresh herbs and seasonings to make a really delicious, really simple meal.

One variation I make all the time are beef kabobs with chimichurri sauce.

Chimichurri is a South American sauce made of parsley, garlic and olive oil. If you haven’t had it before, it is similar to pesto but with a very bright flavor. You can use it as a marinade or a sauce for meat, eggs, salad, etc.

This recipe is easy (just a few ingredients), fun (there’s nothing like food on a stick) and really flavorful. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! [click to continue…]

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