Be Your Best Self Health Chats

Be Your Best Self Health Chats

Weekly, casual conversations about taking health into your own hands.


October 3, 2023 10 mins

Welcome to "Be Your Best Self Help Chats," where we engage in weekly, conversations about taking control of your health. This week's discussion revolves around a question I encounter almost daily: "I need new healthy recipes." But here's the twist—instead of handing you a cookbook or recipe guide, I'm going to reveal three easy ways for you to discover recipes that align with your unique definition o...

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In this episode, we're diving into a topic that's sure to spark some interest - detoxes. It's a subject that often stirs mixed emotions, and we're here to help you navigate the complexities surrounding it.

We'll be discussing why you might want to reconsider the idea of detoxing, especially those online detoxes you can purchase without a doctor's prescription or recommendation.

I dive into a marketing ploy t...

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Welcome to "Be Your Best Self Help Chats," a weekly podcast that delves into the world of health and well-being through candid conversations hosted by Kristin Longacre, a health and nutrition coach.

In a world dominated by quick-fix solutions, this podcast focuses on the importance of building lasting, healthy habits. Kristin discusses the reality of health journeys, debunking the notion of instant results and instead em...

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Losing weight can feel like riding a roller coaster, and hitting that weight loss plateau can feel like the biggest hill to climb. The journey is filled with crazy ups, challenging downs, unexpected twists, and many turns. Just as a roller coaster offers a mix of excitement and uncertainty, so does the process of dropping those extra pounds. As a nutrition coach working closely with clients on their weight loss goals, I often find ...

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By definition, habit means "a settled or regular tendency or practice, especially one that is hard to give up."

There are many theories out there that habits take 21 days to solidify, however, according to research on average, habits take 66 days to build. Some take as few as 18 days and some may take 200+ days. 

Why is that? 

Training yourself to build new habits isn’t always as simple as “I’m just going to do this every...

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There is a cycle of nutrition, and it isn't just about food. As a nutrition coach, I often find that when someone comes to me to “eat healthier” they are surprised to find that I won't just write up a meal plan.

To be fair, I’m not a registered dietician so I can’t legally write meal plans… but that’s beside the point.

As a nutrition coach, I work with people on the nutrition ON their plate and their habits OFF ...

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Following a healthy lifestyle and getting into a routine is not always the easiest at home, but you’re able to do it, right? What do you do when you’re shaking it up for a week of vacation? 

I have a secret…. It won’t surprise you… the secret to not overdoing it on vacation? It’s all about HABITS. 

On this week's episode of the podcast, we talk about making decisions on vacation that best support your body.

Are You Ready For A...

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Maybe you’ve heard the words “inflammatory foods” before, maybe you haven’t. 

Maybe it resonates with you and maybe you are thinking “What in the world is she talking about” 

Either way, this will be a good episode.

More so than normal lately, I’m hearing the words “gut health, inflammation, heal your gut, etc” It’s not a bad thing. We all should be doing it. However, if you aren’t planning on making healthier nutrition choices, n...

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Today’s podcast is going to be a little different than what we normally do. Usually, I record by myself and upload it later. However, I recently started a new community called Healthy Mom Lifestyle, where we are ditching the “hot girl” trend and focusing on building a healthy lifestyle for ourselves and our families. 

As part of the community, I will also be providing bi-weekly live training. To give you a glimpse into what the com...

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It's time for a healthy Summer. Summer break is here (or coming soon) in most of the US. Fun in the sun, graduation parties, family cookouts, golf outings, beach trips, sporting events, tailgating, and more. Personally, it’s my favorite time of the year.

It also can be the most chaotic.

Those parties, cookouts, sporting events, and times in the sun also mean a lack of routine, more food (often not healthy), and less opportunity...

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A diet shouldn’t be about a meal plan, a type of eating style, or limiting yourself from certain foods… it’s about building long-term healthy habits that work for you. In Episode 71 of Be Your Best Self Health Chats, we are going to talk about the number one reason your diet is failing... it's not custom to you.

We will talk about:

  • Why you are unique
  • Questions to ask yourself
  • Planning a diet in your current season of...
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Moving your body doesn’t have to be complicated. Instead of telling you what type of workouts to do and how to move your body, we will talk about different movement options based on your goals and your current season of life. 

Before deciding what kind of movement you should add to your day, it’s essential to look at where you are, then at your immediate and long-term goals. 

  • If you are starting new to moving your body, you w...

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A recent study showed that Americans eat ON AVERAGE 23 tsp per day of sugar.

Now think about that amount of sugar lined up on a table.

Today we’re going to continue our conversation of “10 Reasons Your Diet Isn’t Working,” and we’re going to talk about sugar specifically. We're not here to demonize sugar and we're not here to remove it entirely.

Join us for Episode 69 where we talk about:

  • Why sugar can be addicting
  • ...
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True or false, the quality of sleep you get affects the quality of food on your plate. 

Listen to episode 68 where we will answer this question and more.

Sleep is so important as it helps your body rest, rebuild and regenerate.

If you aren’t getting quality sleep, your body won’t be functioning at its highest and if your body isn’t functioning at its highest, you won’t be able to make proper decisions about the food on your plate,...

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I could give you a long definition of what proteins are and what they do, but we don't need to get that detailed around here. The most important thing to know is that our body requires protein during periods of growth and development. While we may not be children, we are still growing, believe it or not.

Today On The Podcast We Talk About:

- The Purpose of Protein

- How Much Protein Should You Eat?

- How To Increase Prot...

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March 21, 2023 14 mins

I could start and end this episode with one sentence, “fast food is still fast food” but that also wouldn’t be fair to those who truly want to learn.

While I get the convenience, we are relying TOO much on fast food these days and often deem it a “healthy option” as a good substitute for a homecooked meal. I’m not saying we shouldn’t rely on fast food. However, it’s important to know what the trade-off is.

There are ways to make yo...

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Let’s continue our discussion of 10 reasons your diet isn’t working. This week we move on to number three… are you REALLY sticking to your diet like you say you are.

Now before you hit pause. Hang with me. This episode might be a bit of a gut punch, but I think it’s an important conversation to have.

When I chat with my one on one clients, oftentimes there is this conversation of “I wrote down everything, but it’s not making sense....

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No, I’m not going to tell you that you have to eat all organic all the time, but I do want to talk about the benefits of organic food this week. Depending on where you are on your health (and life) journey, there is a balance that needs to be had. We have a few more things to chat about first so let's dive in.

This week we are talking about: 

  • How food is measured. 
  • The breakdown of calories and macros. 
  • 100-calorie pac...
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Last week we talked all about ten reasons your diet isn’t working. The topic hit a few buttons and brought up several questions. Instead of moving on, I decided we’re going to take it a step further and spend a few weeks breaking down each reason more in-depth.

As the song says, let’s start at the very beginning… I hear it’s a great place to start. The first reason you're diet isn't working is because you’re dehydrated [may...

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Maybe this sounds familiar: you’ve tried the diets, shakes, free meal plans, and maybe even some paid ones from influencers.

Nothing is working and you’re frustrated. At the end of the day, you just want to get your energy back or maybe lose that 10 lbs that have been hanging on as long as you can remember.

I get it, I’ve been in your shoes before.

Believe it or not, my friend there is an answer to your problems. I can’t tell you t...

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