February Simple Pure Whole Favorites: Microbiome Testing, Self-Compassion & Carrots + VIDEO!

 #healthy favorites: #microbiome testing, self-compassion and #carrot #recipes #health #wellness #selfcare #meditation #compassion #selfcompassion #yoga

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February can be a time of transition, as the seasons begin to show signs of shifting in many areas. It is also the month that we reflect on self-love and heart health

Discover why I love these healthy favorites: home microbiome testing, meditation for self-compassion and forgiveness and vegan, gluten-free carrot recipes!

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Here are some of my Simple | Pure | WholeTM Healthy Favorites for February!

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Favorite Product: Home Microbiome Testing

This month I shared an insightful look at the microbiome and how these bacteria and other microbes play essential roles in maintaining human physiology. Since these microbes influence everything from hormones to mood to metabolism to overall inflammation in the body, it is important to take care of them and encourage the proper balance of healthy bacteria.  

One way to learn more about what is going on inside your body is to test your gut microflora. Like my experience with home heavy metal testing, I found home gut microbiome testing was simple and provided some useful information. I recently tried out this simple way to gain some insights into what is going on in the important community of microbes living within. After sending in a tiny simple stool sample, I received an analysis of the types of microbes found in my colon. 

After sending in a tiny simple stool sample, I received an analysis of the types of microbes found in my colon. While ubiome gives you some insights into how your sample compares to those of vegans, paleo diet followers and other groups, it is helpful to work with a knowledgeable provider to interpret the list of all of the bacteria found and what percentage of the population they are. 

An open test kit from uBiome. (Credit: uBiome)

A test kit from uBiome. (Credit: uBiome

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  • If you would like to learn more about your own microbiome you can order a home test kit from Ubiome here and save 15% (affiliate link)
  • Include naturally fermented foods such as raw sauerkraut and kombucha to support a diverse microbiome in the gut
  • Support digestion and help feed beneficial bacteria in the gut with prebiotic foods and fiber such as from artichokes, garlic, turmeric, leeks and asparagus

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Favorite Inspirational Article: Self-compassion decreases acceptance of own immoral behaviors 

Self-compassion is not selfish or a way of letting yourself off the hook when you did something hurtful or unethical and research is proving it!

In this recent study, researchers in China looked at how self-compassion relates to how people judge their own moral transgressions. They found that the more self-compassionate the subjects were, the less acceptable they rated the moral transgressions.

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To go beyond this hypothetical scenario, the researchers conducted a second, experimental study to further investigate the connection. Participants were asked to choose between one of two tasks—an easy, fun one or a difficult, boring one—after being told the other task would be assigned to an unknown fellow participant. Those who chose the easier task for themselves were then selected to continue with the study.

Again, self-compassion seemed to increase rather than decrease people’s willingness to take responsibility for misbehavior. They reported that “…higher self-compassionate people endorse harsher moral judgment of themselves and accept their own moral violations less.”

Having self-compassion doesn’t make you lazy, weak, or selfish

Past research has also found that self-compassionate people tend to have a more stable sense of self-worth, and so they feel less threatened when considering their own shortcomings. This enhanced sense of self allows them to admit more readily when they have done something wrong and to consider forgiveness.

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  • Cultivate your own self-compassion with this free guided meditation.
  • Practice cultivatingn to build a stable sense of self-worth allowing you to make amends more easily.

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Favorite Farmer’s Market Find: Carrots

Carrots are a kitchen stable and have been cultivated for centuries. Available in hues ranging from red, yellow, white and pink to the more common orange, carrots provide a wealth of antioxidants like carotenoids. 

Carrots are rich in antioxidants like beta-carotene and can be enjoyed in many dishes like these #healthy #recipes #carrot #health #wellness #cook #cooking #food #healthyfood

Classically known for their eye health benefits, carrots are high in beta-carotene,  a precursor to vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient for vision. 

Carrots also contain calcium, magnesium and phosphorous which help build strong bones and a healthy nervous system. Additional research has shown that phytonutrients in carrots may play a role in preventing certain cancers, including leukemia and bladder cancer.

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This Month’s Favorite Quotes:

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February’s Features from The Simple | Pure | WholeTM Blog:

These carrot cake #vegan coconut macaroons are perfect for #Easter or #Passover. These #cookies are not only #eggfree but also #nu-free #dairyfree, #glutenfree and #paleo #healthy #healthyrecipe #bake #baking #health #wellness #food #healthyfood #carrot #carrotcake #dessert  A Meditation to Open Your Heart to Self-Compassion: #meditation #meditate #yoga #yogi #health #selfcare #selflove #love #stressmanagement #wellness #peace #calm #healthyliving #compassion #selfcompassion #heart #valentine www.JenniferWeinbergMD.com What is the #Microbiome, How Does it Impact Health and What Can You Do About It? #guthealth #gut #digestion #digestivehealth #video #interview #podcast #health #healthy #wellness #bacteria


What is your favorite way to enjoy carrots?

Have you tested your microbiome? 

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  • Deborah Davis

    I am so interested in learning more about the value of microbiome testing. Thank you so much for sharing your wise and wonderful February Simple Pure Whole Favorites at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I’m pinning and sharing.

    • Dr. Jennifer L. Weinberg, MD, MPH, MBE

      Thank you Deborah! I think that it is fascinating how much we are learning about the microbiome and how much we still have to understand. I appreciate you hosting and sharing!

  • Runaway Bridal Planner

    I forgot carrots had antioxidants, I didn’t know you could enhance them by cooking them.
    I’ve got to go bak and read your past posts about microbiome testing. I’m right now looking at altering my diet significantly. My immune system has been so low I just catch everything that is in the air and I’m so tired of being sick, and I know better diets can help build immune systems!

    • Dr. Jennifer L. Weinberg, MD, MPH, MBE

      Thank you for stopping by! The gut microbiome has so many impacts on health, including influencing immunity. It can be really interesting to see how things measure up and what might help to make some healthy adjustments. I hope you find an immune-balancing routine that works for you!