Hot + Healthy Holiday Drinks

Snowy, winter days are here in Toronto. 

With the holiday season upon us, it's the perfect time to put on your wooly socks and get comfy on the couch with a good book and a nice warm, festive beverage. 

In my past life, I'd be cozying up with copious cups of coffee. 
Coffee hasn't disappeared completely from my life these days, but my relationship with it has changed considerably since my struggles with adrenal fatigue.   Read more about this change here. 

These days, I have found really fun ways to enjoy festive drinks and "lattes" in ways that support my health. I'm super excited to share a few of my favourite recipes with your today! Unlike coffee, these drinks won't interfere with your sleep, make you anxious or put excessive cortisol demands on the adrenals. 

I've also snuck in a few special ingredients to help keep them balanced and extra hormone loving. 

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In the spirit of the holiday season, today I'm pumped to share a few of my favorite hot + healthy, festive drinks.

All of these recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and sweetened naturally. 

Gingerbread Cookie Latte

gingerbread latte
  • 2 cups steamed nut milk
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp molasses 
  • optional- 1 scoop of Dandy Blend Coffee alternative

Heat nut milk over the stove, whisk in spices and vanilla. 
Transfer to a blender (or use a hand mixer) and add coconut oil and molasses. 

Serves 2. 

Creamy Cashew Egg Nog

vegan eggnog
  • 1 cup soaked, raw cashews
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp quality salt
  • 6 re-hydrated dates
  • a generous sprinkle of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
  • optional- 2 scoops of collagen protein powder (we like this one)

Add everything to a high powered blender and blend well. 
Pour 1 cup into a mug/glass and garnish with fresh nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.
Serves 4-6

Collagen Loaded Hot "Chocolate" 

hot chocolate
  • 1 cup steamed nut milk of choice (unsweetened)
  • 1 tsp carob powder
  • 1/2 tsp cacao powder (we like this one)
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 heaping tbsp of collagen protein (we like this one)
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or sweetener of choice
  • Optional- make healthy, homemade marshmallows like these and float one on top! 

Over the stove top, heat your milk. Whisk in the rest of the ingredients or use a blender or hand mixer if you prefer it frothy. Depending on the time of day or how sensitive you are to caffeine, you can omit the cacao and use more carob or vice versa. 

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Wishing you health and happiness this holiday season!
xo Danielle + the HYAF Team



Holiday Adrenal Survival Guide


We all know the holidays can be a stressful and exhausting time. I remember how challenging it was when I had stage 3 adrenal fatigue.

But through the years, Danielle and I have learned a few tips and tricks, to make this time of year WAY more enjoyable. 

We're excited to share these with you today...

What if you could enjoy your time with family?

What if you could avoid burnout this year?

What if this holiday season was flare-up FREE?

We believe ALL these are possible with these stellar tips we’re about to share with you.

And make sure you download our sweet gift, a free holiday adrenal survival guide to help you implement these tips. The Holiday Guide includes a checklist of to-dos, self-care planning, recipes and more.

1.       Be Prepared So You Don’t Feel Deprived

Chances are you have food restrictions of some kind or a special diet. Don’t go another holiday making yourself feel deprived. Instead, plan to bring your own side dishes and dessert that you can enjoy. Make them or buy them. We are fortunate now that stores are accommodating so many diet restrictions these days. Check your local natural food market or Whole Foods for delicious options that meet your food needs.

And make sure you grab our Holiday Adrenal Survival Guide for some great adrenal friendly recipes.

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2.       Say “No”

Don’t be afraid to say no to activities or engagements that feel super heavy and have the potential to cause great stress and anxiety. When you say “no” to those things you are saying “YES” to your health, your sanity, your well-being. You don’t have to do it all. Maybe you can say goodbye to that holiday cookie exchange this year...

3.       Shop Online

We are so lucky we no longer HAVE to deal with long lines at the shopping mall or stores in order to get through our holiday shopping list. We can shop almost anywhere online now. Take advantage of it.  If you MUST go out and shop choose early mornings or evenings during the weekdays. If hitting up the mall, it's important to have a game plan- what you need and where you need to go, this is especially important if you find malls to be stressful places. 

4.       Limit the Gift Craziness

Is your holiday giving gift list super long? Are you worried, first how you will get it all done and second, how you will pay for it? Ask your extended family if they’d like to pick names instead this year and maybe just increase the price limit so everyone gets something they really want. This is a great way to give one really meaningful gift, to reduce stress and to ease some financial pressure. 

5.       Stop the Emailing Craziness

I don’t know about you, but I get sick of all the family gift exchange emails asking me what me, my husband and children want. Now, don’t get me wrong, I do feel blessed to have some generous family, but the back and forth gets to be too much. And then after you share your ideas, there’s the back and forth of someone wondering if Aunt Jane already got that or now or you get 3 of the same thing. You can solve all that easily by making an Amazon wish list. People mark off the items on the list once they buy them so no more emails like that to waste your time and even better no returning repeat gifts after the holidays. And Amazon is not the only option, here are a few more. There is and

6.       Give Yourself a Gift

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Balance out the holiday chaos with some rejuvenating self-care. The next few weeks will most likely be full. Find yourself an hour each week at least and do something just for YOU. Book yourself a massage or spa time. That could be your partner’s gift to you. Or just take a break from shopping and walk outside in nature.

7.       Limit Time with Those That Drain You

We love our families and they mean well, but they also know how to push our buttons more than anyone else. If your family drains your energy and causes you anxiety, say “NO” or at least limit your time with them.

And if you will be spending time with family that is challenging we have a tip for you. Be prepared by choosing to react differently to them. I like to think about a bubble of protection around me... and this bubble is keeping me calm and it also helps me see things for what they are. When a family member makes a comment that would normally affect you, you don’t let it come into your bubble. You walk away or maybe say something as simple as, “Sorry you feel that way” or my favorite “that’s an interesting point of view”.

Remember a lot of times people say hurtful things to protect themselves. So that SH$#! Is there’s, not yours. Let it go and don't let it impede on your holiday fun. 

8.       Choose Calm When Things Get Intense

When you’re driving around running errands and things feel intense, put on calming meditation music. Which you can get free on or if you want guided meditations for energy boosting and stress relief particularly for adrenal fatigue sufferers, grab my meditation album or give this gift to someone you know who could really benefit. 

9.       Don’t Forget The Protein

This time of year, there are sugar loaded treats everywhere you go. Make sure you are balancing sugar intake with healthy fats and proteins. This will also prevent sugar “crashes” and keep your energy high.  Pair this with a bit of portion control and this is a great tip to help navigate holiday meals without sparking major spikes and crashes. 

10.   Remember to Move

The Holidays often create sluggishness. Say goodbye to the food comas by continuing to move and be active this holiday season. This will also keep you from putting on extra pounds. After a big meal, take a walk around the block and maybe ask the family to join you. You can have great conversations while you’re walking and it's amazing what a bit of fresh air can do to help calm and refresh the body. 

11.   Eat Mindfully

When you’re eating this holiday season I challenge you to be super present. Savoring your food, enjoy its flavor, be grateful and take it slow. Great digestion starts right in the mouth. Chew slowing and thoroughly, allowing those enzymes in your saliva to start the process. Also, when you eat slowly you realize sooner when you are full, which will keep you from overeating. When filling your plate, we encourage you to fill your plate with vegetables first, then add a bit of protein and be mindful of the starchy, high carb options. This is a great way to help ensure you're filling up on quality foods and will help keep you on track with your health goals at the same time. 

There you go, 11 tips to not just surviving the holidays, but thriving

Be sure to grab our Holiday Adrenal Survival Guide below for yummy holiday recipes, and your planning tool box for embracing the most stress-free holidays ever!

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We wish you a healthy, calm and happy holiday season! 
xo Angela, Danielle + the HYAF Team

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Advice for keeping things healthy throughout the holidays

This time of year can be a challenge to stay on track with your health goals.

There are social pressures, tempting deliciousness, staying up later than usual, the usual busy holiday stuff-- it's tiring.

For those of us who are already tired,  it's a time we fall victim to operating out of chaos, taking care of others and not fully taking the best care of ourselves. It can be extra tiring. 

As the festive season approaches, we want to make sure you're well prepared with tips, tools and tricks for keeping things easy and healthy throughout the season. 

Wouldn't it be NICE to kick off the new year a few steps closer to your HEALTH goals INSTEAD OF A FEW STEPS BACK? 

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Here are our top tips for navigating the holidays in healthy hormone fashion: 

  1. Always, always, watch portion sizes.
    You can indulge a bit during the holidays but by watching how much you indulge, can help keep blood sugar balanced and help reduce digestive stress.

  2. Take digestive enzymes before meals
    This will help ensure you're digesting food effectively, especially if you're eating something out of the norm. If your prone to bloating, gas and discomfort after meals-- enzymes can help. Pop one or two enzymes before a meal to boost your digestive support. 

  3. Embrace mocktails
    Drinking too much during the holidays is another thing that throws off our blood sugar, adds stress to our liver, and contributes to further hormonal imbalance. Holiday drinks may seem unavoidable, but I encourage you to consider the state of your adrenals + hormones and whether or not indulging will be worth it for you.
    -  For some in earlier stages of adrenal fatigue, a few drinks with family or friends at a special occasion is not the end of the world. If you do indulge, replenish your body with filtered water, electrolytes, minerals and b-vitamins. 
    -   However, for a very fatigued body, opting for a non-alcoholic beverage will likely serve you better. One of my go-to's is a nice Kombucha sangria -- add kombucha to a wine glass, throw in a few organic frozen berries and enjoy.  

  4. Take advantage of downtime when you can
    This can be hard for the type A in you. One of the big problems for many AF sufferers is the fact that, generally, we aren't the best at relaxing. When we are given a day off, we might fill it with activities, chores and the holiday come and go. We head back to work after a "holiday" without feeling very rejuvenated. If needed, schedule time for activities and chores, but also schedule time for chilling out and relaxing like a massage, journaling in bed or in nature, reading a book, or taking a bath.

  5. Consider ways to healthy up your holiday meals
    One of the benefits of the abundance of food available during the holidays is that you can often find something to suit the majority styles of eating. For example, if you eat paleo, a plate of turkey, salad, and roast veggies make a pretty killer paleo style holiday meal. If you're eating gluten free- avoid the dinner roll and grab the "Healthy Up Your Holidays" Guide below, I've included a swap out guide for replacing white flour in traditional holiday recipes (and lot of other tips too). 

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Wishing you a healthy, happy holiday season! 
xo Danielle + the HYAF team



How to Heal Your Adrenal Fatigue with Prayer

I hear this frustration over and over in our community…questioning if healing from adrenal fatigue is actually possible. I remember feeling the same way, hopeless and discouraged for years… having so many health issues and not getting any answers from doctors. I started to believe this was my life, the cards I was dealt…and I was just going to have to live with it for the rest of my life. I was desperately asking, praying for healing, but it didn’t work. Can you relate?

If so, then I know what I’m going to share with you today, will serve you - because I'm going to share the secrets of prayer I have learned, that helped me open up the floodgates to healing. We are not alone. There are greatest forces working for you and with you. So how do you tap into that and use it for healing?

Once I applied the secrets I’m about to teach you to my prayer, something remarkable happened – beyond what I thought was possible – answers started to come. I started running into people that gave me advice (just when I needed to hear it) or referred me to someone that was crucial to my recovery process. I started to feel and see results for the first time in years.

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It didn’t happen overnight, but pretty darn close. After years of suffering, I was FINALLY symptom-free and feeling better than I had in years - all within 6 months of my stage 3 adrenal fatigue diagnosis. Are you ready to learn these secrets? The secret to prayer is in HOW you ask.

Choose your words wisely.

When you pray, use words that focus on what you want…rather than what you don’t want. Nix phrases like “I NEED TO” or “I HAVE TO”, “I NEVER…”  Instead of focusing on the pain you’re experiencing in the moment, focus on the health, the energy, the life you desire. When you practice this, it does several things -  First, your words and thoughts about your condition turn from negative to neutral, at the very least. At best, they shift to more positive ones. This gets you in the mindset of - not IF I will heal, but WHEN I will heal. Second, you’re tapping into the feeling that healing and great health is already present in your life…bringing in the feeling of hope and that will improve your mood. This leads me to my second key element of effective prayer and that is

Raising your vibration.

The energetic vibration or frequency you are putting out into the world when you pray is so important. Why? Because we are energetic beings, so what energy we put out into the world comes back to us. It's science. So, a way to guarantee your vibration is high during prayer - and 100x more powerful - is to make sure your words and emotions come from a place of curiosity, gratitude and excitement rather than of desperation and fear.

If you remember nothing else from what I’m sharing, remember this. The key to manifesting anything is FEELING as often as you can, as if you already have what you desire.  So, if you’re not getting what you want no matter how bad you WANT it or how hard you’ve been trying, try using these secrets for yourself. You can start doing this right away.

Let me give you some examples of what this all looks like…These examples will help you shift your words during prayer and help you to understand the difference in the energetic vibration or frequency of your words. As you read these statements notice how you feel…

Dear Divine/God/Universe,

“I’m so over this. I’m sick of feeling this way. Why is this happening to me?”  “Please, please heal me, I can’t take this anymore.”


Dear Divine/God/Universe,

“What would it take for me to heal my body and have great health?” “I am so excited for when I can wake up in the morning feeling rested. For when I have endless energy, I can really LIVE my LIFE” “I am so grateful for the health that is coming my way right now. Thank you thank you.”

Can you feel a difference? Leave me a comment below and let me know.
Honestly, I use this type of prayer every day, multiple times a day.

You can start practicing this too. When you find yourself feeling sorry for yourself (no shame here, we all do it). Stop and send out a prayer of gratitude for the health that is already coming to you, right now. Then come back and let me know how it went by leaving a comment below. If you’re ready to use prayer more effectively to transform your health and your life, go ahead download my How to Prayer for Healing guide NOW!

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As you practice this form of prayer you will notice shifts in your thoughts. You will feel happier. You will also see a shift in how your body functions. Trust you are supported. You are loved. And most importantly trust healing is possible and it’s on its way TO YOU right now.