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  • Writer's pictureTaylor Colvey

Water to calm your dog? Blood sugar and the brain 🧠

These monthly newsletters are simple, digestible soundbites for my subscribers on the topics of Water, Food, and Lifestyle.

Water, Food, and Lifestyle.

In the last couple of months, I have dedicated my water newsletter section to plastic water bottles, and just last week, I saw that 60 Minutes Australia, came out with its own investigation on bottled water. Their conclusion was even if the bottled water claims to calm your dog's nerves or is rainwater collected from clouds, it comes down to electrolyte balance or additives that already exist in our tap water. I’ll be sharing more about hydration, electrolyte balance, additives, and the importance of filtering your own water in the coming months.

Ten years ago, as a prior Clinical Counselor Trainee, I would ask my students what they had for lunch and they would reply “Nothing” or a bag of hot Cheetos. I would pass a healthy snack across my desk and consider the connection between my student’s mental health symptoms and diet. My clinical supervisor would remind me that diet was out of my scope of practice. Now, as a Functional Nutritional Counselor, the gut-brain connection IS in my scope and the current research is validating my prior hunches.

"Managing blood sugar is key to supporting gut-brain health, “grains and carbs set fire to the brain through surges of blood sugar, when your blood sugar increases, there’s an immediate depletion of the neurotransmitters serotonin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, GABA, and dopamine.” (1)

I wanted to share a processed carb-free salad recipe with my readers that is perfect for this time of year! I’ve been making this crave-able salad on repeat for the last two weeks!

Taylor’s Chop Chop Salad

Inspired by a now-closed Bakery at the Oxbow Market in Napa, CA

My fiancé sat me down to watch a golf segment on TV this week. I resisted and he said it’s not about golf.

So I watched, and he was right, it wasn’t about golf.

In coaching, a good question can be worth the entire session or the entire coaching experience. This week, a reporter from the Golf Channel asked a really powerful question. "When is it going to be good enough to hit one of the best shots in the history of the sport?" And the answer from the former athlete, Shaun Micheel, was "never." His eyes filled with tears of regret. He wished he could’ve done things differently and it would never be good enough. Dr. Luskin from Stanford University uses this exact question in his courses around self-forgiveness and his PBS special: Forgive for Good. He suggests asking yourself, "Has it (your life) been good enough to be gracious?" This powerful question helps to dissolve feelings of regret and helps to practice self-forgiveness. So whether you are changing from a top athlete to a caring citizen and father, it turns out, self-forgiveness is key to overcoming procrastination and supporting self-change. My Overcoming Procrastination Mini-Course has a module dedicated to self-forgiveness and self-compassion. The mini-course is free for any of my 1:1, group, or functional nutrition coaching clients. Enjoy the full 6-min Golf Channel segment from yesterday.


(1) Perlmutter, David, and Kristin Loberg. Grain Brain the Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain’s Silent Killers. Hachette Audio, 2013.

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