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How to Improve a Man’s Health? Through His Stomach.
Michelle Hilliard

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

Dads take the world on their shoulders, often overlooking their personal stress.

And that stress may include nutrition deficiencies, erratic blood sugar, lack of movement, dehydration, buried trauma, no set boundaries, a never-ending to-do list, unrealistic expectations, skipping meals, impaired digestion, sleep deprivation, mindless screen time, thinking everything is urgent, lack of sunshine, gut imbalances, comparison, and, well, on and on.

If we don’t work on balance and harmony in our lives, stress can creep into our lives and take a toll on our bodies and minds. One of the best ways we can overcome stress is to build and fuel our bodies properly through nutrition.


While what we put on our plate matters, what we do “off our plate” (outside of meal time) is just as important. There are short-term, feel-good solutions that can calm our stress temporarily, but over time these unhealthy solutions will only stress our bodies out more.

What do I mean?

So-called “normal” solutions include having a nice cold beer for a night cap, smoking, gaming all through the night, overuse of food, scrolling on our phones, or watching endless hours of TV.

Long term, these solutions only add to our chronic stress through gut imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and sleep interference, which is when our bodies repair and restore.

Improve a Man's Health with Proper Nutrition

How can you improve your stress through proper nutrition?

  • Honor your hunger with real, whole foods. See my favorite Lamb Burger Recipe below. 
  • When you feel intense stress, give your body additional nutrients to help get through the stressful period.
  • Prioritize family dinner time to encourage good food on the plate and connection with the ones you love.
  • Ditch the sugary drinks and minimize or ditch the alcoholic drinks. Instead, grab some water or electrolytes to keep you hydrated.
  • Learn to sit with discomfort for a minute instead of reaching for a distraction such as beer or mindless eating.

To all of the fathers, grandfathers, great grandfathers, step dads, uncles, and positive male role models, I hope this month of June reminds you of how much you are appreciated and loved by the people around you.

If you need any help to kick start your wellness journey, please know that nutritional and lifestyle health coaching is available at Thrive. We wish you a very Happy Father’s Day!

Michelle’s Favorite Greek Lamb Burger Recipe

Greek Lamb Burger


  • 2 lbs ground lamb
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 tsp dry mint
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • Avocado oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper


  • Iceberg lettuce
  • Mayo
  • Sliced tomato
  • Diced red onion
  • Pickles
  • Pitted kalamata olives


  1. In a large bowl, combine the lamb, parsley, onion, garlic, bell pepper, mint, oregano and pine nuts. Using clean hands, mix until incorporated.
  2. Divide the mixture into 8 equal parts and form into patties. Drizzle both sides of each burger with a bit of avocado oil and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Preheat the grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
  4. Grill burgers approximately 5-6 minutes per side or until cooked to your preference.
  5. Transfer burgers to a serving platter and cover with foil to keep warm.
  6. Cut iceberg lettuce into wedges and prepare toppings.
  7. Arrange each burger individually or serve everything as a buffet so that family/friends can build their own burgers.
Thriving Magazine October 2022 Issue 16

Thriving Magazine • Issue 16

Our October issue looks how we can make positive changes in our mindset and behaviors over the last 90 days of the year so we're starting 2023 with a head start (and skipping the resolutions!). Enjoy!

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