Aging, a High Fat Diet + Your Immune System

People sometimes ask me, what area of the practice do I want to specialize in? That’s easy – GI (gastrointestinal).  ALL DYSFUNCTION STARTS IN THE GUT. While your skin does a beautiful job of protecting the system from outside invaders, when you eat, you’re body is literally absorbing the environment. There are no other times when your…

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Next Generation Healthy Oils

Who remembers the can of Crisco in your mothers or grandmothers kitchen? I certainly do! We didn’t then, but now we know that those partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), a.k.a. TRANS FAT, raise the risk of heart disease + stroke. While PHO have become ubiquitous in our food supply, there are healthier options on their way…

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Potassium ain’t B-A-N-A-N-A-S

  In our busy-every-damn-day culture of I-only-have-15-mins-to-eat, adding potassium to your diet is a LIFE HACK, because convenient + processed foods contain a lot of sodium as a preservative. Sodium is stored OUTSIDE of your cells, so when you eat too much sodium, it draws water OUT of your cells (because water always tries to equalize…

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9 Reasons Why You Should Be Selfish

Be Your Own Guru Podcast The show that challenges you to create a lifestyle that honors your unique needs & desires, and empowers you become the go-to expert in your own health. #BeYourOwnGuru Selfishness, it seems, may have gotten an unfairly negative reputation in the past, and I think it’s time we re-examine our understanding…

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105 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Life Today (with Bonus Choose Your Own Personal Science Adventure Ebook)

Cook for Several Days Unplug Eat Well at Restaurants Test Your Food Intolerances Salad First Take 100% Responsibility Get Adequate Sleep Cycle Carbs (Advanced) Relax in Quiet Eat Canned Fish Practice Active TV Embrace Good Bugs Outside Reduce Extras & Make Smart Swaps Be Committed & Forgiving Get A Pet Learn to Share Your Life…

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Is Chocolate Healthy?

In honor of all leftover Valentine’s Day candy everywhere… Here’s a short presentation I gave to my biology class a few years ago. 😉 Is Chocolate Healthy?

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Fighting Stress with Healthy Morning Routines (with Bonus ‘Eat Your Way to Zen’ E-Book)

But, there are simple ways to combat stress & even become stress resistant. Stress is literally a killer! It can cause acne, hair loss, weight gain, weight loss and a host of other health problems. It can make you feel crazy and  overwhelmed by EVERYTHING! Routines and organization are great ways to deal with stress…

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How Common Threads is Fighting Childhood Obesity

While the clinical stuff is really fun, one of my favorite classes in my dietetics program was Community Nutrition. That’s the class where we learned how assess a community’s needs, then design programs & policies to meet those needs. (And if you know anything about me, you know that’s where my heart lies.) My project…

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Sugar by Any Other Name & Real Sugar Alternatives (with Bonus Healthy/Junk Food Fridge Printable)

By now you probably know that sugar is something you can always do with less of. Maybe you’re already checking the ingredient labels on your favorite packaged foods. (You probably are, because you’re #smart.) Newsflash: processed food labels can be far from #honest. Just because SUGAR isn’t at the top of the list (and it likely…

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High Protein Vegetables & Cooking Tips

“I was determined to know beans.”— Henry David Thoreau, The Bean-Field    How about you? How well do you know beans? Creamy cannellinis, meaty garbanzos, sweet adzuki, tender pintos, and so many more – beans are one of the most high protein vegetables & nutrient-dense plant foods around. Consider this: Beans are packed with tons…

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