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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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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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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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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How Does The Keto Diet Work (with Bonus Plant-Based Keto Meal Planner)

Are you wondering how does the keto diet work? My lab report from my Sports Nutrition class is an FAQ for all the science behind this much misunderstood diet & its benefits for sport & weight loss (and yes, there are several).    What is ketosis? Ketone bodies (KB) are produced after several days of…

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How Broken Is American Healthcare (with Bonus Printable Report)

A Personal Note to You ♥… At almost 30-yo., I was under-weight & extremely malnourished. I had a chronic hangover, a cigarette constantly in my hand, a burned out nasal passage/chronic runny nose, a mouthful of decaying cavities, an irregular & painful menstrual cycle, cysts on my uterus that would painfully rupture, nailbeds that would…

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The Benefits of a Plant Based Diet (with Bonus ‘Count Colors Not Calories’ E-Book)

What exactly is a plant-based diet? It’s not only vegetables. A plant-based diet is based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, and may or may not include chicken, dairy products, and eggs. At its heart, it simply eliminates refined flour, sugar and certain refined vegetable oils. There’s tons of delicious food to choose from…

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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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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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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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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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