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The holiday season embodies so much joy, community and nostalgia. But we know, all too well, that it also presents us with multiple opportunities to well… over indulge. Instead of building fear and angst around your pending soiree lineup, consider taking a step back to intentionally plot your course [using the roadmap below]. I guarantee [ continue reading → ]

In this culture, it seems like we use busy as a “badge of honor.” But, it turns out that the constant state of busy wreaks havoc on our stress levels which translates to the body as a “constant threat.” So here is my 3-part challenge to you… [and don’t you worry I’m working on it [ continue reading → ]

Fall is in the air. Can you smell it? While fall is by far my favorite season, I can’t help but recognize its trusty sidekicks… the cold + flu. As a functional dietitian, I look at this time of transition from summer to fall from two angles. On the traditional side, it is a time [ continue reading → ]

Right around this time of year, there is always a day where it hits… all of a sudden…. seemingly overnight… the mornings are brisker, a little darker and quieter. Sunny days still happen, but with less warmth in your bones. Fall happens to be my favorite since it is still bursting with the summer’s seasonal [ continue reading → ]

With the release of Dr. Steven Gundry’s latest book, The Plant Paradox, [and now his newest book, The Longevity Paradox] a new “villain” has emerged on the food scene. Enter, the LECTIN. WHAT ARE LECTINS? Lectins are nothing new. They are a type of protein found in the foods we eat. It is thought that [ continue reading → ]

It’s easy in our busy day-to-day lives to normalize daily bloat, brain fog, or immune suppression. We brush it off saying “tomorrow I’m sure I’ll feel better.” And before you know it, a lingering cold and irritated belly prevail. More often than not, these symptoms are “nudges” that we need to take a closer look [ continue reading → ]

CBD its being touted as the panacea of the natural medicine world. In my 20 years as a dietitian I can’t seem to remember a substance that’s gained so much popularity and widespread use. It’s being proposed as a cure-all for a wide range of conditions from arthritis to anxiety and is being used as [ continue reading → ]

While inflammation is such a broad term used for anything from a scrape on the knee to rheumatoid arthritis, it’s fortunate we have such a comprehensive term at our disposal considering inflammation can be treated in a comprehensive way. The oh so common treatment for inflammation includes NSAIDs [non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug], which work by blocking [ continue reading → ]

Whether you’re enthralled with the physiology of the body, or you merely are invested to the extent that you experience balanced wellness, the thyroid gland is an organ I highly recommend prioritizing. Not only is it the master metronome of the body, but it supports everything from hormone balance to weight optimization to emotional ability. [ continue reading → ]

Before I leapt into the world of functional medicine I was always struck with fear and confusion when I heard big terms like thyroid dysfunction or thyroiditis.   In fact, I really didn’t even know what roles the thyroid played in the body but it sounded important so every time I got my labs back [ continue reading → ]