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Why you feel Bloated After you Eat.

bloating cramping ibs sibo sifo Apr 01, 2019

What causes bloating? 

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Have you Heard of the New Fad Called the "Meat Diet"?


Otherwise known as the Carnivore Diet, here's what I think about it.  

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Is Gluten Evil?


Find out here the real story behind gluten and why it is so controversial! 

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The REAL Truth About Superfoods!

nutrition Mar 11, 2019

Is there any reality to the term "Superfoods"? 

Is this just another way to sell expensive supplements?

Watch my video and I will tell you what I think! 

And let me know what YOU think! 

With Big Love, 

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Why are food habit changes so difficult to sustain? Why is unhealthy food so addictive?

You came in to your new revamped diet with the best  of intentions. Maybe your health provider really stressed how important it was to be successful this time. Maybe your weight has been creeping upwards, or your cardiovascular numbers weren’t good or your A1C was creeping upwards. Maybe you feel inflamed all of the time and your Rheumatoid Arthritis has been acting up. You understand intellectually the importance of making these changes. In fact,  this time you vow to turn over a new leaf! You read all of the books and blogposts about your food plan. You really GET it, and yet… you have a strong start for a few days, weeks or even months and then your inspiration flags. Why is this so hard?

Many people have difficulty making these changes and maintaining them. In fact food habits  are some  of the more difficult things to change.  As difficult as it is to quit smoking, drinking, other addictions…. and I acknowledge that these are VERY...

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Histamine Reactions?

gut health histamine sibo Sep 10, 2018

  Carol, a 53 year old real estate broker with 2 children, had been noticing more allergic reactions  in the past 6 months. Her symptoms were wide ranging. Sometimes it was digestive upset, sometimes she would actually develop itching and hives. Her sleep had gotten a lot worse and she found that she was waking up in the middle of the night very hungry no matter how much or what she ate for dinner.

In fact it was really difficult to pinpoint if  foods were setting her symptoms off  because she could eat something for dinner one day and be fine, and then she could eat the leftovers for a few days and then her symptoms would flare. She was wondering how much food was a factor, but did notice that her symptoms would flare after eating. So something related to what she was eating was likely a contributory factor. But what? It seemed so random!

As she spoke I started to think about histamine being a contributory factor to her symptoms.  Sometimes in gut...

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Beyond “Food Jail” …er… Restrictive Diets

A lot of my patients are on restrictive diets. I walk them through the process, how to deal with the emotions, how to manage it with their busy chaotic lives, so they can allow their bodies to heal from inflammation, bacterial overgrowth, autoimmune disorders, etc. Most of the time these diets are meant to be temporary and therapeutic during treatment with a slow addition to widen the diet once treatment of the infection/inflammation/autoimmune has been accomplished. This way we can begin to see what the body can and cannot tolerate. It is often a non-linear journey.

Restrictive diets by nature are not very fun. Nobody wants to have a “NO!” in their life. It brings up all sorts of “stuff” for the person undergoing the diet restriction. I have blogged a ton on this and there is a massive amount of information and research out there about WHY the restriction is necessary for a time so I am not going to go into that very much in this particular post. You can...

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What I Learned about Portion Control from the Japanese

nutrition weight loss Nov 20, 2017

Many years ago when I was freshly out of college I worked as a Foreign Fisheries Observer in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska. This was in the early 1980’s and a great way for me to parlay my B.S. in Biology into a decent paying job (which was a rarity back then).   This particular job required me to live aboard foreign fishing vessels for months at a time, often as the only woman! I did 3 trips in all, 2 Japanese and one Soviet (this WAS the 1980’s so it wasn’t Russia then, but the U.S.S.R.).

I was taught as a child that the way to be a polite guest was to clean my plate. “Starving children in Europe” and other phrases like that to help me feel grateful and not too fussy about what was on my plate. I was a pretty picky eater as a young child which only was widened when I attended sleepaway camp and had to eat whatever I was given or there would be no eating at all. Plus I had worked up a pretty good appetite from being outdoors and...

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Restrictive Diets Can Trigger a Lot of Emotions!

nutrition stress Nov 03, 2017

Do you struggle with the emotions surrounding your health plan or restricted diet? Whether it is for weight loss or to heal and correct a health condition it can be extremely challenging to stick to the plan. It is understandable that there may be associated feelings around this.

Mary felt anger and rage when her enjoyment of food was restricted. She was so surprised by her reaction and decided that it was time to dig deep to see where those feelings came from. While feelings are often complex and multifaceted, she remembered a time from early childhood. Whenever she misbehaved, as all children do sometimes, she was sent to her room without dinner and her parents behaved very coldly to her until they decided that they were finished punishing her. As she grew older, discipline turned to grounding and restriction. Anytime she had to restrict herself it brought up the angry child and rebellious adolescent big-time!

When she was recommended to go off of all sugar, bread and...

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Therapeutic Diets: Which One Should I Choose?

nutrition Sep 18, 2017

Are you confused about which therapeutic diet you should choose? You aren’t alone! With so many to choose from, it is no wonder that some people have a lot of trouble figuring out their diet and nutrition.

Kathryn  knew she wanted to change her diet to get healthier and maybe even lose a little weight, but she didn’t know how to go about it. She kept hearing about so many different diets and the more she read about it online, the more confused she became. While it is always best to work with a health practitioner such as a Naturopathic Doctor or a nutritionist when making a serious diet change so that you have all of the support you need, I wanted to break it down for you so that you have some idea which approach may be the best for your specific situation.

Many people seeking relief from chronic GI conditions will turn to diet modifications and a nutritional approach.   The bottom line is if you suffer from chronic health issues, you MUST address...

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