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You Can't Win Against This Triple Threat to your Body!

nutrition sleep stress Nov 18, 2019
 

Learn how the  triple threat of stress, sleep, and junkfood is driving the illness industry pharmaceutical sick-care system. 

Fight back against the machine by getting a handle on those things! 

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Can't Sleep? Try this...

adrenals hpa axis sleep stress Jul 29, 2019
 

Sleep and stress issues have become an epidemic in our world. 

Watch this video learn what you can do to improve your sleep. 

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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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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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Lack of Sleep Affects Gut Health (and Vice Versa!)

Maria , 29, went through a very painful breakup 2 years ago and began having insomnia (trouble sleeping). Along with processing the grief through the loss of her relationship, she began to experience stomach pain and abdominal bloating. She had read that an imbalance in her gut could be contributing to her sleep issues, but she intuitively knew that for her it was the other way around. The sudden unexpected breakdown and the end of her relationship was the contributory factor to her gut health issues. And she is correct! Sleep and gut health inform and influence each other.

I have written before about gut health and the neurotransmitters produced as a result of that affects sleep, but did you know that a lack of sleep also affects gut health? Lack of sleep can influence cortisol secretion (the fight or flight hormone) and also influence insulin metabolism. Chronic stress, as I have written before, contributes to weight gain and the obesity epidemic is in part due to the...

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Sleep, Stress, and the Gut

gut health sleep stress Feb 13, 2017

Are you losing Sleep? We live a very stressful time in the world these days. Lots of people are coming in for sleep and gut issues related to stress. At the time of this writing, there is a lot of scary upheaval shaking many of us to our core . There is a lot of fear, anger, and anxiety floating around and it is hard to avoid. It has been a challenge for me personally to figure out how to balance my usual nature of tranquility and optimism with the disturbing stories I am exposed to lately. It is also a challenge to stay engaged while also taking healing space for myself. As a Healer, I know that before I can be of service to anyone else, I need to root into my spiritual and self care tools to keep myself clear and balanced. Meditation, yoga, getting out in nature and physical exercise has been a key part of my sanity. And allowing myself to have social time with my friends has also been crucial to my sense of wellbeing.

It is more difficult to heal when one is in survival...

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The Why and How of Autoimmune Diseases

Maryanne was diagnosed with 3 different autoimmune diseases.   When she came to my office she had been suffering for many years and was taking several prescription medications for her various symptoms.Her fingers ached as she typed her very first email to me.   Even a computer search was difficult because she had also had a bout with Iritis (inflammation of the Iris) along with fatigue because her thyroid was chronically sluggish from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

So where did I focus? So much going on! So much to do! So much to heal!

From Multiple Sclerosis to Lupus to Rheumatoid Arthritis, to Hashimoto’s, I have seen so many cases of various autoimmune disorders in my practice. What they all have in common is that they all improve when gut health improves.

So how does one improve gut health? By reducing inflammation, balancing the gut flora and healing leaky gut. Also by eating a therapeutic diet that reduces inflammation and antibodies in the body. This...

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Hashimoto’s, Thyroid, Gluten and the Gut

Kaitlyn first came to see me suffering with extreme fatigue, insomnia, and a feeling of “unwellness” many years ago. She had a young child and worked part time but felt very fatigued all of the time. She was health conscious and followed a vegetarian diet with her husband and fed her whole family that way.

The first thing we did together was to run some bloodwork and to check into how her digestive system was working with Functional Medicine Testing. Through the allergy testing we found that she was allergic to most vegetarian protein foods such as dairy, beans, gluten (seitan – in meat substitutes) and soy. And her thyroid levels were way too low. She decided to add in clean animal proteins (grass fed beef, organic free range poultry and wild clean fish) and she went on prescription thyroid medication and with some fluctuations began to feel better.

After a period of stress and adjusting her thyroid medications a few times, we decided to test for Thyroid...

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When a Flare Happens: Stress and Autoimmune Disease

Maureen had been working with me for about 6 months for her Crohns disease and we had gotten her to a pretty stable place and she was able to incorporate the diet changes into her life and was happy with the results. However, she had recently taken on some new stressful work projects, plus was having some trouble with her teenaged son and not surprisingly she had a flare of her autoimmune disease.

Flare-ups happen with autoimmune diseases. They do. And they are worse when there is stress involved. OR stress actually causes the flares. Not surprising that Maureen would have a flare with the added stress in her life. Though most of my patients who have a flare will find that if they are still on the protocol, their flares will be less frequent, less intense and shorter in duration. And then it becomes a bit easier to pinpoint what contributed to the flareup. Those cookies you ate while you were having an emotional eating session, the extra hours of work you have taken on, the loss of...

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How Stress and Lack of Sleep Makes You Fat!

sleep stress weight loss Jul 12, 2016

Ellen, a 44 year old IT specialist with 2 kids had been putting in long hours at her job. She wanted to prove to her boss that she could do a good job so she took on extra projects and as many of you know, salaried positions often really require that you work over 60 hours per week anyway. So her exercise by necessity had to be reduced due to work and family commitments, and her stress levels and the means she used to deal with her stress levels had exponentially increased.   Then she found that within 6 months she had gained 30 lbs! And her digestion was also really suffering! While a 30 lb weight gain is hard enough on your health, Ellen’s self esteem took a very big hit because she felt less physically attractive, felt exhausted and completely overwhelmed by the thought of losing all of the weight that she had gained.

She also found that with increased stress, even though she was utterly exhausted trying to balance her life, she had trouble sleeping too! She...

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