Migraines, Nutrition & Food Sensitivities

At the ripe old age of 12, my migraines began. I learned to treat them with prescription medications, but never learned how to prevent them until I was in my 30’s. By the time I was 27, my migraines were so crippling that I often found myself unable to even teach a 90 minute yoga class. Skull-crushing pain would often immobilize me in my bedroom for 2-3 days at a time, twice per week. I had no life and barely functioned. I was so depressed because I was already living a thoroughly healthy life, or so I thought.

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Thriving with Diabetes

You can thrive despite having diabetes. It’s natural to feel that the diagnosis of diabetes is a real curse. If your diagnosis is new, it’s alright to give yourself time to grieve and process. But don’t stay in that space too long. In the case of diabetes, these lessons include adopting the healthy lifestyle factors that our bodies need. You know, all the stuff you heard before you were diagnosed: eating well, sleeping, managing stress, exercising.

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Nutrition Therapy for Crohn’s Disease

“All disease begins in the gut.” – Hippocrates My clients know that I LOOOOOVE talking guts! The art and science of digestive health is really, really interesting, especially as our knowledge of it grows through research. Our guts are dynamic and impact every other system in our bodies. Unfortunately, digestive problems poop on a lot of people’s parties. Of the many things that can go functionally awry with your guts, inflammatory bowel diseases are growing in popularity.

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Thriving as a Vegetarian with Diabetes

Let’s face it. Living with diabetes is no simple thing. And figuring out what you can safely eat to keep your blood sugars within safe ranges – not too high, not too low – can be quite the learning curve. When I first started training with diabetes educators, I was disappointed to learn that the vegetarian diet is pretty tricky for people with diabetes. Why? One word. Carbs.

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GAPS diet to help brain, gut, mental health

The GAPS diet has worldwide fans who use it to help gut disorders, autism, learning disorders, mood disorders, and mental illness. This is known as Gut and Psychology Syndrome. I asked Penelope Ferguson, a Certified GAPS practitioner and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, to help explain the GAPS diet in a podcast interview (her description below). Gut and Psychology Diet origins: It is a nutrition system developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.

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How a low FODMAPs diet can improve your digestion and IBS

People who have intolerances to FODMAPs foods may suffer gas, bloating, pain, diarrhea, or increased pathogenic bacteria as a result of certain carbohydrates fermenting. The low FODMAPs strategy is a dietary approach that is growing in popularity for IBS sufferers. Many of my patients have found relief when I’ve helped them through the FODMAP method. It’s clinically demonstrated to help 75% of patients improve their IBS symptoms.

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Mindful Eating: Eat by Choice, Not by Habit

Do you ever find yourself repeating the mantra “I will not eat junk food. I will not eat junk food.” Then, at your next social event, you’re diving in at the dessert table. Or, you go home for the holidays to your loving – and maybe a tad crazy – family. You’ve worked on reforming your eating habits, because you want a trimmer waist and more energy. But they don’t understand food reform. They encourage – or maybe pressure – you to eat like them, the way you always have.

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