Category Archives: How Your Body Works

Eat your breakfast like this to feel better all day!

Today I want to challenge you to do one simple thing every morning for the next week.  And it’s not simply “eat breakfast”, though I am an advocate for eating a good breakfast!  Beyond just making sure you eat breakfast, and even beyond discussing WHAT you eat for breakfast (which does matter too), a key factor that’s often missed is WHEN you eat your breakfast.

 

If we’ve worked together one-on-one, I have likely asked you to eat breakfast within an hour of waking up.  This is something I ask all of my clients to try.  That’s because eating within an hour of waking up is critical for your blood sugar balance.  That might not sound like something that applies to you, but if you’re struggling with low energy levels or fatigue, cravings, anxiety, or any type of hormonal imbalance, making sure your blood sugar is balanced is absolutely key to helping you feel better.

 

In this week’s video I talk more about what you may experience if you eat breakfast too late.  I also address what to do if you’re not used to eating breakfast very early or you feel like you can’t eat a lot in the morning.

 

Click here to find all of my articles about why blood sugar balance matters for you along with additional strategies for bringing your blood sugar into balance.

Why digestion is the key to health, even if you don’t have digestive symptoms

I know you’ve heard the phrase, “you are what you eat” but is that really true?

 

Can we assume that if we eat healthy foods we reap all of the purported benefits?

 

If you read a nutrition label for the amount of protein, vitamins and other nutrients in that food – how do you know if those things are actually getting to your cells, where they’re needed most?

 

The answer lies in your digestive system. 

 

The food that you eat doesn’t become part of you unless your digestive system can break it down and absorb its nutrients into your bloodstream for delivery to your cells.

 

So even if you aren’t experiencing digestive symptoms, like heartburn, low appetite, getting full really quickly, bloating, constipation, etc (and especially if you are), it’s important to consider whether your digestion could be functioning, and therefore serving you, even better.

 

Watch today’s video to hear more!

 

And if you’re curious to learn more about what ideal bowel movements are like (and how to get there if yours aren’t ideal), here’s that video.

How what you eat can help you take back your life

As much as I love shopping at the health food store (or on the Thrive Market website), and spending time cooking in my kitchen, the REAL reason I love Functional Nutrition so much comes down to this:

 

Changing what you eat changes how your body works which changes how you feel.

 

If you’re dealing with symptoms that are getting in the way of your daily life (like headaches, bloating, joint pain, other chronic pain, chronic fatigue, or any number of other symptoms), don’t lose hope!  You likely have more control over your health and how you feel then you realize – and it all starts with what you eat.

 

Watch today’s video to hear more about how what you eat can help you take back your life.

 

 

As Dr. Mark Hyman says, food really is information for your cells, telling your body what to do and how to operate.  It really is amazing how much we can influence our health with what we eat!

 

What’s your take on this?  Have you experienced a change in your symptoms based on what you eat?  I’d love to hear your thoughts and questions in the comments!

Your lab results are true, but…

Have you ever gotten some lab results and thought, “Yes, I finally have my answer!”.  As much as we all would love to have an easy solution to our chronic symptoms, I find that it’s rarely that simple.

 

A phrase I like to keep in mind as I’m gathering data about myself or my clients is “True, but partial”.  In this week’s short video, I explain how adopting this perspective can help you continue to move forward as you uncover what’s going on in your body and how you can best support yourself.

 

I’m also sharing an example from my own food allergy results below the video!

 

Here’s a “true, but partial” example:

 

I decided to get a food sensitivity test 4 years ago, and here’s a snapshot of part of my results, showing IgA and IgG antibodies to certain foods: Read more »

How to uncover what’s triggering your symptoms

Do you have a hard time sorting through your symptoms and trying to figure out if something you’re doing is contributing to what you’re experiencing?

 

There are many variables that can affect how you feel throughout the day, including:

  • what you eat
  • how much water you drink
  • how much sleep you get (and WHEN you go to bed)
  • how your digestion is functioning
  • how your blood sugar responds to what you eat
  • what kind of movement you get in throughout the day
  • and more!

 

In today’s video, I share a simple strategy for starting to put the pieces together for yourself.  Doing this can really help you identify changes you can make to your routine that will help you feel better.

 

Here’s the tracker I mentioned in the video.  (Note that you can use the “mood” section for ANY symptoms at all, or anything else you want to keep track of).

 

And here’s your homework!  Choose one thing (or a few things!) you can start tracking next week.  Just write down your observations without any commentary or judgment.  Then come back to it after you’ve got 3 to 7 days of data and see if there are any connections you can make!

 

Good luck and let me know how it goes!

My (functional) approach to weight loss

I’ve thought about sharing my approach to weight loss for a while now.  I’ve hesitated since it’s not my primary area of focus, as my main goal is to help people with chronic conditions and chronic symptoms feel better by learning to support their health through targeted food, supplement, and lifestyle choices.

 

At the same time, I have been successful at helping clients lose weight and you likely know that I also helped my husband lose 100lbs and keep it off for almost 7 years.

 

So I know it can be done, and yet in certain situations it can be difficult to find a successful approach.  In today’s video, I’m sharing my thoughts about weight loss and what I’ve seen to be most effective.

 

Here are some key takeaways: 
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How (and why) my sister quit sugar

Two months ago, I challenged my sister, Cara, to 3 weeks without sugar.  Refined white sugar to be exact.  I wasn’t sure she could do it (and she did have to start over once), but she succeeded in the end and she feels so much better!

 

I asked Cara if I could interview her about her experience since I thought it could be helpful for you to hear what it was like from her perspective.  We talked for a little over 10 minutes (and could have gone on for much longer!).

 

I was originally going to cut the interview into several shorter videos but I decided to leave it as-is since everything we discussed can be helpful for you, especially if you’re considering or trying to eliminate something from your diet that seems to be causing some of your symptoms.  It’s not an easy task up front, but can be well worth it in the end.

Listen in to hear about:

  • Cara’s lifetime history of loving sugar
  • Why Cara went from feeling like giving up sugar was too daunting, even impossible, to being willing to give it a try
  • How hard it is to connect what you’re eating with how you’re feeling (and how that changes AFTER a food elimination)
  • How eliminating sugar has made it easier for Cara to manage her full schedule and life
  • How Cara went from feeling like she couldn’t stop eating sugar to never wanting to go back
  • The types of sweets Cara switched to instead of white sugar
  • Which week was the hardest and how Cara made it through
  • The symptoms Cara was having that have disappeared (including seemingly-unrelated symptoms)
  • Why eating sugar isn’t worth it to Cara anymore
  • The one thing I didn’t want Cara to tell you about committing to eliminating sugar!
  • How amazing it feels when you realize that you can choose how you feel based on what you eat,
  • How something as simple as eliminating sugar ultimately gives you more control over your life

 

Watch the video below to hear all this and more!

 

Summer Cleanse Q&A

Are you curious about cleansing?  As a member of the Functional Nutrition Alliance, I want to answer your questions about truly cleansing with food – no starvation here!  The cleanse of the season is coming up and it’s a great opportunity to spend a week boosting your nutritional intake and following some practices specifically targeted at improving your digestion (don’t miss the coupon code below!).

 

Summer is the season of the small intestine.  This is the organ that is primarily responsible for absorbing your nutrients, so it needs to be in good repair for you to feel your best!  Symptoms of digestion gone awry include gas, constipation, diarrhea, sensitivities to certain foods, headaches, asthma, eczema, decreased immunity, brain fog, anxiety, depression, cramping, and the list goes on…  When the small intestine is suffering, you are too!  Take a look at these 10 tips for improving your digestion.  Which ones are you already implementing?

 

I’m sure you have plenty more questions about cleansing, so I’ve recorded a Q&A video to address some of the most common cleansing questions:

 

Here’s what’s included with the Summer Cleanse: Read more »

The True Purpose of an Elimination Diet

If you’re like me, you’re not just looking for a “cure” for your chronic symptoms.  You want to know what’s going on with your body.  You want to understand how to have more control over how you’re feeling, and you’d like to see clear connections between things you do each day and how you feel.

 

I like to look at an elimination diet as an opportunity to gain more control over how you’re feeling.  When you allow your body a period of time without certain foods, it can communicate with you much more clearly once those foods are reintroduced.  This gives you valuable information and helps to end any confusion you may be experiencing around how foods may be triggering your symptoms.

 

Once you have identified your food triggers, you are able to make informed decisions around what you eat with a clear understanding of how it will subsequently affect you.  In my mind, that’s the true purpose of an elimination diet.  It’s not an easy adventure to embark on, but can be well worth it in the end!

 

I discuss this concept more in this week’s video.   Read more »

The Mistake of Moderation

I know you’ve heard the phrase “everything in moderation”, and it seems like a healthy way to approach how you eat.  In today’s video, I am challenging that notion!  Moderation can indeed keep you away from unhealthy extremes, but I’m not so sure about the “everything” part, especially when it comes to healing.

 

Watch the video below to hear more!  At the end I also share a helpful analogy you can start using to categorize the foods you eat.

 

 

 

What foods are on your path, bike lane, or poison ivy?  If you need help figuring that out, get in touch!

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