Gut Brain Connection: Why a Healthy Gut is the Key to a Healthy Brain & Happy Mood

digestive wellness

All disease begins in the gut. This statement has become the mantra for most holistic practitioners. We know that the gut is the site where inflammation typically takes root, due to bad bacteria overgrowth and inflammatory foods, and inflammatory cytokines travel throughout the body causing oxidative stress, setting the stage for inflammatory diseases such as IBS, […]

How to Use Food as Medicine

food as medicine

With each bite of food you take, you are either preventing disease or creating it. This statement resonates deeply with me because I have seen the power food can have to both heal and to chip away at health and vitality. Let me tell you a story. When I was 15, I decided to become […]

Easy Recipe: Paleo Butternut Squash Risotto (SCD Legal, Low FODMAP)

paleo butternut risotto

  Many people on grain free diets miss hearty pasta and rice dishes. Whatever your reason for going paleo, grains and rice can irritate an already damaged digestive tract, so I have my clients with digestive issues eliminate them until they heal. If we are working to heal a specific inflammatory GI condition, I might […]

What I’ve Learned about Meditation

what i've learned about meditation.

I’ve always romanticized meditation and longed to be grounded and spiritual. For most of my life, my monkey mind often controlled me with flitting thoughts that would take hold, often triggering anxiety or causing me to spiral into worry or shame. “Don’t believe everything you think” became a comforting mantra for me, as I’d remind […]

How to Make Your Period Pleasant

period, menstruation, menstrual cycle, hormones, hormone balance

Painful periods and bad PMS are 2 of the biggest issues I help women overcome. It happens every month (for most of us — if not, that’s a sign of hormone imbalance), and you’re going to deal with it until you reach your 50s (again, for most of us), so why not make your period […]

What is the Ideal Diet?

what is the ideal diet?

Vegetarians live longer and have lower cancer rates! Should I be vegetarian? I heard paleo helps with weight loss. Should I go paleo? I gained weight on a paleo diet. What do I do now? I have Crohn’s disease. Will GAPS/SCD/FODMAPs help? (PS what do all these acronyms mean??) Confused? No wonder. The amount of […]

Top Tips for Hormone Balance

hormone balance

I don’t think there’s a worse feeling than being at war with your hormones. I know– I’ve been there. Once upon a time I was struggling with hypothyroidism, low female hormone levels, and adrenal fatigue. That’s a triple whammy. I was tired, stressed out, anxious, depressed, and prone to crying fits. My hair fell out, […]

10 Ways to Reduce the Toxins in Your Life

toxins, chemicals, body burden, total toxic load

We’re hearing a lot about toxins lately, and for good reason: Over the last 50 years, some 70,000 to 100,000 different chemicals have been introduced into the food supply and environment, with about 1,500 new ones added each year. (source) These man-made chemicals (referred to as persistent organic pollutants, or POPs) invade the environment; spread through […]

Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake (Paleo, Vegan)

raw, paleo, vegan pumpkin faux cheesecake

I love all things pumpkin, and therefore, I love pumpkin baking season! I also happen to LOVE cheesecake, but it doesn’t love me back. Dairy gives me zits and makes me gassy (TMI?), which is a common reaction, especially if you have a sensitivity to casein. So I set out to invent a vegan pumpkin […]

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites (Raw, Paleo, Vegan)

cookie dough, paleo cookie dough

I realized that every time I make cookies, I eat more of the dough than the actual cookie. So I decided to combine my love of cookie dough with my affinity for healthy little snacks, and voila! These chocolate chip cookie dough bites are the result. They take about 5 minutes to whip up and […]