What's the big deal with carbs?

Uncategorized Jul 28, 2020

The road to chronic disease - from autoimmunity to heart disease - is paved with sugar and refined carbohydrates. It’s like a freeway that leads straight to insulin resistance, especially when given the right conditions - being overweight and inactive.

The devastating chain of events that leads to chronic disease goes like this:

  • In the digestive tract, carbs and sugar break down to glucose that the body uses for energy.
  • Beta cells in the pancreas make and secrete insulin into the blood. For any extra glucose you don’t use, this insulin taxis it to muscle, fat, and liver cells for storage.
  • Given the right conditions, and more glucose than your cells can manage at any given moment, the call goes out for even more insulin - more taxis for fat storage.
  • Beta cells keep the insulin flowing, but eventually, the body’s cells can’t absorb it or the glucose building up in your bloodstream - the receptors have become numbed (aka insulin resistance).
  • Eventually, the...
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Doing this ONE thing will help you sleep better!

Uncategorized Jun 28, 2020

As you’ve probably heard - exposure to computers, TVs, and phones in the hours before bed can interfere with your sleep. BUT did you know that exposure to sunlight during the day can help you sleep better at night? The thing is... most of us don’t get enough!


Most people have been catching onto the fact that nighttime exposure to computers, tablets, and TV screens sabotages our sleep - the blue light they emit suppresses our sleep hormones - like melatonin. 


Research shows that, even during summer, the average person only spends 1-2 hours a day outside. I can only imagine the average for those of us living at higher latitudes. AND for shift workers, it’s even worse.


A Finnish study observed two groups - one living under fluorescent lighting and another group exposed only to sunlight through windows every day. While both groups received the same duration of both light and darkness during the study, the group exposed to sunlight produced...

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Insulin Resistance and Weight Gain

insulin resistance Jun 01, 2020

An area that I get a lot of questions about, and one that is becoming more and more prevalent in the women I work with, is blood sugar imbalance, including insulin resistance and prediabetes.

SO many women I talk with don't even realize they have an underlying issue with blood sugar balance, because they think they need to be extremely overweight to be susceptible to it.

Diabetes is one of the most common problems in the United States today with over 26 million Americans affected at an annual cost of over $218 billion per year. Unfortunately, the Standard American Diet (SAD) continues to promote these blood sugar disorders.

This trend is a growing problem, and it’s primarily due to a lack of lifestyle education and physical activity, as well as the consumption of nutrient-depleted and processed foods (even your gluten-free goodies!). 

Diabetes disrupts ALL aspects of our physiology. It increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, cognitive decline, and virtually...

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Conventional Medicine is Failing Women

Uncategorized May 24, 2020

Over the past several months, you may have found yourself wondering whether you should look into seeing a Functional Medicine Practitioner… or maybe you’ve been wondering how a practitioner like me helps a woman like you...  

For most, once you learn about Functional Medicine, it doesn’t take long to realize that it primarily appeals to women. Why? Well, chronic disorders affect more women than men, and the conventional medical approach to treatment, for us ladies, often ranges from disappointing to dehumanizing.

THE FACT IS: Conventional medicine is failing women.

Most of the time, when women show up at doctors’ offices with “mystery” symptoms from undiagnosed chronic disorders or functional imbalances, they are frequently left feeling demoralized and hopeless. I get it, because I’ve been there.

So many women that I’ve worked with have been told that their “mystery” symptoms are just psychosomatic (in their...

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My Top 6 Hormone Hacks

hormone health hormones Apr 23, 2020

Have you noticed that the word “hоrmоnеs” іѕ mostly uѕеd іn рор-сulturе as a negative rеfеrеnсе tо mооdѕ, оr more specifically tо mood ѕwіngѕ, that women tend to experience?

As I mentioned in the last newsletter, hоrmоnеѕ аrе chemical messengers that influence the health of EVERY cell іn уоur bоdу. This means that optimal hormonal balance іѕ essential for your body to function wеll. If your hоrmоnеѕ аrе out of whack, уоu can feel the negative еffесtѕ emotionally, mentally AND рhуѕісаllу. 

Hоrmоnеѕ rеgulаtе growth and development, lіbіdо and reproductive function, metabolism, and уеѕ… our mood. Whеn thеѕе сhеmісаl mеѕѕеngеrѕ bесоmе imbalanced, we can еxреrіеnсе a whole host of health рrоblеmѕ. These imbalances may only seem like ѕubtlе ѕуmрtоmѕ at first, but they can quickly become реrѕіѕtеnt рrоblеmѕ that саn bе vеrу fruѕtrаtіng аnd ultіmаtеlу lead to further issues down the line.

A hіgh-ѕtrеѕѕ lifestyle соuрlеd wіth іmрrореr eating hаbіtѕ can wreak havoc on...

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The REAL Cause of Hormonal Imbalances

hormone health hormones Mar 18, 2020

I get a LOT of questions about hormones! So, I’ve crafted this post to provide you with some valuable information, and clear up some misconceptions, about your hormone health. 


What Exactly ARE Hormones? 

Hormones are chemical messengers that travel from a gland (such as the adrenals or thyroid) to a receptor site on a cell elsewhere in the body (such as the ovaries). This delicate communication system is how the body regulates blood sugar, sex hormones, mood, sleep and wake cycle, metabolism, and HUNDREDS of other functions.  When this system isn’t working well, no amount of exercise or diet is going to fix how you feel or look, but luckily there is something that you can do about it!


How Do Hormones Get Out of Balance? 

In order for your glands to make hormones, it needs adequate nutrients and a non-toxic environment. In addition to avoiding chemical exposure, we also need to optimize our liver detox pathways and gut health. 


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Do you REALLY need to stop eating gluten?

gluten gluten-free Mar 04, 2020

Let’s get right into it...let’s talk about GLUTEN! 

Now, I’m not a fan of broad-stroke nutritional statements, but when it comes to gluten, this little protein can cause serious chaos in your body.

The biggest misconception about glutеn sensitivity (оr intolerance) is that if you don’t experience digestive issues, then it isn’t a problem for you.

That’s a nice thought, but it simply isn’t true! 

Fact is, Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (aka NCGS) can manifest as neurological, muscular, and/or psychological imbalances.

In 2013, an in-depth study by a team of researchers, including renowned Dr. Alеѕѕіо Fаѕаnо, ѕtаtеd that:

"Both Cеlіас Dіѕеаѕе and gluten sensitivity mау present with a party of nеurоlоgіс and psychiatric co-morbidities, however, ѕуmрtоmѕ outside of the dіgеѕtіvе system may be the рrіmе presentation in those with gluten sensitivity. However, gluten sensitivity rеmаіnѕ undеr-treated and under-recognized аѕ a...

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Handling the Holidays (and other social events)

As we close out the year, I know most of us are wooed by those incredibly nostalgic, mouth-watering, yet inflammatory-inducing comfort foods. So, I wanted to pop in to urge you to remain mindful through this very cozy season, so you can steer clear of the shame spirals and puddles of guilt.

No one wants that.

If you’re avoiding these foods to upgrade your health (and life!), BUT you’re anxious about how to stay on track through these potentially trying times, keep reading, because I’m going to share some power moves with you.

When you’re prepared for what’s to come, it becomes MUCH easier to navigate the terrain -- whether it’s the holidays, a social event or a casual get together.

Being mindful, especially during a season where indulgence is glorified and everything looks, smells, and tastes incredible, is essential. Unfortunately, the road to chronic disease - from autoimmunity to heart disease - is paved with sugar and refined carbohydrates....

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