One of my favorite aspects of traveling is trying out new foods and restaurants in the area that I'm visiting. This has become slightly more complicated for me being gluten-free, having restrictions with certain nightshades and trying to avoid foods in general that could possibly cause a flare with my colitis, something I definitely want to avoid while traveling!
As many of you know, this past spring I enrolled in the 21 Day Sugar Detox Coaches Program, a successful nutrition program created by Diane Sanfilippo, to become a Certified Coach. I knew since completing my own sugar detox and reading Diane’s work for a number of years that becoming a coach and running sugar detoxes was something I eagerly wanted to do. When I found out that the program was opening up for enrollment again this spring, I was simultaneously thrilled and terrified.
I recently came down with a horrible cold which I was super bummed about for two reasons. 1.) Colds suck!! 2.) I hadn't caught a cold in almost 5 years...seriously! I was pretty proud of that track record especially for someone who has an autoimmune condition and takes immunosuppresent medication
While I still consider myself mostly Paleo, I love being able to dine out and enjoy comfort foods that I wouldn't normally make at home. I plan on covering more restaurants where I've found gluten-free/Paleo eating fairly easy to accommodate, but I figured I should support local first and start with my hometown of Burlington, Vermont
In early September, I took a two week vacation to the Pacific Northwest, specifically Seattle and Port Angeles, Washington with Corey and my parents. This was my first real vacation in over two years and good lord did I need it!! Traveling is a huge passion of mine and to have not taken any major trips in this long was really weighing heavily on my spirit.
From what I've gathered by talking to friends, family, coworkers, acquaintances and clients, faulty digestion seems to be a hot topic of concern for almost everybody right now. It doesn't surprise me when I talk to someone who is experiencing digestive distress.
This past Fall I began working with a new ND who, based on comprehensive stool testing, determined that I had a pretty severe Candida yeast overgrowth. I went on a 8-10 week protocol that consisted of a very low-carb/no sugar diet and natural anti-fungal supplements to get my overgrowth under control and back to healthy levels.
For many years I had heard about the Paleo diet in passing, mostly from friends who were into CrossFit, and I knew the basic idea but didn't really think anything of it other than another "trend diet". However when I started attending school for Nutrition Therapy and really immersing myself in the nutrition community, I quickly came to realize that Paleo was not just a passing fad diet.
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