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.
Do you love your Inflammatory Bowel Disease? Your Crohn's? Your ulcerative colitis? Have you fully welcomed it into your life? Have you put in the effort to truly nurture and care for you disease? Are you proud of your IBD? You may be thinking this all sounds crazy but just stay with me here, I've got a proposal for you.
I've been using Beautycounter products for almost 3 months now and it's safe to say I'm officially IN LOVE with this company. Beautycounter diligently researches and creates high performing, safer products for people seeking a comparable alternative to their potentially harmful personal care products that "they've used forever."
This is probably one of the most common questions I get asked when the topic of supplements or gut health comes up and for good reason!! Probiotics can be very beneficial to our health when we have optimal amounts and varieties thriving within our digestive system. However if our microbiome is unbalanced, it can be horribly debilitating to our health.
In my "Year of Healing" post, I talked a little bit about why I'm not technically a "New Years Resolution" person and what I do instead of deciding on a handful of resolutions. A resolution by definition is " the firm decision to do or not do something". I personally don't really like being told what to do or not do, even if I'm the one making those calls. I internally put too much pressure on myself which stresses me out and ultimately leads to noncompliance.
Planning holiday gifts has never really been my strong suit. I'm 100% one of those people who waits till the last week, day or hour to figure out a present I can give to my family and friends. I know some of you reading this are the same way so I don't even feel bad about it! I think the problem I run into is that I always try to think of very personalized gifts.
Beautycounter has been on my radar for a little over a year now and I’ve been very intrigued by their mission to get safer products into the hands of everyone. You all know how passionate I am about holistic nutrition, high-quality, nutrient-dense foods and creating a healthier life for everyone so when I heard about their mission, it seemed right up my alley.
I've never been one to make New Years resolution's.
My decision to do things usually comes very spontaneously or because I've decide to change my mindset around the situation, essentially "tricking" myself into just doing the damn thing.
I’ve been in the depths of my holistic nutrition therapy world for so long now that it’s hard to imagine the time in my life when I knew virtually nothing about the impact that our environment, food and lifestyle choices can have on our health.
A few weeks ago, I came to another (new) realization about my personal health and wellness. To be completely honest it’s something I have known for a long time but have never wanted to fully admit or accept into my life as true.
There's a reason we pay more now for something we know is made well and avoid having to spend just as much money (or more) down the road. This is especially true when it comes to investing in our health.
Yesterday I woke up to another gorgeous Vermont summer day and decided to take my morning really slow; do some gentle yoga, journaling, make breakfast and prepare some snacks for the weekend. I rarely get a Saturday off of work from the restaurant but this weekend my wish was granted and I didn't plan on squandering it.
Our government failed us big time when they started to push propaganda on nutrition that was rooted in weak science and faulty reports. Food, health officials and the media began demonizing naturally occurring fats like butter, lard, and full-fat milk products, while at the same time pushed the "new" and "healthier" alternatives like margarine and canola oil onto the unsuspecting public.
I've been living with Ulcerative Colitis for just about 6 years now and it has done nothing short of rock my world. It's taken me a long time to get to where I am today with my disease.
Imagine a world without tasty food staples like broccoli, asparagus, cantaloupes, coffee, pumpkins, cucumbers, blueberries, watermelons, almonds, apples, cranberries, and cherries²... To name just a few. I don't know about you, but that terrifies me, as I frequently enjoy having these nutritious foods available to me and would like to keep it that way for a long time.