Sugar cravings? Blame it on your gut bugs!

Sugar cravings?  Blame it on your gut bugs!

First it was Thanksgiving, then Halloween and now we are on the verge of the holiday party season. No big deal you tell yourself, it’s just “one treat”, right? Except….when it turns into a week and then a month and there is no end in sight….. It’s like you’ve taken a bite of the forbidden… Continue Reading

This is why your scale can’t always be trusted! (Personal)

This is why your scale can’t always be trusted! (Personal)

Do you ever fantasize about hitting a particular number on the scale?  Maybe you even think your life would dramatically change and your self-esteem would skyrocket! Now, have you ever come so close and yet…..you still didn’t look the way you imagined?  Somehow you were still looking at a very similar image staring back at… Continue Reading

Is Estrogen Messing With Your Weight Loss Goals?-Part 2

Is Estrogen Messing With Your Weight Loss Goals?-Part 2

Hormonal factors have a massive impact on body composition. Do you feel as though you’re doing everything right, exercising regularly, eating healthier than most, and still your weight won’t budge? If this sounds like you, a little hormone balancing may be in order. As I discussed in Part 1 of this series on hormones where… Continue Reading

Kid Friendly Gluten Free Coconut Pancakes

Kid Friendly Gluten Free Coconut Pancakes

I have two girls who both adore pancakes.  We generally stay away from gluten in my house, but I’m not militant about it.   In the past, I have used a little Kamut flour that is lower in gluten, higher in protein and easier to digest.  However, recently my 3-year-old has had a hard time even… Continue Reading

The Top 3 Foods This Nutritionist Won’t Eat!

The Top 3 Foods This Nutritionist Won’t Eat!

Artificial Sweeteners Long before I became a Nutritionist, in my 20’s, I ate every single “zero sugar” food (now I wouldn’t even call it food) going! Diet pop, diet juice, diet yogurt, diet granola bars, diet chocolate bars, if it had less sugar and carbs, I was happy to eat it! It wasn’t until I… Continue Reading

How the heck do I get my kids to eat their veggies?

How the heck do I get my kids to eat their veggies?

Nutrition isn’t just my profession or my business. Nutrition is my life.  That doesn’t mean I’m obsessive about it. But it does mean, that I always practice what I preach.  Leading by example is a powerful way to motivate others, even kids!  Yes, that’s right, “Monkey see Monkey do!”  As someone who has overcome low… Continue Reading

No Dairy? No Problem!

No Dairy?  No Problem!

Question: “If I give up Dairy products, how will I ensure I get enough calcium”? Answer: Dairy is not the most absorbable form of calcium! Intake from foods like almond milk, tahini, soaked almonds, bok choy, sardines, salmon, dark leafy greens and bone broth (tastes better then it sounds!) are much better choices!   600… Continue Reading

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