Monthly Archives: May 2014

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

Have we reached our dietary goal?

Is this the stopping point?

Is it all better now?

But for some of us, there is an elusive place that’s as hard to reach as OZ during waking moments. It’s not that we can’t (and don’t!) achieve our goal weight, energy and physical stride. It’s that it can be challenging to stay there. . . forever.

I’m not talking about the difficulty of Sticking With It!, of learning how to heed your prescribed dietary plan or known parameters for optimal health. Instead I’m referring to the changes that occur within our bodies themselves.

As your body changes, so does its dietary needs.

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The cold-hard truth about symptoms

I’m just going to come right out and say it: symptoms suck.

Symptoms like waking up tired, feeling run down, struggling with bowel dis-regularity or sudden skin issues can possess you, monopolize your thoughts and behavior and prescribe you to a life that falls outside of your dreams and potential.

Yet symptoms can also be your dependable GPS, the internal system that provides direction and key information in all conditions.

The process of going from the suck to the sympathetic doesn’t happen overnight. It comes first from the fortitude to seek explanation. Why do those symptoms not just persist but dominate, despite your best efforts to do what you know to address them?

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Tributes & Turmeric

a note from Andrea . . .

I’m hoping that in addition to me inviting you to indulge in some healing spring soup and anti-inflammatory tea (using our spotlight ingredient ~ turmeric), that you can indulge me in a special dedication.

Today I’d like to take a moment to reflect on what inspired my road to nutrition; to what brings me here, writing to you today, with scientific knowledge, insights about functional medicine, and the compassion and dedication that it takes to support someone moving from a state of illness to their optimal health.

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“back it up” for your energy & metabolism

In Sean Croxton’s Thyroid Sessions (the awesome free online event happening now), you’ll hear me speak about “backing it up” when it comes to the function of the thyroid.

But just what do we want to back it up to so that our thyroid can provide us with energy and metabolism as it’s meant to do?

Back it up to Digestion.

And by digestion I don’t just mean what you eat (though that’s critical too!), but also how each of the organs in your digestive systems works for you.

Those organs include your mouth, esophagus, stomach, and small & large intestines but also your pancreas, gallbladder and your beloved liver.

Interestingly, in ancient Chinese practices the cycle of the day and the cycle of the year had correspondence with organ systems in the body. The relevance even relates to the seasonal foods during that time of year and how they feed and fuel those associated organs.

Waking up at 3am on a regular basis?

Could be your liver.

Feeling a bit of anger as we enter into the season?

Um. . . could be your liver.

(And believe me when I tell you that you’re not alone!)

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