Category Archives: Eater’s Digest

Rest & Digest

You may be wondering what stress has to do with your digestion.

Or you may already know.

You’ve likely felt butterflies in your stomach before a big event ~ a performance, your wedding, or even prior to a difficult conversation with your partner or boss. And in those moments you’re likely not thinking about french fries.

Yet in my practice I often see clients who are suffering from chronic stressors.

It could be a difficult job that’s been taking a toll for months.

It might be systemic pain.

Or it may just be the challenges of everyday modern living ~ kids, finances and getting a good meal on the table at the end of a busy day.

Let’s face it: life can be stressful!

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Post-Christmas Digestive Wellness

Recently I had an open conversation with my friend Venu Julapalli M.D., a gastroenterologist in Houston, Texas. I wanted to discuss how a medically trained doctor considers the role of food and nutrition in digestive health, especially given the nature of our upcoming Resolution Detox, which allows you to sink into your own core health to kick off the new year.

As you’ll see, Dr. Julapalli had some questions for me too!

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It’s easy going green: hormone balance and green tea

It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a moment to meditate on the migration of my meals and morsels on these pages you read. But as I prepare for the EstroZen Detox, I’m deep in thought of the physiology of food.

Not just my food, but hopefully yours too!

Which foods support your hormone balance and which thwart it?

It’s all a careful correspondence as I articulated in the Tipping the Scale Webinar on Saturday. And I must confess that I love delving into the nitty gritty details to customize a dietary protocol that delivers the best results possible, while also creating a blueprint you can carry easily into your everyday.

Today I want to make testament to the tea leaf ~ the green tea leaf.

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Aloe Vera Juice: Healing the Skin (Inside & Out)

You’re likely familiar with the idea of putting aloe on your outer skin to soothe either a sunburn or an inopportune encounter with some fire ~ from the stovetop, the fireplace or your campground dinner.

But can aloe actually provide some benefits for that internal skin as well?

You bet it can!

It was over 3,500 years ago that the health benefits of aloe were first documented. But the research didn’t stop there.

There’s a body of contemporary research that contributes to the reasons why I’m a fan of the healing benefits of aloe vera juice. I include it in many of my cleanses, like our upcoming Retreat: A TrulyFood Autumn Cleanse.

I also like to incorporate aloe vera juice into particular clients’ daily protocols and smoothies to help address specific digestive disturbances from heartburn to ulcers to intestinal or bowel inflammation to diarrhea. But why?

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What’s a Healthy Bowel Movement?

This month: well . . . it’s poop

Am I really going to talk about poop? Indeed I am.

I know its not a pleasant topic.

Yet it’s an issue that comes up a lot in my practice. For me poop is an indicator of your health and it’s an important focus while we restore your body’s balance. It may be one of our best diagnostic tools!

Yet, the kids giggle. The adults try to hide their unease or they worry that it’s TMI.

But we get over it. And eventually we talk down and dirty details without discomfort.

The digestive system starts with the thought of food before its even consumed. It ends with the elimination of waste. Head to bottom.

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get to the root

This month: getting to the root of it all

What do the following symptoms have in common?

gas and bloating
constipation
allergies and/or sensitivities to certain foods or smells
eczema or acne
brain fog, anxiety and depression
The commonality in all those symptoms is that they share a root cause.

That’s right. All those disparate manifestations, from your belly to your skin to your brain, stem from the same place.

Do you know what it is?

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Gluten Free 4th of July: Fireworks!

This month: keeping the fireworks in the sky (and out of your gut)

I don’t know about you, but a potluck or barbeque, like those held every 4th of July, can trigger surprising digestive explosions along with the expected ones in the sky.

You may know what I mean, but never put any rhyme or reason to it. It’s just become, over the years, a part of your independent right to both celebrate and suffer.

Many of the participants in this summer’s Tick Tock Detox are approaching the 4th with a new found sense of digestive awareness and curiosity. . . Will the sugar and dairy laden strawberries and cream entice or will their Dairy Free ‘Whipped Cream’ Tart be the hit of the party?

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Love Your Liver

BUT WHY CLEANSE THE LIVER?

Your liver is a powerhouse of activity.

It’s the biggest internal organ in your body and has hundreds of functions. One key role is acting as the gatekeeper for your entire system, filtering all toxins and foreign substances from the bloodstream, breaking them down, and excreting them.

Some of the toxic substances that your liver has to contend with are produced right within your body! These include excess hormones and neurotransmitters. Other substances come from your environment ~ what you eat, what you breathe and even what you put on your skin.

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Blood Sugar

You know what?

I’m sweet on you and your health.

That’s why I hosted the ‘Why Does Blood Sugar Matter’ Q&A last week and still want to take time to explore some of the top questions I receive about blood sugar.

It’s that important!

There are a host of possible causes for bogus blood sugar metabolism. Things such as:

excess or deficient release of the hormone insulin
impaired cell receptivity
under or overactive adrenal glands
compromised liver health
too much sugar or refined carbohydrates or even high glycemic foods in the diet
thyroid issues
surplus stress
and more!

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Does context matter?

I remember when I was a kid my parents would tell me that “on the inside, we’re all the same”.

What I’ve come to understand as an adult, and especially in the work that I do, is that this assertion is only partly true.

Sure, we’ve all got the same stuff inside of our bodies, or pretty much so. But the way those organs function and interact is different from one person to the next.

Your framework is different than mine.

And this is why, when it comes to food and diet, it’s really all about context.

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