Category Archives: Eater’s Digest

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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Yogurt (for everyone, really)

If you’re susceptible to the proteins in milk (think seasonal allergies, asthma, constipation, IBS, or you know full-well who you are…), then the yogurt, no matter how wholesome gets ditched right along with the milk shake.

Thankfully, there are now yogurts available for just about everyone… even me!

Read on to learn what to look for in a yogurt, our favorite brands at Replenish, and my go-to recipe for making yogurt at home…

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It’s so easy being green!

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

You’ve likely heard that green tea is good for your health. It’s not really “news”. What I’d like to look at with you is the WHYs and the HOWs of some of green tea’s goodness.

Take a look at these 3 great benefits of green tea…

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when life gives you lemons…

Since 2 major factors in both cancer prevention and living a long and healthy life are managing blood sugar and quelling inflammation, I decided to focus today on 2 recipes that include ingredients that target both those goals simultaneously while celebrating the benefits of the lemon.

And, since I’m often asked for healthy breakfast ideas, I wanted to provide you with recipes that you can easily use to start your day.

A good breakfast, within one hour of waking, is your best bet for maintaining balanced blood sugar throughout the day!

Try one (or both) of these options and bring a little lemony sunshine back into your morning…

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go ahead. . . sow your wild oats!

There are ingredients we can include in our daily menus that have impact.

And this summer I’m on a mission to talk food as medicine…

As you may know, a few weeks ago I introduced the summer gut lovin’ challenge.

It’s an easy challenge. It basically involves trying out some surprising culinary ingredients that help your gut do it’s job a bit better.

Today’s summer lovin’ ingredient is a new twist on an old favorite…

it may surprise you coming from a mostly grain-free girl like me!

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love your gut with the tigernut

Two weeks ago, I introduced the summer SI (small intestine) challenge and we’ve got some great dog days of summer ahead of us to sink into this initiative.

Don’t sweat. This is a fun challenge. It merely involves trying (or re-trying) out some surprising culinary ingredients that help your gut do it’s job a bit better.

Food is medicine after all.

Today’s summer lovin’ ingredient is a bit nutty:

it may be new to you…

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granola for everyone (yes, everyone!)

One quick look in a standard cereal aisle and you’ll likely find a variety of sugar-laden desserts disguised as granola. They’re loaded with sugars and not so good fats (hey—that’s most certainly not health food, no matter what the box says!)

It might be the grains, the nuts, the seeds or the added sugars (even the more natural kinds like honey or maple syrup) that keep you from going for that granola that your kids or sweetie can happily gobble up.

Never fear!

Here on the Replenish nutrition team, we’ve got a granola recipe to suit nearly every dietary need…

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shore up your stomach

What I see, time and time again for the Functional Nutrition Alliance clients and customers is that when these connections are made, when there’s finally a reason why a particular sign or symptom is not being addressed by a standard treatment, that it brings relief, insight and the freedom to find a more clear path toward their unique recovery.

I want to help you make these important connections too.

And today I want to help you connect your thyroid to…your stomach!

That’s right, the way to your thyroid health (or one way anyway) is through your stomach.

Let’s consider just a couple of reasons why this may be so…

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Chew on this!

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with chewing.

It’s the thought of chewing that’s got my attention, not the practice. The practice is what I’m hoping to inspire today—in myself, and hopefully in you too.

I often say that ‘we’re not just what we eat, but how our body processes what we eat’. In this way, we are what we can digest, absorb and utilize.

We are, in part, the health of our organs and body systems.

It’s curious to me how we can overlook the importance of the many chemical reactions in our bodies and particularly in our digestive systems. There are those that are triggered by the food choices we make, and there are those affected by the strength and efficiencies of our organs…

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gut loving Labor Day – How to!

I don’t know about you, but a potluck or barbeque, like those held every Labor Day, can trigger surprising digestive explosions (similar to what you might see in the sky on the 4th of July!).

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.

Today, on the first day of this month of September, as we lean into Labor Day here in the states, I’d like to share my top four tactics for loving Labor Day (and letting it love you).

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