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Category Archives: Eater’s Digest
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. 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.
(If your curiosity is piqued about how digestion affects your health, click here and see the details below. For now, let’s chew on more facts about chewing!)continue reading...
You know what?
I’m sweet on you and your health.
That’s why I’m hosting the free class tomorrow,’Even Keel: The Three Keys to Sustainable Blood Sugar Balance’ and still want to take time to explore some of the top questions I receive about blood sugar.
It’s that important. (And dare I say, that misunderstood!)
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!
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!)continue reading...
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!continue reading...
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!continue reading...
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.continue reading...
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?continue reading...
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.continue reading...
This month: getting to the root of it all
What do the following symptoms have in common?
gas and bloating
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?continue reading...
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?continue reading...