Category Archives: On My Plate

Oh Nuts!

There are so many things I love about the work I do.

I love helping clients and course participants to better understand their unique bodies and how to support themselves.

I love the people I meet daily, sitting with them in their place of curiosity and discovery.

I love talking about food and health and why physiology matters. It’s fascinating!

Watching an ‘aha’ emerge in someone’s eyes, voice, or even in their writing on the screen of my computer as they put the pieces of the puzzle together between their body and their food, their history and their health, is a true blessing.

Another thing I love is that, after working with thousands of people ~ both in my private practice and online courses over the years ~ I’ve been able to draw some clinical “evidence”. The evidence is derived from seeing a pattern arise over and over again in a good number of people.

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the superfood for my gut (yours too!)

When was the last time you did a gut check?

Maybe you have no digestive symptoms, so you worry instead about your brain fog, fatigue, skin issues, blood sugar or diagnosed autoimmune condition—bypassing the all important connection between the GI tract and every single sign or symptom that irks you. (Yes, that connection exists and it’s strong!)

Maybe you think you’ve got that gut thing covered; you’ve been there and done that (“yeah, yeah, I healed my gut last year”). We hear that one a lot in the Alliance Clinic!

Yet I want to share with you what I’ve found for myself and my own health (Hashimoto’s, brain, hormone, anti-aging and more)…

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notebooks, lunches, snacks and sacks (get prepping!)

No matter how old you are, whether you have kids or not, this time of year holds a back-to-school air that’s undeniable.

Can you feel it too?

It can be hard when the lazy days of summer give way to the mad rush of getting everyone out the door on time with a nourishing breakfast in their belly and a healthy lunch in tow. I get it!

I’ve got some tips to help your transition that I don’t want you to miss!

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when the shoe fits. . .

Life has become a never-ending process of “trying on” one thing, then another, like Goldilocks wandering through the bears’ house while they’re out picking berries for their porridge. (And maybe porridge doesn’t fit with your dietary and digestive parameters, and maybe it does…)

Throughout the month of May I’ve been thinking about when the shoe fits (and when it doesn’t), quite a bit. In my own life, I tried, once again, to fit eggs back into my diet.

I so badly wanted the eggs to fit…

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my routine breakfast bowl

As we wrap up our granola-loving series I wanted to share one final favorite…

It’s the recipe that gives me get-up-and-go each morning. And believe me, routine doesn’t have to be a bore. I look forward to my morning bowl every day!

This is roughly my morning mixture but you can create what works for you. Don’t be shy. Mix and match to your heart’s delight. You really can’t go wrong. It’s granola after all!

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take this tiger by the tail!

I’ve got a question for you today…

If, as you likely know by now, you are equal parts bacteria and human, just who (or what) are you feeding when you sit down to your morning meal?

While we’re still learning more each day—mapping what’s going on with those microbes and how they influence our states of health and illness, from gut to brain and immunity to pain—it’s time for each one of us to take the tiger by the tail.

We’ll do just that with the second recipe in our granola series and this week’s featured ingredient…

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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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create new habits for sustainable change

Since we’ve waved goodbye to 2013 just over a week ago, I’ve found myself glancing back over my shoulder at the reflection of the year past and looking forward to this new year with excitement and anticipation. Even expectation.

This chance for reflection is one proven reason why making resolutions at this time of year is actually so effective.

Reflection + Resolution is apparently a winning combo.

(Hey, the Resolution Detox Kick-Off Class is tomorrow night. This community is eager for that promising post-reflection forward momentum. You too? Join us!)

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loving myself naked at 50!

I turned 50 this summer and I have to admit that it’s easier to love myself naked now than it ever has been before. Sure, my body is changing as I age, and I can look back and laugh at what I criticized in myself when I was younger.

Yet now I have a different level of love and acceptance for myself.

By understanding my biology and the challenges that I might encounter in my health, (which often result for us women in changes in our form and function), I’ve been able to develop a deeper compassion for myself, inside and out…

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uh-oh, your energy is expiring…

Long after I stopped eating refined sugar, and that afternoon walk to the nearby bakery was a distant memory, I still suffered the 4pm risk of an energy outage.

You know the one I’m talking about, right?

Your body feels heavier.

There’s still a stretch of the day in front of you.

The tasks ahead become foggier as you struggle to keep your head off your folded arms or attempt to convince your kids that it’s “quiet time” so you can lay down.

And the idea of making dinner seems as monumental as climbing Kilimanjaro‎.

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