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Category Archives: On My Plate
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.continue reading...
I’m taking a real risk leading with that headline.
No, I’m not telling you to get over yourself. Really I’m not. Sometimes it’s completely appropriate to take ourselves seriously.
I am, however, telling myself to get over myself. And I tell myself this regularly.
Get over yourself has been one of my mantras for several years now.
And it works.continue reading...
it’s not me, it’s my genes!
By now most of us are aware that the genes we have don’t dictate our health or lack thereof. Most of us are also familiar with the saying “genes load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger”.
Today, I’d like to talk about what, in functional medicine, we call antecedents.
What have your antecedents done for you lately?continue reading...
Context vs. Strategy
For years now I’ve called myself a “contextualist”.
I claimed the name far before doing the work I do now.
What I learned for myself early on was this: Context matters.
Without context and the understanding of why, why wouldn’t a million other things get in the way of me making change and moving forward? And why would I ever venture to make dietary alterations or stick to them?
You likely can relate. . . The strategy for upgrading your diet and supporting your health may have been laid out before you by numerous books, articles, even health care practitioners. You know something’s gotta shift.
Yet you’re stalled. There’s something that prevents you from taking action. This happens time and time again. The evasion itself has become exhausting!
And I’d like to propose why. . .continue reading...
And I’ve got some tips to help your transition that I don’t want you to miss!
My boy, Gilbert, still has a few more weeks before he loads up his backpack and heads off to his first day of high school (yes, high school!).
Yet my mind is already on his long days away and lunch sacks to pack, and I know many of my clients and friends have already heard the first-day-of-school bell ring.
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!
And then there’s the end-of-day challenge of having dinner on the table when your crew convenes for the family meal.continue reading...
When you look at the list below, you may be wondering why I’m detailing the dietary guidelines of my clients. But these are not my clients.
This is the list of attendees at my son, Gilbert’s, 14th birthday party this weekend.
▪ one gluten-free (GF), dairy-free (DF), mostly refined sugar-free (SF), peanut-free
▪ one GF, SF, salicylate-free (no peppers, almonds, berries. . . )
▪ one GF, potato allergy
▪ two pesca-vegetarian (one whom avoids kiwi)
▪ one GF, DF, SF, egg-free (EF)
▪ two anything goes
▪ one GAPs, low FODMAP (ie. only meats, eggs, certain vegetables and select fruits)
▪ and of course no GMOs, though whether or not to label GMOs was up for discussion around the breakfast table after talk of some other, perhaps more usual, teen boy conversations that I didn’t track or understand
Welcome to my bubble!continue reading...
I can guarantee you that it’s different for you than it is for me.
Last year, right around this time, I told the story of how I had gotten a good taste of why babies scream inconsolably. (At least the babies who have ear infections.)
While on vacation with my son in Hawaii, I contracted an ear infection that made the sides of my head hot, swollen and pierced with excruciating pain; pain that reverberated from deep within my inner ear canal to my dangling lobe and kept me up through the night, wanting to wail at the top of my lungs like a crying baby. My ears were crying tears of their own. By the time the Kauai roosters crowed with the early morning sun, my jaw was clenched tight. I’d barely slept a wink.continue reading...
Sometimes the nutrition world feels like a land of controversy.
I bet you know what I mean, and often find yourself wondering just who to pay attention to.
There are hundreds of “nutrition experts” (all with conflicting advice), new books each week offering the best diet ever, and friends or family claiming they’ve found the holy grail (and you should try it too).
~ 3 square meals only vs. 6 snacks each day
~ vegan vs. paleo
~ gluten-free vs. grain-based
~ low-carb vs. low-fat
~ raw vs. cooked
And that’s just the tip of the nutritional iceberg!
There’s an abundance of healing protocols claiming to cure a long list of ailments. This one? That one? What’s an informed eater to do?continue reading...
Sometimes your daily dose is a lot to swallow.
I don’t mean all that’s on your plate ~ work, family, health and more.
And I’m not even referring to the vitamin C, vitamin D, CoQ10, etc. etc. that you may choose to wash down each day.
It’s your fruits and veggie intake that I’m thinking about.
And mine too!
That’s why I’ve been spending the past week dipping into the crisper, getting ready for the Refresh Cleanse.continue reading...
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.continue reading...