An Athletic Mom Shares Her Shift from Carb Loading to Gluten Free Nutrient Rich Eating for Performance

An Athletic Mom Shares Her Shift from Carb Loading to Gluten Free Nutrient Rich Eating for Performance

We have been talking a lot about the nutritional needs of female athletes around here lately.  Have you seen our free video series on Female Athlete Wellness? >>Check it out here.<< Today we’re talking a bit more about the benefits of going gluten free for female athletes.  Please enjoy this guest post from Dr. Carolyn… Continue Reading

Vulvovaginal Pain and The Immune System: Practical Steps for Vulvovaginal Pain Relief

Vulvovaginal Pain and The Immune System: Practical Steps for Vulvovaginal Pain Relief

It is well accepted that the nervous system is the ultimate “decider” when it comes to an individual’s pain response in any given moment.  You have surely experienced this yourself when a paper cut feels like your whole hand is on fire, or when you wake up with a giant bruise on your leg and… Continue Reading

Being a Healer and a Woman During The Modern Healthcare Revolution

Being a Healer and a Woman During The Modern Healthcare Revolution

It is well understood that the Western Healthcare System is broken. A 2013 survey revealed that 60% of healthcare workers feel burned out in their jobs (Healthcare Traveler Newsletter, 2013). Hospital mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United States (Hospital Safety Score, 2013). Half of all adults has a chronic healthcare… Continue Reading

Healthy Comfort Food: Italian Sausage Minestrone Soup Recipe

Healthy Comfort Food: Italian Sausage Minestrone Soup Recipe

As the weather gets colder and we are knee deep in the holiday madness (I mean excitement!), it’s helpful to have a few recipes on hand to soothe your soul, your hormones, and your digestion.  One of my favorite healthy comfort food recipes is my Italian Sausage Minestrone Soup.  It’s gluten free, dairy free, grain… Continue Reading

Is adding Maca to Your Smoothies and Recommending It to Your Clients a Good Idea or All Hype?

Is adding Maca to Your Smoothies and Recommending It to Your Clients a Good Idea or All Hype?

Is there any evidence that adding that scoop of Maca to your smoothie is a good idea? As with nearly everything… the answer is, “It depends.” In my practice, I recommend Maca for specific situations and it works very well.  But, in some situations, using maca can actually worsen your client’s symptoms.  Let’s tease out… Continue Reading

How to Conceive Naturally Book Review

How to Conceive Naturally Book Review

If you want healthy children, support the health of their parents. In my practice, supporting mom and dad’s health begins even before conception. As a clinical nutritionist, I work with women every week who struggle with fertility or who simply want to be as healthy as possible before they get pregnant.  Reducing each woman’s environmental… Continue Reading

Celiac Disease and Infertility

Celiac Disease and Infertility

What is the impact of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease on unexplained infertility? A recent study prospectively examined the role of undiagnosed celiac disease in couples with unexplained infertility (Karaca et al., 2015).  Several important pieces of information came out of this report.  First of all, it’s essential to test both partners for celiac disease… Continue Reading

Have a Healthy Holiday Smoothie

Have a Healthy Holiday Smoothie

This is a holiday recipe that I hope that you won’t need.  But, sometimes we all overdo it, push a bit too hard, eat a bit too much holiday sugar, sit next to the coughing guy on the plane, or end up on the receiving end of our kid’s snotty sneeze.  This recipe is for… Continue Reading

Healthy Fats for Female Athletes

Over the last few decades there has been a lot of confusion about how much fat one should eat and what types of fat are healthy.  When it comes to dietary fat recommendations for female athletes, there is a lot of good data that demonstrates the cardiovascular and performance benefits of eating the “right size”… Continue Reading

An Interesting Pilot Study on Diet and Exercise to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

An Interesting Pilot Study on Diet and Exercise to Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

It is well known that eating healthfully and exercising can help to reduce breast cancer risk.  But, there are still many questions about what specific influences diet and exercise can have on cancer risk factors.  Researchers performed a pilot diet and exercise intervention to look at lifestyle factors on breast cancer risk markers in seven… Continue Reading