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Nutritional Therapy

If you are haven't read the first two parts of my health journey, click here to start at the beginning. Rough Start As I had mentioned at the end of my previous post on my health journey, my new protocol started October 10. As I have done elimination diets in the past I didn't really prep myself or my kitchen. Huge mistake. The first week I felt like I could not eat anything. Everything that I had been eating recently was or contained an ingredient that I was not allowed to eat. I felt like a failure already. It was then that I decided to take a different perspective. This was an opportunity to try new foods and recipes. I searched for recipes without the ingredients I wasn't allowed. I gathered about 8 recipes and decided to give that a start. Boy...

Acupuncture and nutritional therapy. One is based on a traditional medicine from 4,000 years ago and the other based on most up to date scientific research. How do these two practices work so well together? Why would I need either of these if I have a primary care doctor? After working 15 years in the western medical world as a Pediatric ICU nurse, I realized that western medicine doesn't have all the answers. That taking a prescription doesn't always work, may not completely resolve the issue and/or may even cause different issues. Now I'm not saying that acupuncture or nutritional therapy on their own can solve all the health problems. What we need to realize is that our health issues did not come from a single source. Our state of health today is determined by our genetics, environment, diet, social relationships, and...

If you haven't read My Health Journey - Part 1 click here to start at the beginning of my story. "hostess with the most-ess" Return of Symptoms As I had mentioned at the end of Part 1 of my health journey story, for the last year I have started to gain weight, feel more tired, and feel "sticky". I had started to check my fasting glucose every morning and they were consistently in the 100's (normal range 70-100). In the last 6 months, I had also noticed that I would get exercise-induced wheezing. This was happening with exercises (running, HIIT, cardio) that I had been doing for the past few years. Back to Basics I started to address these symptoms the way I addressed my symptoms the first time. Eliminate foods! Sugar-free and low carb! I understood this as being the best way to reverse my pre-diabetes....

Fall is a favorite season for many people. The weather starts getting a little cooler, things are beginning to slow down and preparations for the holidays are in full swing. For many others, fall is not so festive. Many people get sick during the fall months, allergies can flare up for some, and many don't like the steady decrease in hours of sunlight, sometimes leading to seasonal depression. Here are five self care tips on how to get through the season without incident. 1. Wear a scarf The large intestine channel runs up the arms, across the shoulders, up the neck, over the face and ends next to the nose. As many people now know, the health of our gastrointestinal tract plays a big part in our immunity, so keeping the large intestine channel warm and preventing exposure from the elements will help keep you healthy. ...

My health journey actually didn't start with my diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). I didn't start to actually address it until 2013. For 10 years, I let it simmer. I knew someday I would probably have to deal with it. I honestly didn't know the damage I was doing to my health and my body by masking my symptoms with prescription medications. Me today diagnosis I was lying back on the table, my feet up in the stirrups, trying to think about anything else other than the doctor who was examining my pelvic area. I became distracted in that effort when I noticed him double and triple checking his palpation of my ovaries. He asked me "have you ever been told that you have cysts?" My reply was "Never." He recommended I come back in a few days to get...

There is a very delicate balance to hormones in the body. If any hormone becomes in excess or deficient, it will affect the other hormones in the body. Today, I am going to discuss excess of estrogen, also known as estrogen dominance. Excess of estrogen can happen in two ways. A person can either have more estrogen than normal. Or a person can have decreased levels of progesterone. Either way, the gap between these two hormones has increased, changing their ratio.   Functions of Estrogen Estrogen has many healthy effects on the body when at the optimal level. Estrogen is best known for preparing the uterus for pregnancy or menstrual cycle. Other functions of estrogen include body temperature regulation, memory function, protects heart from cholesterol, helps liver regulate cholesterol production, and increases bone density and strength. symptoms of estrogen dominance Estrogen Dominance Symptoms Estrogen dominance symptoms in women include weight gain especially around hips, waist and...

The season of fall brings cooler weather and shorter days. As with any season, the world adjusts accordingly. Plants begin to go dormant, animals begin scrounging for food to store to get them through the upcoming winter months and humans start winterizing everything. As fall descends on the land, it reminds us we need to start cutting back on the numerous cooling foods that are consumed during the summer months. Things like raw foods, salads, juices and fruits should be decreased because they can create too much cold in the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine Foods There are many facets to traditional Chinese medicine and nutrition is one of the most important. The ancient Chinese observed what took place in nature and followed those cues accordingly. So when the season changed to fall and the amount of daylight decreased and the temperatures cooled, the Chinese began to eat what...

This powerful spice combats inflammation and reduces pain about Imagine you were lucky enough to get your hands on an ancient plant known to combat inflammation, pain, and disease? What if I told you your local health food store probably has it for a few bucks? Well, it’s true— I’m referring to none other than the golden-hued powerhouse, TURMERIC! Native to India and Southeast Asia, this golden spice has been used to give color and taste to food preparations since ancient times and has remained a mainstay herb in botanical medicine for thousands of years in the Ayurvedic tradition. With a pungent, earthy-sweet taste and a stunning golden-orange hue, turmeric is most commonly found and used as a dried, powdered spice, but it can also be found in it’s fresh, root form. Raw turmeric is the root portion of the plant Curcuma longa. With papery skin and a knobby appearance, the unprocessed form of this root bears a strong...

There are many factors involved with feeling tired. If you are overtired, Traditional Chinese Medicine is able to pinpoint the culprit, give some extra pep and help you kick those afternoon blues. In TCM, the idea of treatment is to find the root of the problem instead of simply treating the symptoms. In the case of fatigue, there are many possible root causes to feeling tired including: stress, depression, over exercising, lack of sleep, poor diet, poor absorption of nutrients and vitamin deficiency. Of course, these can overlap and one can exacerbate the other. Possible TCM Syndromes Spleen qi deficiency and dampness This mainly comes from poor digestion and malabsorption of nutrients from an insufficient diet. Associated symptoms are a pale complexion, gas and bloating, to name a few. Dampness is excessive mucus and a feeling of heaviness in the head and body usually seen in overweight individuals. Since food is not digested well,...

Today, July 7, is World Chocolate Day!!! How many of you have or know someone who gets chocolate cravings??? Did you know that craving chocolate could mean a magnesium deficiency??? Did you know that dark chocolate has health benefits??? Well today I am going to tell you about dark chocolate's health benefits and some recipes to help you enjoy World Chocolate Day! HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHOCOLATE The average American consumes 12 lbs of chocolate each year, and more than $75 billion worldwide is spent on chocolate annually. (1)  That is a lot of chocolate!  There are health benefits to chocolate but not all chocolate is the same.  Processed, highly sweetened chocolate have very little, if any, real health benefits.  Dark chocolate (70% cocoa content) is quite impressive. Just an ounce of dark chocolate with 70 to 85 percent cacao solids contains: (2) 168 calories 12.8 g carbohydrates 2.2 g protein 12 g fat ...