There is so much focus out there on being healthy. We get inundated with information about what to eat, how to exercise, what mindfulness practice we should do, and so on. All these things point to an underlying notion that there is some ideal state of perfect health and that you can achieve it if you just do this, eat this, or work out like this. But what does it really mean to be healthy? And what if there were no perfect, ideal state of health? What if true wellness is more of a dynamic process, than an end goal? There is an empowering reframing that can happen when you think of wellness as a process of self-discovery, rather than a goal…Read More
This Moroccan Mint Bean Salad tastes great on a hot day, and it's a fantastic way to feed your microbiome! That's right, the beneficial bacteria in your gut actually feed upon the fiber in beans, so eating them helps restore health to the digestive system, and in turn the whole body and brain!
But what about this old jingle?
"Beans, beans the magical fruit. The more you eat the more you toot!"
You may know by now that the functional medicine approach is a little bit different from conventional practices. We want to treat the root cause of the problem...not just mask the symptoms.Read More
Back-to-school time is always busy for my family. And if you have kids, I’m sure you can relate to this chaotic transition too! During this time, it can be a challenge to put healthy meals on the table. But I have found something that makes the process SO much quicker and easier...Read More
It’s time for us to wrap up the topic we started last week: dairy.
In my last post, I discussed how dairy increases inflammation in those who are allergic or intolerant to it. (Not sure if you’re intolerant? One way to tell is to do the “30 day elimination test.”)
The bottom line is: if you have gut issues, it’s best to avoid dairy.
However, for those who do tolerate dairy, it can actually be a nourishing food!Read More