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In my first year back in college, I had to take an introduction to food science class. The culminating assignment for the class was to create a themed menu and then prepare and share the food with our classmates. My project partners were Christine and Samantha, and we decided to do a dairy-free menu because […]


I’m sure you won’t be surprised that I often get asked about the latest so-called superfood and whether or not it is as good as the interwebs say. The short answer is almost always “yes, it’s wonderful” because more times than not it’s a real food with lots of fabulous micronutrients, phytonutrients, fiber and/or healthy […]


Although the name suggests otherwise, vitamin D isn’t actually a vitamin. Vitamins are micronutrients that we must get from our diet because our body can’t create them. But we can create vitamin D, under the right conditions (more on that later). Unfortunately, most of us are deficient in this incredibly important prohormone and that is […]


In a previous blog post, I described what autoimmune diseases are and how they develop, including the necessity of a trigger and a leaky gut. What this means is that your genes are not your destiny, as it relates to acquiring an autoimmune disease. (Or lots of other conditions, for that matter, but this post […]


This is the last entry in this series about understanding gluten. We’ve covered what gluten is and where to find it, what gluten does to your digestive and immune systems, and how those changes can manifest throughout the body. Today we are covering the prevalence of gluten sensitivity and who should avoid gluten. How prevalent […]


As you’ve hopefully read in parts 1 and 2 of this “Understanding Gluten” series, gluten is a protein found in some grains. Consumption of gluten appears to affect everyone’s digestive tract at least somewhat, and in some people it can cause leaky gut and trigger the adaptive immune system to make antibodies. Now that we’ve […]


In part 1 of this video series, I explained what leaky gut is by showing you how a healthy intestine works and what happens with a “leaky” intestine. In this video, I get into the meat of the discussion by describing what happens in the body as a result of the increased intestinal permeability. Within […]


Much of the time when people are talking about gluten, the conversation seems to involve praising or denigrating someone who has declared themselves gluten-free even though they do not have celiac disease. (Perhaps you’ve even seen this video about how to be gluten intolerant?) Since there seems to be some misunderstanding about what gluten does […]


You won’t be surprised to know that my conversations with people often turn to discussions about food. As soon as someone finds out I’m a dietitian, one of the first questions they ask is, “What do you think of <insert “low carb”, “Atkins”, or name of some other diet>?” The second most common thing that […]


It’s finally over!  The whole 6 weeks and 2 days of my elimination diet is complete!  Woohoo!!  Kind of. Wait… what?!  How can I not be completely over the moon and elated that it’s done, especially after my little pity party leading up to the Super Bowl?  Well, if I’m being honest, there was a […]

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