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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 […]


Everywhere you look someone is talking or writing about “leaky gut”, especially how to determine if you have it (usually a reference to Googling symptoms) and how to fix it. While symptoms and resolution of any digestive problem are important, it’s jumping the gun a bit if we don’t really understand what leaky gut is. […]


In the spring of 2003, I was living in Texas with my incredible fiancé. We had returned there five months earlier after an 18 month stint in Paris, where we had become engaged (très romantique!) and completed our first triathlon together. We had just moved into our first house, my wedding dress had arrived, and […]


I hate to admit it, but it makes me happy that I hear fewer people talking about calories. (I hate to admit it because it means I’m a nutrition nerd! Ha!) However, there are still way too many people who think “a calorie is a calorie” and that weight maintenance happens when calories in equal […]


** Fair warning: if you don’t like to read about bodily function, this is probably a post you want to skip… unless you want to understand how your digestive system should be working. ** According to the National Institutes of Health data from 2009, at least 60 – 70 million people (19 – 23% of […]


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 […]


Ah… carbohydrates.  Probably the most controversial and possibly the most misunderstood of the macronutrients.  So let’s see if we can get to the bottom of this vilified nutrient… What are carbohydrates? Carbohydrates are organic compounds (ie, they contain carbon) that are soluble in water (think of how sugar dissolves in water, but oil does not) […]


While everyone seems to agree that protein is a necessary component of a healthy diet, there is still loads of controversy about fat.  Should we eat it or not?  Are there good kinds and bad kinds?  Does eating fat make us fat? It’s really important that we understand fat because it is a critical component […]


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