Things That Make Us Crazy, Sick, and Fat! And it’s not Food!

  So you’re devoted to your sunrise salutations, eating organic, getting enough sleep, and getting in your twice weekly meditation/yoga practice. Or at least you’re incorporating  enough of these practices to rightly expect results and yet are still experiencing weight gain, unexplained infertility, chronic fatigue, anxiety/moodiness, poor memory and hot flashes. So what gives? Maybe … Read more

Armpit Detox

  If you’ve tried going with a more natural/non toxic deodorant and haven’t liked the worse than normal musky odor coming from your pits, don’t despair! There’s a simple solution. If you have been wearing antiperspirant for a while you might be in need of a pit detox before you can switch to a more … Read more

Ice Cream and Flu Shots! Tis The Season

It’s Flu SHOT Season Everywhere you turn, someone is offering you a flu shot. Rite Aid entices you with free ice cream in exchange for a flu shot. I’ve gotten at least three emails from Kaiser reminding me to get my flu shot. Go to the doctor for any reason and you’ll be offered the … Read more

Who Knew This Could Be Caused By Birth Control Pills

As a Functional Medicine nutritionist, I think like a detective to help my clients understand the “why” behind their “what” (the diagnosis). Sometimes, the “why” can be revealed in a simple conversation; more often, further investigation is needed  including various types of functional testing and lab work. The following is an example of one hunt … Read more

Is It New Mommy Exhaustion or Postpartum Depression?

Postpartum Depression (PPD) It’s estimated that 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression and most suffer in silence. I’m hoping this post will open the doors for more women to seek help and support if they’re are feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, and/or depressed after having a baby. What’s the difference between Postpartum Depression (PPD) and the … Read more

A Hiatus

Last month, I somehow ended up doing what I often recommend to my clients: taking a 30-day time-out. I don’t mean totally checking out but just dialing things back a bit by 10-15 hours a week. My time-out did not start as a deliberate decision, but rather it was something that just sort of evolved. … Read more

Help! I Can’t Lose Weight!

There’s a term for the inability to lose weight.  It’s called Weight-Loss-Resistance (WLR).  You know you have Weight-Loss-Resistance when your caloric intake is below 1400 calories, you’re working out hard and nothing’s happening or even worse you gain a few pounds.  It’s when the ‘calories in and calories out’ rule doesn’t apply to you. It’s not … Read more

Yikes! I'm losing My hair!

Many women come to me concerned about hair loss.  Their hairbrush is full of hair and it seems to happen over night.  For some, it’s coming out in clumps. Hair is a women’s crowning glory.  It’s what makes us feel beautiful, so losing our manes is quite disconcerting and even devastating. Many try shampoos without much luck, which … Read more

Quick Checklist For Picking A Good Quality Supplement

Many people ask me if I think supplements are necessary and the answer is yes. There are some basics that I think everyone needs even if you’re diligent and very careful about what you eat.  We  live in a sea of toxins, our soil has been depleted of vital minerals and nutrients, many of us are stressed … Read more

Why cooking can save your life…

Why cooking can save your life… (this is an excerpt taken from a post on Dr. Mark Hyman’s blog)The cure for what ails us, both in our bodies and in our nation can be found in the kitchen. It is a place to rebuild community and connection,  strengthen bonds with family and friends, teach life-giving skills … Read more