Is the Keto Diet Good for You?

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Is the Ketogenic Diet Right for Me? The ketogenic diet, which is often referred to as “keto diet,” is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet that helps people lose weight, increase their energy, sleep better, improve brain function and decreases the risk of high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Following the ketogenic diet is a lifestyle change rather than a “quick fix.” … Read More

What is Metabolic Typing?

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What is Metabolic Typing? Every year, around 45 million Americans go on a diet of some type, whether it’s standard calorie counting and exercise, or one of the latest fad or trend diets. Unfortunately, many people fail to see any real results from their dieting efforts — some of them despite trying every trend diet that pops up on television … Read More

Eat Real Food for Health

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Are Your Food Choices Supporting Your Health? Losing weight is a popular topic of conversation.  We all want to lose weight, but we also want to look good.  Whether we’re at a restaurant, a bar, on a date, or having a casual conversation, it seems like it’s always in the back of our minds. Why has our society become so … Read More

The Best Diet for Athletes

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And the Best Diet Is… Drum roll please…   It depends.   I know, I know that’s a terrible answer and probably not the one you were looking for. But stick with me and I’ll show you why it actually “depends” on who you are, what’s currently going on with your body, and your performance goals that determines the best … Read More

Is the Beyond Meat Burger Good for You?

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What is the Beyond Meat Burger? Vegan eating seems to be more and more prevalent these days.  Most people go vegan for health reasons whether it is to lose weight or decrease inflammation and then the few who just don’t want to eat meat.  What’s funny is that even though vegans and vegetarians want to avoid meat, they still want … Read More

What Increases Cholesterol?

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Controversies Over What Raises Cholesterol The answer to what raises your cholesterol should be a simple one, but even today there are conflicting opinions.  I would like to shed some light on the subject not with my opinion but with fact… ok some opinion.  Paleo and Keto diets are quite popular in Crossfit, health and fitness and even functional medicine. … Read More

Breakfast Ideas Your Kids Will Love

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Kids are picky eaters; there’s no getting around it. While it’s so tempting to go for an easy fix and just give them a bowl of Fruity Pebbles every morning, you have to realize that this is not healthy for your child. Cereals are highly processed and they are almost 100% refined carbohydrates. Cooking breakfast for your kids doesn’t have … Read More

How to Heal Your Gut

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Having a healthy gut is a mainstream phenomenon. We hear the term “gut health” thrown around on social media, on cable TV, and of course from functional medicine practitioners. It has been linked to everything from weight loss to cancer prevention. But do you really know the true benefits of gut health? Before I delve into everything that can go … Read More

Avoid Restaurant Traps

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One of the toughest parts about eating healthy is trying to avoid restaurant traps.  Eating out is necessary for people who travel often or have an active social life that requires meeting for meals.  And while eating at a restaurant can require careful planning, there are ways to do it without falling prey to the problems of restaurant eating. Portion … Read More

Naturally Improve Digestion

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How is your digestion? I ask this simple question multiple times each day, sometimes pausing for several minutes to give my patient the time to formulate a response. In a country plagued with obesity, food allergies, emotional eating, and ads selling us the biggest, best new fast food followed by skinny underwear models, it’s no wonder we have a skewed … Read More