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Why I am Specializing in working with those with Hypothyroidism

I have known that I have had hypothyroidism since 2008 and most of the time since then, I have felt lousy. Since I could not get the needed answers from my regular doctors as to why, I decided to take matters into my own hands and find answers. My main struggles have been fatigue and brain fog. And, I knew that there had to be answers as to why I had symptoms. So, in 2012 I decided to get certified as a health coach. As it has definitely been a piece of the puzzle that was missing, I knew that there was still more. In 2015, I found a certification program, called Functional  Diagnostic Nutrition® (FDN), to become a Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist which gave me even...

Healthier Pecan Pie Gluten-Free and Vegan too!

Pecan Pie Makes one 9-inch pie Recently, I traveled to California to hang with family,  and see the sights of southern California.  But, what is a trip without a little exploring? While in the Santa Monica area, it was recommended  by a friend that I check out this restaurant, Cafe Gratitude. This place is amazing!!!! I am in no way a vegan or a raw foodie (but I do enjoy adding these  types of foods into my  overall diet), but I have to admit that Cafe Gratitude has the best vegan/raw foods as well.  I was so impressed that I went back for more before returning home! And,  since I was so dazzled with their recipes, I bought one of their cookbooks. Upon my return, I noticed that the cookbook included a recipe for  a yummy looking pecan...

What is your opinion of the raw food diet?

After watching and listening to one of our last lectures given by David Wolfe, a huge proponent of the raw food diet, I became intrigued with a whole new way of thinking that I have never been exposed to before. This lecture gave me a little food for thought and has now interested me enough to start instituting more raw foods into my diet. Raw foodies claim that not only does this diet provide a diet rich in antioxidants and other nutrients from plant sources, but the live food contains enzymes which act as catalysts for detoxification and absorption of nutrients. They also believe that cooking food leads to the destruction of enzymes that assist in the digestion and absorption of food. However, after reading...

What’s The Difference between an Allergy to Wheat or Gluten, Celiac Disease, and Non-Celiac Gluten Intolerance?

When it comes to the following terms: gluten or wheat allergy, gluten intolerance, celiac disease, and gluten sensitivity, it turns out that all of these terms are used interchangeably to refer to some sort of a gluten issue. However, according to the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, the term, “gluten intolerance” is used when referring to the entire category of gluten issues including: celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy. But, truly, what is the difference?  As this may be  a confusing topic, so let’s demystify it further. A group of 15 renowned celiac disease researchers published a report that included guidance on classifying gluten-related disorders. The report breaks the spectrum down into three main categories: Allergic Reaction- This type of allergy is often called a...

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