• Breakfast,  Dairy Free,  Gluten Free,  Grain Free,  Paleo/Primal,  Vegetarian

    Comforting Baked Oatmeal

    I love comfort food as much as the next person.  There’s nothing better than a warm bowl of yumminess on a cool morning.  Although I rarely have a grain based breakfast, this is one of my favorite treats to make during the winter months.  I originally found a similar recipe years ago from Tosca Reno’s The Eat Clean Diet Cookbook.  I fell in love!  Later on I realized heavy starch breakfasts do not bode so well for stable blood sugar and energy levels through the morning so I largely forgo oatmeal in favor of eggs and veggies.  Today though, oatmeal is calling my name.  I still use the dry to…

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    5 Tips to Boost Stomach Acid for More Energy

    Stomach Acid.  Is it friend or foe?  If you ask most people they would say stomach acid is the bane of their existence keeping them reaching for their antacids at every meal.  Although the common belief is that reflux/heartburn is caused by excess stomach acid, you may be surprised to learn that most reflux/heartburn is actually caused by a low production of stomach acid.  How can that be?  Let’s find out. Stomach acid is a critical component of digestion.  It breaks down proteins for digestion, helps us absorb iron, copper, zinc, and calcium, releases intrinsic factor for us to absorb B12, and it keeps critters at bay.  It breaks down…

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    What is Functional Nutrition?

    Nutritionist, registered dietician, health coach, nutrition coach, and clinical nutritionist are just a few of the titles found in the world of nutrition consulting.  Each of them carries a unique approach to working with the public.  Chances are you have yet to hear the term functional nutrition.  So what exactly is this and why might it be the choice for you?   3 Tenets of Functional Nutrition Root Cause Resolution “Practicing root cause resolution is all about terrain. It’s about “clearing the muddy waters”, adjusting the landscape, nurturing the soil.  Instead of thinking that we need to get right at those roots, stop and imagine that healthy roots cannot thrive, survive…

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    To the Max

    Are you maxed out?  Exhausted?  Just want to sleep the day away?  Fatigue is on the rise. As a culture we are more exhausted, more stressed out, busier, and sicker than ever!  Although a variety of things contribute to our overall exhaustion, one of the areas that is most taxed in our bodies is our adrenal glands. Adrenal Dysfunction is a relatively new concept and as a disorder is not commonly recognized by mainstream healthcare. For those dealing with this problem, it is very real.            Most people have heard of the adrenal glands and commonly associate them with adrenaline. The adrenal glands are much more complicated and provide a variety…

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    Risotto Kind of Afternoon

    Anyone that knows me knows I’m a sucker for risotto.  Anytime I see this on a menu it is going to be ordered.  It’s comfort food, creamy goodness has to make it’s way to my belly.  Now most people are a bit overwhelmed by the thought of making risotto as it is a little labor of love, but the process is not difficult.  It just takes  some time and your attention.  This is not a dish you can walk away from.  One of the other things I love about risotto is it’s versatility.  You can literally use any ingredients you love to make a great custom dish.  I have made…