New and Old Finds at the Natural Foods Expo West 2016

I continue to have a love/hate relationship with the Natural Foods Expo. Being the largest food show in the world with 350,000 square feet of exhibitor space, close to 3000 exhibitors and 100,000 attendees it is more than challenging to navigate the crowds not to mention having to arrive 2 hours before the doors open […]

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The Link between Food and Mood: 5 Nutrients to Consider

Feeling a bit blue? Don’t have that motivation you desire? Did you ever stop to think that a simple diet change could be all that is needed to help your energy, mood or get up and go? Not many realize that eating a balanced diet goes beyond helping your physical needs – it can also […]

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Simplifying Prenatal Vitamins

Confused about prenatal vitamins?  You’re not alone.  You want to be the best mother to your growing baby and that means starting off with the right nutrients.  But where do you begin? Every prenatal claims to offer 100% of the daily recommended nutrients, but how do you know that’s true; and does it truly have […]

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Is your medication causing a Vitamin Deficiency? Common Drugs that lower B12 Absorption

  Your physician prescribes a drug for a certain medical condition and you take what is recommended but over time it causes your body to decrease absorption of other important nutrients. I was reminded of this topic when more than a few clients came in who had been on drugs long term caused vitamin deficiencies. […]

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Should you be Taking a Probiotic?

Multiple TV ads tout stories about how to get your probiotics, that they are a necessity and may be the key to optimal health. This past week I had a few inquiries regarding whether I recommend probiotics. I always call myself the undecided voter.  I weigh the pros and cons of information as democratically as […]

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Is Juicing Healthy and Good for You?

I must hear this question at least 3 times a week and tonight Cousin Cam from Canada emailed me asking “is juicing healthy?” so I thought it time for a blog. Simply put – NO! Whole fruits and vegetables are healthy – they provide fiber, vitamins, minerals and nutrients called phytochemicals, which cannot be duplicated […]

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Why eating your Broccoli DOES Matter

I was not fond of broccoli growing up and it was not in vogue in the 60’s anyway.  After becoming an RD and hearing about the virtues of cruciferous vegetables I still held off on eating the “crowns.” Then something changed.  Not only did I realize how to make broccoli taste better but more importantly […]

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Do Flu Shots Really Work? How to Protect Your Immune System Naturally

If you watched the news at all last week it was an onslaught of scares talking about the flu epidemic and how important it is to protect yourself and your family.  The clear message was:  do not pass go and immediately get a flu shot and don’t bother asking if there is another option. With […]

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Should you stop taking your Fish Oil?

Mainstream media has posted numerous studies in the last few weeks with alarming results, one of which is fish oil. Many patients called or emailed asking if they should stop taking their fish oil, and some physicians took the study at face value and told their patients to stop taking it. Since I am not […]

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Don’t be afraid of the Vampire: Breaking Down your Blood Values

With Halloween around the corner, you’ve probably heard about the rage of vampires and The Twilight Saga:  Breaking Dawn coming out in November. Let’s take a break from the candy this Halloween and understand what this vampire elixir is all about for your health. You may go to the doctor each year to get your […]

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