Eat for Vitality

Nutritious food provides foundational support for your precious Energy and Vitality. You literally arewhat you eat–every mouthful and morsel counts. NOTHING is wasted or goes unnoticed.

Your food–every molecule–talks to your genes, becomes your biology, determines your structure and function, influences your thoughts and emotions, and dictates how much energy you can create. Food is the boss. It can work for you oragainst you.

Food is your point of control over your life, and the energy and vitality you seek.

Chocolate Mania

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Yep. That’s me—a chocolate maniac. My favorite food, drug, and best friend (sorry pooches!) all rolled up into one freakish substance!

Check out what I concocted today that knocked my socks off and rocked my world…

Divine Cocoa-Blueberry Pudding

Place in high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 5-6 ounces coconut yogurt (CoYo brand)
  • 1 Tablespoon unsweetened…

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Fewer Genes Than a Grain of Rice–Our Genetic Story

epigenetics, human genome, human potential, functional medicine

Yep. As humans, we have fewer genes in our books of life than a grain of rice. Or a worm. Or many of God’s smallest creatures.

Does that mean we’re just puny and insignificant? Do we have far fewer options than we believed? Less wiggle room as our destinies unfold? Did the genome project leave us high and dry?

Not at all. In fact, the truth about our genetic legacy is just the opposite.

Let’s…

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Dieting for Weight Loss is a Big Fat Myth

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How many of us have gone on diets to lose weight? Only to fail, gain it all back, or, worse, lose the weight but feel worse (remember the low fat diets of the last century? Yah, that happened to me!)…

Ultimately it’s all about optimizing body composition—the inevitable loss of fat that occurs when we live our lives in ways that best suit our unique genetics.

That’s right—the road to optimal…

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Pasture-Raised Meat: Healthy, Safe, and Sustainable

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Benefitting from the nutrition of healthy, pasture-raised meat is part of our genetic legacy. There are key nutrients that we can only get from consuming animal-derived food. But how do we do it safely? Without cruelty? In a way that’s safe and sustainable for our environment?

There are some who advocate not eating meat at all, not distinguishing pasture-raised meat from its less healthy…

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Golden Milk and Coffee–Oh, My!

healing foods: tumeric Dr. karyn shanks md

I’ve long loved the comfort and deliciousness of my favorite Golden Milk recipe, but a friend helped me take it to a whole new level of ecstasy!

Coffee.

You heard me right—how delightfully naughty is that?

First, here’s my Golden Milk recipe. In addition to it’s yummy-ness, I love that its ingredients support my energy and reduce inflammation. I drink it warm—so soothing in the months of…

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Nutritional Ketosis: Heal and Protect Your Brain

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Nutritional Ketosis: yikes–that sounds foreign and scary–and hard! But it’s not. In fact, nutritional ketosis is a powerful food strategy that supports energy and brain health, and is quite simple (though not easy–it requires, like all new habits, that thing we’re really afraid of: change).

After many years of experimentation (food is one of my favorite playgrounds), I’ve figured it out, it’s…

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Brain Food: Feed, Heal, and Protect Your Brain

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Brain Food: We can eat our way to better brains–and protect the vibrant minds we cherish–regardless of a devastating family history like mine.

I am especially concerned about my brain as I age. My Dad started showing signs of cognitive decline in his 60s and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease with rapidly progressive dementia in his 70s. We’ve watched his deterioration with horror. He…

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Gut-Brain Connection–Part Two: Action Steps for Healing Depression

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The Gut-Brain Connection is a central pillar to healing depression–as well as the myriad mood and thought imbalances we struggle with. While depression can be a complicated issue, with inputs from many aspects of our lives–our thoughts and beliefs, past trauma, stress, and the situational challenges we all face–persistent and recurrent depression almost always has roots in the body–and most…

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Intermittent Fasting: How it Energizes My True Life

True Life, Energy, Intermittent Fasting, Nutritional Healing, Functional Medicine

Intermittent fasting has become a routine part of my personal daily energy support strategy. It’s simple, painless, and meets my number one requirement for self-care practices I stick with: it fortifies me for living my best life–my True Life. Isn’t that what good health is all about? In this article I’ll discuss what Intermittent Fasting is NOT (I sense your fear!) as well as what it is. And…

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The Gut-Brain Connection: Root Cause Solutions for Depression

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My clients suffering from depression are often not aware of the profound Gut-Brain Connection and how it plays into their darkest moods. They are quite curious when rather than focusing solely on descriptions of their thoughts and feelings (as vitally important as they are), I expand our discussion to their gut health and what they eat on a regular basis. I recommend food plans and gut-healing…

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