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.

Healing Foods: My Favorite Healthy Fats

You’ve gotten the word that fats are good now, right? How did we get so far off track with this vital aspect of our nutrition for so many years? I avoided fat for decades (eek!), thinking it would make me fat and clog my arteries. I’m convinced my behavior contributed to my own major health melt down, thankfully resolved with excellent nutrition, including lots of health fat.

Healthy Fats are…

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Protein: How Much Do We Need to Support Optimal Health?

Karyn Shanks Liftoff Functional Medicine and Healing

How much protein do we really need? 

So many rules, my goodness! For food, for behavior, for life!

So, let’s start this little lesson with a few deep breaths. It’s all okay. We don’t need to be perfect. But it’s good to be smart. The scientific literature has a few things to teach us about the amount of protein we need to consume in our diets to support robust health and what I have learned has…

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The Gut-Immune Restoration Intensive Nutrition (GRIN) Food Plan

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The Gut-Immune Restoration-Intensive Nutrition (GRIN) Food Plan

For Inflammation and Autoimmunity

The Gut-Immune Restoration-Intensive Nutrition (GRIN) food plan is designed to help those with chronic inflammatory and autoimmune conditions take their healing to a deeper level. Some do well with the basic Liftoff Foundational Food Plan. Others need to go further to heal and repair tissues.

The…

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The Liftoff Foundational Intensive Nutrition Food Plan

Kary Shanks and The Center for Medicine and Healing Arts

The Liftoff Foundational Intensive Nutrition Food Plan is Simple:

  1. Eat Real Food Only and Always
  2. Avoid All Processed and Refined Foods
  3. Avoid All Sugars
  4. Eat healthy fat
  5. Eat enough healthy protein to meet your needs
  6. Eat mostly plants
  7. Feed your microbiome
  8. Eat fresh food, farm-to-table, seasonably
  9. Eat mindfully, joyfully and socially
  10. Don’t eat too much of anything

In addition to these basic tenets…

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Exploring Nutritional Ketosis to Improve Energy

Ketogenic Diets

I am fascinated by the science of nutritional ketosis and the potential for what a ketogenic diet can do for our health. We all know that sugar is bad, but recent scientific evidence is suggesting that a diet that restricts all carbohydrates to less than 5% of total calories is really good for us. It makes us more energy efficient, protects our brains, and has been shown to…

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Sugar Addiction

We all know that sugar is addictive. It’s an obsession! We love the way it tastes, feels and what it does to us.

It has a real impact on our body chemistry. We get a little shot of dopamine or serotonin, depending on who we are. Pleasure. It smacks us right in the pleasure centers of our brains and drags us out of whatever funk or low energy state we might be in.

Bad news: it’s temporary. It…

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Sugar is a Toxin

The Straight Facts About Sugar

Sugar is essential for life but in very small, micronutrient doses, not in the massive quantities that average Americans consume. We were designed to manufacture all of the sugar our bodies need for energy production from a “real food” plant and protein-based diet. Take a look at diabetes, for example, an epidemic in our culture and cause of great human…

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Paleo Diets: Can We Thrive Doing What Our Ancestors Did?

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Paleo Diets Were Diverse Human Diets

As my son said to me, “none of the Paleolithic people made it, mom!” Of course he was trying to be funny, but his point is well taken. Our Paleolithic ancestors were not always so well off and today’s indigenous cultures face tremendous stresses. Attempting to model our behavior after what we think our ancestors did makes no sense when their…

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We Must Feed Our Energy Recovery: We Are Our Food

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We Literally Are What We Eat

Few modes of healing have the power to transform us as quickly and profoundly as eating the right foods for our bodies. I have literally thousands of stories to tell, including my own, to substantiate this claim. And, hey, who can refute the fact that the molecules we put into our mouths become—quite literally—who we are. That’s just simple, plain, hard…

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