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Food Hurts. Food Heals.

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We all know food is medicine by now. We know food has the molecular power to change our genetic expression, physiology, and function in infinite and profound ways. We know food is us at the most foundational level.

It works both ways. Food hurts. Food heals.

It’s easy to turn to foods that taste good, make us feel better, give us a “high,” a hit of pleasure to help us numb the suffering…

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Foundational Intensive Nutrition Energy (FINE) Food Plan

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The Foundational Intensive Nutrition Energy Food Plan (FINE)—a Real Food Plan for Energy Nutrition

This is your foundational energy nutrition healing food plan.

In some ways this food plan is about going back to our roots. To eating real food, grown in favorable conditions, prepared simply and deliciously, shared with those we love, eaten slowly, and just enough to meet our needs.

But its also…

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Fewer Genes Than a Grain of Rice–Our Genetic Story

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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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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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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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Healing Foods: Turmeric

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Turmeric is one of the world’s powerhouse foods, used extensively as a spice, condiment, and medicine for thousands of years in Chinese and Indian traditions, and showing up more recently in the cuisine and healing practices of the western world. Knowing all that we do about the inflammation basis of most age-related health conditions, turmeric, one of the most anti-inflammatory foods on the…

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Nutritional Healing: My Top Ten Nutritional Supplements

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Food First

I’m a food girl, first and foremost, however, there are important reasons for using supplements to augment the nutrition we receive from our food. In Functional Medicine, food and nutritional supplements are foundational tools for optimizing health and reversing troublesome health problems. Food is our foundation. Supplements are just that–they supplement what we eat.

Why do we need…

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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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Detox is About Letting Go: Part Two of a Series

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Detox is About Letting Go: Part Two

Detoxification is about how we manage the toxins, irritants and negative energy that are an inevitable part of our daily lives. We can’t live in a bubble. But we can be wise about how we live and eat and fortify ourselves. 

This is a series of offerings that will dispel common myths about what detoxification is and how to stay safe and strong in our lives and…

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