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I’m Not Feeling Better: Is it Failure? Or is There More to Do?

the three tack rule of healing, Functional Medicine

“This food plan isn’t working for me.”

“This treatment has done absolutely nothing.”

“I thought I’d be feeling better by now. This is a failure.”

 

Do these “failures” sound familiar?

Healing can be so hard. And can take so long.

What if you’re working hard? To recover your energy and wellbeing? To get your life back? And you still struggle?

Have you failed? Is your healing strategy a…

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How to Treat Chronic Fatigue with Energy Nutrition (2019)

Energy Nutrition is Essential to Chronic Fatigue Recovery

Energy nutrition is absolutely essential to heal chronic fatigue no matter what the underlying causes.

Your grandma was right after all: “You are what you eat.” Literally.

The constituents of our food—each individual protein, fat, carbohydrate, and molecule we ingest—become our proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and the molecules that run…

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How to Heal Chronic Fatigue with Beautiful Natural Sleep

Why Sleep is a Non-Negotiable Key to Chronic Fatigue Resolution

Sleep is powerful medicine and one of the absolute keys for sustainable resolution of chronic fatigue.

Energy restorative sleep can’t be hacked, passed over, or substituted for. Few aspects of self-care are as necessary to our healing and energy as good sleep.

Sleep allows us to power down, repair, replenish, and renew, providing…

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13 Beautiful Natural Sleep Solutions for Chronic Fatigue

Introduction: Good Sleep is Essential to Chronic Fatigue Resolution

You now know that sleep is powerful medicine and absolutely a non-negotiable part of chronic fatigue resolution. It is a key player for all sufferers of chronic fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). 

This is good news because sleep is a part of your lifestyle that you get to control. There may be problems with sleep that…

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How to Heal Chronic Fatigue: Your Beautiful Energy Roadmap

Say Farewell to Chronic Fatigue

Chronic fatigue is not your destiny.

You may feel fatigued. You may have been fatigued for a very long time. You may look good but feel rotten and searched for answers but found none.

In spite of your suffering you may have been told, “there’s nothing wrong with you,” leaving you despairing with no solutions.

Know this: that’s just a story. A story that your…

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How to Boost Energy Using Nutritional Supplements

Food First

I’m a food girl, first and foremost. A nutritionally savvy, nutrient dense food plan will flood our bodies with energy nutrients and help us avoid the toxins and irritants that get in the way of our energy and healing.

However, there are important reasons for using supplements to augment the nutrition we receive from our food.

In Functional Medicine, food and nutritional supplements…

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How to Optimize Energy with Precision Nutrition Testing

Introduction to Precision Nutrition Testing

Precision nutrition testing is our gateway to choosing high quality food and supplements to support our needs for healing and living well.

We know that excellent nutrition is foundational to our energy, strength, and wellbeing and it begins with eating healthy food suited to our unique needs. High quality nutritional supplements can support what we…

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How to Optimize Protein for Energy and Vitality

Introduction: How to Eat a Protein Optimized Diet

I look at the food diaries of clients every day in my office and almost no one consumes enough protein to meet their basic needs in an optimal way.

Protein runs all of the major business of the body: energy, structure, and function. Without enough we are left vulnerable to illness, loss of muscle mass and strength, injury, and loss of vital…

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How to Boost Energy with Ketosis and Intermittent Fasting

Introduction to Using Ketosis to Support Energy Nutrition

In addition to the energy nutrition of my Foundational Intensive Nutrition Energy (FINE) or Gut-Immune Restoration Intensive Nutrition (GRIN) food plans, many people benefit from more intensive carbohydrate restriction as a further strategy to support energy and reverse chronic fatigue.

There is growing evidence that ketogenic diets,…

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How to Reverse Autoimmunity with Optimal Energy Nutrition (Expert Guide)

Energy Nutrition is the Key to Healing Autoimmune Disorders

Energy is the core of who we are. And it’s the key to healing our most tenacious and painful disorders: autoimmune inflammatory diseases.

There are four core issues that contribute to the perfect storm of autoimmune disorders and their suffering:

  1. genetic susceptibility,
  2. impaired intestinal permeability and microbiome imbalances,
  3. an…

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