Read This Before You Do Any Food Sensitivity Testing!


What are the differences between food sensitivities, intolerances, and allergies?

Food Allergy

A food allergy is an immune reaction to food. In other words, your body’s immune system identifies a specific food as an invader and reacts accordingly by producing antibodies to protect you.

When you hear the word “allergy” you probably think of an immediate reaction to an allergen like hives, throat closing, swelling, etc.

There are 8 common allergens: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy.

Food Intolerance

A super common example of a symptom of food intolerance is experiencing loose stool after drinking milk because you are lactose intolerance.

A lactose intolerance means that you are missing the enzyme lactase that is found in milk products. Long story short, someone that is lactose intolerant is deficient in the enzyme required to break down the sugar in milk and milk products.

Food Sensitivity

Food sensitivities are the most hotly...

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Don't Be Blind! Nutrients for Eye Health


While genetics definitely play a role in eye health, lifestyle also plays a huge role! Especially when you take into account sitting in front of a screen all day at work.

Take a quick recap of your day and ask yourself: How much time did you spend on your computer or phone today? In today's day and age, my guess is a lot! Believe it or not, you can protect your eyes with certain nutrients.

Lutein & Zeaxanthin

Blue light damages the retinal pigmented epithelial cells - a layer that's way back in the retina. Supplementation with pigments like lutein and zeaxanthin can help protect your retina by building up in front of the retina (in front of your natural pigment layer) and protect it from damage. Essentially, these pigments are acting like a colored armour for your eyes!

You can find lutein and zeaxanthin in foods like leafy greens and egg yolks!


Vitamin A

I'm sure you grew up with your parents telling you to eat your carrots because they will help you see...

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Change your bacteria, change your life

Okay...let me just get right to it.
I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss the episode we put out last week called “Forget Everything You Know About Probiotics” where I talk to my favorite microbiologist, Kiran Krishnan, about where we get our bacteria (tune in for a laugh ) as well as what you need to know about up-leveling your immune system. It’s really too much to summarize in a measly sentence or two, but it’s a BIG deal.

And I’ve LOVED the feedback I’ve received from listeners so far and didn’t want you to miss out. 

I LOVED how informative your latest podcast was with Kiran….I’ve shared it with clients and plan to share it more!” —Jennifer
That podcast was AMAZING! How do we get the probiotics?” —Megan 
Good question! Because the probiotics are practitioner gated (they’re strong!) you can get them directly from the...
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Catching your breath: Meditation and breathing tools for upleveling your life

Last weekend I was at a dietitian mastermind business retreat in San Diego. Our coach set up a yoga practice on the beach that was unlike any other yoga practice with a teacher and breath coach named Luke. He took us through a series of breathing patterns at the end of yoga in a sequence called the Wim Hof technique. No, it was not some kind of weird chanting or “oohh’ing” at all. But it was a lung workout.

Some of you could be rolling your eyes, but I encourage you to keep an open mind as we talk breath a little today. I attribute intentional breathing to saving my postpartum body (no joke) actually and helping me get twice the benefit out of any exercise.

On this week’s episode of The Less Stressed Life podcast, I interview Pat Flynn. If you don’t know Pat, he’s kind of a big deal. He has a top-rated business podcast Smart Passive Income, which has been featured in the NY Times and Forbes and is a best-selling author and advisor for at least...

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Here's How to Prevent Getting Sick


If your holidays were anything like mine, you were a little out of routine, shorter on sleep and chowing down on the carbs on the buffet. And it was all glorious until the ol' immune system said "enough!" At least that’s what mine said after several days of the above scenario.

So when I got home,  I made sure to rest, take some antimicrobials that saved my butt and drink some “Feel Better” tea that made a noticeable difference in the way I felt almost immediately.

In this week’s episode of The Less Stressed Life podcast, I interviewed Mary Purdy, president of Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine on cold and flu busters.

>>>You don’t want to miss this short episode for practical tips you can use to stock your cupboard and strengthen your immune system!<<<



Know when you hear about something 15 times before you actually do it?

Yeah, that was me and elderberry syrup. I knew it was highly touted to be...

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What am I giving YOU for the holidays? + Black Friday favorites + Stop feeling bloated


Thanks for joining me for this Holiday gift guide, Christa style. That's no case you don't speak code....

Anyway, some of my top picks for quick gifts this year? Actually, I'm giving away awesome olive oil and mom & pop bourbon barrel 100% maple syrup. And I'm happy to tell you where to get it if you send me a note [email protected] but here's some other ideas I've got for you: 

Smell good
Piper Wai (new & improved sticks & yes that's an affiliate link for 15% off all the time!!)
The best natural deodorant (per usual, kissed a LOT of frogs to find this gem, RIIIBBBBET).
Yes, the Amazon price is sort of disgusting. But it was 30% off this weekend on the website and free shipping. And the gift set is a phenomenal deal. You can't buy the piece of mind that comes from not applying aluminum to one of your detox pathways/lymphatic system every day AND smelling good. 

Taste good
Peppermint Snack Breaks Free2B. I bought 10 bags....

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The girl that was allergic to everything: a behind the scenes look at Mast Cell Activation Syndrome with herbalist Lesly Rae - THE LESS STRESSED LIFE PODCAST EPISODE 016

When Lesly Rae started reacting to everything she ate or smelled and spent more of her week in the ER than not, she saw the reality that many Mast Cell Activation Syndrome clients face. It wasn't until she noticed her issues stabilizing from using the elderberry syrup she made each year that she began digging deeper into "healing" vs treating her condition. Today, Lesly has stabilized her condition from "being allergic to everything" to being able to eat whatever she wants and helps others with Mast Cell do the same. This interview sheds important light on a syndrome that is growing but not well understood.

Resources mentioned in this episode: For Lesly's herbals and help with Mast Cell Activation Disorder Yasmina's histamine site Mold literate functional medicine physician For food sensitivities & IBS, migraines, pain and custom...

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Allergen free and clean label foodie finds at the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference

Ever go on a long weekend trip and come home to gain 5+ pounds? Yeah, me too. It has not been a big problem since I adopted an anti-inflammatory foundation to what I eat but this weekend? I ate a lot of things. And I’m totally not complaining. It was worth it.

And I don’t feel bad.

AND I’d like to share my findings with you.

You see, this weekend I flew to the Food Allergy Blogger conference in Denver, CO because of my friend Elizabeth, with her budding gluten-free baking mix biz, Sweet Elizabeth's Organics was one of the sponsors. And she invited me along.

I didn’t know it would be packed with deliciousness. It was like 3 years of testing new finds in the grocery store packed into one weekend. So I wanted to share with you some of my FAVORITE packaged food finds from the FAB con 2018.

*Note: these foods are generally gluten-free (many Celiac families or non-specified wheat intolerances in attendance) + many are Top 8 or 12 allergen free.

I want to...

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5 things that keep your child from sleeping at night with pediatric sleep consultant Tara Hess - THE LESS STRESSED LIFE PODCAST EPISODE 015

Rough night? Are you feeling like a zombie while you wait for your kiddo to get the hint about how many hours to sleep? How do you know if your child’s sleep habits are totally off the wall or within reason? Tara Hess, owner of Tulsa Pediatric Sleep Consulting shares 5 things that are preventing your child from sleeping well at night and answers to questions from the audience (how long do you try a sleep method? Transitioning from to a crib. Night terrors. Bedwetting. Resetting the clock after daylight savings time. Sleep needs for kids that won’t sleep through the night. How to help eczema kids sleep through the night despite eczema scratching.)

Resources mentioned: 
Sunday night Q&A: 
ScratchMeNot onesies (mentioned for eczema kiddos before we hit the record button to help with scratching): 
Less Stressed Approach to...

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Are we a match made in heaven?


DID YOU KNOW that I work with people from all over the United States and beyond to solve problems once and for all?

I get it.

You want to feel great and eat healthily but you don’t want food to control your life.

Nutrition doesn’t have to be hard. It can be strategic to get the results you want while keeping in mind your sanity and lifestyle.

DID YOU KNOW that I have a 100% success rate of 50-75% symptom reduction in as little as 2 weeks??

Say whhhaaat!

I'm super proud of that and if you're wondering if and how we might be able to work together to get you feeling happier and healthier, check out the START HERE page to see if you think we'd be a good match! 

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