FREE TRAINING: 5 THINGS THAT PREVENT PEOPLE FROM FIXING ECZEMA, IBS, IBD & AUTOIMMUNE ISSUES

Why Some Kids Get Eczema and Others Don't

Red, dry, flaky, oozing, itching, irritating, interrupted sleep, long sleeves, long stares, puffy eyes….these are just some of the words that come to mind when I think of eczema. 
 
Dermatitis, hives, allergic reactions….whatever you want to call it, the skin is angry and trying to tell us something on the outside. 
 
I dealt with eczema for at least 15 years before it exploded into a disfiguring mess that took over a year of trial and error, relentless digging, testing and experimentation from which to dig out. So I know what you’re going through when people ask:
 
“What’s on your baby’s skin?”   OR
 
“Have you tried ______?”   

OR you’re just exhausted. Who would have thought that itchy skin could rule your life so much? 

First, you need to know this isn’t your fault. You could not have guessed eczema would happen to you or your child, and eczema is usually a ...

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Read This Before You Do Any Food Sensitivity Testing!

Uncategorized Jul 23, 2018
 

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

Uncategorized Jun 20, 2018

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!

Antioxidants

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

podcast Jan 10, 2018

 

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

Uncategorized Nov 27, 2017

Thanks for joining me for this Holiday gift guide, Christa style. That's no frills...in 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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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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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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Alcohol options for common food sensitivities

food sensitivities Oct 01, 2017

One of the frequently asked questions I get from food sensitivity clients after they’re starting to feel much better after working together is “When can I drink alcohol?”

It was especially popular during summer events and boating season. And it’s a great question. Like everything, there’s a methodology to reintroduction.

Let’s get one thing straight though: Alcohol does promote intestinal permeability and bacterial imbalance. READ: All sorts of hairy issues. I know, annoying. But we already knew that it wasn’t necessarily a superfood.

“Alcohol-induced increases in intestinal bacterial growth and intestinal permeability to endotoxin is expected to result in elevated plasma endotoxin levels.”¹

"The results of this study indicate that alcohol abuse impairs the function of the intestinal barrier.”²

Ideally, I suggest avoiding alcohol for 4-6 weeks (while working on sensitivities) so the immune system has had a chance...

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