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.
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 sensitivities are the most hotly...
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.
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!
I'm sure you grew up with your parents telling you to eat your carrots because they will help you see...
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...
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.
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...
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:
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.
Peppermint Snack Breaks Free2B. I bought 10 bags....
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.
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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...