How a registered nurse bounced back from a debilitating back injury to dominating life

Uncategorized Apr 10, 2020


 "And when you think about the things that you would have missed out on because you didn't take the initiative to do something about your health and this one life that we have to live, uh, it really it really puts things into perspective." - Helen Eimers, RN.

This episode is particulary near and dear to me because I was able feature how my sister-in-law, Helen Eimes, bounced back from a debilitating back injury. 

We get real, raw, and relatable in this episode as she shares her struggle to literally get back on her feet.  

She reflected on how her mindset helped her overcome this physical barrier so she can continue living her life to the fullest. How her accountability group kept her focused and motivated to get well and why she stuck to an anti-inflammatory diet even through all the hardships she was experiencing. 

To read the transcript of this Less Stressed Life Episode, follow this link.

You can listen to her story here: 

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What is the Less Stressed Life Podcast?

Uncategorized Apr 10, 2020

What is the Less Stressed Life Podcast show?

It's all about YOU and how you can start feeling awesome about your life, health, and happiness.  Episode number one is all about the origin story of this podcast show and how I was able to figure out why I wanted to share what I knew as an integrative dietician. 

Scroll down to listen to Episode number 1 or click this link to listen on your iTunes App



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Shrooms for Beginnings: Everything You Need to Know about Medicinal Mushrooms with Jeff Chilton

Fascinating discussion about trending medicinal mushrooms: lion's mane, chaga, cordyceps for focus, nutrition, food prep and more. Plus where to buy and what to look out for when you're perusing the market from long time shroom expert and producer Jeff Chilton.

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Sheet Pan Recipe Round Up

The discovery of sheet pan dinners is life changing. You can literally take any protein, combine it with any veggie, mix it all up with any sauce or seasoning, toss it in the oven, and have a complete dinner in under an hour.  There's something so satisfying about pulling a complete meal out of the oven on one sheet pan. #lesswashing

Below I've compiled a list of 8 of my favorite sheet pan recipes from around the internet. I hope you and your families enjoy them as much as I do!

Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil

This shrimp boil sheet pan meal is a staple in my house. It's easy, mess-free, and delicious. I love the flavor combination of shrimp and sausage with Old Bay and fresh parsley. Not to mention, this blogger is one of my GO TO girls for a fab recipe. See also Korean Beef Bowl (substitutions work great). 

Source: Damn Delicious

Sheet Pan Breakfast Bake

My Saturday morning is booked! I seriously love breakfast all day and I am seriously the WORST hashbrown maker in the...

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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!


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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