The Most Important Question to Ask Yourself Before Attempting Weight Loss
Common Weight Loss Resistance Factors
How to Know if You’re in a Hypometabolic State
Moving Beyond Calories In/Calories Out
How to Refeed if You’re Metabolically Broken
Are Caloric Deficits Necessary
How to Know When a Deficit is Appropriate
Figuring Out Your Exact Calorie Needs
Weight Loss vs. Fat Loss
How to Prevent Muscle Loss
PLUS All the Things You’re NOT Doing (that you should be)
This week we attempt to answer the question: can functional nutrition and intuitive eating coexist? Plus, our response to the NYT opinion piece “Smash the Wellness Industry”.
Intuitive Eating founders
HAES movement -- what it represents
Fat shaming in medicine
Our problems with how HAES is represented
How I use intuitive eating & HAES principles in my practice
Do all foods really fit?
Is BMI BS?
Determining your healthiest weight
This week I got to interview a therapist about the all-too-common burnout. Samantha Osborne shares root cause solutions & ways to make a lasting impact on your burnout.
The difference between burnout and stress
Why our bodies weren’t designed for burnout
Why you have to turn off your faucet
How do you know when your stress load is HIGH
Investing in Alternative Identities
Short term focus vs. focusing on the long play
Discerning when to say yes and when to say no
Setting up Boundaries
Why asking for help is so hard
How to restructure work to Increase efficiency and decrease workload
Using burnout as a tool
Chronic Lyme and Chronic Fatigue
Post-Treatment Lyme Syndrome
Antibiotic effects on mitochondria
Why Germ Theory Got it Wrong
Gut health + immune function
Two most important things to do for your health
The best ways to get vitamin D
Supplements for immune support
What to do if you get bit by a tick
Resources mentioned in this episode:
“Every person on earth is here because of their mother’s menstrual cycle. It really makes you think: why don’t we have more reverence and appreciation for the it?”
The power of cycle tracking
What is a vital sign?
Female Athlete Triad
Osteoporosis risk factors
What does it mean when you skip periods
What a normal, healthy cycle looks like (and why you need to know)
Why PMS is NOT NORMAL
What to do if you have severe cramping and bleeding
What your diet has to do with your PMS symptoms
How your personal care products contribute to your cramps
How to start paying attention to your cycle
The best ways to track ovulation
The best ways to track your hormones
3 main signs of fertility
Rhythm Method vs. Fertility Awareness Method
IUDs and Copper IUDs
Maybe you’re coming around to the idea that chronic under-eating and yo-yo dieting has contributed to some of your health issues. Maybe you’re starting to understand that in order to get well, you might need to do the EXACT OPPOSITE of what diet culture tells you. In order to feel better (balance hormones/reduce fatigue/support fertility/support immune system) you might actually have to EAT MORE and WORKOUT LESS.
BUT WHAT THE F DO YOU IF YOU’RE SCARED SHITLESS?
What happens when the "fit, thin, healthy girl” starts to gain weight?
In this episode I interview Denver based NTP and women’s health coach Jessica Christin. Jess shares her story of disordered eating, over-exercise, and the identity crisis that came with taking charge of her health.
In this episode we discuss:
Who she blames for her battle with disordered eating
When eating dysfunction is the societal norm
Food & exercise control
Tools to use when you feel out of control
When weight gain trigger loss of identity
What to do if you don’t handle stress well
Why your practitioner can’t do the work for you
Self love + recovery
What do your relationships have to do with your food intake?
Disclaimer/trigger warning for ED recovery: I’m talking about going to be talking about weight, weight loss + calories on this show.
Modern American Women Syndrome
How to appropriately fuel the demands you put on your body
Fasting + Exercise
Weight loss + Muscle Wasting
What does cortisol have to do with blood sugar?!
Pre and post workout meals
Caloric needs for maintenance
Caloric needs for muscle growth
Resources mentioned in this show:
Interview with Registered Dietitian Kaely McDevitt to shed some light on two very common hormone disorders: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which is the leading cause of infertility, and Hypothalamic Amenorrhea (HA), which results in loss of menstruation and ovulation. Kaely shares how to assess if you have either of these hormonal imbalances, how to differentiate between the two (they present similarly), and what to do if you struggle with either.
Hormones + Mood Connection
Why Fertility is a Marker for Female Health
How Hormonal Birth Control Suppresses Ovulation
Why Men + Women Need Different Diets
Ovarian Cysts: Normal or Not?
PCOS + Insulin Resistance
“Classic” PCOS vs. “Other Cause” PCOS
Post-Birth Control Rebound PCOS
Common reasons for absent or infrequent ovulation
Best Labs to Assess Hormone Imbalance
Signs, Symptoms + Lab Markers of PCOS + HA
How to Differentiate PCOS from HA
How Dieting Leads to Hormone Imbalance
Why We Need a Mindset Shift for our Healthcare
Why You Need to Play the Long Game for Hormonal Health
Best Carbs for Type 1 Diabetic
Listener question episode!
Spirulina health benefits & drawbacks
Cooking oils & smoke points -- what are the best options?
Laws, rules, regulations for dietitians in the US and beyond
Advice for future nutritionists & RDs
Thoughts on Plant Paradox
Lectins & nightshades
Resources mentioned on this show:
Interview with Primal Life Organics
Why oral health directly impacts gut health
Boosting immunity through your mouth
Signs your teeth are losing minerals
How to remineralize teeth
Is it possible to reverse a cavity
Leaky gut and “leaky gums”
Why gum health is so important
What causes bad breath?
Toothpaste ingredients to avoid
The problems with glycerine in your natural toothpaste
Fluoride: Yes or No?
Natural ways to whiten teeth
The power of healthy saliva
How to detox your mouth from heavy metals
Travel tips for cleaning your teeth
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Unsweetened spearmint tooth powder (my fave!!)
Talking about blood sugar isn’t exactly sexy or glamorous. It’s for sure not winning any clickbait awards.
But blood sugar regulation is arguably one of the most important things to consider when we’re trying to put together an owner’s manual for our own healthy bodies.
The truth is that most people don’t realize just how much unstable blood sugar impacts their health -- everything from hormonal balance to thyroid function to inflammation to brain health.
Just like Ron Burgundy, blood sugar is kind of a big deal.
Unstable blood sugar underlies many common symptoms - exhaustion, insomnia, significant pain & inflammation, anxiety, lack of motivation & drive, depression and brain fog.
Even if you feel pretty good and you’re after more aesthetic goals, this stuff still matters. Both low blood sugar AND high blood sugar can cause you to gain weight.
Dysregulated blood sugar is an inflammatory cycle that’s hard to get out of. And it’s important that we all collectively get a beat on this.
One of the most essential things a person can do to improve and maintain the health of their body and brain is to normalize blood sugar. After listening to this episode, you’ll understand why.
Classic Signs of Low Blood Sugar
Symptoms of Chronic High Blood Sugar
#1 Cause of Over-Eating
Insulin Resistance & Diabetes
Signs that you’re not properly fueling your workout
Top 4 reasons you’re bonking during a workout
Signs of low blood sugar
The worst diet for HIIT
HIIT and AMPK Pathways
Best workout for insulin resistance
Pre and post workout nutrition
What do you do when your doctor doesn’t listen? When your provider doesn’t believe you?
The recent Selma Blair interview on Good Morning America brought to light a scary fact: women are not being heard by their medical providers. Chronic conditions are going undiagnosed for YEARS, despite the fact that women are reporting real physical problems.
As seen with Selma Blair, this lack of care can have irreversible consequences.
On Episode 53 of the Funk’tional Nutrition Podcast, I interview Dr. Cristin Zaimes of Oceanside Physical Therapy to discuss how sexism in healthcare creates shame and distrust in our own bodies.
We discuss what can we do to change this -- including ways to tap into our innate power to heal.
Sexism in Healthcare
Why Women Aren’t Being Listened To
Why does pain go on so long?
Hypervigilance in the body
Re-establishing Resiliency in Your Body
Your power to heal
Building out a health care team
How to Find Trust in Healthcare Again
In this episode we discuss how to use labs to practice preventative medicine and answer the listener question, “what are the top 3 lab tests one should look into if you just want to begin taking general health inventory?”.
Pathological vs. functional ranges
Functional labs + when to use them
Costs of labs -- are they worth it?
Labs as motivating factor
Continuity of care
The importance (and power) of referrals
Personal healthcare & finances
Megan and I discuss how we navigate real food in the real world...with kids.
Cultural appropriation of herbs
Chinese tonic herbs/adaptogens
Herbs + vaccinations
Food intros with food sensitivities
How to reduce food stress with children
Sugar + exposure to sweets
Sour + bitter flavors for babies
How to transition kids to whole foods diet
Plant-based diets with kids
Common mineral deficiencies in babies
Best foods for baby’s development
Baby led weaning vs. purees
Dairy-free calcium sources
Natural deodorant options
What your body odor might mean about how your organs are functioning
Meg’s experience with eating disorder at the age of 10
Death or grief as impetus for eating disorders
Meg’s final straw with her eating disoder + an a-ha moment
Eating disorders as mental illness
Traditional eating disorder recovery
When eating disorders are disguised as “being healthy”
How to change diet culture
Why it’s important to share your experience
How to find your unique voice
The power of the ripple effect
Recovery as a process
Busting through food fear
When we see food cravings as failure
How to determine what diet is right for you
Meg’s take on keto, low carb and fasting
Women + carbs
A must-listen for nutritionists and practitioners-to-be!
The one social media experience that made me stop comparing
Recap for practitioners
Does your practitioner even research, bro?
Why practitioners need to be okay with failing
Thyroid health and brain health
Systems in the body that thyroid affects
Why testing TSH doesn’t cut it
Diet for Hashimoto’s
Thyroid labs you need
What is Post Birth Control Syndrome and why you should care
When your doctor doesn’t believe your story
When medicine borders on dogma
Why birth control is NOT “the pill for every female ill”
Doctors are not a one-size-fits-all: the importance of building a healthcare team
A brief history of birth control
How birth control can delay your diagnosis
What pain with sex & chronic yeast infections have in common
Vaginal pain & shame
Why you need to be a troublemaker
The nutrients depleted by birth control
Foods to eat if you take hormonal birth control
How birth control affects your thyroid, hormones and gut
Birth control, leaky gut & autoimmune disease
Is the pill causing your depression?
The two theories of depression and how birth control affects both
The importance of your period & cycle regularity
Amenorrhea after the pill
Tests to ask for if your period is irregular or missing
How insulin, blood sugar regulation affect your hormones
How stress affects fertility
The best hormone, thyroid & adrenal tests
Immune-boosting herbs we’re loving now
How to support yourself nutritionally when weaning off SSRIs
Supplements to consider when coming off anti-depressants
Nutrition to support the brain and mood
Gluten & the brain
Talking about gluten sensitivity
Thyroid health & the brain
How to test the thyroid
Specific diets to try for eczema relief
Supplements & life practices for eczema relief
Is Jillian Michael’s keto stance legit?
How to create awareness to effect change
The best place to start
Are your lofty goals setting you up for failure?
What are your tendencies and why does it matter?
How to get the best support for YOU
What to do when life happens (and it WILL)
BUT WHAT IF YOU DON’T HAVE TIME?!