Episode 71: Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Gut Healing Naturopath Susie Garden

Interview with Susie Garden

  • Criteria for diagnosing IBS

  • What does abnormal bowel function look like?

  • 2 major drivers of IBS

  • The Gut-Serotonin Link

  • Foods & nutrients that support serotonin production

  • What your “worrier” disposition has to do with digestion

  • Probiotics & Prebiotics - good or bad?

  • Mind-Body work for IBS

  • “It’s really important not to just muck around with probiotics.”

  • The power of a food mood journal

  • Helpful nutrients for IBS


Episode 70: Low Libido: What Your Sex Drive is Saying About Your Hormones

A healthy sex drive is mark of vitality and health. So if your libido is low, that could be an indication that something is going on with your mental or physical health, most often hormonal imbalance. Despite how common low libido and hormonal imbalance is, people still feel pretty embarrassed about it. But there is no shame in your low sex drive game! In today’s podcast and blog, I answer a listener question: What’s up with my low Sex drive?! to get to the bottom of why your libido might be low. 

  • Women’s Bodies & Shame

  • How to Get Blissed Out with Oxytocin 

  • Adrenal Fatigue & Libido

  • Reasons for Hormone Deficiency 

  • Top 5 Ways to Balance Your Hormones

  • The Pitfalls of Hormone Replacement Therapy

  • How to Test Your Hormones

Read the blog here.


Episode 69: Morals, Stigma, Shame & Food: The Power of Intuitive Eating with Dr. Jillian Murphy

Interview with Dr. Jillian Murphy

“Food is bio-psycho-social. It is so much more than just fuel. And so sometimes we make decisions that are ultimately for the best of our physical selves. And sometimes we make choices for our mental-emotional selves.”

  • Relationship Between Weight & Health

  • Bridging Functional Medicine & Intuitive Eating

  • Body Positivity

  • Why the Reverse Diet Mentality is Actually Badass

  • Why Saying Yes is a Power Move

  • The Bio-Psycho-Social Aspects of Food

  • Eating on Vacation

  • Morals, Stigma, Shame & Food

  • How Restrictive Eating Breeds Compulsive Eating

  • The Problem with Demonizing Emotional Eating

  • 3 Steps for Overeaters

  • What the Minnesota Starvation Experiment Taught us About Calories

  • Why 1200-1500 Calories is a Starvation Diet

  • The One Mantra You Need 

  • Raising Competent Eaters

  • Division of Responsibility for Children & Parents


Episode 68: The Clean Water Crisis with Dr. Tina Beaudoin

Interview with Dr. Tina Beaudoin

Clean drinking water expert

President of the NH Association of Naturopathic Doctors & On the board of the National Association of Environmental Medicine

  • Contaminants in Water You NEED to Know About

  • Fluoride: Do We Want it in Our Water 

  • How to Test Your Home Water

  • What to Look for in a Home Water Filter

  • Detoxification Support for Environmental Toxins

Resources mentioned in this show:

National Testing Laboratories

EWG Tap Water Database

PFAS Project

C8 Science Panel

Dartmouth Well Water

Pure Effect Water Filters

Episode 66: Thyroid Health + Hashimoto’s with Dr. Becky Campbell

  • Specific markers to ask for “full thyroid panel”

  • Conventional lab ranges vs/ functional lab ranges

  • The problem with waiting to test for antibodies

  • Diagnostic criteria for Hashimoto’s

  • Where to start with thyroid dysfunction

  • The tests that Dr. Campbell recommends

  • Gluten + Hashimoto’s

  • The thyroid - liver connection

  • The interplay between sex hormones + thyroid

  • Estrogen + Hashimoto’s

  • Testing for Epstein-Barr virus

  • The #1 most effective thing you should do for your adrenals

  • Thyroid medication - do you need to stop??

  • Postpartum immune & thyroid flare ups

  • What about HYPER-thyroidism?

  • Low T3 Syndrome

  • Why you’ve GOTTA fix your gut!

  • Is it possible to get Hashimoto’s in remission

  • The problem with chasing thyroid antibodies 


The 30-Day Thyroid Reset Plan Book

Episode 65: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Weight Loss

  • 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)


Body Weight Planner


Episode 64: Intuitive Eating, Health At Every Size and Weight Loss

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

  • Thin privilege

  • 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

Everything you know about obesity is wrong article


Episode 63: Strategies for Managing Burnout

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

  • Allostatic loads

  • 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


Episode 62: Lyme Prevention & Gut Health

  • 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

  • Lyme prevention

  • What to do if you get bit by a tick

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Immune Boosting Chocolate Shake Recipe

Minding Your Mitochondria Ted Talk

Shop safe sunscreen here

Vitamin D and safe sun exposure

Guide to safe sunscreen

Healing Lyme Book


Astragalus caps

Astragalus tincture


Organic Astragalus root powder

Vitamin C powder

Liposomal Vitamin C

Cod Liver Oil


Andrographis tincture

Green clay powder

Episode 61: Using Your Cycle to Plan Your Life: Menstruation, Ovulation & Tracking Hormones

Interview with Lisa Hendrickson-Jack of Fertility Friday

“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

The Fifth Vital Sign (BUY THIS BOOK!)

Episode 60: Weight Gain and Identity Loss

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

  • Exercise addiction

  • 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?

Episode 59: Fasted workouts, Cortisol + Weight Loss, BCAAs, Caloric Needs

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

  • Hydration

  • Caloric needs for maintenance

  • Caloric needs for muscle growth

Get on Adrenals | Thyroid | Hormones Group Program Wait List

Resources mentioned in this show: 

Electrolyte powder

Trace mineral drops

My current favorite protein powder

Women + BCAAs
More on essential amino acids + BCAA supplementation

Body Weight Planner


Episode 58: Women’s Hormones: Spotlight on PCOS & Hypothalamic Amenorrhea

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.

  • Understanding Ovulation

  • 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


Episode 57: Ghee, Spirulina, Cooking Oils, Lectins & Advice for Future Nutritionists

Listener question episode!

  • Homemade ghee

  • 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:

Tin Star Foods ghee

4th & Heart ghee

Kettle and Fire broth

Spirulina

Episode 56: Oral Health with Primal Life Organics

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:

Bubblegum tooth powder

Unsweetened spearmint tooth powder (my fave!!)

Sweetened peppermint tooth powder


Episode 55: How to Tell if Your Blood Sugar is a Problem

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

  • PCOS


Episode 53: When Your Doctor Doesn’t Believe Your Pain

Interview with Dr. Cristin Zaimes

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?

  • Neural networks

  • 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



Episode 52: Our Go-To Labs and Functional Testing

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