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Holiday Eating Strategies!

Get our free handout. This educational handout is filled with tips for eating healthy during the holidays! Print this handout for your fridge! Don’t forget – eating a few homemade treats during the holidays is absolutely fine – just make sure you also eat a healthy diet filled with rainbow fruits & veggies, lean protein, healthy fats and lots of leafy greens! In good health –...

Five-Day Meal Plan – Cancer Recovery

Download our Free Meal Plan here. This meal plan, which is focuses on a woman – 150 pounds (calories can be adjusted to individual needs). To support this building diet direction (for a cancer recovery patient), the following macronutrient ratios are recommended: Proteins (20-30%), Fats (25-45%), and Carbohydrates (30-50%). Three key nutrients to increase are: protein, folate, and Vitamin B12. Other synergistic foods and nutrients to support this building diet are: essential fatty acids (salmon, flaxseed), high flavonoid foods (EVOO, berries), L-glutamine and zinc (walnuts, turkey, chicken). Check back this month for recipes included in the meal plan. Read the full condition & nutrient report here....

Condition & Nutrient Report: Cancer

The Cancer Process & Recovery The cancer process is broken down into four stages: Initiation (initial cell damage) Promotion (initiated cells grow) Invasion (tumors begin to grow) Metastasis (cancer spreads to other parts of the body) Because most cancers are slow moving, there is ample opportunity to strengthen and cleanse the body during these stages. Supporting immunity in diet and lifestyle, staying alkaline, resolving candida or other chronic infections, adequate sleep, lowering stress and eating a clean diet can be incredibly beneficial to recovery. When recommending a diet to a cancer recovery patient, it is important to take into account their entire treatment plan administered by their doctor. See below for specific recommendations: If patient is not using chemo/RT: If patient is strong: cleansing. If patient is weak: balancing or building. If patient is using chemo/RT: Building diet (never use cleansing/fasting) (Bauman, 2013)  For the purpose of this report, I designed a building diet for a recovering cancer patient, who is female, 150 pounds. To support this diet direction, the following macronutrient ratios are recommended: Proteins (20-30%), Fats (25-45%), and Carbohydrates (30-50%). Download full report...

Five-Day Meal Plan – Autism

Get our free meal plan. Download this meal plan, which is focuses on a child – 45 pounds. Total calorie requirements are ~1,400 with the following caloric ranges: 420-630 carbs, 350-420 protein and 420-560 fat. Day One of our meal plan includes a macronutrient ratio of 41% carb, 25% protein, and 34% fat. Foods were chosen to be budget-friendly and provide plenty of leftovers so the family can enjoy during the week, without too much extra time prep. Check back this week for recipes included in the meal plan. Read the full condition & nutrient report here....

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Condition and Nutrient Report: Autism Spectrum Disorder Autism Spectrum Disorder (“ASD”) is a developmental brain disorder that usually begins within the first three years of after conception.  Autism falls under the umbrella of “Pervasive Developmental Disorders” or PDD.  The other four pervasive developmental conditions are: Asperger’s Disorder (“a touch of autism”) Childhood Disintegrative Disorder (CDD) Rett Syndrome PDD-NOS (Not Otherwise Specified) The rate of autism diagnoses has skyrocketed over the past decade. In 2002, 1 in 150 of children were diagnosed with a form of ASD and in 2010 that number jumped to 1 in 68.  The condition is four times more prevalent in boys (1 in 54 boys vs. 1 in 252 girls) (TACA, 2012, 2014). Characteristics of Autism: An abnormal absorption with the self Communication & social interaction impairment; lack of response to people Short attention span Restricted and repetitive behaviors While the cause of autism remains undetermined, current studies show that genetics and environment play a role in the condition.  There is no medical detection or known cure for autism, however, with early detection, there is a significant improvement rate amongst symptoms.  By state analysis, autism prevalence in public schools for 8 year olds in 2009-2010 school year show Minnesota, Maine, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Connecticut as having the highest rates of this condition.  The lowest rates of autism diagnoses occur in Colorado, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Iowa (TACA, 2012, 2014). Autism vs. Asperger’s Disorder Asperger’s Disorder (“AD”) is a type of pervasive developmental disorder that exhibits some of the same characteristics of autism.  There are some important differences in the two conditions.  Children with Asperger’s...

Condition and Nutrient Report: Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Download the report here. Get my free handout. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is an autoimmune condition in which the thyroid antibodies attack the thyroid gland, limiting the production of the important thyroid hormones. The production of these hormones is incredibly important to the body because the thyroid is responsible for energy production for nearly every cell, tissue, and organ in the body. It is the “Metabolic Powerhouse” for the body. When the damage to the thyroid starts to take place, hormones are released into the bloodstream to compensate, which may show normal range levels. However, as time goes on, the person affected may start to show signs of hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid (Wentz, 2013). Signs of hypothyroidism include: • Very slow pulse rate (40-60 beats/minute) • High blood pressure • Sensitivity to cold • Mild-severe depression • Constipation • Hardening of stools • Bloating • Poor appetite • Weight gain • Enlarged thyroid gland • Sluggishness • Brittle fingernails • Thin, dry hair (Rosenthal, 2009) As more thyroid tissue is destroyed, the body is unable to compensate and the person becomes deficient in thyroid hormone. Ultimately, the thyroid completing stops releasing hormones and medical, lifestyle, and/or nutrition intervention must take place. This is referred to as the end stage of Hashimoto’s (Wentz, 2013). Up to 10% of the population is affected by Hashimoto’s, affecting more women than men. For every seven women, there is usually one man diagnosed. There is a strong genetic component and HT usually runs in families. Hormonal fluctuations and increasing age may contribute to the development of Hashimoto’s. There is a higher incidence of HT in Caucasians...
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