Body weight regulation is a priority for many of my clients, particularly many of my clients with Lyme disease and mold illness. Many of my clients come to me feeling frustrated about their inability to lose weight or improve their body composition, despite doing seemingly everything “right” with their diet and exercise. While diet and exercise are crucial for supporting a healthy body weight, several other factors fly under the radar that significantly influence energy balance. Read on to learn about ten factors that affect energy balance and metabolism, beyond just diet and exercise, so you can reach your healthy weight!

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The foods we choose to consume undoubtedly have a significant impact on our health. However, few laypeople (or health professionals, for that matter) give much thought to the effect of meal timing on our health. Interestingly, a rapidly growing body of research indicates that when we eat may be just as important as what we eat for building resilient long-term health. Read on to learn about several important aspects of meal timing and how fine-tuning your meal timing can support your health.

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My all-time favorite outdoor activity in the summer is backpacking. There’s something about heading out into the wilderness, well away from all the crowded trails, with everything you need in a pack on your back, that is profoundly grounding and peaceful. Last weekend, Brian and I went out on our first official backpacking trip of the season, after a failed attempt that previous weekend that resulted in us getting caught in a hailstorm. After the trip, I felt thoroughly rejuvenated and inspired to begin creating some new backpacking meal and snack recipes. I love this recipe so much that I also enjoy snacking on it off the trails during a busy work week. Check out my new grain-free granola recipe, which is equally perfect for hiking or as a mid-afternoon snack on a busy work day!

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Lately, I have been working with an increasing number of nutrition clients with complex health issues, including Lyme disease and mold illness. Many of these individuals present with an impaired stress response, also referred to as HPA axis dysfunction. Left unaddressed, HPA axis dysfunction adversely impacts an array of body systems and can hinder your recovery from chronic illness. Targeted nutrition interventions can help immensely with HPA axis recovery as part of a comprehensive treatment protocol. Read on to learn about the HPA axis, how chronic illness contributes to HPA axis dysfunction, and how specific nutrition interventions can help restore HPA axis balance.

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Eating behavior is just one aspect of our lives that has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The psychological stress, alterations in our daily routines, fluctuations in food availability, and even boredom that many people are experiencing right now are all linked in the scientific literature to detrimental changes in eating behaviors, including poor food choices and increased emotional eating. In this short blog post, I will discuss the impact these factors have on our food choices and how mindful eating strategies can help mitigate some of their adverse effects.

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