10 Surprising Factors Preventing You From Losing Weight

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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Nutrition, the NLRP3 Inflammasome, and COVID-19

In recent weeks, I’ve been researching SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 for my work as a technical writer within the nutraceutical industry and as a clinical nutritionist. In this time, I’ve delved into the research on how SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) harms the body and found some exciting interrelationships between the virus, it’s effects on inflammatory pathways, and nutrition. In this nerdy blog post, I’ll discuss how SARS-CoV-2 activates the NLRP3 inflammasome, a potent pro-inflammatory network, and how therapeutic foods may attenuate NLRP3 inflammasome activity and its harmful effects on the body.

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Your Guide to the Ketogenic Diet for Lyme Disease

The ketogenic diet is currently all the rage for people seeking weight loss and enhanced physical performance. However, a ketogenic diet can also be beneficial for people with complex chronic illnesses that have a strong neuroinflammatory component, including Lyme disease. Read on to learn all about the ketogenic diet, its potential benefits for people with Lyme disease, and how to successfully incorporate the diet into your overall Lyme treatment protocol.

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Is a Dietary Sulfur Sensitivity Contributing to Your Health Issues?

Sulfur-containing vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts offer numerous health benefits, but can trigger inflammatory symptoms in people with dietary sulfur sensitivity.

In my clinical practice, I see clients with all sorts of food sensitivities. However, by far the most challenging food sensitivity I’ve run into is dietary sulfur sensitivity. Dietary sulfur is found in cruciferous vegetables, Allium family vegetables, animal proteins, and legumes, just to name a few sources. It is crucial for supporting glutathione production and facilitating phase II liver detoxification, among many other processes. However, in certain people, the consumption of sulfur-containing foods triggers disconcerting symptoms, rather than supporting well being. Read on to learn about dietary sulfur sensitivity and how a short-term low-sulfur diet may be beneficial for easing symptoms.

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The Best Lyme Disease Diet Part 1: Reduce Inflammation with Food

In my personal experience with Lyme disease and that of the clients I coach, I have learned that the foods we choose to consume can either greatly help or hinder our recovery process. Optimal nutrition plays several crucial roles in Lyme disease recovery: It reduces inflammation, supports a healthy immune response, enhances detoxification, and promotes gut health. In this blog series, I intend to cover in detail each of these nutritional components of Lyme disease recovery.

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The Top Ten Health Benefits of Fasting

Humans evolved in environments in which food availability was limited and fasting was often required. A growing body of evidence indicates that the need for intermittent dietary energy restriction, aka fasting, is built into our genetic makeup, and that it has many beneficial effects on our health. Read on to learn about the top ten health benefits of intermittent fasting and how you can incorporate this ancestral practice into your life to promote optimal health. 

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