Stevia Is *Not* a Good Sweetener for an Autoimmune Diet

Stevia and autoimmune do not mix

I strive to be discerning and unbiased in my work as a Nutritionist, and as an integrative practitioner, I feel that it is paramount to remain open to new perspectives.  This doesn’t change the fact that I feel horrible when I realize that I’ve been giving the wrong advice, or that I’ve allowed a potentially harmful product to slip under my

Ending the Autoimmune Drinking Game: Alcohol, Inflammation and Avoiding Flares

Alcohol and autoimmune

How much alcohol can you drink and avoid an autoimmune flare?  That’s a drinking game you don’t want to play with your body, and it’s one of the million dollar questions asked by anyone experiencing autoimmunity.  This is a critical question to have answered before the next girls’ night out, so let’s drill down and work toward helping you to answer this question for yourself,

Epstein Barr (HHV-4) Links to Autoimmune Disease

Mono, the kissing disease

The Epstein-Barr virus is a member of the herpes virus family – hence the designation HHV-4 – which also includes herpes simplex I and II, chicken pox virus (Varicella zoster, or VZV), and others. Herpes viruses are generally quite adept at attacking and then retreating, sometimes lying dormant for weeks, months, years or even decades, before sometimes rearing their ugly heads in one form or

Is Red Meat Bad For Your Autoimmune Health?

red meat and autoimmune conditions

If you have an autoimmune disease, you know that cutting red meat from the diet is often one of the first pieces of dietary advice out there.  Do a Google search on “red meat and autoimmunity”, and find this notion at every click. But is ditching red meat really the right thing to do, or does it stem from a widely-held, yet unsubstantiated view that

It’s a “Live-It”, Not A Diet: How A Chef-Turned-Health Coach Healed Her Own Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism With Food

mom and kid having fun with food

Hello, I’m Jen and I’ve been obsessed with food all my life. (Hi Jen…) Are you like me?  Do you eat, sleep and dream food too? My love affair with food began where so many others have as well—around the kitchen table.  I lucked out by having grandmothers who could really cook.  My nana’s Italian sausages—a little spicy from the seasonings and sweet from rich

Parenting My Way Through a Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Brothers

As a mom, there are certain characteristics you don’t want to encounter—fatigue, mental fog, and loss of energy are just a few.  Unfortunately, all those things descended upon my life at one time. I didn’t think too much of it. I figured it was all just a snowball effect; running a family made my head spin at night instead of allowing for restful sleep, fatigue