Recipe: Blueberry Gel-O

Posted in: Nutrition, Recipes ♦ Saturday, August 2nd, 2014, 12:40 pm ♦ 6 Comments

For the past 36 hours, I’ve been existing mostly on bone broth and this homemade blueberry “jello.” It has nothing to do with gastroparesis (I have a mild case of pancreatitis) but I remember being on this regimen rather frequently at one point, either in preparation for testing or in an attempt to calm a…
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Workshop Recap: Understanding FODMAPs with Kate Scarlata, RD

Posted in: Diet, Nutrition ♦ Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, 4:30 pm ♦ No Comments

Last month I traveled to Washington, DC for the Digestive Health Alliance Advocacy Day, as well as the UNC Patient Symposium on Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. Separately each of these events was worth the trip, but the together they made for an especially informative and empowering three days. The first day of the Symposium consisted of…
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Workshop Recap: Clinical Hypnosis for GI Symptoms

Posted in: Alternative Medicine, Treatment ♦ Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, 10:29 am ♦ 2 Comments

As part of this year’s FGID Patient Symposium, I had the opportunity to take a 2-hour workshop with UNC’s Dr. Olafur Palsson on Clinical Hypnosis and its applications in the treatment of functional GI disorders. It was truly one of the highlights of my trip and I came away with a stronger understanding of just…
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Digestive Health Congressional Call-In Day 2014

Posted in: Awareness ♦ Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, 8:37 am ♦ 1 Comment

Later this month, I’m heading to Washington DC to advocate for gastroparesis research. It’ll be my third time at DHA Advocacy Day, a two-day event in which we meet with members of Congress to share our stories and ask that they take action to address the gaps in treatment and research. What makes Advocacy Day so…
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Looking for One-on-One Support?

Posted in: Uncategorized ♦ Tuesday, June 10th, 2014, 7:39 pm ♦ No Comments

I’ve spent hundreds of hours coaching others with gastroparesis and I’ve seen first hand the difference that one-on-one support can make, especially when it comes to improving nutrition and changing lifestyle habits.  While I no longer offering individual health coaching myself, there are two other Certified Health Coaches that I now recommend. I’ve talked with…
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Review: Vegan Orgain (and a Giveaway!)

Posted in: Diet ♦ Monday, April 7th, 2014, 1:20 pm ♦ 76 Comments

Vegan Orgain As I’ve mentioned before, I stopped drinking Orgain after my daughter was diagnosed with a severe dairy allergy about a year ago. At the time, I was praying they’d make a dairy-free version, as the shakes had been a staple in my pregnancy and post-pregnancy diet. Fortunately I’ve made some significant dietary and…
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Living WELL Podcast: Q&A with Liz Wolfe, Author of Eat the Yolks

Posted in: Diet, Nutrition ♦ Sunday, February 23rd, 2014, 8:48 pm ♦ 14 Comments

In my last podcast, I talked about the dietary changes I’ve made over the past year — going dairy-free, then wheat-free and eventually ditching all refined sugar, processed foods, and most grains. In their place, I eat homemade bone broth and soup, plus GP-friendly portions and preparations of properly-raised animal protein, roots and tubers, low-FODMAP fruits and veggies,…
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Homemade Purée & Smoothie Pouches

Posted in: Nutrition ♦ Wednesday, February 5th, 2014, 10:29 am ♦ 8 Comments

    A few months ago, my mother-in-law bought us the Infantino Squeeze System. It’s a really clever set-up that let’s you fill squeeze pouches with homemade fruit and veggie purees. The pouches can be put in the fridge and used within a few days, or stored in the freezer for up to 2 months….
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Recipe: Oat-So-Good Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted in: Recipes ♦ Saturday, February 1st, 2014, 8:45 pm ♦ 3 Comments

Between Lily’s food allergies and my dietary choices, we’re an egg-free, dairy-free, mostly-gluten-free, usually-refined-sugar-free household. As you might imagine, that makes baking somewhat challenging. I’ve experimented with a lot of cookie recipes over the past year and finally came up with one that I *love.* Not only do these cookies fit all of our criteria and…
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Recipe: Homemade Coconut Milk

Posted in: Recipes ♦ Sunday, January 26th, 2014, 9:06 pm ♦ 3 Comments

I made my first batch of homemade coconut milk this week. I had been making homemade almond milk, but we recently found out that Lily’s allergic to tree nuts. Turns out coconut milk is less expensive and easier to make anyway. While coconut milk is available in most grocery stores, both in cartons and cans, there are…
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