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 ♦ 7 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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Podcast: What do *I* eat? …and more FAQs about my personal plan

Posted in: Gastric Neurostimulator, Living Well, Personal Stories ♦ Sunday, January 26th, 2014, 7:11 pm ♦ 13 Comments

Back in August, I started writing an “update series” to mark the 4th anniversary of my blog.  My intention was to answer the questions that I receive most frequently about my current management plan, as well as the products and practices I’ve used and recommended over the past few years. I was able to update you…
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Finding a Gastroparesis Specialist

Posted in: Pharmaceuticals ♦ Sunday, January 19th, 2014, 1:52 am ♦ 45 Comments

In my first FAQ podcast of 2014, I talked extensively about the pieces of a comprehensive gastroparesis management plan and all of the things that we can do every single day to improve our symptoms and quality of life. Though much of an effective plan comes down to self-care, proper diagnosis and appropriate medical treatment are equally important. Which brings me to…
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Podcast: How do I start feeling better & get back to my life?

Posted in: Living Well, Treatment ♦ Saturday, January 11th, 2014, 8:48 am ♦ 4 Comments

This morning I received an email that said: “I have tried so many medications and diets but they don’t work. I am getting more tests, but the doctors don’t know what to do. Please help me.” I get at least one email like this nearly every single day. That’s because the traditional “diet and drugs”…
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