Healing allergies with the GAPS Protocol

According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, an estimated 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies (1 in 5 Americans) including indoor/outdoor, food & drug, latex, insect, skin and eye allergies. Allergy prevalence overall has been increasing since the early 1980s across all age, sex and racial groups. AND allergy is the 5th leading chronic disease in the U.S. among all ages, and the 3rd most common chronic disease among children under 18 years old.

It is that time of year again, and my inbox is piling up with inquiries regarding alternative treatments for seasonal allergies. There is a lot that we can do dietarily to support the immune system during allergy season and rebalance it for the long haul.

The protocol I use the most in my practice is called GAPS. GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology/Physiology Syndrome. [...]

By |June 21st, 2013|GAPS|Comments Off on Healing allergies with the GAPS Protocol|

To sprout or to ferment?

To sprout or to ferment? That is the question. In the 1930s, Dr Weston A. Price, a dentist from Cleveland, Ohio, traveled the world in search of the perfect diet. His amazing journeys took him into the wilds to seek out people “who were living in accordance with the tradition of their race and as little affected as might be possible by the influence of the white man”.

Wherever he found them, from the Swiss Alps to the Arctic, from the Polynesian atolls to Australia, they were a “picture of superb health”: they had superb physiques, perfect teeth, no arthritis, no degenerative diseases, and they were cheerful, happy, hardy folk. He also found that when members of these isolated groups changed their dietary traditions for “foods of commerce” a catastrophic health decline would soon arise.

He found it took only one generation of eating [...]

By |June 12th, 2013|Nutrition 101|Comments Off on To sprout or to ferment?|
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    A Forgotten Superfood at the Heart of the Mediterranean Diet

A Forgotten Superfood at the Heart of the Mediterranean Diet

My accent immediately gives me away as a first generation Italian in the United States. Once new friends find out that I’m a nutritional therapy practitioner, too, the next question is, “What is the magic behind the Mediterranean diet?” While there’s no single trick (just as there’s no single Mediterranean diet as you’ll see in my 3 Mediterranean Diet Myths post), I will say that many Americans often leave out one important part: legumes (often known as beans) and nuts, all of which are seeds. (Since they often get confused, I recommend exploring this List of Legumes.)

The people living in the Mediterranean regions consume legumes regularly, often in the form of a soup main dish. On New Year’s Eve, many serve lentils with pork dishes like cotechino or zampone.  Nuts, too, are often available for free eating in dishes [...]

By |June 5th, 2013|Nutrition 101|Comments Off on A Forgotten Superfood at the Heart of the Mediterranean Diet|