You Are What You Eat

“You are what you eat”. We hear this more and more these days. But are you really “just” what you eat? Not really, the digestive process is a complex one and digestive issues are abundant in our society today. The cleanest diet won’t do you any good if you cannot properly break food down and assimilate nutrients.

Take a trip through the digestive system, and see where the magic happens. We will take it from the top, the brain, going through the mouth and moving down through the esophagus and into the stomach, the small and large intestine and out through the anus.

The things can go wrong at any point in the digestive system and what happens “north of the process” will have a cascading effect on the organs located south.

Did you know, for example, that not chewing enough has [...]

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You Are What You Eat – Webinar

Take a trip through the digestive system, and see where the magic happens

Are you really ‘just’ what you eat? Not really. Francesca Orlando, NTP, CGP, BCHN takes you on a voyage through the digestive tract.

 

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My Raw Fed Companions

Just as we humans were not made to run on soda and junk food, our pets were not made to run on kibble. In this country the incidence of cancers and auto-immune disease in domestic animals has reached epic proportions. Only a few decades ago, these conditions were unheard of in animals. I am sure that nutrition plays an important role.

I firmly believe in a species-appropriate diet, both for our pets and for our livestock. The pet food industry would have us believe that their products provide perfect nutrition for every single pet, regardless of the needs of an individual animal. Yet again we are talking about highly processed “pseudo-food” stripped of all the nutrients, enzymes and vital energy that nature provided, and enriched with a handful of synthetic vitamins and minerals. That iss why I feed my dogs and my [...]

By |March 19th, 2015|Nutrition 101|Comments Off on My Raw Fed Companions|

Gestational Diabetes – Part 5

In case you missed it:
– Part 1 What is it and how to test
– Part 2 Let’s talk about diet 
– Part 3 How to navigate the supermarket 
– Part 4 What to eat when suffering from GD 
Supplements To Manage GD And Tips To Fight Cravings
There is very little research done on pregnant women because, as you can imagine, it is unethical to conduct tests on pregnant women. There are though several supplements that have been used for years on pregnant women and are regarded as safe.

My advice is to work with a professional who will help you find what your body needs specifically. A practitioner trained in disorders of blood sugar metabolism will be able to support all three organs of blood sugar, gently and safely for you and baby.

If you were to use food as [...]

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Gestational Diabetes – Part 4

In case you missed it:
– Part 1 What is it and how to test
– Part 2 Let’s talk about diet 
– Part 3 How to navigate the supermarket 
What To Eat When Suffering From GD
Let’s see what kind of carbohydrates a woman suffering from Gestational Diabetes should eat. When we hear the word carbohydrate, we tend to think about grains, breads, cereals, bagels, and we forget that fruits and vegetables are also carbohydrate foods.

When the diagnosis of GD is made, women are advised to keep their carbohydrate intake below 15 grams per meal and they are counseled into counting carbs. Unfortunately this advice does not keep into consideration biochemical individuality and what works for a one woman, may not work for another.

There are some women who can manage their blood sugar while eating a little bit of [...]

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Gestational Diabetes – Part 3

In case you missed it:
– Part 1 What is it and how to test
– Part 2 Let’s talk about diet 
How To Navigate The Supermarket
Remember that during pregnancy you are building a human being “from scratch”. To build a healthy baby you need to consume high quality proteins and fats. I would like all of my pregnant clients to eat foods as they come in nature, as close as they can get to their natural state.

One trustworthy principle I always tell my clients (pregnant and not) is to remember that real food doesn’t come in a box.  Real food is what you find along the perimeter of a supermarket, the fruits and veggies, the dairy, the fish, the beef and other animal products, the eggs, the butter, the olive oil.

When we enter the aisles of the supermarkets, [...]

Gestational Diabetes – Part 2

In case you missed it:
– Part 1 What is it and how to test
Let’s Talk About Diet
Now that you know a little bit about Gestational Diabetes, what it is and how to test for it (discussed in part 1), let’s talk about diet.

I mentioned that women diagnosed with GD should always measure your glucose levels fasting and postprandial. In my opinion, if a woman has higher than normal blood sugar numbers, it would be good to measure glucose prior to going to bed to see if the woman needs a snack. I find that in some women, that final reading is the most useful.

As I said before, pregnancy is a naturally insulin resistance stage. During the night fast, when no calories are consumed, the body works harder to prevent insulin from doing its job, so that [...]

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Microbirth – What happens during birth? Webinar

Scientists start to link the way babies are born to health later in life.

Join Mama Tribe Network’s life streaming event and guest panelists Francesca Orlando, NTP, CGP and Linda F. Palmer, DC to discuss the film MICROBIRTH and the Q&A session to follow in February 21, 2015 in San Diego.

 

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The Roles Of Bacteria In Our Body

We are 90% bacterial and 10% mammalian. We have more microorganisms living within us than we have cells in our body.

The newest research that explores the micro-biome is making gigantic advances, and now more than ever science is focusing on the integrity and diversity (or lack of thereof) of our bacteria.

Most autoimmune diseases like type-1 diabetes, Hashimoto’s, Lupus, MS and the obesity epidemics are steady on the rise, and scientific studies show that there is a common component in all of these disease: a change in the micro-biome.
Numerous studies are even linking autoimmune conditions directly to lack of healthy bacteria in our gut.

People living in civilized countries have 1/3 of the bacteria of people living in primitive societies, who are not affected by the disease of modern man.

Babies are born with a sterile gut (though some initial research [...]

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Gestational Diabetes – Part 1

What it is and how to test?
Gestational Diabetes is a condition characterized by higher than normal blood sugar levels during pregnancy.

Before I talk about GD, I think it is important to say that pregnancy is a insulin resistance stage. In simple terms, this means that the body of a pregnant woman (as well as the placenta) is programmed to destroy some of the circulating insulin. Insulin is the hormone that carries glucose away from the blood stream and into the tissue. During pregnancy, certain hormones produced by the mother, and certain hormones produced by the placenta inactivate insulin so that more glucose is available to the fetus for growth.

This is a natural physiological state. Remember that our species has evolved during some 77,000 generations going through famines and food scarcity, interrupted by times of feast following a kill. [...]

By |February 17th, 2015|Babies & Bumps|4 Comments|