Three Tips to Find the Best Doctor for You (And Get the Most Out of Your Time and Money)

When struggling with symptoms of a chronic illness, choosing the right health professional for your specific condition can make a huge difference in your health and the amount of time and effort it takes you to start feeling better again.

And, most of the time, finding a doctor who will actually listen to you and who will work to find the root cause of your symptoms can be very daunting.

That’s why I’ve come up with my top three tips for finding a practitioner who will actually work with you and help you move forward on your healing journey.

My Experience on the Keto Diet: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The ketogenic diet is all the rage these days, and even I jumped on the bandwagon and found myself in ketosis in an attempt to heal from blood sugar dysregulation caused by years of low FODMAP, low carb eating.

The keto diet helped me be able to reintroduce higher FODMAP foods without having reactions, but it also caused me to develop physiological insulin resistance, HPA dysregulation (adrenal fatigue), and disrupt other hormones leaving me feeling exhausted and totally depleted.

I don’t regret my time in ketosis, but I hope that sharing my unique experience will allow others to make a more informed decision than I did when deciding if this popular diet is right for them.

Tips For Reintroductions on the low-FODMAP Diet

The low-FODMAP diet isn’t forever, and it’s really only a tool to use to reduce your IBS and SIBO symptoms while you work on healing your gut and getting rid of any overgrowths.

I know how difficult it is to work on expanding your diet after you’ve been eating low-FODMAP for a while and feeling great. But it’s important to reintroduce these carbs as they’re the only source of food for your good gut bacteria.

So, I came up with a few tips for helping you get started in your FODMAP reintroductions!

#1: Work on introducing the category of FODMAPs you don’t react to

#2: Start with small portion sizes

#3: Support your digestion

#4: Don’t stop reintroducing if you experience some symptoms

Vegetables - How and Why to Add More to Your Diet

Eating more vegetables is such an important piece to a healthy lifestyle.

Vegetables provide the best source of antioxidants and phytonutrients out of any food you can eat.

Unfortunately, vegetables are also the most unpleasant and difficult for most people to consume, so they tend to be overlooked for more satisfying foods.

In this article, I’ll answer some common questions about why vegetables should actually make up a majority of our plates, and how you can go about starting to eat more of them each day.

What's Your Label?

When we attach a label such as a diet or a health condition to who we are as a person, do we ever think of what that does to us on a deeper level?

Most often it seems that we get stuck with labels that identify our greatest weakness, or the area of our lives that we’re trying to work on.

My Health Journey

My health journey starts with a diagnosis of Celiac Disease, and continues today with issues like SIBO, leaky gut, dysbiosis, adrenal fatigue, liver toxicity, and overgrowths of pathogenic bacteria.

But, I’ve come such a long way, and have learned so much in the process. My gut is well on its way to healing and being the gut it used to be.