nutrition

New and exciting things are happening!

Hopefully you found your way to this month’s blog post through my brand new monthly newsletter! If not, don’t worry - you can totally still subscribe and receive all the great content!

If you didn’t see my newsletter yet, here’s the details: every month I will send out an exclusive email of my top favorite finds that month. These will be things like food prep hacks, recipes, nutrition headlines or tips, products or supplements that I’ve tried, podcasts, inspirational quotes or stories that I think are worth sharing!

I’m really excited to have you be a part of this new featured content, so please pass it along to anyone you think would benefit from it!

So if you’ve been keeping up with me for a little bit you’re probably wondering what is new and exciting at PN! I’m glad you asked.

In addition to food sensitivity testing, I now offer four different laboratory tests through Spectracell. The new tests are nutritional (micronutrient), cardiovascular, hormones and thyroid, and genetic testing. Below is a description of each, as stated on their website.

Nutritional Testing: Micronutrient testing measures how micronutrients are actually functioning within your white blood cells. These tests allow for nutritional assessment of clinical conditions, general wellness and the prevention of chronic diseases such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, immunological disorders and metabolic disorders.

CardioMetabolic Testing: Poor blood sugar regulation and unhealthy triglyceride and lipoprotein levels often present long before a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes. This test helps define your risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), progression toward Type 2 Diabetes, and inflammation.

Hormone & Thyroid testing: A comprehensive (male and female) hormone panel that reveals the overall state of hormonal balance. Like nutrients, hormones influence all aspects of health and disease - mood, sleep, metabolism, immunity, heart health and appearance. An imbalance of one hormone can alter other hormones, so a comprehensive look at hormone status is key.
Thyroid hormones regulate functions like metabolism, emotions and thinking. I also test several proteins that affect thyroid function as well as antibodies to thyroid which can detect autoimmunity (when the immune system attacks healthy tissue) and your levels of cortisol (the stress hormone).

Genetic Testing: Telomeres, Apolipoprotein E, MTHFR, and Factor V Leiden Prothrombin. Telomeres are sections of genetic material at the end of each chromosome. As a cell ages, its telomeres become shorter. Eventually, the telomeres become too short to allow cell replication, the cell stops dividing and will ultimately die - a normal biological process. This test can determine the length of your telomeres in relation to your age. *Fun fact: a plant-based diet helps prevent telomere shortening!

What else?

Next month I have a super exciting and exclusive announcement about a passion project I’ve been working on. I will be emailing you about this awesome launch in the next few weeks, and you won’t want to miss the part about the incredible discount that I’m offering for only a limited time - trust me!

What would you like to see in your inbox? Let me know below in the comments section! I don’t want to be just another boring newsletter that you receive, so tell me what you’d like to learn about and let’s make it happen!

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Featured Article

As someone who follows a plant-based lifestyle and oftentimes falls into the category of “vegan”, I have given a lot of thought as to whether or not I support the production of lab grown meat.

From an animal welfare perspective, lab grown meat would essentially (one day) eliminate the exploitation of animals for consumption of their bodies - WIN! Although currently it would not be considered vegan, due to the use of stem cells involved in its production.

I will admit, the consumer in me who supports GMO labeling and organic farming is a bit turned off by the idea of eating something grown strictly in a lab. The dietitian in me who understands the connection between animal products and disease, is also a little skeptical about it all. What will the nutrient profile look like? Is there a way to isolate the saturated fat and remove it? Is that even something we want to do (further emphasizing the idea of Frankenstein meat)?

However, the fact remains that we as a society simply cannot continue to rely on the massive amount animal agriculture that we currently use. Our choices are catapulting us towards environmental devastation. David Katz reported that if everybody on the planet ate a paleo diet we would need 15 planets to sustain our current population! Thank god for vegans, right?!

Bottom line, it’s not sustainable and it’s downright irresponsible to be touting a diet that is so grossly unsustainable. We need to think beyond ourselves and for future generations to come.

Which brings me to my point (yes, I have one). Is lab grown meat the future?

In a follow up interview with the Epoch Times, I explored some of these questions to help weigh in on the topic.

Check out the full article below and let me know what you think in the comments section! Are you pro-lab grown meat? Or is it too much like something you’d see on the sci-fi channel?

https://www.theepochtimes.com/fake-meat-the-future-of-food_2676044.html

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Fall Wellness Tips

Fall is right around the corner! Can you feel it? I just got back from Philadelphia for a friend’s wedding and it was 54 degrees on Sunday! My husband and I stayed at my parent’s house Saturday night and my mom made an amazing bean chili, complete with fresh homemade bread from a neighbor who owns a French boulangerie! It was delicious and had me craving more of the brisk fall air that is just a few weeks away. Luckily I will be back up north again next month, taking a break from all this FL heat!

Speaking of fall, I recently contributed a few nutrition tips for an article in Reader’s Digest highlighting “50 Ways to Have a Healthier Fall”.

Here are three tips that I suggested:

1. Eat seasonally. Purchasing produce that is in-season can help you save money at the grocery store, and it can also provide nutrients that you wouldn't normally get from other foods. Fall foods such as winter squash or pumpkins offer unique nutrients as well as the comfort that comes from eating warm, nourishing foods this time of year.

2. Set an intention for your nutrition during this season. With winter comes the holidays, and that means extra opportunities for sweet treats. Fall can be a great time to check in with yourself and set an intention before the holiday mayhem starts. Try setting a goal for the fall such as limiting sweets to once per week or meal planning on the weekends to avoid pitfalls during the week. 

3. When dining out, start each meal with a vegetable soup or hearty salad. Research has shown that people who consume a bowl of vegetable soup eat significantly less calories during the rest of the meal, compared to those who opt for the bread or small salad. If you know that winter treats will be a challenge for you then optimize your nutrition during the fall so you're already feeling good (you'll be less likely to fall off the wagon when coworkers start bringing in those cookies!).

Check out the full article in the link above. My third tip was featured, about ¾ of the way down.

What are some of your healthy fall tips?

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