Author Archives: Ryan Warren

Back to School? Back to Work? 7 Protein & Energy-Packed Snacks To Fuel Your Week

By Ryan Warren

We all know what it’s like to deal with that mid-afternoon slump. If only you just had the perfect snack to tide you over, right? Well, whether you’re looking to stave off your kids’ after-school hunger, or on a quest for your own energy-boosting pick-me-up to get you through the rest of the day, having a satiating, nutritious snack on hand is an absolute must. So to help you make it through

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7 Ridiculously Yummy (and Healthy) Grilled Cheese Recipes You’ve Never Tried Before

By Ryan Warren

Ooey, gooey, and melt-y on the inside, and ever so pleasantly crisp on the outside, the grilled cheese sandwich is classic comfort food at its best. This April, we’re celebrating National Grilled Cheese Month with a savvy collection of grilled cheese recipes that kick the old-time standard sandwich up a few notches. Sure, nothing beats the traditional, but these alternatives involve some spicy,

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How to Not Overeat This Holiday Season! 8 Easy Tips From a Nutritionist to You

By Ryan Warren, Nutritionist

Tis the season! With the holidays in full swing, it’s surely a time to celebrate. Cocktail gatherings and cozy dinner parties with family and friends are quickly filling up our calendars. Yet in spite of all of the exciting merriment at this festive time of year, many of us become anxious about sticking to healthy habits. Tempting treats and plentiful opportunities to indulge run rampant during

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Demystifying the Alkaline Diet: A Beginner’s Guide

By Andrea Candee

Everywhere you go these days, it seems like someone is swearing by the “Alkaline Diet,” a trending diet phenomenon that has recently become popular. Celebrities are touting this diet for its transformative and restorative effects, but when it comes down to it, what exactly is this food plan, and why is it supposedly so good for the body? Here’s a brief rundown. The Alkaline Diet (also ref

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How to Unlock The Secret Nutritional Benefits of Almonds

By Emilie Berner

Almonds. We've all heard they're good for you: good for your heart, good for losing weight, and just plain good thanks to their healthy fats. But, while we've all been smearing almond butter across rice crackers, guzzling almond milk, and popping nut after nut at our desks, the almond has kept a secret from us: its nutrient content is not fully available to us. That is, unless they are soaked!

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Debunking Fibromyalgia as Just In Your Head: The Real Truth

By Dr. Jennifer Wolkin

In this article, Jennifer artfully demystifies fibromyalgia as simply a mental fabrication, and draws a linkage between lifestyle and chronic pain.   Fibromyalgia consists of a complex array of symptoms, which include widespread muscle and joint pain along with overwhelming fatigue.  It is often a diagnosis with higher prevalence rates in women and has been described as one of the “m

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Sensitive to Dairy? Why Lactose Pills May Be a Waste of Your Money

By Ryan Warren

There’s been a lot of recent hype about dairy over the last decade. Think you may be sensitive to dairy? It could be lactose intolerance or a specific milk allergy.  While dairy causes an inflammatory response in both cases, these conditions are separate and distinct from one another. Here’s the physiological lowdown on the difference between lactose intolerance and milk allergy.  

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6 Tips You Need To Know About Rebalancing Your Thyroid…Naturally

By Rachel Schwartzman

Did you just find you that you have Hypothyroid? Are you looking for some natural ways to re-balance your thyroid? I’ve worked with countless patients and have developed these natural dietary changes that can help stimulate and normalize thyroid production.   For those who don’t know, the thyroid is a butterfly shaped gland located at the front of your throat, and is critical for regulatin

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Take Paleo for a Test Drive with Meg’s 3 Days of Meals

By Meg White

'In 2013, two weeks of “clean eating” had all but gotten rid of my once crippling joint pain. Clean eating led to gluten-free, which led to dairy-free, which has now led me to a paleo diet. I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been! I’m eating foods that nourish my body and I’m able to enjoy an active and fulfilling life, without being limited by rheumatoid arthritis.   So if you ha

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My Fructose Malabsorption & IBS Weren’t Invited to My Wedding

By Nataliya Friend-Brainman

Growing up my gut was always sensitive and fussy. By the age of 18, my symptoms were severely impacting my life academically and socially. When I finally decided to see a gastroenterologist, I was ultimately diagnosed with fructose malabsorption. Over the next couple of years, my reactions to foods came and went, but in the time leading up to my wedding, my stress level-- and symptoms-- skyrock

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Going Paleo and Gluten-Free? 3 Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

By Meg White

As you may have guessed, switching to a “real-food” diet has drastically changed my health. The biggest improvement probably came after removing gluten from my diet. My paternal grandfather was diagnosed with celiac disease, so when I started experiencing crippling joint pain, doctors and I both immediately thought that celiac might be a possible cause. Doctors gave me multiple tests, yet each

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3-Day Meal Plan: My Cirrhosis (Liver Disease) Healing Diet

By Ian Whitcomb

I was diagnosed with advanced-stage Cirrhosis (chronic liver disease) at 30 years old. After trips in and out of the hospital, and upon the suggestion of my doctor, I studied the Renal Diet, and found that a modified version was the best diet for my own healing. The Renal diet emphasizes limiting fluids, eating a low-protein diet, limiting salt, potassium, phosphorous, and other electrolytes, an

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A Different Father’s Day Gift: A Checklist For Reducing Cholesterol and Heart Disease Risk

By Emilie Berner

Since unwanted cholesterol can pave the way towards heart disease, this Father’s Day I put together a simple checklist of foods to eat more of as well as some foods to avoid in order to stay healthy. Diet plays a key role in balancing cholesterol levels, so this guide is a great way to help your dad stay on track!   If you encourage your dad to follow this smart food guide, it'll help

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My Dad’s Health Scare, Our Battle: How We Fought His Diabetes & Heart Disease with Food

By Reshma D. Adwar

We have been celebrating my dad’s 35th birthday for 30 years now. To him, you are as old as you feel. And he, clearly, does not feel a day over 35! My dad truly believes a joyful heart keeps one young, and happiness keeps one healthy. So it was a challenge to convince him to see a doctor when I realized he could be facing some health problems. Keeping an Eye on My Family's Health As the

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What’s Cholesterol Got to Do With a Healthy Heart? More Than You Might Think

By Emilie Berner

This Father’s Day, we’re focusing on making sure Dad is healthy. One way to do this is to make sure he keeps his cholesterol levels in check! He may want to know why this is so important, so here are some key points to bear in mind.   So, cholesterol, what exactly are you? If dad asks, what exactly IS cholesterol, here’s how to break it down for him: cholesterol is manufactured

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Struggling with PCOS? Start Here with 6 Simple, Natural Remedies

By Rachel Schwartzman, ND

After working with patients for years, I’ve seen that simple lifestyle and dietary changes can make a difference in managing PCOS. PCOS is an all too common endocrine disorder among women of reproductive years. It is a complex disorder involving hormonal, metabolic, genetic and emotional factors. Frequent symptoms are menstrual irregularities, infertility, sugar imbalances, excess hair growth, a

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Overweight and Trying for a Healthy Pregnancy? 5 Essential Diet Tips

By Dr. Nicole Avena

A healthy baby comes from a healthy pregnancy. And it all starts with a healthy body! Nourishing your body with a wholesome diet is the first step in this exciting process.   Being overweight or obese at the start of and/or during pregnancy poses health risks for both you and your baby. If you are overweight and become pregnant, you may be at higher risk for preeclampsia, gestational di

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Spring Cleaning Time! Pantry-Purging Recipes to Appease Your Appetite

By Ryan Warren

With the summer fast approaching, many of us are hankering to spend our time outside—not at the grocery store or slaving away at the stove. If you’re in pursuit of a stress-free strategy for cooking up something simple and healthy with ingredients you already have on hand, look no further than these recipes! Not only do these dishes save you a trip to the store, they also have the added bonus

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