Author Archives: Lillian Zhao

About Lillian Zhao

I’m thrilled to welcome you to Further Food.

I started Further Food because I believe in the power of food - to nourish, to prevent disease. But... what happens when we get sick with a chronic illness? Or when someone we love gets diagnosed? How can food and diet changes help the healing process? Help better manage symptoms - naturally?

These were the questions I was struggling with when I started Further Food.

Last year, my father was diagnosed with diabetes II. We were shocked because my mother cooks very healthfully. But my dad sneaks in a lot of processed, unhealthy foods while he was on the road, which is much of the time.  Sound familiar?

Around the same time, one of my best friends was struggling with IBS and another was going through a bad Ulcerative Colitis flare. I wanted to help, but didn't know how. So I turned to the internet to do research. But what I found was scattered, disorganized, and often depressing.  I got sucked into these forums, but couldn't easily find the information I was looking for. And that's when I thought  - there must be a better way to help people discover how to use food to combat various an easy-to-use, beautiful, and fun way!

And that's how Further Food was born. In my research, I have helped my dad change his diet. He is now 15 lbs lighter, has cut back on processed foods, and decreased his total daily carbs. The journey isn't over, but he's doing so much better! #winningdad. I've showed him Tiffany's inspiring story of how she reversed her diabetes and shared her "Phase I" meal plan with him.  My friend has changed her diet to dramatically to reduce her IBS symptoms, and I have recently introduced her to the FODMAP diet - one that I discovered from the contributors on Further Food!  With my urging, my other friend with Ulcerative Colitis, tried going gluten-free and found that his 'pain-level' dramatically reduced within a week of making the dietary changes!

These powerful experiences, along with the stories I hear daily from Further Food's Health Heroes, inspire me to keep going further.  I am so deeply honored to be spear-heading this important work of using crowd-sourced data to find food-based solutions for a variety of health conditions. I believe in the wisdom of your stories, the strength of our community, and in the power of celebrating food as we get healthy together.

Help us spread the word about what we're doing, because we're just getting started!


Bio: I have dedicated my career to building and funding mission driven companies, specifically in the health and wellness space. Further Food is the culmination of my experiences, and reflects my belief that companies should do well and do good. I am also a certified yoga teacher, and love to surf, run, tango, travel and cook. My BA is from Brown University and my MPP from Harvard University. 

IBD? 5 Reason to Dig (Into) the Holidays!

By Casey Giltner, Nutritionist

For most Americans, the six week stretch from Thanksgiving to New Year’s is an excuse to indulge. But for the millions suffering from gastrointestinal disorders like Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), holiday indulgence can lead to more than just a few extra pounds - it can unleash a torrent of discomfort and pain. A “further”

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Letter From Our Founder – Meet Further Food’s 2020 Giving Tuesday Non-Profit: La Cocina

As the founder of Further Food, I have made sure that giving back is at the core of our mission. That’s why every product we create and everything we do is rooted in helping others live their very best lives. To further our mission of being a force for good, we've committed to donating 100% of our proceeds on Giving Tuesday every year to an organization that aligns with our values. This year, I

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7 Reasons to Make Mushrooms a Staple in Your Diet

By Amanda Bontempo MS, RD, CDN & Emilie Berner

Mushrooms have been growing in popularity over the last several years, but did you know that they’re as healthy as they are scrumptious? Mushrooms have been used in Eastern traditional medicine for thousands of years, providing benefits that include, but are not limited to, supporting the immune system, promoting healthier skin, and enhancing mood. Read more to find out mushroom benefits, how mu

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DIY: Basic Guide to Making Spaghetti Squash “Pasta”

By Further Food Team

With the low-carb, gluten-free, and paleo movements on the rise, we wanted to bring you our favorite fall-ternative: spaghetti squash. If you’re watching your waist-line, this should become one of your go-to alternatives.  With one cup of cooked spaghetti clocking in at ~220 calories and 43 grams of carbohydrates, spaghetti squash has only 42 calories and 10 grams of carbohydrates!  

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Brrr! 5 Hot Smoothies to Help You Stay Warm This Winter

By Ryan Warren

Baby, it’s cold outside. But just because its icy and chilly out there doesn’t mean your smoothie has to be. That’s right, we said it. It’s time to rethink our traditional take on this beverage, which has always been cold and refreshing. We’re here to blow your mind with a delicious and nutritious round up of winter smoothie recipes that are meant to warm and nourish you to the core. Sea

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Expert Spotlight with Amy Medling

This week Further Food is pleased to spotlight Amy Medling, one of our experts on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). After suffering from PCOS symptoms for years, Amy found a way to heal and treat her symptoms naturally. She became a Certified Health Coach and founded PCOS, where her mission is helping women get control of their PCOS symptoms and feel better physically and emotionally.

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Sugar-Detox Challenge Contest Rules

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Throwing a Party? Dazzle with Our Best Bites for a Healthier Table

By Further Food

Party planning can be a big task, especially when it comes to navigating a menu for guests with dietary restrictions. But finding healthy but delicious appetizers that everyone can enjoy can doesn't have to be daunting! We’ve compiled these finger licking recipes from our members that are nutritious and delicious - perfect for your any gathering! Cheers to your health and happy eating! 1. 

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Welcome! A Letter From the Founder

By Lillian Zhao

I’m thrilled to welcome you to Further Food. Further Food features delicious recipes, informative articles, and inspiring user stories, generated by people just like you. You'll find community, recipes, and tips to help you better manage your health condition. Every one of our recipes is reviewed and commented on by a dietitian - so you and trust the information you're getting on Further F

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My Story: Healing Ulcerative Colitis by Going Green

By Vince Lia, "HealthyVeganGuy"

Growing up in an Italian family, I was surrounded by different types of cheeses, deli meats and desserts that I thought I could never live without.  After being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2006 (an inflammation of the colon), I felt completely lost. The symptoms I experienced included abdominal cramps, bathroom urgencies, bloating and weight loss, just to name a few.  For years I strugg

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