Naturally Nourished Episode 55: Breastfeeding

October 24, 2017

Are you a new or expecting mom looking for support on your breastfeeding journey? Confused about all of the misinformation out there and not sure what is going to work best for you and your baby? Tune in to hear Ali and Becki share the science behind “nature’s perfect food” including the benefits for both baby and momma, tips for establishing the breastfeeding relationship as well as troubleshooting common issues experienced by new moms.

In this episode, Ali and Becki discuss the nutritional composition of breast milk, the benefits beyond caloric burn for new moms and how stress can influence the breastfeeding relationship. From use of nipple alternatives to mastitis to how to balance pumping and direct feeding for the working mom, breastfeeding can be a juggling act. This episode will provide solutions to common breastfeeding problems as well as delve into cutting edge research about the benefits of breastfeeding and discuss foods and supplements that can optimize milk production for baby’s first months of life!

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Naturally Nourished Episode 54: Anti Anxiety Diet

October 17, 2017

Are you dealing with anxiety and want to take the reins on your life? Know there is more to the story in terms of treatment but unsure of where to start? Tune in to hear Ali and Becki tackle the often taboo subject of anxiety from defining the broad range of symptoms to Ali’s 6 Foundational Rs for managing anxiety. From decreasing inflammation to restoring the gut microbiome, Ali and Becki go deep into how diet can help you to find long term solutions and freedom from anxiety, worry and rumination!


In this Episode, Ali and Becki discuss the foundation of an Anti-Anxiety Diet and how you can use food-as-medicine as well as nutraceutical supplement recommendations for managing stress, worry and anxiety. From defining anxiety to the symptoms that are seemingly unrelated, this important episode gets to the root cases of the “elephant in the room” that is anxiety. From inflammation to gut dysbiosis to micronutrient status and adrenal gland function, there are a multitude of underlying factors at play when patients experience anxiety. Ali and Becki give recommendations for simple dietary changes as well as more advanced functional medicine testing to get you feeling back in the driver’s seat of your body!


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Naturally Nourished Episode 53: Coping with Chemo

October 10, 2017

Are you or a loved one dealing with the side effects of chemotherapy or radiation? Struggling with a new diagnosis and unsure of how to best support your body through treatment? Tune in to hear Ali and Becki discuss food-as-medicine therapies that can aid with common side effects of treatment as well as ensure best recovery and remission. From creative ideas for dealing with loss of appetite to nausea and digestive changes, this episode will provide useful tools for optimizing nutrient intake so that you can truly fight with your fork!


In this Episode, Ali and Becki explore the nutritional priorities during active cancer treatment including supporting the immune system, ensuring adequate cell membrane and gut lining support as well as optimizing overall nutritional status. The side effects of cancer treatment can often seem as bad as the cancer itself and malnutrition is a common barrier to getting best outcomes. From immune support with adequate protein and optimal micronutrient status to navigation of taste changes, dehydration and oral sores, this episode is jam packed with practical tips to empower patients in active treatment as well as their caregivers!


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Naturally Nourished Episode 52: Advocating for your Health and Working with Your Doctor: Interview with Dr. John Limansky

October 3, 2017

Have you struggled to get your doctor on board with your desire to use food as medicine to heal your own body? Having trouble bridging the gap between conventional and functional medicine on your journey to optimal health? Tune in to hear Ali and Becki interview Dr. John Limansky, conventional doctor turned “recovering physician” about the ways that individuals can be their own best health advocate, approaches for using a ketogenic diet to heal your body and his cutting edge work in the realm of biohacking!


In this episode, Ali and Becki interview Dr. John Limansky, a Board Certified Physician in Internal Medicine and discuss his journey from being a hospitalist to using a ketogenic approach clinically. Dr. Limansky combines modern medicine techniques with nutritional ketosis to help clients reverse metabolic diseases, improve cellular health and lose real fat pounds.  He also uses biohacking techniques as part of a virtual health system to optimize human performance for athletes and high functioning individuals. Learn about labs to ask your doctor for, whether using a ketogenic approach or not, tools and supplements for best outcomes with ketosis and hear his take on some of the backlash that the ketogenic diet has gotten from mainstream medicine practitioners.


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Naturally Nourished Episode 51: What the Hell?! A Rebuttal to What the Health

September 18, 2017

Curious to hear our take on the recent controversial documentary, What the Health? Confused by the “facts” presented and not sure what to believe? Tune in to hear Ali and Becki debunk the Top 5 Myths presented, discuss research flaws and scare tactics used, as well as give props to a couple of items the film got right!


In this episode, Ali and Becki dive headfirst into the science (or lackthereof) presented in What the Health and weed through the evidence on both sides of the story. As conscious consumers, it is important to take the “too good to be true” claims of this documentary with a grain (or a teaspoon!) of salt and to be our own detectives of how evidence is presented and skewed in favor of the film’s vegan agenda. Learn about our take on the link between processed meat and cancer, whether sugar is the true culprit of diabetes and insulin resistance and whether protein deficiency is possible!


Also in this Episode:

Why Quality Matters

Conventional vs. Sustainable Farming Approaches

Why Nutrition Research Methods are Controversial

Alzheimer's as Type 3 Diabetes and the Connection to Insulin Resistance

When a Vegan Approach Might be Beneficial or Warranted

Episode 42: Transitioning from Veganism

Micronutrient Testing at Naturally Nourished

Supplements to Support your Transition

Resources to Support your Real Food Journey


Naturally Nourished Episode 50: Why Diets Don’t Work

September 6, 2017

Have you tried every diet in the book, only to end up back where you started? Are you doing everything “right” but can’t get the scale to budge? Tune in to hear Ali and Becki take on the topic of dieting and explain why they consider themselves “diet-less” dietitians. Learn about the top dieting pitfalls and our approach to sustainable weight loss and lifestyle modification.


In this Episode, Ali and Becki explore modern approaches to dieting and uncover the main mistakes that dieters make that hinder weight loss. Learn about the idea of optimal health at any size, how over-restriction can throw the body out of balance and why Ali does not recommend a cheat day! From mindful indulgence to intermittent fasting and a ketogenic approach, this episode will reframe the way that you think about dieting and help you find freedom in your body with weight loss as merely a pleasant side effect!


Also in this Episode:

  • Macronutrient Balance and Busting Diet Myths
  • Resources for Getting Started with Sustainable Weight Loss
  • Benefits of Intermittent Fasting and Ketosis
    • Hormonal Regulation
    • Cognitive Function and BDNF
    • Autophagy and Regulation of Cancerous Cells
    • Improved Digestion

Naturally Nourished Episode 49: PCOS Part 2

August 29, 2017

Did you listen to our PCOS Part 1 Episode and have more questions about this complex hormonal condition?  Hungry for more information about the hows and whys of PCOS manifestation and treatment approaches? Tune in to hear Ali and Becki go even deeper into this complex topic and address HPA axis dysfunction, the role of toxicity in development of PCOS as well as micronutrient deficiency trends with PCOS and how managing these three areas can have you feeling back in your body!


In this episode, Ali and Becki jump into the role of the HPA vs. HPO access and how stress and adrenal fatigue can make you more susceptible to PCOS. In addition to stress, toxicity and micronutrient deficiency can lead to expression of PCOS. A nutritionally supported detox with adequate phase 1 and phase 2 support can help to reduce xenoestrogens and other compounds that disrupt optimal hormone function. Micronutrient deficiency can also play a role in PCOS, from Inositol to Vitamin D to Chromium and beyond. Learn about how to test for micronutrient deficiencies and which supplements as well as food sources would be appropriate in PCOS.

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Naturally Nourished Episode 48: PCOS Part 1

August 23, 2017

Are you or someone you know diagnosed with PCOS? Curious about the symptoms or diagnosis of this hormonal condition and whether this might be you? Tune in to hear Ali and Becki discuss the criteria for diagnosing PCOS, the underlying mechanisms that drive this hormonal imbalance as well as compare the conventional medical treatment with functional medicine approaches to treating the root cause.


In this information-packed episode, Ali and Becki discuss how PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) develops and how it manifests in the body, with symptoms ranging from irregular periods and loss of cycle to increased body hair to acne. Women with PCOS have abnormalities in the metabolism of androgens and estrogen and in the control of androgen production. There is also the common thread of insulin resistance, obesity and metabolic syndrome--though not all women present the same way! Ali and Becki will delve into how a ketogenic approach may be the best solution to managing PCOS, as well as food-as-medicine solutions and functional lab testing to help you regain balance in your body!


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Naturally Nourished Episode 47: Keto Pitfalls

August 15, 2017

Are you struggling to lose weight on a ketogenic diet? Have you hit a plateau despite doing everything right? Curious about our stance on artificial sweeteners or excessive protein consumption? Tune in to hear Ali and Becki take a deep dive into the most common pitfalls of ketosis as well as share insights and resources to help you avoid these slip-ups!


In this episode, Ali and Becki share the most common issues that can sabotage weight loss and successful outcomes with ketosis. From being too number obsessed to micronutrient deficiencies, find out what might be getting in the way of your keto journey and learn tips for preventing plateau.


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Naturally Nourished Episode 46: Postpartum Nutrition

August 7, 2017

Are you a new mom struggling to balance the demands of motherhood with self care? Curious about how to best support your body postpartum? Tune in to hear Ali and Becki explore the hormonal shifts that can drive postpartum depression and anxiety, common nutrient deficiencies that occur in new moms and how to best support your body during the marathon of new motherhood!


In this episode, Ali shares details from her own postpartum recovery during Stella’s first year. With the increased demand on the body that occurs from nine plus months of carrying a child, the incredible feat of labor and delivery, sleepless night and breastfeeding, many new mommas deal with symptoms of hormonal imbalance and micronutrient deficiency. In this episode, you will learn about the most important nutrients for postpartum recovery, safe supplements during breastfeeding as well as food-as-medicine solutions to support your body during this taxing time.


Also in this episode:

  • The Role of the Placenta
    • Pros and Cons of Placenta Consumption
    • Ali’s Thoughts on Delayed Cord Clamping