Naturally Nourished Episode 44: Women’s Hormones

July 18, 2017

Are you dealing with hormonal imbalance? Do you feel like your hormones are “off” but unsure of where to start? Tune in to hear Ali and Becki tackle the complex topic of women’s hormones throughout life’s major transitions from menstruation to menopause, the signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance and recommendations for rebalancing your hormones!

In this episode, Ali and Becki break down the functions of hormones in the body as well as telltale signs of hormonal imbalance. From PMS and anxiety to fluid retention and skin conditions, hormonal imbalance can manifest in many different ways and can be seen as an outward expression of underlying toxicity, dysbiosis or a physical or psychological state of stress. Learn how food-as-medicine can be used to balance hormone expression as well as lifestyle modifications and supplements to aid in achieving a more balanced state in both body and mind.

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NOTE: The antioxidant compound broccoli is glucoraphainin, which was stated incorrectly in this episode.


Naturally Nourished Episode 43: Living Your Bliss: Ali’s Recalibration

July 3, 2017

Do you feel trapped in the proverbial “hamster wheel” of a job, relationship or other area of your life that is not working for you? Are you aware that your life could be more blissful but unsure of where to start? Tune in to hear Ali and Becki discuss the importance of finding your bliss and connecting with your inner self to achieve a more balanced state in both body and mind!


In this episode, Ali shares what inspired her recent move to Austin and how she defines her own personal bliss factor.  Ali and Becki discuss the concepts of connecting to your authentic self, calling out incongruencies and moving through fear and self doubt. Learn tips and tricks for achieving a more blissful state in your day to day, the influence of stress on the body as well as supplements that can be used as tools for channelling your inner zen.


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Naturally Nourished Episode 42: Transitioning from Vegan

June 28, 2017

Episode #42 :Transitioning from Vegan

Are you or someone you know a vegan or vegetarian and considering transitioning to a conscious omnivore or paleo lifestyle? Are you unsure of where to start and how to best support your body in the process? Tune in to hear Ali and Becki share their personal journeys from malnourished vegan to food freedom as well as suggestions for those looking to transition their lifestyle.

In this episode, Ali introduces her new cohost, Becki Yoo, and shares some exciting personal news! Ali and Becki discuss their own personal journeys with vegansim as well as their reasons for transitioning to an omnivore approach and delve into some of the common pitfalls of a vegan diet. While a vegan diet may be seen as health promoting for some or for a short time, we often find that the diet throws the body into further imbalance, especially with regards to leaky gut and digestive disturbances, hormonal imbalance and risk for autoimmune disease. Micronutrient deficiencies are also incredibly common in vegans and vegetarians as nutrients from plants are not as bioavailable as those found in animal foods. Find out what labs we suggest running and which supplements to consider whether you are currently a vegan or have recently transitioned!

Also in this Episode:

  • The Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Connection
  • The Influence of Stress on the Microbiome



Naturally Nourished Episode 41: Neurological Conditions

April 25, 2017


Do you have any concerns about neurological health/cognitive function including: ADHD, Parkinson’s, MS, Mood imbalances etc? Wondering why and how they happen and what you can do about it? Be sure to tune in for an in depth look at a functional medicine approach to these and more!

Currently, stimulant drugs (psychostimulants) are the most commonly prescribed medications for ADHD followed by antidepressants. Stimulants appear to boost and balance levels of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters; however, these drugs do not provide the building blocks to replenish neurotransmitters and can cause deficiency especially in a young developing brain. These medications help improve the symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity; however, they have high risk for dependency and misuse is on the rise. Parkinson's disease occurs when nerve cells, or neurons, in an area of the brain that controls movement become impaired and/or die. Normally, these neurons produce an important brain chemical known as dopamine, but when the neurons die or become impaired, they produce less dopamine. This shortage of dopamine causes the movement problems of people with Parkinsons.

Along with neurotransmitter imbalances, other common drivers of neurological dysfunction include: inflammation, micronutrient deficiencies, toxicity, bacterial imbalance and even blood sugar balance! The gut and digestion is often a place to start when treating these pathologies. To learn more how what lab tests, supplements, and foods to consider, be sure to tune in!

Also in this Episode:

  • Mitochondrial function and Demyelination
  • The role of ketosis in Neurological conditions
  • Nutrient deficiency trends
  • And more!

Naturally Nourished Episode 40: Hearth Health and Cholesterol

April 19, 2017

Are you concerned about your heart health? Do you think that high cholesterol is a problem for you? Wondering if you should remove eggs from your diet? There are important factors to analyze beyond your standard lipid panel. Tune in to find out the true root cauases of heart disease, what to eat and supplements to consider for treatment and prevention!


Heart disease includes elevated cholesterol and blood pressure, heart attack, arrhythmias, and stroke. Your lifestyle diet, body composition and inflammatory stress can all play a role in your risk for heart disease. When we focus on lowering cholesterol levels with pharmaceutical drugs rather than treating lifestyle imbalances we can find ourselves at greater risk for dysfunction and ultimately disease. In fact, it is only diet and exercise that can reverse heart disease. Every 6 pounds of weight loss can increase your HDL (good cholesterol) by 1 point and this acts as a broom to clean out your arteries preventing plaque formation! Tune in to learn about all of this and more!!


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Naturally Nourished Episode 39: Forming Healthy Habits

March 8, 2017

Are you someone that knows what to do but can’t seem to make the changes you need to make in order to reach your goals? Do you find yourself making excuses and fall into the same patterns year after year? Tune in to hear Ali and Carli discuss tips and tricks to help finally make those New Year’s Resolutions happen!

Ali and Carli discuss the 3 stages of change and how to make permanent change happen once and for all. Sometimes human nature sets us up for difficulty in fighting our temptations and prevents us from meeting important goals we set for ourselves. There are however specific strategies that when applied, can help make any goal a reality, and consistency is key! If you are one that makes the same resolutions every year or can’t seem to break a bad habit that is holding you back, be sure to listen to this episode and learn the ways to finally reach your goals!


Also in this Episode:

  • Mind, Body, and Nourishment wellness goals
  • The most common barriers to change
  • Journal techniques
  • Breaking the chain of behavior
  • And more!

Naturally Nourished Episode 38: Interview with Diana Rogers of Sustainable Dish

January 24, 2017

Ever wonder what it would be like to eat eggs from the chickens in your backyard or eat a spinach salad from greens you just harvested from your garden? Well get ready for your new girl crush! Diana Rogers, author of Sustainable Dish, sets the bar high for health sustainable living.

Diana Rodgers, RD, LDN, NTP is a “real food” Licensed Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner living on a working organic farm west of Boston. She has an active nutrition practice where she helps people get on track with diet and lifestyle. She is also an author, host of The Sustainable Dish Podcast, and mom of two kids. Diana is Consulting Dietitian to several gyms and also to big names like Robb Wolf, Nom Nom Paleo, and  Whole30. She is staff writer for Paleo Magazine, contribute regularly to several blogs and my work has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Outside Magazine, and Mother Earth News.

Also in this episode:

  • Diana’s top food flavor enhancing secret ingredients
  • The power of animal based protein vs plant based
  • Homesteading and raising animals
  • Transitioning from a gluten-free conventional diet to a sustainable diet
  • And more!


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Naturally Nourished Episode 37: Redefine Your Relationship with Food

December 29, 2016

What does food mean to you? What goes through your head when making a decision on what to eat or what to buy at the grocery store? “Redefine your Relationship with Food” most likely meals something different to each one of us. Tune in to find out how Ali and Carli have changed their thought process on food and how you can start to restructure your own through processes on the subject!


In the Episode, Ali and Carli  talk all about the evolution of their own diets and the ebbs and flows of how they got to where they are today! Beyond treating diseases, it is important to think about the emotional connection one has with food. From eating local to supporting fair trade, everything you choose to eat has a story. Ali and Carli discuss what balance means to them and how they help clients identify simple ways to improve their relationship with food so that their diet is sustainable. Nourishing, and satisfying--not stressful! Tune in to learn how  you can Redefine your Relationship with Food!!


Also in this Episode:

  • Thoughts on Stevia and non-nutritive sweeteners
  • Food tracking can lead to food freedom
  • Emotional Hunger
  • And more!

Naturally Nourished Episode 36: Integrative Oncology with Dr. Lorenzo Coehn

December 15, 2016
Ali welcomes Dr. Lorenzo Cohen director of the Integrative Medicine Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center and his colleague Robin Haddad, doctoral candidate in health promotion and behavior science to discuss the direction of cancer treatment and research advances in the area of biobehavioral oncology.
In this episode we will discuss integration of care and treating the whole person through the inclusion of lifestyle and behavior change to reduce cancer risk and improve control of disease. Dr. Cohen defines the AntiCancer lifestyle and both he and Robin discuss their ongoing research study “CompLife” being conducted in women with breast cancer that connected
 Ali with the MD Anderson team. Ali discusses her role in contributing to the development of the protocol and the food-as-medicine interventions while Robin and Dr. Cohen discuss barriers and successes.
Also in this episode:
Nature vs. Nurture the role of genetics vs. environment on cancer
Mindfulness and its importance in successful outcomes
Assessments of cancer risk and ways to monitor
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Guest Bios:
Dr. Lorenzo Cohen is the Richard E. Haynes Distinguished Professor in Clinical Cancer Prevention and Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Cohen is a founding member and past president of the international Society for Integrative Oncology and the vice-chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health. Dr. Cohen is passionate about educating others on how to prevent cancer and maintain optimal health across the lifespan.  As the majority of cancers are preventable, Dr. Cohen is conducting research to demonstrate that lifestyle factors can influence cancer outcomes. Dr. Cohen leads a team conducting NIH-funded research and delivering clinical care of integrative medicine practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, massage, diet, exercise, acupuncture and other strategies such as stress management, music therapy, emotional writing and more aimed at reducing the negative aspects of cancer treatment and improving quality of life and clinical outcomes. 
Robin Haddad is a doctoral student and research study coordinator at MD Anderson. The Texas Medical Center brought Robin to Houston after a childhood
 illness kept her at Texas Children's Hospital for many a night, from whose Windows she began to appreciate the city and dream of future studies in Houston.  Knowing from an early age she wanted to pursue a career in social epidemiology, she attended the University of Texas School of Public Health soon after graduating from Rice University. An internship at MD Anderson and masters thesis project on yoga and autonomic nervous system function brought her to Lorenzo’s team. After a year of employment with him, because Of her passion for health promotion she was tasked with working alongside him to make the protocol for the comprehensive lifestyle change study turn into a living, breathing , fully operational program. She managed the project and recruited its first participant on the same day as beginning her doctorate program in Behavioral science. She managed the program and its multidisciplinary staff until the birth of her child earlier this year. She continues to be close to the project today working alongside its current team.


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Naturally Nourished Episode 35: Boosting Your Mood with Food

December 7, 2016

Do you or someone you know suffer from anxiety, depression, ADHD, or other mood/cognitive related imbalances? Conventional medicine uses SSRIs, SSNRIs, Amphetamines and other medications to put bandaids on the issue, cause further imbalances. Get to the root of your issues and use Food-As-Medicine to find balanace again!

In this Episode, we talk all about what drive cognitive imbalances and mood disorders. Neurotransmitter imbalance from stress, trauma, micronutrient disorders, GI imbalances and more, Ali  and Carli dive deep into what is happening at the root cause of these common problems. From Serotonin to Glutamate, this episode will cover every neruotransmitter with common symptoms of excess or deficiency and more importantly, how you can rebalance them!

Also in this Episode:

  • FAM for balancing Neruotranmitters
  • Matcha- the superfood!
  • Why should you take l-theanine
  • And more!