Category Archives: Nutrition

Introducing a New Website: DarnGluten.com; GutThinking.com Updates


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I recently have been focusing my efforts on building content on both of my nutrition-related websites, GutThinking.com and now the new DarnGluten.com. Both focus on health for the individual through nutrition, with emphasis on restricted diets because of food intolerance, allergy, or a primary health condition that requires food be restricted. Recent articles I’m proud of include: How It Is Possible To Be Fat and Healthy–A Body Advocacy Primer: — GutThinking.com Are Corn, Rice, and Sorghum Really Gluten-Free? Are “Ancient […]

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Trends in Health Coaching at Corporate Events


I’ve worked six biometric screenings at various companies now, including an Adventist Hospital, HP, JohnsManville, Recology, and Con-Way trucking company. I really enjoy the interaction with the people I’m meeting, and how diverse each group of people seems to be. It’s fun to see how people connect the dots of their test results with their activities and diets. It’s also interesting to see trends in people’s results, and seeing how they differ from company to company, and how they are the […]

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A few thoughts after working my first health screening.


I just spent an intense week working a health screening at the “Health Coach” table. My job was to give clients their lab results we’d run on the spot, as a requirement for their insurance, and then give them a quick rundown as to what the results meant, and clues to actions they could take to improve their results for the future. While working with all these people (estimate of 350 people I saw over five days) I figured out […]

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Gluten-Free and Fad Diets


A couple of years back, I was eating at the Old Spaghetti Factory with my mom, and I ordered the gluten-free pasta with browned butter and Mizithra cheese (delicious, by the way!) and I noticed the lady across the aisle ordered the same meal. However, she split the loaf of bread that came with the meal with her dining companion, making the GF pasta pointless. While I’m grateful for the influx of GF foods lately (even Pillsbury has gotten on the GF […]

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Fall Into Winter Vegetables


My first article for North State Parent came out this week. North State Parent is a monthly free magazine that is distributed through the northern counties of California. The women who started it wanted to put together a resource for parents as well as promote a healthful lifestyle. The column I will contribute to is called “Localicious,” which I’ve been lucky enough to be quoted in two times previously. I’m excited about my first article, Fall-Into-Winter Vegetables, as this time […]

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Mom’s Made Dads Day with Gluten-Free Pancakes


This Saturday, my husband and I decided to treat ourselves to one of our favorite breakfasts sides: Mom’s Ham Hash at Mom’s Restaurant in downtown Chico, CA. I don’t usually go for a big breakfast but I occasionally enjoy a cup of super-charged coffee and hashed up potatoes with onions and ham, with a few polka dots of Tabasco sauce sprinkled on the top, crispy layer. This Saturday, we arrived to find a subtly changed menu. Since the Ham Hash […]

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Good Post about Gluten Reactions


Not everyone who has celiac disease or reacts to gluten reacts in the traditional way. I try to explain this when I talk to them about it but generally get the same pre-printed speech about the disease, “it’s all in your gut.” It’s not. Here’s a good article talking about just that. Also, I find myself feeling mixed feelings about companies making so many gluten-free products available these days. Yes, it’s helpful for those who need them. No, it’s not […]

North State Parent Yogurt Article


I recently got the opportunity to be interviewed by Desiree Gonzalez, who writes a column celebrating food in the North Valley in California. We discussed the goods and bads of yogurt and how not all yogurts are equal. It’s truly an honor to be acknowledged and asked for opinions on topics of nutrition, especially when it comes to such delicious and wholesome foods as yogurt. If you’d like to give it a read, please give a click and check out […]

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Special Diets and Required Doo-Dads


One of the “fun” things about have a gluten-free diet is trying out new foods. Sure, it seems like a challenge when everyone around you is chomping down on pizza or ordering up fast food like it’s no big thing, but occasionally, you find that one convenient food that works for you, too. And recently, I did. While shopping at S&S Produce & Natural Foods in Chico, I came across what I’d long hoped to find: gluten-free mac and cheese […]

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Should I Stay or Should I Go — stay local or relocate for a job


I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about whether or not I want to stay in the Chico area for work. Part of me would love to change regions and experience new or at least different places, and the other part of me wants to stay here and work in the awesome community built up around me. Every day lately it seems I’m finding yet another location offering gluten-free food, which is a total score. In the last month […]

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