Cilantro Peanut Ginger Dressing

By Katie Lehn, RD Looking for something delicious to dip your veggies in? Or, perhaps something to give your salad a tangy, Thai twist? Try out this delectable (and not to mention quick and easy) Cilantro Peanut Ginger Dressing! Ginger contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. It also has an ability to sooth and ease […]

Common Sources of Hidden Gluten

I spoke with a group of dietitians at the Northern Arizona Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Spring Conference last week. My presentation topic was treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) with the Low FODMAPs diet. While the Low FODMAPs diet is effective at managing the  symptoms associated with IBS, the point I wanted to communicate is that IBS […]

Celiac Disease Awareness Month 2014

Celiac disease is a genetic, inflammatory, systemic autoimmune disease. I was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2010 after searching for 8 years for an answer to low bone density and some mild gastrointestinal discomfort. Since then I’ve worked as a dietitian with many, many people who have been recently diagnosed with celiac disease to ensure that they get […]

From Fork to Tummy to Brain

So often we hear about the foods we shouldn’t be eating, and while it is true many foods have attributes that don’t promote health, there are many foods that promote proper function. Our brains require a tremendous amount of supportive nutrition to maintain optimal function. Without appropriate nutrients brain function is impaired and we experience […]

Advocate for Yourself

A new study found that when doctors performed endoscopies on people complaining of diarrhea, weight loss, iron deficiency, or anemia, intestinal biopsies to test for celiac were performed only 40-50% of the time. This is shocking given that 1.) diarrhea, weight loss, iron deficiency and anemia are classic signs of celiac disease, 2.) an endoscopy […]

Celiac is Unique, Get Tested

There are many reasons for people to follow a gluten-free diet: The Paleo diet advocates for a gluten-free diet. Gluten-containing foods contain lectins, which may not be good for us. Gluten is in a lot of processed foods that aren’t good for us. Gluten is a difficult to digest protein, which may cause digestive upset […]

How to Pursue a Diagnosis of Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is hugely undiagnosed. I meet with at least one person per week who has multiple signs and symptoms of celiac disease who is searching for an answer. The answer may be gluten-free diet, but how do you know definitively if you have celiac disease? Here are the tests available to help to diagnose […]

Why Do You Feel Better on a Gluten-Free Diet?

If you feel better on a gluten-free diet, the next question is, “why”. If you don’t ask “why” you will potentially miss something. Some people feel a dramatic change in their overall wellbeing or their digestion improves or their bone and joint pain disappears or the cloud of depression begins to lift. Some people will […]

“I Tried a Gluten-Free Diet and Feel Better”

“I tried a gluten-free diet and feel better.” “I tried an elimination diet and feel better.” “I tried the Paleo diet and feel better.” These are increasingly common statements that I hear across my desk. A few years ago, the statement was similar but different: “I tried a low-carb diet and feel better.” In fact, […]

Secrets to Manage IBS

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can be a frustrating condition to live with. It may seem like your digestive system has a mind of it’s own…and in a way that is the reality. Much of your nervous system resides in your digestive tract, which is why stress and sleep both significantly impact IBS. There are many […]

Low FODMAPs Diet

Last week live on KVOA, I spoke about probiotics and prebiotics and how certain foods can help manage IBS and digestive complaints. In this TV segment I mentioned that IBS is often misdiagnosed and that may people with IBS have an intolerance to one or multiple foods. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), lactose intolerance and […]

Four Ways with Sauerkraut

Really sauerkrat? Why on earth would I choose to highlight sauerkraut?? Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage. Sounds yummy, I know. But I actually do really like it! I will be presenting foods that support healthy digestive flora on KVOA today as the start of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month. The healthy, friendly bacteria in your […]