Tag: Diet

October 29, 2019
healthy eating, gluten free, paleo, keto, GAPS, casein free, nutritionist, naturopathic doctor, the wholeness center, Fort Collins, CO

At  Wholeness Center, our focus on eating healthy comes from our goal to create whole health for each of our clients.  How we fuel our bodies has a significant effect on our minds too.  Contact our naturopathic doctors to learn more about how we can support you on your health journey, call  970-221-1106.





Eating and drinking should be such a simple, innate task, shouldn’t it?  Are you hungry?  Eat.  Thirsty?  Drink.  Simple right?  For the majority of us reading this, however, we have the luxury and the complications of choice.  At every turn, we’re facing marketing that tells us what to eat or drink.  Many of our foods and drinks are altered with precise manipulations so that we will crave more of them.

We’re here to tell you, that when it comes to eating healthy, we know the messages out there are increasingly difficult to decipher.  We also know that they change with the latest fads.  It can be exhausting and that’s where we come in to help.

What Should I Eat?
We all know that reaching for an apple rather than a bag of orange powered cheese puffs is a better choice.  But what about beyond that?  What about dairy?  Is it good or bad for you?  It depends on what article you read, right?  What about nuts and legumes?  They’re supposed to be healthy for you, but what if eating them every day is causing stomach cramps?  Which is better, steamed broccoli or fresh broccoli?

What the dieting books, news articles, and trend-setters don’t tell you is that you are an individual.  What you should eat depends on your unique body, mind, lifestyle, and daily challenges.  Also, the healthy eating routine that works for you today, might not work next month or next year.

General Healthy Eating Tips
Although healthy eating routines need to be unique and individualized, we do have a few general tips for you.  Most people benefit from the following:

  • Whole Foods.  Minimally processed foods.  Foods that have a single ingredient, low or no additives, and are nutrient dense.
  • Gluten Free.  A gluten free diet can be helpful for many, but should be done with a doctor’s supervision.  “Gluten free” does not mean that a food product is healthier.  In fact, rather than looking for gluten free food replacements, a better option may be to replace simple carbs (white bread, pasta, cakes) with fruits and vegetables.
  • Take Note.  Note any symptoms you have after eating.  Brain fog, headaches, or digestive discomfort after eating a specific food could signal a food sensitivity.

Gut Health
One day, you eat a meal and you feel fine.  The next time, you eat the same meal and feel terrible.  What happened?

Your friend tells you about a healthy meal that has all the right ingredients.  You make the meal, eat it, and it doesn’t sit well.  Why not?

Your gut health is different that anyone else’s.  It also changes depending on a variety of factors like stress, anxiety, hormone changes, illness and illness recovery, etc.  A healthy digestive tract can make a big difference when it comes to how healthy foods get processed by your body.

Biomedical Nutritional Assessments
So now, you know how unique your health needs are and you feel like a special unicorn!  Great right?!  But again, what do you eat that is healthy for your specific needs and this specific time in your life?

How do you get and stay vibrant from the inside out?

At Wholeness Center, we recommend a Biomedical Nutritional Assessment.  This process helps us find out if you are getting the right essential nutrients.  That is, the right essential nutrients for your body and your lifestyle.

Neurological Symptoms and Diet
As we focus on the whole person, we often find that neurological symptoms can be closely related to physical ailments.  Our team creates a therapy plan that involves nutritional, dietary, behavioral, and even medical interventions.

Dietary Restrictions
With our highly individualized protocols, we often support our patients through a specialized dietary plan.  This can include casein free, ketogenic, low glycemic, gluten free, GAPS, etc., or even a combination.  Our team recognizes that specialty diets can be challenging, especially for families with young children.  That’s why we have nutrition experts, Dr. Mary Rondeau and Dr. Nicole Lewis.  They are dedicated to making the dietary changes and adjustments something sustainable for our patients and their families.

Want to learn more about eating healthy for your unique needs?  Contact us today for more information, 970-221-1106.

Wholeness Center is located in Fort Collins, in the Riverbend Office Complex, just 10 minutes west of 1-25.  We’re near you if you are in the areas of Longmont, Loveland, Windsor, Wellington, Greeley, and Cheyenne.  Wholeness Center offers customized dietary plans along with other services including neurofeedback and IV nutritional therapy.

August 24, 2017

constipation remedies for kidsWhat is “constipation”? Everyone seems to have a different idea of what constipation means and there are many different “norms”. Infants can have a bowel movement after every feeding. Babies that are breastfed tend to have fewer bowel movements because they absorb most of mom’s milk so there is less to poop out. Children under 2 years old typically have 2-4 bowel movements per day. And at about the age of 4 children can have 1 bowel movement per day. 

Constipation can be caused by lack of fluid, diet, medications, and other physical conditions. Constipation can also develop during potty training when children begin to associate bowel movements with pain, creating a cycle.  It is first important to determine the cause of constipation, including the rule-out of physical reasons, before proceeding with treatment.

July 25, 2017

high protein breakfast for weight lossHow many times have you heard the comment that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day?”   The University of Missouri recently published a study to actually show that – YES – a high protein breakfast definitely plays a role in weight management. Over a 12 week period, the research team had two groups of overweight teens who typically skipped breakfast, eat either a normal protein breakfast or a high protein breakfast. (A third control group did not eat any breakfast).

What do you think were the results? The group who ate the high protein breakfast actually reduced their daily food intake by 400 calories, lost body fat mass and had more stable blood glucose levels than the other groups. The group who ate a normal protein breakfast or completely skipped breakfast gained weight and were more prone to snacking and getting blood sugar spikes.

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July 6, 2017

top healthiest foodsThese 15 top healthiest foods help you feel good, increase your energy and help prevent diseases. They are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients. Be sure your shopping cart has these healthy foods when you check out at your next visit to the grocery store!


Blueberries are loaded with Vitamin C, fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants that help prevent chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Blueberries may also improve short-term memory and promote healthy aging.

Tip: Toss fresh blueberries on your yogurt or oatmeal in the morning. Buy extra in the summer and keep in the freezer for the winter months.

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June 20, 2017

how to stop sugar cravingsWhat To Do About Sugar Cravings?

It’s officially the start of “sugar season” as the cooler weather sets in and holiday fun begins! It may start with a cookie at work, a latte with extra whipping cream or a piece of pumpkin pie. And these “bonus sugars” are in often addition to the health sugars or carbohydrates that you consume in your daily diet of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Before you know it, you are addicted to an extra daily serving of a sugary food.

Having a “sweet tooth” is joked about, but is no laughing matter. An occasional indulgence in a sweet treat is not the problem, but over-consumption is a problem. According to the American Heart Association, the average American tends to eat 22 teaspoons of sugar a day! This excess of sugar intake is linked to diabetes, obesity, chronic yeast infections, leaky gut syndrome and a whole host of other maladies. The recommended limit is about 6 teaspoons a day for woman and 9 teaspoons/day for men.

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