Certified Nutrition Specialist

Uncategorized Mar 26, 2021

I am officially and Certified Nutrition Specialist! It has taken a lot of time, money, and effort but it's finally done. I passed my test! A board certification that verifies that I fulfilled all the requirements to be qualified nutrition professional.

Here's what it means:

The Board for Certification for Nutrition Specialists assures that those with the CNS credential have "received rigorous advanced degree education and experience eligibility criteria.  Certification provides formal recognition that nutrition care professionals have met rigorous and demanding eligibility requirements, including postgraduate educations, subsequent supervised practice in professional nutrition, and demonstration of a depth and breadth of knowledge appropriate for effective practice in the profession of nutrition.  The primary intent of a certification program is to provide assurance that all those with the Certified Nutrition Specialist® credential meet or exceed these requirements."

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Uncategorized Mar 19, 2021

Eggs contain all the essential amino acids and they provide a great source of B12, Riboflavin, Phosphorus, and Selenium. One egg provides 7 grams of protein, 0.4 grams of carbohydrates, and 6 grams of fat. This is all neatly packaged in a brown or white shell by nature. It is the perfect quick-fix/packaged food. But buying eggs can be kind of confusing. This post will explain to you the different labels you see on the packaging of eggs and how to buy eggs.


  1. Comes in AA, A, & B grades based on the thickness of the shell
  2. Sizes such as Jumbo, Extra Large, Large, Medium, Small – based on net weight per dozen
  3. Standard cage eggs, cage-free, free-range, organic, and other specialty types such as Omega 3


  1. AA – whites are thick and firm; yolks are high and round
  2. A – pretty much like AA but whites are not quite as firm
  3. B – egg white is thinner; yolks are wider and flatter – usually used for egg products

BROWN/WHITE: The color...

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Too Much Fructose?

Uncategorized Mar 05, 2021

According to Wikipedia, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one cause of fatty liver when deposited fat is NOT due to excessive alcohol use. Rather it is related to insulin resistance. This condition can worsen to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and is a major cause of cirrhosis. The study done by Schulz et al. (2013) set out to show a correlation between high fructose consumption and NAFLD.

What is fructose? It is a simple sugar found in fruits and some vegetables and is used extensively in processed foods, soda, and synthetic sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup which is commonly used in packaged foods and juices. There is growing evidence due to its harmful effects on metabolism, ingestion of fructose can induce the characteristics of metabolic syndrome (Schulz et al., 2013). In fact, in countries with higher availability of high fructose corn syrup, there is a higher correlation to the presence of type 2 diabetes regardless of obesity, insulin resistance,...

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My Honest Review of Herbalife

Uncategorized Feb 26, 2021

You may remember a couple of weeks ago I wrote “My Honest Review of Isagenix”. Today’s post includes My Honest Review of Herbalife. Again, I have many people asking if this is all it’s cracked up to be. I had an opinion before I really researched but I was even more unpleasantly surprised when I dug into the facts. So, here’s the information I found.

As with Isagenix, I dug deeper into the label – not just the food facts panel on a few of their popular products. I was unable to get a good image of the nutrition information so here are the links to the information from Herbalife’s website I analyzed for each product. But, it all boils down to these main, unhealthy ingredients.

Protein Drink Mix:


Soup Mix:


Express Meal Bar:


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Trans Fats and How to Read Labels

Uncategorized Feb 12, 2021

What are trans fats you may ask? Trans fats are a type of fat found naturally in animal fats but at pretty low concentrations compared to processed foods. In chemistry, you learn about hydrogenation. That's what these synthetic fats are that are in packaged foods such as chips, cookies, baked goods, and the list goes on and on... Hydrogens are added to the chemical structure of a type of fat and this causes it to change shape. Big deal, right?! Yep, it is. Think Crisco, margarine, and "vegetable" oils. This hydrogenation makes the fat more stable which gives these processed foods more shelf life. Before this process was used in food manufacturing, you wouldn't be able to leave your loaf of bread on the counter for more than a few days before it would start to spoil. Hydrogenation can also be partially done in order to prevent foods that are not completely solid from melting at room temperature (again, think margarine). And in the food manufacturing world, it is much cheaper than...

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Nutritional Support for Acne

Uncategorized Jan 29, 2021

Most of us have heard of acne and know how it looks. But do you REALLY know what it is? Acne is an inflammatory skin condition found mainly on the face but can also be found on the back, chest, and shoulders. The severity and progression of acne are determined by environmental exposures, the interaction of hormones, bacteria, sebum (skin oil), and keratinization (the conversion of normal cells to the more structured keratin cells). What does that mean for you? You can make a huge impact on your acne condition by what you choose to put in your mouth.

I remember friends complaining of acne and talking about eating chocolate or dairy or greasy foods and how they would cause a “breakout.” Acne can be the cause of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, darkened skin, and even scars. It often affects self-esteem and can contribute to depression. People suffering from acne often use extreme measures to rid themselves of this condition that affects 40 to 50 million people in the US at...

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My Honest Review of Isagenix

Uncategorized Jan 15, 2021

As a functional nutritionist, I’m often asked, “Is this product good for me?” “What is the best protein shake?” or “Will it help me lose weight?” In the last couple of months, I’ve been asked these questions about some popular multi-level marketing products. I had a gut feeling but wanted to really research what these products contained and give the most accurate information I can.

From what I’m learning, most people go to the store and look at the products’ Food Facts Label. This is a good start. It gives you a good, overall idea of how nutritious the food is in the package. (It is best, of course, to buy and prepare foods that don’t require a package and a label – whole, unprocessed foods. We live in an age where this is difficult. So, if you are buying labeled foods then it is best to be educated about reading the labels.)

Back to the point…When I’m looking at a packaged food product, I take a...

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Electrolytes and Gatorade

Uncategorized Jan 01, 2021

Do you know what electrolytes are and why we need them? You've heard all the push to drink sports drinks to replenish these said electrolytes. But do we really need specialty drinks to get the job done?

First off, here's a little information on what we're talking about here. Electrolytes are actually minerals in your blood and other bodily fluids that carry a charge (positive or negative). Examples include Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, and Chloride. They affect how much water is in your body (Sodium), your muscle contraction (think Calcium and Magnesium), how your heart functions (another muscle - think Sodium and Potassium), and important body processes such as respiration and sweating. All these processes are kept within a small range in order for our bodies to maintain homeostasis (or balance).

When it comes to exercise and sports, you know about sweating and this is the premise on which sports drinks are marketed. Replacing electrolytes is important. But, do you need to...

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Skin & Your Health

Uncategorized Dec 18, 2020

I've come across a new skincare line that is free of PARABENS, GLUTEN, SOY, OR CASEIN (DAIRY) and includes antioxidants and omegas 3,6,9, and the rare 7. The moisturizer also contains Vitamin C at concentrations 10x that of what is found in oranges. I love how it makes my skin feel! If you want a sample, message me at https://www.rockbottomwellness.com/ But first, read a few reasons why it is so important to consider what we put ON our skin.

You may not realize that your skin is the largest organ in your body. It has several functions. I won't take you through an entire anatomy class on the skin but I will highlight some of the most important functions and why it's so important to take care of them.

Here is what your layers of skin look like:

And here are some of the many things the Skin & Your Health are one and the same:

  1. Protection
  2. Temperature Regulation
  3. Immunity - certain cells in the skin work right alongside the immune system. It protects viruses, bacteria, and...
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4 Benefits of Turmeric

Uncategorized Dec 11, 2020

Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, and is known to benefit a variety of health concerns. Turmeric is often used in savory dishes in South East Asia. It gives dishes a deep, yellow-orange color and contains an active ingredient called curcumin. This gives a bit of a peppery flavor to the food prepared with it. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, not only gives flavor to foods but also is known to provide health benefits to those who consume it. Below are 4 Benefits of Turmeric.  (Source: Curcum-Evail_TechSheet.pdf)

  1. A healthy inflammatory response. Curcumin is shown to be more effective than NSAIDs in reducing pain in individuals with RA (rheumatoid arthritis).
  2. GI Health. Curcumin may reduce leaky gut syndrome (intestinal permeability) due to its anti-ulcer activity.
  3. Immune System. Curcumin is shown to decrease histamine release which indicates antioxidant properties and decreasing allergic responses. Curcumin also boosts natural killer cells which may enhance the...
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