March 29 2015

Food & Autism

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that around 1 in 68 American children are on the autism spectrum. This is a ten-fold increase in prevalence in the last 40 years. Autism spectrum disorders are estimated to affect more than two million individuals in the U.S. and tens of millions worldwide.  Not only is the prevalence increasing in our country, but in many countries around the world. April 2 is World Autism Day and in the U.S., April is National Autism Awareness Month. In honor of World Autism Day and Autism Awareness Month, hosts Kara Carper and Kristen Gunderson talk about how nutrition can make a difference in improving the lives of those with an autism diagnosis.

March 22 2015

The Nutrition Connection to Depression in Women

One in five women develop depression at some point in their life and women are twice as likely as men to have depression. Depression can hit women at any age, but the high-risk years are from 40-59 (those menopausal years). What are some of the nutrition connections to depression? There are more than you might think. On this episode, hosts Darlene Kvist, Lea Wetzell, and Kate Crosby explore some natural antidepressant eating habits and brain nutrients you can start using to lift your mood and energy.

March 15 2015

The Difference Between Gluten Sensitivity & Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disease in which eating gluten sets off an immune response that causes damage to the small intestine. Do you have celiac disease or know someone who does? If so, you know how important it is to stay away from gluten. Maybe you are sensitive to gluten, but don’t have celiac. On this episode we take a close look at the difference between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Hosts Cassie Weness and Britni Thomas have personal experience with both and are eager to help you understand and take steps to feel your best if you’re afflicted by either.

March 9 2015

The Psychology of Weight Loss

The American Psychological Association says the major aspect of weight control involves understanding and managing thoughts and behaviors that can interfere with weight loss. Where do those thoughts and behaviors come from? Until you get the correct food and nutrition, your brain won’t be very successful at managing them. On this episode, we explore how brain chemistry and nutrition effect your thoughts and behaviors with hosts Darlene Kvist, JoAnn Ridout and Katie Vigesaa.

March 1 2015

How Do Your Hormones Affect Your Weight?

Are you taking birth control pills? Do you get little sleep at night? Are you approaching or currently going through menopause? All of these things affect your hormones which can impact your weight. On this episode, we take a deep dive into certain hormonal factors that impact your weight. For example, did you know your metabolic rate is lowest early in the morning so you will actually lose more weight if you sleep in rather than getting up early to hit the gym. Listen in with hosts Darlene Kvist, Britni Thomas and Katie Vigesaa as they explain more and what you can do to balance your hormones to start losing weight.