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My IBS Story

April is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month. I’m supporting Kate Scarlata’s #IBelieveinyourStory campaign to increase IBS awareness, fund research, and improve patient care. Many of you have already heard my story, but for those who haven’t, here it is… You can appreciate the mid-80’s feathered bangs and purple cable knit sweater, but can you guess how old […]

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It’s funny, this year I will celebrate 20 years of being a registered dietitian. Yet medicine, especially in the area of gut health, is changing so rapidly that I feel almost like I’m starting over. Every week, I pour over new journal articles, blogs, and updates, realizing how much more we all still have to […]

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Post-surgery gut rehab

The hospital is full of really sick people. I know, because I had an opportunity to work at the hospital this past week. (This is the same hospital I have worked at for over 18 years, though in recent years I am only there on-call.) Many years ago I was responsible for all the tube feeding and […]

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Sometimes it’s not about the food

Sometimes, when I’m in a counseling session, I look into your eyes, and it hits me… IT’S NOT ABOUT THE FOOD. Sometimes, I am able to overcome my discomfort to come right out and say… “I know I don’t know you very well yet, but I’m going to come right out and tell you… IT’S […]

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Low-FODMAP Diet Resources and My Lightbulb Moment

I recently purchased a copy of Sue Shepherd’s “The Complete Low-FODMAP Diet” book. It was a great read. The photography is beautiful and the information is clear. As a dietitian, I absolutely love learning new information. I was reading along and BOOM! out popped an “A-HA” moment for me. How had I missed this important […]

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Have you ever heard anyone talk about DIARRHEA on the radio?

For years, I have lamented how no one ever says the word DIARRHEA on the radio or tv. If millions of people suffer from chronic diarrhea, don’t you think it should be talked about? Thankfully, one of my dietitian colleagues agreed. I was offered an opportunity to talk about diarrhea for a half-hour on the […]

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It’s Crohn’s and Colitis Week! 7 Lifestyle Tips to Manage IBD

At first, I was going to title this post “Happy Crohn’s and Colitis Week.” But the reality is, living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (collectively called inflammatory bowel disease or IBD) does not make one happy! My aunt was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (UC) at age 16. According to my grandparents, she was one […]

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Ironic Diarrhea

It’s ironic… I’m about to leave for the national dietitian’s conference to market my book.  And I had bad diarrhea today. You know what I’m talking about. The kind where you think to yourself: “Can I make it home in time?” “Or should I turn into the nearest Target (or Starbucks or Walmart…)?” “If a […]

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When you like a food, but it doesn’t like YOU.

As I was having diarrhea the other day (sorry if this is TMI), a phrase I tell my patients went thru my mind, I like corn, but corn doesn’t like me. I find summertime to be a challenging season, because I really love eating fresh fruits and veggies. And I have a garden. And I […]

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My Running Story and Eugene Marathon Recap 2013

First off, I’m going to admit right now that blogging is hard work. I envy those who can type out a fabulous, thought-provoking blog post every day, or even every week. I seem to write numerous posts in my head, but they never actually make it into the computer. I think I am somewhat paralyzed […]

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