Hey my friend –

Have you heard?

Therapeutic Eating has its basis in – you got it – therapy. And what good is therapy without:

  1. Honesty
  2. Accountability &
  3. Nourishment (beyond the food we eat)

And while I love to write universal posts that apply to everyone especially as a foodie – the truth we’re confronting is that we all contend with a different composition of microflora all of which are acting in different ways. *Which is why certain diets don’t work for ALL bodies. As the company VIOME has taught me, it’s not so much what kind of bacteria you have in your gut but what the bacteria are doing:

When it comes to your overall health, the function of the microbiome (what your microbes are actually doing) is more important than the composition (who’s there). It depends on the functions your microbes are performing and how they’re working together.

Despite the differences in activities of our microbes I think we can both agree that:

  • refined flours & grains
  • refined sugar (white table sugar)
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • major additives: BPA, nitrates/nitrites, MSG, hydrogenated oils/trans fats, food dyes etc

Are no good for any-bodies.

But what if the common lists of ingredients that tend to be universally recommended for all bodies just isn’t so (anymore)? Times are a changin’ – that’s for sure – and knowledge has always been power – and overwhelming.

The magic of viome’s gut intelligene test is that it takes the guess work out of how/what to eat and gives you a list of foods to design your life around, build immunity from and cultivate resilience by. It’s so simple once you have the master list of what your microflora are doing and how you can steer them in the right direction – and if you need help with the eating part – good news: Custom meal plans are a thing!

I can’t believe it’s been a month since I’ve eaten: spinach, brussel sprouts, kale, cucumber, cauliflower, almonds, apples and hemp seeds. I’ve never had any problem navigating the health food isle, my palate gravitates toward yummy whole unadulterated foods:

…but the hormonal break outs, the occasional depression, the digestive discomfort – I’d never imagine hemp seeds or kale having anything to do with getting pimples but pimples have everything to do with immunity, resilience and gut-balance. So – there I was – STUMPED! But here’s the trick – kale and hemp seeds may add resilience to your gut and therefore heal your skin. It’s simply a matter of activity.

(I know right?)

Could you be eating something that is causing you distress and you don’t know it? The answer is probably – and I don’t say that to make you scared or instill fear – I say that because we are all given gut instincts but while some of us navigate with ease many more are challenged with keeping afloat mentally & emotionally – all of which are connected to our immunity. We are filled with good intent and whilst living in a society laden with scurvy diet trends, most of us are navigating blindly. And it’s no one’s fault… but it will be.

Gut Consciousness is something we all have – though it takes time to cultivate. A gut intelligence test is not a prerequisite for optimum health – though I’ve found my results to be invaluable. I’ve been more confident in the health of my skin, the feeling in my lower belly and my overall energy and mood simply from shifting from foods I need to avoid and by focusing on ones that bolster the beneficial activity of my microflora.

Behold: a few of the dishes I’ve devoured:

salmon salad
pork sausage with mushrooms

~ bevy’s ~

superfoods matcha latte

Matcha mornings

+ 2 scoops collagen peptides

+ 1 Tbsp matcha powder

+ 1 Tbsp coconut butter or coconut cream

+ 1 tsp performance mushrooms

superfood coffee recipe

Dark brew organic coffee ~ 2 cups

+ 2 scoops collagen peptides

+ 1 Tbsp raw honey

+ 1 Tbsp coconut manna (coconut butter)

+ 1 tsp performance mushrooms


Another delicious and more simple blend:

+ coffee, dark, organic

+ 1 Tbsp coconut cream

+ 1 Tbsp raw honey


and just for fun: Most microbiomes go berserk from sugar which is why it’s excellent to get creative with alternatives. If you’re going to drink, drink mindfully and consider the ingredients going into your bevy’s. Here’s one I made recently and really enjoyed!

Sugar free rum drink

Sugar free Pau Hana (pau – done, hana – work = after work drink)

+ ice

+ 2 oz Koloa Coconut Rum

+ Langers Ginger Soda

+ 1 frozen chunks of pineapple

sip responsibly – and for the record I’m pretty sure alcohol is nu bueno for the gut on all fronts…but let’s just keep this between you and me…

Are you finding this information helpful? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you. If there’s anything else you’d like to hear about specifically I’m happy to create a post with you in mind!

Raw broccoli anyone?

I’ll pass…

#gutintelligence #viome #microbiome #guthealth #therapeuticeating