Is Low-Carb Good for Women’s Hormones?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Balancing Your Hormones, Food, What to Eat Leave a Comment

There’s a lot of debate surrounding low-carb diets and whether they are helpful or harmful. As low-carb diets have become increasingly popular, it’s an important question to ask.  Low-carb diets are often touted as a tool to kick start weight loss or balance blood sugar. It’s true that some people benefit from restricting carbs, but low-carb diets aren’t always the …

Keto for Women: The Risks, Benefits, and How It Impacts Hormones

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Questions about the keto diet fill my inbox and DMs daily, so it’s time to get the facts straight. The ketogenic (keto) diet is a high-fat, very-low-carb diet that shifts the body into a metabolic state called ketosis, where the body uses fat instead of carbs for energy. If you follow the research, the health benefits of keto are pretty …

Intermittent Fasting For Women 

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Intermittent fasting (IF) for women is complicated. There is a lot of positive research behind intermittent fasting, so it’s hard not to feel tempted to jump right in after hearing so many fasting success stories. But is it safe and effective for everyone? My goal with this article is to present the facts behind intermittent fasting— the good and the …

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How to Prepare for Quarantine: A Mama Doctor’s Guide

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In this article I’m going to walk you through how to prepare for quarantine and what my family did to prepare. And I’ve got a 3 day meal plan for you along with some recipes to support. Plus, you’ll find a shopping list below with additional items to help you prepare. My family and were placed on quarantine as of …

Easy Marshmallows Recipe

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This is going to be the first Easter my son will “get it.” You know, get it that he’s not going to be eating the same sugary/processed stuff as everyone else. Yes, we are definitely at that age.  I’ve always had ways to navigate food well when he was younger. For example, his school would do bread day and I’d …

Star-Spangled Burgers

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I pretty much could not resist the opportunity to have fun with cookie cutters and burgers. I had been thinking that my cookie cutters were just collecting dust since my son was diagnosed with an egg sensitivity, among others. These Star Burgers were a fun way to mix it up and my toddler really enjoyed making them with me. If …

Spinach Burgers with Olive Relish

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Confession: I mix greens into ground beef pretty much all the time. My toddler will eat the burger. Everything else, well, there’s no guarantee. Now don’t get me wrong, my son is pretty much a dream eater by toddler standards (minus the food in the hair and on the floor and on the back of the chair… sigh). But he’s not always …

Is Chocolate Good for Your Heart?

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Is Chocolate Good for Your Heart? The short answer is yes. Chocolate contains nutrients which have been shown to lower blood pressure and protect against heart disease. But not all chocolate has these benefits. Is Chocolate Good for Your Heart? When looking at the health benefits, dark chocolate wins over white. Dark chocolate contains compounds known as flavonoids. The flavonoids …

7 Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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When the holidays have arrive many of my patients begin asking for ways to avoid holiday weight gain. For many of us the holidays mean being surrounded by family, friends and extra calories. This is also the time of year when Americans tend to gain the most weight. What’s the problem with adding just a few extra pounds over the …