Dr. Samantha natural health and gluten-free expert

Category Archives: Lifestyle

Healthy Eating on Vacation, Is It Worth It?

When I travel I think about food. Partly because I like to eat, and partly because I choose to avoid certain foods for both health and ethical reasons. It’s important to me to eat foods that make me feel well all the time, not just at home. This means more thought, more effort, and moreContinue Reading

Is it True That Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Doesn’t Exist?

Is it True That Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Doesn’t Exist?

A few weeks ago a spate of posts hit social media in response to a study result that “proved” that non-celiac gluten sensitivity doesn’t exist. My first response was to roll my eyes and ignore it as I do with most viral sensationalist headlines. But then I started getting emails, and tweets, and even aContinue Reading

Go for Great!

Go for Great!

Last week I wrote about the difference between feeling ok and feeling well. About how it’s so easy for us to just get used to mediocre and think it’s ok to settle for that. I wrote: “Feeling well is deeper. And wider. It’s the you that you can imagine being if you lifted off allContinue Reading

It’s Time to Feel Well!

A few weeks ago I was chatting with a friend at a conference and another friend wandered by and mentioned that she woke up that morning very early because she was excited for the day. It struck me how very rare that is for people. Day in and day out in my practice I hearContinue Reading

It’s Been too Long Since You’ve Felt Great

I was just chatting with a friend at a conference and another friend wandered by and mentioned that she woke up that morning very early because she was excited for the day. It struck me how very rare that is for people. Day in and day out in my practice I hear my patients tellContinue Reading

Down with Vegetables?! Vegetarian, Vegan, or Omnivore, Choosing Health.

Down with Vegetables?! Vegetarian, Vegan, or Omnivore, Choosing Health.

About 6 months ago I was perusing my online reviews, because you should do that every once in a while, and I came across a review that skewed my stats with a 1 star out of 5. This happens. You can’t be right for everyone, and given my blunt nature, I’m bound to disappoint hereContinue Reading

Will a Gluten-free Diet Help Me Lose Weight?

Will a Gluten-free Diet Help Me Lose Weight?

Historically, I think people without celiac disease or a gluten intolerance have lost weight on a gluten-free diet because it has been harder to just grab junk. No more muffins at Starbucks. No more Krispy Kremes from the break room at work. But these days gluten-free foods are abundant in most urban and many suburban areas. And many gluten-free substitutes for bread products are highly refined and quite high in sugar.Continue Reading

Healthy Choices, YOUR Choices.

Healthy Choices, YOUR Choices.

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a mean-spirited blog post ranting about people who choose to avoid certain foods or types of foods. Both the original post and the comments bummed me out. It’s not that I think that the world should bend over backwards to accommodate folks with food sensitivities (or preferences for that matter), but because it seems so, well, judgmental toward people who choose to avoid foods that make them unwell in some way.Continue Reading

Dr. Samantha’s Top Ten Tips for Healthy Eating on Vacation

Dr. Samantha’s Top Ten Tips for Healthy Eating on Vacation

My approach when I am on vacation is no different than when I am at home. On occasion I eat something that isn’t “healthy,” but across the board I stay away from foods that don’t agree with me. Yes, it’s sometimes challenging logistically but here are some tips to make it easier. Continue Reading

Seasonal Allergies? Already?

Seasonal Allergies? Already?

Every year around this time I get an influx of patients who are sick. Runny nose, cough, irritated eyes, full ears. And often enough it’s the same patients year after year. I get out my thermometer, stethoscope, peek in their ears and ask “are you sure it’s not your allergies acting up?” “Oh, right! But isn’t it too early?” Continue Reading

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