Alternative flours

Alternative flours

Reversing metabolic syndrome requires a reduction in refined carbohydrate and sometimes even temporary avoidance of whole food starches. Many families gravitate toward products and recipes that include alternative flours like almond or coconut flour. The question is:...
5 tips on moving your body!

5 tips on moving your body!

1. Invest in rain gear! As we shift gears from summer to fall, we are entering the rainy season. Gone are the days of endless sunshine, but that should not stop you from being active. Invest now in a raincoat, rain pants, and rain boots, and make an effort to go...
Press Pause Right Before The First Bite

Press Pause Right Before The First Bite

When we set the context for ritual or healthy habits around eating and provide a structure to support the routine, we can bring about a mindful moment. This may be in the form of pressing pause to acknowledge the food in front of us, wherever and however it shows up,...
What is insulin resistance?

What is insulin resistance?

Insulin resistance is a condition during which the body does not respond well to insulin. Insulin resistance, or IR for short, is influenced by the amount and location of adipose tissue (fat) in the body. Insulin resistance is usually associated with obesity or an...
Non-nutritive Sweeteners

Non-nutritive Sweeteners

Who doesn’t want to hear that there is a perfectly safe, metabolically supportive, non-caloric, blood-glucose friendly sweetener that is all “natural” with no side effects, gastric disturbances, or hormonal twists? Many of us may want to hear that but the reality is,...
Metabolic Syndrome 101

Metabolic Syndrome 101

“Obesity doesn’t kill.  Metabolic syndrome kills.”   This quote from pediatric neuroendocrinologist, Dr. Robert H. Lustig transformed the way I practice pediatrics.   Let me explain how and why. Throughout my medical training, I was inculcated with wrong notions about...
The Story Behind Resilience™

The Story Behind Resilience™

Initially, our program was going to be called the “Pediatric Metabolic Health” program at Swedish.   As it was pointed out to me many times, the name was sort of boring and didn’t do the program justice in terms of being more descriptive.   Not being a great wordsmith...