163: Autoimmune, Lyme, and gut health with Dr. Casey Kelley, MD

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Hi friends! I have a new podcast episode live and today, I’m chatting with Dr. Casey Kelley.

163: Autoimmune, Lyme, and gut health with Dr. Casey Kelley, MD

Here are some of the things we talk about:

How to prevent and treat tick-borne disease

The autoimmune diseases impacting more than 24 million Americans, and recommendations for stabilizing and potentially reversing the course of these diseases

Steps for detoxing in an inherently toxic world

Gut health

and so much more.

Here’s more about Dr. Casey and her background:

Since the beginning of her medical career, Dr. Casey Kelley, M.D. continually asked questions about health, longevity, and healing that conventional medicine didn’t answer. Seeking those answers, she began studying Functional Medicine to complement her traditional medical studies. Utilizing this multi-disciplinary approach, Dr. Kelley has been at the forefront of Integrative Medicine, devoting her career to treating patients in a highly personalized manner that focuses as much on overall health and wellness as it does on specific issues and diagnoses.

Board Certified in Family Medicine, Dr. Kelley was among the first physicians to add a board certification in Integrative Medicine as well. She has studied the causes, effects, and treatments of Lyme Disease extensively, and lectures nationally on this and other topics.

Dr. Kelley graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed her residency in Family Medicine at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago. She is a ten-year member of the Institute of Functional Medicine (IFM), a Treasurer of The International Lyme and Associated Disease Society (ILADS), and is a Founding Member of the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM). Dr. Kelley is on the faculty at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University.

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Collagen boosting superfoods

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Sharing some of my favorite collagen boosting superfoods!

Hi friends! How’s the day going? I hope you’re having an amazing morning! The kids are at a fun camp and I have back-to-back podcast interviews and client calls. I’m hoping I can sneak away for a yoga class tonight!

For today’s post, I wanted to chat about collagen.

Collagen is a vital protein in our bodies, playing a crucial role in maintaining the health and elasticity of our skin, hair, nails, and joints. It’s the main component of connective tissues and helps keep our skin looking youthful and radiant. However, as we age, our body’s ability to produce collagen naturally declines, leading to wrinkles, sagging skin, and weaker joints.

While there are plenty of skincare products that contain collagen, eating collagen-boosting foods can help the body make its own collagen more effectively. Not all collagen supplements are the same, and incorporating natural sources into your diet can provide a more holistic approach to collagen production. Today, I wanted to share a roundup of collagen-boosting superfoods that you can add to your diet.

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5 Collagen Boosting Superfoods

1. Bone Broth

Bone broth is one of the most potent sources of collagen. Made by simmering animal bones and connective tissue, bone broth contains a rich supply of collagen, gelatin, and essential amino acids that support joint and skin health. Drinking a cup of bone broth daily can help strengthen your body’s natural collagen production. Besides boosting collagen, bone broth also supports gut health, reduces inflammation, and improves joint function.

2. Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits like oranges, lemons, and grapefruits are high in vitamin C, a crucial nutrient for collagen synthesis. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant, protecting the skin from damage and helping to repair tissues. Consuming one to two servings of citrus fruits daily can enhance your body’s ability to produce collagen. Additionally, these fruits are hydrating, low in calories, and great for overall immune support.

3. Leafy Greens

Leafy greens such as spinach, kale, and Swiss chard are packed with vitamins A and C, which are essential for collagen production. They also contain chlorophyll, which has been shown to increase the precursor to collagen in the skin. Incorporating at least one serving of leafy greens into your daily diet can help you achieve healthier hair, skin, and nails and let your natural radiance shine. Moreover, leafy greens are rich in fiber, aiding digestion and promoting a healthy gut. Shredded cabbage is another one of my faves.

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Friday Faves 3.7

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Hi friends! Happy Friday! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week. We are 100% in chaos and construction mode over here, but I’m so excited for the finished product. I’ve been wanting to replace our upstairs carpet for YEARS and am so pumped that the time is finally here! We kept waiting for the “best time” to do it regarding travel, work, dance, and school schedules, and finally realized there will never be an ideal time. So, here we go! We’ve slept on air mattresses downstairs all week; like a big family slumber party 🙂

I’m looking forward to girls’ night tonight and farmers market this weekend, in between putting the house back together. I hope you’ve had a lovely week.

It’s time for the weekly Friday Faves party! This is where I share some of my favorite finds from the week and around the web. I always love to hear about your faves, too, so please shout out something you’re loving in the comments section below.

This week I took an amazing class at Session Yoga foothills. I practiced at the central location for years – especially the last time we lived here – but it’s been too long of a trek to make it out there. I’m so excited to have a studio close by! Tucson friends: use the code FIT to get a free class at Session!

Friday Faves 3.7

Read, watch, listen:

5 things no one tells you about postpartum fitness.

Don’t forget to check out this week’s podcast episode about Ozempic here.

Do TV jobs seem real?

Can’t wait to listen to this!

Fashion + beauty:

Here’s the exciting Beautycounter news: we’re launching PERFUME! This product is 10 years in the making and it was one of the firs

Sakara January Reset details

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Sharing the details about the Sakara January reset and what to expect. 

Hi friends! How’s the week going for you? I’m definitely feeling the pressure of the last-minute scramble. I got a lot finished early this year, but still find myself with the tiny things left on the to-do list. I’m really trying to get through everything over the next couple of days so I can lower the stress level a bit for Christmas.

If you’re feeling like me, and already looking forward to January, I thought I’d share the details of the Sakara reset if you’d like to join in.

There are a LOT of resets/detoxes/cleanses floating around this time year, and this is one of my very favorites. I’ve had a taste of their reset programs multiple times, and am really looking forward to nourishing Sakara eats, especially after the holidays and a Disneyland trip!

I’ll be sharing more in an upcoming post with my wellness/healing plan, but here’s a bit of what I’m doing as we head into the new year:

Sakara reset, followed by a 14-day Dr. Cabral detox to open up liver pathways, straight into the CBO protocol

– I’ll do a full post on the CBO protocol, but in a nutshell, when I started to do some digging and functional testing with my eye issues and allergies, I learned that as expected, my gut health is completely out of whack. I have major candida, yeast, and bacterial overgrowth, which could be contributing to my inflammation and allergies.

With these results, for a client, I would recommend a detox to open up liver pathways (along with pre-protocol support), into the CBO protocol. This protocol is designed to kill the *bad* bacteria in the gut, rebuild the beneficial bacteria, and heal/seal the gut wall. It’s 12 weeks, and I knew there was NO way I was going to attempt it over the holidays and the avalanche of family birthdays. I figured I’d wait until January, when I could really commit to the eating plan and healing. I’ll definitely share more about the entire process.

As far as Sakara goes, this is a treat I order for myself each month. It’s packed with nourishing, organic eats that I didn’t have to cook, and the meals are always beautiful, filling, and vibrant. Of course, they’re doing a little something special for the new year!

Sakara January Reset details

Here’s how the Sakara January reset works:

– You can choose between one of two plans: Read more

Weekly Menu Plan – Dec. 4 to 10

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Weekly Menu Plan – Dec. 4 to 10

Weekly Menu Plan – Dec. 4 to 10

Here is your weekly menu plan for the week! Use up those last Thanksgiving leftovers…

Monday: Leftover Turkey and Stuffing Acorn Squash

Tuesday: Scrambled Eggs with Leftover Cranberry Sauce Muffins

Wednesday: Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Thursday: Shepherd’s Pie

Friday: Chicken Artichoke Pasta

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: Smoked Meatloaf

READ: Weekly Menu Plan – Dec. 4 to 10