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As a dietitian, I have seen many concepts about food and nutrition come and go. Above all, fats have been the most misunderstood, criticized, and challenged. When I was studying nutrition in the mid-1990s, fat was evil: saturated fat caused heart disease, coconut oil would increase your cholesterol, and butter would clog your arteries. As a young, and inexperienced student of nutrition, I followed this diet trend quite seriously, eating low-fat or fat-free everything, but instead a plethora of carbohydrates; I can honestly say I was never more unhealthy than I was at that time in my life.

In my early twenties I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called mixed connective tissue disease that presents as a combination of lupus-like and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, which left me fatigued and feeling pretty awful. The rheumatologist’s prescription was a drug called Plaquenil, and I spent more time visiting specialists in an effort to be proactive and avoid all the negative side-effects from the drug, such as lung, kidney, and vision problems.I was also an avid Advil user, but the side effects are varied and can be quite serious.

The gift from the pain was that my autoimmune disease led me down a phenomenal path of healing with nature and food. I started to research natural anti-inflammatory ingredients and came across some amazing research on borage oil, which is rich in GLA, an anti-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acid.

This was the first dietary supplement I ever used, and almost fifteen years later, I am still using it daily. I also include 3,000 mg of omega-3 from Sea-licious fish oil, probiotics, vitamin D, B vitamins, curcumin, and greens. All of these nutrients, along with regular physical activity, have greatly helped manage the pain and inflammation that comes with an autoimmune disease, not to mention numerous other benefits for my skin, hair, nails, and hormones.

My journey has also been one of many food and lifestyle changes over the years, from decreasing sugar in my diet and focusing on more fiber and whole foods to increasing protein and omega-3s from fish. I believe all of these changes together allow me to be the person of health that I am today.

I have experience firsthand, what an incredible turn around in healing, my body experienced as a result of incorporating healthy fats from fish and plant oils. My love for healthy omega oils has continued to grow and lead me to researching, studying, writing, formulating and developing Sea-licious and other omega oils.

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June 16, 2016

The Best Thing Your Dad Ever Taught You

As we approach this special weekend in June, we turn our attention to our “dad’s”. I think back on the memory of my own father, with a heart-filled with so much love. 21 years ago my dad, at the age of 42, lost a very courageous and long battle to cancer. When I say he…

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June 14, 2016

Job Flexibility Is Golden

I remember my first day back to work leaving behind my two babies… (21 and 6 months old) it was bitter sweet. A part of me wanted to be home so I could control every single detail in their day and another part of me wanted my amazing nanny to deal with it all as…

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June 9, 2016

Fish Oils Relieve Depression in College Students – By Dr. Michael Murray

What if in the treatment of depression, physicians quit relying on manipulating brain chemistry with drugs and focused instead on supporting brain chemistry? Based upon the results of a new study with fish oil supplementation conducted at the University of Pittsburg, it seems that fewer college students would be depressed or need to be on…

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June 7, 2016

From Stay at Home to Working Mom

Being a stay-at- home-mom for almost eight years was a privilege and blessing that I will always be grateful for. Sure, there were times when I felt like the only “me time” I had was while I was grocery shopping or at the dentist, but despite the hours of potty training, making snacks, cleaning up messes and playing…

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May 31, 2016

My grass IS green!

My grass IS green! I’m often introduced as, “This is Manny; she has four girls!” I can remember thinking, “Is this my identity?…A mother of four girls?” I’m also a wife, sister, daughter, teacher, friend, but being a mother is my greatest accomplishment. I chose to be this person; a mother of four remarkable girls.…

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