Welcome to part 2 of my REAL Stories Series! Today we have a contribution from the wonderful Christal of Nutritionist in the Kitch. Christal was one of my first blogger buddies and I’ve loved following her blog over the past few years. This girl seriously knows what’s up when it comes to healthy eating!
Her positivity and passion for helping people comes through in all her posts and her recipes are simple, delicious and nutritious! My favourite! She’s also incredibly knowledgeable when it comes to health and nutrition, making her blog a great resource for anyone interested in healthy living. Enjoy!
Guest Post by Christal Sczbel from Nutritionist in the Kitch
I’m thrilled Deryn has asked me to be a part of this fantastic series! Deryn and I have been “blends” (blogger friends) for quite a while now, and I love all that she does on Running on Real Food. Great recipes, lots of inspiration, and a genuine passion for health that shines!
I started Nutritionist in the Kitch in August of 2012. I’d been obsessing over food blogs for a couple years, and kept thinking to myself… “maybe I should start my own??”… yet, it just seemed so daunting and I wasn’t really sure if I could measure up to the fantastic blogs that inspired me. It wasn’t until a few great friends kept encouraging met to just do it that I decided to take the plunge and started my blog!
I haven’t always been the most nutritious eater. When I was younger and in my teen years, even up to my early 20’s I just ate what I wanted, when I wanted, healthy or not. The problem was that I ALWAYS had persistent digestive issues. I was given the wastebasket diagnosis of IBS, and pretty much thought I had to live with feeling sick to my stomach on a weekly basis. I began to realize that unhealthy foods – chips, pop, candy, fast food, basically anything processed did not sit well with me, and I’d end up regretting having eaten it… so I just naturally shifted to foods that were healthier and left me feeling better.
It wasn’t until I decided to take matters into my own hands and become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist that I was able to uncover the real root of my digestive problems! Unbalanced intestinal bacteria, stress, and food allergies all played a part. Realizing how much better I felt when I ate healthy, and paid attention to the underlying issues, I couldn’t wait to help others discover the same and start feeling better themselves!
Working as a Nutritionist is rewarding in so many ways. I get to use my knowledge and own personal experience to help others lose weight, uncover and fix health issues, and prevent health issues that could come up in the future!
I use my blog to share healthy recipes that have helped me feel better and stay healthy, while trying to prove the fact that healthy eating isn’t boring or tasteless! It’s quite the opposite!
Here are some things I always make sure to address when dealing with clients with digestive issues (constipation, gas/bloating, pain, diarrhea…all that fun stuff!). If you feel your digestion just never seems to improve and you can’t find the answers, try out some of the following suggestions and you may uncover the root and be on your way to better health!
1. How’s your micro flora? It’s very important you have an adequate amount of good bacteria in your intestines. Often poor diet, medications such as antibiotics, and food allergies can lead to an increase in the bad bacteria – this can lead to all kinds of digestive upset – the solution? Probiotics! I recommend a higher strain probiotic capsule containing the Acidophilus strain with around 10 Billion CFU (colony forming units).
2. Do you have unknown food allergies? Food allergies can create tons of digestive trouble – whenever a client comes in with complaints it’s one of the first things we look at! Dairy, wheat, gluten, soy, and egg allergies are the most common to cause digestive issues. Food allergies can be uncovered through testing with your doctor or a Naturopath as well as some Nutritionists!
3. How’s your stress level? High stress and digestive problems go hand in hand. Whether you find yourself bee-lining it to the toilet or feeling like you have a rock inching through your intestines, stress is almost guaranteed a factor! It’s very important to keep stress levels in check!
4. Do you have a family history of digestive disorders? Celiac, Crohn’s Disease, and Colon cancer are all diseases that can be genetic, so it’s always good to know your family history and see if you have a higher risk! Even more the reason to focus on good nutrition for disease prevention!
5. Have you ruled out any functional digestive problems? If you are dealing with frequent intestinal pain, mucous, or blood in your stool (I know, TMI!) it’s very important to rule out any serious issues first, then look into other factors to see what may be at the root of your troubles!
Thanks so much for taking time to read my ramblings! I hope you learnt something valuable, and please stop on over at Nutritionist in the Kitch to say Hello!
Christal Sczebel is a Holistic Nutritionist and Registered Massage Therapist. She has a passion for helping others discover their best health through optimal nutrition and embracing a healthy lifestyle. Through education and inspiration, Christal aims to empower others to live a healthier lifestyle, experience true wellness, and to create, eat, and enjoy real whole foods. You can find delicious and healthy recipes, tips on nutrition, healthy living, fitness, and healthy travel on her blog, Nutritionist In The Kitch.