26 Oct Rethinking Our Kids’ Dairy Servings / Does milk really do a body good?

Op_Milk_ArticleImage1Recently, a mom brought her 2-year-old son to our holistic medicine office, wondering if diet was causing his smelly gas, stomachaches and chronic ear infections. After reviewing the child’s diet diary, we suggested temporarily eliminating cows’ milk to see if symptoms improved. The mom was skeptical, but the family’s pediatrician ran the appropriate lab tests and found that the child was indeed lactose intolerant. After we helped implement the necessary dietary changes for eight weeks, the boy’s symptoms went away. Two months later, he continues to be free of further ear infections.

Read the rest over at DFW Child.


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25 Oct Male Fertility and Nutrition

malefertilityandnutritionToo often (in our opinion), only the female is considered when it comes to optimizing fertility. However, it is important that the male also be in good overall health when trying to conceive. This is also true when it comes to nutrition. We want both partners to be in outstanding nutritional health before trying to conceive. We help couples work together to achieve this by assessing:

  • lifestyle habits
  • eating habits
  • dietary needs and restrictions for both individuals
  • fertility enhancing foods and how to incorporate them into the diet
  • how to create a support system for each other


By looking at these considerations, we can not only help the couple get healthier as a pair for conception, but also foster goals for both individuals to work together to be in as good of nutritional status as possible. These dietary changes will not only help with conception and achieving optimal fertility, but will carry on to other areas of your health as well.

We offer in-office nutritional counseling visits, meal planning packages, grocery store visits, and pantry clean outs, all of which target different areas of your nutrition to help you implement dietary changes to help you reach optimal health.

Carina Parikh, MScN, MSiMR is the nutritionist at Holistic Wellness. She holds a
Master of Science in Nutrition and a Master of Science in Integrative Medicine Research.

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21 Oct Dallas Spends the Most Money on Alcohol & Eating Out

Eating at Home JoyfullySurvey data has recently shown that the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex spends the most money on restaurant food and alcohol compared to all other cities in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor, the national average of money spent on eating out is 5.16% of income, and the average American spends .94% of his or her income on alcohol. In Dallas, however, those numbers are 6.1% and 1.21%, respectively. According to the survey data, the average Dallas household spends $744 on alcohol per year. That’s a lot!

Dallas is an ambitious, business-forward city, which could partially explain why we spend so much money on eating and drinking out. The social and cultural expectations in Dallas lead people to believe that they need to spend their time at work, networking, or out in the city. Time spent at home becomes neglected. We leave very little time to spend preparing food at home and eating at home with loved ones. Eating at restaurants and consuming more alcohol than the national average is unlikely to lead people to achieving their health and wellness goals. For the purpose of your overall health and vitality, it is in your best interest to trade some of the eating out for cooking at home.

Michael Pollan, author of the book Cooked, asserts that our health through nutrition comes less from the actual nutrient and calorie content of foods and more from whether or not we make those foods at home. Pollan suggests that cooking at home is best for our physical, psychological, and social well-being, and that these aspects suffer when we eat out since we put our health in the hands of another. Pollen argues that cooking at home gives us independence and a sense of pride that we are taking control of our own health. He states that we have turned special occasion foods into everyday foods by allowing corporations to mass produce foods. His prime example is french fries, which take a lot of time and preparation to make at home, but two seconds to order at a fast food restaurant. If you made french fries at home, it would be a rare occasion that you would truly enjoy because of the preparation that went into making them. When cooking at home, people use far less sugar, oil, and salt than restaurants add to their food, which is another reason making food at your household may improve your health.

Alcohol is another big component of the eating out mindset. Sugar-laden fancy cocktails are rampant at Dallas happy hours.. There is also a lot of subtle pressure when you go out to eat to order a drink – a pressure typically absent in your own home. Alcohol takes priority to metabolize in your body, so when you drink and eat, your body spends its energy breaking down the alcohol before it can metabolize the food you ate. This is why consuming alcohol during your meals can cause your body to store more fat; your body is not able to process both the alcohol and all the food you ate.

So,  it may be worth rethinking how many of your meals you eat out at restaurants and how often you go out for happy hour. If you have long-term health goals, especially related to fertility and women’s health, the money spent on eating and drinking out may be better spent buying high quality foods to prepare at home that will support optimal health and help you feel your best.

Living the typical Dallas lifestyle may make it difficult to transition to eating a more home-based, whole-foods diet. At Holistic Wellness, we help people to implement these changes by providing services that make the transition easier. We offer in-office nutrition visits to discuss strategies to make lasting changes. We also offer grocery visits, where we meet with you at the grocery store to discuss the best foods for you to buy.  Additionally, we offer pantry clean-outs, suggesting pantry staples to help you with your goals. Lastly, we provide meal planning packages to help with the transition to cooking at home by providing menus and recipes for the full week, complete with grocery lists. Taking the first steps can be challenging, but the lasting benefits you will see by cooking at home more will be well worth the effort.

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13 Oct 9 Natural Menstrual Cramp Remedies That Will Totally Change Your Life…Period!

natural remedies for menstrual crampsIt’s that time of the month again. You’re plagued with monster menstrual cramps that just won’t let up. But instead of cracking out on Midol for a little relief, have you ever considered some natural menstrual cramp remedies?

Read the rest of Carina’s article about the relationship between food and cramps over at Organic Authority

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06 Oct New Babies! (…again)

New BabyHere at Holistic Wellness, our primary goal is to help women achieve optimal health during the childbearing years. Much of that revolves around helping women conceive who may have struggled with their fertility in the past, or who needed to improve their own health before having a child.

We are delighted that this past week – once again – two of our clients announced pregnancies, and another client delivered a happy, healthy baby! Nothing gives us more joy than these announcements, so we wanted to spread the word and share our happiness for these women!

At Holistic Wellness, we take pride in our whole-person naturopathic approach to help women heal themselves – so that they can prepare to have healthy children. Each time we hear news like this, it just deepens our desire to continue this work!

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20 Sep Meal Planning

Optimal nutrition is a foundation of good health. We provide highly tailored in-office Nutritional Counseling Visits, in-home Pantry Clean Outs, and Guided Grocery Shopping Visits that empower women to actualize eating habits in their daily lives and feel healthy and energized. We also offer Meal Planning Packages that include individualized meal plans, grocery lists, and recipes to help you implement nutritional changes at home.

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