Gluten Free On The Go – Travel & Holidays

By: Kelli Pitrone, Registered Dietitian & Vivante Health Nutrition Team Manager The holidays are an exciting time, but if you’re traveling to see loved ones, it could leave you wondering, How on earth am I going to stick to my gluten-free diet? No sweat. With just a little bit of planning ahead, you can be…

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Our Gut Microbiome, Part II: Gut Bacteria in Balance

By: Juliana Garcia, Microbiologist & Vivante Health Microbiome Director In our last blog post, we talked about the gut microbiome. We learned what it is, where it’s located, why it’s important, and (perhaps most interestingly) that the goal for overall health is a vast array of beneficial bacteria AND a small number of potentially harmful…

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Our Gut Microbiome, Part I: More than a Few Pesky Bugs

By: Juliana Garcia, Microbiologist & Vivante Health Microbiome Director The gurgle in the stomach, the sudden hot flash and wave of nausea… Not far behind is the clutching of your belly, the explosive feeling that sends you darting to the nearest bathroom, praying you make it in time. Maybe you picked up a few bacterial…

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Nutrition 101: Back to Basics

By: Bryee Shepard, MS, RD With all of this diet talk and attempting to keep up with the trends these days, I thought it would be an appropriate time to bring us back to basics. Think of this as “Nutrition 101.” This will likely be a refresher for many, but new information for others. I…

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Gluten-Free Eating Tips

By: Kelli Pitrone, Registered Dietitian & Vivante Health Nutrition Team Manager Going gluten free can be quite the challenge, especially when you’re just getting started. Maybe you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease and gluten-free eating is a non-negotiable life change you must make. Or maybe your digestive symptoms indicate you’re dealing with NCGS. Either way, on the…

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Digestive Difference Through Mindful Eating

By: Kelli Pitrone, Registered Dietitian & Vivante Health Nutrition Team Manager Let’s not talk about the food we eat, but how we eat it. Ever heard of mindful eating? We’ll walk you through exactly how to do it. But first…why? The Elusive Happy Medium We know the food we put into our bodies is hugely…

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Creating The Calm: Practical (and Free) Relaxation Tips

By: Kelli Pitrone, Registered Dietitian & Vivante Health Nutrition Team Manager Relaxation is vital to our overall health. There are lots of calming techniques out there, but if we’re being honest most of them are hard to get into on a regular basis or just downright impractical. (Blow up a balloon when you’re feeling stressed?…

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Yoga for Beginners: Getting Grounded

By: Kelli Pitrone, Registered Dietitian & Vivante Health Nutrition Team Manager Staying grounded and in the moment—that’s the goal, right? But with our to-do lists getting longer and longer, “me time” gets put on hold. We’re going through the motions without actually enjoying the day. The mind gets cluttered, our breathing is erratic, and we…

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Data: Getting to the Gut of the Matter

Healthcare costs that cannot be measured cannot be reduced. Data is the key to managing healthcare costs. Unfortunately, most of the reports employers get from carriers are missing a vital piece of data—the amount of money spent on digestive conditions. Digestive Claims Miscategorized Gut-related claims are generally rolled up within other major diagnostic categories or…

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