My Favorite Cookbooks and THE ONE That Wins First Place………

This is it. Everyday. These are my treasured cookbooks and collections that have stood the test of time and trial and that I thumb through and cook from every week.

I believe in home cooked meals. Food should be delicious, nourishing, satisfying, and make us more resilient, healthy, calm, balanced, and strong while not being too complicated or tricky.

Many have been given to me by beloved and wise friends while some I have found through teachers or mentors. There are so many these days it can be hard to find a quality one or overwhelming to know which one to get.

It’s funny, the more biochemical and deeper I get into science, disease pathology, root cause and health the more I return to food. We all want that magic supplement or herb or fad detox, and while they can be helpful, it really comes down to what we put into our body day after day, bite after bite, meal after delicious meal.

Some of my cookbooks are ‘cleaner’ than others but they are all based on nutrient dense whole foods. I even have one that my mom wrote with our favorite recipes from growing up and the farm (there are even quotes on every page, old pictures from the farm, and my grandmas hand written recipes. You rule mom). I also keep a folder to put my favorite recipes in from friends or print outs from favorite online recipes to keep handy and organized. I do have things saved online but I need things to be tangible and in front of me.

Here is a list of my favorites, why they are my favorites, and a favorite recipe or two from each of them

  1. Flavors of Health by Dr Ed Bauman and Chef Lizette Marx. This book rules for overall healthy lifelong everyday eating. It comes from a culinary/nutrition school and skimps on neither. My favorite part is the Cooking Pearls it offers explaining how to prepare many basic healing foods. One of these I use often for simple and quick meals is the Roasting Vegetables to Maximize Flavor one. I can eat roasted garlic on everything!
  2. Love and Lemons by Jeanine Donofrio and Jack Mathews. This book is gorgeous and organizes recipes by ingredients which is different from most books I know. My sister Lisa (who is a health junkie and actually introduced me to mark Hyman’s work decades ago) recommended it and I have loved it since she made me The Creamy Miso Brussels Sprout Fettuccine (with rice noodles of course).
  3. The Ultra Metabolism Cookbook by Dr. Mark Hyman. I think I have used this cookbook more than no other for over a decade (and it also came from my sis lisa!!)! It is straight forward and crazy delish. The lamb burgers in this are my absolute favorite and everyone I make them for loves them. Another weekly go to is the red coconut dahl with brown rice and broccoli. Yum.
  4. Nourishing Meals– By Alissa Sergesten and Tom Malterre. This cookbook is awesome for the family that is trying to eat clean or allergen free. The recipes are all marked clearly for allergens and state if they are dairy, gluten, soy, egg, nightshade, tree nut, or grain free. I love their sweets (like mango coconut pudding, and avocado fudge pops) and their snacks (such as tahini lemon kale chips and ginger-macadamia nut energy bars). They have lots of good clean family meals as well. An awesome every day cookbook.
  5. At Home in A Whole Foods Kitchen by Amy Chaplin. A beautiful cookbook with delicious vegetarian dishes and directions for how to prepare many whole foods basics such as nut mylks, ferments, and more. This is where my favorite clean granola recipe comes from and also an incredible recipe for beet chickpea cakes with tzatziki sauce.
  6. From The Heart of Our Home By Cheryl Jenkins. My mamas cookbook that is beaten and battered from decades of cooking out of it and loving it cover to cover. My favorites are the Chinese chicken salad with tons of ginger, garlic, sesame oil and cabbage and the best chili ever.
  7. The Clean Plate by Gwyneth Paltrow. Oh Gwyneth, you do clean eating so well. She has the best chefs and Functional MDs here with awesome recipes as well as philosophies behind various specific healing diets. This book is totally clean, meaning no gluten, dairy, eggs, red meat, night shades, peanuts, soy, or processed foods or sugars. It is for the most dedicated clean eater that loves delicious food everyday! I adore the black rice with braised chicken, the sheet pan cauliflower and chicken curry and the nori salad rolls. Everything is good here, you won’t miss anything.
  8. Mostly Plants by Tracy, Dana, Lori and Corky Pollan. Given to me by my great buddy who is a functional medicine psychiatrist, not to mention amazing cook, Jocelyn. “Eat food, not too much, and mostly plants.”- Michael Pollan. A great balance here for everyday eating. We love the shrimp and kale hot pot as well as the smashed potatoes with shredded brussels sprouts.
  9. Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi. This book is gorgeous and loaded with spectacular recipes. So many colorful vegetables prepared with herbs and spices that not only taste amazing but smell and look delish too. It is a touch on the gourmet side, but still super easy. This book was given to me by my sister Brittany who is another health junkie and also a successful chef and owner of Truffle Berry Market. The quinoa and wild garlic cakes with salbitxada sauce are mind blowing.
  10. Food- What the Heck Should I Eat? – By Dr. Mark Hyman- My favorite! Last but certainly not least is Mark Hyman’s new cookbook. If I could give it to everyone I work with I would. Besides all the semi cheesy pics of him, the recipes are down to earth, every day food to live by. He highlights what foods we should be eating everyday which is the same ideal diet I fully support (unless people need a specific healing diet of course). He calls it Pegan, or Vegan Paleo and it rocks. The idea is mostly vegetables, as our ancestors ate but with a good balance of protein and fat too. What should you eat? Clean protein, healthy fats, colorful fruit and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, clean water, ferments, and quality counts! Boom. There are so many great recipes but I love the Thai Broccoli Fish Stew, Toasted Sage Butternut Pizza and the coconut curry chicken with green beans and almond dipping sauce is INSANE.

Every week I pick about 4 recipes to make for dinner and grocery shop for them all early on. I wing the other days with what is left over, what I get in the CSA, and what we are inspired to create (or not). I love getting inspirations from my favorite books. What are your favorites????

From The Clean Plate. I use bone broth instead of water. YUM
From Mostly Plants
From At Home In A Whole Foods Kitchen
My Mamas Cookbook
From Love and Lemons (I make with brown rice noodles)
Food. What The Heck Should I Cook? Sauce is to die for!
Flavors of Health
At Home In A Whole Foods Kitchen
The Ultra Metabolism Cookbook
Nourishing Meals

Food Allergy vs Sensitivity vs Intolerance- What The Heck?

Okay, this is crazy confusing but it doesn’t need to be.

First off we are all Bioindividual, due to our genetics, our history, our diet, our lifestyle, etc. Something that affects you in one way will affect me differently and so on. Good quality dairy might be a true allergy for you, it might be hard for me to digest, but a superfood for your friend. Again, this sounds confusing but here are the basics……

Here is how I keep them separated – Food Allergies, Food Sensitivities, and Food Intolerances. Let’s dig in.

  1. A true food allergy– A true food allergy happens when the immune system over reacts to a specific food by making antibodies against it. In this case it makes IgE antibodies which cause an immediate response. The speed at which this happens makes it easy to tell what caused the reaction. The reaction could include hives or anaphylactic shock. The most common food allergies are peanuts or eggs but any food can cause this kind of allergy in someone.
  2. A food sensitivity– A food sensitivity is also an immune response to a food that also involves antibodies but in this case the antibodies are IgG, IgA, or IgM. The affects of these antibodies take longer to see, making it very hard to know what is causing the problem. They can take 6, 12, 24, or up to 72 hours to show up and can appear as inflammation, pain, anxiety, hyperactivity, headaches, skin disturbances, digestive problems, brain fog, or more. The primary foods that cause this reaction are gluten, casein, soy, and corn but again any food can cause this reaction.
  3. A food intolerance– Food intolerances are foods that are hard for the body to digest for several different reasons but NO antibodies are made in the immune system. Someone may not be making the appropriate enzymes to break down certain foods, or not have proper amounts of bile or hydrochloric acid. Certain foods may be feeding unfriendly microbes that have become unbalanced, or just causing stress somewhere along the system. The immune system does play a role here in the form of inflammation. Common foods that are hard for the some people to digest are grains/lectins (including gluten), salicylates, amines, glutamates, FODMAPS, dairy and more. The symptoms of food intolerances again can be delayed and involve any system in the body as the gut is directly linked to the immune system, nervous system (including brain), and endocrine (hormone) system. That means symptoms can be gut pain to brain fog to anything in between, but is often gut discomfort.

Okay, those are the basics. Above all else become curious and learn what is true for YOUR BODY by tracking and connecting how you feel to what you eat. Sometimes foods need to be removed for the long haul but often if we heal properly we can add foods back eventually with no reaction or a small reaction that might be worth the treat. I call this HEAL vs IDEAL and will be coming out with a blog on that soon. Ideally we want to be eating as many whole foods as we possibly can with out over restricting. Healing may have to happen first!

Below is a video of me briefly talking about the differences. XO, Janel

Symptoms Of Hormone Imbalance. Do Yours Need a Rebalance?

We need our hormones in balance to feel vibrant, strong, sharp, calm, and resilient.

Signs your blood sugar may be out of balance:

  • Cravings for sweets, sugar, or bread products
  • Fatigue after eating a meal or a “food-coma”
  • Lightheadedness if meals are missed
  • Eating sweets does not relieve the cravings for sweets
  • Dependence on coffee to keep yourself going or get started
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia

Symptoms of female hormone imbalance

  • Acne or oily skin
  • Bloating
  • Bone loss
  • Decreased fertility
  • Depression
  • Excess facial and body hair
  • Hot flashes
  • Heavy or painful periods
  • Irregular periods
  • Irritability
  • Loss of muscle mass
  • Loss of scalp hair
  • Low libido
  • Memory lapses
  • Mood swings
  • Nervousness
  • Night sweats
  • Poor concentration
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Tender or fibrocystic breasts
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Weight gain

Symptoms of thyroid imbalance

Overactive (Hyperthyroidism)

  • Nervousness 
  • Tremor 
  • Mental fogginess
  • Poor concentration
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Heat intolerance
  • Reduced menstrual flow

Underactive (Hypothyroidism)

  • Fatigue
  • Depressed mood
  • Mental fogginess
  • Poor concentration
  • Weight gain
  • Bloating (fluid retention)
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • High cholesterol
  • Feeling cold
  • Excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding
  • Constipation

Symptoms of adrenal imbalance

  • Allergies / asthma
  • Sugar cravings
  • Arthritis               
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Bone loss       
  • Memory lapse and brain fog
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Morning/evening fatigue
  • High blood sugar
  • Increased abdominal fat
  • Wired and Tired
  • Depression
  • Fatigue exercising
  • Insomnia
  • Needing coffee to wake up or get through the day
  • Not feeling awake even after a good nights sleep
  • Anxiety

Our endocrine system, or hormonal system, is an interconnected web of communications that depends on a delicate balance. A hormone is made in a gland, it travels in the blood, it reaches and is received by the target cell or tissue, causes an appropriate action, then it is detoxed and excreted (video). We need them in balance to feel vibrant, strong, sharp, calm, and resilient. Things that influence them include nutrient deficiencies, toxins, an over burdened liver, dehydration, stress, autoimmune diseases, inflammation, digestive system dysfunction, and more.

Join us this January to Rebalance, Feel your Best, and come away Empowered to take control of your hormone health. As always with Janel, don’t just find out what to do but learn WHY.

For more information look here, email Janel at Janel@mountainrebalance.com, or sign up now to secure your spot.


The content here is intended for informational purposes only.  This is not a substitute for one on one care with your medical provider. Janel uses food, herbs and lifestyle to optimize how people function . Janel does not diagnose or treat specific diseases but instead works on the overall terrain.

An “Oh shit what’s for dinner” Recipe and Mindset

Oh you know you have them too. Those evenings you get home from work, shuttling kids, crushing the chores, and all that you do just to realize “Oh shit, what’s for dinner?”

If only we had a magic fairy that was home taking care of that all day everyday.

Alas, we need to be our own damn fairy.

I love it when I am all organized and have all my meals planned out for the week and shopped for. I actually enjoy preparing nourishing meals when my day allows for it. However, the reality of working, having a family, and a life of my own is why some nights I completely space dinner until we walk in the door after dark, famished, with little eyes looking at me like I know what to do.

Luckily, I have a back up plan for those nights that usually works (and I am not talking about pizza delivery, ok, well not always anyway).

Feeding my family nutritious food is crazy important to me. I know how it directly impacts our hour to hour health as well as our long term resilience, mental capacity, and vitality So, I have a back up system in place for these nights so we can keep our meals nutritious and avoid the inflammatory white food nutrient depleters.

Although not perfect or optimal, I always have a few things on hand in the house that allows me to cook a nutritious and delicious dinner when I totally space it.

I always prefer fresh foods but emergency staples to always have in the cupboard for last minute dinners- non bpa canned beans (black, garbanzo, kidney, pinto, lima, etc), organic brown rice, quinoa, pasture raised grass fed chicken bone broth (lots!), organic coconut milk, ghee, dried herbs/spices, jarred tomatoes, jarred artichokes.

Emergency perishables I try keep in abundance- onions, garlic, ginger, celery, carrots, eggs, nuts/seeds. avocado.

I also always make extras at meals to have Quick leftovers for lunch, dinner, and oh shit moments.

So, tonight this was my miracle recipe.

  • Extra virgin olive oil to sautee
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 celery sticks diced
  • 4 carrots diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic diced
  • about 45 ounces of bone broth
  • 1 28 oz can organic garbanzo beans drained
  • 10 ounces of organic canned diced tomatoes
  • left over diced chicken from last night
  • left over roasted asparagus diced
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • Seeds to sprinkle on top (I keep salted and roasted pumpkin and or sunflower seeds on hand)

Directions- Sautee onions, carrots, celery for a few minutes in the olive oil on the stove in a stainless steal pan. Add the garlic and sautee a couple of more minutes. Take a moment to enjoy the smell:) Add the spices, broth, beans, and tomatoes. Cook together about 20 minutes until veggies are soft. Add the pre-cooked chicken and asparagus for the last few minutes to warm up. Ladle into your favorite soup bowls, gather around the table, sprinkle with pumpkin seeds if desired and enjoy a quick but nourishing Heck Yes This Is For Dinner meal.

Note- all ingredients can be exchanged for other similar ones you have one hand. The basics are onion, garlic, celery, carrots, bone broth, protein, veggies, and herbs/spices. You can add brown rice or quinoa if you have them too.

Boom! Way to rock it, last minute unplanned dinner fairy.

My Experience With Adrenal Fatigue and HPA Dysfunction

It is fall and I am finally feeling like myself again. Big sigh. Here is my personal experience with fatigue, the physiology of it, and how I ‘cradled’ myself back to feeling strong again.

Fatigue is for real and affects a crazy amount of people.

Fatigue shows up differently for everyone and has many different causes.

In the case of HPA dysregulation there is no official medical diagnosis and there is often little if anything your physician can do to help (not to be confused with Addison’s disease). However there is a lot you can do using nutrition and lifestyle in this case to cradle yourself back to vitality if you understand the physiology of “what’s going on in there”.

If this topic interests you join me at Tahoe Food Hub and Facebook live on November 5th for an extensive talk on various causes of fatigue and ways to find more energy. My goal is to empower people to understand and connect with their own body and then to make sustainable changes to function optimally and feel their best.

Let’s do this!!

*The content here is intended for informational purposes only.  This is not a substitute for one on one care with your medical provider.

Breakfast In a Flash That Works For The Long Haul- Teen Approved

Make even the most rushed breakfasts loaded with nutrients so you and/or your kids can function your best! 

My 13 year old gets picked up at 715am for school (note- he is NOT a morning person) which makes delicious and nourishing breakfasts tricky sometimes.  

Not with this gem that we pull out a few days a week when he needs nourishment in a flash. 

It’s loaded with the macronutrients he needs to stay sharp and energized without crashing later and the micronutrients so his body can function optimally. It’s anti inflammatory and gut healing to boot.  Oh, and it takes about 3 minutes to make and tastes delish. 👊🏼

  • 1.5 cups of milk (we use homemade almond, full fat coconut milk with a little water, or raw whole milk)
  • 1 scoop of chocolate bone broth protein powder (we use ancient nutrition brand)
  • 1 organic banana
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • optional scoop of chocolate multi vitamin (we use amazing grass kids superfood, chocolate flavor here)
  • optional tsp chia, flax, or hemp 

Put all ingredients in the blender and blend. 

Pour into cup and watch your kiddos devour it

Tweak portions to match your tastes. You can add more liquid, less, add ice, whatever floats your boat.

Don’t let rushed mornings dictate the quality of the nutrients you put into your body. Rock it in a flash with nutrient dense smoothies!

The Perfect Chai to Warm Your Soul

The smell of homemade chai brewing on the stovetop is definitely one of the things I love most about the fall.

My kids start asking for chai as the temp gets chilly and the pumpkins start to appear. We have made it a family ritual to drink chai in the fall and it feels good for so many reasons. The chai teas that you get out are way too sugary for us so making it at home keeps the deliciousness but skips the scoops of white sugar that make us sick.

First off the spices in chai- cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, and ginger are all herbal stimulants, which mean they enliven and warm the body. This is perfect for the fall when things are getting cold and slow. They are all also herbal digestives and carminatives which both help with overall digestion and gas. Cloves also have antibacterial component which is perfect for this time of year when colds are common. There are many phytochemicals, or unique plant constituents, that are powerful health allies in each of the herbs in chai.

I am not one for a recipe per say but here is our basic formula that I tweak daily depending what we want more of that day (spice, caffeine, etc). You can start here and vary things as you and your family like.

  • 20 cups of filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons of whole cardamom pods
  • 2 tablespoons of whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon of whole peppercorns
  • 1 inch of sliced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of loose leaf black tea or rooibos tea if wanting caffeine free (you can use tea bags too)
  • honey to taste
  • your favorite milk if wanted (we use full fat organic coconut milk, homemade almond milk, or raw whole milk)

Put the water on the stove on high.

When this is heating up grind the dry spices in a spice grinder briefly, just to break them down a bit not to powder. You can use a coffee grinder designated just for spices/nuts (this is a crucial tool I use almost daily in my house). I usually snap the cinnamon stick in half first or grind it separately.

Reduce heat when boiling to medium and add spices.

Add sliced ginger.

Let this brew on the stovetop on medium low anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour (because sometimes I need to wait for the right time with busy mornings).

Take off heat and add black tea (or rooibos). You can also skip tea and just go with herbs. Let steep an additional 5 minutes or so if adding tea.

I strain this into a large bowl using a large muslin herb bag (see photo). You can also put the spices into this kind of bag before you add them to the water so you can take it right out. That is much easier I just like watching the herbs float around in the pot. A third option is a mesh strainer like this one at the end.

Pour into cups. Add honey to taste. Add warmed milk to taste (I add a heavy splash but not too much). You can make it fancier by steaming your milk but we don’t find it necessary. ENJOY

Keep extra chai tea in mason jar in the fridge to warm up when someone needs a soothing cup of fall goodness.

“All Disease Start In The Gut”- Hippocrates. 10 reasons why……

Our gut is the place that the outside world interacts with our inside world, all day every day. The health of our gut impacts every single system in the body and must be addressed when looking at any disease or symptom. What happens in the gut sets the stage for health or disease to take root. No matter what other route you are taking to heal, addressing gut function is key.

What directly impacts gut health? Food, lifestyle, mindset, and environment. Wait, holistic health is important for a biochemical reason? Yup!

1.Many of our genes are turned off or on depending on what comes in from the outside world through our gut and the condition of our gut. New science shows us that we are not our genes but instead what health promoting or disease promoting genes turn on depending what environment they are in (epigenetics and gene expression). 7, 1

2. Around 70% of our immune system is in our gut. What we eat directly affects the status and health of our immune system. Our immune system can be under functioning (as with cancer or constantly catching infections) or over functioning (such as autoimmunity, allergies, and chronic inflammation). We need our immune system to activate, work, and then return back to monitoring. The foods we eat, how we digest them, and the environment of our digestive tract can turn this chronically on or deliver input that leads to downstream immune dysfunction. (Take the thyroid for example you can have high antibodies for 8 years before your thyroid is seriously damaged or you even have symptoms! That gives you almost a decade to turn things around with food before disease sets in!) 8, 4

3. Many of the neurotransmitters we need for brain health are produced in our gut and are essential for our mental health. When the gut is not functioning correctly the brain can be directly impacted through these messengers. That serotonin you need to feel good? Most of that is made in the gut! Even gluten, cassein, and sugar can have opiate affects in our brain! 1, 3

Our gut is even considered our second brain. The vagus nerve directly connects our gut to our brain and there are messages that go both ways on this nerve, keeping the brain in our head constantly informed as to what is going on in our gut (not just vice versa as we once thought). When our gut dysfunctions or is inflammed our brain can dysfunction in result. This is known as our Gut/Brain Axis. 7

4. Almost every nutrient we need to function is broken down, absorbed, or made in our gut. We need our gut functioning properly to get these vital nutrients and precursors. We can be eating a perfect diet and still not be getting these nutrients we need if we are not digesting and absorbing them correctly (stomach acid problems, lack of enzymes, bile issues, vili damage, the wrong microbes, eating foods we are sensitive to, and more). Stress can even cause a digestive system breakdown leading to downstream symptoms and disease. 1,3

5. Our gut is the home to millions of microbes. We have 150 times more bacterial genes than human genes and 10 times more intestinal bacterial cells than human cells. What? Yes! This bacteria communicates directly with our entire body and impacts gene expression, brain function, metabolism, nutrient absorption, immune function, hormone detox, and more. These microbes produce certain nutrients and break down harmful substances. The food we eat and our lifestyle directly affect the quality of our gut bacteria (microbiome and dysbiosis) and in result our overall health. 1, 4,5,6

6. We need our gut to absorb the appropriate sized particles but to keep out particles that do not belong and that our body sees as invaders. The food we eat, our lifestyle and medications all impact this important barrier function of our gut (‘leaky gut’ or hyper-permeable membrane are factors in autoimmunity, oxidative damage and more). Even healthy foods can cause damage when there is a leaky gut. 1, 3, 4, 6

7. We need a properly functioning gut and liver/kidneys to eliminate and get rid of waste. It is important this happens in a timely manner so these substances can be eliminated and not linger wreaking havoc (including harmful toxins and used hormones). Toxins can cause endless downstream problems and the truth is we have exponentially more exposure today to these harmful substances than ever (pesticides, air pollution, plastics, etc). Ensuring our body has the extra nutrients it needs to detox them properly is vital. 7,8,1,3

8. Our gut can be a major cause of chronic inflammation. New research shows that Chronic Inflammation may be a leading factor to all chronic disease. Food itself can cause inflammation as does our gut when it is not functioning properly somewhere along the route. Down regulating inflammation is essential to healing and staying symptom and disease free. We must remove offenders and add foods to support. 2, 4, 5

9. Our Mitochondria, or energy makers in our body, are also impacted by the condition of our gut! What? Our mitochondria and cells need certain nutrients to produce energy and remain undamaged. 5, 2

10. Hormones– Blood sugar dysregulation and stress from eating the wrong foods can be the primary cause of many downstream health and hormonal problems, including sleep struggles, energy crashes, cravings, infertility, pms, and many more. With today’s diet is easy to have blood sugar problems and I am not talking about diabetics but instead most Americans because of the foods we choose. Getting a handle on blood sugar and other food stressors are key to overall hormone health and set the stage for healing to occur. 1, 2, 3

Both how your gut is functioning and the foods you are eating directly affects every single part of your body. Your brain, your immune system, your detox organs, your hormones, your genes, your mental health, your energy, your sleep, and more. Your gut is the doorway to health or disease. How is yours functioning?

No matter how minor or major the health problem or symptom is that you are dealing with and regardless of using other medical interventions- the gut needs to be addressed.

Helping people optimize the gut from top to bottom, and in result optimize health for today and for decades down the line is my specialty (and dare I say obsession). I am a Functional Nutritionist, a body detective if you will. Let’s see how the food you eat and your environment are impacting your gut and ultimately how you function and feel as a unique individual. I take a true holistic and grass roots approach to wellness and listen to your story.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates. But that is a bunch of blah blah blah if your digestive system is not functioning correctly.

Heal Before Ideal! Which means we must heal the gut before even the most ideal diet can serve us. Plus, since we are all biochemically unique, what is medicine for me might be poison for you. That fast that saved you might be what tanked me. What? For real.

Let’s chat!

Email or call today for a free 15 minute consult

Janel Ferrin Anderson PhD- Certified Holistic Nutritionist, Functional Medicine Nutritionist, Doctor of Natural Medicine, Family Herbalist, Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist, endless pursuer of why, and now specializing in advanced individualized diets such as salicylates, oxalates, fodmaps and more.

Mountain Rebalance- Empower, Support, Investigate, and Integrate

This is my hubby (he is an ER doc) and I on many of our awesome runs in the mountains endlessly discussing how western medicine and functional nutrition can and need to work together so people can find true health.
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1-Nakayama, Andrea. (2018)Full Body Systems. Functional Nutrition Lab. 
2-Bland, Jeffery. (2016) The Disease Delusion. Harper Collins. NY NY
3-Bauman, Ed. Friedlander, Jodi.  (2016). Therapeutic Nutrition Textbook Part 1. Penngrove, CA. Bauman College. 
4-O’Bryan, Tom. (2016) The Autoimmune Fix.  New York, NY:  Rodale Wellness. 
5-Jones, David MD.  (2010) Textbook of Functional Medicine.  Washington
6- Fasano, Dr. Allesio. (2019) Gluten, Autoimmunity, and Leaky Gut. https://chriskresser.com/pioneering-researcher-alessio-fasano-m-d-on-gluten-autoimmunity-leaky-gut/
7. Perlmutter, Dr. David.  (2019) Autism Spectrum Disorder and Pesticide Exposure. Dr.Perlmutter.com
8. Romm, Dr. Aviva. (2018) Reducing Thyroid Antibodies Naturally. Natural MD Radio episode #73


Women’s Group Wellness- Hormone Balance and Total Body Reset/Replenish- Winter 2020

Learn the tools to Balance Your Hormones, Replenish Your Body and Feel Your Best!

Get the support, information, tools, inspiration, and accountability you need to powerfully transform your health from deep down. Together we will use food, herbs, nutrients and lifestyle to help balance hormones, reduce inflammation, and nourish our entire body.

Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to maximize your health and come away empowered to age your best as your own expert! Things we do today affect our health, hormones, brain function, mood, immune system, digestion, and energy decades down the line.

Let’s do this, women!

These grass root changes will impact sleep, skin issues, libido, energy levels, headaches, immune problems, anxiety, depression, pms symptoms, moodiness, menopause symptoms, sore breasts, digestive problems, joint pain, and more!

Janel offers an incredibly unique and rich angle as a certified holistic nutritionist, a Functional Medicine Nutritionist, a Doctor of natural medicine, an Ayurvedic yoga therapist, Family Herbalist, and someone who has worked with women specifically for decades.

There is endless information out there and it can feel overwhelming to know what the best approach for YOU is. Let me help by teaching you how to listen to YOUR OWN BODY. We will learn how to listen to what our body is telling us, body literacy.

Join the Awesomeness and feel your best!!!

The Plan-

We will meet 4 times in person and 2 times online (with the option of joining online each week but it is way more fun to meet in person especially in my peaceful and zen office to share tea and chat).

Receive your materials on January 1st to have plenty of time to plan and organize. Meet each Monday evening at 7pm for 5 additional weeks online or in person starting on January 6th to learn what and why. Ask questions and learn about how our environment and food impacts how we function and how we age. Gain empowering ways to think into your own health so you can take charge for decades to come. Learn about Root Cause and Functional approach to wellness.

We will use herbs, supplements, food, and lifestyle to reboot and replenish our body. We will be learning a ton about hormones and how they work together and impact our life. Blood sugar, adrenals, thyroid, sex hormones, neurotransmitters, and more.

Be part of our Facebook group to stay connected, share ideas, struggles and, victories.

Learn how to get various optional labs of your choice to help see ‘what’s going on in there’ including serum (blood) labs and hormone (salivary) labs.

Join us and invest in YOU!

My goal is to empower you to understand your body and to support you with all the information and tools you need. This is NOT a cookie cutter program but instead a unique opportunity to learn why and how, not just what to do. You also have unique access to Janel for personal questions and navigating.

All of this for $230 – Early bird price $199 (sign up before December 20th)

Space is limited so we can keep the group intimate

Schedule- Receive info online on January 1st to start getting organized, Meet on January 6th and 13th at my office at 7pm together, Jan 20th meet online together, Jan 27th and Feb 3rd are in my office. You can video call in if needed.

Join now to reserve your spot. Bring a pal for extra fun! Sign up here!!

Feel free to email Janel for more information janel@mountainrebalance.com

Women’s Group Hormone Reset

Chronic Inflammation and Disease

Acute Inflammation is the immune system’s natural response to injury and invasion. It is a beneficial process needed to eliminate the cause of cell injury, to remove dead or injured cells, and to initiate repair.

It is designed to occur and then turn off.

Chronic inflammation occurs when the insult that causes inflammation is not resolved and inflammation persists. Damage begins to occur in result of the prolonged inflammatory processes including increased blood flow, increased capillary permeability, and perpetuating white blood cell action.

Sources of Inflammation-

• cuts
• scrapes
• burns
• splinters
• dirt
• stitches
• microbial toxins
• chemical exposure
• frostbite
• virus
• bacteria
• yeast
• parasites
• radiation
• trauma
• heavy metals
• sugar
• gluten
• dairy
• personal food sensitivities/hypersensitivities
• nutrient deficiencies (from lack of or problems absorbing)
• dehydration
• hormone imbalances
• stress
• lack of sleep
• autoimmunity
• intestinal dysbiosis (imbalanced microbiome, aka not the right bacteria)
• medications
• chemotherapy
• genetics
• neurotransmitter imbalances

In today’s world several of these inflammatory triggers persist, leading to chronic inflammation and downstream diseases. Can you tell which ones might become a longterm problem?

List of Chronic Inflammatory Diseases-

ACNE, ARTHRITIS, ALLERGIES, ASTHMA, CELIAC DISEASE, CROHN’S DISEASE, ULCERATIVE COLITIS, CHRONIC PAIN, LYME, IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, GLUTEN SENSITIVITY, INSULIN RESISTANCE, OBESITY, CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, ALZHEIMER’S, PARKINSON’S, AUTISM, MENTAL ILLNESS, DIABETES, CANCER, CHRONIC INFECTIONS, CHEMICAL SENSITIVITY, OSTEOPOROSIS, CHRONIC FATIGUE, FIBROMYALGIA, INFERTILITY, and more

I help people discover their personal triggers, eliminate their triggers, add anti-inflammatories, calm the immune response, and down regulate inflammation to prevent chronic disease. This is unique to each person depending on genetics, exposure, history, diet, and more. Come dork out with me as we investigate what might be causing internal inflammation for you and then take effective steps to reverse chronic inflammation and optimize health.

Bauman, Ed. Friedlander, Jodi.  (2016). Therapeutic Nutrition Textbook Part 1. Penngrove, CA. Bauman College.

References-

Nakayama, Andrea.  (2018) Full Body Systems Functional Nutrition 2018 Program.  Immune Intensive

Linus Pauling Institute. Oregon State University. Inflammation. August 2010. https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/health-disease/inflammation

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