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Our Current Healthy Obsessions: Food Alternatives

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By working with patients in the functional medicine health center we are able to see firsthand just how much power food has over your health. Food can either feed disease or be your greatest medicine. And while every person is affected differently by different foods, there are some key foods we see on a regular basis that for most people do more harm than good – especially when consumed over the long-haul. Some of these foods include dairy, grains, and sugar. In an effort to live our healthiest life possible we choose to eat as clean as possible. But we don’t want to skimp on taste! And thankfully, these products are loaded with the same flavor as all your favorites!

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Ashley Lees – Kite Hill Cream Cheese

Kite Hill Cream Cheese is my absolute favorite swap for regular cream cheese. It is made with almond milk to give it that smooth and creamy consistency along with cultures and vinegar to give it that familiar cream cheese tang. There are many different flavors to change up your taste buds. I love to use it as a dip for vegetables!

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Emily Miller – The Real Coconut – Coconut Flour Tortilla Chips

As someone who eats mostly grain free, I find myself missing a good chips and salsa night! I love these Coconut Flour tortilla chips because they are made with cassava and coconut flour, therefore making them grain free! Along with being cooked in coconut oil, these pair perfectly with some fresh homemade guac!

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Andrea Cogley – Epic Pork Rinds

Instead of picking up a bag of potato chips to eat for a snack I go for a bag of pork rinds! Since they are low-carb, but have fats and protein they work great for my lifestyle. They are so good I don’t even need a dip!

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Yvette Johnstone – Zevia Soda

Even though I’m not a regular soda drinker, sometimes in the summer or during parties, nothing can substitute a fizzy, sweet beverage. Until now. Zevia takes out all artificial sweeteners and replaces them with zero-calorie stevia. They have every flavor from cola, to root beer, to my favorite, Dr. Pepper. So bring on the root beer floats! (Dairy-free ice cream included!)

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Dr. Will Cole, IFMCP, DNM, DC, leading functional medicine expert, consults people around the world via webcam and locally in Pittsburgh. He received his doctorate from Southern California University of Health Sciences and post doctorate education and training in functional medicine and clinical nutrition. He specializes in clinically researching underlying factors of chronic disease and customizing a functional medicine approach for thyroid issues, autoimmune conditions, hormonal imbalances, digestive disorders, and brain problems. Dr. Cole was named one of the top 50 functional medicine and integrative doctors in the nation and is the best selling author of Ketotarian and The Inflammation Spectrum.

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