Ask the Clinical Nutritionist with Dr. Jill Tieman

Good nutrition is the key to good mental and physical health. This week we are talking to Clinical Nutritionist Dr. Jill Tieman to get to the bottom of some of your most popular nutrition questions. Take it away Jill!

1) What was your inspiration for becoming a Clinical Nutritionist?

Clinical nutrition and chiropractic go hand in hand. Chiropractors are taught about the innate wisdom and ability of the body to heal itself as long as interference to healing is removed.

That is what a chiropractic adjustment actually does  – it removes nerve interference so the body can heal itself.

Clinical nutrition is the forerunner of functional medicine. Chiropractors (and other alternative healers) were the first functional medicine doctors.

Thankfully, it has gotten more “mainstream” with medical doctors joining the ranks and helping to create more momentum in the movement towards healing the root cause of disease.

2) How do you know how many calories to eat a day and is it important to calorie count everything?

Ask the Clinical Nutritionist with Dr. Jill Tieman | Nutrition | Linked FitnessAs a “real foodie” I am not a great fan of calorie counting. It’s much more important to get the high quality real foods into the diet, as well as the good fats.

That said, once the real food details are under your belt and you want to lose weight, it is instructive to pay attention to high caloric snack foods such as properly prepared nuts and seeds.

If you want to lose weight, you may have to measure and quantity control these foods.

3) What tips would you give for controlling cravings for high calorie foods?

Cravings come from imbalances (dysbiosis) in the gut microbiome. This is a root cause of many health problems and you need to address it.

Cravings are usually for sugary foods because that is what (bad) bacteria and yeasts feed upon. To learn more read my article on deeply nourishing hacks for cravings.

4) Are artificial sweeteners a healthier alternative to sugar?

Ask the Clinical Nutritionist with Dr. Jill Tieman | Nutrition | Linked FitnessActually recent research has shown that artificial sweeteners are worse for weight loss (and health) than sugar. As bad as sugar is – you can imagine just how bad artificial sweeteners are, if they are worse.

They have been shown to be bad for the brain, blood sugar and your gut bacteria.

For instance, aspartame is particularly toxic to the brain. It was necessary to halt one study with aspartame in people with depression because the reactions were so severe.

Another study found that neurological and behavioral disturbances such as, headaches, insomnia and seizures have been reported.

They also found that excessive consumption of aspartame might be involved in the pathogenesis of certain mental disorders (DSM-IV-TR 2000) and also in compromised learning and emotional functioning.

All of the artificial sweeteners have an affect on the human body and mind.

5) You have a specialist interest in grain free healing diets – what is grain free healing?

Grain free healing diets address the imbalance in the gut microbiome.

Pathogenic bacteria love to feed upon sugars. Grains – both refined and whole wheat – break down rapidly to sugar and feed the pathogenic bacteria, creating a vicious cycle of inflammation and cravings for more sugar (grains).

This is where sensitivities, allergies and autoimmunity starts – in the gut.

I can personally testify to this vicious cycle because I was a carboholic – eating grains to feed the cravings. I had to go on a grain free diet to heal this cycle.

Removing the grains removes the interference to healing as discussed earlier. It is a critical aspect of any healing program, as difficult as it may be for some people.

6) What are the most common grain free diets?

The most well known grain free diets are the Specific Carbohydrate diet (SCD), GAPS diet, Paleo diet, Primal diet, Autoimmune Paleo (AIP).

7) The paleo diet has become very popular in recent years – what does it involve and what are the benefits?

Ask the Clinical Nutritionist with Dr. Jill Tieman | Nutrition | Linked FitnessThe Paleo diet is a grain free, dairy free (in most cases), legume free,  additive free, refined sugar free diet that tries to emulate what our ancestors ate. So there are no processed foods.

Just by virtue of this alone, it is therefore a healing diet.

When someone eating a standard American diet (SAD) removes all the packaged and processed foods, miracles can and do happen. The benefits are priceless if you consider your health to be priceless.

That said, it also involves a lot of home cooking which can be a challenge for some.

8) There are so many different diets – how do you choose the right one?

That is the million dollar question.

Firstly, I start with the basic GAPS diet or the basic Paleo diet for someone who needs gut healing.

We have to monitor how they are doing and tweek things as we go along.

9) What advice would you give to someone who is exercising and eating healthily but isn’t seeing any improvements?

In these cases, they may need to see a functional medicine practitioner in order to get some testing done so they can focus on the main issues.

10) How can a Clinical Nutritionist help someone who is struggling to maintain or reach a healthy weight?

Here again, dietary advice from a functional perspective may help.


About Dr. Jill Tieman

Ask the Clinical Nutritionist with Dr. Jill Tieman | Nutrition | Linked Fitness

Jill is a Clinical Nutritionist/Chiropractor with a focus on autoimmunity and in grain free healing diets such as Paleo and AIP Paleo, Primal, SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) and GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome).

She is the creator of the health and nutrition blog, Realfoodforager.com which gives cutting edge information about critical issues in our food supply, food politics, functional and alternative health issues and clean, Paleo, Real Food recipes.

To learn more about Clinical Nutritionist Dr. Jill Tieman, check out her blog Real Food Forager.


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