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my thoughts on nutrition, food, research and everything in between


Is Stress Ruining Your Health?

Alison Boden

My patients are often surprised that I spend so much time talking with them about seemingly "non nutrition" topics such as stress and sleep. While at the surface these topics appear to be outside my scope of practice, in reality stress and sleep have a very intimate relationship with food, nutrition and health. Let's look at how.

Stress - blood sugar buster

"Stress" is not just an emotional or mental state. Your body is also under stress and releasing a cascade of stress hormones (like cortisol and adrenaline) after a night (or several) of less than adequate sleep, after and during very intense workouts and during periods of illness. You've all likely heard the old story that our bodies are adapted for the "fight or flight" response to activate in times of dire emergencies, like running away from a tiger in caveman days. Fortunately, not many of us have to run away from wild animals these days but the same stress response activates when we feel overwhelmed and anxious about life/ work/ family and we are not taking good care of ourselves with enough sleep.

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Happy New Year!

Alison Boden

New Year, new websites and new practice! 

With the close of 2015 and start of a new year, I am changing up and revitalizing my practice. I will now be seeing patients exclusively online! Together with the online booking and video chat, I hope this will make for more convenient and easier to access appointments. I feel so very passionate about nutrition and want to be able to help those of you that are not in the SF area to find health and healing through food. Let's make 2016 the year of taking back your health! 


In addition to the change in practice, I am going to be launching a series new websites. is a work in progress and my first venture. This will be mostly a blog with resources and education surrounding the merging of the Mediterranean Diet and Paleo, both of which I have used therapeutically with patients to improve health and wellbeing. Check it out! Next on the scene will be a site focusing on women's reproductive health, and a joint project with my dear friend and aesthetician Corrinne Russell. Exciting times! 


Lastly, I am going to be revitalizing my blog here on Nourish & Indulge. What topics would you like to see covered? There's so much to explore..... 



Can we trust calories on food labels?

Alison Boden

Let's talk calories. 

We call 'em kilocalories in nutrition nerd-land, abbreviated kcal. Same as what y'all know as a calorie on the food label. A calorie is a unit of measurement, describing how much "energy" you get from the food you eat. You need energy to do everything, from the obvious stuff like working out, to the more subtle body processes like your heart beat, your digestive enzymes and the work it takes your brain to read this page. We measure the potential energy available in the food we eat by calories per gram - Carbohydrates and protein each have 4 calories per gram, fat has 9, alcohol has 7. 

When we get more energy (calories) than we can use.................

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Diet sodas: helpful or harmful for weight management??

Alison Boden

This is a controversial topic in the nutrition research arena.

Enter diet soda. No calories, no sugar. A popular choice among those trying to quit regular soda (we all know the higher rates of obesity and diabetes with regular soda consumption). Seems harmless right? You should easily lose weight if you switch over from regular and keep drinking the low cal stuff for ever and ever and ever? The holy grail of #haveyourcake and eat it too?


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new website!

Alison Boden

Welcome to Nourish & Indulge! Still a work in progress, so bear with me as I get set up.  My consulting practice is live so feel free to give me a shout!