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The Common Gluten Free Mistake September 23, 2013


This week while discussing what I describe to my patients as an Anti-Inflammatory Lifestyle (also knowns as Paleo/Caveman or Primal eating) one of my patients asked a very valid question: 

“With all these people going gluten free, why aren’t they losing weight more? With all the things you’re not supposed to eat it’s shocking more people aren’t super skinny by doing this.”  

While she made a great point, she pointed out a key mistake most people make when they go gluten free: buying gluten free products.  As an individual who has been gluten free for 3 years now, it’s safe for me to say the following : Gluten free does NOT mean healthy!!! It’s kind of like making the association that a “Vegan is healthy”. The two things are not the same. A vegan could be malnourished if they are not eating the right things, and the same goes for those who go gluten free. When we ONLY swap gluten free products for the old products we were eating before we’re missing the bigger picture.


Gluten Free does have real health benefits!

A lot of people have decided to get rid of gluten with the increase of research linking wheat and gluten to a laundry list of disease and illness which I am absolutely behind. If you haven’t read some of the great research lately, I highly recommend looking at the very extensive list of knowledge put together by the great minds at Green Med Info :


Most people who go gluten free make a MAJOR mistake: They swap their traditional bread and pasta for “Gluten Free” products. Product is the key word here… let’s associate this word with the phrase “total crap”. Most people think the gluten free breads, pastas and crackers are a better option. And, while they are lacking the most inflammatory grain of them all (wheat) they are still PROCESSED. Processed foods are lacking the good stuff REAL foods are packed with that keep us alive and healthy: vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Don’t get me wrong, everyone needs a cookie every once in a while, nobody’s perfect here… but swapping once processed food for another is NOT what this is about.


The main focus of going gluten free should be on ditching processed foods for real food. Real food walked, swam, flew or grew on this earth. Real food doesn’t come in a box or have a couple years to last in your cabinet. It goes badly quick, because it doesn’t contain preservatives or chemicals. In fact, there should only be 1-3 items on the food label listed in the ingredient section… and you should be able to pronounce them all! Real food generally doesn’t have an advertising budget behind it, and looks delicious without fancy labels. So instead of swapping your wheat pasta for brown rice pasta, switch to spaghetti squash instead. People… you can live without bread, trust me. Lettuce wrap it up, or learn to eat with a fork and knife… or better yet start challenging yourself with chopsticks and learn what food tastes like without the metal interfering with your taste buds! Plants should make up about 75% of what we eat, that’s where all the good nutrients are.

Health & Happiness,

Dr KalliDr. Kalli



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The Misconception of “Food” August 21, 2013

Filed under: Acupuncture,Chiropractic,Healing,Nutritional Medicine,Support — relaxattranquility @ 9:57 am
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When discussing dietary changes with individuals one question always seems to come up:

“If I can’t have Gluten/Dairy/Ect then what am I supposed to eat??”

The answer is always a simple one, and one that most don’t like to hear:

“REAL food. Meat, Fruit, Vegetables. Food with actual NUTRIENTS”

As good as pasta and sandwiches are the major component in each is very nutrient VOID. Even gluten free bread isn’t “great” for you. It’s still processed and a product and defeats the purpose of adopting a gluten free/ anti-inflammatory lifestyle.

Get back to the foods with the nutrients, that what your body NEEDS. And it can taste as boring or as amazing as you want it too!!

Be creative in your cooking, variety is the spice of life! Try something new and start EATING TO LIVE INSTEAD OF LIVING TO EAT. Your body, mind, and future self will thank you for the change!

So keep this in mind next time you’re eating:

FOOD= will spoil quickly if not cooked or properly stored (i.e. FRESH,RAW,EXPIRES QUICK)

PROCESSED PRODUCT= anything in a box, bag, package that wouldn’t exist on it’s own if someone/ something didn’t put it together that way.(i.e. it didn’t grow or walk on this earth!) 

-Dr. Kalli


Put yourself first, Choose your health July 23, 2013



Making the choice to live a more healthy lifestyle isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but it is a choice you always have.

Small changes are changes that will stick with you over time, let’s remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. Slow progress is still progress, we all need to take a step back and be realistic with ourselves and our health goals.

There are no miracle pills, diets, exercise plans, etc. If it were that easy everyone would be doing it!! It takes work to get to your goals, but with a well thought out plan anything is possible.

Part of changing your health is changing the way you think about it, and the last time I checked the “doctor” never talked about that one with you. Staying positive is key to your success in anything- be it dietary changes, exercising more or being happier in life.

You are the maker of your own destiny. Take ownership of your life. You get to control how you think, what you eat, basically your own happiness!! When you think about that it’s kind of empowering really.

My goal is to help empower you to be the healthiest, happiest YOU that you can and want to be, everyone is different and that is a beautiful thing.

Take the time out and put yourself first, you won’t regret it. Please call 630-762-9864 and schedule your FREE 15 minute consultation or your first appointment and start your journey to a personalized health TODAY.

Health and Happiness,

Dr. KalliDr Kalli


Most “overweight” people are really malnourished… no really… July 3, 2013

Today I joined the Paleo Physicians Network, you will be able to locate me and other like minded physicians who are all about getting back to the basics! Because I like the “Keep It Simple Stupid” method! There’s no need to get complicated.

Below is a link to a simple 3 minute explanation as to why we get fat, and yes, this is pretty much what happens to most of us, even those who think they’re doing the “right things” and still gaining those pounds while working their tail ends off:

Most people gain weight because when it comes down to it, they’re not eating real food and their body DEMANDS the proper nutrients to function. Plain and simple. If you supply the body with the proper fuels it is easier to lose weight and you feel better- because you’re body isn’t in starvation mode all the time!


Don’t think this is the case?? Next time you feel hungry after you’ve done all your “dieting” I want you to try this…. Replace all your snacks and grain consumption with vegetables. To consume the same amount of calories in vegetables as you do in pasta or a hamburger (eat lean meats those are great) is SO MUCH that you could eat a pound of veggies and still not come close to the amount of calories other Processed Products pack in a single serving (guess what you probably had more than 1 serving too).


Getting back to basics and making lifestyle changes REALISTIC and MANAGEABLE is what I’m all about. It isn’t easy but I’m here to make it happen, one small step at a time. You’re not going to change overnight-and if you did you might not make it a WAY OF LIFE, so progress at a slow and steady pace is great. After a while you’ll realize how great you feel and I’ll have to remind you of how far you’ve come and how crappy you felt to keep you motivated, but that’s for me to worry about and not you.


In short- I’m here to make the tough stuff easier, make you want to embrace a new lifestyle, and make your quality of life so much better than you ever realized. That’s my passion, that’s my goal, and my driving force.


It all starts with a SMALL step in the right direction. Please, call Tranquility Natural Medicine at 630-762-9864 and schedule your appointment today so we can start working on a healthier, happier you!!

Health & Happiness,

Dr. Kalli Prater, DCDr Kalli


Mushroom Barley Soup December 27, 2012

Filed under: Miscellaneous,Recipes — relaxattranquility @ 12:50 pm
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                  1/3 cup uncooked pearl barley
                  6-1/2 cups water
                  1 tbsp olive oil
                  1 med. onion, chopped
                  1 green pepper, chopped
                  3 garlic cloves, minced
                  1 lb (approx. 4 cups) fresh mushrooms, sliced
                  1 tbsp

soy sauce

                3 tbsp dry sherry (about 2-2.5 oz)
                1-1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
                  Simmer (covered) the barley in 1-1/2 cups of the water for 20-30 minutes.
                  Heat the olive oil in a large skillet; saute’ the onion and green pepper on medium heat for about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic, mushrooms and salt. Cover and cook 10-12 minutes. Stir in the soy sauce,


                , and Worcestershire sauce.
        Add everything to the barley; add the remaining 5 cups of water. (You can add some pepper, if you like.) Simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes

mushroom barley soupYum.


7 Foods to Naturally Cleanse Your Liver December 12, 2012

Filed under: Nutritional Medicine,Support — relaxattranquility @ 3:42 pm
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Our livers work extremely hard everyday to protect us from adverse affects from toxins and often it is easy for our livers to become overworked compromising our health significantly.

Here are 7 common foods you can include daily to help cleanse your liver naturally. 
By: Jonathan Benson,

The primary way in which your body expels toxins is via the liver, which detoxifies and cleanses your body by continuously filtering the blood of poisons that enter it through the digestive tract, the skin, and the respiratory system. But when your liver becomes overworked as a result of stress or excessive exposure to toxins, your entire system can be thrown off balance, and your health severely compromised.

Since the liver is also responsible for producing bile, another form of detoxification that is metabolically necessary for the breakdown and assimilation of fats and proteins from your food, it is exceedingly important that your liver be properly maintained. Without a well-functioning liver, your body will be unable to cleanse itself and absorb nutrients, which is a recipe for a health disaster.

“The thousands of enzyme systems that are responsible for virtually every body activity are constructed in the liver,” writes Dr. Karl Maret, M.D., about the importance of vibrant liver function. “The proper functioning of the eyes, the heart, the brain, the gonads, the joints, and the kidneys, are all dependent on good liver activity.”

“If the liver is impaired from constructing even one of the thousands of enzyme systems the body requires, there is an impairment in overall body function and a resultant greater metabolic stress on the individual.”

So here are seven important foods you may want to begin incorporating into your diet in order to maintain a healthy liver.

1. Garlic

Garlic contains numerous sulfur-containing compounds that activate the liver enzymes responsible for flushing out toxins from the body. This bulbous relative of the onion also contains allicin and selenium, two powerful nutrients proven to help protect the liver from toxic damage, and aid it in the detoxification process.

2. Grapefruit

Grapefruit is rich in natural vitamin C and antioxidants, two powerful liver cleansers. Like garlic, grapefruit contains compounds that boost the production of liver detoxification enzymes. It also contains a flavonoid compound known as naringenin that causes the liver to burn fat rather than store it.

3. Green Tea

Green tea is loaded with catechins, a type of plant antioxidant that has been shown in studies to eliminate liver fat accumulation and promote proper liver function. This powerful herbal beverage also protects the liver against toxins that would otherwise accumulate and cause serious damage.

4. Green Vegetables

Leafy green vegetables such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens, and chicory also contain numerous cleansing compounds that neutralize heavy metals, which can bear heavily on the liver. Leafy greens also eliminate pesticides and herbicides from the body, and spur the creation and flow of cleansing bile.

5. Avocado

Rich in glutathione-producing compounds, avocados actively promote liver health by protecting it against toxic overload, and boosting its cleansing power. Some research has shown that eating one or two avocados a week for as little as 30 days can repair a damaged liver.

6. Walnuts

Walnuts, which contain high levels of l-arginine, an amino acid, glutathione, and omega-3 fatty acids, also help detoxify the liver of disease-causing ammonia. Walnuts also help oxygenate the blood, and extracts from their hulls are often used in liver-cleansing formulas.

7. Turmeric

Turmeric, one of the most powerful foods for maintaining a healthy liver, has been shown to actively protect the liver against toxic damage, and even regenerate damaged liver cells. Turmeric also boosts the natural production of bile, shrinks engorged hepatic ducts, and improves overall function of the gallbladder, another body-purifying organ.


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