About

Hello, I’m Anne Marie Berggren, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist since 2006. I’ve lived through some gut problems, skin problems, and what would fall under mental health problems in the way of anxiety and depression. Between my own challenges and being a dietitian in a large hospital for nearly 18 years, as well as a human with family and friends with their own issues and challenges, I’ve been motivated to learn and apply nutrition and lifestyle solutions. And effectively.

As a traditionally trained registered dietitian, I have the full tool kit available for dealing with common disease states such as diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, kidney disease, and gastrointestinal problems. But additional training in integrative and functional nutrition have taken things to the next level. And to get better than conventional results, I’ve found what it comes down to is this:

  • Bring the inflammation to a halt: Start with the basics of an anti-inflammatory diet. If you are still having issues, dial it in with a personalized elimination diet.
  • Restore your micronutrients: Get the best in vitamin and mineral supplements. Make sure your diet has the foods you need to support you. Get personalized nutrigenomic based recommendations.
  • Balance your fatty acids: See where your fatty acid balance stands by actually testing it so you know what to work on. And then you know if what you did is working.
  • Optimize your gut health: Get to the bottom of gut issues with functional gut testing.
  • Get a snapshot of your neurotransmitter function: See where you need support for optimal mood support and then get a targeted plan to get results.

And this is just the nutrition approach. All the stuff you’ve heard about sleep and exercise is also true (wait maybe not all the stuff, actually, let’s talk cause’ it is wild out there). But really, you’d be amazed at how far really applying the basics can take you.

Research shows about 80% of chronic diseases are preventable with simple lifestyle changes, like a healthier diet, moderate exercise, and maintenance of a healthy weight.  Currently ~60% of US adults have at least 1 chronic condition and ~40% have 2 or more.

Your diet plays a central role in your health (or disease).

  • In 2017, diet surpassed tobacco as the leading cause of premature morbidity and mortality in the United States.
  • Just 1 in 10 adults in the United States eat the recommended number of servings of fruits and vegetables.
  • More than 50% of all calories consumed come from ultra processed foods.

A whole-foods based, plant-heavy diet has been shown to prevent and even reverse multiple chronic medical conditions.

Mental Health is Not Discluded

The connections between chronic diseases and diet are what we are used to hearing about – but recent research has revealed links between highly processed foods and your mood. One 2022 study of over 10,000 US adults showed the more ultra processed foods people ate, the more likely they were to report feelings of depression or anxiety.

The food connection to brain health has also been found with other aspects of cognitive health, such as the ability to learn, remember, reason, and solve problems. Good nutrition provides you with vitamins and minerals, helps prevent and alleviate inflammation throughout the body, and will make you more resilient against disease.

The focus of this site is geared towards improving your diet and lifestyle to see improvements in both your physical and mental health. Often what I’ve seen in clinical practice is that mental health is a barrier to dealing with our problems. When we are stressed, anxious, and depressed, it can be overwhelming to take on a new treatment plan, be consistent enough to see changes, and all too easy to give up on our goals or even set any in the first place.

How Can I Help?

An integrative approach to nutrition and lifestyle can help by identifying key nutrients that play pivotal roles in your health. Learn how to turn your diet around and apply that information in practical, and delicious, ways. As your body is nourished with more of the vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and fibers at the times when you need them your mood, sleep, health, and energy levels will be transformed.

Your blood chemistry labs can shed light on your health, often times even when you may be told they are ‘normal’. This and other functional tests along with detailed history can lead us down a path to getting a deeper understanding about how to best create health and meet your goals.

My Credentials:

RDN, MS, CDN, CNSC, CLT

Working Clinically Since 2006

Completed the Monash University Low FODMAP Diet for IBS Training for Health Professionals

Functional Medical Nutrition Specialist

CLT: Certified LEAP Therapist

Obesity and Weight Management Certification

Certified Integrative Mental Health Professional

Apple picking with my son in 2017

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