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Let's Gut Real - Easy to Digest Nutrition Science

Making nutrition science accessible and easy-to-digest. Andrea Hardy, Canada’s Gut Health Dietitian, is on a mission to connect people to credible, up-to-date nutrition information about gut health and digestive disorders. Nutrition misinformation is rampant. If nutrition advice online scares you, it’s probably not true. Let’s Gut Real is all taking the fear out of nutrition messaging, cultivating critical thinking, and helping you understand nutrition science. Andrea talks with guests about digestive health, the gut microbiome, hot nutrition topics, and nutrition misinformation, sharing messages that are easy to consume and that inspire sustainable action. Andrea likes to say her goal is to get people to take nutrition a little less seriously – which may come as a surprise coming from a dietitian. Through humour, she injects fun into her science-based media messages. After all, poop jokes aren’t her favourite kinda jokes, but they are a solid #2.

May 5, 2020

Justine Dowd and I chat about

  • Her experience with celiac disease and fertility
  • How her experience shaped her approach to a wholistic approach to care - focusing not just on disease treatment but the role mindset plays
  • How to connect the mind & body through mindfulness
  • How 'making friends' with your digestive health problem can change the outlook of your disease and help aide in getting better
  • Self-compassion to help with management of digestive struggles
    • Her published research in this area looks at how self-compassion directly (and indirectly) predicts better quality of life and adherence to the gluten free diet among adults with celiac disease
  • Gut-brain connection - the science of how the vagus nerve influences digestion, and how self-compassion & mindfulness can help
  • How exercise influences our digestive disorders - Justine's research in this area (published, in press/under review) – MOVE-C was a 12 week HIIT exercise training program that found improved resting heart rate, changes in the gut microbiota, quality of life, gut symptoms, and self-compassion
  • Practical nutrition tips to manage digestive disorders & how self compassion plays a role (especially during COVID)
  • Sleep & digestive disorders
  • Her books: You’ve Got This Mama, Too & You’ve Got This, Healthy Mama

Justine is running a FREE coping with COVID 4 week workshop launching May 11th, 2020 for those with digestive disorders. To join, email Justine at