Integrative & Functional Nutrition

There is not a “one size fits all” diet that applies to all of us. Integrative and Functional Nutrition (IFN) approaches health from a holistic view. Multiple factors are taken into consideration to determine which nutrition approach will have the biggest impact for an individual client. Examples include: genetic markers, environmental factors, lifestyle, and root causes of nutritional and body imbalances. This information is gathered from a detailed nutritional and medical history as well as from lab work biomarkers.

Think of the IFN approach as a work of art. All information is carefully put together and crafted into a nutrition plan that is as unique as the individual client. The goal is to achieve optimal health by providing personalized Integrative Nutrition Solutions.

Lifestyle Eating and Performance (LEAP) Mediator Release Test (MRT)


How does MRT work?

MRT is a blood test used to identify immune-based, but non-IgE mediated, adverse food and chemical reactions. The test exposes small samples of your blood against a panel of 176 foods and food chemicals. MRT works by measuring whether the immune cells in your blood react by releasing chemical mediators capable of causing pain and inflammation after they are exposed to the test substances.


What is the LEAP diet protocol?

Based on your individual test results, a personalized elimination diet is designed to decrease symptoms. Progress is measured through completion of a symptom survey before testing and at intervals as you complete the program. At the same time, work is done to identify and correct the root cause of your food intolerance issues. The goal is always to restore health and ultimately lead to greater freedom in food choices.


What is LEAP?

LEAP is the personalized diet protocol that is designed based on food sensitivity testing, specifically the MRT©. This blood test identifies the foods that are responsible for triggering the body’s release of chemical mediators that cause pain and inflammation. These mediators also produce a broad range of symptoms that vary widely among individuals.


Who benefits from LEAP MRT?

Development of food sensitivities is directly related to the health of your gut and your immune system. Many health problems and chronic conditions are worsened by food and chemical sensitivities. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome 

  • Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis

  • Reflux or GERD

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Problem Eczema

  • Chronic Yeast Infections

  • Autoimmune Disease

  • Interstitial Cystitis

  • Headache & Migraine

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 

    Celiac & Gluten Intolerance

    The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center

    The Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – This website focuses on nutrition for CD and includes reliable resources.

    Celiac Disease Foundation (CDF)

    National Celiac Association (NCA)

    The Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG)

    This site, founded and operated by Tricia Thompson, MS, RD, provides independent, unbiased reporting of state-of-the-art gluten free food testing data for consumers.

    Find out more about Tricia here:

    As a leading international expert on the gluten-free diet, Shelley is a registered dietitian, author, speaker, and consultant with more than 30 years of experience.

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

    Patsy Catsos - FODMAP Expert

    This is the website of FODMAP expert and dietitian Patsy Catsos.  It is a very helpful website to learn more about FODMAPs. She has authored several books/cookbooks related to IBS and blogs on a variety of FODMAP topics.

    Kate - FODMAP Expert

    This is the website of dietitian Kate Scarlata, who is another FODMAP expert. She offers FODMAP cooking and meal planning resources for purchase. Her blog is here.

    University Of Michigan - FODMAPs

    This website is sponsored by the University of Michigan Health System. Included are animated videos to help explain FODMAP concepts. Recipes and tools for implementing a low FODMAP diet are provided.


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