Daily Archives: May 2, 2018

Brigid Titgemeier, MS, RDN, LD

Welcome to BeingBrigid--my functional nutrition hub! I'm Brigid, a Functional Medicine Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a food first philosophy to treating and preventing chronic disease. I started my career as the Founding Dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and have since transitioned to building a functional nutrition consulting business. I use this site to express evidence-based nutrition recommendations and resources plus nutrient-dense, gluten-free recipes!

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  • Intermittent fasting is all the rage these days. And for very good reason. Eating at all hours of the day and night or just eating excessive calories interferes with the body’s protective mechanisms. There’s lots of research that shows intermittent fasting aids in more than just weight loss. It also promotes longevity, gut health and brain health while decreasing inflammation. Added bonus: it won’t break your bank and you won’t become a slave to your kitchen! 🙌🙌🙌 Read all about IF in my latest article. Link is in my profile! And let me know if you have questions! #intermittentfasting #fasting #fastingdiet #nutrition #brainhealth #weightloss #insulinresistance 📸 @leighrichards
  • You can’t change the genes that you’re born with but you can change the expression of them by eating whole, unprocessed foods; moving your body and reducing stress. These are the most powerful interventions that we have access to. I recently got a bunch of genetic tests done as a pilot for an exciting new program that I’m working on (more details coming) and I have tons of genetic variants that set me up for a higher risk of obesity, inflammation, poor detoxification, etc. But my blood work indicates that my diet and lifestyle have so far trumped my moderate-obesity-risk genes! Remind yourself of the power that food has when you’re deciding between a donut or some almonds. Your genes are not your destiny! #rootnutrition #nutrigenomics #nutrigenetics
  • It’s time to ditch the iceberg lettuce salads and sub in arugula! Arugula is like a veggie rockstar...it has a peppery taste and is bursting with gut healthy fiber; beauty enhancing nutrients like vitamins A and C; and glucosinolate which is an anti-cancer and detox-friendly compound. Summer salad season is coming in hot! What are your fav salad bases?! #summerveggies #saladbowl #arugula #arugulasalad #organicaf #eattherainbow #cleaneats #veggies #veggiegarden
  • With a summer vegetable menu like this there’s no reason to not #eatyoveggies! I just have to say the new earth bites veggie menu at @townhallohc is 😍💃🏻👌!!! You’ll never be more tempted to binge on vegetables! #summerveggies #organicAF #eattherainbow #cruciferous #hellofiber #cleveland #cle
  • Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and to my growing list of mom-to-be friends!🤱🤰A special shout-out to this momma next to me who clearly gave me my big mouth and big teeth...and also a very loud laugh! You can find us in the kitchen developing recipes today bc the woman never stops! #momhustle #mothersday
  • Nothing gets me like tasty snacks. That’s also backed by my DNA test which shows a tendency to love snacking. Guilty! 🙋‍♀️ So in true snack-loving fashion I posted these Cherry Chocolate Energy Bars on beingbrigid.com 🍒 🍫! Ditch the chips and gluten-free 🥨 that are filled with starch and empty cals and switch to these homemade RX Bars! #healthysnacks #rxbar #energybar #protein #functionalnutrition
  • The more we dig into strengthening our roots the more we can thrive. It’s a ground up approach. Give trees access to sunlight, healthy soil, and water...basic necessities. Take one of those things away and the tree will weaken or become imbalanced. Humans are the same...give us stress reduction tools, minimal exposure to toxins, nutritious foods, joy, movement and healthy relationships...aka basic necessities for health and we flourish too! Remove one of those from the equation and we weaken or become imbalanced. This doesn’t happen overnight...it gradually happens overtime which makes it easy to start to normalize the different way that it’s presents...fatigue, constipation, bloating, muscle pain, acne, skin rashes, migraines, brain fog, etc. This is called functional medicine...which reallyyyy should just be called ‘medicine that makes sense’! I will explain how that relates to women’s health with one of the smartest functional medicine doctors that I’ve ever worked with...Dr Aunna Herbst @funxionalmed on Thursday May 24th from 8:30-9:30pm est. DM me your email if you want more info! #functionalnutrition #functionalmedicine #roots #nature #cleveland #cle #spring
  • Summer goal: get out of the grocery store and into the farmers markets to buy real, local food and avoid food claims, long ingredient lists and artificial crap! #leftovers #farm2tray #eatlocal #cleveland #cle #plantbased #eattherainbow #eatyourveggies #pisanickpartners #goodfoodgoodlife #mindbodygram
  • Wellness is not created in a hospital...it happens in our community and most importantly, in our schools. It was an honor to present to the school districts throughout Northeast Ohio yesterday on the importance of getting more clean labels, veggie dishes, chia seeds, smoothies and real foods into the schools! So inspired by Maureen from @pisanickpartners for planning this incredible conference, locally sourced dinner and for working so hard to source more local foods in her 25+ school districts in northeast Ohio. A big shoutout to @farmfareapp for making it so much easier for businesses to support our local Ohio farmers and thanks to my partner in crime @lifeofthecakes! We cuddled with these ADORABLE baby goats from @mooresheritagefarm (a local pasture raised farm) for hours (and clearly I’m so awkward at holding her but she still loved it!) 😂!! #farm2tray #farmtotable #functionalnutrition #cle #cleveland #ohio #goats #farmlife #wellness #mindbodygram #foodisfuel #goodfoodgoodmood #rdapproved #eatlocal
  • Cinco de Mayo might be the happiest day of the year...aka every Americans excuse to eat tacos and drink margs all day long! Ill be hanging by the guac bowl all day! Anyone want to join?! #fiesta #guacamole #avocado #cincodemayo 📸 @leighrichards
  • The core of nutrition is super simple: eat real foods like butter (preferably grass-fed) and avoid science experiments like margarine. Quote from Alexandra Rodriguez-Palacios when presenting his research on diet and Crohn’s disease! #butterisback #grassfed #cows #realfood #functionalnutrition #healthyish #mindbodygram #goodmoodfood #feedfeed
  • Ever wonder what ‘artificial flavor’ means on the ingredient list of basically all processed foods!? It’s sketchy to say the least. 7 of these ingredients listed as artificial flavors are carcinogens. They are used to flavor candy, ice cream, beer and also increase risk of cancer!Other countries have banned these chemicals but not the FDA!! Because of this the Center for Science in the Public Interest is taking the FDA to court. Thank you! 🙏 Read my latest post to find out what you can do to help them ensure the government bans these chemicals. Link is in my bio! And tag all of your friends that don’t want carcinogens in their food (insert every person that you know!)!!

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