Daily Archives: June 21, 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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  • Keto macadamia bread...hold the FLOuR and add the FLOweRS! Makes for a better nutrition profile that’s low glycemic and lots of fiber PLUS beautiful food pics! The only people that think bread has to have flour is the government and the food industry! Link to the recipe is in my bio! 🌺 🌸 🌹 #flowerpower #flourfree #grainfree #glutenfree #ketobread #keto #functionalnutrition #foodismedicine
  • No one likes to hear it but maybe you need to take a break from saying yes to everyone, hustling 24/7 and suppressing your emotions bc all of these things add stress to your body and can hurt your health. There’s a clear association between chronic exposure to stress and your hypothamalic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis. These stressors signal your 🧠 hypothalamus and then your pituitary to produce ACTH which signals the adrenals to increase cortisol production. If this happens long term then it can have very real consequences that directly effect your energy levels, metabolism, insulin levels, digestive health and immune system. And guess what-you can’t supplement your way out of it!! Sometimes people call it “Adrenal Fatigue” but it’s not a very accurate term-more so adrenal dysfunction. This is something that I’ve been working through with the amazing @funxionalmed and have been working on an article that will be posted on beingbrigid.com by the end of this week. Here’s a sneak peak: while I am a huge advocate of intermittent fasting in most cases, I do not usually recommend for people with adrenal issues-best to consume regular meals throughout the day. Also some of my best tips are to meditate daily, take naps, find an outlet for your emotions (journaling is powerful for me), and make time for doing nothing! How does that sound-easy or hard?! #functionalmedicine #adrenalhealth #functionalnutrition #nourish #adrenalfatigue #adrenalhealth #healing #meditation #namaste
  • Day 2 of my nutrigenetics training and I wanted to share something that I’ve been thinking about a lot in the last few weeks relating to this topic: people with great genes are going to be less likely to feel amazing from dietary and lifestyle changes bc they already have such a strong foundation-their genetic cup is filled 100%. Whereas people that have lots of genetic weaknesses or SNPs are more likely to feel much better from lifestyle changes—b/c you’re starting out with a cup that’s filled maybe 50% (I fall into this category for sure!). Sometimes it makes me feel high maintenance for caring about the excessive use of cleaning products, staying in hotels that smell moldy, trying to eat mostly organic but it makes me feel SO much better and based on my genes, my detox function is not 100%. So as I probably say way too often, we are all SO different and it’s so important that we each honor our own needs! No apologizing! Does anyone else feel that?! #functionalnutrition #nutrigenetics #nutrigenomics #foodismedicine #lifestylemedicine #nourishyourbody
  • LOVE this post on burnout from my RD friend, McKel @nutritionstripped! Energy is your power and you will always lose power if you violate your sense of self (or spend too much time disconnected from yourself). This is a lesson that I learned from @dianavitantonio and something that I worked through A LOT over the weekend! Your energy is your power! We only have 100% to give—so make sure that 40% of that energy isn’t going to your phone or things that drain you! This is the only way to show up for yourself and then others! Join me and @frolicandflow by setting a goal to limit your screen time this month—head over to her account for her challenge. I’m working on a post about adrenal dysfunction (sometimes referred to as “adrenal fatigue”)...comment below with any questions that you have for me to address!
  • Nothing crazy over here. Just a big bowl of my latest breakfast obsession that takes 5 min tops! Unsweetened almond yogurt (@kitehillfoods), lots of cinnamon, diced apple, 1 tbsp chia seeds, paleo granola (@paleonola). Next stop: @corus45! Is anyone else taking the weekend to just organize and chill?! #functionalnutrition #dairyfree #foodismedicine #guthealth #breakfastinspo #thefeedfeed
  • One of the pillars of functional nutrition is using a personalized approach to nutrition interventions. Everyone has different dietary and health needs that are completely unique to them. So stop googling the perfect diet! 🙈💗 I’m so excited to be back in the classroom today, teaching a new group of graduate students on integrative and functional nutrition. 🙌 Last year I worked with my amazing colleague to create this course at a major academic institution that’s very research based. And the university has completely embraced this new way of thinking, as have our students. And this year the class is completely full! There is a shift happening and i really believe it has the ability to help so many people find answers! This approach is not a trend or something that lacks research. Functional nutrition is a personalized approach to nutrition that’s completely backed by unbiased science! I’m so thankful for the trailblazers that I have studied with who continue to pave the way @instituteforfxmed @ifnacademy @clevelandclinic @drmarkhyman @funxionalmed. #functionalnutrition #functionalmedicine #integrativenutrition
  • Putting a chocolaty spin on your traditional chia seed pudding! New Chocolate Cashew Chia Pudding recipe is up on beingbrigid.com. Swap out your chocolate 🍩 for this bad boy and you won’t even know the difference besides feeling more full and having better 💩! Recipe prep takes 15 minutes for breakfast all week long! #linkinbio #breakfastgoals #chiaseeds #chiapudding #feedfeed #breakfastinspo #mealprep #clevelandblogger #rdeats #functionalnutrition #nutritionist
  • 28 has never felt so good! 💃🏻💁‍♀️🧚‍♂️ I’m celebrating my birthday, this beautiful life, and all of you with a GIVEAWAY! These are 2 of my Cleveland favorites that regularly help me practice what I preach: @townhallohc & @clevelandyoga. Follow both accounts and tag 3 wellness-loving friends for a chance to win a $75 gift card to the best non-gmo restaurant in CLE AND a month of free yoga at Cleveland Yoga! Best way to nourish your mind, body & soul from all aspects! Ready, set, go! 📸 @angelafachphoto #cleveland #28 #giveaway #yoga #nongmo #clevelandyoga #townhallornowhere
  • “Every situation can be seen as a powerful opportunity for the universe to realign our plans. Trust what we've been guided towards is exactly what we need.” One of my favorite books, the Universe Has your Back traveling through Santorini via my sister! @gabbybernstein @g_titge
  • There’s so much more to a healthy gut than taking probiotics! Read my latest article on beingbrigid.com about the most important foods and nutrients for optimizing your gut health! Find the link in my insta bio. Comment below on your favorite gut healthy food!! #guthealth #healthygut #functionalnutrition #goodbacteria #leakygut #microbiome
  • Nothing like a mid sentence screenshot—likely talking about the importance of approaching nutrition from an integrative and functional lens. Tune into my IG/FB live (going to try both at once!) on Wednesday night at 7pm EST for all of my advice on starting a career in integrative and functional nutrition. This is something that I promised months ago and after countless coffee dates/phone calls giving career advice this summer, I’m realizing how important this is to share! Functional nutrition changed my life as a patient 15 years ago, it’s changed my career as a dietitian and it’s changed the lives of so many of the patients that I’ve worked with. Send me your questions in advance or you can shoot them out to me on Wednesday! Can’t wait to see you there!!
  • The way that you do anything is the way that you do EVERYTHING. I learned this lesson in yoga teacher training with the amazing @dianavitantonio last year and it keeps coming up for me. I observe it in clients all the time—when they obsessively try to control their food intake or aim for perfection with their diet. And you better believe that tendency carries over into other areas in their life! This past week I observed the way that I do anything is everything during my onramp with @crossfitsixthcity. And let me tell you, it’s WAY easier to observe others than yourself! Here’s what I noticed about me: Trying to power my way through a workout/movement rather than focusing on the skill of using momentum in between reps. This is a serious pattern! In yoga teacher training I observed something similar: the desire to put too much power into my classes which took away from the yoga flow. The amazing thing about doing new things is the opportunity to observe those tendencies that are probably carrying over into other areas of life—even though it can be uncomfortable as hell! Have you observed patterns like this in yourself?? Also what new things have you tried lately that are creating opportunities to learn about yourself? 📸 @angelafachphoto

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