Author archive: Heather Cooan

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Lichen Sclerosus Podcast Interview
March 28, 2021
I had the pleasure of sitting down with Kathy from the Lichen Sclerosus Podcast and Lichen Sclerosus Support Network. We had an incredible time chatting about what I’ve gone through and how I’m now helping other women investigate the root cause of their LS. We spent half the day together and the result was three […]
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Body Wise Podcast Interview
February 15, 2021
Body Wise Podcast Hosts I had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with co-hosts of the Body Wise podcast and sisters Cristina Curp, NTP and Laura Mar sexual health educator to chat about my self-healing journey through autoimmune Vulvar Lichen Sclerosus, Hashimoto’s, and Vulvar Cancer. This is probably the most real, raw, and vulnerable conversation […]
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20 Holiday Keto Cookie Recipes
December 7, 2020
Christmas cookies are such a fun treat this time of year. But you don’t have to miss out if you’re cutting out the sugar and starch. Here are 20 holiday keto cookie recipes to keep you feeling festive!
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Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
December 3, 2020
What is Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and What Causes It? Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a spectrum of liver diseases that occurs when excess fat accumulates in liver cells, called hepatocytes, that is unrelated to both alcohol consumption (meaning people who consume little to no alcohol) or viral infection (like viral hepatitis). 
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Turkey Stew (GFDF, Keto, Paleo, AIP, Whole30, Low Iron)
November 30, 2020
Thanksgiving leftovers don’t have to be eaten like a repeat of Thanksgiving dinner. You can use leftover turkey to make any dish you would normally use chicken in. This turkey stew is a great way to use up leftover thanksgiving turkey.
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The Incredible Health Benefits of Mushrooms
November 19, 2020
With over 50,000 species of mushrooms out there, including molds and yeasts, scientific evidence is emerging to show just how crucial a role they play in the health and wellbeing of the human body. While some are hallucinogenic or poisonous, making people apprehensive about consuming mushrooms, it’s important to realize that edible mushrooms have co-evolved […]
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Bacon Cheese Dip (GF, Keto, Low Iron)
November 16, 2020
Is there a better combination than cheese and bacon? Yeah, I don’t know that there is! This bacon cheese dip recipe combines the two into a fabulous savory dip that I think you’ll love. This dip is as easy as frying bacon and melting cheese. Really, that’s basically all there is to this one. So […]
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Hemochromatosis: What You Need to Know
November 12, 2020
Often referred to as a disorder that leads to, “too much of a good thing,” hemochromatosis is a condition that causes affected individuals to absorb too much iron from their food. This increased absorption and storage can lead to a whole host of problems. Let’s take a moment to highlight what this disorder is all […]
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Pepperoni Mushroom Pizza Chicken (GF, Keto, Low Iron)
November 9, 2020
Sometimes, you just need a slice of pizza. But for those of us with food sensitivities, autoimmunity, or chronic illness the gluten and grains that come with traditional pizza are just not worth it. This Pepperoni Mushroom Pizza Chicken recipe is a nutritious way to satisfy that pizza craving at home.
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50+ Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes
November 5, 2020
Here are over 50 gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes for you to get a jump on your Thanksgiving planning. Everything from appetizers to desserts and all gluten-free. Many of these are also dairy-free and keto-friendly. If you’re looking for dairy-free keto Thanksgiving recipes, you can find a list of them here. Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a […]
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Pickle Wheels (Keto, GF, Low Iron)
November 2, 2020
These pickle wheels are so good. They’re just ham, cream cheese, and pickle roll-ups, but they pack so much flavor into a single bite. This was a traditional appetizer during the holidays at my house growing up. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner included deviled eggs and pickle wheels. We just called them ham roll-ups, but […]
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The Glucose Ketone Index (GKI) Explained
October 29, 2020
Whether you’ve been scouring the keto subreddits, watching your favorite YouTube keto pros, or reading the countless keto forums, it’s likely that you’ve come across the term GKI, which stands for the Glucose Ketone Index. This may have left you wondering, “What exactly is the GKI?” I’ll take a moment here to tell you what […]
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Low-Carb Spider Web Taco Dip (Keto, GF, Vegetarian)
October 26, 2020
This spider web taco dip is made of whole food ingredients including my homemade guacamole and is naturally low in carbohydrates. This side dish is a delicious and festive addition to your Halloween spread! I love this time of year, Halloween is my favorite holiday. I love to create Halloween inspired dishes to share with […]
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What is SIBO? Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth Explained
October 22, 2020
SIBO or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth is one of many issues that may arise from long-term digestive dysfunction and it can really wreak havoc on your health. Bacteria in the intestines are an essential part of healthy digestion–they process fiber, help regulate the immune system, and even help with brain health. But as with many […]
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Vanilla Frosted Buttercream Cupcakes (GFDF, Keto, Low-Iron)
October 19, 2020
These vanilla frosted buttercream cupcakes are gluten-free, dairy-free, and keto-friendly. Have your whimsy and eat it too! These are so good! They legit, taste just like a normal cupcake. They’re actually kind of dangerous. Don’t get carried away with these. They’re super high in fiber and if you go overboard, well, disaster pants may become […]
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Better Than Before [Book Review]
October 15, 2020
Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits–to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life by Gretchen Rubin (AFFILIATE LINK) was assigned reading for my Nutritional Therapy Practitioner program through the Nutritional Therapy Association. I’m familiar with Gretchen Rubin and her Four Tendencies, but I hadn’t read […]
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Banana Cream Pie (Keto, GF, Low-Iron, Vegetarian)
October 12, 2020
Blake for something sweet for the weekend that didn’t involve pumpkin. I guess I wore him out already this pumpkin season. He’s a banana lover so I tried out a classic banana cream pie recipe tweaked to cut out the sugar and grains. The recipe is gluten-free, sugar-free, grain-free, but does contain dairy and eggs. […]
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Safest Birth Control Options
October 8, 2020
What Are The Safest Birth Control Options? You, like countless other women of childbearing age, are doing research on the safest birth control options. Staring into the glow of your laptop screen, you’re left to your own devices while figuring out the best keywords to search for answers to your birth control questions. Sure, you […]
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Shirataki Noodle Pho (Keto, Paleo, GFDF, Whole30, Low-Iron)
October 5, 2020
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a really good bowl of pho. That broth! So I decided to make a low-carb version with shirataki noodles. They hold up great and make for an awesome bowl of shirataki noodle pho.
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50 Keto Halloween Recipes
October 1, 2020
This list of 30 keto Halloween recipes has everything you need and more to survive Halloween, no sugar necessary! Halloween is my favorite holiday! It’s also the start of the sugar season, which can be really difficult for some folks. There’s no reason to shy away from social get-togethers and parties this time of year […]