Laura Farnsworth, MS, CNS®, CN

Certified & Licensed Functional Nutritionist

Office or Telehealth, by appointment only:

29970 Technology Drive, Suite 105D

Murrieta, California 92563

(951) 428-4116  or Email

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September 8, 2018

Have you tried various approaches for weight loss without the ability to initially lose or keep off the weight?  Let’s talk about weight loss protocols that produce long-term results by changing how your body reacts to foods and stressors.  The main evidence-based and safe approaches that help with weight loss include improving dietary choices, adjusting timing for eating, increasing lean muscle mass, and decreasing the stress/cortisol response. Let’s take a closer look at these strategies to help improve your weight loss efforts.  Today, we’ll talk more about Dietary Do’s:

It’s no surprise that what you eat can dramatically affect how you feel and whether or not you can lose excess weight. Choosing foods that lower the insulin response and improve gut health can have a big impact.  Pay close attention to your diet and observe what you eat on a typical day.  To track your food and beverage consumption accurately for at least 3 days, I highly recommend the free version of Crono...

Scrolling through whole-food and “paleo” dessert recipes, I disappointingly find processed sweeteners within the ingredients list. Clarifying the “refined-sugar free” concept with a food blogger recently, I realized that the terms “processed sugars” and “refined sugars” carry alternate meanings among the online communities. To set the record straight, I’ll clarify some sugar basics. Welcome to Sugar 101... 

What is a sugar?

A “sugar” is a processed and refined crystalized or liquid sweetener that contains roughly 50% fructose, fruit sugar, and 50% glucose, your body’s source of fuel. In addition to sucrose (table sugar), sugar is a sweet chameleon with now over 60 different names including maple syrup, honey, agave syrup or nectar, evaporated cane juice, date sugar, coconut palm sugar, fruit juice concentrate, molasses, rice syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, beet sugar, any ingredient ending in “ose” like maltose or dextrose, and many other sneaky terms.

Fruit sugar (fructose) and carboh...

April 21, 2018

You likely have an opinion about Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), either based on little tidbits of information collected online or by experiencing a gut reaction to the concept.  After researching the topic with my middle schooler recently, I realized that I had a lot to learn about GMOs. Admittedly, my feelings about GMOs did change after helping her complete the project. I have since become more concerned about the potential allergenic effects of GMOs. 

What is a GMO?

Genetically modified organisms are plants, animals, or microbial genes that have had their genetic material changed using genetic engineering. GMOs result from changing DNA structure within an organism, or by transplanting genetic material from another organism, known as transgenic engineering.  Not all GMOs are transgenic, but all transgenic organisms are classified as GMOs.  The World Health Organization defines GMOs as being changed in a way that “does not occur naturally,” as historically was done thr...

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