About the Author

Lisa Cantkier

Lisa Cantkier

Lisa Cantkier is a nutritionist, educator, and writer who specializes in living well with food allergies and special diets. She enjoys learning about and sharing the latest research findings on these topics. Living with the challenges of celiac disease for a lifetime has taught Lisa that every bite matters—food is one of the most important aspects of health and it can either harm or help us.


Lisa is the coauthor of The Paleo Diabetes Diet Solution, a three-in-one guide, cookbook, and meal plan that aims to help understand, prevent, and manage type 2 diabetes and blood sugar dysfunction. The book includes 125 delicious paleo, diabetes-friendly, and celiac-friendly recipes that are all free of gluten, grains, sugar, and dairy. Visit her website at www.lisacantkier.com.

Articles by Lisa Cantkier

Low-Carb Breads That Won’t Sabotage Your Diet

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Low-Carb Breads That Won’t Sabotage Your Diet

With the rise in popularity among low-carb diets, many people have been reducing the amount of carbohydrates in their meals. When done correctly and healthfully under the guidance of a health professional, following a low-carb diet can offer many health benefits, particularly for those with diabetes. However, it can be

Anti-Inflammatory Diet: It Could Be Your Key to Pain Prevention

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Anti-Inflammatory Diet: It Could Be Your Key to Pain Prevention

Does an anti-inflammatory diet play a role in pain prevention? It’s a worthy—and natural—strategy, considering that pain management has spawned an opioid crisis—one of the worst public health crises of our time. (See the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services post “HHS Acting Secretary Declares Public Health Emergency to

Salmonella Poisoning: How to Avoid a Common Food-Borne Illness

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Salmonella Poisoning: How to Avoid a Common Food-Borne Illness

You might think salmonella poisoning means contaminated salmon, but it doesn’t! Contrary to its name, it’s more commonly linked to chicken than fish. More specifically, salmonella (salmonellosis) is a bacterial infection that affects your gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

There are more than 250 food-borne illnesses, and salmonella is one of the most

Refined Carbs: Are They Our Worst Enemy?

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Refined Carbs: Are They Our Worst Enemy?

You’ve heard it before—food is fuel. The energy we get from food comes from three “macronutrients”—protein, fat and carbohydrates. Food also provides us with about 40 micronutrients: vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients (plant chemicals). Nutrients work together (nutrient synergism) and a diet rich in a variety of whole food fruits

4 Healthy Cheese Choices and How They Help Us

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4 Healthy Cheese Choices and How They Help Us

People across the globe enjoy (sometimes passionately) cheese, a food product with a tradition dating back thousands of years. It has a reputation, however, for causing health issues because of fat and sodium content. So is cheese healthy, or is cheese bad for you? To the surprise of many, there

Phosphorus Foods: Balance, as Always, Is the Key

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Phosphorus Foods: Balance, as Always, Is the Key

The minerals you absorb from consuming a healthy diet are more important to your well-being than you might realize. Phosphorus, for example, is the second-most-plentiful mineral in your body, next to calcium. And what does phosphorus do for us? Approximately 85 percent of the body’s phosphorus is in bones and

Acidic Foods Can Lead to Health Woes and Dental Problems

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Acidic Foods Can Lead to Health Woes and Dental Problems

Today’s popular eating plans—among them the ketogenic diet—often focus on reducing carbohydrates, limiting sugar intake, and eliminating processed foods. These diets are typically high in fat, so if you follow one, it’s important to understand the difference between healthy fats and those you should avoid. A diet low in carbohydrates

E. Coli: Dangerous Bacteria Crops Up (Again) in Health Scare

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E. Coli: Dangerous Bacteria Crops Up (Again) in Health Scare

Romaine lettuce contaminated by E. coli caused dozens of illnesses and five deaths between November 2017 and June 2018. Just before Thanksgiving 2018, we received news of another E. coli outbreak traced to romaine lettuce. No deaths resulted, but 43 people fell ill with a strain of Shiga toxin-producing E.

Butternut Squash Benefits Include Heart and Eye Health

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Butternut Squash Benefits Include Heart and Eye Health

Butternut squash is a delicious and versatile vegetable that can be roasted, toasted, mashed, sautéed, and, most notably, pureed into soup. It’s typically associated with the fall and winter seasons and its sweet taste makes it a wonderful, filling comfort food. In addition to its great taste and versatility, butternut