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

Brain Food: What to Eat to Protect Your Memory

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Brain Food: What to Eat to Protect Your Memory

When it comes to memory power and concentration, selecting the right brain food is essential. Certain foods have been shown to do a good job of protecting memory and cognition, while it’s equally as important to avoid others.

Although diet isn’t the only factor that affects your brain’s prowess, it’s an

Celiac Diet Basics: Combining “Safe” with “Delicious”

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Celiac Diet Basics: Combining “Safe” with “Delicious”

The month of May—recognized as Celiac Disease Awareness Month—draws attention to this misunderstood disease. But those who eat a celiac diet all year ’round know too well the challenges—and I can relate. When I was 18 months old, I was diagnosed with celiac disease (CD)—a digestive disorder that affects approximately

5 Easy Cooking Techniques for Your Health

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5 Easy Cooking Techniques for Your Health

Cooking at home has a number of health benefits. Home cooked meals give you more control over the food you eat, allowing you to choose natural, whole foods and cut down on preservatives. However, preparing delicious, healthy meals at home doesn’t stop at the ingredients you choose—finding the easiest cooking

Which Foods Contain the Most Phytonutrients?

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Which Foods Contain the Most Phytonutrients?

Also known as phytochemicals, phytonutrients are chemicals produced by plants. There are more than 25,000 phytonutrients found in plant foods! Some common phytonutrients are carotenoids like lutein, flavonoids, coumarins, indoles, isoflavones, lignans, organosulfates and plant sterols. Carotenoids are found in the cells of a many red, orange and yellow plants

Which Sugar Foods Spike Blood Sugar the Most?

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Which Sugar Foods Spike Blood Sugar the Most?

The human tongue can distinguish between four basic flavors—salty, sour, bitter and sweet, but we are naturally attracted to sweet flavors because we are primates—essentially, animals that have evolved while eating fruit. This helps explain that when it comes to sugar foods, most of us can’t get enough. While it’s

Portion Sizes Matter When It Comes to a Healthy Diet

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Portion Sizes Matter When It Comes to a Healthy Diet

You know how it works—calories from food provide us with energy, and if we don’t use that energy we store it as body fat. Research repeatedly confirms that larger food servings not only provide more calories but also have two other effects: They encourage us to eat more and to

Late-Night Foods: Good or Bad Idea?

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Late-Night Foods: Good or Bad Idea?

Is a bedtime snack as bad as we think? You might get the munchies when you’re up late working, or perhaps you had an early dinner. Regardless of the reason, experiencing hunger before bed is natural and there are misconceptions about whether late-night foods a good or bad idea. Also, the

Cleanse Diets 101: Is a “Detox” a Good Idea?

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Cleanse Diets 101: Is a “Detox” a Good Idea?

Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is extremely complex, and scientists believe it to be a vital component of the immune system. The surface lining of the GI tract includes numerous bacteria, immune cells, and nerve cells that largely function to protect us against toxins and foreign invaders. This fascinating gut-immune link

Are Air Fryers Healthy?

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Are Air Fryers Healthy?

Just like cultural, social, and food trends, we’ve seen kitchen gadget trends come and go over the years, some of them sticking around for the long haul, others falling out of favor. Among those that have made an impact: the 1920s pop-up toaster, the 1930s Kitchen Aid stand mixer, and