KAIZENnoun:  Small Incremental Change, Strategy of Continuous Improvement

Welcome to Kaizen Nutrition & Wellness, where we embrace the uniqueness of each individual to help you unravel your health story and identify the root cause of barriers to a healthy, well-lived life.  We strive to inspire optimal health outcomes for you, which will in turn, impact those you love and care for.  

Solutions Designed With You In Mind!

Consultations

In-person or secure online Nutrition Consultations, Health Coaching sessions are available during the day, evenings, or Saturdays.

Online Learning

Handouts, Guides, Videos, Courses, Questionnaires and Trainings designed to empower you to make decisions about your health.

Meal Plans

Fully customizable meal plans to support healing and vitality. Plans include a calendar, shopping list, and recipes.

Testing & Products

Testing options to provide targeted solutions toward improving health outcomes as well as a thoughtfully curated collection of products that support wellness.

What We Believe to Be True.

 

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis

 

See What Clients Have To Say!

"I have seen other Dietitians, but none like Jill Brown. She is great! She is so knowledgable, but remains personable and explains the complicated world of food in a way that I can understand. She has made my transition into a new eating plan doable, giving me all the tools needed for success. This is the first time I’ve ever made major changes to my diet without feeling totally overwhelmed" - R.S., Western NC
"I appreciate that you are not making me give up my favorite things. I thought for sure that I would come in here and you would cut everything out. Instead, you just built it in, in smaller sizes and made everything else better around it, and it works" - K.H., Chapel Hill
"I have so many different providers, and you are the first person I have talked with that can actually relate to what I have been going through, to help me. I appreciate all of the time you spent with me and your patience in explaining everything" - S.C., Durham
"Thank you so much again for the thorough description of the continuation of my life-saving diet. You have introduced me into a whole new way of eating. I am enjoying food I never even thought of trying. I know it was extra work for you to prepare my program. I appreciate your kindness"- L.L., Durham
I have been working with Jill on the LEAP Protocol and the results have amazed me. After I got the results of my Food Sensitivity Test back, Jill walked me through a meal plan based on my results as well as my food preferences. Initially, I was nervous that the elimination diet would be far too restrictive for me, but Jill was able to show me where to find lots of new recipes and resources to make this process smoother. I am so grateful for the guidance that Jill has provided me and would recommend her and the test to anyone considering it. I am confident you will feel the same way after working with Jill! - E.W., Charlotte
I'm down - A1c lab from primary doctor is down to 5.6! - F.W., Richmond VA

   

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FEELING LIKE YOU HAVE NO WILLPOWER BY THE END OF THE DAY?

💪 Willpower is a powerful resource that must be managed. It has a limited 🔋 battery life that resets each day.

📅 ALL DAY. EVERYDAY. We make decisions that utilize our finite amount of willpower for the day:
✔️ Finish the spreadsheet instead of visiting a co-worker's office
✔️ Paying bills instead of scrolling through Instagram
✔️ Moving from meeting to meeting without time to reset and refuel
✔️ Focus on finishing the presentation instead of checking email, making calls or leaving work early
You get the idea.

Willpower is powerful but doesn't have 🏃‍♀️ endurance. We must 🥗 refuel and 🕑 reset throughout the day in order to maintain our allotment of willpower for the day for when we need it most - like say... late night snacking when we should be going to 😩 bed.

We do this by:
👍 Taking 10 minute breaks throughout the day - ideally every 60-90 minutes to do a quick meditation or movement
👍 Refueling throughout the day on complex carbohydrates (peas, beans, whole grains, and vegetables) + protein to feed our brain 🥙

Give it a try and see if it helps you stick to that exercise plan, intermittent fasting, or food goals.

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🧄Garlic for Rheumatoid Arthritis 🧄

🔎One study found that participants with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis who took 500 mg of garlic powder twice daily for eight weeks, modestly decreased fatigue, pain intensity, and the number of tender joints compared to the placebo group.

🌿Interested in learning more about using food as medicine?..

Make an 📆 appointment today with an experienced, licensed dietitian and board-certified integrative and functional nutrition practitioner that also has training in herbal medicine to discuss how functional nutrition can help you! https://kaizennutritionwellness.com/

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Soy vs. Whey Protein?💪

Can soy protein help increase muscle mass and strength as well as the same amount of whey protein⁉️

🔎A study compared effect of soy protein supplementation and whey protein supplementation and found both protein sources provided modest increased in lean muscle mass.

Need help finding a diet that best fits your lifestyle⁉️ Make an 📆 appointment today with an experienced, licensed dietitian and board-certified integrative and functional nutrition practitioner that also has training in herbal medicine to help you determine what is best for you! https://kaizennutritionwellness.com/

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🚧Caution With Stinging Nettle🚧

🍃Stinging nettle is promoted to reduce seasonal allergies and is a common ingredient in prostate supplements.

🔬Laboratory studies suggest stinging nettle may bind to sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), an important protein that regulates estradiol, testosterone, and DHT levels in tissue. This has been seen to enlarge breasts in men.

Stinging nettle may cause nausea and abdominal pain, dizziness and headaches. 🤕

‼️Taking supplements safely and understanding potential side effects is important‼️

Make an 📆 appointment today with an experienced, licensed dietitian and board-certified integrative and functional nutrition practitioner that also has training in herbal medicine to help you make smart supplement choices! https://kaizennutritionwellness.com/

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Word.
🔎 Where are you focusing your ✨ energy ✨ today?

This applies to so many aspects of our lives, but often I find there is too much focus on what has happened in the past, when it comes to weight management and improving our health.

Being clear about our "why" and intention is the first step. We start with 5️⃣ questions to get the ball rolling.

Make an appointment today! https://kaizennutritionwellness.com/appointment/

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Some Foods Provide Less Calcium Than You Think💭

‼️You may not be getting as much calcium from certain foods as think. Some natural compounds reduce calcium absorption.

We only absorb about 38% of calcium from supplements when taking 300mg and even less (28.4%) when taking 1,000 mg of calcium. 🤯

🥛We only absorb about 32% of calcium in milk and dairy foods, and even less from plant-based foods that are high in phytates or oxalate.

🥬Although spinach and rhubarb are high in calcium they both contain oxalate, therefore we only absorb about 5% to 9% of calcium from these foods.

Want to learn how to get the most from food and supplements⁉️ Make an 📆 appointment today with an experienced, licensed dietitian and board-certified integrative and functional nutrition practitioner that also has training in herbal medicine to help guide your health.
https://kaizennutritionwellness.com/

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❤️ NEW BLOG POST ALERT - "I celebrated my 30th birthday with the heart of a 65-yo woman"

💪 We have a non-profit arm - Grub Love. 🍅 🥕 🥦 The small percentage of profit we receive from 💊 supplement sales covers a good portion (but not all!) of our expense with testing, supplements and medical nutrition therapy visits for a small group of individuals (at no cost to them!) that are on Medicare, Medicaid and disability due to their current state of health - AND they are all under the age of 40. 🤯

➡️ Read one young woman's journey to wellness and finding hope. Under the age of 30 she had the heart of a 65 yo woman following a dramatic turn from an otherwise relatively routine procedure.

She tells an incredible recount of resilience that we are beyond 😍 grateful to be a part of. Visit our blog to hear her story, in her own words: https://kaizennutritionwellness.com/i-celebrated-my-30th-birthday-with-the-heart-of-a-sixty-five-year-old-woman/

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OH can I get an amen! 👏
Great segment on NPR over the weekend addressing this issue of fat-shaming, defining obesity, impact (or benefits) and how the number on the scale does not tell the story. Period.

😊 Exercise, endurance, strength, hydration, mental health, nourishment all play a significant role in health. Check it out!

➡️ https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/episodes/on-the-media-the-f-word

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Muscle Weakness from Mushrooms⁉️

🍄Although it is rare, mushrooms and mushroom supplements may trigger a rare autoimmune reaction causing muscle pain or weakness.

🔎People with a history of muscle breakdown due to an autoimmune condition known as HMGCR IMNM should avoid mushrooms and mushroom supplements, including those that contain reishi due to reishis high lovastatin level.

‼️Be aware that reishi is often sold as part of a "complex" that includes other mushrooms that may have a higher lovastatin level than reishi‼️

Make an 📆 appointment today with an experienced, licensed and board-certified functional nutrition practitioner that also has training in herbal medicine to discuss supplements and potential health considerations, before purchasing. https://kaizennutritionwellness.com/

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⚠️NEW BLOG POST ALERT!
Intermittent Fasting: What you need to know about intermittent fasting

There are so many different dietary patterns out there that claim to help with weight loss and disease prevention: low-fat, low-carb, ketogenic, paleo, whole 30, vegetarian, vegan, DASH, Mediterranean, MIND, etc. 😕

⚠️ Before you embark on a trend or therapeutic diet for weight management, let’s talk about one simple change you can make now that will get the ball rolling on weight loss – 🍽️ Intermittent fasting, and does it even work ❓

link in Profile: https://kaizennutritionwellness.com/does-fasting-work/

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Quercetin From Food or Supplements🤔

👉Quercetin is a yellow colored flavonoid found in plant-based foods such as onions, capers, and kale🥬.

🔎Some small studies have found quercetin to benefit conditions such as insulin resistance, rheumatoid arthritis, and elevated blood pressure.

🧅Although onions have relatively high concentrations of quercetin, in order to get 500mg of quercetin it would require 4.38 lbs of onions. The average cost for 4.38 lbs of onions is about $5.26.

👩‍🔬More quercetin is absorbed from foods than from supplements but the much lower cost of quercetin supplements provides a cheaper source of quercetin than foods.

Make an 📆 appointment today with an experienced, licensed dietitian and board-certified integrative and functional nutrition practitioner that also has training in herbal medicine to guide you in making choices that are best for your health! https://kaizennutritionwellness.com/

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💙 HAPPY NATIONAL BLUEBERRY MUFFIN DAY! 💙

Looking for some breakfast inspiration? Here you go! Chocolate Covered Katie's blog has a great option for a healthy blueberry muffin with low sugar and lots of flexibility on which milk, flour, sugar, etc. you use. Use what ya 'got and get cooking. 👨‍🍳

Ingredients
1 cup milk of choice
4 tsp white or cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp oil or almond butter, or mashed banana, yogurt, or applesauce for fat-free
2 cups spelt, white, oat, or gf all purpose flour (for flourless, make these Keto Blueberry Muffins)
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon, and optional pinch cardamom
1/2 tsp plus 1/8 tsp salt
sugar of choice (see note below)
1 1/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (165g blueberries)

Instructions
For muffins, you only need 1/2 cup sugar for the entire recipe. For blueberry cupcakes, simply increase sugar to 3/4 cup. Xylitol can be used for sugar-free muffins.
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease or line a muffin tin. In a large bowl, combine wet ingredients. Stir in remaining ingredients except blueberries. Pour wet into dry, and stir until just evenly mixed. If batter is dry (which might happen if you pack the flour too much, especially if using white), add just a little more milk. Gently stir in berries only until evenly mixed. It’s important to not over-stir, which could break the berries. Pour into the muffin tins and bake 21 minutes. Muffins should look perfectly domed when you take them out. Allow to sit 10 minutes before removing from the tins. If you let them sit–loosely covered–overnight, the liners peel off easily the next day too.

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Disinfectants With Hypochlorous Acid - Do they really work⁉️

🚰Many people are looking for new cleaning products that are effective with less potentially toxic effects.

🔬Labs studies have shown that hypochlorous acid can inactivate viruses such as the norovirus. Hypochlorous acid is an EPA-registered disinfectant that can likely kill CoV2-2 on hard non-porous surfaces in 10 minutes.

👍Hypochlorous acid is a weak acid that has less intense fumes and toxic effects compared to other cleaning ammonia and bleach products.

Make an 📆 appointment today with an experienced, licensed dietitian and board-certified functional nutrition practitioner that also has training in herbal medicine to discuss how products such as chemical cleaners can effect your health! https://kaizennutritionwellness.com

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Melatonin Poison Reports Reach a New High ⬆️

👉Melatonin provides many benefits to overall health, but like most supplements there are cautions consumers need to be aware of!

‼️Poison control center reports regarding melatonin have drastically increased among infants, children, and adolescents by 530% from 2012 to 2021.‼️

Interestingly, it was highlighted that there was an increase of melatonin related reports at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 😷

Experts suggest child-resistant packaging should be considered for melatonin products and advice parents to be cautions about melatonin exposure and potential toxic consequences. ☢️

Make an 📆 appointment today with an experienced, licensed and board-certified functional nutrition dietitian that also has training in herbal medicine to learn more about supplement safety! https://kaizennutritionwellness.com/

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I love these wise words. Enjoy the holiday, time with friends and family, pool hair and maybe a bit too much sun. #july4th ...

🔎People who have had Bariatric surgery may be supplementing with too much B-6 after surgery according to a recent study.

👉There is no evidence to support that bariatric surgery causes vitamin B-6 deficiency and expert guidelines do not provide recommendations for B-6 supplementation post-surgery.

‼️One study detected vitamin B-6 overdoses in 30-40% of bariatric patients in 2018.‼️

Excessive B-6 consumption was associated with multivitamins that contain nine times the RDA for B-6 🤯

Bariatric surgery patients looking for a B vitamin supplement to prevent B-12 deficiency should consider a multivitamin that is low in B-6👍

Make an 📆 appointment today with an experienced, licensed dietitian and board-certified functional nutrition practitioner that also has training in herbal medicine to discuss options you are considering, before you purchasing. https://kaizennutritionwellness.com/

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☀️🍉🌴 SUMMER SALE continues until July 17th

Don't miss your chance to purchase some of our favorite organic essential oils-based skin care at 30% off.

🧴 Established in 1981, Neal’s Yard Remedies is a modern apothecary, creating award-winning natural and organic health and beauty. From small beginnings in a quiet corner of 🌷Covent Garden, they are now a global leader with a growing presence across five continents – but remain grounded in the common belief that outer beauty and inner health should be in perfect balance. 🙌

✔️ They use the highest possible percentage of organic ingredients as they are kinder to the earth – and kinder to you.

✔️ Using ethically sourced herbs, botanicals and essential oils, their experts handcraft potent blends of love, science and nature.

IN STOCK in our Wake Forest location or available online: https://us.nyrorganic.com/shop/jillbrown
Contact us for samples if there is a product you would like to try!

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Digestive Enzymes for IBS 🤔

‼️Conflicting research on the benefit of digestive enzymes and IBS treatment‼️

There is some evidence that prescription digestive enzymes may benefit those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but there are few studies of digestive enzyme supplements among people with IBS to strongly support this claim.

🔬A study involving adults with diarrhea-predominant IBS, took one to three capsules of porcine-derived prescription digestive enzyme, known as pancrelipase, before meals containing at least two “trigger foods” (such as spicy🌶️ or fried foods🍟). Results showed a modest reduction in cramping, bloating, pain, and reduced bowel movement urges and increased stool firmness. A contrasting study found the use of alpha-galactosidase (GaIU) when taken three times a day, caused gastrointestinal irritation 🤒.

While there is strong evidence to support the use of digestive enzymes as a supplement, there are still safety concerns, side effects and misleading information out there. If you want to learn more about digestive enzymes and if they are right for you ➡️

Make an 📆 appointment today with an experienced, licensed dietitian and board-certified functional nutrition practitioner that has training in nutrition supplementation to discuss options you are considering, before you start purchasing. https://kaizennutritionwellness.com/

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