Alliums such as garlic, onions, leeks and chives are foods with excellent medicinal value: They contain flavonoids that help stimulate the production of glutathione which is the liver's most potent antioxidant. Alliums, which have high sulfur content, help eliminate toxins and carcinogens which can help prevent cancer, reduce inflammation, and help fight infections. Alliums contain large amounts ... Read More

Balanced Coaching: Structure + Flexibility

Balanced Coaching: Structure + Flexibility In the last email in this series, we talked about how we balance science with listening intuitively when working with clients to help them meet their health goals. We also know that it's important to create systems that work for clients without clinging to a "one size fits all" mentality about your very personal ... Read More

How We Coach: Science and Intuition

"If I had a time machine I would go back and [get the labwork done]... I would have saved money and felt better MUCH FASTER if I had just listened from the beginning!"- Trish F. San Francisco, CA Are any of the following things health goals for you? Improving your digestion Reaching your personal optimal weight ... Read More

We Invite You to Treat Yourself Right

Happy Belly Health steered me in the right direction and kept reminding me of how unique my body is. What may work for others won't necessarily work for me, and I have to respect that.   — Frances G.   How to Build a Better Body Image   When it comes to body image, nothing is ... Read More

Put Down That Magazine, Turn Off That TV

I'd highly recommend seeing Happy Belly Health. They won't sell you on some diet fad or miracle supplement... she'll do the research to find out what YOUR body needs and then roll up her sleeves with you and get to work. - Kelli L. How to Build a Better Body Image Society places enormous value on how ... Read More

Healthy Eating: 10 Myths Debunked

The classic USDA Food Pyramid has been turned upside down as we’ve learned more and more about what “healthy eating” means and how personal it is. We spoke with Shanti Pappas, functional medicine health coach and owner of Happy Belly Health, which is based in San Francisco but serves clients everywhere. Shanti gave us the ... Read More

It’s Not Because You Don’t Have Enough Self-Control

I'm feeling the best I've ever felt. I've lost almost 15 pounds and am no longer plagued with a bad attitude toward food.— Catherine O.How to Build a Better Body ImageWe have all been conditioned to think that if we’re overweight, it’s because we’re lazy and lack self-control. If we could just stick to that ... Read More

Are Your Bowel Movements Normal?

  The characteristics of your bowel movements will tell you a good deal about how healthy your gut is. Read more to find out if you are having normal BMs.   How often should you have a bowel movement? Most people find that once to twice a day feels about right. Our bowel movements (“BMs”) ... Read More

Fat is Not Your Enemy

  Amazing. I feel so knowledgeable about my diet that I can't thank her enough. I'm in control of what I eat, so I feel much better. I’m healthy, finally! - Cindy R.     How to Build a Better Body Image Creating a better body image goes hand in hand with becoming a healthier ... Read More

We Love You Just the Way You Are

    As someone who struggled with body image and unhealthy eating habits, I’m in a better place now then I ever thought possible. It's still something I have to be mindful of every single day, but having the key insights that Happy Belly Health provided me has made all the difference. — Gina S., Los ... Read More