Hello and welcome! I’m Alexandra, a functional medicine doctor, food scientist, and intuitive eater. On this blog, I combine my healthcare knowledge and personal experience, writing about nutrition and women’s health from a holistic perspective. My goal is to help you take the best possible care of yourself so you can live a vibrant, fulfilling life.
I used to think that health was all about diet and exercise, and I was pretty much convinced that kale would save the world. (Superfoods, anyone?) At that time in my life, I probably ate kale every day, yet I was the sickest I had ever been. Dieting was making me miserable…skipping a workout triggered full-on panic mode, and eating a cookie led to an overwhelming, soul-crushing sense of shame. Can you relate?
Having struggled with anorexia in my teens, I thought I was “healthy” as a young adult because I wasn’t underweight. (I figured I could probably even stand to lose a few pounds!) However, my mindset was anything but, and honestly? The status of my physical health wasn’t so good either. My hair was falling out, I was cold all the time, and I was suffering from crippling stomach pain and bloating even though I hadn’t seen Aunt Flo for years. I couldn’t understand why I felt so sick despite all the effort I was putting into my “healthy” eating and exercise routine.
Finally, I came to terms with the fact that all the steps I was taking in the name of wellness weren’t helping me reach any of my goals, and were actually getting in the way of living a balanced and fulfilling life. I took a break from working out, gave myself permission to eat dessert, tuned out the abundance of weight loss advertisements in the media, and committed to learning how to care for the body God gave me—without ever stepping on a scale. This blog is all about the journey from dieting and disordered eating to a place of holistic health and true happiness.
However, that road of transformation wasn’t an easy one; it took time, a lot of digging, and honestly…getting a medical degree to finally learn how to achieve wellness and cultivate a life I was satisfied with. The diet and exercise extremes I’d taken in my teenage and young adult years had taken a toll on my thyroid hormones, gut health, fertility and more. But by God’s grace, I was able to heal my mind and body and learn how to find the balance I needed in order to be truly healthy. Wellness is anything but simple, so the goal of my writing is to make health information as accessible as possible. I want to help you feel empowered to make the best decisions for your health within the context of your own life and values.
In addition to my blog, I’ve written a book on the topics of faith and intuitive eating, called Fulfilled. It’s currently available for pre-order on my publisher’s website, as well as online and retail shops. Order your copy wherever you usually buy books! I also invite you to check out some of my other resources–Faith, Food, Freedom (a faith-based devotional), Foundations (an intuitive eating journaling guide) and Healthy, Happy, Whole (a 30-day holistic health plan)–all of which are available on Amazon.
On my blog, you’ll find posts about…
Healing your relationship with food, learning to accept your natural shape and size, cultivating a natural approach to wellness, and more! New blog posts are available on Mondays and Fridays. Here are some popular posts in each category:
- Natural Alternatives to Fertility Drugs
- What Your Period Reveals About Your Health
- The Problem with Birth Control Pills
- How I Stopped Binge Eating
- 10 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Relationship With Food
- 3 Ways Undereating Leads to Weight Gain
- Whipped Coffee (AKA the most fun I’ve ever had with caffeine)
- My Favorite Banana Bread
- “Miracle Cure” Soup
My work has also appeared on both Christian and Nutrition blogs such as RELEVANT Magazine, (in)courage and Naughty Nutrition, as well as language and scientific journals such as Claritas Journal of Language and Culture and The Purdue Journal of Undergraduate Research.
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email: AlexandraCMacKillop [at] gmail [dot] com
*Note: “Nutra-Intuition” used to be the name of my blog, and you may come across this term on my site.
A note about privacy…
Often on my blog and in my writings (books, articles, etc.) I share stories from clinical practice. Please note that none of these anecdotes describe individual people or patients who I have worked with in my private coaching or in clinical medicine in a personal or identifying way.
I typically “describe” patient/client encounters for one of two reasons: to share a sentiment or attitude towards dieting that I am planning to address in the post, or to share a story of how I personally was feeling during the encounter. If I am describing a patient’s attitude or struggle, the circumstances of the shared story have been changed such that they no longer accurately reflect the individual person’s story but do reflect a common sentiment shared among those recovering from disordered eating. For example, if the story presents a person who struggles with over exercising (running) and binge eats sweets after work, I would phrase the vignette to describe a person who struggles with over exercising (weight lifting) and binge eating at midnight. The idea is the same but the “character” in the story is not.
The privilege and honor of the work that I do is not lost on me, and I am careful to protect the privacy of those I serve in clinical practice. By changing the scenarios I describe in my writing as such, I am striving to convey a human experience while at the same time protecting the actual humans who have entrusted me with their health.