Monique Attinger, BA, MLIS, CHN

Certified Holistic Nutritionist

Nutritional Consulting

I specialize in working with clients who are lowering oxalate in their diet. Given that every client is unique, I do not have a “standard protocol”. Your process depends on your symptoms, the level of oxalate that you’ve had in your diet, and the demands of your life. We will work with all of this to get a program that’s right for you.

Complex Diet Management

Many of my clients have intolerances or allergies and are on specialized diets. Determining how to overlap a low oxalate way of eating with the right dietary choices for those that already have restrictions can be a very complicated dance. For me this is like a Sudoku puzzle – and I work with you to solve it, until everything adds up.

Menu & Recipe Development

As a “foodie”, I creatively explore as many options as possible when putting together a recipe. Some menu plans I have developed overlapped multiple therapeutic approaches, yet I always found more things for my clients to eat. Sometimes, that may take time – but as your health improves, your food options typically do too!

Welcome!

If you’ve arrived here, I have to assume that you are looking for information on a low oxalate diet. 

A low oxalate diet is more than just a diet for those with kidney stones. For those who are suffering with chronic and inflammatory conditions, including arthritis, autism, digestive issues, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, COPD, asthma, interstitial cystitis, thyroid issues, vulvadynia and others, lowering oxalate may make a real difference. The good news is that while oxalate may not be the sole driver of your health issue, it may be a contributing factor that is within your control!

Could a low oxalate diet be something that would help you?

Lowering oxalate in the diet is not as simple as dealing with an allergy. The challenge is that reducing oxalate is complicated. In fact, oxalate can be different, even among the varieties of a single plant! A great example is kale: while the traditional “curly” kale is very high in oxalate, other varieties such as Lacinato (Dino) Kale or purple kale are low.  

You can’t always depend on symptom tracking either. The great majority of people who have found relief in reducing oxalate did not have definitive symptoms within a short time period after eating a high oxalate food. In fact, they may (paradoxically) have felt temporarily better after a high oxalate food, and so started to eat those foods more frequently! This is related to how oxalate moves out of the body – and what happens to us when we eat a high oxalate food. (More on that in my blog). Suffice it to say that oxalate is not like any allergy, and “food detective” types may find that this is a whole new ballgame.

This is where I come in…

Not only am I a nutritionist; I follow a low oxalate diet myself. It has been a major piece of my healing and the healing of my family. I’ve also become an expert at overlapping a low oxalate protocol with other therapeutic dietary approaches. This can be an essential step in regaining your health. 

In the almost 10 years that I’ve been helping clients reduce oxalate, I’ve found so many of the potholes in the road and detours along the way. I’m hoping I can help you avoid those! My objective is to help you thrive, and not just survive. After all…

Change your diet; change your health!

What My Clients Are Saying



I started having consultations with Monique Attinger, the Low Ox Coach. She is an oxalate and nutrition expert and moderator of the Trying Low Oxalate Facebook Group. I wish I would have had sessions with Monique from Day 1. She is extremely knowledgeable on this complicated issue. She helped me navigate through a lot of anxiety I was having regarding food and eating out.

BLW



Monique is a real expert at oxalate content in foods, at helpful supplements to manage the oxalate dumping process, and her recipes are tailored and varied for so many types of eaters that getting new recipes from her made me excited about what I COULD eat!


Anonymous


I believe I've had oxalate issues most of my life but they were made worse by alcohol and tobacco abuse. So much finally made sense. Not only for my own health but the health of friends and family members. Monique has always been so responsive in my questions and needs and I am truly grateful! She also taught me to be patient with the healing process, reminding me this is a marathon not a race. That in itself has made a huge difference with my supplement addiction I had going. Less really is more! Thank you Monique for all of your help!

Angela Kinder


I am fortunate to have spoken to Monique several times during the last few months. She always had many good suggestions for me regarding both food and supplements that did indeed support me during these sometimes challenging times in pursuing my health goals. She always provided me with a much better understanding of what was going on and how to proceed safely and cautiously. She offered me suggestions about best food practices and appropriate supplements. I really learned so much from Monique and am grateful to have had the opportunity to have her help me.

Jennifer Austin