Monique Attinger, BA, MLIS, CHN
Certified Holistic Nutritionist
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!
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…