Kathie Madonna Swift

Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, EBQ, is an author, teacher, and clinical nutritionist with a special interest in digestive disorders, chronic pain conditions, and brain health. She is the cofounder of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy, an online program for healthcare professionals, and directs the Center for Mind Body Medicine’s highly acclaimed Food As Medicine program. Kathie also pioneered innovative nutrition programs at Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Kripalu, and the UltraWellness Center and continues to consult at all three organizations today. She is author of The Swift Diet: Four Weeks to Mend the Belly, Lose the Weight, and Get Rid of the Bloat, and coauthor of The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health. 

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  • Food in the Raw

    Including some raw-plant foods in your daily diet gives you a naturally nutrient-rich boost to better health. Here are five swift tips to increase your...

  • Digestive Health and Spirituality

     What You Believe and How You Digest May Go Hand in Hand In this excerpt from their book, The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health,...

  • The Healing Power of Food: Lessening FODMAPs Load May Spell IBS Relief

    Kripalu Nutritionist Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RD, LDN, shares her wisdom on all things food-related in this series focusing on nutrition and healthy...

  • Kripalu Perspectives: Integrative Nutrition with Kathie Madonna Swift

    Kathie Madonna Swift discusses how nutrition can influence our genetic makeup, the ways food affects mood, and the satisfaction that comes from cooking at home. She also shares some ideas for quick, healthful meals that are low on prep time but high in flavor.

  • Detox: What It Is and Why to Do It

    Cheryl Kain, guest blogger When I set out to learn more about detox, the first thing I discovered was that I had some outdated ideas, based on college days...

  • How to Use Food as Medicine

    Dr. James S. Gordon, MD, director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, helped create the Food As Medicine approach some 20 years ago for medical students.

  • Six Tips for Eating Clean Without Going Overboard

    It seems intuitive, right? A diet filled with clean, nutrient-dense, whole foods is the way to go, individually and globally. But, for several years, an enthusiastic backlash has been lobbed at clean eating and those who promote it.

  • The Joy of Eating

    Valerie Reiss came to Kripalu to learn how to cook with greater ease and and to nourish herself better. Here's what she experienced.

  • Nutritional Health: What We Eat and How We Eat

    Not only what we eat, but how we eat, plays a big role in nutritional health.

  • How Our Gut Health Affects Every Aspect of Our Lives

    Because the gut is connected to all of the body’s systems, gut issues not only affect digestion, but can also affect many other aspects of our health.

  • Gluten and Your Gut

    Even if you don't have celiac disease or a full-blown wheat or gluten allergy, you can still have a reaction to eating gluten.

  • The Care and Feeding of Your Brain

    In recent years, research has uncovered a powerful brain-belly connection. We can use food to balance brain function and restore resiliency.

  • Five Tips for Easy Home Cooking

    If you’re really interested in eating well, you need to make cooking a priority, says nutritionist and dietician Kathie Madonna Swift.

  • Kale, Chocolate, and the Art of Mindful Eating

    If we can be more mindful, it creates a different internal environment, and can help us gain more from the digestion and absorption of our food.