“I believe with all my heart that we are what we eat….
You can’t put bad gas in a car and then expect it to win the Indy 50.
We are no different.
Our diet affects everything we do – starting with digestion and absorption, and the downstream effects that our diet has on our level of inflammation, immune regulation, our ability to handle stress via hormone production, regulation of blood sugar and cholesterol, sleep quality, hormone balance, bone strength, muscular tone, weight management, skin elasticity and tone, brain function, prevention of chronic disease……
Hippocrates was right when he said “Let food be your medicine”
-Tracy Konoske MS RDN, owner, Healthy Lifestyles, Inc.
I am a Registered Dietitian & Nutritionist – with a masters degree – (MS, RDN) using a unique combination of training in a whole foods plant based diet, supplements, herbs, lifestyle changes, detoxification therapies, and mind/body techniques. I love helping you understand the root causes of chronic disease, and helping you heal.
I limit the number of cases that I take at any one time, so that every patient gets the best possible care.
I am successfully treating a variety of chronic health conditions including those mystery conditions that conventional medicine can’t solve.
By the time you find me, you’ve probably been to (too) many doctors and specialists. Although you’ve spent a lot of money and tried a lot of things, you are still “sick and tired” and don’t have any answers about how to actually heal.
The results are profound and part of a bigger picture because if you are truly well, you can shine in your own life purpose!
My own health (updated in 2018)…
I was 26 when a car wreck changed my health and my life. I had to overhaul my own diet and lifestyle behaviors in order to heal. The results were undeniable, and as a result, I changed careers and received my Masters degree in nutrition from the natural medicine school, Bastyr University, in 1998.
My own health was challenged again in 2015 when I was diagnosed with chronic neurological Lyme disease. Concurrently, I tested positive for Epstein Barr and a few other herpetic viruses. I dived into understanding pathogens and their role in illness. I studied and re-studied everything I could find pertaining to pathogens. I was healing well until it was interrupted by another motor vehicle accident in 2017 (huge trigger that resulted in a relapse), but I am walking my talk and going through the healing process again.
PS – I am not the bad driver responsible for either of these wrecks!
I live in Southern Montana.
Johny and I enjoy gardening, boating on the Yellowstone River, camping, 4-wheeling, and 2-stepping.
I love to hike, bike, sit in the sun especially if it’s on a beach, fish for wild salmon, study natural healing, spend time with family and friends, and sit by the fire and read – in no particular order. I’m not girlie meaning I don’t love to shop and spent time on makeup and hair, but I do love one on one time or small group time with my girlfriends!
- Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Montana State University-Billings (1990)
- Master’s of Science degree in Nutrition, and Dietetic Internship, from Bastyr University (1998, 1999), a pioneer in natural medicine
- Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) from the Institute For Functional Medicine (IFM) 2006
- IFM Energy Module 2013
- IFM Detox Module 2013
- IFM Hormone Module 2013
- IFM Immune Module 2014
- IFM CardioMetabolic Module 2015
- IFM GI Module 2015
I continue to study and follow research and leaders in the industry so I can help you fully heal. I love the research from some of the plant based people like Caldwell Esselstyn & Neal Barnard, to juicing folks like Jason Vale & Johny Juicer, to fully raw people like Tanny Raw and Kristina Carrillo Bucaram. I love some of the plant based info and recipes from Anthony Williams.
I’ve learned SO much in my 20 years – from so many people – so “eclectic” feels like the right word. When I graduated from Bastyr, I was a whole food vegetarian. Then, I got caught up in the popularity of the paleo diets but that is when I got sick in 2015. It surely wasn’t just that. But in looking back at all the triggers, I do feel like that was one. I also found that running all of those expensive functional medicine tests didn’t improve people’s healing. So I’ve now come full circle back to my Bastyr roots and we eat A LOT of fruits, veggies, and leafy greens and I think about our livers and detoxification pathways on a daily basis. Our thoughts matter too. And we take some basic supplements but the days are over of handfuls of pills.
I hope that helps give you a more in depth look at who I am and if we are a good fit medically.