Thursday, June 14, 2018

New Beginnings

Three years ago I set out to update and change the face of Wholesome Practices to all things mommy baby. As you can see I never finished! Why? Because time spent in front of the woman has been the most important thing to me. There's enough of you that that's what I've spent all my time doing ;) I am now taking a change of course and pace. There's too many deserving to have the healthiest pregnancies and most joyous experiences having babies for me not to expand the practice further and farther to reach more of you :)

That being said you will no longer find Dani Rhoades in her 'white coat' at Dr Iris Pediatrics. It has been an incredible pleasure working alongside Dr Iris Castaneda these last five years and I cherish my experiences and relationships built there with both the families and staff.

Wholesome Practices will be moving forward with a greater level of outreach, finding myself back where I started giving talks, seminars, lectures and teaching at community events. This way the message of perinatal health goes forth to so many more than just one mom at a time. Look out for more information to come on online packages that I will be a part of creating for everything pregnancy, postpartum and baby care!

Of course, my heart and joy is still found in face to face consulting and individualized care. Do not worry, I am still available for nutritional consults and you will surely still find me meeting with moms and their sweet babes all over town :)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015


This site is under some major reconstruction and won't be up and running for another few weeks! Please feel free to browse older blog posts though! And stay tuned for the launch of the new site!

Dani Rhoades, NC is still actively seeing patients and taking on new patients as needed so be sure to contact her directly at to schedule your nutrition consult!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Enhancing your Immunity

By request of one of our faithful followers I am writing on flu prevention. Working in pediatrics, I see the high amount of infections, viruses and flus that infect our population. Our immune system is our number one defense against these bad bugs! The damaging 'junk foods' and sugars that surround us this season are directly correlated with low immunity and this is the time of year we need it most! But with a little proper care, good nutrition, gentle exercise and rest, your immune system will thrive. Read below for little tid bits on all my favorite immune boosters.

Bone Broth is one of the best ways to provide your body with easily absorbed nutrients. Drink bone broth like tea in a mug with celtic sea salt added to taste or make soup. Use loads of onions and garlic which are specific immune boosting vegetables. And mushrooms, especially maitake, shiitake and reishi. Then there is Cod Liver Oil, the number one superfood for immunity. Supplying high amounts of Vitamin A and D, fat soluble vitamins that are essential to maintaining strong defense mechanisms and omega 3's, our bodies anti-inflammatory fatty acids. In a study done on children having the flu in a season earlier, the next season after taking cod liver oil none of them had the flu! But like everything, it has to be the right quality Cod Liver Oil so be sure to contact to get yours today!

Fermented Vegetables and sauerkraut supply the much needed probiotics that inoculate your gut. About 80% of your immune system actually resides in your gut and is based on your level of probiotics. Commercial yogurt does not cut it people, it's not left to culture long enough before it's put on the shelves so you're only get traces of some probiotics. High quality grass-fed meat and organic, free-range chicken, turkey and eggs supply the protein needed to maintain a healthy immune system. And don't forget juicing! Like bone broth, juicing supplies vitamins and minerals that are in their most readily absorbable form.

And because I can't leave out the 'need to avoid' list here goes. Sugar and white refined flours are the most damaging, these foods not only supply absolutely no nutrients but they dramatically decrease your white blood cell activity, they feed bad bacteria in your gut destroying your probiotics and are highly inflammatory. I know they haunt you this season but do your best to make baked goods with whole grain flours, honey and maple syrup.

Be well :)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Thanksgiving Recipes

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am sure we are pinning down our recipes! Most of us probably have some traditional recipes that are re-made year and year but some of us surely like to include new dishes! Especially if we are trying to introduce healthier foods into our diet!

It's all about the quality of our food when it comes to making healthier choices. These side dish recipes below we from our cooking class on Thanksgiving ideas, simple and delicious! Read last years post, A Wholesome Thanksgiving to learn more about choosing the simply changes you can make to enjoy a healthier thanksgiving!

Brussel’s Sprouts  
4C brussel’s sprouts
1/2C fennel, thinly sliced
2T ghee OR coconut oil
1/2t herb mix
Sea salt
Freshly cracked black pepper 
Halve brussel’s sprouts and toss in melted ghee with fennel and herbs. Sprinkle sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper. Roast in the oven on a baking sheet at 375° for 20 minutes. 

Sweet and Savory Sweet Potatoes 
2 large sweet potatoes

1T ghee OR coconut oil
1/4t onion powder
1/4t garlic powder
1/2 t cinnamon
Sea salt 
Freshly cracked black pepper 
Chop sweet potatoes into 1inch pieces. Toss with melted ghee and seasonings, layer on a baking sheet and roast at 375° for 30 minutes or until they are soft. 

‘Mashed Potatoes’ 
1 head cauliflower

Sea salt 
Freshly cracked black pepper 
Chop cauliflower and steam until soft. Drain excess water and blend using an immersion blender. Add sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper.

Cranberry Sauce 
16oz bag of cranberries
Juice of 1 orange
Zest of the peel
Honey to taste if needed 
In a saucepan heat cranberries on medium-low heat and add fresh squeezed orange juice and zest. Cook for about 10-15 minutes stirring until the cranberries pop and sauce thickens!

And of course we must address the highlight of this holiday; the bird. Your turkey makes thanksgiving what it is, but like anything it's the quality that matters! Where is your turkey sourced from? What is the farm like? Does it come from a farm or a factory? Turkeys that are raised conventionally are fed hormones, steroids and anti-biotics. They rarely see the sun and are fed genetically-modified, pesticide laden food. And then you and everyone else at your table takes these toxins in during your meal! How do we avoid this? We buy free-range turkeys from farms that are feeding the animals organic or high quality food. They roam in the sun and contain healthy levels of vitamins, fatty acids, and proteins! The nutritional quality is far superior! Worth every extra penny! If you live in Santa Barbara, IV COOP will be carrying certified organic, free-range turkeys from a local farm up north. They are selling the turkeys at cost, $2.99/lb and they vary from 10-16lbs. You will also receive a 10% coupon to do your other grocery shopping when you purchase your turkey. They only have a limited number so hurry in!