Your Paleo Practitioner

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Tell us about your family.

I am the mother of three beautiful boys, now men. It was in 1987 that I was "introduced" to diabetes. At that time, my middle son was 18 months old. He was exhibiting the classic signs and symptoms of undiagnosed Type 1 diabetes, but I was not educated at that time. I had no idea why my child was drinking a lot of water and soaking through his diapers every hour. When he started bringing his toys in front of the kitchen sink to play, just to be near the water, I knew something was very wrong. After being terribly misdiagnosed for 3 months by the pediatrician (at one point, he told me I was being unreasonable and a hysterical mother), I was told he "may" have diabetes. His blood sugar was 760! After the initial shock wore off, I dedicated my life to become a registered nurse, then a nurse practitioner, then a certified diabetes educator, now doctor of nursing practice. If I can help it, I never want anyone to feel they don't know what is going on with their health, especially related to diabetes and weight gain. It's a horrible feeling to not understand how to make yourself feel better and especially to not get the information they need from those they have come to trust.

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my life philosophy


1. Family and Friends

2. Healthy, whole foods, unprocessed, nutrient 

   dense and locally grown, whenever possible

3. Feed your mind with stimulating information

4. A good night's sleep is essential

5. Frequent activity on 3 levels

   A. Long slow distance -walk, run, swim,              cycle

   B. Sprints to increase heart rate

   C. Strength training to increase muscle mass

6. Live an authentic life. Be true to yourself 

    and do the right thing!

7. Keep an open mind to new ideas

8. Oh, yea...shoes and handbags (is that        

    wrong?)



Dr. Chrystyne Olivieri

​DNP, FNP-BC, CDE, CCP

I have always been concerned about healthy living and eating. I never really exercised much, but found it to be a necessity as I approached menopause in my mid 40's. I started to gain weight, and found it unacceptable. I began walking but continued to eat my "high fiber" diet (lots of grains), which I believed was a healthy diet. It wasn't until I learned about Paleo eating patterns from my dentist, of all people. I saw him and commented on how he looked very good, losing weight. He said he "went Paleo". I asked what that was and when he told me that grains were not healthy, I said he couldn't possibly be correct. I needed fiber, and lots of it in the form of high fiber breads and cereals. Besides, I enjoyed pretzels and pasta! How could this not be healthy?! He handed me a book and I read it as I have always considered myself to be a very open minded person. I was transformed and amazed. I immediately started to reduce the high glycemic carbohydrates in my diet and felt better than I had in years. My IBS disappeared! So did my constant abdominal bloating. It took me almost a year to completely remove all the unhealthy, inflammatory foods from my diet. As I did more and more research on my own, I began to share this information with my patients.

How did I become "Your Paleo Practitioner"?

A Nurse Practitioner is a registered nurse with an advanced degree (master's or doctorate level) to diagnose, treat and manage acute and chronic diseases. We can see patients in an office, do rounds in a hospital, write prescriptions, including controlled substances and order lab and other diagnostic tests. A Family Nurse Practitioner is the same as a primary care physician for patients from infancy throughout the life span. We are educated in the "nursing model" rather than the "medical model". This means we are not taught like physicians to simply treat a disease. We are educated to promote health and treat the "whole person". This is a different approach in health care. In the U.S., each state has a board of nursing governing nurse practitioner practice. Every year, more states pass laws allowing nurse practitioners to have independent practice to see patients and take care of Americans. (New York is now an Independent NP Practice state as of 1/1/2015).

What is a Nurse Practitioner?

As a nationally board certified Family Nurse Practitioner, certified Diabetes Educator and Chronic Care Provider, Your Paleo Practitioner is uniquely qualified to provide a high level of patient education. With many years of background experience in family and internal medicine with a large focus in diabetes and metabolism. Specializing in preventing pre diabetes and dysmetabolic syndrome progression to Type 2 Diabetes, I have seen great success using Paleo eating patterns and lifestyle to improve overall health outcomes. Through the years I have been in practice, I have helped thousands of patients with pre-diabetes avoid progression on to Type 2 Diabetes, through education of Paleo eating patterns. This is an excellent way to keep your human body healthy and free of many modern diseases of the western world.
Education
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York. Licensed Registered Nurse in NY State.​
  • Master’s degree as Family Nurse Practitioner from Long Island University @ CW Post, Brookville, New York.
  • Doctorate, DNP degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook, NY. Doctor of Nursing Practice. 
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qualifications in diabetes Education
  • Over 25 years’ experience in Diabetes Care 
  • ​Paleo Physicians Network member
  • Paleo Docs member
  • Medtronics & Omnipod insulin pump trainer
  • Author of "The Paleo Advantage", available on Amazon.com
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National Certifications
  • Nationally Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, ANCC,AANP
  • Nationally Board Certified Diabetes Educator, NCBDE
  • Nationally Certified Chronic Care Provider, certified in Health Coaching & Motivational Interviewing by Health Sciences Institute

My Mission

Facts About Me