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Thinking of Doing a Cleanse This Fall? A Few Things to Keep in Mind

As the seasons change, many of us have this natural inclination to switch things up and introduce some changes to our routine. Some of us feel drawn to the idea of doing a cleanse or a detox as a way preparing for the environmental changes that are about to take place around us.   But what is the real purpose of a cleanse? The whole point of doing a cleanse should be to give your digestive system and your body a break. Think of your digestive system as your car… if you were to drive your car constantly without ever turning off the engine, would it get exhausted? Probably… so it makes sense to give it a break and do a little maintenance every once in a while.   Now,...

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10 Tips to Stay Healthy This Summer Season

I often hear from clients, friends and family that is very difficult to maintain healthy habits throughout the summer. With long winters and a relatively short patio, bbq and cottage season, it is difficult to resist the temptation and overindulge with food and drinks. I’m a strong believer in a balanced approach to nutrition and healthy living. I think having fun and enjoying the pleasures of life, including food, drinks and social connection, is part of living a healthy lifestyle but I see many of us get carried away during the summer and want to have ALL the fun at once! The problem with this, is that we go into excesses and more often than not, we end up feeling sluggish, bloated, and overall unwell. The good...

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Ideal weight: How I Got There and How I Maintain it

Let’s start by saying, reaching and maintaining one’s ideal weight is a journey that has less to do with the number of calories consumed in a given day, and more with the quality of the foods, and the daily habits that support a healthy weight and overall wellbeing.   For about 2 decades I struggled with my weight and, just like most of the people I work with, I was stuck in a cycle of restrictive dieting and food obsession that was causing a number of imbalances in my body. People often ask me what I did not only to lose weight and keep it off for years, but also, to free myself from the damaging cycle of dieting. So, I started giving a lot of thought...

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A Nutritionist Tips to Beat the Winter Blues

Years ago, when I didn’t understand about the connection between my mood and the foods I ate, I would struggle with the winter blues. By this time of the year, I would start to feel rather low energy. This affected my motivation to do things such as get out there, get fresh air, and socialize. As a result, I would spend my days going to work and then going home and crashing. With low energy and feeling unmotivated, I would put together a high-carb dinner and munch on chocolate almonds while watching TV (glad to report this was before the Netflix days :D). This was also the time when I struggled a lot with my weight. I wanted to lose weight but my habits were hindering my...

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The Many Benefits of Castor Oil

Recently, after we ran out of castor oil once again, Dr’s Clare and Sarah had an enthusiastic chat about their favorite uses of castor oil. Both agree that it is one of their favorite products for its flexibility, its ease of use and its cost. It’s a staple in both their home medicine cabinets and is almost always on the shelf at the clinic. What exactly is castor oil? A vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean (or seed) grown predominantly in Brazil, India and East Africa. Documentation of its use dates to ancient Egypt but has been used throughout the ages in both the health and beauty industries. Although very safe for use from head to toe, both doctors caution to not use it internally due...