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One Surprising Reason You May Be Sabotaging Your Own Weightloss

If you’re trying to lose weight, this piece of advice may sound counter-intuitive but weighing yourself constantly, in the hopes of keeping yourself committed to your plan, may be actually doing more harm than good in your weightloss journey. Many of us don’t realize that constantly weighing ourselves is creating an enormous amount of pressure and, as a result, increasing our stress levels.   If the only stress we had in our lives came from stepping on the scale, we may be able to handle it, but the reality is that in living our fast-paced, busy lives we are constantly under stress.   This is because in addition to “perceived” stress, there are other kinds that many of us may not be even aware of such as: physical, chemical,...

5 Easy Snacks to Curb Cravings and Balance Blood Sugar

If you struggle with strong cravings, especially late in the day, know that this is something that can be corrected by making some dietary changes. I often recommend clients to include 1 to 2 snacks a day to help them keep blood sugars stable throughout the day, and in turn, keep cravings in check. My clients also report having more energy when they follow this approach as well as being better able to manage their hunger, something very important for those on a weight loss journey (click here to learn more about how I finally lost- and kept off those extra 20 pounds!).    So here are my favorite 5 snacks to curb cravings and avoid overeating (especially at night): 1.    Sliced green apple with almond butter and true cinnamon:...

Essential Minerals Series: All About Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that we talk about often in our practice, and is the first mineral in our Essential Minerals Blog Post Series by Dr. Clare Sullivan.   Why is talking about zinc so important? Because it is the 2nd most abundant essential trace mineral. It is absorbed in the small intestines and excreted in through the kidneys (urine), skin (sweat) and bowels. It was first discovered to be essential only 50 years ago but since then has been found to be required for optimal health. Some of the roles of zinc in the body: Immune function Protein synthesis Reproductive health Wound healing Brain function Thyroid health Sense of taste and smell Production of stomach acid Stimulates apoptosis – programmed cell death What are the signs and symptoms...

Fad Diets: Why They Only Offer Short-Lived Solutions

Aside from a description of their health concerns and goals, one of the most common things I hear as a Holistic Nutritionist, is that people are confused and overwhelmed with all the food advice circulating out there. Women will say to me: “I just don’t know what to eat anymore, I am so confused and overwhelmed”. I typically smile and nod in agreement. I get it, I’ve been there myself. It appears we have all forgotten how to eat to nourish our bodies.   It only takes a quick trip to your favourite social media platform or local bookstore to understand why we’ve become so confused around food. While the list of books that promote and teach balanced and sustainable approaches to eating is shrinking, the number of...

Food-Sensitivities

Why Are You Testing Me For Food Sensitivities, My Digestion is Great?

What is the IgG Food Sensitivity Test? IgG Food sensitivity testing is a test that we run here at Docere Naturopathic Clinic on a weekly basis. Many patients come in looking for answers to their digestive concerns. They recognize that there are offending foods but are having trouble pin pointing their exact food sensitivities, or are too busy or overwhelmed to follow an elimination type diet. This test makes sense for them – once they have a road map in hand it can be much easier to navigate food. And once the offending foods are removed we can help heal their digestive tract and improve their symptoms. [caption id="attachment_4039" align="aligncenter" width="325"] Sample Test Report – IgG Food Sensitivity Test Rocky Mountain Analytical[/caption] How Does One Heal Their Digestive Tract? It...