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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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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...

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Re-thinking New Years Resolutions and Our Health Goals

I love the feeling of a new year and the possibilities it brings! And while I don’t set New Years resolutions anymore, I have a natural inclination to go inwards and think of aspects of my life around which I want to reflect upon and make some changes throughout the year.   As human beings, we naturally want to reach higher and sometimes a challenge is exactly what we need to discover just how much we’re actually capable of. While I’m all for supporting people in setting goals for themselves, I find many of us simply set goals that are unrealistic. This eventually takes us back to square one, yet with a greater sense of frustration, disappointment and failure. This is particularly common among those of us...

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5 Tips to Get Back on Track after the Holidays

If the Holiday Season left you feeling sluggish and heavy, know that your body is resilient and can get back on track sooner than you think! As we start a new year, many of us feel the temptation to go into extremes: diets that emphasize deprivation, harsh workout routines and severe calorie restriction… but before you jump into the next regime, give yourself and your body a few days to get back to normal.   Try the these 5 simple tips to get back on track after the holidays and see how you feel:   1- Mix 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar in 1 little pure water and sip throughout the day: this does wonders to help balance blood sugar levels helping tackle the post-holiday cravings. 2- Avoid weighing yourself for...

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A Holistic Nutritionist’s Tips to Feel Your Best this Holiday Season

December can certainly be a fun month. All those parties and gatherings with friends and family, time off from work, trips and delicious meals are great way to get out of the routine. But for many of us, the holiday season can also create a lot of excess, especially with food.       I am a huge proponent of enjoying all that life has to offer in a balanced way, this means we need to break the all-or-nothing mentality and ditch deprivation, especially when it comes to food. I like to head into the holiday season with this same mentality.   In my personal and clinical experience as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I notice that when we drop the excess vs. deprivation mindset, there is no need for extreme diets...

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,...

Happy Healthy Heart Checkup with Dr. Clare

February 14th drop in from 2-4 pm for your complimentary Happy Healthy Heart Checkup with Dr. Clare Take 15 minutes out of your busy schedule to make sure you are taking care of your heart. Your complimentary session will include: Blood pressure and heart rate Weight and body composition readings A complimentary coupon for your first Muse Headband Biofeedback experience http://www.choosemuse.com/ RAW's Heart Beet juice samples Festive, heart healthy dark chocolate Also you will have a chance to win our Happy, Healthy Heart Gift Basket! New & Old Patients Welcome!...

Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?

Absolutely! A healthy diet includes eating breakfast each morning, preferably within 1 hour of waking! People who eat a healthy breakfast are more likely to: Consume more vitamins and minerals, and less fat and cholesterol in their diet (1) Have better concentration and productivity throughout the morning Have better control of their weight Lower their risk of coronary heart disease (2) Don’t currently eat breakfast? I encourage you to start.  Here are a few tips that may help: No appetite? Try a cup of warm lemon water first thing upon rising.  This will prepare your digestive system for your next meal.  When your body is primed, your appetite will follow. Start small. Once your body grows accustomed to eating breakfast again, your appetite will return. No time? Prepare food the night...

Healthy Habits: Ensuring Your Success

HAPPY NEW YEAR! It’s my first post of the year, website like this and honestly, help I’m not sure where January has gone.  As such we are long past setting New Year’s resolutions and long past failing them.  Myself included!  What I want to talk about today is successfully changing our behaviors and how making new healthy habits can be fun.  To do this we first need to understand the what, this why and how of habits.  Keeping this in mind I will outline some simple steps to take to help make 2017 a year of positive change.  Finally, I will leave you with some closing thoughts on empathy and how this can be the motivation you may have been missing. What Are Habits? Habits...