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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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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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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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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,...

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...

5 Strategies for Surviving Allergy Season

May flowers bring Kleenex season! Don't let allergy season get the best of you. Here are my top tips for surviving allergy season: Get into the habit of nasal rinsing Yes, I know, the idea of shooting water up your nose is almost worse than the allergies themselves, but trust me and give it a try. Nasal rinsing involves rinsing the nasal passages and sinuses with saline water. It helps to flush out pollens that you’ve breathed it and keeps your nasal passages moist which is a key barrier for the immune system. My favorite tool is the Neil Med Sinus Rinse bottle which is available in local pharmacies. Nasal sprays can provide some relief but I don’t find them as effective as nasal rinsing which really...