Ignoring Food Trends & Diets Saves you Time & Energy

Today I'm talking about 2 different experiences/cultures - food TRENDS and DIETS. While trends are those often crazy creative (only sometimes healthy) and typically just downright wacky 'foods' and diets; well you know those popular styles of eating that we try and try but never seem to actually teach us how to keep weight off. The truth is, ignoring all of this simplifies your entire life.

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7 Food & Lifestyle Shifts to Calm Your Anxiety

We all deal with anxiety at times, but panic attacks are a whole other level of scary. Here are 7 tools & resources you can act on right away to deal with your anxiety.

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Wellness: 5 Steps to Making it Happen

As one of the leaders in the wellness industry, we have a rare but crucial opportunity to reach people at their most vulnerable. Food is so personal, intimate and sometimes secretive in nature. As a nutritionist, we help people with one of the most personal things they can do: eat, and the the opportunity lies in exploring the literal aches and pains of the mind and body and how symptoms are connected to food. As a practitioner in the food movement, here's what I promise you...

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RELAX harder [How to Deal with Stress]

This past year in my blog I talked about digestion, stress and weight gain. The connection. There is so much more that stress does to keep us from our weight loss goals. Here's how to relax harder....

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Read This if You’ve Thought “I'm Too Busy to Eat Well"

Believe you are JUST too busy to eat well.....  I want you to get your perspective changed..... you really can be A CHANGE MAKER. 

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What’s Holding You Back from Eating Better? [3 Solutions]

With this amazing body as humans' we receive at birth comes a range of not-so-awesome complaints as we age. What about these stomach aches, how about this gas, there's pain in this area, I get headaches, I have anxiety and on and on. The list grows as we grow and change. And the worse we become at self-care, the worse our complaints get. Read about common nutrition problems I have found over and over again in clients through the course of my 6 years as a consultant and my life-changing offering to overcome them...

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Why You DON'T Need Willpower

It's a name I've given to clients who have tried this in the past: dieting or calorie-counting, but failing and blaming it on their will power. What is willpower? It's simply obeying your rational mind (the part that understands things like long-term consequences and thoughts of right and wrong) over your drive for getting pleasure right now. But we aren't using will power the right way, and the way we use it always leads to failure. Here's how to break the chain of will power dieting....

Willpower is the "power" to make yourself behave a certain way even though you don’t want to. Sounds pretty sucky, right? Learn how to stop the war with willpower dieting.

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What I Learned in 6 Years in Business

Responsibility, education, bacon and thanking you for 6 years of business. Your support means the world to me - and because of people like you I get to continue doing the work that I love in the world. I get to help people feel better. I get to coach and empower people to start making changes and I get to brew my magical tonic that I love - Experience Kombucha. Thank you from the bottom of me food-loving heart....

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Okanagan Harvest Casserole [Recipe]

Harvest Time! When all the fresh colors and green are gone, nature leaves us with beautiful oranges, browns and dark greens. Here in the Okanagan, we often complain about the transition to fall as we miss our hot weather but it's still a gorgeous time of year and the foods available are still plentiful, simple and tasty, like this delightful & simple Okanagan Harvest casserole.

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7 Ways to Better Skin Using Nutrition

Better skin starts not with expensive cleansers and other beauty products, but from within. For overall better skin health, I find these 7 strategies can help my clients tremendously....

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5 Ways to Curb Your Coffee Addiction

Are you a dedicated coffee drinker? Is coffee your religion? I hear ya. Many of my family, friends and clients use coffee on a very regular basis, and I was always surrounded by coffee when I was younger.  Soft drinks, tea and chocolate all have some caffeine, but coffee is the most well known source of caffeine.

We know it as a morning ritual, or a pick-me-up, something we do with old or new friends, a tradition that connects us in the cold Canadian mornings.

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Lose Weight with Stress Relief (The Best Way to Drop Lbs)

You probably wouldn’t be surprised to know that more stress and stress hormones promote weight gain, would you? Most people don't quite understand the connection other than knowing simply that stress can cause weight gain. But what exactly is stress, and how does it keep you from your weight loss goals? I'll explain in detail, and share with you 20 ways to combat stress....

In fact, there are actually many links between stress hormones and weight.  Today I'll talk about one major reason why stress hormones keep you from your weight loss goals.

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Busting the Fear of Sugar in Kombucha

Busting some kombucha myths and the biggest one: "I won't drink kombucha because it has too much sugar in it." The bottom line is that the benefits of it being a fermented drink outweigh the bit of sugar in it.... 

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What People Think We Do Vs. What We Actually Do

Here’s what Holistic Nutrition is, plus a list of common myths that are associated with our job, our industry - and the reality of them. 

 

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Bone Broth - Why You NEED it

Bone broth - incredibly healthy and nourishing, helps our intestinal health and digestion, keeps colds and flus away by improving our immune system over the cold weather. You can make it vegetarian by using vegetables only and omitting the bones, but the gelatin from bones is what makes it so healing for our intestines. Making your own broth is inexpensive, re-uses food scraps you may otherwise throw out, plus makes your home smell great : )  

Bone broth or stock is a traditional food: one way our ancestors used up every part of an animal. Bones and marrow, skin and feet, tendons and ligaments that you can’t eat directly can be boiled and then simmered over a period of days. This simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen or glutamine that have the power to transform your health.

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Why Your Pain Isn’t ‘Just Going Away’

The Body heals the body. We just need to find the root cause. Potions, pills do not actually heal the body. Not pills. Not drinks. Not vitamin waters. Not tinctures. Not creams. Not smoothies. Not any magic bullets... Our body needs proper food to function. Its our fuel and source of energy. We need it to maintain life and energy. Here's the philosophy of what holistic means....

But at the end of the day, it's not the food we eat, the drinks/smoothies we drink, the creams and tinctures we give our body, its our body that has to deal with what we are giving it. Its the body that decides whether we heal, feel better, get better - or not.

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How Jean Quit Coffee + Lost Weight (Client Case)

Jean came to me as many of my female clients do: overweight, low energy and wanting to feel healthier and slimmer. She was a busy woman and had 50 pounds extra to lose. Read about how Jean not only lost weight, but also quit coffee, cleared up her skin, got a new job + completely transformed her life using nutrition.....

 

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Cheerleader for Holistic Nutrition

I am beyond excited to be nominated by my peers for the Julie Daniluk Award in 2016! "This award is given to the Holistic Nutritionist who has demonstrated outstanding presence via print, social media and live presentations and can be considered a cheerleader for and within the Holistic Nutrition Industry."

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Reality Check: There is NO Magic Cure

I believe that the best path to health is in the food we eat. Not in expensive pills, not in expensive boxes. Not in real food ground up and put in pills. Not in synthetic vitamins added to our water.

Instead.... Real food. Real drinks. Traditional foods. Traditional drinks. But... there is this idea that floats around.... that it is products, pills, oils, foods, (fermented or otherwise) or supplements that can cure us.

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What My Record Collection Has to Do With Nutrition//Birkenstock Folklore

These living foods.... This is not a new trend. Almost all cultures throughout the world intentionally introduce bacteria and/or yeast into their food to transform it into a new food. Because of the Germ Theory of disease introduced by Louis Pasteur, all bacteria became labelled as “bad” and the practice of fermenting food has been almost lost in North America.... we are bringin' it back....

We are all scared of bacteria!

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