How I Got Happy & Lost 40 Lbs [and the Cycle You Need to Understand]

At 28 years of age I was classified as obese. Here’s my story of how happiness contributed to my weight loss, how I loved my body into a healthier weight instead of painstakingly dieting to get back to happy.

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50 Ways to Leave Your … Diet

Let’s make a new plan, Stan. Everyone knows diets don’t work. So here’s 50 specific reasons why you need to break up with the diet mindset.

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Stairway to Heaven: 7 Steps to Healing

When we talk about ‘healing’ we are talking about moving away from certain symptoms in our body or life we are experiencing. I have seen this healing process with clients for nutrition, and have dealt with it myself with food and other issues. From my personal experiences and those in my clients, here are the 7 steps of healing the way I have seen and experienced them.

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[Keto Diet] 7 Reasons You SHOULD Eat Carbs

Keto is the newest diet in the spotlight, and everyone on the band wagon is professing it’s incredible ability to take weight off. So why wouldn’t you want to try it? Because carb’s are great! I’m going to give you 7 reasons why you shouldn’t do keto - and give you a healthier and better solution instead.

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Why You Need Nutrition Confidence (& How to Get It!)


Most of my clients come to me because they have very similar problems. Simply put, food stresses them out. It's wearing out their energy. A lot of time we waffle on our nutrition decisions, or we make a decision because "I've already really messed it all up today" or "I think I'll just exercise more tomorrow to make up for this" or some other crazy mind game. Learn the ways to get more confidence in your nutrition, easily.

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Gluten/Dairy-free Cheesy Pasta [Recipe]

For this recipe we were playing with Pulse Kitchen 'cheeses' specifically the "Sharp Cashew Cheddar" which is made with local Gluten-Free Beer for extra sharpness. Chickpea miso and nutritional yeast adds the cheesy flavour (and also amazing nutrition benefits!) It's dairy-free, soy-free, vegan and gluten-free. Going dairy free usually means giving up cheesy pasta, so here's a great way to get the best of both worlds.

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Reasons I Hate Meal Plans (and 3 Solutions!)

Success for my clients has come in a deeper form over simple meal plans. In the understanding of which foods make you feel a certain way. In the understanding of basic nutrition education. In the responsibility we need to take to shift priorities in our life to make nutrition as important as we know it is (read: planning ahead instead of relying on drive thru's.) Success has come in the form of my clients doing the real work necessary to make changes. Here I’m giving you solutions to getting yourself out of the rut of believing that you need a meal plan in order to find success in nutrition.

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3 Bendy-Rules for Your Food Phases

We all go through phases with our food. When you have that one (or 3) foods that you just can't get enough of at one time. Then you get sick of them. Move on. Here's a story about that time when I was 21... and became vegetarian. I am tying this story in with 'rules' (flexible ones!) about our food phases. This story is about vegetarianism, you can apply it to any food phase you have been through.

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The 7 Best Foods You NEED This Spring

Start your spring time with these nutrient-packed foods that are coming into season now. The benefits of stocking up on the fruits and veggies that are the first to arrive in your farmers' market are amazing: They’re sold at optimum freshness—having been grown locally rather than shipped from another continent —which means they'll have a higher nutrient content too! Stock up on my 7 go-to picks below to help cleanse up before the heat! 

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You Don't Need More (Nutrition) Knowledge

In our day and age of hunter-gatherers of information, we don't need more nutrition knowledge. Here’s your permission slip to cleanse the doors of perception that are holding you back from finding ease in nutrition, and relieving the stress around it.

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How Elizabeth Stopped Panicking About Food (Client Case)

Elizabeth came to me as many of my female clients do: wanting to lose a bit of weight, but mainly wanting to feel healthier and stop stressing about food so much. She felt that food had started playing out in her 'perfectionist' mindset, and instead of enjoying cooking like she used to, she was spending way too much time stressing about what to eat. Read how one of Lutz Nutritions’ best client success stories from 2017….

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7 Must-Read Life Lessons from a Baking Connoisseur

A beloved Penticton bakery has announced its closure due to the ALS diagnosis of its owner, Benjamin Manea.  Ben has built a loyal following over the past decade with his long-fermented breads at Walla Artisan Bakery and Cafe in the Cannery Trade Centre in Penticton. He summed up the “unexpected development” with a Yiddish saying, “Man Plans, and God Laughs.” Here are 7 life lessons you need to know - from the baking connoisseur.

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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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Kombucha: You've Been Drinking it Wrong

For all drinkers of kombucha I have to share that appearing at a table with a tasting flight of Experience Kombucha can be a delightful encounter, and while there is no specific technique for this undertaking there are some interesting ways you can make the process more entrancing for you.

So many people do kombucha tastings as a wine tasting - and I approve. There is never any harm in a sniff, swirl and then share.

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How to Love Swiss Chard [Recipe]

Like anything that you don't really want to eat, but you know it's good for you, adding something awesome like bacon tends to make it more appealing for anyone.

When we are first changing our diet, we tend to 'hide' foods or cover up healthy foods. This works wonders when you are starting out in holistic nutrition and being patient with your taste buds. Eventually, one day, you'll be loving kale and your swiss chard!

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Read Me 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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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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Get Healthy With Food Philosophy

Our food philosophy includes Balance, Sustainability, Unprocessed/Traditionally Prepared, Community Involvement, Self-Awareness. Here's why each of these gets you healthier....

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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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