Interview: Meal Planning & Weight Loss with Liane Wansbrough, CNP

Making lifestyle changes doesn’t happen over night. It takes thought and planning. When it comes to making dietary changes, having a nutritionist by your side can make a big difference! So you are cutting out gluten? What will you eat instead? How will you overcome food cravings? We sat down with Innate Food Expert & […]

Craving Something Sweet? The Reason May Lie in Your Genes

By Liane Wansrough, CNP

The holidays always seem like an excuse to splurge – but do you feel like you can’t come out from under a food hangover? If you can’t stop eating – in particular, if sugar has you in its grip, the reason may very well lie in your DNA. […]

Naturopathic Tricks for Tummy Trouble & Stress in Kids

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

What are the most common causes of tummy aches in children?

Stress
Sugar
Dairy
Gluten/Yeast/Wheat
Dehydration
Constipation
Stomach Bug/Parasites

Many a mom ends up being told by the doctor that the stomach pain keeping their little one home from school is just ‘in their head’. This is understandable because children tend to somaticize their worries into stomach pain, musculoskeletal discomfort, and headaches. However, it can be in their head AND in their stomach. In fact, really, it is NEVER just in their heads. This is because of the important and intimate connection between the gut and the brain. […]

By |August 30th, 2016|Blog, From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles|0 Comments

Are Essential Oils Safe for Consumption?

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Did you know that essential oils started with the medieval physician Avicenna (980 – 1037) from Persia who invented the process of distillation? Before that, plants containing essential oils were used in many ancient cultures for the medicinal and fragrant properties found in the whole plant. These oils were some of humanity’s first medicines! Today we have refined the extraction of essential oils with lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus, chamomile, marjoram, jasmine, peppermint, lemon, ylang ylang, and geranium being some of the most popular.

Recently, a number of essential oil companies have begun to recommend pure essential oils for oral consumption. In the multi-level marketing strategy taken by some of these companies, consumers are approached by sales people promoting the health benefits of oral essential oils as safe and effective. I am frequently asked by patients whether this is actually safe. There is no straight forward way to answer this question because there are different ways essential oils can be consumed and there is not a lot of specific research on the safety of oral dosing (especially with the pure oil). […]

By |August 9th, 2016|Blog, From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles|0 Comments

Melon and Raw Honey Hydrating Mask

By Seanna Cohen, Holistic Skin Care Expert

Had a little too much fun in the sun recently? Even though you try your best to protect yourself with SPF and shade it’s sometimes inevitable that the sun gets the best of you. The next time that happens, instead of reaching for a chemical laden, artificially green coloured “aloe vera” gel (which actually contains very little aloe), try this D-I-Y recipes to cool, soothe, and hydrate your skin. […]

10 Nutrition-Boosting Tips for Athletes

By Liane Wansbrough, Holistic Nutritionist

While trail mixes and energy bars are marketed as pre workout snacks, most are sugar bombs that don’t provide lasting energy. Try one to two handfuls of raw nuts or seeds (almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts and pumpkin seeds are great choices) and a piece of fresh fruit. If you buy your nuts and seeds in bulk store them in the freezer so they don’t go rancid.

Smoothies make a great pre-workout meal because blending helps pre-digest food, making it easier on your digestive system.

Sweet potatoes are a quality carbohydrate that can be eaten prior to a big workout or training day. Sprinkle a baked sweet potato with sea salt and drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil or grass-fed butter to enhance absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Other quality carbohydrates include quinoa, wild or brown rice, amaranth, millet, squash, carrots and beets.

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Holiday Eating Survival Tips

With Liane Wansbrough, CNP

If you look forward to traditional holiday feasts with a combination of delight and dread—you aren’t alone. Buffets, holiday cookies and gatherings centered on food are surefire ways to trigger overeating. Here are my top 3 personal strategies for holiday eating survival:

Keep Ahead of Hunger

Starting a meal in an overly ravenous state […]

5 Nutrition Tips for Glowing Winter Skin

By Dr. Kathleen Regan, ND

Looking for a natural solution to grey, dull winter skin? Remember that beauty begins on the inside. Try these simple naturopathic nutrition tips to keep your complexion glowing this winter season.

Minimize Alcohol
Choose Herbal, Skin Building Teas
Don’t Cut Out All Carbs
Cod Liver Oil
Probiotics

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By |November 12th, 2015|Beauty, Blog, From the Clinic: Natural Tips & Articles|0 Comments

Cosmetic Acupuncture: How Does it Work?

By Dr. Lara Spector, ND

Also known as facial rejuvenation acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture is a safe, non-surgical treatment designed to reduce the signs of aging. It is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

This highly effective treatment involves inserting very thin disposable needles into various points in the face and body for a treatment which […]

Tahini Energy Bites

By: Joelle Mintzberg, CNP

Good snacks that are nutritious AND easy to prepare are hard to come by. Often times, we get so caught up with our meals that we forget or don’t have the time to put together a quick, nourishing snack. That’s where tahini balls come in place. They are so nutritious, easy to prepare and […]

By |October 15th, 2015|Blog|0 Comments