Should you try Intermittent Fasting?

Should you try Intermittent Fasting?

The newest food craze hitting your newsfeed is called Intermittent Fasting. You may have heard about it, had friends that have tried it, or given it a go for yourself. As with many things in the nutrition world, it is throwing what we thought we knew upside-down. 

 Maybe breakfast isn’t the most important meal of the day??

 Eating 5 small meals throughout the day to try to manage our blood sugar might actually be having the opposite effect??

Monthly Challenge #4: Daily Meditation

For the month of April, I challenged myself to meditate every day. Most of us have tried meditating in the past, maybe after a yoga class, but for me that usually just ends in a nice yoga nap. Through my courses at Harvard for mind-body medicine, I know how important meditation is, and how it can change your DNA (for the better!) in just 10 minutes a day. I talk to patients and people who meditate regularly, and can see the benefits from a simple meditation practice. But, as with all things, knowing does not equal doing.

Why being “fine” isn’t good enough

Lab results may not flag a problem, however the numbers can reveal a lot about your health, and can mean the difference between feeling fine, and feeling optimally healthy.

Whenever I see a new patient, I always recommend they bring in a copy of their most updated bloodwork, or, if it has been a while, I might suggest they get new bloodwork done.

Why do I insist on actually seeing a copy, instead of accepting “My Doctor tested everything, and it was all fine”? Well, 2 main reasons.

Balancing Your Hormones, Part 1: Cortisol

We have all been there – a stressful day at work, a bad breakup or a frustrating argument with a friend. All of a sudden it seems we want to indulge in all the foods we try our best to avoid – ice cream, chocolate, pizza. The craving for sugar and fats seems to be one of the many responses to elevated levels of cortisol in our body.

Eat This, Not That.

Nobody likes feeling deprived, especially when it comes to food.

Restricting your diet has been shown to actually increase your cravings and the chances of overeating, and lead to more weight gain.

Instead of  completely removing all your favourite foods, try swapping them instead for healthier options. You’ll likely end up loving the substitutions!

Kick your Sugar Cravings!

Sugar addiction is very real, and with sugar being added to most food products, it is becoming nearly impossible to avoid. The numbers are alarming - on average Canadians consume 110g of sugar per person each day, and children aged 1-3 derive 27% of their calories from sugar! (Statistics Canada).  Sugar and high glycemic foods trigger your brains pleasure centre, which makes you feel good and drive you to seek more of that feeling. 

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The holidays are a wonderful opportunity to spend time with family and friends, and indulge in some holiday cheer, but it can also be the time we put on a few extra pounds. 
 
The New England Journal of Medicine reported that the average holiday weight gain is 1 pound, and 5 pounds for people that are already overweight. This doesn’t seem like much but unfortunately, we don’t end up losing that weight later in the year, so the pounds can start to stack up.

Tired, Overweight and Feeling Sluggish? Why your undiagnosed thyroid condition could be to blame

Fatigue, weight gain, constipation, depression, menstrual irregularities, dry skin. Do these symptoms feel familiar to you? They are all signs of hypothyroidism, or a low functioning thyroid gland. An estimated 1 in 10 Canadians are expected to have a thyroid condition, but the diagnosis is often missed - as many as 50% of those people remain undiagnosed! Fortunately, Naturopathic Doctors are really knowledgeable about how to diagnose and treat thyroid conditions to get you feeling better. 

Your guide to the elimination diet

Your guide to the elimination diet

The first time I heard about someone doing the elimination diet was about 10 years ago and I was shocked. “You are going to starve!” “What is there left to eat?” Now, as a Naturopathic Doctor, it is something I recommend often, but I’m sure some of my patients have the exact same reaction. After having done several elimination diets myself, I now look at this diet as a great opportunity to learn more about your body, and the food you eat, while often helping to solve those pesky symptoms that never seem to get better.

Why Should I see a Naturopathic Doctor?

Why Should I see a Naturopathic Doctor?

Naturopathic Doctors have a unique philosophy regarding healthcare. We are focused on treating the root cause of disease when possible, and not only masking the symptoms. Although sometimes it is important to treat the symptoms, such as pain, we do so while at the same time trying to understand the reason the pain exists in the first place.

The Perfect Diet?

There are so many diets out there – vegan, vegetarian, macrobiotic, paleo, primal, Mediterranean – the list goes on. But which one is the best? Your best friend swears that the paleo diet changed her life - she lost 50 pounds and her skin cleared up, but when you try it – nothing! Well that’s because diets and food choices need to be individualized! 

Thinking about having a baby? 7 things your ND wants you to know

Thinking about having a baby? 7 things your ND wants you to know

So you have decided that you would like to have a baby! Congratulations! You feel mentally prepared to take this next big step, and you have space and time to accommodate a little one into your life. Now is the time to start on a pre-conception plan to optimize your chances of conceiving, and having a successful pregnancy.

Stop sneezing your way through Spring!

Spring has sprung! The flowers are blooming and trees are budding -it’s time to go play outside in the fresh grass! But for allergy sufferers, spring means staying indoors to manage the sneezing, runny nose, itchy throat and watery eyes that accompany this warmer weather. If this sounds like you, take steps this Spring to help manage your allergies and enjoy the outdoors.