Holistic Nutrition Articles


Nutrition from the Ground Up: Organic gardening for optimal nutrition
Prepared by: Tricia Sedgwick, R.H.N.  |  theworldinagarden.com

Have you ever wondered why fresh produce from the grocery store can lack flavour or even be tasteless? Or have you compared the taste of a conventional supermarket tomato to a fresh plucked, organically grown, warm, juicy, sun-kissed tomato off the vine? If you have the tasted sun ripe fruits and vegetables straight from the earth you may have noticed they are bursting with flavour.

I learned long ago in my organic gardening ventures that vitamins and minerals are responsible for the flavour in our food.  On average, most produce will lose 30 percent of its nutrients 3 days post harvest. Spinach and other leafy greens will lose up to 90% of its vitamin C with in the first 24 hours of harvesting!

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Take Responsibility for Your Health, Happiness and Life Using Holistic Nutrition
Prepared by: Eleanor Healey, R.H.N.  |  trulyme.ca

Becoming a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ changed my life. Not only was I able to greatly improve my health issues, but I was better equipped to help people. How? In a nutshell, learning about holistic nutrition allowed me to do what I hadn’t done previously: take my power back.

My early years were spent listening to everyone else, not being able to speak up for myself and having a very difficult time figuring out what I really wanted or needed. Until I discovered how to take responsibility for my health—including mind, body and spirit—I felt miserable.

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Help for Kids with Food Allergies
Prepared by Meredith Deasley, BA, R.H.N., ACC | theresourcefulmother.com

In today’s world, food allergies have become an epidemic.  We have the sickest generation of kids to have ever existed in the history of mankind.  Sadly, the majority of parents don’t even know that their kids are reacting adversely to food.

An adverse reaction to a food becomes a symptom; continually ignored symptoms turn into conditions, which often turn into disease in adulthood. You see, our bodies will keep communicating with us whether we listen or not; the earlier you are able to uncover the culprit food(s), the better.

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Pulses: The New (Old) Superfood?
Prepared by Debora Palmieri, BASc., R.H.N. | myhealthychoices.ca

Love ‘em or hate ‘em pulses, commonly referred to as legumes, are the newest superfood in town and for good reason! Although, they have been around for thousands of years, pulses are now moving into the spotlight. This year has actually been voted to be the International Year of Pulses (IYOP), by the United Nations General Assembly.

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Heart Healthy Foods
Prepared by: Michelle Waithe, BaSc, R.H.N.

The heart is the powerhouse of the cardiovascular system which is an intricate system of blood vessels that allows nutrients to get where they need to go and transports harmful substances out of the body. Unfortunately, if you are putting harmful substances into your body the cardiovascular system becomes a transport system for toxins and gets damaged itself along the way. Incorporating a few delicious heart healthy foods and making some simple lifestyle changes can ensure you have a healthy, strong heart for life.

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Shop the Grocery Store Perimeter for Faster Natural Weight Loss
Prepared by: Ashleigh Grange, R.H.N., BA, CNE | AshleighGrange.com

Most nutrition pros know that there’s no magic pill for natural weight loss. Counting calories or severely restricting your diet until you reach your target weight? That doesn’t sound like fun—and it’s probably not sustainable. The truth is, this approach to dieting is too time-consuming and stressful for most people on a long-term basis.

So what if I told you that just paying attention to where you buy your food from in the grocery store can dramatically affect your weight and waist size?

If one of your goals this year is to lose weight naturally, you might be surprised to discover that shopping the perimeter of your local grocery store might be the best and easiest thing you could do to achieve your ideal weight. Shopping the perimeter of most grocery stores can actually offer a diversity of healthy foods to help you achieve and maintain your healthiest weight.

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A Natural Approach To Sports Nutrition
Prepared by: Alissa Liska, BSc, C.H.N., AFLCA-RTSL | ftmnutrition.com

When it comes to designing a sports nutrition diet, there are many ways of doing so. Depending on the sport, athletes will have a diverse range of energy and nutrient needs to consider. There are countless sources from which they can obtain such energy in the form of whole food and supplements, but certain sources will have far more benefits to one’s overall health, while others may actually cause harm. This article provides a summary of some of the major recommendations for a sports nutrition diet created by a C.H.N., which may differ from a more traditional sports nutritionist.

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Detox Your Way to a Brand New You
Prepared by: Debora Palmieri, BASc., R.H.N. | myhealthychoices.ca

You wake up before your alarm goes off and jump out of bed ready for the day ahead. You wash your beautiful face and fix your lovely tresses; no beauty care products needed because you have a great complexion and soft, silky hair. You get changed into clothes that fit you just right and make your way down to the kitchen. Next you make a green smoothie and drink it on your way to work, while you sing along to your favourite song.

Wait…pardon? That doesn’t sound quite like you?

Okay, what about this? Beep, beep, beep…you hit the snooze button for just another 5 minutes, until you finally get enough energy to drag yourself out of bed. You wash your oily face with soap, gargle away your awful morning breath and rub on some antiperspirant to mask your body odour. Then you slather some cover-up over your acne-prone skin and work some serum through your dry, brittle hair. Next, you change into your pants that almost fit; except for that last button that doesn’t quite seem to want to get over your bloated belly. You finally stagger down to the kitchen, grab yourself a cup of coffee and grudgingly head out the door.

Is that more like you? If you answered yes, it may be time for a detox.

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Sleep, Exercise, and Eat Your Way to a Stronger Immune System
Prepared by: Tara Patriquin, R.H.N., RMT | 121wellness.ca/tara-patriquin-massage-therapist/

Staying healthy is a balancing act between immune boosters and immunity drainers. After all, we’re surrounded by things that compromise our immune system on a daily basis; whether it’s pollution, questionable lifestyle choices, or viruses, for example. It seems that at no time do we hear more about “immune boosters” than in the winter. The common cold is one of the leading reasons for medical visits during the winter. But, building a healthy immune system is a year-round job.

It is big business to sell products designed to strengthen your immune system. You can Google any number of lists offering the best immune boosters, with everything from the now mainstream Echinacea to the little known Graviola extract. But I’ve never been the most compliant with a supplement regimen, and I’m a simple girl after a simple approach. I keep my immune boosters old school: sleep, exercise, and diet. After all, these are the pillars of health and you always have them at your disposal; no hunting for rare ingredients required!

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The Link Between Organic Food and Our Health
Prepared by: Mara Panacci, R.H.N. | marapanacci.com

The term ‘organic’ has become synonymous in people’s minds with health, wellbeing and green living. We can have open dialogue about organic foods at our local farmer’s markets, family gatherings and even large supermarkets are carrying a varying supply. You’ll definitely hear more about organic food if you decide to work with any holistic wellness practitioner, such as a Holistic Nutritionist/Holistic Nutritional Consultant or a yoga teacher. While it’s positive and empowering to have organic food become a mainstream item, it’s important to have a firm understanding of its benefits and impact on our health and the health of our planet.

Above all, Holistic Nutritionists/Holistic Nutritional Consultants work from a firm belief that food should be natural, alive and of good quality to serve us optimally. Organic products can be a large part of this healthy framework and when understood, can help us live life to the fullest.

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