Proactive Health

November is Proactive Health Month. We’ll cover topics such as preventative health, weight control, and the role holistic nutrition plays. It is never too late to take action and start living your best life. See below for articles, recipes, tips and tricks from our wonderful community of holistic nutrition professionals.

A beautiful fall/winter dish with brown rice, pecan, and sage stuffing. This versatile recipe is also vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, and absolutely scrumptious! Ashley Madden, C.H.N., shares her recipe along with some nutritional benefits of the ingredients, time saving tips, and some possible variations.

As we move past the pandemic, resilience continues to be an important skill to build and work on. Part of being proactive with your health is being consistent and working on your mindset. Article written by Kristina Virro, R.H.N and registered psychotherapist. 

When thinking about overall health, are you thinking about bone health? With healthy bones, they’re less likely to break, you’ll have better posture, protect your organs, help you move better, store calcium and other nutrients, and more! Here are 10 fruits that can help. 

Ashley felt like there was a missing piece in western medicine, which brought her to study holistic nutrition CSNN. She’s a pharmacist turned certified holistic nutritional consultant and plant-based chef with 2 published cookbooks. See how CSNN allowed her to find her passion and new career and help her adopt a healthy holistic approach to life. 

This is Magnesium 101. This important mineral has significant impact on your health and wellbeing. In this article, you’ll learn more about how it impacts you, how to tell if you’re deficient, and what foods can help. 

Caroline Chow, R.H.N. shares her journey dealing with perioral dermatitis and how it brought her to holistic nutrition. Her education and taking a holistic approach helped her clear her skin and sparked her career change from finance to nutrition. 

Out of the vegetables you could be eating, what is it that makes cruciferous vegetables so impressive? In this article, learn about the many nutrients and benefits and the science behind them. There are also some cooking tips on how to best prepare them. 

With a chronic health condition, Ciara turned towards CSNN and chose to study holistic nutrition to better her health, her family’s health, and create a new career in something she’s passionate about. She also created a niche community to help others with the same kidney disease. Learn more about her story. 

This is a delicious flavour combination you might not have discovered yet. This cookie has a soft and gooey centre and also happens to be gluten-free and made without any refined sugar. Recipe from Caroline Chow, R.H.N. 

Cultivate a healthier mindset when it comes to food with the holistic approach. There are no “good” or “bad” foods and all foods can fit. No one diet is better than another. We are all unique and have unique relationships with food. Learn more from this post from Alyssa Flegg, R.H.N. 

Chanelle Lagassé, R.H.N. was featured in the Winnipeg Free Press. As a holistic nutrition professional with a focus in gut health, hormone health, and plant-based nutrition, she helps empower people to eat and live healthier while being more environmentally friendly. Learn more in the article. 

Ready for some new reading for the fall/winter season? Looking for new cookbooks and recipes to try? Thinking about holiday gifts? These books could be for you! Check out the published works from our grads. 

Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Certificate

get a taste of holistic nutrition

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the information (and misinformation) out there about health and nutrition, the Healthy Eating & Lifestyle Certificate workshops are a great starting point. You will be surprised by the amount of information you get! You’ll get so much value out of this certificate from CSNN, the largest leading holistic nutrition school in Canada. These workshops are packed full of useful and practical information so you can start to understand holistic nutrition and its role in your overall health and wellbeing better.

Workshops are available at select branches via Live Online Zoom or through Distance Education through a self-study online learning format. 


The latest research confirms that the majority of chronic health conditions can improve when nutrition and lifestyle are well managed. Jess Sherman, R.H.N., explains the role and the perspective of Holistic Nutrition Practitioners when it comes to proactive health care. Click here to read the article.

  • Gut Microbiome – Essential to Health – Rejan Magee, R.H.N. writes about the gut-brain and gut-skin connection. Learn how to help your gut microbiome thrive so it can benefit your overall health and wellbeing.
  • 4 Reasons You’re Addicted to Sugar – Asher Kleiber, R.H.N. shares some reasons why you might be potentially dealing with sugar cravings. Read her blog post to learn more and learn how you can set yourself up for success and reduce your sugar intake and improve your health.
  • Kombucha, Kimchi and Other Fermented Foods – Debora Palmieri, R.H.N., shares the benefits of fermented foods, and why preliminary scientific research says that they may play a role in disease prevention and may even have a positive effect on mental health.
  • Immune Boosters – Sleep, exercise, and eat your way to a stronger immune system. Staying healthy is a balance between immune boosters and immunity drainers.

About Holistic Nutrition Professionals

Preventative Approach

  • Creative Practices for Stress Relief – Practices that inspire creativity can be implemented into your self-care routine to enhance your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and wellbeing.
  • Mental Health and Nutrition – In this podcast, Lesley Baker, C.H.N.C. shares some information on how mental health and nutrition are connected, as well as some practical tips you can apply to your life to move towards better health and wellbeing.
  • Health Care vs. Disease Care – Raquel Barr, R.H.N., talks about her experience and the difference between health care and disease care in her blog post.

Acid-Alkaline Balance for Optimal Health

Have you head that your diet might be “too acidic” but wondered what that meant? Kelly McConnell, R.H.N. helps us understand what “alkalizing your diet” means. Help support your body because too much acidity has been linked to inflammation, heart disease, and more.

This season calls for comforting hot beverages while you cuddle on the sofa. Make it a healthier option with a little kick with cinnamon hot chocolate. Recipe from Jessica Mitton, C.H.N.C.

Stress is a complex topic, but this post can help you start becoming your most relaxed self, how to find balance, and how nutrition and movement come into play. Brittany Gordan, R.H.N. shares some insight on this as well good vs. bad stress and how to help manage your stress levels.

Made in your instant pot or slow cooker, this is a warming, soothing, ultra nourishing dish with the added benefit of lots of immune-boosting superfoods. This is great for your gut health and very hearty for those cold nights! Recipe is also gluten-free and dairy-free. Give this recipe from Caroline Chow, R.H.N. a try!

Many people will readily survive on fast food, drive through meals and snacks. Many will not even remember what they ate for breakfast. When we’re so busy and have little time, sometimes we forget to enjoy our food. Joanna Brown, C.H.N.C. teaches us about mindful eating, the benefits, and 7 easy tips to get started.

Lentils are nutrient-dense and an excellent source of protein, fiber, and complex carbs. It’s also a low-glycemic food that won’t spike blood sugar. Try this versatile ingredient in this hearty soup that will warm you up, keep you full, and make your belly happy! Recipe from Amy Longard, R.H.N.

Sometimes it’s about the small changes that are simple, effective, and consistent. Which of these will you start to incorporate into your everyday routine? Stephanie Kay, R.H.N shares 12 healthy daily habits. This is your reminder that small steps can make a big change and help you on your healthy eating and lifestyle journey.

4 tasty beverage recipes that won’t raise your cortisol levels and have nutritional benefits. If you’re trying to break your coffee habit, give these alternatives a try. Recipes from Marla Pietruszko, R.H.N. 

What is wellness and how can we incorporate into our everyday? Whether you’re still working from home or have adapted a hybrid format, these are good tips to keep in mind. Caroline Chow, R.H.N. shares 3 pillars to work form home successfully with wellness.

Super nutritious and tasty dip recipe from Marisa Ricci, R.H.N. Beets are filled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic is also great for your immune system! 

Instead of banana bread, try something new with CSNN grad Hannah Schmitt’s Almond Coconut Flour Loaf. It’s nutty, wholesome, and delicious cold or toasted. It also happens to be dairy and gluten-free.

This is such a classic comfort food. CSNN grad Delia Mota shares her recipe for homemade Bolognese sauce. Make a big batch and put it in the freezer for those nights when you need a quick and hearty dinner. 

Can you believe this creamy pasta dish is made without dairy? CSNN grad Alicia Heafey shares her recipe for Fettuccine Alfredo made with cauliflower and cashews. It’s packed with healthy fats, protein, and fibre. 

Move over avocado toast! It’s all about this delicious Kabocha Squash Toast with Caramelized Onions and Ricotta. This recipe is from Orsha Magyar, C.H.N. of Neurotrition. 

Colder days call for nourishing warming bowls of chili. Check out this simple recipe from Jessica Mitton, C.H.N.C. that is full of nutritional benefits. Healthy and cozy! 

Healthy Pumpkin Spice Latte

CSNN Grad, Joanna Brown, shares her healthy version of the ever-popular Pumpkin Spice Latte. The real and wholesome ingredients used help support your immune system and wallet.

Immune Support Certificate Workshops

Advanced Holistic Nutrition

The Immune Support certificate package, one of two certificate packages available, gives students a more focused and scientific look of how to use their nutrition tools to support a weakened immune system, how to help prevent breast cancer and disease, and how to safely guide clients through a detoxifying protocol.

Not only will Holistic Nutritional Consultant professionals and other Health Care Practitioners gain knowledge that is integral to their practice, but they will also earn successful completion certificates after each workshop plus a specialty certificate upon completion of a certificate package.

I chose CSNN because I wanted a program based on science that tied in the body-mind-spirit connection because it really is all connected. When we ignore one facet of that connection we can not achieve optimal health.