Celiac Disease: Living Gluten-Free after Diagnosis

Celiac Disease: Living Gluten-Free after Diagnosis

Ok, so you or a loved one has been diagnosed with celiac disease. Now what?

It’s no secret that living with a diagnosis of celiac disease changes your life as certain foods no longer become a choice.

But how can you live with a disease that eliminates an ingredient found in the vast majority of foods?

Read on to discover how to get started on a gluten-free diet and live healthfully after a celiac diagnosis.

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Celiac Disease: Signs and Symptoms that May Surprise You!

Celiac Disease: Signs and Symptoms that May Surprise You!

Could you belong to the 80% of Canadians with undiagnosed Celiac Disease?

Do you suffer from some form of debilitating “mystery” symptom?

Could it be celiac?

When most people think of celiac disease, they immediately think of the common digestive symptoms that manifest if gluten is consumed, including diarrhea, gas and bloating. But there are many other less common, or “atypical” signs and symptoms of the disease - some of which may surprise you. Could you be suffering from one of them?

In honour of May being Celiac Awareness Month, let’s dive right into the disease, test your knowledge of celiac, and examine symptoms during Part 1 of my series on celiac disease.

And as always, I welcome your feedback. Drop me a line and please share and like us on Facebook and be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

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Cortisol: What it is and Natural Ways to Lower it 

Cortisol: What it is and Natural Ways to Lower it 

We’ve all experienced stress.

Maybe you live in a constant state of stress with seemingly no way out. 

If you can’t sleep because your mind is constantly buzzing, if you are fired up and cannot turn off your brain, or if you feel so exhausted all the time that you cannot complete even one of the items on your never-ending to-do list, then you understand what I’m talking about.  

If this sounds like you, read this week’s blog post to discover what cortisol is, what too much cortisol can do to our bodies, and most importantly, what we can do to lower it.


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Common Weight Loss Myths Debunked

Common Weight Loss Myths Debunked

Sometimes it seems that everyone has an opinion on weight loss. It’s full of bad oversimplified advice, and magical “non-diet” diet products. And this information is all over the internet.

I am so pleased to bust 5 common weight-loss myths. Want to know why? It's because I care about you. If you're looking to lose weight, then I want you to be successful. I want you to stop wasting one more second on garbage like the common weight loss myths I’m debunking today.

Please join me in finally putting these weight-loss myths to rest once and for all so you can avoid the common mistakes people have been making for years.


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Get Happy: How To Increase Serotonin Levels Naturally

Get Happy: How To Increase Serotonin Levels Naturally

Are you one of the 21 million Americans who struggle with a mood disorder?

Some mood issues can be attributed to low levels of serotonin in the body. Luckily, there are a number of natural ways to increase your serotonin levels.

Read on to discover some things you should consider when trying to increase your serotonin levels naturally.

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Gratitude: How Gratitude Improves Brain Health

Gratitude: How Gratitude Improves Brain Health 

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and family!

With Thanksgiving comes the official start of the holiday season!

Most of us look forward to time spent with family and friends. Time to enjoy this festive time of year and share our good fortune with others. In fact, many of us have already started celebrating or anticipating the holidays at the very least.

Yet for others, the holidays can be a challenge, often fraught with anxiety, financial worries, depression, and sadness. If you feel overwhelmed or down when this time of year rolls around, keep reading - I’m about to give you reason to be thankful. 

Practicing gratitude goes a lot further than saying “thanks” - it can actually improve your brain health!

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World Mental Health Day: October 10, 2018

World Mental Health Day: October 10, 2018 

The thought of “mental health” often makes us uncomfortable. It has traditionally been seen as a taboo subject that people don’t often talk freely about.

Why is this? Why is mental health often swept under the rug and only spoken about behind closed doors?

The outdated and unfounded stigmas surrounding mental health are the driving forces behind World Mental Health Day.

On October 10, 2018, the World Federation of Mental Health presented “World Mental Health Day” with the intention of raising awareness about mental health. To do my part, I’ll be discussing various issues surrounding mental health in a two-part blog series that starts today.

So if you’re struggling with your own mental health, keep reading this week’s post to discover more about mental health along with treatment options and next week’s post to learn about neuronutrition for mental health, so that you can bounce back and regain a healthy mental state.

Let’s open our minds and our hearts to those living with mental illness and their families. Let’s take this opportunity to break down stigmas and learn more about mental health.

Read the full post here.

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Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

We all do it. Sometimes the amazing aroma and delicious flavour gets the best of us.  Especially if we're a bit on the hungry (or hangry) side.

I'm talking about overeating at meals.  

Of course our body does need food to fuel itself. And even if we usually eat amazingly healthy foods, we may still overeat. This can have a big impact on our weight, energy levels, and overall health and well-being.

In this post I'm going to give you three solid tips for preventing that from happening. Seriously! If you can make these three things a regular habit and part of your daily routine, you've got one up on the overeating cravings.

Read the full post here.

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9 Healthy Eating Tips for Back to School

9 Healthy Eating Tips for Back to School

Some of you may be disappointed that those lazy summer days are over as another school year is about to start. Others may be excited to get back into familiar routines and the kids busy again. But regardless of how you feel about the return of a new school year, it is always a great time to kick-start new habits and create better eating routines for the whole family.

To help you get the school year started on the right foot, this week’s blog post includes 9 healthy eating tips to kick the year off right while improving the focus and productivity of everyone in the household.

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Does your Pet eat better than you?

Does your Pet eat better than you? 

Many pet foods today use all natural, quality, organic ingredients with meat derived from animals not treated with hormones or antibiotics. In fact, ingredient lists on packages of pet food read like a health food store advertisement.

Natural. Whole foods. Organic. 

With such wholesome foods readily available for our pets, I came to realize that many humans fail to eat as well as their pets. Why is this? Do we not think we deserve to live long, happy, healthy lives, too?

Read this week’s blog post to discover more about why our pets eat better than we do and some life lessons we should all adopt from the family dog.

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The 10 Best Brain Vitamins to Boost Focus and Memory

The 10 Best Brain Vitamins to Boost Focus and Memory

If you're curious to know what vitamins are good for your brain and can improve your mood, memory, and focus, read this week’s blog post. You’ll discover the 10 most essential brain vitamins you should be taking and why.

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How I Hacked my Autoimmune Disease

How I Hacked my Autoimmune Disease and How you can too!

This week’s blog post is special to me, as it relays my story.

I decided it was time to share my personal health journey with you. Read this week’s post to find out about my past health concerns, my diagnosis with a serious autoimmune disease, and what I chose to do about it. So sit back, grab a cup of tea, and enjoy my story!


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Celiac Disease is an Autoimmune Condition: What You Need to Know

Celiac Disease is an Autoimmune Condition: What You Need to Know 

May is Celiac disease awareness month. 

Celiac disease, an extreme manifestation of gluten sensitivity, occurs when an allergic reaction to gluten causes small intestinal damage. It is the most severe reaction anyone can have to gluten, and is more prevalent than you may think, as most people who have this disease are never actually diagnosed.

For those of you who have been diagnosed with celiac disease, it’s likely that you already know what it is and how it impacts your life. For others, this is the opportunity to learn the truth about celiac disease, symptoms associated with it, and how it manifests itself. 

In this week’s blog post, I’ll discuss how celiac disease, an autoimmune condition, may arise, common myths about the disease, and provide you a list of food/ingredients containing gluten that all celiacs must avoid.


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How to Brew your own Kombucha in 6 Easy Steps

How to Brew your own Kombucha in 6 Easy Steps 

In your efforts to become whole food optimized, I hope that you have discovered kombucha. The health of your gut and the balance of bacteria within your microbiome depend on both the probiotics and prebiotics that you feed it. This includes delicious fermented foods that the healthy bacteria in your gut love. And what’s more delicious than kombucha?

If you are not sure what exactly kombucha is or if you missed my interview with a kombucha brewmaster, be sure to check it out

If you are well aware of the health benefits of kombucha, including helping you maintain optimal gut, immune, brain, and overall health, and have been thinking of starting to brew some yourself, I highly recommend you give it a go! It’s easier than you may think!

Read on to discover my simple kombucha recipe and 6 steps even you can take to brew your own kombucha!


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How You Can Improve Your Digestion Naturally

How You Can Improve Your Digestion Naturally

How to Improve Digestion Naturally:
Restoring your gut health can be as simple as incorporating the right foods into your diet. Keep reading to learn how to improve digestion naturally.

How often have you finished a meal and felt bloated, been gassy, had cramps or acid reflux, or felt just plain uncomfortable? It happens to everyone from time to time, and it can be a sign that your digestive system isn't working the way it should.

If it happens to you regularly, it may be time to make some lasting changes.

Your digestive system is a delicate balance of chemical reactions. Having one element thrown out of whack can wreck havoc on many aspects of your health, not to mention leaving you feeling very uncomfortable. But taking medicine for these problems all the time may not be right for you - or the you approach you want to take.

If you're looking to improve digestion naturally, read on for several tips you may just want to try.



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