Tag: Diet

Adapting the Perfect Diet: Seasonal Eating

Seasonal Eating

Is there such a thing as a “perfect” or “ideal diet”? The simple answer is no. Our nutritional requirements are ever changing based on our stage of life, environment, stress level, activity level, our current state of health, where we live, the time of year and even the weather. 

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The Fantabulous Five Fs of Healthy Hormones

Healthy Hormone DetoxAdapted from Trish’s blog: Bite out of Life


So, we’re going through the ABC’s of Healthy Hormones and well, it seems I got a tad carried away with “F”…We have a whopping four of them as well as an ‘F’ recipe, so I’m counting it as five!

Today, we’re talkin’ Fibre, Fluids, Ferments, Fitness and for fun (see how I did that? LOL), the recipe of the week is Figs, Flax ’n Ferment.  Phew. 

To many, my ‘F’s’ are just a random list of ‘healthy things we should all be doing’ (and you’re not wrong!) but perhaps more importantly, they also relate to the removal of toxins – which is vital when you are looking at a healthy hormone system. 

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Have you tried the Snowflake diet?

the best diet

We are all beautiful snowflakes.

Unique.  Differently shaped by both the way we are formed (our genetics) and our environment. Impacted by our journey through the lifespan.   Changeable as we age.  With specific paths and specialized patterns.  Unlike any other.

Yep – snowflakes and humans have a lot in common.  Which is why when I am asked “what diet is the best diet?”  as a certified holistic nutritionist and wellness educator my answer is “the Snowflake diet!”

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Fasting Mimicking Diet

Fasting Diet

Often when patients come to see a Naturopathic Doctor they ask, “What should I be eating”? They recognize that what they consume each day has a profound impact on how they are feeling and their overall health. However, when and how much they are eating may be just as important as what they are eating. What if one of the most impactful things you can do for your health is to actually eat less?

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The Perfect Diet

~ Dr. Sonya Nobbe, ND

Eating to lose weight can seem complicated: no sugar, low fat, good fat, and even… maple syrup and lemon juice. (Remember that trend?) And if choosing your food wasn’t confusing enough, multiple studies suggest that starting a diet is one of the best predictors of weight gain. Is the problem our inability to stick to a diet, or is it the failure of the diet industry to understand us? Is there such a thing as a perfect diet for you?

The science of “let food be your medicine” has become more complex than the philosophy conceived by Hippocrates circa 400 B.C. The food we eat impacts our health well beyond the calories, fats, and vitamins we spend most of our time focusing on. There are well over 5000 phytonutrients in foods and exploration of their value to human health is in its infancy. We know that certain foods flip our genes on and off and create our health from the level of our DNA and up. And few people stop to consider that the food that enters our stomach is actually consumed by this tremendous “lost organ” we call our microbiome – trillions of bacterial cells and their metabolic by-products that influence nearly every facet of our health.

Though ancient medicines and traditional cultures lacked an understanding of these components of human health, they offer an extraordinary appreciation for the qualities of different foods and how foods complement particular disease patterns expressed by a person. For example, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, foods and people are categorized by their amount of heat, cold, dampness, and dryness. Accordingly, warm foods might be used to treat conditions characterized by a lack of heat or by excess cold. Meals might incorporate a balanced amount of yin and yang, so as not to cause a health problem.

More contemporary approaches to dieting may include specialized laboratory testing that evaluates your metabolism, hormone status, and food allergens. The corresponding food plan includes foods that support, and excludes foods that hinder, your particular metabolic state. For example, raw cruciferous vegetables such as kale and broccoli, can improve liver and estrogen metabolism which makes a healthy weight more attainable. However, these vegetables can also interfere with the thyroid gland which slows down metabolism! Whether these vegetables help or hurt your ability to attain a healthy weight depends on your particular metabolic balance.

Beyond the biochemical, organ-specific, and genetic impact of certain foods, lies the more complicated aspect of our emotional and spiritual response to food. For many people, food is a social connection, a comforting activity, a method of control, or an escape. (In fact, “comfort foods” may actually make us feel better by supporting serotonin production in our brains.) How each of us relates to food can quite surprisingly reveal how we relate to life in general.

Consequently, your perfect diet incorporates 1) a thorough appreciation for food, and 2) a deeper understanding of your unique biochemical and emotional makeup. With these 2 principles in mind, most any traditional diet plan can be improved. Attaining a healthy weight is a lifestyle, and a philosophy. Support from a knowledgeable health professional will take you further in your search for optimal eating, but the majority of the work occurs in challenging yourself to broaden your understanding of your relationship to food, and of food’s genuine capacity to change your life. You are what you eat


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