Health Tips

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Yoghurt Substitute

by Leisa on August 10, 2008

One of the most common dairy foods that a lot of people like to eat is yoghurt. Even if they have eliminated a lot of dairy from their diet in the way of milk, cheese and ice-cream – yoghurt still has the perception of being a “health” food. If you are sensitive to dairy then
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Superfoods… Hype or Hope?

by Leisa on August 7, 2008

Here is a great article from the Food Matters newsletter: “Why superfoods? Superfoods are a category of foods found in nature, they are superior sources of essential nutrients – nutrients we need but can’t make ourselves. We all may be adding more salads and vegetables to our diets, but concern for the quality of foods
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Arthritis Remedies

by Leisa on July 30, 2008

One of the most amazing results I witnessed when working as the Naturopath at Hippocrates Health Centre, was the resolution of arthritic pain in less than a week. I would see people come in on heavy pain medication, stiff, with limited mobility, often with swollen inflamed joints – and after going through a juice fast and
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The Retreat is Here!

by Leisa on July 28, 2008

I am very happy to be announcing the launch of my fantastic health retreat experience, the Embracing Life! Six Day Detox, Healing and Renewal Retreat.  My passion in life is to spend time with people dedicated to learning about health and healing, and there is nothing better that doing that with a group of like-minded
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Stress and Switching Off…

by Leisa on July 23, 2008

With stress being the causative factor in so many degenerative health conditions, part of my philosophy on healing is to lower and manage stress through various techniques. I talk to people about the benefits of regular exercise in stress reduction, we talk about resolving and working on the emotional aspects of stress, we can look
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Reclaiming our Feelings

by Leisa on July 18, 2008

I have always seen the recognition of our feelings as a way of connecting with our true and authentic selves, rather than seeing them as something we need to “overcome” in this life. Life without feeling, to me, is a life only half-lived, and to abandon the texture and colour that feeling gives to life, is to deny
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Making Up Diseases…

by Leisa on July 10, 2008

That’s right, the pharmaceutical companies are at it again, making up diseases so that they can treat these fictitious problems with a drug.  Which is fine for adults, who, if they only care to research even a little bit, can find out the dangers of prescription medication for themselves, but this latest push is to medicate
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Nutritionism Defined

by Leisa on July 8, 2008

This is the title of Chapter 2 of Michael Pollan’s great book “In Defense of Food”, and I love the concept that he reveals – that we have become blinded by the ideology of “nutritionism.” “In the case of nutritionism,” Pollan writes “the widely shared but unexamined assumption is that the key to understanding food
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What is the Answer to this Question?

by Leisa on June 20, 2008

In various situations either in clinical practice or just in my daily interactions with people, I invariably get asked – “What can I do about X condition?”  It might be arthritis, or diabetes or one of any number of chronic health problems. Unfortunately, this is a question that I find really hard to answer, because there
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Organic IS Better!

by Leisa on June 3, 2008

If anyone nutritionally minded has ever had an argument with someone over whether organic produce is healthier than conventional supermarket fruit and veggies – then all you need to do is stop arguing and just send them to this site: http://www.ota.com/organic/benefits/nutrition.html The website states “Growing crops in healthy soils results in food products that offer healthy nutrients.
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