Monday June 23 2014

I talk about poop with essentially every new patient that walks in through my door.  A friend/colleague of mine shared the following link, and it's a great summary of what your poop can tell you about your current health.  Take a look and let me know what you think.

Monday June 16 2014

A very important part of my "information gathering" process with each new patient is to determine what their digestive health is like: What is their diet like?  How often do they have a bowel movement?  Are there any weird colours?  Are there any food particles?  Do they experience gas and/or bloating?  There are so many questions to ask with respect to their digestion that helps to give me different clues that help me put pieces of the puzzle together for each patient.  The balance of good and bad bacteria is very important, and I often speak to patients regarding the importance of their diet and sometimes the need for probiotics.  However, I recently came across this article that I will have to do a bit more research into and may influence the gut bacteria discussion to include lifestyle changes as well.

Monday June 2 2014

I was nominated to contribute to July's case study newsletter at my downtown Toronto clinic (Adelaide Health Clinic), so I have been doing a bunch of reading and digging around for information regarding IV therapy as a "hangover cure".  During this process, I came across this following Elle article and I thought that you might find this interesting -- particularly because it is more from a patient's point of view versus my case study which is more from my point of view. 

Sunday June 1 2014

My husband often sends me funny dog links to look at because he knows it will brighten my day.  Here's one that made me laugh this week.  Hope it brings a smile to your face to start off this month too!

Monday May 26 2014

I have recently been discussing food sensitivity test results and their subsequent dietary restrictions on an almost daily basis in Mississauga and downtown Toronto, so when I came across this article on Mind Body Green on the pros of having food sensitivities, I knew that I had to share!  I will definitely mention some of the following points the next time I have a patient who is having trouble with eliminating their food sensitivities and following their diet.

Monday, 19 May 2014 00:00

"Healthy" Brownies

Monday May 19 2014

One of my lovely downtown Toronto clinic patients introduced me to the cookbook: Oh She Glows.  I am in love with this cookbook!  It's vegan AND provides lots of gluten-free options.  Relatively simple recipes.  Great big colourful photos (I can't have a cookbook without photos for each recipe to INSPIRE me to make something yummy!).  And yummy results.  Below is a sample of one of the wonderful recipes that Angela Liddon creates and shares in Oh She Glows!

Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00

Fun Facts About Dogs and Cats

Thursday May 15 2014

I have *always* been a dog person at heart, but as many of my patients have heard over the last few months, I have discovered I do in fact have a soft spot for cats -- specifically our new "kitten" Griffin.  I like to say that I "lost my mind" back in September because Jeff and I lived in a 2 bedroom apartment in The Beaches with my dog Baylee and his cats, Squid and Pretzel.  One week before we moved into our new apartment in Leaside AND just over 1 month before our wedding, I decided that it would be a great idea to add to our already large fur family but rescuing a little grey and white kitten!  I didn't realize that dogs and cats could get along so well (other than the random photo that you see online!), but Baylee and Griffin fast became friends.  The following article from Huffington Post is just a fun article with a bunch of interesting facts and tidbits about dogs and cats!

Monday, 12 May 2014 00:00

Carrot Juice Pulp Muffins

Monday May 12 2014

I absolutely LOVE Leanne Vogel's blog -- it's bright, happy and vibrant AND even better, it's full of yummy, healthy recipes!  Now that Spring is *supposed* to be in the air, many of my patients often come into my Naturopathic office asking questions about juicing for health promotion, juicing for detox'ing, juicing just because they heard that juicing was good!  Juicing is a great idea.  However, as Leanne's guest columnist Alison Smith realized during her 21 day juicing challenge, juicing comes with a whole lot of waste in the form of pulp!  Lucky for us, she came up with a great recipe that minimizes this waste and results in a great little muffin.

Monday, 05 May 2014 00:00

What Does Your Urine Tell You?

Monday May 5 2014

As a Naturopathic Doctor, I talk about poop A LOT with each and every patient that walks into my office door -- whether it's the high power executive/professional at my downtown Toronto clinic or the new mom on her maternity-leave at my Mississauga clinic.  On the other side of things is urine -- and we also discuss this because it does give me a lot of information regarding the health of my patients!

Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

What Dogs Do When We're Not Looking ...

Thursday May 1 2014

I must admit that I am "one of THOSE people" who loves snuggling with my dog on the bed.  She's so adorable and gives me the biggest puppy eyes that will melt my heart in an instant.  She definitely knows how to "work it" and get what she wants!  As soon as my husband gets out of bed in the morning and heads to the bathroom to brush his teeth, Baylee hops up onto the bed into his spot and snuggles into my side.  It's one of the best things and I look forward to it every morning.  Below is a video of a dog who definitely knows how to enjoy the bed -- despite her "parents" not allowing her on the bed ... it makes me laugh every time I watch it!

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