Review: Prenatal Multivitamin

As a clinical nutritionist and pregnancy doc, I get asked quite frequently which prenatal multivitamin I would recommend.  I took the opportunity while I was pregnant to try out my usual picks to gather some “on-field” intel with them. Here are my top choices for multivitamins while you are pregnant, combining my personal experience and clinical expertise: 1 […]

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Back Pain & Pregnancy

Sometimes pregnancy can be a bit of a pain in the back… It is estimated that 50-80% of women experience hip, groin, or low back pain during pregnancy. Generally, back pain begins between the 5th and 7th month, although it can start as early as 4-16 weeks. One third of women report that pain is […]

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Establishing Balance as a Family

Were you are the Family Day Challenge?  This was in your swag bag. I think it is worth sharing with everyone as a reminder to build and live the balanced life you love. Find out how you are spending your time. Take a week to track your time. Every hour.  Where you are spending your […]

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Happiness

Dr Mark Holder is a neuroscientist who works out of UBCO studying happiness.  Pretty cool, eh?  Apparently, some of his research has involved cookies and dolphins (separately, not together, though maybe there is an idea in there somewhere).  Dr Holder spoke on the Science of Happiness in Children at the Rotary Centre for the Arts […]

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Success with Supplements

Nutritional supplements, nutriceuticals, and medical foods can be very helpful for improving your health and healing physiological conditions.  They can also be very intimidating.  Here are some tips to making sure you are getting the most out of your health regime. Read the label.  Should it be taken with food or without? In one dose […]

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How to Set up for Success in a Nutrition Program

Choose the right time. Don’t start your new nutrition ideals on a whim. Pick a timeframe with few events or holidays.  Don’t start something new right before Christmas or your birthday.  Try to carve out 3-4 weeks without parties or vacations, as these types of outings can be very difficult to manage when establishing a new routine. […]

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How to be a Healthy Vegetarian

Vegetarians, on the whole, have less risk of heart attack and diabetes than their meat eating comrades.  They are less likely to suffer from high blood pressure, obesity, and high cholesterol and they have a considerably lower incidence of digestive disorders, gallbladder disease, constipation, and colon cancer (and possibly other cancers as well).  The research […]

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How to Discourage Iron Deficiency

One of the most common nutrition “problems” that I see in my office is iron deficiency (low iron levels).  This makes sense, considering iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiencies in the world, with women and children most commonly affected. Whether borderline or a full-blown clinical deficiency, there is usually a lot more going […]

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My Life in Practice

I used to find it odd that healthcare provider’s called their work “practice”.  Generally, I didn’t want a doctor practicing with my health; I wanted them to treat my health with accomplished perfection and confidence!  My understanding of the word practice was mostly applied to sports.  I would go to rugby practice or train during […]

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