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What is the Purpose Behind Your Health Goals?

When meeting a client for the first time I always ask a few questions about their health goals going forward. This helps me determine if their goals are realistic and how they've gotten to the point of sitting and talking with me. I can usually tell a few minutes into our conversation how dedicated this person is going to be, how much energy and time it's going to take from me to help them and whether they'll actually achieve the health goals they've mentioned. The reality is, not everyone has the drive, self confidence, dedication and purpose driving him or her...

BENEFITS OF OIL PULLING FOR GOOD ORAL HEALTH

Good dental hygiene and excellent oral health have a beneficial effect on your overall wellbeing. Glossy white teeth not only give you your brilliant smile, but the mouth-body connection has been well established by medical science. Healthy teeth and gums are linked to the prevention of many diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, lung conditions, and even cancer. You may find it hard to believe that an ancient Ayurvedic practice from India can transform your body by detoxifying it. This is an incredibly simple process that maintains impeccable dental hygiene. Oil pulling also boosts metabolism and wakes you up first...

Top Food Tips For Surviving the Holidays

Did you know that in order to gain five pounds from now to the end of January, all you have to do is eat an average of 220 calories per day more than you actually need? The holidays typically encourage us to indulge in high-fat, high-calorie foods that are low in nutrients, and this is also the time we’re most likely to make excuses for skipping exercise. One of the most significant diet dangers revolves around sugar consumption. Binging on sugar increases the cravings for it while the body slows down. Along with sunlight deprivation in the winter, sugar binges...

Top Nutritionist Shares Tips To Eating Healthy With Kids

At face value Dr Jane Bowen is a hard-core academic. With a PhD in nutrition and two bachelor degrees, her work as a research scientist and dietician might seem a little removed from the trials of the daily grind. But there are plenty of practical challenges in Jane’s life too. With three children aged 6, 4 and 2 to love and nourish, Jane and her husband know all about the sleep deprivation, the emotional highs and lows and the apparently endless daily chores that come with parenting. So amongst all the cuddles, washing and toddler negotiations, what does a nutritionist feed her...

5 Simple Ways to Improve Your Health

We all have the power to change, just remember that it is a marathon not a sprint. Dr. Mercola believes the key to improve your health and wellness is to facilitate the natural health capacity that all of us have within. This can be done to a remarkable degree through changes in lifestyle, diet and exercise. Vancouver Health Coach is ultimately about the journey to higher health and the unique path we each must take to achieve our goals for a happier healthier life with friends and family. After all, this is truly what we all want in life.  Therefore,...

Benefits of Digestive Enzymes

Summer in Vancouver is one of the reasons why locals love this city. There is ample opportunity to get outside for some exercise and shed those extra pounds stored during the winter months. In my practice, increased physical activity often comes with it an increased incidence of musculoskeletal injuries, traumas and tears. Among some of the most effective means to treat these situations naturally, I recommend proteolytic enzymes which target proteases that help break down proteins. Originally discovered in yeast, enzymes (specifically digestive enzymes) are the first step in the breakdown of food; enzymes are proteins that are produced by living...

Weighing The Costs of Not Eating Organic

With the majority of us living in cities, our toxin levels are at a high. We are surrounded by pollution from the air, water and wastes and are affected by these toxins on a daily basis. It’s unfortunate to say that our food is no different. With pesticides, herbicides, or antibiotic and hormone fed animals, our diet is also changing from how our ancestors ate. Do you eat organic? An alarming number of us don’t. Our busy lives have us rushing 24/7 and we hardly stop to think about what we are putting in our mouths. Why eat organic? People...

Eating Clean But Feeling Worse

How is it possible to feel worse once you’ve ditch the Frosted Flakes and french fries for kale and chia seeds? After following health blogs, impressive Instagram accounts and Facebook Pages that offer daily nutrition tips, you’ve decided to say adios to the processed foods in your life and begin eating clean. The gorgeous visuals of real, whole food seem to pretty much guarantee massive amounts of energy, a lean physique and a new way of life. You’re sold! From now on, it’s green smoothies twice a day and veggie based meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Quinoa cupcakes and raw hemp seed...

Exploring the Alkaline Diet

There are many different types of food theories out there.  I don’t like to associate myself with one in particular.  There are pros and cons to the majority of theories with certain foods to include and exclude.  I don’t like to avoid certain foods (ie. meat, fat, carbs, or gluten).  We shouldn't fear food.  Instead, we should enjoy living a nourishing life.  I don’t eat bread all the time - but it isn't because I fear bread.  It’s because there are so many other nourishing options to enjoy.  Focusing on the addition of quality foods is the best way to...

Glycemic Index vs Glycemic Load

The Glycemic Index is a very useful way to determine how quickly the carbohydrate (sugar) in a food will be absorbed into the blood stream, but the Glycemic Load is an even better measure of determining the insulin response and therefore how fattening a food is. The Glycemic Index is a list of foods that compares how quickly 50 grams of carbohydrate within the food will raise your blood sugar as compared to 50 grams of sugar alone. To calculate the Glycemic Index of a food, scientists measure out the quantity of a particular food needed to obtain 50 grams of...