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Sick, Constipated and Overweight – Could It Be Your Gut Bugs?

Probiotics have been named the future of preventive medicine and disease treatment. Over 100 trillion microbes live in your intestines right now and they are responsible for so many beneficial processes within our bodies, from proper digestion to boosting our immune system. What Are Probiotics? Probiotics are non-disease causing bacteria that live in our intestines. They produce vitamins (B6, B12 and K2), short chain fatty acids, aid in digestion and…
Kristin Brown
March 8, 2016
Nutrition and InflammationBlogHealth Conditions

Inflammation and Disease Fighting Foods 101

So many of us pop anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil and Tylenol on a daily basis but what if the true solution was sitting in our fridge? If you suffer from achy joints, arthritis or frequent headaches this post is especially important for you! We often think of inflammation as only occurring when we have an injury or arthritis but most of us are walking around with low-grade inflammation all the…
Kristin Brown
March 1, 2016
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Food as Medicine: Combatting Anxiety and Depression Part 2

Earlier this week we talked about using food as medicine to help decrease feelings of anxiety and depression (see that post here). Today we will continue the discussion by touching on foods that can increase anxiety/depression and lifestyle changes we can make to help decrease these feelings. Remember, food affects SO much more than we often give it credit for. We can become overly reliant on medications to "cure" us of these…
Kristin Brown
February 25, 2016
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Food as Medicine: Combatting Anxiety and Depression Part 1

Did you know that in 2013, an estimated 3 million Canadians (that is a whopping 11.6%) aged 18 years and older reported having an anxiety or mood disorder? Did you also know that you can help combat anxiety and depression using changes to your diet and lifestyle? In order to make this topic a little more manageable, I have broken it up into "part 1" and "part 2". Today in…
Kristin Brown
February 23, 2016
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Fat-Free or Full-Fat Dairy?

Q: Is it better to have skim/low-fat milk or whole milk? A: This is such a great question and one that is getting more and more media attention. Dairy does not agree with everyone (lactose, whey or casein sensitivities are common) but for those of you who enjoy a serving or two of dairy every day, what should you be choosing? We’ve heard for so long that cutting fat from…
Kristin Brown
February 16, 2016
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Calorie Counting For Weight Loss – Not As Effective As You Think

I am going to keep todays post very short! I share many videos with my clients to watch in between our sessions for discussion the following week. Over the next few months I want to share some of these videos with you guys too!  This post ties in with the discussion of mindful eating we had last week (see here and here). I hear the question so often "how many calories does…
Kristin Brown
February 10, 2016
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Mindfulness – The Key to Feeling Satisfied (Part 2)

On Tuesday we talked about the types of hunger and the first 3 tips for eating mindfully. Today we will continue the discussion and finish with the remaining 5 tips. If you remember from Part 1, eating mindfully does not have to be a complex concept and simply by taking the time to focus on our hunger levels and what we're eating we can really begin to understand the whole eat when…
Kristin Brown
February 4, 2016
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Mindfulness – The Key to Feeling Satisfied (Part 1)

What if I told you that the feeling that prompts us to walk into the kitchen and open the fridge or pantry is caused by different types of hunger? So often we think of hunger as being one feeling – that gnawing sensation we experience in the morning after our nightly fast or the feeling we have when we get home from work in the afternoon and are anxiously awaiting dinner.…
Kristin Brown
February 2, 2016
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How To Increase Energy Levels And Stabilize Your Mood Using Food

  Stable blood sugar levels are important for everyone, not just people with diabetes. When our blood sugar levels are stable, we have stable energy, stable moods and our hunger remains under control. We’ve all had that feeling before, we have a sugary treat and feel a burst of energy but then before we know it we are feeling tired, hungry or irritable (sometimes all three at once – yikes!)…
Kristin Brown
January 18, 2016
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4 Ingredients To Lose For A Healthier 2016

  Ready for a challenge? Your goal for this week is to sort through those sauces, dressings and syrups in your fridge and the cereal, cracker, and cookie boxes in your pantry. The aim is to look for the key ingredients below and then toss any products that contain them.   I don’t typically like to use fear mongering to provoke nutrition-related change with my clients. However, I feel particularly…
Kristin Brown
December 22, 2015
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Christmas Gifts for the Health Nut

The last shopping weekend before the holidays has officially arrived. If you’re looking for some last minute Christmas gifts for the health nut in your family, choose something on this list within your budget and I assure you, your gift will not disappoint! *I am not paid by any of these companies – I simply love these products!   Spiralizer (Retail $40 CAD) This little kitchen gadget is so incredibly…
Kristin Brown
December 18, 2015
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Detox Troubleshooting – Constipation

Hippocrates said, “all disease begins in the gut” over 2,000 years ago and boy, was he right. We detoxify our bodies naturally through sweat, urinating and eliminating waste. If one of these detoxification systems is not working properly then we end up reabsorbing substances that our body wanted to get rid of. Therefore, it’s critical that we are sweating and emptying our bowels regularly (1-3 times per day is great). Some…
Kristin Brown
December 15, 2015
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Food as Medicine: Beat Stress with Nutrients

Stress affects our physical and mental health in many different ways. It impacts our ability to sleep, properly digest our food, reduces immune function and affects our mood. You may think to yourself, “I’m not stressed” – however, we are now exposed to low-grade stressors all of the time – think: working a full-time job, taking care of children and trying our best to be a great friend, wife, girlfriend,…
Kristin Brown
December 3, 2015
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Choosing a Prenatal Supplement – Part 2

Welcome back for part 2 of Choosing a Prenatal Supplement (you can read part one here)! In this post we will finish our discussion on prenatal supplement components and what to look for when selecting this important multivitamin from store shelves! Omega 3 When looking for an omega 3 supplement, you want to make sure it contains two different omega 3 fatty acids: DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosopentaenoic acid). DHA…
Kristin Brown
November 11, 2015
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How to Choose a Prenatal Supplement – Part 1

This past May I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend the Nutrition and Health Conference put on by the Arizona Centre for Integrative Medicine where I was first introduced to the work of medical doctor Victoria Maizes. Dr. Maizes focuses much of her work on fertility, environmental toxins and their impact on the body and women’s ability to conceive. After returning home and diving into research…
Kristin Brown
November 5, 2015