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Musings about movement, whole food nutrition, and mental heath.

I Wish I'd Taken My Own Advice

I was a vegetarian and then a vegan for over 10 years. My mental health took a nosedive. I gradually became more and more depressed!

It started in university when I realized that if I didn't buy meat, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, butter, or cheese I would save A LOT of money. I managed this for the last two and a half years of university and continued it for years afterwards.

What I wasn't aware of were the years of declining mental health and my significantly difficulty with mood regulation, focus, concentration, and memory. I couldn't see any of this because I was standing in it!

 I slowly added meat when I finally understood how significant my depression was and that it was really affecting my ability to run my sport medicine and rehabilitation centre and work with my seven employees.

 Adding animal products back into my diet felt like someone turned the lights back on in my brain! I began feeling SO much better in just days. Clearly I was suffering from a range of...

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Vegetarian or Vegan?

It's a sticky topic - one involving much debate, controversy, and discussion about ethics and morality. Holistic nutritionists support a plant based diet composed of whole foods.

Based my assessment, I could tell whether a client was following a sustainable vegetarian or vegan diet, or if they should consider adding a few servings of meat, poultry, fish, or eggs to their meal plan. Some clients appreciated this advice, while others decided not to work with me because my recommendations did not align with their values. And it's all ok.

 So - 'plant based' could mean a diet composed entirely of plants or it could mean that you consume animal protein perhaps only at dinner.

When I explained it to people this way, they realize that they could eat say, five to seven servings of meat per week, and they would be eating mostly plants. Done.

The next thing we discuss is the number of servings per week each of meat, poultry, and fish. Can they try to...

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Constipation, Nutrition, and Supplementation

Constipation, Nutrition, and Supplementation

The best way to improve bowel movement frequency is to have 8 to 10 cups of water per day.

We should also aim to have a diet high in fibre – for example, dark leafy greens, green vegetables, apples, carrots, and celery would be a good start. Supplementing the diet with a wide variety of nuts and seeds and healthy sources of saturated fat such as coconut oil, olive oil and avocados would also be very helpful.

Probiotic foods aid in improving digestive health. Examples of these foods, added at each meal, would be olives, sauerkraut, kimchi and tempeh (fermented soy).

Avoid foods that have a laxative quality such as caffeine (in black and white teas, coffee, and chocolate) and psyllium husks which can aggravate the digestive tract.

Foods that can have a negative effect on bowel health and promote a ‘leaky gut’ leading to constipation are: refined sugar, simple carbohydrates, caffeine, alcohol, genetically modified foods...

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