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Holistic Nutrition & Shí Liáo 

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How can Holistic Nutrition change your life?​


With our hectic lifestyles, our tendency to grab meals on the go and our reliance on heavily processed foods, it is no wonder that lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, chronic pain, etc., are on the rise in Canada and worldwide. Another area that is gaining more attention is the amount of eating disorders in our western society. We are a culture fueled by emotional eating and media influences, and so without structure with how you need to feed your body, it leads to skipping meals, snacking and drinking too much caffeine to get through our days. 


Advantages of Holistic Nutrition


One of the main parts of our body that needs our prioritized attention is the digestive system. Bad eating habits give rise to various digestive problems, such as constipation, gas, bloating, pain, diarrhea, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and more. And as a society (mainly flashy pharmaceutical ads), we have made it seem like these symptoms are a normal part of life. I challenge you to see that what is expected is not normal. In addition, digestive issues can have far-reaching effects on our immunity, weight, and allergies while also impacting our stress management and heart health.  


Here are some of the benefits:
  • Disease prevention

  • Weight management and weight loss

  • Higher energy levels

  • Improved skin health, including skin tone and texture

  • Balanced levels of blood sugar

  • Reduced blood pressure and cholesterol levels

  • Improved immunity

  • Improved Mood

  • Improved Digestion

  • Better Sleep

  • Balance Hormones


Prevention & Management of Chronic Conditions


In addition, digestive health is directly related to chronic ailments that can be alleviated and prevented by focusing on a holistic diet. 

These include:
  • Obesity

  • Diabetes

  • Heart Disease

  • Arthritis

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Gout

  • Cancer

  • Colitis

  • Asthma

  • Tumour Growth


Overall Health Benefits


Holistic nutrition strengthens the entire body, including the muscles, bones and blood, and vital organs, such as the heart, liver, stomach, and intestines, are also strengthened with this diet. In addition, a holistic diet has also proven to support the immune system while providing psychological benefits like stress relief, prevention of memory loss and relief from various other mental conditions, including depression and anxiety. Furthermore, increased energy and improvement in your sense of well-being means that you will feel physically and mentally balanced. 


I blend Western holistic nutrition with Eastern Shi Liao, Chinese diet therapy knowledge. Doing this allows me to use food as therapeutics while crafting a plan that will enable you to live your life with minimal impact, other than radically changing your health & well-being. 


What about Supplements & Herbal?


The short answer is yes; you will get suggestions on what to add and what you are wasting your money on. Maybe most important, which supplements are interacting with your medications or lifestyle. It's essential to learn that just because a supplement or herb is healthy doesn't mean it is right for you. 


I have extensive training in supplements with all the leading companies. I have done the leg work for you so you can save time and money. That is super important when you are trying to implement things into your everyday life. We want to keep your money for what matters to you. Plus, there is so much information floating around, it's hard to know what to believe anymore; I made it a mission of mine to research the heck out of the nutritional trends to see what's a fad and what's leading people to health. 


I will have some supplements and herbal remedies available in my clinic for easy purchase, and I also will be teaming up with an online store for practitioners called FullScript. This allows me to create protocols for my clients that are easy to purchase through my FullScript online portal. This saves you a trip to the store and the disappointment when something is unavailable, which happens a lot on an island like Prince Edward Island. 


So what is Shí Liáo?


Shí Liáo (Chinese food therapy) is a modality of traditional Chinese medicine. It is prevalent among Cantonese people who enjoy slow-cooked soups. One of the most commonly known is a rice soup that goes by many names, including congee and jook. This is a traditional breakfast for Asian people all over the world. Congee recipes vary infinitely, depending upon the desired health benefits as well as taste.


Chinese food therapy dates back as early as 2000 BC. However, proper documentation was only found around 500 BC. The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine, also known as the Niejing, which was written around 300 BC, was most important in forming Chinese food therapy. It classified food by four food groups, five tastes and by their natures and characteristics.


Philosophy about Food


The ideas of yin and yang are used in the sphere of food and cooking. Yang foods increase the body's heat (e.g. raise the metabolism), while Yin foods decrease the body's heat (e.g. lower the metabolism). Generally, Yang foods tend to be dense in food energy, especially energy from fat, while Yin foods tend to have higher water content, like water chestnuts. The principal ideal is to eat both types of food to keep the body in balance. For example, a person overeating Yang food might suffer from acne and bad breath, while a person lacking Ying food might be lethargic or anemic.


Taking these ancient pearls of wisdom around food and the seasons will help you understand how to eat for your lifestyle and climate. An example would be when it's super humid and warm, don't eat Timbits, which would cause dampness in the body. Though, how can we not eat Timbits, haha? 


As you can see, there is a lot to discover about food and how we nourish our bodies. So let's work together to find out what you need to live a vibrant, healthy life. 

Disclaimer: Holistic Nutrition's consulting and advice are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure for any disease and are not a substitute for regular medical care. Nutrition consulting provides nutritional evaluation, personalized recommendations for diet and positive lifestyle changes. I am not a doctor, and the content of this site is not to be used, interpreted, or construed as medical advice in any capacity. When warranted, supplements may be suggested or recommended (as opposed to prescribed).

Get in contact with me today if you have any questions or are ready to book in for a session.

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