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I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. While I have a great deal of information about many different medical conditions, I am not a Medical or Naturopathic Doctor, and it would be irresponsible of me to answer questions pertaining to your specific medical condition without a thorough medical history.
For any serious medical condition, I recommend seeking the advice of a Naturopathic Doctor or Holistic Medical Doctor. It is important to include this type of practitioner as a part of your medical team if you plan to incorporate holistic supports such as herbs and supplements as they are specifically trained in contraindications.
Once you have received advice from a Naturopathic or Holistic Medical Doctor, I can advise you regarding the nutritional supports you require for your specific condition.
From my point of view as a nutritionist, there are many steps you can take to treat, and help prevent further, cancer.
My top three recommendations to begin battling cancer:
1) Eliminate all sugar and refined flours as it encourages cancer cells to grow.
Read “Is Sugar Toxic?” New York Times
2) Eat 10 servings of fresh vegetables every day.
Read “Foods that fight cancer : How you can help prevent and fight cancer with healthy food choices.” Canadian Live Magazine
3) Talk to your Naturopathic or Holistic Medical Doctor about Celt Immuno-care. Celt Immuno-care is 15 times stronger than Moducare, a popular plant sterol product. Plant sterols modulate the immune system so white blood cells can find and attack cancer cells.
In Toronto, contact Dr. Dodd, a Naturopathic Doctor that specializes in cancer:
Dr. Richard Dodd ND
Mississauga, ON • (905) 206-0732
Before starting on a new health regime it is important to have a health practitioner do a complete medical history in order to determine the root cause of your condition - there are many medical reasons for weight gain.
Beyond the physical, I believe full healing only takes place when mental and emotional aspects of your condition are addressed. Emotional healing, stress reduction and work with an effective therapist is as important ad the food you eat and the supplements you take.
Begin a daily food diary to write down everything you eat and what you were doing at the time to become aware of the types of foods you are eating and why.
As for calorie reduction, start with the basics: Include more fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, beans, legumes and whole grains. Remove refined products from your plate. Sugar, artificial sweeteners, refined flours, food additives, colouring, preservatives, and heavily processed and fried foods are not good for any body so remove them.
One of the best supplements that I can recommend for weight loss is PGX. PGX is a type of fibre you can sprinkle on food or mix with juice. Check out rest of my website for more information on healthy food choices.
It is wonderful you are reaching out for help. So many of us eat in an unhealthy manner when we are stressed, angry or depressed and recognizing your challenge is a huge step forward! It is very important to find a therapist who understands emotional eating and can support you.
In the Toronto, Ontario area I recommend :
Kate Kent Dipl. Ac., C.H. (NCCAOM)
348 Danforth Avenue Suite 209 • Toronto Ontario M4K 1N7
My Daily Nutritional Coaching is effective at helping emotional eaters, like you, gain the strength to change their lifestyle habits.
If you feel you are struggling to balance your hormones it is important to see a Naturopathic or Holistic Medical Doctor for hormonal screening.
In the Toronto area, I recommend :
Dr. Kate Wharton N.D
Bolton Medical Center, Suite 212b • Bolton, Ontario • (905) 951-7134
I recommend first reading The Supercharged Hormone Diet by Dr. Natasha Turner, and for basic nutritional support, removing foods such as sugar, white flour, white rice, white potatoes, dairy, fried foods, processed foods, fatty meats, refined oils and gluten. These eliminations provide a very important step in balancing your hormones, reducing inflammation and regenerating your cells, plus, supplements work best when they are working with the food you are eating instead of battling against them.
Talk to your Naturopathic or Holistic Medical Doctor about the benefits of liver cleansing and adrenal support and about incorporating healthy, hormone-supporting superfoods into your Live-It : Flax Seed • Cruciferous Vegetables • Blue-Green Algae • Fatty, Coldwater Fish • Hemp Seed • Lacto-Fermented Foods, Probiotics & Pre-Biotics • Maca • Sesame Seeds
Inflammation can be reduced by enjoying whole foods, rich in the nutrients you need to heal. Check out this interview and embrace my book, Meals That Heal Inflammation.
Most of the unusual ingredients that I feature on Healthy Gourmet can be purchased at a health food store. I purchase many of mine at The Big Carrot in Toronto, Ontario. I occasionally feature ingredients that I’ve bought at Asian grocery stores, so if you can't find a product at a health food store, head to Chinatown!
I get really excited when people tell me they are considering a career as an Holistic Nutritionist! I am a graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) and I have also studied at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition (IHN). I highly recommend both of these programs. We can always use more enthusiastic and knowledgeable people in the field.
Consider applying for a job at a health food store. While all of my education has built my career as a nutritionist, my greatest learning arena was my time at The Big Carrot. As the Chief In-Store Nutritionist, I had thousands of clients over the years and learned first hand if a food, protocol and product/supplement really worked. I continue to take classes in a variety of subjects. The field of nutrition changes rapidly so I believe it requires constant study.
To work in television, I would recommend taking acting and improvisation classes and finding a reputable agent. I have a Theatre Arts Diploma from George Brown College, took on-air broadcasting at Ryerson University and continue to take Improv classes.
I spent years writing for free, building a reputation as an expert before health publications started paying for work. Start writing and offering your material to any publication that will take it. Create a blog and keep posting! Once you are established, magazines will start to offer to pay you for your efforts. Though usually not enough to live on, every published piece adds to your portfolio!