6 Ways to Stay Healthy for the Holidays

We’re almost there! With all the busyness and extra pressures that come along with the holiday season, I thought I’d share some tips I’m finding helpful in my own health journey in preparation for the festivities coming right up. 1. Take It Slow. This year, I’m trying to stay conscious of the pace at which I’m moving (or driving!) and how many things I’m booking for one day. Errands take up more time than usual in pre-Christmas week, so my husband and I are making lists and taking turns while the other one takes care of things on the home front. It’s also helpful to “make space”. Emotions can come up. We miss those who can’t be with us. Christmas is a … Read More

Prizes Up for Grabs – Health for the Holidays Program!

We’re so excited to tell you about the prizes some of our friends and colleagues are offering if you’re taking part in Dr. Alaina’s Health for the Holidays Program this year! Participants and friends they refer are eligible to be entered to win! Personal Training Sessions with Alysha Maxwell Alysha Maxwell offers personal training in her beautiful home studio, nestled among the trees of the St.George’s Park neighbourhood. Alysha believes a customized, fun, ever-changing training routine is the optimal path to strength and fitness. To help you get started, Alysha is pleased to offer two 45 minute sessions focused on fundamentals. Stone Store Gift Basket Our next-door-neighbours have some healthy holiday treats in store for you if you’re the lucky winner of … Read More

90% of Your Fertility Success Is Already Within You

There’s more to getting pregnant and having your baby than getting sperm and egg together in the same room. Since I released my e-book Let Your Fertility Shine just 2 weeks ago, over 1000 women have already accessed it. That’s such an honour for me!!…but it also sends me a deeper message: there’s a real & immediate need for the expert fertility guidance, research-proven methods and compassionate support that I’ve packaged up for you in my Fertility Empowerment Program. The program gives you is everything you need to do between your clinic visits to actually transform your results. You see, 90% of your fertility success is actually already within you. You just need to apply the right information, at the right times, to get the results you’re … Read More

3 Foods to Avoid When Trying to Get Pregnant

The research is clear: there really are foods that can hinder your chances of getting pregnant. The Nurses’ Health Study followed thousands of women, including a sub-group who had difficulty with their fertility – in particular, problems with ovulation. Women who had problems with ovulation resulting in a harder time getting pregnant consumed certain foods more often. These anti-fertility foods are the focus of this post. Why Does Food Affect Fertility? Put simply, the food you eat literally becomes your body as old cells die and are replaced by new cells. Your diet also provides nutrients that nurture your body, including creating the environment of your reproductive system which fosters and matures your eggs. (Similarly, food quality and nutrient intake has … Read More

Why a Raw Diet May NOT Be Good for You

One of the questions I receive most often from folks doing cleanses is: “Why am I still bloated?” This week, my Fresh Cleanse group is heading into Phase 3 of our 21-Day program. If you’re doing a cleanse, and you’re well into it and still dealing with gas, bloating, indigestion or belching, let’s solve this here and now! It’s quite likely that you need to emphasize less raw, cold food and more warm, cooked food. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we recognize that it takes more energy from the body to digest food when it comes in cold and raw. The digestive system is seen like a fire that needs to be fuelled in order to keep breaking down and dispersing all those … Read More

Health for the Holidays

With the holidays on our radars and time seemingly speeding up as the year draws to a close, how are you feeling? As I swap out my light summer layers for sweaters and long pants, I inevitably take stock of how things “fit” and how I’m “functioning” compared to the year before. I try to mentally prepare for work celebrations, parties with friends and family gatherings. As the city decorates, Santa Claus parades pass by and the intensity of this season increases, I know that protecting my health is crucial for heading into January without burnout or an extra 5 to 10 lbs! I’ve developed my approach over the years and in the context of naturopathic medicine and my clinical … Read More

Fertility Boosters: Go Beyond Your Basic Prenatal With These 3 Nutrients

One of the questions I’m asked most about is supplements for fertility. As a naturopathic doctor, creating treatment plans including clinical nutrition plans, supplements and herbs is an individualized discussion based on your symptoms, history, diet and blood work. My oath as a doctor includes the responsibility to teach the principles of healthy living. I take this further in my work with patients and clients because I want to teach you enough to help you empower yourself in your own health journey – including with your fertility. This is because I recognize the healing potential in you, and I know that evidence-based natural medicine along with your daily self-care and the work that you do on your mindset is what … Read More