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Not feeling your best? Try some nutritional counselling

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 @ 12:04 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

Vickie Dickson has a heart for women. She’s recently re-invented herself and gone from making sure women look and feel their best on the outside to focusing on the inside, through nutrition and wellness.

Two years ago, Vickie found herself approaching mid-life. The kids were leaving the nest, and she became restless. She made the decision to walk away from her retail career of 13 years and go back to school to become an RHN (Registered Holistic Nutritionist) While this shocked many of us in her circle, it was easy to see that it was the right move at the right time, for her.

Having suffered her own health crisis, Vickie is no stranger to how debilitating it can be to KNOW that there’s something wrong with you, to WISH that you felt better, to TRY to function each day at your best, but to always fall short. For about a year, she suffered horrific digestive issues that made it nearly impossible to go anywhere, other than work. Her hormones were going crazy and she wasn’t sleeping. No one seemed able to get to the root of the problem. No one, that is, until she saw a Nutritionist.

Working with a Holistic nutritionist, quite literally, gave Vickie her life back. She knew that this was the next step in her life’s journey, to help others make REAL change, through nutrition. She wonders why nutrition is always the last thing we look at? She’s working to change this so that other women, who are suffering needlessly, can reclaim their own health and vitality.

Vickie offers private nutritional counselling, group programs, workshops, speaking engagements, and body systems analysis testing. Watch for her Sustainable Weight Loss System to be launched later this month. Her office is located inside Modern Thymes Health and Bulk Foods on Russell Street in Smiths Falls. For those out of the local area, Vickie works via SKYPE.

doTerra essential oils are a part of Vickie’s practice as well. She’s experienced first hand the difference that they can make. While not all of her clients use essential oils, she explains that they can often offer immediate relief of symptoms while someone is working to change their nutrition. Nutrition can be a slow process so it’s helpful to have something to ease the discomfort while you’re making changes. For many people, this ensures that they “stay the path” and actually realize their health goals, where they otherwise may not have. Curious? Participate in free weekly essential oils classes at Vickie’s office on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 and Wednesday afternoons from 12:00-1:00.

Vickie invites you to schedule a free 20-minute discovery session to see if nutrition counselling is right for you and how you could work together towards your best health.

Until March 31st, take advantage of introductory pricing on a Body Systems Analysis test and follow up session for just $55. After March 31st, the regular price of $80 is in effect. There are many other options for working with Vickie. Visit her website at www.vickiedickson.com for details. You can reach Vickie by phone at 613-285-9484 and by email at nutrition@vickiedickson.com

Is chocolate a health food?

Sunday, February 1, 2015 @ 11:02 AM
posted by admin

By Vickie Dickson

Chocolate is a Health Food.

Do I have your attention?

While researching for this article, I came across this set of instructions for eating chocolate:

When tasting chocolate, let it sit in your mouth to release the primary flavours and aromas. Then, chew it a few times to release the secondary aromas. Let it rest against the roof of your mouth to get the full flavour.

Can you taste it? I can! Time to hit the local Health Food Store for some dark, rich, “therapeutic” chocolate.

To be clear, the chocolate that I’m speaking of is dark- the darker, the better. While it may not have the smooth, creamy texture that makes milk chocolate so popular, it lacks the high sugar content. Also, unlike milk chocolate, dark chocolate has not been stripped of its beneficial nutrients. It is an acquired taste, but within a short period of time, your palette will adapt and be completely satisfied with a small serving of dark chocolate. I promise.

There are many health benefits that come from eating dark chocolate, some of which are listed below.

  • It is rich in antioxidants and natural compounds that are good for cardiovascular health. The darker the chocolate, the higher the antioxidants (milk chocolate has few, if any, antioxidants).
  • Bacteria in the gut will break down and ferment components in the dark chocolate, turning them into absorbable, anti-inflammatory compounds.
  • Like aspirin, dark chocolate has a biochemical effect that reduces the excessive accumulation of platelets, which can cause harmful blood clots.
  • The flavonoids in dark chocolate may help the brain after a stroke by increasing cellular signals that shield nerve cells from damage
  • Raw, dark chocolate prevents oxidative damage to blood vessel linings, which effectively relaxes blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.
  • The fat (cocoa butter) found in raw, dark chocolate is a healthy fat and as such, helps to slow the absorption of sugar into the blood stream.

Clearly, we are not talking about your mass produced candy bars here. Please leave the Kit-Kats, the Mars Bars and the Oh Henry’s on the shelf.   The chocolate that boasts the most health benefits is the kind that is closest to the natural, raw state of the cocoa bean. The closer to the raw state, the higher the health benefits (like most foods)!

When purchasing raw, dark chocolate, you will find it on the shelf of your local Health Food Store. To receive the greatest health benefits, look for chocolate that is:

  • fair trade
  • organic
  • non GMO
  • high cocoa content
  • low sugar content
  • not artificially sweetened

As with all things, moderation is key.  Two squares of raw, dark chocolate is a serving, not the whole bar!

Happy Valentines Day!

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Posts Tagged ‘nutrition’

Not feeling your best? Try some nutritional counselling

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 @ 12:04 PM
posted by April Scott-Clarke

Vickie Dickson has a heart for women. She’s recently re-invented herself and gone from making sure women look and feel their best on the outside to focusing on the inside, through nutrition and wellness.

Two years ago, Vickie found herself approaching mid-life. The kids were leaving the nest, and she became restless. She made the decision to walk away from her retail career of 13 years and go back to school to become an RHN (Registered Holistic Nutritionist) While this shocked many of us in her circle, it was easy to see that it was the right move at the right time, for her.

Having suffered her own health crisis, Vickie is no stranger to how debilitating it can be to KNOW that there’s something wrong with you, to WISH that you felt better, to TRY to function each day at your best, but to always fall short. For about a year, she suffered horrific digestive issues that made it nearly impossible to go anywhere, other than work. Her hormones were going crazy and she wasn’t sleeping. No one seemed able to get to the root of the problem. No one, that is, until she saw a Nutritionist.

Working with a Holistic nutritionist, quite literally, gave Vickie her life back. She knew that this was the next step in her life’s journey, to help others make REAL change, through nutrition. She wonders why nutrition is always the last thing we look at? She’s working to change this so that other women, who are suffering needlessly, can reclaim their own health and vitality.

Vickie offers private nutritional counselling, group programs, workshops, speaking engagements, and body systems analysis testing. Watch for her Sustainable Weight Loss System to be launched later this month. Her office is located inside Modern Thymes Health and Bulk Foods on Russell Street in Smiths Falls. For those out of the local area, Vickie works via SKYPE.

doTerra essential oils are a part of Vickie’s practice as well. She’s experienced first hand the difference that they can make. While not all of her clients use essential oils, she explains that they can often offer immediate relief of symptoms while someone is working to change their nutrition. Nutrition can be a slow process so it’s helpful to have something to ease the discomfort while you’re making changes. For many people, this ensures that they “stay the path” and actually realize their health goals, where they otherwise may not have. Curious? Participate in free weekly essential oils classes at Vickie’s office on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-7:30 and Wednesday afternoons from 12:00-1:00.

Vickie invites you to schedule a free 20-minute discovery session to see if nutrition counselling is right for you and how you could work together towards your best health.

Until March 31st, take advantage of introductory pricing on a Body Systems Analysis test and follow up session for just $55. After March 31st, the regular price of $80 is in effect. There are many other options for working with Vickie. Visit her website at www.vickiedickson.com for details. You can reach Vickie by phone at 613-285-9484 and by email at nutrition@vickiedickson.com

Is chocolate a health food?

Sunday, February 1, 2015 @ 11:02 AM
posted by admin

By Vickie Dickson

Chocolate is a Health Food.

Do I have your attention?

While researching for this article, I came across this set of instructions for eating chocolate:

When tasting chocolate, let it sit in your mouth to release the primary flavours and aromas. Then, chew it a few times to release the secondary aromas. Let it rest against the roof of your mouth to get the full flavour.

Can you taste it? I can! Time to hit the local Health Food Store for some dark, rich, “therapeutic” chocolate.

To be clear, the chocolate that I’m speaking of is dark- the darker, the better. While it may not have the smooth, creamy texture that makes milk chocolate so popular, it lacks the high sugar content. Also, unlike milk chocolate, dark chocolate has not been stripped of its beneficial nutrients. It is an acquired taste, but within a short period of time, your palette will adapt and be completely satisfied with a small serving of dark chocolate. I promise.

There are many health benefits that come from eating dark chocolate, some of which are listed below.

  • It is rich in antioxidants and natural compounds that are good for cardiovascular health. The darker the chocolate, the higher the antioxidants (milk chocolate has few, if any, antioxidants).
  • Bacteria in the gut will break down and ferment components in the dark chocolate, turning them into absorbable, anti-inflammatory compounds.
  • Like aspirin, dark chocolate has a biochemical effect that reduces the excessive accumulation of platelets, which can cause harmful blood clots.
  • The flavonoids in dark chocolate may help the brain after a stroke by increasing cellular signals that shield nerve cells from damage
  • Raw, dark chocolate prevents oxidative damage to blood vessel linings, which effectively relaxes blood vessels and lowers blood pressure.
  • The fat (cocoa butter) found in raw, dark chocolate is a healthy fat and as such, helps to slow the absorption of sugar into the blood stream.

Clearly, we are not talking about your mass produced candy bars here. Please leave the Kit-Kats, the Mars Bars and the Oh Henry’s on the shelf.   The chocolate that boasts the most health benefits is the kind that is closest to the natural, raw state of the cocoa bean. The closer to the raw state, the higher the health benefits (like most foods)!

When purchasing raw, dark chocolate, you will find it on the shelf of your local Health Food Store. To receive the greatest health benefits, look for chocolate that is:

  • fair trade
  • organic
  • non GMO
  • high cocoa content
  • low sugar content
  • not artificially sweetened

As with all things, moderation is key.  Two squares of raw, dark chocolate is a serving, not the whole bar!

Happy Valentines Day!

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