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Introduction to Holistic Nutrition


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What is Holistic Nutrition?

Nutritious meal prepping with veggies and fruitsOur bodies are constantly exposed to toxins, whether in the food we eat or the air we breathe. Individuals don’t realize how nutrient-deprived they are or how often the major organs suffer from toxic overload. The symptoms of not feeling optimal are the body’s way of telling us that balance needs to be restored. The holistic approach to nutrition looks at these symptoms in order to determine the underlying cause. The cause of these symptoms is what holistic nutrition works to correct.

Holistic nutrition focuses on the consumption of natural, wholesome foods and the elimination of toxins from our bodies. The deficiencies and imbalances suffered by our bodies are addressed through changes in diet, supplementation and other positive lifestyle changes. Since the root cause of many symptoms is often nutrition related, once the body is provided with a strong nutritional foundation, it often heals itself.

What is the difference between a Holistic Nutritionist and a Dietitian?

Healthy holistic breakfast with pearBoth believe that nutrition plays an essential role in overall health, but a holistic nutritionist works on the body as a whole. A dietitian generally provides nutritional advice solely as it relates to a medical diagnosis, even though some people experience different symptoms with the same disease. With a holistic nutritionist, consultations are based on individual symptoms and imbalances.

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Reducing Daily Stress for Students away from Home


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College and University life can be stressful for students. It’s a complete lifestyle change. You’re moving to and living in a new environment, the pressure of making new friends and of course the workload. While attending post secondary school  is one of the most exciting times in a student’s life, it can also be one of the most stressful.

Here are simple adjustments to reduce stress while you are in school.

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Sleeping

Aim for 8 hours of sleep daily. At school, you find yourself likely staying up much later than ever, and on a semi regular basis. Whether it is a library session into the wee hours of the morning or a Sunday party, late nights are inevitable. Exhaustion is inevitable and could affect your work thus leading to stress. Try to sleep no later than midnight to be well refreshed to tackle a new day.

Exercise

Whether you join a club sports team or you go to the gym in between classes, exercise is vital. Find an activity that you enjoy doing and fit it into your schedule like you would one of your classes – even if you only have 20-30 minutes to spare. Exercise is notorious as a stress-reliever, and you can guarantee you will feel a lot better afterwards. Need guidance? Contact a personal trainer.

Avoid excess caffeine and unnatural energy

Students around the globe are guilty of over-indulging in unnatural energy boosters that pose more risk than any benefits. Coffee’s are generally safe but stay clear of energy drinks, caffeine pills and the prescription medications. It can be tempting to find the type of “support” does more harm to your body than good. Instead rest, when feeling fatigue. Otherwise you may be prone to added stress on the mind and body.

Maintain a balanced holistic diet

Rather than indulging in unnatural energy boosters… try to introduce natural energy boosters to your diet. As a university student, it is tempting to rely on takeout and junk food. However an unhealthy diet contributes to a decrease in energy levels and does not offer any long-term benefits. Consider a holistic nutrition

 

 

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February is Healthy Heart Month


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February is Heart Month,  a good time to raise awareness of what we can do to keep our hearts healthy. – and  sorry,  its not Valentine’s Day chocolates!

Heart disease affects approximately 2.4 million Canadian adults, and is the second leading cause of death in Canada.  The primary ways we can reduce the risk through lifestyle choices are: not smoking, dietary choices, getting enough exercise and enough sleep, stress reduction,  as well as monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  There are Government programs and partnerships to encourage and support Canadians to maintain healthy lifestyle choices.  These programs are to help prevent chronic disease in all ages in communities across Canada and include:  Run to Quit, Carrot Rewards, APPLE Schools and Kid Food Nation, in communities across Canada.

There is also more resources available concerning healthier food choices.  The Healthy Eating Strategy  outlines how  food ingredient labeling, including sugars and food colours; reducing sodium in foods; eliminating industrially produced trans fat; and restricting marketing to children., can help with disease prevention.

Canada’s Physical Activity Guide recommends that to keep it simple, you can aim for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of moderate exercise. That includes any activity that gets you moving around and breaking a slight sweat.   However, the half hour of exercise doesn’t go very far if you are sedentary for most of the other time.  If you are sitting a lot throughout the day, you should aim to get up and move around frequently.

Beyond healthy choices, cardiovascular disease is also influenced by biological and other risk factors.  Making one small change however, can make a big difference.

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https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/food-nutrition/canada-food-guide/maintaining-healthy-habits/be-active.html

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Exercise and Mental Health


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1bikementalThere are numerous studies showing that exercise has a positive impact on mental health.  Depression and anxiety symptoms can often improve with exercise. Exercise can also be a stress reducer to keep people from being as stressed or anxious about circumstances.  Exercise and feeling good physically can also help people to feel more in control of other situations in their lives – which helps with mood.  Exercise can be meditative in that you take your mind off your worries – giving yourself a mental break.    Exercise can help you to gain confidence by meeting goals, coping in a positive way, or sometimes just some social interaction. It is worth taking the time for yourself to do something active.

If  lowering stress, anxiety or reducing the symptoms of depressions is one of your goals, it is especially important to learn what frequency, intensity, type and time spent will be the most beneficial for you and your situation.

Exercise releases the feel – good endorphins, and other brain chemicals which enhance your sense of well-being.

Our bodies are made to reward us for moving!

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Why you need Personalized Training


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Using a personalized training services might be one of the best decisions you make in your health and fitness journey. Whether its in person or online, finding an experienced trainer that fits your personality, goals and objectives, is crucial for obvious reasons.

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With personalized training services you can learn the knowledge and ability of proper form and function in exercising. This is especially important for novices, beginners and younger individuals. Knowing how to properly perform exercise moves can prevent unnecessary injury and improve your results exponentially.

Although most trainers are not registered dietitians, many trainers can offer personalized recommendation for meals and foods that achieve better results. At regenesis, we offer personalized holistic nutrition services and teach you what foods to choose, your nutritional needs and help you understand nutrient time. Using an experienced trainer in nutrition can have a huge impact on reaching your desire goals including looking and feeling betterMeal with eggs and pear

On some days, our motivation is less than general. A good personalized training services is a great way to stay consistently motivated over the course of your fitness journey. A good fitness trainer will tap into your mental and emotional needs in order to increase your motivation and ultimately improve results.

Make the best of your fitness journey today and hire a personal trainer!