In my never ending attempt to create a healthy home environment and non-toxic life, I’m forever seeking out the latest in healthy nutrition. The words of my late father-in-law echo in my head, “if you don’t have your health, you have nothing”. He unfortunately, realized this too late in his life. But it’s a mantra that I’ve always lived by. You are what you eat and what you do in your life. And how you respect yourself is how you respect the people and world around you.
With that, I am so pleased to introduce this new feature, Holistic Nutrition by my good friend Melody Byblow. Melody is a Registered Holistic Nutiritonist, who will help you create a healthy, non-toxic home with her wisdom and expertise, every other Wednesday.
1. What is a holistic nutritionist?
- A Registered Holistic Nutritionist is educated in matters of mind, body and spirit, under the principles of Naturopathic Doctors. It’s all connected at the cellular level which is reflected in our health. We look at the whole person when it comes to dealing with health issues, life stages with special needs, stress, toxins (food and environment), diseases and digestive issues and recommend various approaches to nutrition and lifestyle changes for individual needs. We look for underlying causes of symptoms and address them with various things in our “toolkits”, such as foods to add/eliminate, what, when and how to eat or drink fluids, supplements for special needs, address digestive issues to improve functioning and allow for better nutrient absorption and elimination. We will recommend ways to deal with stress, such as exercise, mediation or yoga if it fits the individual’s situation. This is not simply a “one-size fits all” menu for better health.
2. What made you want to do this type of work?
- A few years ago, I was personally experiencing poor health, chronic pain, years of high stress, digestive problems, emotional trauma from a difficult relationship and break-up – I was really not myself and didn’t like what this was doing to me. I intuitively knew that better nutrition held a key for me, as I had been taking supplements through those years which I was sure had saved my health from becoming much worse or becoming critically ill. I decided to take my health concerns into my own hands and found the Holistic Nutrition program at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. I didn’t really know what to expect, but had high hopes for a miracle solution. Week after week I began applying some of the things I learned and I began to feel better. My energy improved, my digestion, my outlook was very positive again. It’s been 2 ½ years since I started this journey, and I’m still feeling improvements and I haven’t felt this good in over a decade! About half-way through the program I had several family members and friends experience some sudden health issues and I was able to help them with what I’d learned too. It was at that point that I decided I needed to practice once I graduated – keeping this information to myself would just be wrong when it can help others heal and feel so much better! Who doesn’t want better health and a better quality of life?
3. What are your favourite past times?
- I love to cook, garden, practice yoga and meditation, read (mostly health related books and cookbooks), entertain and hang out with friends.
4. What’s your favourite colour?
- Sky blues, lavender, greens – many colours found in nature, I find them calming and grounding.
5. What does your dream kitchen have in it?
- To dream big, it would have more space than I have now with lots of natural light, an herb garden, a 6 burner gas stove with double oven, a big island to host cooking and nutrition classes, every appliance and gadget that makes cooking easier (I already have quite a few!), a dehydrator is next on my hit list.
6. What’s your biggest pet peeve about major chain grocery stores?
- The excessive amount of processed foods that dominate all the center aisles, the absence of information about the source of fresh produce, meats and seafood, the lack of information about healthy choices and the very tiny selection, if any, of organic and locally grown foods.
7. What’s your favourite kitchen utensil?
- A really sharp knife – I can’t function well in a kitchen without one.
8. What’s your personal manifesto?
- To teach others about better nutrition, cooking and lifestyle choices that will help them improve the quality of their lives. Everyone should have the opportunity and information for a healthier life, to heal their bodies naturally and prevent disease.
Melody will help you eliminate toxic air from your home in her next post on Wednesday February 2nd.