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toxic load

Ask Ralitza: Is “Toxic Load” a Thing?

Toxic load. It’s a term that gets passed around from one holistic practitioner to another without regard for understanding of the patient. What is this concept and how applicable is it to most of us? More importantly, does it even matter? To put it simply, toxic load is the accumulation of... Continue Reading
Anti-inflammatory-diet

What’s The Hype: Anti-Inflammatory Diets

Recently I was out with a friend and ordered a very simple meal consisting of poached mackerel with a double order of steamed vegetables. She seemed fairly appalled by my order and asked me why I was eating that way when it was such a gorgeous Saturday; we were out and about and I could eat... Continue Reading
Holistic Nutritional Consultant

Why You’ll Still Put in the Work: What A Holistic Nutritional Consultant Can and Cannot Do for You

Hi everyone. Ralitza here! I’m the Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant here at Naturmend. I’ve been in practice for 2 years and throughout that time have seen a variety of patients with a multitude of issues. There have been a few common themes that have popped up over the last few... Continue Reading
Healthy Shopping

Healthy Shopping on a Budget

One thing that I struggle with, and I know many others do as well, is finding the perfect balance of eating well without breaking the bank. I’ve heard time and time again that healthy eating is way too expensive, and I definitely agree that it can be! It’s easy to get sucked into the fancy... Continue Reading
basic chia pudding

The Most Basic Chia Pudding

Dr. Mawji's basic chia pudding recipe Servings: 4 (half cup each) Ingredients: 1 ½ cups coconut milk ½ cup whole organic chia seeds 2 tbsp organic maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla ½ teaspoon cinnamon Toppings to taste (any fresh fruit will do): Blueberries ... Continue Reading
Travel Eats

Travel Eats

  “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” -Martin Buber I still remember my first international trip as clearly as if it was yesterday. Wandering through the streets of Cuba, I was only 16 and felt the narrow alleyways, colorful houses and smiling... Continue Reading
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Three Easy Steps to Upgrade Your Morning

These days, it seems as though more and more people are talking about the importance of having some sort of morning routine. Opinions vary when it comes to what makes the “perfect” morning routine. I truly believe that each person is different, and no one else can tell us exactly what we... Continue Reading
Meal planning

5 Tips for Epic Meal Planning

  I don’t know about you, but I normally take to Instagram to see what people are eating these days. I scroll through pages and pages of simple and nutritious meals prettily packaged in perfect little containers. As a Holistic Nutrition Consultant, it’s super exciting! I feel... Continue Reading

Botanical Medicine: Withania somnifera (Ashwaghanda)

You may have heard about Ashwaghanda before – recently, maybe a little bit more! Ashwaghanda (latin name Withania somnifera) comes from the Solanaceae family of herbs and is originally from India and the Middle East. Therefore, Ashwaghanda is also known as Indian Ginseng. The plant itself is... Continue Reading

Paleo & Anti-Inflammatory Coconut Lime Chicken

Cooking with foods that decrease inflammation in the body doesn’t have to be a time-intensive labour. Here’s a few reasons why this recipe is so nourishing: Onions and garlic are rich in sulfur which fuel our innate detoxification pathways and support our main anti-oxidant in our body,... Continue Reading