Author: Dr. Michael Torreiter, ND

Self-compassion Beats Self-criticism for Weight Loss

I’ve always been a slim person. I inherited what my cousins call the “Karges metabolism” from my mother’s side of the family. That means I can eat a lot and not gain weight. Truthfully, the foods I eat are healthy and I’m quite physically active, but …

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The Perception of Stress

Many people in North America identify as being busy. As a naturopath, I often feel torn about what to recommend as the best treatment plan for a patient who is already busy. On the one hand, I want to suggest adding meditation for their stress …

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Telling Your Story

I recently spent some time reflecting on my father’s childhood. His was a traumatic one, to say the least: physical and emotional abuse, hunger and poverty, running loose in Austrian refugee camps, and the deaths of his parents in the aftermath of World War II. I knew the basic storyline, but dad never really talked about it.

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Making Protein Smoothies

Protein smoothies can be a fast, delicious and nutritious way to start the day, or to stave off those mid-afternoon hunger pangs.  And with very little effort, you can create a balanced meal.  Our friends at Precision Nutrition suggest using the following categories as a way of building a healthy smoothie:  a liquid, a protein powder, a vegetable, a fruit, a fat source, and a topper.  We like that approach, so we’ve designed  a couple of our favourite smoothie recipes that follow that model.  But feel free to make substitutions and find a smoothie recipe that works for you! Autumn...

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Eating Mindfully

Ever reached for the remainder of your chocolate bar and realized you must have already finished it? Or have you ever eaten an entire bag of popcorn without meaning to? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us spend a lot of our day in autopilot …

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Obesity and Your Gut Bacteria

If you went to a naturopathic doctor 30 years ago, it’s quite possible you would leave the appointment with a bottle of probiotics in your hand. That’s still the case today, but it’s not only naturopaths who are prescribing them.

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Yogurt Dressing

Ingredients juice from ½ lemon 1 cup plain yogurt 2 Tbsp olive oil salt and pepper to taste To this dressing you can add any of the following: 1 tsp curry powder chopped fresh dill, lemon thyme, cilantro, basil chopped cucumber, parsley, garlic to make tzatziki dip for rice, meat, or veggies ½-in piece ginger,...

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