Author: Dr. Michael Torreiter, ND

From Steve to Stevie: Transgender Health in Kitchener-Waterloo

Just last year, endurance athlete Stevie Chapple was living a fairly typical Kitchener life with a house, a job, a good marriage, two grown children and an active, healthy lifestyle. But something felt wrong, out of place. “When I would get dressed in the morning and look in the mirror,

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Saturated Fats and The Great Bacon Debate

The definition of “healthy eating” in 2017 is decidedly debatable. Many of our well-established nutritional guidelines appear to be crumbling under recent scrutiny. Did you know that restricting salt consumption may not reduce your risk of hypertension?

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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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