Navigating relationships: reason, season, lifetime?

You have probably heard the phrase “People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.” And that when you figure out which it is you know exactly what to do. When people come into your life for a reason or a season it is usually to meet a need that you…
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The Power of Gratitude

Gratitude is one of the most important things I teach. My wish for you as you start 2023 is to embark on a daily gratitude practice. It is always the right time to begin a gratitude practice. Living in a state of gratitude is critical to your mental health and success – practicing some form…
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Who is driving the bus – by Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND

If you had to guess what month has the highest rates of suicide – would you guess the month of June? When I read that, I didn’t believe it – even me – someone that has attempted suicide 3x – and two of those times were in the month of June. The circumstances leading up…
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Supplementation for Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that affects around 2.5 million people in the US and Canada. (17)(21) It is characterized by fluctuations of low mood and high mood. Times of low mood often last weeks to months and high moods lasting often several days to weeks.  As someone who has been diagnosed with bipolar…
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Natural Ways To Manage Bulimia

Bulimia or bulimia nervosa is one of the eight defined eating disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). (1)  It is defined by periods of binge eating and then purging at least once a week for 3 months. (3)  Bulimia generally starts in adolescence and is 10 times more prevalent among…
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Eat For Your Cycle – 15 Helpful Hormone Tips (Part 2)

This is part 2 of the 15 helpful nutrition tips to support your hormones. Enjoy! 9.    Identify and avoid food allergens – discuss testing with your Naturopathic doctor. 10. Do not drink out of plastic water bottles or to go coffee or tea cups. Use stainless steel, glass or ceramic cups only. 11. Consider reducing your intake of…
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Eat For Your Cycle – 15 Helpful Hormone Tips (Part 1)

Here are 8 simple nutrition tips to help support your hormones! Be sure to check out part 2 for the last 7 tips. 1.    Eat a variety of local, fresh, unprocessed and unpackaged foods. 2.    Strictly limit sugars, sugary foods and refined grains i.e., white bread, white sugar, instant oats, white rice and instant noodles. These simple…
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Canada Day

As I reflect on this country today, the day that Canada became an independent nation, there are many things that come to mind that make me grateful to live here and there are also some things that we definitely need to improve moving forward. Canada, as a whole, is blessed with gorgeous landscapes from the…
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Beyond the Label

It is often hard to pinpoint the exact moment when mental illness begins in one’s life. A question we are taught to ask patients is: What was going on in your life when you were first diagnosed? I find that the answers I receive in response to that question vary — some people remember a…
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Love For Yourself

Ultimately, it is our feelings about ourselves and how we treat ourselves that are critical to our mental health and well-being. I ask every patient how they much they love themselves on a scale of 1 to 10, and it is rare for me to get a response over five. The most common response I…
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