Nourish Your Spirit Spa Workshop at Le Nordik Spa

The Nourish Your Spirit Workshop is here!

Are you feeling run down? Tired of taking care of everybody else? It’s time to put yourself first and nourish your spirit!

The workshop includes:

Step by step guide to identify and clear out toxic sludge that is bringing you down. Both environmental and emotional toxins will be discussed.
Supercharged nutrition tips to give your body energy and recharge your batteries.
Practical tips to create your own spa experience at home so the pampering never stops!
Gentle relaxation exercises and a guided meditation to bring out your inner Zen.
FREE Same day admission to Le Nordik Spa!
Date: Sunday, November 13th, 2016
Time 10 am to 12 pm then we head to Le Nordik Spa for as long as you want!
Location: Meredith Centre, 23 Cecil Road, Chelsea, Quebec, J9B 0A5 in the Meeting Room.
Cost: $120 + HST

Register today! Space is limited.

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Host a Lunch and Learn session at your workplace!

Are you feeling inspired and want to bring healthy living to your workplace? Why not host a Lunch and Learn session for your colleagues!

I offer the following 45-60 minute lunch and learn topics:

  • Healthy Lunches on the Go
  • Reduce Stress and be Happy
  • Detoxify Your Kitchen Cupboard
  • Prevent the Cold and Flu Naturally

E-mail me for more info and to book your workplace Lunch and Learn session today!

info@drellensimone.com

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10 tips for optimizing fertility

Are you trying to have a baby? How exciting!

Even if having a baby is not in your immediate future, it is important to think about the impact your diet and lifestyle choices have on your fertility. This applies to both partners and I would suggest changes start being made 3-6 months before actively trying to conceive.

Engaging in the following tips for optimizing fertility can support your journey and result in everyone achieving a state of optimized health and wellness.

10 tips for optimizing fertility

  1. Assume you are pregnant. There is truth in the power of positive thinking and setting the intention for welcoming a child into your life.  It will also help you follow the next few tips!
  2. Take a prenatal vitamin and an omega-3 fatty acid supplement regularly.
  3. Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, and processed foods from your diet.
  4. Identify and eliminate environmental exposure to toxins and consider doing a supervised detoxification program with the help of your naturopathic doctor.
  5. Quit smoking and recreational drugs. See your family doctor or naturopathic doctor for assistance.
  6. Visit your family doctor or naturopathic doctor to address existing health conditions.
  7. Speak to your family doctor or naturopathic doctor about the safety of your medications and natural supplements during pregnancy and change them accordingly.
  8. Communicate with your partner about your feelings regarding having children.
  9. To manage stress, make time for self-care by doing something you enjoy like exercise, yoga, meditation, listening to music, etc.
  10. Track your menstrual cycle by monitoring your basal body temperature.  The basal body temperature chart can provide important information to determine when you are fertile and identify menstrual cycle issues.
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Boost your immune system naturally!

Happy Fall everyone! Check out my video blog with tips to boost your immune system as the cold and flu season kicks off. Feel free to share you own tips below. Enjoy!

Good-bye period cramps!

When it comes to ‘that time of the month’ most women have experienced menstrual cramps at one point in their lives or another. Painful periods are often accompanied by other symptoms such as headaches, breast tenderness, heavy/clotty flow, low back pain, mood swings and food cravings.

All of these PMS symptoms are due to a hormone imbalance called ‘Estrogen dominance.’ This basically means that your body has an excess of estrogen in relation to progesterone.

Excess estrogen could be caused by:

  1. The build up of xenoestrogens in your body
  2. Liver Qi Stagnation: a Chinese medicine syndrome where your liver cannot process and eliminate the xenoestrogens fast enough so they build up in your body causing symptoms.
  3. Low progesterone: Your estrogen could be normal but if your progesterone is low it is not able to balance the effects of estrogen and creates a relative estrogen dominance picture.

How do you know if you have estrogen dominance?

  1. Your symptoms fall under the estrogen dominance category (see above)
  2. You do a blood test for estradiol and progesterone. Blood tests should ideally be done on day 5 and day 21 of the menstrual cycle.  Your hormones change throughout the cycle and this gives a more accurate picture of what is happening in the first half versus the second half of the cycle.
  3. Saliva hormone testing: This test is run through a private lab such as Rocky Mountain Analytical and is usually ordered by a naturopathic doctor. Here is more info on their Female Hormone Panel.

What are some treatment options for estrogen dominance?

  1. Minimize your exposure to xenoestrogens.
  2. Support your liver through diet, herbs and acupuncture so it can clear out excess estrogens.
  3. Boost your progesterone levels through diet, herbs and acupuncture. Or consider Bio-identical progesterone cream if indicated for your individual situation.

To learn more speak to your naturopathic doctor today!

Kick the flu bug 4 week ONLINE program!

Introducing our 4 week ONLINE Kick the Flu Bug program!

The cold and flu season is here! Do you wish to boost your immune system naturally and prevent getting sick this winter?

I’ve teamed up once again with one of the best holistic nutritionists I know, Sonia Turingia from Kick Ass Nutrition.

We are offering the Kick the Flu Bug program at a special introductory price of $98 + HST.

What you’ll get from our Kick the Flu Bug program:

4 weekly podcasts providing you with the info you need to know to prevent getting sick this winter:

  • Is the Flu shot right for you?
  • Identify what foods you need to ADD IN to keep you and your family healthy
  • Why you need FAT to fight a flu or cold
  • Eliminate food evils like excess sugar
  • Should I exercise when I’m sick?
  • What’s the difference between PRE and PRO biotics and why are so important for immune function?
  • The ancient healing wisdom or traditional Chinese medicine

FREE BONUS GIFTS! 

Register today and receive these awesome bonuses!

  • 72 hour sugar kick!
  • Magic Socks Treatment to reduce a fever
  • Homemade cough drops
  • How to use an onion to cure an ear infection!
  • Tasty, quick recipes that will fuel your busy life

I hope you enjoy the tips in this program as you work towards achieving optimal health!

Dr. Ellen Simone, Naturopath

10 Super shopper tips to get you in and out of the grocery store!

Check out my latest blog post for the Ottawa Mommy Club!

  1. Shop with a list! Writing a list beforehand based on the meals you have planned for the week saves a lot of time and extra thinking. It also avoids you forgetting a crucial item and having to spend more time making a second trip to the store.
  2. Organize your list. Write down the items you need based on the section they are located in the store.  For example, itemize all your fruits and vegetables together, then your protein, then your extras like spices and packaged items.  This way, you only have to visit each section of the store once and in an orderly manner, without any backtracking keeping your route efficient.
  3. Shop with a full stomach. If you shop hungry, you are more likely to purchase items like frozen meals and snack foods which you can crack open or heat up with little effort as soon as you get home.  Once you add one of these items to your cart it can be easy to get carried away with more.  If you are hungry, shopping can turn into a frustrating experience since anxiety and irritability emerge when your blood sugars dip.
  4. Shop the periphery. Avoid the aisles as much as possible since they contain processed, sugary, high calorie but low nutrient foods.  Shopping the periphery is where the whole foods like produce, meat, eggs and dairy are.  Remember to choose fresh as much as possible to supercharge your meals.
  5. Stock up on bulk items. Products such as brown rice, pasta, quinoa, chickpeas, lentils, beans, nuts and seeds come in bulk.  Often they are less expensive if bought in bulk and they have a long shelf life.  Always having these on hand in your cupboard allows you quick access to hearty meal ingredients and decreases the number of trips and time spent in the grocery store.
  6. Check for discounts and cut out your coupons. Do this before you get to the store so that you only use the coupons for the items on your list and don’t end up spending more than you intended with spontaneous purchases due to in store marketing.
  7. Change your shop time. Instead of going right after work or on weekends which tend to be the busiest times, try going later in the evening after dinner or mid-day if you can.  Less people in the store means less irritation, clear aisles and faster checkout times.
  8. Shop alone. If possible, grocery shop without your spouse and your children. Shopping with others can be distracting and cause you to waste time.  They can also cause you to spend more on items that appeal to them but were not on your original grocery list.  If you do shop with others, try as hard as you can to stick to your list and not give in emotionally to their desires for chocolate bars!
  9. Plan to grocery shop only once per week at one store that is familiar to you.Shopping multiple times at multiple locations will cost you more time and lead to more spending. Know your way around your favourite grocery store with your eyes closed so that if you are tired, you can spend less energy on figuring out where items are.  If you do this grocery shopping will become as automatic as breathing.
  10. Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) group. Fresh, local and organic fruits and vegetables can be delivered right to your door or close by at a central location. Often CSA’s have options where you can add meat, eggs, grains and other food items to your delivery for one stop shopping that avoids the headache of the crowded grocery store.  Participating in a CSA allows you to eat in season as well as experiment and be creative with your meals.
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