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5 vegan foods for healthy teeth and gums

5 vegan foods for healthy teeth and gums @heathernicholds, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Monday was my biannual trip to the dentist! I think of it like a spa trip for my teeth :) In honour of that, here are some vegan foods for healthy teeth and gums.

Our bodies need certain nutrients to help build and maintain our teeth, and keep our gums healthy.

The most common recommendations I see for healthy tooth foods are dairy - milk, yogurt, cheese, etc... because of the calcium.

Luckily, there are loads of plant foods that have calcium, protein, iron, folate, vitamin C, omega-3, phosphorous, zinc, B vitamins and fiber - all nutrients that are important for the health of your teeth and gums.

What you put in your mouth can affect the health of your mouth


3 questions about intuitive eating (my version: Intelligently intuitive eating)

3 questions about intuitive eating (my version: Intelligently intuitive eating) @heathernicholds, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Intuitive eating is the concept of eating only when you're hungry, and stopping when you're full. Tapping in to our bodies' hunger and satiety cues.

Great concept! I love tuning in to our bodies' messages and cues, it's the base of my work as a holistic nutritionist and I use your body's messages as a tool in client consultations (called symptomatology).

But... going purely by intuition is a bit simplistic, and can be limited. There are 3 questions that come to mind...


5 tricks to keep yourself cooking healthy meals, even when it sucks

5 tricks to keep yourself cooking healthy meals, even when it sucks @heathernicholds, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Do you ever get frustrated by the amount of time it takes to chop vegetables... then cook a meal... then clean up?

Not to mention the time to find good recipes... plan out your week's meals... check if you have the ingredients... go shopping for what you need...

It is tiring! It can be hard to stay motivated to stick with this, when you could so easily go back to buying frozen pizzas or burritos.


Post-cleanse meals: Why they're important to plan + recipe ideas

Post-cleanse meals: Why they're important to plan + recipe ideas @heathernicholds Registered Holistic Nutritionist

If you started your year with a cleanse, it's important to know what to eat to shift back to long-term healthy meals.

And on Chinese New Year's Eve gives us a chance to review and refine our resolutions or intentions from January 1, so we can carry them through for the rest of the year.


What inspires me (2017 dreams + 2016 review)

What inspires me (2017 dreams + 2016 review) @heathernicholds, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

It's that time of year... everyone starts talking about how they'll be on a diet as of January 1st. Or joining a gym. Or both. Just hang on... let's talk about this...

I'm a capricorn (so my bday is coming up!), and my horoscope told me that Thursday the 29th was a new moon that could give my intentions some extra juice if I sat down and wrote out what I wanted to manifest in the next 6 months, when there would be a full moon in capricorn.

That's some seriously cool visuals that I couldn't pass up - putting my intentions out to the new moon for it to fill up.


When you hit caring-overload

When you hit caring-overload @heathernicholds, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

wow, I've been feeling heavy this morning... This year has been a bit of an emotional roller coaster, hasn't it? or maybe a train wreck...

My mind has been a big jumble all morning (hence this post is a bit jumbled, and epically long...)

I'm sitting here, cross-legged on the floor, still in the clothes I went running in this morning. Watching the wind blowing trees around outside my window. Trying not to cry. Fighting the feeling of helplessness that I sometimes slip into, despite my generally optimistic nature.


Healthy Vegan Holidays: recipe + meal plan bundle + eco-vegan handbag deal

Healthy Vegan Holiday Bundle + Handbag Deal @heathernicholds, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Getting ready for the holidays, as a vegan, always brings up 2 questions:

1. What are you going to eat?

2. What are you going to give/get as gifts?


Re-thinking the 80/20 Rule: 5 low-effort healthy habits that can create a huge impact

Re-thinking the 80/20 Rule: 5 low-effort healthy habits that can create a huge impact from @heathernicholds, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

The 80/20 rule

A lot of health coaches and advocates talk about the 80:20 rule, in that they eat healthfully 80% of the time and leave 20% to indulge. That's a great strategy, I probably do something similar.

But that isn't the original concept of the 80:20 rule, which is to find the 20% of your effort that creates 80% of your results.

The point is that you can focus on what's important to refine your efficiency, and you can throw away the 80% of your effort that's not getting you much in terms of results.


Which type of cleanse is right for me? [Quiz]

Which type of cleanse is right for me? Quiz by @heathernicholds, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

Some people are better suited to one type of cleanse or another, depending on what their body is in need of, or what it needs to rebalance.

Find out which type of cleanse might be right for you, based on the symptoms you're seeing in yourself.

You also may find that either cleanse is going to work for you, but one would be better in summer and another in winter. Check out all the info about the nourishing cleanse program and whether it might work for you.


How do we break out of the vicious cycle of emotional eating?

Healing Emotional Eating: Virtual course with Jill Bennett and @heathernicholds, Registered Holistic Nutritionist

So many of us struggle with the vicious cycle of emotional eating, and all the guilt and shame that comes with it, keeping us stuck in that loop over and over again.

How to stop emotional eating?

It's a strong pull, I hear it so often from my clients. That's why I was so interested to learn more about my friend Jill's work in this realm, and get her perspective on emotional eating.


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