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Nutrition Consultation

Toronto Nutritionist, Diet Counseling, Weight Loss, Food Sensitivity Test

IF YOU ARE WONDERING WHY PROPER NUTRITION IS IMPORTANT
THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE…. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

About Nutritional Consultation

A healthy diet, combined with the right exercise routine and other lifestyle changes, can improve your overall well-being as well as decrease your chances of developing a chronic disease.

Nutritional Consultation and Dietary Counselling

A healthy diet, combined with the right exercise routine and other lifestyle changes, can improve your overall well-being as well as decrease your chances of developing a chronic disease.

Like many people, you may struggle with choosing from so many nutritional supplements and dietary plans and feel overwhelmed when seeking the best nutritional options to promote optimum health.

Are you ready to start leading a healthy lifestyle but don’t know where to start?

Our healthcare professionals and nutritionists at the Pacific Wellness Institute in Toronto are here to assist and guide you through the process.

Some diet plans and nutritional supplements may use a “Cure-All” tagline that can be misleading. While they may offer a temporary remedy, for long term health benefits you will need to consider your biochemistry and overall lifestyle. This is where nutritional counseling by qualified nutritionists plays a vital role.

 

Our Toronto nutritionists will provide you with a general dietary guideline

of what to eat depending on your health condition and goals.

In some cases, a restrictive diet may be necessary, however, we do not believe in this approach for the long term. Eating food should be a pleasure. Most often, any dietary approach that treats food as simply fuel for the body, like gasoline for a car, will eventually fail.

Recommendations by our nutritionists at the Pacific Wellness Institute, Toronto, may include diet suggestions and nutritional supplementation, if necessary.

Nutritional counseling sessions by dietitians or nutritionists can be costly. While it can be said that good health is priceless, there is the option of contacting your insurance company to minimize the out-of-pocket cost.

Nutrition consultation sessions at the Pacific Wellness Institute in Toronto are provided by various licensed healthcare professionals. Employee benefits often cover the fee for nutritional counseling sessions.

What Is Nutritional Counselling?

Nutritional Counselling is the process by which a trained nutritionist, dietitian, or other healthcare professional provides individuals with the appropriate educational material, support, and strategies for implementing in their diets towards promoting ideal health.

At the Pacific Wellness Institute in Toronto, our nutritionists and additional licensed, healthcare professionals are available to provide you with the advice and guidance necessary for structuring a healthier lifestyle and approach to eating.

 

Should You Consider A Nutritional Consultation?

If you are interested in improving your health through tailor-made nutrition practices, consulting a nutritionist or dietitian at our Wellness Institute in Toronto can provide access to professional advice and helpful guidance. Whether you’re looking for a healthy meal plan, nutritious recipes or ways to reduce the effects of an existing medical condition, recommendations from an expert, specific to your personal situation, can be extremely beneficial.

While anyone can benefit from consulting with one of our Toronto nutritionists, there are a number of advantages for individuals with certain health conditions. Your healthcare practitioner may advise you if you are in urgent need of the help of a nutritionist or dietitian. Some conditions that may require you to adjust your diet include high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart diseases, and even pregnancy.

Nutritional counseling may also be an asset in contributing to healthier eating habits for people with mental health disorders and chemical dependencies.

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The Pacific Wellness Institute is conveniently located in downtown Toronto, at the northwest corner of Bay and Bloor Streets directly above the Bay subway station. There is parking available just east of Bay Street between Cumberland and Yorkville avenue. (about Bloor-Yorkville, Toronto)

Pacific Wellness Team

Hours of Operation

Mon – Fri — 9:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday — 9:00am – 4:30pm
Sunday — Closed

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Location

80 Bloor Street West, Suite 1100,
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2V1

Directions

TTC Subway:
BAY Station (Bloor – Danforth Line) exit Westbound Platform to the Bay Street. Turn right on Bloor street, then you’ll find our building (80 Bloor Street West). Take the elevator to the 11th floor. Less than 1 minute walk to our building from the BAY station. There is also direct underground access to our facility from the BAY station.

BLOOR Station (Yonge – University Line) exit South Bound platform to the Bloor street. Walk towards Bay street (West direction). Immediately after crossing the Bay street, you’ll find our building (80 Bloor Street West). Take the elevator to the 11th floor. Less than 5 min. walk to our building from the BLOOR station. There is also direct underground access to our facility from the BLOOR station.

Alternate subway stations (10-15 min. walk to us): St George and Museum stations

Parking: There is parking available just east of Bay Street between Cumberland and Yorkville avenue. There are many other parking options available nearby.

What to Expect from
a Consultation and Program

Our nutritionists at the Pacific Wellness Institute in Toronto will work closely with you to assess your eating habits and ascertain whether there are any areas that need attention or management.

After the nutritionist has gathered all the necessary information, they will then be able to identify any areas of your current diet that require modification and make the necessary recommendations. This may involve small changes, such as switching from whole milk to almond milk or replacing high-fat meat with lean meat or increasing the consumption of green leafy vegetables.

You are encouraged to discuss with your nutritional counselor, any barriers that may interrupt your new diet plan.  This can include your personal preferences, social gatherings and the costs of certain food items (in which case your nutritionist will be able to assist you by detailing more affordable options).

Nutritional and herbal supplements may also be recommended. Although the majority of essential nutrients should be acquired through the foods eaten, factors such as lifestyle and environmental restrictions result in a few people being able to obtain adequate quantities of certain nutrients through meals alone. It is also worth noting that when your internal system and organs are under stress, your ability to absorb and utilize nutrients from foods is compromised. In such cases, highly absorbable, nutritional supplementation can be beneficial.

 

The Importance of Proper Nutrition

Some tips on nutrition that you can follow to improve your health.

A nutritious diet is important for maintaining our bodies’ functions and well-being. From repairing tissues and cells to encouraging chemical processes such as digestion, food fuels our bodies with the nutrients that we need for healthy performance and growth.

Essential Nutrients and Their Functions

Carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and minerals are all essential nutrients required by the body cannot synthesize on its own. These nutrients are provided by the food we consume, and they all play important roles in allowing the body to function properly. Carbohydrates, for instance, provide the body with the energy it needs to operate throughout the day, while protein is broken down into amino acids that are needed for body tissue and muscle repair. Carbohydrates and amino acids are therefore especially important for individuals who exercise on a regular basis.

Minerals

Minerals play a crucial role in many body functions, and it is therefore important. to eat a balanced diet that will provide your body with all the essential nutrients that it needs. Calcium is required for maintaining healthy teeth and bones, while sodium helps to balance the fluids surrounding the body’s cells and supporting their functions. Potassium, on the other hand, maintains fluids both inside and outside the body’s cells, which in turn supports normal blood sugar levels.

Fat

Contrary to common perception, fat is also an essential nutrient required by the body. It is one of the body’s main sources of energy and additionally aids in enabling absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Fats also lubricate muscles, playing an essential role in supporting physical activities.

Proper Nutrition is Important for Both Emotional and Mental Health

Just as the food you consume contributes to your body weight, it can also have a significant effect on overall mental wellbeing. Recent research has linked the average western diet (packed with sugary, processed foods) to conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress, and even bipolar disorder. Eating the correct, nutrient-dense foods may also help in preventing conditions such as ADHD, as well as decreasing suicidal thoughts.

Be mindful of eating more fresh, natural ingredients and less processed food in order to reduce your sugar intake and improve your nutritional absorption. Consuming unprocessed foods, rich in essential nutrients within a balanced diet will help to improve your well-being and decrease your chances of becoming overweight or developing imbalances in your mental health.

Preventing Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

Preventing Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

As you are most probably aware, eating a well-balanced diet is vital for good health.

Essential vitamins and minerals play a role in several body functions, including mood, metabolism and nerve function. When deficiencies are present, a variety of health problems such as depression and anemia can develop.

In developing countries, vitamin and mineral deficiencies may arise due to poverty and a lack of access to a variety of healthy foods. But even in developed nations, vitamin deficiencies can occur for several reasons.

The best way to prevent a vitamin and mineral deficiency is to include a variety of foods into your diet, particularly incorporating plenty of vegetables, fruits, lean protein, and complex carbohydrates. Nutritional counseling can be helpful in planning a diet specific to individual needs and towards preventing any deficiencies. Also, consider the following suggestions:

There are several foods you can add to your diet to prevent low iron levels. Iron-rich foods include lentils, beans, beef, and nuts.

To boost magnesium levels consider adding foods to your diets such as black beans, spinach, almonds, and pumpkin seeds.

To prevent a vitamin D deficiency, consider spending about ten to 30 minutes in the sun, about three times a week. If you tend to spend most of your time indoors, consider a vitamin D supplement. Very few foods in nature contain vitamin D. The flesh of fatty fish (such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel) and fish liver oils are among the best sources.

 

Risk Factors for Deficiencies

Although anyone can develop a vitamin deficiency, there are certain factors that can increase the chances. Consider the following:

Alcohol abuse: An occasional drink should not interfere with the absorption of vitamins but in a lifestyle where alcohol is abused or consumed in excess there can be a decrease in the absorption of various vitamins, including folate and vitamin C.

Pregnancy: If you are not taking a multi- or prenatal vitamin during pregnancy, you may be at risk of a vitamin deficiency. Folate is especially important for women of childbearing age. Low levels of folate in pregnant women are associated with certain congenital disabilities developing in their unborn babies.

A diet lacking in vegetables: Vegetables contain several key vitamins, including vitamins B and C. People who eat a diet high in fat and simple carbohydrates, with few fruits and vegetables may be putting themselves at risk of developing a vitamin deficiency.

Some gastrointestinal conditions: Some gastrointestinal conditions may increase your risk of vitamin deficiency. For example, if you develop abnormal bacterial growth in your intestines, it can decrease the absorption of vitamin B.

Smoking: Smoking is bad for your overall health for a variety of reasons. One of these reasons is that it can interfere with the absorption of certain vitamins, particularly vitamin C.

Certain medications: Certain medications for conditions including gastric reflux disease and diabetes can interfere with vitamin absorption.

 

Common Deficiencies

Many vitamins and minerals are essential for good health. Unfortunately, not all people have access to consume the required nutrients. Below are some common deficiencies.

Iron: Iron is a critical mineral and helps the body to produce red blood cells. If iron levels become too low, there will not be enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to the tissues and organs. Symptoms of an iron deficiency include fatigue, thinning hair, and pale skin.

Vitamin D: Vitamin D plays a role in maintaining healthy bones, making it an important vitamin, yet many people do not have sufficient levels in their systems. Vitamin D is produced by the body as a result of exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D is also found in certain foods and is available as a supplement. Symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency include high blood pressure, weakness and bone pain.

Folate: Folate is a vital nutrient, especially for women. Symptoms of a deficiency in folate include gray hair, fatigue, and mouth ulcers.

Vitamin B-12: Vitamin B is essential for a healthy nervous system function. It is also needed to produce red blood cells. If levels are too low, neurological problems can develop, including issues with balance, confusion, and tingling in the feet and hands. In some cases, neurological complications from a vitamin B deficiency can be permanent. 

Magnesium: Sufficient levels of magnesium are needed for blood pressure regulation, blood sugar control, and proper nervous system function. Magnesium deficiency is not always diagnosed as it may not show up on all blood tests. Much of magnesium is stored in your bones, which is why a blood test may not detect a deficiency. Symptoms of low levels of magnesium include constipation, headaches, and fatigue.

 

Complications of Vitamin Deficiencies

Vitamin deficiencies can lead to several complications – from mild to severe. Some complications can have lasting effects. The following are possible complications from vitamin and mineral deficiencies:

Anemia: Anemia is a common complication from a deficiency in iron. Women are at a higher risk of anemia due to blood loss during menstruation.

Depression: Although the causes of depression are varied, nutritional deficiencies can contribute to mood disorders. Depression is specifically linked to low levels of vitamin B and magnesium.

Fatigue: Chronic fatigue is a common complication that can arise as a result of several different vitamin deficiencies. If your body does not get the nutrients it needs, it won’t function as it should, which leads to low energy levels.

Birth defects:  Certain deficiencies can lead to birth defects and pregnancy complications. For example, low vitamin D levels are linked to higher rates of pre-eclampsia and low birth weight.

Nutritional Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

Nutritional Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

Eating adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables is essential for promoting good health.

Fruits and vegetables are included in most healthy eating plans because of their high concentrations of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which have been shown to be effective in preventing chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. 

Vegetables such as white beans, tomatoes (juice or sauce), sweet potatoes, spinach, kidney beans, soybeans, and citrus fruits such as grapefruits and oranges, are all rich sources of potassium. Potassium helps to enhance muscle strength, regulate the body’s blood pressure level and can prevent conditions such as stroke, stress, anxiety, and heart and kidney diseases. Sweet potatoes are also loaded with vitamin C, which promotes healthy gums and teeth and can help to heal wounds.

Dietary fiber from vegetables – carrots, for example, work to maintain normal cholesterol levels within the body and regulate bowel movements. This can help to reduce constipation and inflammation in your colon.

Eating diets rich in fruits and vegetables can be beneficial in a number of other ways. The primary reason for including more fruits and vegetables in your diet is because they contain only a small portion of fats and calories. They are therefore effective ways of improving your overall cardiovascular health and including them in your diet in sufficient quantities can prevent weight gain, which is one of the major health issues facing North Americans today.

If you are overweight, it is important that you choose a diet which consists largely of whole grains, fruits and vegetables. These are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, protein, and vitamin B, which can prevent obesity and other weight-related diseases, such as diabetes. 

What Quantities of Fruits and Vegetables Should You Include in your Diet?

For optimal nutritional benefits, it is generally recommended that all adults consume at least five 80 gm servings (2 ½ cups) of fruits and vegetables daily. If you’re someone who has a high daily caloric requirement, then you can eat as many as 13 servings of fruits and vegetables daily (6 ½ cups) to maintain your current body weight and activity level.  For instance, if you need 2000 calories per day you should try to eat at least 4 1/2 cups of fruits and vegetables.

A trained nutritionist such as those at the Pacific Wellness Institute, Toronto, will assist you in calculating the most appropriate caloric intake for your goals and needs and how to maintain this with healthy choices or an eating plan.

When preparing your daily meals, measure the servings of fruits and vegetables included ensuring that you are getting the correct proportions. Try to eat a variety of different fruits and vegetables for a broader range of nutrients. This can include canned products, natural juices, and even frozen fruits and vegetables. Choose natural products that do not include syrup, salt, sugar, or any artificial sweeteners.

Managing Stress with Proper Health and Nutrition

managing Stress with Proper Health and Nutrition

We all have to deal with stress in our day-to-day lives. Whether dealing with a minor problem at work or a life-changing issue, stress often leaves us feeling powerless and vulnerable. For many people, comfort food is a way of consoling themselves when in this state of mind.

Certain foods can seem to provide a sense of control, power and instant gratification in stressful conditions. This is not to say that comfort foods are bad. Eating food that you enjoy can, in fact, relieve stress, however, it is important to exercise moderation and maintain a balanced approach to our food choices.

Adrenaline and You

When we experience periods of moderate to extreme stress, our body’s reaction is to produce adrenaline. Adrenaline signals the flight or fight response, providing a sudden surge of energy within our internal system that then diminishes as the immediate threat passes. Once this happens, the body’s blood sugar levels drop, resulting in a need for nourishing food to rebalance and replenish your system.

How to Maintain a Healthy Diet to Overcome Stress

Not all foods offer equal benefits and in addition to this, stress can cause digestive dysfunction. Certain foods can in fact worsen the situation by increasing the physical effects that stress has on your body. For example, two of the most popular drinks, alcohol, and caffeinated beverages, actually put a strain on the body and its digestive processes.

Beverages

One should keep in mind that alcohol has little to no nutritional value. As a way of balancing out its effects, for each alcoholic beverage consumed, you should make an effort to match it with a simple glass of water or juice.

Similarly, you should also try to lower your intake of stimulants such as soda, tea and especially coffee. Try to get decaffeinated alternatives whenever possible and drink water regularly to avoid dehydration.

 

Breakfast

Always endeavor to start your day with breakfast, even if only a piece or two of fruit and vegetables. It is important to start off with something healthy in your stomach. Protein smoothies are quick and nutritious meals that you can have on the go, and are, therefore perfect for the morning. Having low energy reserves early in the day will only exacerbate stressful situations.

 

Supplements

A healthy vitamin and mineral supplement can be the ideal solution for dealing with a lack of nutrients that could be the result of stress. Herbal supplements that contain ingredients such as mint, aloe vera, ginger, and lemongrass all speed up the digestion of nutrients that are needed to replace those lost due to stress.

Take a Look At The Nutritional Content Of Your Diet

As you are most probably aware, eating a well-balanced diet is vital for good health.

If you believe that your diet is lacking in nutrients, then you will most likely benefit from making some changes to your way of eating, particularly if your decision to start eating more healthily is precipitated by a medical condition such as high cholesterol or diabetes. If this is the case, speak to your healthcare professional about what foods you should avoid or reduce.

Consult a Nutritionist

If possible, visit a nutritionist who will be able to provide you with more detailed instructions. While there are a lot of online resources and magazines that provide nutritional tips, seeking expert advice is the only way to ensure that you’re on the right track. At the Pacific Wellness Institute, Toronto we have a number of highly-trained nutritionists and skilled, professional healthcare providers who you can book an appointment with for assessment and guidance.

Practice Eating a Balanced Diet

Ideally, a balanced diet should form the foundation of your nutritional plan.  Since this entails eating mostly unprocessed, fresh foods, you’ll find that maintaining your body weight and health becomes easier. A balanced diet can also help to improve your immune system and ensure that the body gets appropriate quantities of essential vitamins and minerals. Because it keeps your body fuelled with the right nutrients and minerals, one of the many benefits that you will notice after you begin following a balanced diet is a boost to your energy levels

Proper nutrition is an essential element in leading a healthy lifestyle. The food we eat provides us with the essential minerals, vitamins, protein, and energy necessary for vitality and the healthy maintenance of our bodies. While improving your diet can be challenging, particularly during the initial stages, it is important to remember that even the smallest change can boost your health. The key is to approach your new routine and practices with moderation and to switch your focus to healthy choices.  Monitor your food intake and write down a weekly meal plan, taking care to include sufficient amounts of fruits, vegetables, high-fiber foods and whole grains in your meals.

Lastly, eating healthily does not mean that you’ll no longer get to enjoy the foods that you love. Ask your nutritionist or dietician at Pacific Wellness Institute, Toronto to advise you on how to incorporate your favorite foods into your plan.

Managing Diabetes Through Exercise and Diet

Managing Diabetes Through Exercise and Diet

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, over 29 million have been diagnosed with diabetes. Worldwide over 400 million people are living with diabetes.

What are the Types of Diabetes?

There are three different types of diabetes including type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes occurs when insulin is not produced by the pancreas, or too little is produced. The reason some people develop type 1 diabetes is not fully understood. This type of diabetes usually develops during childhood, although it can occur a bit later.

Type 2 diabetes develops when your body becomes resistant to insulin or produces insufficient amounts. It is strongly associated with a sedentary lifestyle and being overweight.

The third type of diabetes occurs during pregnancy and is called gestational diabetes. It occurs when a woman becomes insulin resistant during pregnancy.

Complications of Diabetes

Diabetes can cause serious complications. If not managed effectively, blood sugar levels in the blood can become too high or too low. High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels in the body, which leads to a variety of problems including kidney damage, nerve damage and bone and joint problems. 

Additional complications of diabetes include loss of limbs and blindness. People with diabetes also have an increased risk of heart disease and strokes.

But low blood sugar levels can also lead to problems. When blood sugars become too low, it can lead to confusion, fainting and even be life-threatening. 

Fortunately, diabetes can be treated with a combination of medication and lifestyle changes. In fact, diet and exercise can play a huge role in managing diabetes and preventing complications. In some cases, lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, can even reverse type 2 diabetes.

How Nutritional Counseling Can Help

Since diet plays a key role in managing diabetes, it’s essential to take the guesswork out of what you should eat. That’s where nutritional counseling can help.

According to the American Diabetes Association, dietary guidelines should involve an individual approach to managing the condition. There are no set amounts of carbs, protein, and fats a person with diabetes should eat. Several factors may determine a nutritional plan, such as a person’s weight and whether they have kidney disease and what medications are being taken.

Because individual needs vary, nutritional counseling is a must to develop an appropriate eating plan. A nutritional counselor may recommend specific grams of carbs or calories to eat. Nutritional counseling can also teach portion control, meal planning and how to choose healthy foods.  

Keep in mind, many variables go into choosing the best diet for a person with diabetes.  But there are some general guidelines that are usually recommended. For example, certain carbs are better than others for keeping blood sugar levels steady. Complex carbs, such as fruits, whole grains, and vegetables contain fiber, which is slower to digest and does not cause big spikes in blood sugar.

Simple carbs do the opposite. They cause a rapid rise in blood sugar. Simple carbs may include foods in which the fiber was removed, such as white bread. Other simple carbohydrates that should be limited include fried foods, pasta, and sweets, such as cakes, pies, and pastries.

While proteins and fat do not affect blood sugar as carbs do, it’s still important to make healthy choices to keep blood sugar steady and maintain a healthy weight.

Exercise Guidelines  

Becoming and staying active is also important for people with diabetes. Staying active can help with weight loss or maintaining a healthy weight. It’s also good for your heart and can boost energy levels.

The type of activity you do is not as important as being consistent. The American Diabetes Association recommends people with diabetes get at least 30 minutes of exercise five days a week. It might take a little trial and error to find an activity you enjoy. But if you do, you’ll be more likely to stick with it.  Just be sure to incorporate both cardiovascular exercise and strength training.

Remember, if you can’t fit in 30 minutes, any exercise is better than none. Even if you can only incorporate 10 or 20 minutes of exercise in your day, it’s beneficial.

Staying active is not just about jogging, doing aerobics or swimming. Being more active also involves activities, such as walking the dog, gardening or running around with your kids. 

If you’re a rookie when it comes to exercise, get the green light from your doctor before you start. Always do a good warm-up first before working out harder. Listen to your body and don’t push yourself to the point of exhaustion.

Keep in mind, if you have type 1 diabetes, exercise can affect blood sugar levels. It’s important to match your insulin dose with what you eat and how much exercise you get.

Although living with diabetes can be challenging, it can be managed effectively. In some cases, diet and exercise are all that is needed to manage this condition. People with diabetes can take a proactive approach by working with their doctor and their naturopath or nutritional counselor to come up with a healthy eating and exercise plan. By managing your condition, you can prevent complications and improve your overall quality of life.

Kampo and TCM Dietary Consultation

Kampo and TCM Dietary Consultation

What is Kampo / Traditional Chinese Medicine Diet?

Proper diet is very important for the recovery from many illnesses, as well as for the maintenance of good health. In fact, it is so important that diet has been deemed an integral part of acupuncture and traditional East Asian medicine, as food therapy. In Kampo, it is called Shokuyou, and in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this practice is known as Shi Liao.

In Western nutrition, the individual approach will primarily focus on analyzing the nutritional values of each portion or meal. Kampo and TCM, by contrast, emphasize the characteristics of whole foods, reflecting how they consider that every food has specific thermal characteristics, known as nature and flavor. Foods can be hot, warm, neutral, cool, or cold. Acupuncturists consider these characteristics as elements that will affect an individual’s constitution. The main diagnostic criteria for patients include signs of repletion/vacuity, heat/cold, and dampness/dryness.

For example, a Western nutritionist may recommend a salad containing ingredients like lettuce, tomatoes, and oranges simply as a source of vitamins to a broad range of patients. According to the thermal nature of foods in Kampo and TCM, however, foods such as lettuce, tomatoes, and oranges are considered cold or cool. Thus, the over-consumption of such vegetables and fruits is not recommended for certain groups of individuals (e.g., cold/spleen vacuity types). Conversely, if clients are expressing heat constitutional patterns, they may be encouraged to eat those foods that are cold or cool in nature. Ginger provides another interesting contrast.

From a Western nutrition analysis point of view, ginger can be seen as simply a source of potassium. In Kampo and TCM, however, ginger is extremely valuable as both an herb and medicinal food. The warming effect of ginger is highly valuable for patients with a cold constitution, and when combined with other herbs, it is able to enhance the effects of other warming herbs and decrease the undesirable side effects of herbs with cooling natures.

 

EXAMPLES OF THERMAL NATURES OF FOODS AND BEVERAGES

Cold: Green tea, Caviar, Crab, Miso, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Watermelon, Kelp, Salt, Asparagus, Cucumber

Cool: Beer, White wine, Butter, Sour cream, Banana, Blackberry, Lemon, Mango, Melon, Orange, Pear, Strawberry, Tofu, Celery, Lettuce, Spinach, Tomato, Zucchini

Warm: Red wine, Black tea, Coffee, Mussel, Salmon, Shrimp, Tuna, Cherry, Peach, Rye, Beef, Chicken, Coconut, Clove, Curry, Garlic, Ginger, Onion, Pumpkin

Hot: Lamb, Black pepper, Cayenne pepper, Cinnamon, White pepper, Sichuan pepper

For more information about Thermal Nature of Foods, please visit our sister site: http://kampo.ca/herbs-formulas/kampo-diets/thermal-nature/

In general, it is considered extremely important that the digestive tract should always be kept warm, especially in vacuity- and cold-type individuals. Many people, especially young females, overeat raw vegetable salads and fruits. Eating a large bowl of a vegetable salad may be good for replete body types that tend to accumulate heat(typically, individuals with such constitutions tend to develop heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke).

On the other hand, for individuals with other constitutional types, such as vacuity with cold, consuming large amounts of raw vegetables and fruits may not be beneficial. A patient’s constitution can be determined by reviewing his/her health history in conjunction with assessing other physical signs (the pulse, tongue, abdomen, and so on).

The main tenet of the Kampo and TCM diet is the concept of balancing the Yin (cold) and the Yang (warm). Traditional East Asian medicine practitioners provide general dietary guidelines based on each patient’s constitutional pattern.

For patients with a Yin constitution, it is recommended that they consume more Yang foods and minimize their intake of foods with a Yin nature. For Yang patient, the opposite is recommended: their practitioner will recommend that they eat more Yin foods and decrease their intake of foods with a Yang nature. This balance is integral to understanding the Kampo diet.

Kampo / Traditional Chinese Medicine Dietary consultation is conducted by our Registered Acupuncturists or Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners.

EATING HEALTHILY
EATING HEALTHILY DOES NOT MEAN THAT YOU’LL NO LONGER GET TO ENJOY THE FOODS THAT YOU LOVE.

Ask your nutritionist or dietician at Pacific Wellness Institute, Toronto to advise you on how to incorporate your favorite foods into your plan.

 

Nutrition counseling services are covered by most employee benefits. 
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