My name is Cathy Fleischmann. I reside in Burlington, Ontario, Canada and am currently enrolled at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition located in Mississauga, where I will graduate in December 2012 as a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practioner or RNCP. Previous to enrolling in this program I worked at Goodness Me! Natural Food Market for almost four years and continue to give occasional cooking classes there. I have also done nutritional coaching for Natural Care Clinic (a naturopathic clinic) patients in Burlington.
My nutritional journey started 13 years ago after reading The Food Revolution by John Robbins. I was emotionally touched by his words and gentle approach at explaining how our food choices affect not only our own health, but the health of the planet too. I was mesmerized by this book and devoured it over the course of a weekend (while going through a box of kleenex). Reading that book sent me on a journey and ignited a passion in me for learning all that I could about nutrition. Fast forward 13 years later and I have read countless more books and taken every opportunity to learn from others. I have gone from having an interest in learning for myself to a yearning to share with others.
I admire the works of many, but in particular Dr. Joel Fuhrman, authour of Eat To Live, Eat For Health, Disease Proof Your Child and many more. His books and web site www.drfuhrman.com have taught me the importance of eating a nutrient dense diet, which I strive to share with others, while incorporating the information I learn from school as well. I have borrowed from one of his mottos in deciding on the name for my blog – Nutrition Is the Prescription.
I love to educate people on how they can change their health by changing what they eat. It does not have to be very difficult to learn different techniques and how to use different ingredients, but it is an emotional journey for some to change their diet. Recognizing your emotional triggers is a major step in adapting to a healthier way of eating. I emphasize whole plant foods with animal proteins taking a back seat. You don’t need to be vegan or vegetarian to be healthy, but there must be a larger portion of your plate reserved for fresh fruits, raw and cooked vegetables, legumes, raw nuts and seeds and whole grains. As important as learning about how to include these foods in your diet, is the process of reducing and eventual near elimination of many of the foods society depends on too heavily now – overly processed, sugary, salty, fatty and fried foods. Here are some questions for you to think about and I will hopefully touch on all of them over time.
How do you bake without sugar?
Should you be baking?
How can you satisfy a sweet tooth and still eat healthy?
What can you eat healthy when you are rushing out the door?
How do you get your children to eat healthy?
What does eating healthy mean – no fast food, only home cooked meals, eating organic, no white sugar or white flour?
What should you stock in your pantry?
Where do you buy these ingredients – quinoa, amaranth, stevia, xylitol, tempeh, kale, collard greens, kombu and many more?
How can you get enough protein without meat every day?
How will you get enough calcium if you can’t or shouldn’t eat dairy?
How can you eat without gluten?
How can you cook for a family with a vegetarian?
What do you do if your family resists change?
Eating right is only one aspect to our health. There are many more we can talk about too. From personal care to cleaning products to the stress levels in your life. It can be overwhelming, so let’s take a big breath and put our baby toes in the wading pool together. I promise to take it nice and slow. If you are not in a serious health crisis, it is better to start out slow and work your way into this lifestyle change so as to improve your chances of success. I look forward to educating, informing and inspiring you and receiving the same back.
Do you wander up and down the grocery aisles wondering what to buy? Do you need help stocking your pantry and fridge with the right foods? Do you need assistance in healthy meal preparation? Are you struggling with food allergies or sensitivities and can’t imagine how to cook or eat without using the offending ingredients? Do you want to avoid prescription medications and reduce or reverse symptoms by getting to the root cause?
If so, I may be of service to you. Contact me at email@example.com