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Dr. Nicola’s Approach to Eating Disorders

The line between eating disorders, compulsive eating, food addiction and mood disorders is blurred, but many of us fall somewhere along the continuum. Whether you are stuck in a pattern of chronic dieting, binging and purging or compulsive eating, regardless of how many times you have been around the diet roundabout, there is a way out! There are many factors on a physical and biochemical level that affect your ability to maintain a healthy weight and recover from disordered eating […]
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The Spiritual Quest for Thinness

The Spiritual Quest for Thinness Back in the 18th Century, ascetics fasted, starved themselves and wasted away to anorectic proportions in pursuit of spiritual purity. The belief stood that thinness was equivocal with purity, goodness and moral transcendence. Fasting would cleanse a woman of her sins and make her feel ‘pure’. Food was seen as a poison, a source of contamination that would rid a person of their spirituality. These people were known as Holy Anorectics. Today, many women in […]
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Could the Foods You Eat Be Making You Sick?

COULD THE FOODS YOU EAT BE MAKING YOU SICK?? If you suffer from fatigue, malaise, headaches, difficulty losing weight, insatiable food cravings, food addictions, trouble concentrating, or simply that run-over-by-a-truck feeling that you just can’t shake, you may have food sensitivities that you are not aware of. According to the experts, the rate of food reactions is consistently increasing. Poor diet, stress, trauma, infection, chemicals, drugs, environmental toxins and genetic predisposition are possible contributing factors to the development of food […]
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Disordered eating: is it all in the mind?

Whether you are a self-confessed compulsive eater, or have been diagnosed with an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia, getting your eating habits back in balance and your body functioning optimally again is no easy task. Certainly, any type of disordered eating pattern usually has a psychological component that must be addressed. But there is also a strong physiological component that is overlooked in many medical circles. By taking a look at various body systems, we can assess where […]
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Nutrition for Digestive Health

Nutrition for Digestive Health Candida overgrowth is getting to be a more and more prolific problem. Our diets are getting higher and higher in sugar – I am staggered how many people I see ordering a Venti, Caramel Frappuccino as their regular daily drink at Starbucks!! Even a soy chai latte (seemingly “healthy” right?!) contains a whopping 48 grams of sugar for a grande size at Starbucks. The single most important factor in maintaining a healthy gut environment and preventing […]
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