Rachelle Wood Nutrition

 

Book A Home Iridology Party

clock April 6, 2014 16:48 by author Rachelle

If you’re looking for a unique, FUN activity for your next girls’ night why not host a home Iridology Party with Rachelle?  Simply gather a gang of 5-15 people and she’ll travel to YOU! Have your wine, appetizers and girly chats in the living room, while she provides this amazing service individually behind closed, confidential doors.  Learn how to build health with a customized reading from nationally award winning practitioner, Rachelle WoodReadings include health building notes for diet, supplementation and lifestyle modification(s).

A Holistic Iridology reading, iris pattern analysis, is an ancient form of diagnosis first practiced in eastern medicine. Although controversial, this method of looking into the iris has been used for thousands of years to determine pre-existing health problems and determine future issues. Aristotle, Hyppocratus, and Heraclitus have also made interesting observations regarding the iris.

 

Rachelle studied Holistic Iridology with Dr. David Pessek in Toronto, Ontario in 2005 and has read thousands of eyes since. This model for study focuses on not only medical problems, but also psychological traits to promote healing on a whole level.  Readings offer advice to improve health and well-being of the body, mind and spirit. Aside from being an Iridologist, Rachelle is also a Nutritionist, Naturopath and born Intuitive. She has the ability to scan client’s body systems and energy fields to accurately determine current/future health and body issues.  Her accuracy rate is astonishing, with success stories being published in self-help books and personal blogs across the world!

Want to learn more about Iridology in the media? It certainly impressed Doctor Oz. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/miracle-healer-or-fraud-pt- , http://www.gni-international.org/articles/naturopathic-identification-of-a-life-threatening-condition/  ,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5VawiId4cs 

To inquire about hosting an at home Iridology Party throughout the Maritimes contact Rachelle Wood at 506-388-5677 (LOSS) or email info@rachellewood.ca 

Mark your calendars, as Rachelle is booking mini readings (first come, first served) from the Gallie Wellness booth at the Moncton Wellness Expo, May 3-4th.  She’s also booked to work at the Indian Island band counsel Holistic Health Fair on Wednesday April 9th. Want to request Rachelle to speak, teach or read eyes at your upcoming Health Fair or Workplace Wellness event? Please contact her ASAP to discuss as she'll be traveling aroud the Maritimes on Tour this summer! 

 
 
 
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Visualize Your Size

clock March 22, 2014 05:16 by author Rachelle

    With how the media portrays women, no wonder female weight loss clients flock to me with unrealistic expectations and unachievable numerical dreams. “I want to fit into my wedding dress again”, many menopausal claim or, “Let’s see if I can reach my pre-baby weight of  ___?”, claims another. Are these dreams out of the ordinary? No. Are the achievable? The truth is, not usually.

 At my office I spend a lot of time getting to know weight loss clients and the battles they’ve been through to achieve a magic number in past. Like last week a new client shared the fact that for the last 4 years, (as she steadily gained weight), she began cutting all of the sizing tags off of her purchased garments. She simply wasn’t ready to face the reality of growing from the large to the extra large, but when she finally started to hit the Plus Size section she reached out for my help. She didn’t deny how the weight came on, as it was her hormones, thyroid, post baby weight (she’s a grandma), and even her husbands fault for, “making”,  her cook traditional meat & potato meals.  She put the blame on everyone but herself. So when I asked what her favorite foods were she responded, “ oh you know, I eat chocolates each day at 3pm and sometimes I sneak them before supper and then a few before bed, but it’s the dark chocolate that Dr Oz said is good in that magazine article, which is why it’s ok to eat.” I wish I could say that this is the first time I’ve heard that.

Realistic expectations will drastically improve your weight loss morale and the likelihood of reaching your desired weight. Taking your weight loss in 10 pound increments can help. Set up a reward system for each 10 pounds lost and learn to enjoy the process of building health. I have a dear Moncton client who’d been at the weight battle her entire life. As a recently diagnosed type II diabetic, she’s  been down the weight loss path many times before.  After 10 pounds lost she decided to purchase a charm bracelet and marks each 10 pounds off with new bling. How cool is that? Not only is she using rewards in a non dietary way, but she’s celebrating her successes with silver (and you know most women love that)! Every time she looks at her arm she sees her successes staying on dietary track, and last week she noted that the bracelet was getting a little loose (but trust me, her jeweler can fix that)! 

Last week I had a Skype chat with a weight loss client in central Canada. She’s a newbie and pretty keen to please. Her food log was perfect; she asked quality questions and is dedicated to moving her body more.  So far this year she’s lost 20 pounds, so I asked her what THE secret is. She shared some pretty wise words with me. “I accepted who I was with the extra weight on, knowing that it was my own fault and that I was the only one who could change that. I didn’t beat myself up or eat over it. Acceptance fueled my weight loss fire, and it’s also going to keep me going to goal. I called Rachelle for help because she has helped a lot of my family on PEI and they said that her approach is about living, not dieting. It’s working for me because I’m working with it. I log my foods for review, I do the homework assignments and I think before I eat. It’s that simple!”

Can you visualize your size? Meaning, can you accept how you gained the extra weight? Please use that wisdom to take it off sensibly. Weight loss is not a race, slow down to an acceptable pace. Never forget that losing 1 pound is moving in the right direction. Stop wishing your weight off yesterday and aim to control what goes into your body today. Drastic weight loss approaches only result in more weight gain, as depravation is the dietary devil. It plays tricks on you, and eventually you’ll cave. I’m warning every weight loss seeker to digest and absorb these words, “accept yourself at the weight you are today, then use that internal motivation to change it. Losing weight is a dietary battle within, where mind and mouth eat in unison.”

With my 10+ years working as a Nutritionist in the weight loss industry I must admit, acceptance is the REAL secret to less weight. Trust me!  Rachelle Wood, RHN, CEO




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The Viking Shots - Photo Blog

clock February 22, 2014 07:43 by author Rachelle

Did you know that the Viking Armageddon Ragnarok takes place today? Yes, it’s the end of the world as we know it. According to Norse mythology this is the day that the Gods fight each other in all 9 worlds. Odin is defeated and then the world begins again. This Saga was published in the 12th century by Icelandic author Snorri Sturluson In celebration of this epic battle I’ve created photo blog from my Viking helmet adventures in Iceland.ENJOY!

 

 




































Iceland ownes a very special piece of my heart and soul and that's why I keep traveling back for more. Get in tune with your viking side and add visiting this magical country to your bucket list!

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Our Healthy Heart

clock February 9, 2014 16:46 by author Rachelle

Medically speaking, February is considered Heart Month.  It’s also commonly known as the coldest month of the year for those of us in the northern hemisphere. In Chinese medicine the heart is considered the King organ and must keep balanced chi.  So this February I’ve decided to heat up my heart with good intentions and more heart centered dietary and lifestyle practices. Care to join in the fun?

A Heart Healing Diet

These days I’m eating  primarily vegan, meaning an extremely low cholesterol diet (as animal products are primarily the only source of dietary cholesterol). Yes folks, it’s that easy. To protect your heart simply lay off meats and incorporate more beans, lentils, salmon and mackerel for protein.  Soybeans can help to lower cholesterol, so don’t be frightened to add a little GMO free organic soy into your heart healthy diet. The best nuts for your heart are almonds and walnuts.  Cook with more garlic, cayenne pepper, turmeric and parsley.  And last but not least, reduce your sodium intake for healthy blood pressure levels.

Heart Healthy Supplements

My February vitamin routine includes Natural Factors pharmaceutical grade fish oil. Rich in Omega 3 fats, fish oil protects the cardiovascular system by lowering cholesterol levels.  Other heart healthy vitamins include CoenzymeQ10 and Vitamins C and E. The B vitamins are great for managing stress, vitamin B3 (Niacin), has been shown to raise healthy cholesterol levels improving overall ratios. 

Heart Healing in Chinese Medicine

According to this ancient medical system bitter is the flavor related to the heart and many of us do not eat enough bitter foods. It’s recommended to eat more bitter melon, olives, dandelion greens, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and bok choy. Coffee, yerba mate, and dark chocolate are bitter foods that have some health benefits, but use sparingly. Bitter foods are believed to promote health by reducing body heat and drying body fluids.

Heart Healing Movement

The best exercise for self love is defiantly yoga. It relaxes body and mind and makes you aware of every muscle, organ and bone in your body.  I’m practicing more back bends, heart openers and sun salutations this month!  Protecting the cardiovascular system also requires heart pumping aerobic exercise. In the winter time I enjoy walking to work and often take the river route from Moncton to Dieppe. Seeing the water calms my heart, like a true Prince Edward Islander. 

Heart Healing Exchange

It’s so much fun working out of a multi-practitioner clinic! Because I’m the newbie, I’ve enjoyed sampling a few services. This week I tried a sound bowel massage. Intrigued?  Anya is a German trained practitioner and the entire treatment amazed me from start to finish. I spent most of the appointment lying on my stomach. She would place the vibrating bowels on various body parts, incorporating many of them at once. My entire body harmonized. I could hear the frequency differences within blocked organs and body systems.  When I flipped to the front side I decided that it was time to quiet my racing mind and just simply enjoy the sound massage. I slept like a baby that night and awoke with more energy, mental clarity and less anxiety.  That was defiantly heart healing!

Heart Healing Lifestyle Practices

Often it's the little things that count. Enjoy these daily heart healthy living tips.
- Wear more red and pink outfits, jewelry, shoes, nail polish, scarves and purses.
- Switch to rose scented candles, bubble bath, lotions and aromatherapy products.
- Sing out loud, straight from the heart. Whether it’s in the shower, or perhaps driving in a car.
- Buckle- Up, it will save your life and is a mini heart hug each time you drive.
- Talk more, human interaction strengthens the heart.  Stop paying at the pump, speedy self-serve cash, online banking or doing the drive-thru. Aim to make others smile more often!

 

Heart Healing ‘Love’ Songs

And because music really speaks to my heart, this month I’ve created playlists with the word love. Here’s a preview of mine. Now time to make yours! 

- Look Out for my Love - Neil Young 

- Addicted to Love – Robert Palmer 

- Love and Happiness – Al Green

-Love in an Elevator – Aerosmith  

- Baby I Love Your Way – Peter Frampton 

- Tainted Love – Soft Cell  

- Or any song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

As you can see Heart month doesn’t have to be so cold. Work at de-frosting your February heart by following any (or all!!) of my suggestions.  Think with your heart more and head less. Being kind to YOU also takes pressure off the heart.  So go buy that red lipstick, prepare almond crusted salmon for supper and end your evening with a rose scented bubble bath followed by heart opening yoga! 

 
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More Miso Please

clock January 29, 2014 23:32 by author Rachelle

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to eat more magical, gut healing miso. Used in Japanese cooking and favorited by the macrobiotic and vegetarian diets, this fermented soybean paste packs a highly dense nutrient profile.  It can add boldness as a soup broth, intensify a salad dressing and it even tastes great as a marinade for roasted veggies. Miso is a highly versatile ingredient for every kitchen. 

The choice of adding soy products to your diet is … YOUR DECISION.  When I recently adopted a primarily vegetarian/vegan diet, the question “to or not to eat soy”, weighed heavily on me.  I’m not a fan of processed “fake meats” (must be my farm upbringing), eating a lot of nuts combined with increased starches can lead to fat cell inflation, and beans 2 meals a day can be, well, … quite gassy.

So after careful consideration I decided to add non GMO organic tofu, tempeh and miso back into my weekly menu.  Prior to adopting this new eating style I detested miso, that is, until I learned how to cook it properly. I researched macrobiotic cookbooks, spoke with vegetarian friends, sampled miso based soups at local ethnic restaurants and cooked with it via trial and error. Basically I sucked up my former disgust and decided that it’s good for my health so I better learn to like it. Even Nutritionists have taste bud preferences, and some of us aren’t afraid to admit it.

Fermented foods are all the health rage for good reason. They can boost the good bacteria in your digestive tract, help heal leaky gut and IBS, assist in weight loss, improve skin conditions, and boost immunity. Try adding more of these fermented foods into your daily diet: Kombucha, Sauerkraut, Miso, Tempeh and Kimchi. You can find many sites online that will give you step by step instructions for making most of these sour(ish) foods in your own kitchen.  You may also be able to purchase them at local farmers markets, Asian food stores or even at the supermarket (check the health food section or international isle).

Although the benefits of fermented foods are fantastic, I have one other problem. Another dietary confession … I detest vinegar. Even my mother can testify to that. My burgers have always been pickle free, I prefer cabbage steamed and kimchi isn’t yet tasty (though I keep trying it in hopes of acquiring it). So miso made the cut. It has more of a soy flavor and tastes less like vinegar. Small steps, big health benefits!

If you’ve been following my posts, remember that I’ve also been researching and experimenting with the blood type diet. Guess what? My blood boils down to the natural vegetarian, needing more soy foods and should stay away from vinegar (except apple cider that is fermented). More good news for the caffeine fiend in me, my blood type works well with coffee. That was music to my ears as I enjoy the bitter taste as much as the stimulating effects. But don’t worry, I only consume fair trade organic black coffee once a day. Yes, straight up please!

Here’s a tasty beginner miso soup recipe from my kitchen to yours starring 2013's most popular health food, the all mighty KALE! 


•    4 cups of organic vegetable broth
•    3 green onions, thinly sliced
•    2 cups kale, thinly chopped
•    2 cups firm non GMO organic tofu, diced
•    4 tablespoons non GMO organic miso paste

Put the vegetable broth in a pot set to medium high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and bring to a simmer. Add in the green onions and kale and cook for about 5 minutes. Add in the tofu and continue to simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove pot from the heat, and then add miso paste. Stir until dissolved and serve immediately. It’s a probiotic win for your skin, gut and digestive tract. YUM!

Do you have a tasty miso soup recipe to share with me? I’m dying to get a little more creative with my new favorite health building culinary ingredient.

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