Q: What’s so healthy about a dandelion?
A: You might look at dandelions as nothing more than annoying weeds that mar your beautiful green lawns, but they are so much more than that. Did you know that dandelions are edible and rich in vitamins A B, C, D as well as minerals such as potassium, zinc, magnesium, iron? They’re also a good source of fiber. They help your liver, kidneys, and digestion, to name a few things. Dandelion tea is a healthy and tasty beverage, and you can add dandelion greens to salads and smoothies. Oh, and in case you were wondering, it isn’t a typo or spelling mistake. I am the Dann in The Healthy Danndelion, which is why the extra N is there.
Q: What does a holistic nutritionist do?
A: A holistic nutritionist looks at the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – to assess and make diet, lifestyle, and supplement recommendations to bring the body back into balance. A holistic nutritionist educates and looks at each person as an individual. When making food recommendations, food that is natural, alive, and good quality is a main focus. This is food that is as close to its natural state as possible, meaning unprocessed, with live enzymes, and organic.
Q: How do I know if I need a holistic nutritionist?
A: You will benefit from seeing a holistic nutritionist if you have issues with your health that you want to improve with the help of diet and lifestyle changes rather than just covering symptoms. If you want to get to the root cause and actually learn how to make changes that you can maintain, you should see a holistic nutritionist. If you don’t have enough energy to get through the day, suffer from bloating, low moods, headaches, weight issues, along with other ailments, you should see a holistic nutritionist. If you’ve exhausted other avenues to try to feel better and none have worked, you should see a holistic nutritionist. If you believe that what you eat and drink affects your health both positively and negatively, you should see a holistic nutritionist.
Q: Do I have to give up my favourite foods?
A: You have a say in your journey to better health. Of course, I will make recommendations, but I will go at your speed and work with you to make your changes as doable as possible. If you eat frozen dinners, candy, three chocolate bars every day, and the people at the fast food drive thru know you by name, well, I can say I probably won’t be advocating that, but I also won’t make you go “cold turkey” either. Keep in mind, the sugary, artificial, processed foods you think you couldn’t possibly live without…well, you really can. If you are open to making changes and have a strong desire to improve your health or prevent illness, I can help you. If you’ve tried to get better on your own and couldn’t stick with it, you know what you should do.
Q: Can’t I just find this information for free online?
A: You could just search for whatever you want to online, but not all the information you find is accurate or pertains to you. Just think of it like this–you probably don’t rely only on the Internet to fix your own teeth, adjust your own spine, or give yourself a massage. You go to a dentist, a chiropractor, or a registered massage therapist, right? Working with a nutritionist will save you time, provide you with guidance and support, and be geared to your individual needs.
Q: If I’m long distance from Oakville, do I have to pay for the phone call?
A: If you are outside of Canada, you will have to pay long distance charges unless you use Skype, which is free. If you are in Canada, we can call you so you won’t incur any long distance charges.
Q: What are your hours?
A: The Healthy Danndelion is available to help you Monday to Friday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Q: How can I pay?
A: You can pay by cash, cheque or credit card. Debit is not currently available.