Weight Loss, Digestive Health and Therapeutic Diets
at Aches Away Toronto
Nutrition Consults available at Aches Away Toronto
Meal Planning & Weight Loss by Registered Holistic Nutritionist
Therapeutic Diets and Healthy Eating by Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
Registered Holistic Nutritionist
Previous NCAA Division I Athlete
Mallory provides an individually tailored, non-diet approach to whole body wellness where she offers a variety of programs centred around real-time education, team work, and accountability.
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Functional Nutritional Therapist
Vanessa can help you to identify where your problems may have started and, more importantly why. Because The Why is the trigger. Learn more about Vanessa
What we can address through Nutrition
Body systems that are out of balance can cause a variety of symptoms, and those that can benefit greatly from nutritional therapy, are:
Many people live their lives, going through everyday with painful bloating, gas, IBD, constipation, heartburn, diarrhea, and other symptoms that affect their digestive system. They often think it is just something to get used to, but it’s not!. Whether it’s related to changes in gut bacterial, nutritional imbalances, or any other cause, a thorough analysis of your medical history and diet, it is possible to identify the sources of your digestive upset and to formulate and implement interventions that may provide relief.
Fatigue isn’t simply a case of being tired from lack of sleep. Modern society has left many of us depleted of energy, so much so that we may find it difficult to complete some of life’s simplest tasks. If you struggle to get out of bed, struggle to make it through the day with enough energy, and you’re battling to sleep well on top of it all, there’s hope! Your diet and lifestyle will reveal the areas you need to address to bring your body systems back into balance so that you can once again get through the day with a spring in your step.
From personal hygiene products to pollutions, packaged food and other chemicals, your body is constantly being exposed to toxins. While your liver, skin, lungs, digestive system and kidneys are well-equipped to cope with toxins, there may come a point where these detoxification organs need some support. Symptoms of toxin overload include, but are not limited to, headaches, pain, inflammatory condition, digestive upsets and mental health disorders. You can identify these areas of imbalance through a thorough history-taking, and we can design a programme specifically tailored to you to help your detox organs cope and function like they should.
Pain and inflammation
One of the greatest warning signs your body uses to notify you that something is wrong. Pain, despite many people living with it every day, is not a normal part of life or growing old. Pain and inflammation are closely linked, and a close look at your diet can offer a great deal of insight into what could be causing your pain. It also provides a starting point to address the cause of your pain and to implement strategies that can help you manage it through diet and lifestyle changes.
Blood sugar imbalances
Do you get ‘hangry’? If you know all too well the meaning of this word, where hunger makes you angry, you likely need to address your blood sugar imbalances. Through careful analysis of your eating patterns, it is possible to identify your particular blood sugar imbalance triggers, and to make the necessary adjustments in your eating habits (including the foods you choose to eat) to ensure you are well nourished from morning to night.
Work, life, relationships, money, social responsibilities, family and even being stuck in traffic can be a source of stress. You may not realise it, but you’re exposed to it every minute of every day, and it’s affecting your health. Stress depletes your body of a huge amount of nutrients and can cause significant imbalances in many of your other body systems. It can cause digestive problems, mental health issues, affect your energy levels and be the reason your immune system is not able to adjust to foreign invaders, leaving you sick and under the weather all the time. Through nutritional therapy, we can not only address the sources of stress in your life and implement ways to manage it, but also provide your body with the nutrients it needs to cope better with everyday stress factors.
Allergies and intolerances
If you constantly react to dust, pollen and dander, or you can no longer eat the foods you used to, it’s likely you need help to make adjustments to your diet so as to support your immune system and prevent it from overreacting to compounds in your environment that are not typically harmful. Thorough analysis of your reactions to these allergies or foods is essential to learn how to adjust your diet and lifestyle as a means to ameliorate the reactions you experience.
The human endocrine system is a complex one, but nutrition plays an essential role in maintaining hormonal balance. Without the correct nutrients available for your body to use as the building blocks of hormones, the function of glands like the thyroid, pituitary, adrenals, and pancreas are likely to be disrupted.
A Personalized Intervention Program
Your Nutritional Therapist is aware of the individual requirements of each and every person, and by using a Functional Medicine model, we are able to capture your medical, nutritional and physical lifetime history to determine the underlying cause of your imbalances. This allows your Nutritional Therapist to tailor a personalised intervention program for you as a means to address these imbalances in a natural and holistic way. Below is an idea of how a Functional Model differs from a traditional model, where your body system imbalances are far more important than the individual organs they affect:
Appointment Options with our Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Vanessa Phillips
Complimentary Meet and Greet: Let’s Connect.
This is a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation we’ll use to serve as a starting point for your relationship with your Nutritional Therapist. It is important to us that you feel comfortable with your therapist and this free consult gives you the chance to connect with Vanessa, ask questions and discuss the process. There is no obligation to book an appointment afterward if you decide you are not quite ready – the choice is always up to you.
Initial Consultation $150
As a new client, this 90-120 minute session involves an initial session that includes a thorough intake process focusing on you short and long term nutrition goals, a detailed review of your relevant medical, nutritional and general history, followed by an information session and completed with the first part of the programme you will need to start your process. Within 4 days of your session, you will receive your comprehensive program via email.
Follow Up Session $90
This 60 minute session is highly encouraged following 6 weeks after your initial consultation. This session is an essential part of your progress and will include an assessment of how you found the program thus far, what your future goals are, and the adjustments you need to make to further your progress. This session may also be used to address body system imbalances that were discovered in the first consultation, but were part of your long-term goals. These Follow Up Sessions can be booked on an ongoing basis until you are satisfied with your progress, are confident to complete the programme on your own, or you have reached your desired health goal.
Together with the comprehensive toolkit you will be provided following your session, you will be able to make simple changes to the way you nourish yourself, you’ll be able to adjust the lifestyle you lead, and be able to feed yourself the right types and forms of nutrients as well as behave in such a way that you may be able to push your body systems back in to balance. These changes may help to alleviate and prevent illness and disease, or simply promote good health and improve your quality of life.
Food Intolerances, Sensitivities and Allergies
When your food really doesn’t agree with you…
Gluten, soy, dairy, corn, eggs, nuts, legumes… the list goes on.
How much do you know about your Digestion?
Think about your digestive system for a minute.
What do you know about how well it’s working?
If you’re not sure, how about digging a little deeper. Answer these questions:
Have you ever stepped on a thorn? It’s painful, isn’t it! And what is the first thing you do? You don’t leave the thorn in you foot and rush to find something to relieve the pain, do you? No. You remove the thorn first!
Frequently Asked Nutrition Questions:
Should I see a nutritionist vs. a dietitian?
When addressing issues related to diet this is a very legitimate question! The degree of knowledge, experience, and most importantly passion for excellence is not measured by a title alone. The Nutritionist profession is not covered by OHIP like a Registered Dietician however a Nutritionist can and will assist you to address your health and wellness in a similar capacity. A dietician is more likely to follow Canada’s food Guidelines and unlikely to suggest eliminations or dietary change unless warranted by a diagnosed disease state; a general dietary prescription is used, that is backed by available scientific research. Your nutritionist will address bioindividuality and be better able to address diet related-issues based on sensitivities and preferences. Nutritionists are more likely to use alternative therapies to address sensitivities and nutrient deficiencies.
Why would I need a nutritionist when I can make changes on my own?
The fact of the matter is, the majority of people who attempt to change their diet and lifestyle tend to fall off the wagon without professional, follow-ups and on-going support. In this day and age, there is a lot of nutrition information bombarding you from all sides. A Nutritionist will help you filter out diet gimmicks and find long lasting sustainable results. In addition, Nutritionists are professionals who are experienced in dealing with the struggles and obstacles that arise when making lifestyle changes.
I already eat well, but can’t seem to lose weight/gain weight/perform better at my sport; how would a nutritionist help me?
Stubborn weight or performance plateaus can be as a result of underlying health issues that we can help you uncover. Adrenal Fatigue, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and Chronic Stress are increasingly common. We can help you find the most effective strategy and nutrition solution to achieving your goals.
What happens in a nutrition coaching session?
We encourage clients to take advantage of our 15-minute consult over the phone or in person to ensure it is right for you. An initial consultation is then set up to help us understand your health history, goals and includes an assessment of your current diet and eating patterns.
Following that, the nutritionist works with you to address any health issues through realistic goal setting, as well as a prescription of dietary changes and supplemental suggestions if warranted.
What makes our Nutritionists different?
To start, we care. We understand the ups and downs of lifestyle and behavior change and are dedicated to elevating you to the best version of yourself.
In addition, we are well versed in human physiology and the influences that a nutrient dense diet will have on proper digestion, hormonal function and energy regulation. Our diverse, yet complimentary backgrounds in the health sciences position us to provide effective holistic health coaching.
How long will it take to see results?
Long-term, sustainable results take time and are directly dependent on the engagement and effort you are willing to put in to the session. You will work with your nutritionist to set timely goals, which will be measureable and realistic.
How do I get a six-pack? What food can I eat to get a six-pack?
The appearance of your abdominal muscles is a genetically determined feature of your body that indicates nothing of your health/athleticism/strength/speed/energy levels. We focus on functional benchmarks that do reflect your health status, such as sleep quality, skin conditions, energy levels, general mood and sports performance. In short, don’t ask us how to get abs.