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How to Get Children to Eat a Healthy Diet

Join Dr. Brian Gluvic to learn more about Building Healthy Kids, specifically looking at how to get children to eat a healthy diet!

Date: Wednesday, October 22nd at 7pm

Overview: Dr. Brian Gluvic and Nutritionist Sonia Reed will discuss the current epidemic of childhood obesity and diabetes and its contributing dietary factors. The components of a healthy diet for children will be presented along with strategies to improve children’s dietary intake of healthy foods.

Location: Choices Markets South Surrey, 3248 King George Boulevard, South Surrey, BC

Registration: Please call 604-541-3902, Monday to Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm, or visit the customer service counter at our South Surrey store. $5 will be collected at the door with net proceeds going to charity.

Latest Research Lifestyle

Low-Carbohydrate Diet Results in Greater Weight Loss than Low-Fat Diet

In a recent study, 150 obese adults were directed to either consume a low-fat (<30% calories from fat) or a low-carbohydrate (<40 grams per day) diet. All participants were provided with recipes, dietary counseling, and meal-replacement shakes/bars to ensure that they adhered to the diet. After 12 months, the low-carb group had lost about 8 pounds more than the low-fat group even though the caloric intake was the same between the groups. The low-carb group also saw the greatest improvement in body composition (body fat percent), cholesterol levels and inflammatory markers.

At the Village Health Clinic, we specialize in helping people lose stubborn extra weight. Utilizing a comprehensive approach, we identify the underlying medical, dietary, and nutritional factors that interfere with weight loss. We create a complete dietary, nutritional, and lifestyle plan specific for you that leads to not only dramatic short term weight loss but long term maintenance without feeling deprived. If necessary, we incorporate more aggressive strategies involving nutritional protocols, vitamin injections or hormone therapy (HCG or thyroid support) to facilitate weight loss. Ultimately, your new diet and nutritional plan lead not only to weight loss but more energy and well being – and a new you.


Ann Intern Med. 2014;161(5):309-318. doi:10.7326/M14-0180

Lifestyle News & Events

What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Bioidentical hormones replacement therapy (BHRT) involves the treatment of hormone deficiencies using hormones that are identical to those naturally produced in the body. Conventional hormone therapy, on the other hand, are hormones that have been chemically altered so that they can be patented and sold as a drug. It is this chemically altered drug form of hormone therapy that has received much negative attention regarding the side effects associated with hormone therapy.

The goal of Bioidentical hormones replacement therapy (BHRT) is to achieve a natural hormone balance in the body resulting in symptom relief and improved well being without the side effects. BHRT is used to treat a variety of hormone deficiencies such as menopause, peri-menopause, andropause, hypothyroidism, and adrenal deficiencies. It can also be used to facilitate weight loss and treat infertility, endometriosis, heavy menstrual bleeding, menstrual cramping, premenstrual syndrome, low libido, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue. Bioidentical hormones are made using natural ingredients and available by prescription from local pharmacies.

Dr. Brian Gluvic has over 14 years of experience using BHRT. Your appointment with Dr. Brian Gluvic will involve a comprehensive consultation, lab work and physical exam. He will present dietary, nutritional and lifestyle options that will help you achieve hormone balance in the long term and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy options to provide more immediate results.

To find out more about biodentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), schedule an appointment with a Village Health Clinic doctor.

Latest Research Lifestyle

Go nuts

Study ties nuts to a lower risk of death, including from heart disease or cancer

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15 Day Detox: Cleanse and Feel Healthier than ever

Physician supervised cleanse involving customized nutritional and dietary plans and colon hydrotherapy. You will experience rapid weight loss (half to one pound per day or more) and relief from bloating, indigestion, irritable bowels, constipation, fatigue, insomnia, muscle and joint aches. We will also discuss long term dietary and nutritional management so that you can maintain your weight loss and improved health without feeling deprived. Call the Village Health Clinic to schedule an appointment and start feeling better.

Latest Research Lifestyle News & Events Nutrition

Dangers of Sugar

This is a fascinating and entertaining clip on the dangers of modern day sugar:



Latest Research Lifestyle News & Events Nutrition

Sugar: Risky Business

Here is a very entertaining and informative video about the risks associated with sweetened beverage consumption.  Please share with your family and friends.


Latest Research

Sugar-Sweetened Beverages: a Risky Habit

I have emphasized the perils of sugar-sweetened beverages in many past posts and in my seminars. Sugar-sweetened beverages which include sodas, sports drinks and fruit drinks (including juices) have been shown to contribute to obesity and increased risk of developing diabetes, cardiovascular diseases (heart disease and stroke) and some cancers (pancreatic, endometrial, breast, bowel and other cancers). We are just beginning to appreciate the risks of this habit.

Recently, researchers collected data from 50 countries and looked at causes of death. They established that sugar-sweetened beverages contributed to about 180,000 deaths around the world each year. 133,000 were due to diabetes related deaths, 44,000 deaths were due to cardiovascular disease, and 6,000 were cancer related deaths.

The American Heart Association recommends that adults consume less than 450 calories per week of sugar-sweetened beverages to reduce risk for these diseases. Children should be limited to 200 calories per week. This works out to about 3 servings a week (355 ml) for adults and about 1 serving per week for children.

As smoking and sedentary lifestyles have become an apparent cause of preventable death, the habit of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages seems to be heading in the same direction.


Mozaffarian D, Micha R, Katibzadeh S, Lim S, and Ezzati S. American Heart Association Meeting Report from the EPI/NPAM Spring 2013 Scientific Sessions. Mar 19-22, 2013.


Cauliflower Stuffed Peppers

gluten free | dairy free | carbohydrate restricted

Recipe by Kitchen Caleigh

Stuffed peppers without rice? Trust me, you won’t even miss it. These peppers are stuffed with fiber, protein and healthy carbs. Even your toughest food critic will think this cauliflower is spanish rice.


1.5 cups finely diced cauliflower (use a paring knife to shave the florets)
1 Tbsp olive oil
3-4 medium button mushrooms, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
½ can tomato paste (156 ml – 5.5 fl oz can)
3 – 4 Tbsp water
3 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 Tbsp Omega Crunch Roasted Garlic flax seed
1 cup lean ground chicken or extra lean ground beef (cooked)
sea salt
2 bell peppers


Preheat oven to 375 F

In a large pan, sautee the cauliflower, mushrooms and garlic in olive oil, over medium heat. Combine the tomato paste and water, and add to the pan. Add the cumin, chili powder, flax seed and cooked ground chicken (or beef). Sea salt and pepper to taste. Cut the tops off the bell peppers. Remove the seeds and membranes. Spoon an equal amount of mixture into each pepper. Place the stuffed peppers on a cookie sheet and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.

Yield: serves 2

Nutritional Info Per Serving (1 stuffed pepper):
343 cals, 21g carbs, 12g fat, 33g protein, 10g sugar, 8g fiber


Soft Gingersnap Cookies

gluten free | dairy free | carbohydrate reduced

Recipe by Kitchen Caleigh

My favorite winter indulgence is soft gingersnap cookies and earl grey tea. A few weeks back, I was a little disheartened when my Mother-in-law brought out, what I consider to be, the best soft gingersnaps on the planet and I couldn’t have any. Since then, I’ve been determined to make a paleo version that was equally amazing. Let’s just say, there was more than a little dancing in my kitchen when I taste tested my first batch. For me, this recipe is the ultimate proof that living with dietary restrictions does not mean the end of great food.


½ cup coconut flour
½ cup xylitol
1 Tbsp chia seed meal
¼ tsp xanthan gum
5Tbsp lard
3 Tbsp  honey
1 egg
1/2  tsp baking soda
2  tsp ground ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
½ cup coconut flour
½ cup boiling water (must be boiling hot when added)
¼ cup xylitol


Preheat oven to 375F.

In a food processor, pulse together ½ cup coconut flour, ½ cup xylitol, chia seed meal, xanthan gum, lard, honey, egg, baking soda, ginger, and cinnamon until thoroughly combined. Slowly add another ½ cup coconut flour. Put dough in a large bowl. Pour ½ cup boiling water over dough. Knead thoroughly. Shape dough into 1-inch balls and place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Lightly flatten each cookie with a fork. Sprinkle remaining xylitol on each cookie. Bake in preheated oven until cookies are set and edges become golden brown, approx. 15-20minutes.

Yield: 24 cookies

Nutritional info / serving: (serving = 1 cookie)

71 cals, 11g carbs, 4g fat, 1g protein, 2g sugar, 2g fiber