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The Surprising Reason Why You May Have Difficulty Losing Weight

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Difficulty losing weight? The reason may surprise you.

You’ve been doing everything right. Eating pretty well, and you’re moving your body a few times a week, but you haven’t experienced any weight loss. Worse still, you may have even gained weight and your pants feel tighter! So you tweak your diet even more, and work harder at the gym, and that number still doesn’t go down. It’s been months and you’re nowhere near your reasonable goals. Does this sound familiar?

It’s been ingrained in you through magazines, television ads, and even school. Your health class with the food pyramid and fitness tests.

A healthy weight is achieved through moderate exercise and a healthy diet. What that diet looks like has changed as much as fashion has. Low fat, no fat, low carb, no carb, no sugar, vegan, gluten-free, paleo, keto, and the list goes on.

But what if you’ve changed your diet and are exercising moderately, or even heavily without much change? Or maybe there are changes, but they are happening so slowly. Even worse, what if you’re gaining weight, the opposite of your goal?

What if you think you’re doing everything right, but you’re just not losing weight, even after months of trying?

At the root of it is just math. Calories in and calories out. A deficit in calories means weight loss. Although exercise has incredible benefits for the whole body, it is not entirely necessary for managing weight, but it does make that deficit bigger and encourages loss sooner if that is the main goal.

For the weight loss math to work, your body already needs to be in great condition, which means that the chemistry is balanced, and this has to do with genetics. Generally speaking, these bodies tend to be in good physical condition purely based on their balanced chemistry.

That doesn’t mean you can’t lose weight, it just means that the way that you’ve learned about weight loss isn’t going to work with your body.

Our bodies are controlled by a number of hormones that regulate the systems inside of us. Women notice this the most every month as the hormones shift, causing changes like moodiness, water retention, pain, and fatigue. But women aren’t the only ones affected by hormonal changes. All men and women are affected by hormones and they can affect everything from stress, sleep, mood, and even metabolism and weight.

Issues losing belly fat, and difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep can be associated with high cortisol. So is massive sugar cravings. High cortisol is due to predominantly to stress, which is an epidemic in today’s society. Who isn’t stressed? Because of how cortisol affects other hormones, it can really mess with the balance of other hormones in your body.

If you feel like you’re struggling to get your weight under control, you’re not the only one. Many people come through our practice who are doing everything right according to science, but they’re still not seeing results.

Weight and hormone imbalance can become a vicious cycle. The more excess weight you carry, the more of an imbalance happens to your body chemistry as it fights to maintain the right levels. Finding that perfect balance for yourself so that your body doesn’t have to work extra hard is key.

We can help. It may be as simple as a few tweaks to your already healthy diet, or it may require more adjustments. Schedule an appointment with one of our Naturopathic doctors to tailor a plan to suit your individual needs to see real results.

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3 Good Fats You Need Right Now!

you need healthy fats to lose weightFats have long been cast as evil and deadly, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. But no all fats are created equal. Your body really needs fats to survive, function, and thrive. Diets that restrict fat intake to lose weight can be dangerous to your health.

Eliminating fat from your diet to lose weight is harmful as certain beneficial fats are essential for your body to function properly.

For example, fats are critical for brain and nervous system function because the myelin (a sheath around nerve fibers that that electrical impulses are transmitted) is made of essential fatty acids.

Fats are also needed for producing hormones, blood clotting, skin and hair, as well as maintaining proper thyroid and adrenal function, and weight. Low fat diets that restrict fat to lose weight can actually slow down your metabolism as the body tries to hang onto calories and energy.

As a part of a healthy diet, these fats pack a nutritional punch by feeding your brain and your body, help you maintain a healthy weight, and keeping you feeling fuller longer.

  1. Flaxseeds or flax oil. Flax is a high source of one of the fatty acids the body does not synthesize on its own. Omega-3 fatty acids are not as readily absorbed as Omega-6 fatty acids, so getting more of this fat in your diet is necessary. Try flax oil in your homemade dressing and add flax seeds to your salad. A tablespoon or more of flaxseed in most baked goods increases this fat and fiber with little change to the end product. Add it to your smoothie, cereal, or oatmeal for a great way to start your morning.
  2. Walnuts are also a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids. They are also a rich source of heart-healthy monosaturated fats and l-arginine the amino acids. These awesome nuts also contain polyphenol antioxidants to prevent damage to cells. Try walnut oil in place of olive oil as a finishing oil because it doesn’t tolerate heat very well and can get bitter. Eating walnuts whole is the best way to obtain the antioxidants as they are mostly contained in the skin. Try adding them to salad, smoothies, parfaits, as well as in a granola mix for a snack.
  3. Avocados are a great source of a carotenoid, lutein, which protects your eyes from getting cataracts or macular degeneration. One of the reasons might be that carotenoids need fat to maximize absorption. Leafy greens and orange colored foods are high in carotenoids, but their absorption is greatly reduced without consuming them with a fat. Avocados are also high in fibre.

Good fats are as vital to a healthy body as protein and vitamins. The key is to balance these, as they are all necessary for healthy function.

If you’re struggling to lose weight and you’re not sure why, our Naturopathic Physician can help you discover the reason for your challenges. Whether you’re fed up that nothing is working, or just need some guidance, our clinic can get you on the right track. Contact us today for more information.

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8 Reasons to Change Your Diet Now!

chronic health issuesWith chronic health issues, the reasons might elude you because of how long they’ve been occurring. Many chronic issues stem from diet because food and beverages are a daily constant in our lives.

When you have chronic health issues, one of the first things our Naturopaths look at is the diet. The effects of unhealthy eating habits can literally weigh on you and be the result of years of nutritional neglect.

Changing your diet has immediate effects, and a long term lifestyle change with a commitment to healthy eating can have dramatic changes, even eliminating chronic health issues.

Here are 8 reasons to change your diet now:

  1. Whether you experience seasonal allergies or all year around, allergies are a sign that your body is hyper sensitive. Allergies can appear as respiratory issues, watery eyes and/or skin issues like eczema. Identifying allergens can help to ease and even eliminate allergy symptoms.
  2. Digestive Issues. Chronic constipation or diarrhea? Acid reflux or indigestion? Digestive issues are commonly relieved by a change in diet, and the changes can usually be felt quickly.
  3. Body Odour. Changes in body odour can be a result of an unhealthy diet. Fungus like candida, or yeast, thrives in diets with high sugar and gluten. So do the bacteria that cause body odour.
  4. Lack of Energy. Can you sleep for hours but still wake up feeling tired, sluggish or exhausted? Toxic build up from an unhealthy diet can keep you from being effectively using the energy in your body. Changes in diet can rev up your engine again.
  5. Sleep Issues. Without a balanced diet, your body might have issues managing your energy requirements properly. You might wake up at night due to hunger or late/difficult digestion.
  6. Depression/Mood Issues. Food acts as a fuel for your body, supplying it with the necessary items like vitamins, proteins and minerals to run efficiently. Without proper diet, your body could be missing key elements to keep your nervous system stabilized. Being deficient in certain vitamins can affect your hormones and even your mood.
  7. Chronic Pain. An unhealthy diet could be causing you pain. Certain foods can be deadly for joints. Frequent headaches are commonly associated with issues with diet.
  8. It isn’t just about calories! A balanced and healthy diet takes into account everything your body needs to run properly, including healthy fats. If you’re eating a healthy diet and you still aren’t losing weight, you might actually be missing something vital, or a seemingly healthy food might be disastrous for your unique needs.

To jumpstart a change in diet, a cleanse or detox might be beneficial.

Colon hydrotherapy can help to quickly ease some of the above chronic health issues, along with a change in diet.

Never attempt a cleanse or detox without advice from your physician.

Ready to feel better? Ask our Naturopath’s how you can change your diet now.

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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


Quinoa Breaded Chicken Strips

gluten Free | dairy free | low carb

Recipe by Kitchen Caleigh

Love chicken strips, but trying to be more health conscious? Here’s an incredibly simple recipe that gives you restaurant quality chicken strips, but only a fraction of the carbs and fat.


6 chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
1/4 cup egg whites (or 2 egg whites)
1/2 cup quinoa flour
2 Tbsp ground flax
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp paprika
0.5 tsp Himalayan or sea salt (finely ground)
olive oil (for lightly brushing)


Preheat oven to 350F.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Cut each chicken breast into 3 equal strips. Add the egg whites to a medium bowl and set aside. Combine all dry ingredients in a large zipper bag. Close the bag and shake until well blended. Dip each chicken strip in the egg whites (both sides) and then put the chicken in the zipper bag. Shake until the strip is evenly coated in the flour mixture. Place each coated strip on the lined cookie sheet, spacing them evenly. Bake in preheated oven for 30 – 35 minutes, turning half way through. About 10 minutes before they’re done, brush each strip with a light coating of olive oil (both sides) and return to oven until cooked through and coating becomes crispy.

Approx. Nutritional Info Per Serving (3 strips):

197cals, 7g carbs, 6g fat, 29g protein, 0g sugar, 1g fiber

Serves: 6 (18 strips)

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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.

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HCG Weight Loss Program Spring Special $450!!

The HCG Weight Loss Diet is a weight-loss program that utilizes a hormone, called HCG. This hormone is naturally present in small amounts in both males and females and in larger amounts during pregnancy. This hormone plays an important role in the metabolism of fat stores. Injecting small amounts of this hormone on a daily basis along with a specific low-calorie diet results in dramatic weight loss without losing muscle mass. Patients lose an average of a half to one pound a day while feeling energetic and without feeling deprived. To find out more about the HCG Weight Loss Diet and other approaches to improving your health, please schedule a consultation with a Village Health Clinic physician*.

*New patients to the HCG program and clinic require an initial consultation with a Village Health Clinic physician. Covered by most extended health plans.

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HCG Weight Loss Program Special Discount!!

Book your appointment to start treatment before Jan. 31st to receive the price of $450*

The HCG Weight Loss Diet is a weight-loss program that utilizes a hormone, called HCG, that is naturally present in both males and females, although it is produced in very large amounts during pregnancy. For both males and non pregnant females, injecting small amounts of this hormone on a daily basis along with a specific low-calorie diet results in the metabolism of abnormal fat stores and a resetting of the body’s weight set point – weight loss is maintained when a normal diet is resumed. When this strict diet is combined with HCG injections and with medical supervision, patients have great success with losing weight without losing muscle mass. Patients lose an average of one to two pounds a day while feeling energetic and without feeling deprived. To find out more about the HCG Weight Loss Dietand other approaches to improving your health, please schedule a consultation with a Village Health Clinic physician.

*New patients to the HCG program and clinic require an initial consultation with the doctor