Taking Charge of Your Health

(upbeat music) – Hi guys, welcome to Olivia Connects. We’ve got a very cool episode today. We’re here with Tracy,
who’s a nutritionist. – Hi, my name is Tracy Houle, and I’m a holistic nutritionist. I have certification in
Dynamic Eating Psychology, and have recently completed a
functional nutrition course. – Welcome to the show. – Thank you so much. – Super thrilled to be
here, it’s a beautiful home, we are going to find out
how to make fat bombs, which you guys must tune in for. So if you guys are
excited, hit the thumbs up, and if you guys are new,
don’t forget to subscribe, so I know to keep creating
content similar to this. So let’s start. (laughs) What is nutrition, Tracy, and why is it important
for us to be aware of it? – Well, nutrition
technically is the idea of using food for nourishment. It’s using the nutrients
that are found in food to help grow our bodies,
to help maintain health, or even to help prevent
or reverse disease. – All right, so it’s
very important. (laughs) We got it. But there is so much stuff out there, it’s hard to know what
sources we can trust, from social media, to shows like Dr. Oz, and then there’s Health
Canada’s Food Guide, we’re constantly
bombarded, there’s organic, there’s GMO, there’s all
these new diets, being vegan, I’m just like, gut bacteria, I don’t know where to even turn to. So what kind of tips
can you give our viewers to just improve their lifestyle? – Probiotics, for sure, 100%. Vitamin D, everybody is
lined up in the morning to get their vitamin D drops. – (laughs) Like you’re doing shots? – Yeah.
(both laugh) Yeah, and fish oil is
regular, and multivitamins. So that, those four things I just named kind of cover all your bases, right? You’re getting your
essential fatties, acids, from the fish oil, you’re getting
your vitamins and minerals from your multivitamin mineral, you’re getting your
probiotics for gut health, and you’re getting vitamin
D for hormonal health, immune system function. – And especially good in the winter. – Yes, but you know what? Take it all year long. Take it all year long. – Okay.
– Yeah. And one of the tips
that I started to do was when you’re picking up packaged food, if you wanna make the decision to buy it, look at the ingredients. If you can go around the grocery store, collecting all the items
that are on that label, then it’s fair game. If that label has a bunch of
stuff that you can’t recognize and you can’t find in the grocery store, then just leave it behind. – Yeah. ‘Cause if you don’t know
what it is, (laughs) – Yeah, why put it in your body, right? – [Olivia] Exactly, exactly. So what does food mean to you? – Well now, as a nutritionist,
food is fun, right? Food wasn’t always fun when
I first went out onto my own, in, sorry, on my own, living on my own. I was eating like the
same stuff every day. And it was always processed, packaged food because that’s all I knew. – And it was easy, I’m sure. – And it was easy, it was
cheap, it was convenient. But once I had kids, I didn’t wanna feed them that way anymore. And then, fast forward
to when my son was six, he had a lotta tummy issues. So that’s pretty much what spearheaded me into this field of nutrition. And then, when I changed our diet, I thought, oh my god,
our family is thriving. I just wanted to go
deeper and deeper, right? So I love using food
for healing and for fun. I mean, I feel like
there’s no room for guilt when it comes to food, right?
(Olivia laughs) That’s a new concept. I know there’s a lot of guilt
and shame around eating, and I hate that, and actually
the thing that led me to the certification in
Dynamic Eating Psychology was because I wasn’t getting
any headway with my clients. I wasn’t seeing people twice. I would give people
these awesome protocols, that were probably super overwhelming, and then it was like I
would never see them again. And then I realized,
there’s a mental game. There’s a behavioral change, or a shift that needs to happen for any
of this to be long-lasting. Like yeah, definitely
if you hear something, or if you read it in a magazine, I mean, magazines are
notorious for this too, right? You get this 500 word article,
making all these claims about something that
will change your life. – Or the pictures, before and after, like guys, there are probably models, they are probably modified. – Yes, yeah.
– So you don’t know. – Yeah, and you know what? There is no magic bullet. Like it’s just not gonna happen. There’s not this one thing you can take that will reverse aging,
help you lose weight, make you feel amazing, keep you 20 for the rest of your life, like that’s not gonna happen. But I do have one sort of whole foods tip that I think is really
the, sums up in a nutshell what you can think about when
it comes to food and how, just use whole foods. There is nothing else
you need to think about when it comes to nutrition. So if a food looks like what it did when it was harvested or
picked, then eat it, right? If it doesn’t, and it
had to go through a lab, or it went through manufacturing process, then whatever nutrients
were already in the food when it was harvested have been depleted. Because when you go through
the processing of food, you deplete the nutrients. And now they’re injecting
nutrients, right? They’re fortifying breads with folic acid. Well just eat greens, and then you won’t have
a folate deficiency. So that’s sort of my
thought for the day, right? Just stick to whole foods. If you can recognize it, and especially when it comes to grains. You want your grains to look like what they were supposed to look like when they were harvested. So quinoa, rice, they look the same. Wheat has taken on a thousand
different forms, right? And the Canadian wheat right
now is not looking so good. Because they spray it with
glyphosate in the drying process, so you’re best with organic wheat or just avoiding it. – I was just gonna say.
– Because it’s really inflammatory, yeah.
(Olivia laughs) So if you wanna find me, you
can find me at – So now we’re gonna
get up off of our seats, and we’re gonna follow
Tracy into the kitchen to make some fat bombs,
whatever those are. (circles swish) – Awesome, so today we
are making a homemade healthy chocolate recipe. Or, as people love today, fat bombs. If you’re a keto person, this
is a great recipe to use. I’ve got coconut oil, maple
syrup, just a little bit, ’cause it’s a fat bomb, you
don’t want too much sugar. Some nice, organic cacao,
a little pinch of sea salt, and you can add in your favorite nuts. I’m gonna be doing Brazil
nuts and Macadamia nuts today, because they are some of the
best fats for your brain, and Brazil nuts have a ton of selenium, which is awesome for our thyroid
and for males’ prostates. So add in your favorite nuts, all right? So we’re gonna start with
heating up some coconut oil. I’ve got a third cup of coconut oil. And a quarter cup of super awesome Canadian organic maple syrup. Just gonna whisk that together. I’m gonna add in a pinch of salt. And once that’s nice and warm, add in and whisk in your cacao. I just wanna show you the consistency. Once you see a little bit liquidy, that’s it, turn off the heat. Add in your Brazil nuts, Macadamia nuts, or whatever nuts you’re using, and just mix it up
together, no big deal, okay? And now I’ve got kinda like this fudge kind of consistency,
and that’s perfect to go in your ice cube trays. We’ve got healthy chocolate, which is a super awesome relaxant, so this would be great to
make during stressful days. These also are great for
balancing your blood sugar, because of the amount of
coconut oil that’s in it, right? It’s a great healthy fat
for balancing blood sugar. (upbeat music) – And before I let you go, Tracy, if there was another
job you could be doing, that you haven’t already done, what would it be, and why? – I would be a clinical psychologist. – Oh, okay. – Yes, yeah. And that’s something that has always been on the back of my mind. Anybody that knows me knows
that I love that field, and I’m just so fascinated by the human mind and human behavior, and so I kinda got to
fulfill that little dream through my Dynamic
Eating Psychology course, ’cause it gave me that little,
little touch on that subject. – So like a little teaser.
– Yes, exactly. – And you’re like, “I want more.” – Yes, exactly, yeah. – Well we hope you find that, and we hope you incorporate
that with all of your work. Thank you guys so much for watching. Don’t forget to subscribe,
and if you’re interested in meeting up with Tracy,
all of her information will be down below, and
we will see you next week. Take care. (mellow music)

4 thoughts on “Holistic Nutrition Healthy Lifestyle (Beginners Guide to Holistic Nutrition)

  1. So important to view using food for nourishment and not only pleasure. I definitely take vitamin D, probiotics and fish oil. What about B12 and Vitamin C and Magnesium?

  2. I love that tip – if you can go around the grocery store collecting all the ingredients on the label, it's good for you! That's so true!

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