Nikki Hurst

9 Ways to Ensure Optimal Nutritional Wellness Pre-Pregnancy and Beyond

As a nutritionist, I have always enjoyed working with women pre-conception to postpartum to ensure their nutritional intake is optimal for reproductive wellness, guiding them on their journey toward parenthood and beyond. What’s great about a whole foods plant-based diet, well, is EVERYTHING, but in particular, the obscene amount of nutrients one gets by incorporating and sticking to this clean way of eating. I find that once I have coached a future mother to eat this way, chances are, she is going to stick to it – for herself, and the good of her family. We woman lead by...

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6 Homemade Nut Cheese Recipes to Help You Ditch Dairy for Good!

One of the first thing I did when I transitioned to a plant-based diet was learn how to make all my favourite veganized foods myself. Why? Many reasons! 1. I love to cook 2. It’s always a healthier option to make your foods in-house 3. You control the ingredients to your liking 4. It’s cost effective Naturally, as an omnivore, I loved ALL THE CHEESE. Plant-based cheese was one of my very first battles. Conquered, I might add! Making these cheeses can be finicky as it’s a perfect balance of a science and an art (like baking!). Increments of...

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How to Detox Your Body (Without Really Doing a Thing)

TOXIN: noun any poison produced by an organism, characterized by antigenicity in certain animals and high molecular weight, and including the bacterial toxins that are the causative agents of tetanus, diphtheria, etc., and such plant and animal toxins as ricin and snake venom. How to Detox Your Body (Without Really Doing a Thing)    SO ….. if you’re not eating foods laced with arsenic, I’d say your insides are pretty safe from ‘dietary toxins’. No “detox” needed. Besides, your body “detoxes” 24 hours a day, it’s what its designed to do! Your liver breaks down harmful compounds, everything from...

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Radiate Health From the Inside Out | A Nutritionist’s Guide to Beauty

What is going on internally is usually reflected externally. When a person eats well, exercises, and practices natural personal hygiene, you can’t help but notice that they have “that glow”. Would you like to hop on that train? Of course you would! Hop aboard, and enjoy the ride … See my (post run) face? G is for Glow.–> Radiate Health From the Inside Out | A Nutritionist’s Guide to Beauty DIGESTIVE HEALTH This is my number one! When your digestive system is in disarray, your skin will appear dull, lightless, and you may have dark circles under your eyes....

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Skinny Bitch? (Yes, I am)

Skinny Bitch | #1 New York Times Bestseller | Authors: Rory Freedman & Kim Barnouin Skinny Bitch. This book claims, that if you live the Skinny Bitch lifestyle, you will, in fact, become a Skinny Bitch. Titled only for books sales (and it worked), this curt, no nonsense guide to getting skinny covers all the basis of a healthy vegan lifestyle. That’s right, vegan lifestyle, not diet. Because diets don’t work. If you wanna get skinny, go vegan. If you wanna stay skinny, stay vegan. It really is that simple. (As long as you choose healthy vegan options, of...

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Quality or Quantity – What Matters More When It Comes To Getting Protein?

People are obsessed with protein. Protein powders, protein supplements, protein, protein, protein! Fact is, as an adult, you only really need between 8% – 10% of your calories to come from protein. That’s right, read it again folks, 8% – 10%! Write this down. Ready? …. If you are getting enough calories, you are getting enough protein. Mind blown yet? Too much protein should be far more of a concern than the lack thereof. The RDA, or recommended dietary allowance, for protein is specific to both your age and gender. In general, adult women need 46g of protein per day,...

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Friend or Faux? The Truth About Gluten

Have you seen South Park, Season 18, Episode 02? Well if you haven’t, you should! This is where we all learn the following nutrition fact: GLUTEN MAKES YOUR DICK FLY OFF! Seriously. One of my all-time favourite episodes. Ok. Let’s get one thing straight here: Gluten is NOT the devil. Unless you’re a diagnosed celiac. It will not tear apart your insides, cause you unbearable pain, or kill you. Unless you’re a diagnosed celiac. If you cut out gluten you may lose weight, yes, but only because you’re cutting out the cakes, pies, muffins, cupcakes galore. White food contains...

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Everything You Need to Know About B12 (Carnivores Included!)

So, here’s the dirt – Vitamin B-12 is a very important micronutrient, essential for the  metabolism of the nervous tissue and necessary for the health of the entire nervous system. B-12 also has an important role in the formation of normal red blood cells,  and is sometimes referred to as the “energy vitamin”, as it usually increases one’s energy levels. Unlike other water- soluble nutrients, B-12 is stored in the liver, kidneys, and other body tissues for up to five years. Deficiency is usually slow to appear, however studies are showing that 40% of Americans today are suffering from low...

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The Alkaline Diet – Fad or Fact?

You want to feel better. You’ve weaned off the sweets, booze, and all around lethargic behavior; however, you’re not really feeling all that … great. You start perusing the Internet for the latest diet fad, hoping for a quick fix to boost your dwindling energy and lose those leftover holiday pounds. One of the latest trends, which has taken the wellness world by storm, is the Alkaline Diet. Alkaline Water? For real? Please. SOOOO not necessary. Plus, according to Stephanie Vangsness, R.D., L.D., of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, most municipal water supplies provide water...

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Healthy Snack Options for Our Canine Fuzzy Friends

Many dog owners think that canned dog food and dry kibble are enough to meet the nutritional needs of our furry friends. While these foods do met the minimum nutrient requirements, adding fresh veggies to your dog’s food will boost the vitamin, mineral, enzyme & fibre content of every meal. You can chop or purée and mix with food, or feed whole as a snack. Although many dog foods claim they use all organic and natural ingredients, many of the nutrients are still synthetic, are full of fillers, and lack the essential nature of whole foods, thus lacking good quality...

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Eat Yourself Healthy! The Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Science has discovered close connections between food, inflammation and various diseases. Eat yourself healthy. It’s easier than you think! What causes inflammation?  Stress, lack of exercise, genetic predisposition, and exposure to toxins can all contribute to chronic inflammation, but dietary choices play a big role as well. “Learning how specific foods influence the inflammatory process is the best strategy for containing it and reducing long-term disease risks.” Dr. Andrew Weil. We can see inflammation when it occurs on the outside of our bodies, but what about when it occurs on our insides? Chronic inflammation may look like this: cancer,...

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Adult Acne | The Possible Culprits and Remedies

In your thirties and still getting pimples? This may be due to estrogen dominance: the improper estrogen-progesterone ratio of the blood, and something much too common in women’s lives today. This imbalance, which is common when one enters puberty, is being perpetuated in adulthood by stress, the use of birth control pills, environmental factors, commercial toxins and then finally, the body’s inability to rid itself of all this excess estrogen due to an overburdened liver. Our liver is the master cleanser of the body, and when there is an overabundance of hormones circulating in the blood, it may have...

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The Yeast Beast and the Brain | Aiding Candida Through Nutrition

Did you know that over 70% over your immune system lives in your gut? Furthermore, if your digestive system is not working at an optimum level – the chances are, other body systems are suffering because of this. One of the most common digestive ailments today, is Candida. Candida is a ruthless condition where there is an overgrowth or infection of parasitic yeast-like fungus in the intestines, which have displaced the good bacteria needed for healthy digestion and elimination. The toxins produced by Candida are absorbed back into the bloodstream and carried throughout the body not only causing the...

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How To Support Your Thyroid with Nutrition

If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from low thyroid function, or hypothyroidism: – General lethargy – Lack of motivation – Dry, brittle hair or hair loss – Low body temperature- Weight gain – Constipation How To Support Your Thyroid with Nutrition   Thyroid hormones play a huge role in the body’s regulation mechanism. They influence consumption of oxygen, rate of energy consumption and rise in body temperature. They affect blood pressure. They stimulate the formation of red blood cells and accelerate the turnover of minerals in the bones. Furthermore, that little...

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