The menopausal transition is a common time to see a change in digestive health and weight. Our gut bacteria plays a role in estrogen metabolism so it is often one of the first steps we take to re-balance the hormones. Check out this article for more on the human microbiome and menopause:
We are all looking for our health care providers to have wisdom and experience. When I moved to Ottawa very pregnant and with a 1.5 year-old, I booked an appointment with a local experienced Naturopathic Doctor just to get a second opinion and make sure my pregnancy brain wasn’t letting any detail fall through the cracks. It was a great appointment and reassured me that I was on track, however booking a follow-up proved to be problematic. Her schedule was packed for months. I went back to her website a few times over the past few months hoping there was an opening, but no luck.
This is the downside to seeing a good experienced naturopath. Accessibility and continuity of care suffers because of a jammed calendar. Luckily I am healthy with no major issues to correct, but for those who need an actual treatment plan complete with follow-up and accountability, they are left out in the cold! Brrr…
Good news! I’ve got 7 years experience practicing as both a Naturopathic Doctor as well as a clinic owner, so I’ve learned how important it is for patients to have access to their health care practitioners. As I have closed my Sudbury practice and am starting fresh here in Ottawa, I have lots of room in my calendar and a well rested medical brain keen to dig into tricky cases.
You can easily book online. I’m looking forward to meeting you!
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Fridays (@Newell Physiotherapy) 9am to 1130am
Saturdays (@Beechwood) noon to 4pm
One of my New Year’s resolutions is to reduce my environmental burden. I know better, I should do better. There are times when I have definitely been lazy about the smaller details, but I’m now trying to change my ways.
Here are a few things that we can do to minimize our environmental burden:
Eat less meat
“Transitioning toward more plant-based diets that are in line with standard dietary guidelines could reduce global mortality by 6–10% and food-related greenhouse gas emissions by 29–70% compared with a reference scenario in 2050” (Springmann et al.).
But be careful not to consume too much processed foods or fruit, as those food choices can ramp up the environmental toll of your diet.
Soy is fine to eat in moderation, but be sure to buy organic to avoid ingesting chemicals. Soy production is known to be hard on the environment, but in reality eating beef costs more soy than eating the soy directly.
Grow your own food when possible
Sprout instead of buying greens (especially those boxed in plastic) during the winter months.
Grow your own herbs.
Keep house plants to clean your own micro-environment
Some plants are better than others for filtering the air inside your home.
Look at where your fruit comes from in the winter months. Is it better to live on apples in the winter or to ship exotic fruits from South America? You decide. I’m constantly debating about this in the produce aisle.
End food waste
Plan your meals and update your plans based on what is actually in the fridge. Leftovers can force you to creatively create amazing meals.
Turn down your water heater
Put everything you plug in on a power bar and turn it off at night.
Reduce your impact as a consumer
Take care of things so that you don’t have to replace them so much (from small items like clothing to bigger purchases like vehicles).
Buy pre-loved instead of new when possible (which also contributes to your local economy).
Buy in bulk to save on packaging.
Stop buying books. Use the library (again another way to be out in your local community).
Reusable grocery bags of course. Say no to straws.
Eat out less. And definitely don’t get take-out.
A great tool to calculate your environmental impact is the
I have officially moved to Ottawa, expecting baby number two to arrive any day now. My Sudbury patients are in the very good hands of Dr. Cayla Bronicheski ND, and we will continue to consult on patient cases as needed, both for the benefit of our patients, as well as for mutual learning. I will be taking a short maternity leave and expect to start practicing naturopathic medicine in the Beechwood neighborhood in January. Stay tuned for more updates coming this fall 🙂
We are switching hats!
A new baby has shifted my priorities and I’m very happy to report that Matt Lynds, our cherished Registered Physiotherapist, is now the owner and operator of Nickel Ridge! This way I can focus more on my naturopathic practice (spending more time on patient research and continuing education) and I can have my weekends to hang out with my little munchkin. I couldn’t be more excited about going back to work with this clear setup, and I’m looking forward to digging deep into stagnant cases with fresh eyes.
Matt is going to mostly keep things the same, spiffing up the rough edges, add more reception hours and a small gym to support the physiotherapy offerings. You’ll see the clinic name change to Nickel Ridge Physiotherapy, but don’t be fooled, your Naturopathic Doctors and Massage Therapists are still here too.
Let us know if you have any questions or concerns, but we don’t expect any bumps in the road along this transition.
Over and out my friends! See you in the clinic!
All the best,
Dr. Sarah Goulding, Naturopathic Doctor