It’s Mental Health Week, Get Loud!

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It’s Mental Health week and the message put out by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CHMA) is“ Get Loud about what mental health really is”

Mental health affects every single Canadian,

  • One in five Canadians has a mental illness
  • Four in five have good mental health

Every single person has mental health, just like we all have physical health.

It’s about feeling good about who you are, having balance in your life, and managing life’s highs and lows.

As a nutritionist, I educate my clients to enjoy better health everyday and it includes eating a balanced diet, being physical activity and managing their stress levels.

The Canadian Mental Health Association is leading the charge from May 7  to May 13th and their slogan Get Loud about mental health really is about reaching the workplace, schools, the House of Commons and  everyday lives.

I’ve had two siblings with debilitating mental illness. If we knew then what we know now, it would have been a very different experience for them.

There are many forms of mental illness and anxiety and depression are top of mind for many people these days. The other biggies are schizophrenia, bi-polar, personality disorders, post traumatic stress, eating disorders, addictions and others.

I recently attended a conference called Feeding the Brain, Nourishing the Mind that covered topics about the causes of ADHD, autism and mental health on children and adults.

In the holistic health world, whole foods, supplements and lifestyle can make a huge difference for many people.

Here are some take-aways:

  • Managing your gut health is essential! Eat prebiotic and probiotic foods and add probiotic supplements regularly. Those foods are asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, garlic dandelions, onions to name a few…
  • Reducing inflammation in the brain and Body comes from eating healthy fats and taking essential fatty Acids such as Omega 3 supplements. Omega 3 foods are:  avocados, coconut, cold water fish, nuts, seeds and nut, seed, coconut or olive oils.
  • Many are depleted of proper nutrients either not being absorbed in the body or not eating vegetables and fruits. Eat foods high in vitamin B’s such as take multi vitamins especially vitamins’ B3,B5, B6 and B12 folic acid and choline. Add these foods: romaine lettuce, spinach, crimini mushrooms, tuna, salmon, asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, sardines, shrimp,  grass fed beef and many more.
  • Protect yourself against environmental toxins, pesticide,s chemical cleaners and personal care products in  your home and use vinegar, borax, baking soda and essential oils. Think Green!

If you know someone who struggles with mental health take a few minutes to listen, give them a hug or help get them help, not just this week, always!


 Here’s a great recipe to build your brain health with healthy fats

Sumptuous Yellow Chicken Curry with Vegetables

A fragrant combination of spices and vegetables cooked in coconut milk loaded with healthy fats from the coconut milk and and gives the dish a creamy luscious sauce. Serve on a bed of organic brown rice or grain of choice.

You can substitute the peppers if you’re not eating nightshades with cauliflower and green beans. This dish is also good with fish, beef or vegetables on their own.

Happy Mothers Day this Sunday, May 13th to all the moms out there!