Nature Prenatal is having a second birthday!

Holistic Nutritionist Ottawa

Me and my baby a few short years ago.

Two years.  This is how long I have been working my dream job.  This is how long Nature Prenatal has existed.  It’s not a baby anymore.  Two years can go by very quickly.  If you have a child you know what I mean.  And if you don’t, let me explain.  One day they are these tiny, delicate beings that are totally and completely dependent on you.  The next thing you know you are sending them off to school, into the real world.  Babies don’t stay babies.

As for Nature Prenatal, let me explain what has been happening and my plans for 2015.  I have created a free offer, “You and Your Baby:  7 Simple Steps to Achieving a Healthy Pregnancy and Happy Baby.”  You can grab that now right HERE!  I have also created a second free offer, “5 Easy Steps to Gently Lose Unwanted Pounds.”  Grab that offer right HERE!

I am working with a group of women right now in my online program “Eat Right, Look Great, Feel Awesome!”  This is my longest running program and I will open it up again in the fall.  My other group program, “How to Make a Baby in 90 Days” will be starting in the spring.  I have created a brand new sleep challenge that is yet to be announced.  I wanted to create a program that focuses on getting better quality sleep because it’s become apparent to me that many women are sleep deprived.  My sleep challenge will be starting very soon!    Contact me if you would like to be placed on my waiting list for any of these group programs.

I’m excited to announce that my services are now covered by a few insurance companies!  This is very promising that the insurance world is starting to recognize holistic nutrition as a vital component of health care.  The insurance companies that currently provide coverage are Industrial Alliance, Claim Secure, DiBrina Sure and 321 Well.

Did you know I sell quality health products through my online dispensary?  Vitamins and supplements are a great way to boost nutrient intake and improve your health.  However, not everyone should take the same products.  I provide individual supplement consulting with all of my clients.  You can visit my online store HERE.

I am super excited to now provide DNA genetic testing with Nutrigenomix!  Nutrigenomics is the study of how Nutrigenomix Photo for websiteindividual genetic variation affects a person’s response to nutrients and impacts the risk of nutrition-related chronic diseases.  I have two tests available.  One is for gluten intolerance and the other is how your body responds to vitamin C, folate, whole grains, omega-3 fat, saturated fat, sodium and caffeine.  Basically, depending on your genes your body will have a different reaction to these food groups.  For more information on Nutrigenomix, go HERE.

This past summer I got personal and shared my own weight loss story with you.  I posted real time videos to YouTube (which was actually quite terrifying for me!) and wrote in my blog about the process.  I didn’t lose as much as I hoped, and I have accepted that.  The truth is, I am still not at my pre-pregnancy weight and I’m still working on it.  You can find my YouTube videos HERE, and read the blog posts HERE.

I am currently working with a contest winner who has won my Biggest Contest Ever.  She is in her final weeks of pregnancy and doing very well.  I have held this contest twice and I’m happy to announce that I will be doing it again this summer!  It’s open to any women who are actively trying to conceive or in their first trimester of pregnancy.  In exchange for free nutrition and prenatal coaching the winner is featured in my blog as I share her prenatal story with you.  For more information on the contest go HERE.  Contact me if you would like to be notified when I open registration in the summer.

I have added a Recipe page to my website HERE.  I am building on my recipe list with recipes that I post to my blog.  Please let me know if you try or have tried any of my recipes and how you like them!

I have also added a Deal of the Month page to my website HERE.

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I think this pretty much sums up my past year and plans I have for 2015.

Of course, you never know what the future may hold!



Meet me in Cobourg

I will be at the Mom & Tots Wellness Expo in Cobourg, Ontario February 22, 2015.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the event, CLICK HERE.

Mom & Tots Wellness Expo








Melissa’s Story

Melissa is 34 weeks pregnant with her second baby.  If you’ve been following her story, you will know that she is under the care of midwives.  Midwifery has grown very popular among parents recently, with a demand that actually exceeds the midwives that are available.  Unfortunately not all parents who want midwife care are accepted.  For anyone reading this who is currently trying to get pregnant, and wishes to have a midwife, I recommend you find one in your area and have them on speed dial, ready to call as soon as you get that positive pregnancy test.  I’m not going to bother with statistics, or even the pros and cons of midwifery, but I will say that I was under the care of midwives for my own pregnancy and it was a wonderful experience.  Please, doctors don’t be offended.  There are situations when doctors are necessary and preferred.  But, speaking from personal experience, I was very happy with my midwives and the level of care that they gave me.  I would like to take this opportunity to give a small shout-out.  Yay for midwives!

Now, back to Melissa.  She has won my Biggest Contest Ever, and will be featured in this blog until she has her baby.  In the last blog post (click here to read it) she was advised that her iron levels were low.  She was given a few weeks to boost her iron intake with food before she was tested again.  Now, there is nothing wrong with taking supplements, and often these are necessary when recommended by your doctor or midwife.  But, it is best to obtain your nutrients from food first and this was Melissa’s goal.  She did it!  Her iron level is now normal and supplements are not necessary.  The biggest change that she made in her diet was to include leafy green vegetables daily, both cooked and raw.  Leafy green vegetables are so full of nutrients, they are one of the healthiest foods you can eat!  Not only do they contain iron, but calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, folate, beta-carotene and more.  EVERYONE EVERYWHERE SHOULD EAT LEAFY GREEN VEGETABLES.  Not just during pregnancy, but always.  Some options are kale, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, bok choy, collard greens, chard and cabbage.  Eat a variety of leafy greens to broaden the range of nutrients.  Eat both cooked and raw greens.  I know it’s difficult to find fresh, local vegetables during these cold winter months, but in the spring plant your own garden or shop at your local farmer’s market.

Other than leafy greens, Melissa has been snacking on pumpkin seeds (another excellent source of iron) and she ate liver.  Once.  Liver is high in iron and other nutrients like folic acid, Vitamins A and B12.  But, it does have a distinct taste that doesn’t agree with everyone’s taste buds.  Melissa is one of those people, although it had been a long time since she ate liver and she was willing to give it another try.  I suggested she hide it in some chili to disguise the flavor and she did.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to hide the taste, which she still doesn’t like.  She ate the chili, but I doubt she will try that again.

*Every individual is unique and will have different nutritional needs. The recommendations I make for Melissa may or may not benefit other women who have similar experiences. The nutritional advice given to Melissa is based on a specific, detailed health and lifestyle assessment. They will not apply to every pregnant woman. If you are interested in a personal assessment for yourself, please send an e-mail to

Melissa’s assessments and recommendations are much more detailed than what is in this blog post. Here, I am sharing her most important issues and some random topics. The information that is shared between us is extensive and continual.

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Melissa’s baby bump at 34 weeks

One small concern that Melissa has right now is dry skin.  When I asked how much water she was drinking she couldn’t say for sure.  During pregnancy it is recommended to drink about 3 litres per day.  A good way to ensure this is to fill a jug with 3 litres of water and empty it before the end of the day.  Alternatively, she may keep a note pad on her kitchen counter and make a check mark every time she drinks a glass.  In addition to water, essential fatty acids such as nuts and seeds, olive oil, coconut oil, fish and fish oil, avocado and butter will help with her dry skin (also very important during pregnancy for the growth and development of her baby’s brain and nervous system.)

Other than dry skin, Melissa has no pregnancy issues or concerns right now.  She is enjoying pregnancy and now thinking of her birth plan.  She is open to the idea of a home birth, and considering that as an option.  However, her birth plan details are still undecided.  One thing she knows for sure is that she plans for a drug free birthing experience.  Her last baby was born without an epidural, and she is confident she can do it again.

Please feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail if you have any questions about Melissa’s pregnancy.

I will follow up with Melissa in March for her next blog entry.

If you would like to be notified when I post my next blog about Melissa, you can sign up for my e-mail list HERE. To thank you for signing up, I will send you my free offer, “You and Your Baby: 7 Simple Steps to Achieving a Healthy Pregnancy and Happy Baby.”


Meet me at Country Moments Spa and Wellness Center in Navan, Ontario



Monday, February 23rd

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Wednesday, February 25th

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Country Moments Spa & Wellness Center

3470 Trim Road

Navan, ON


I will be available during these times for drop-in visits and appointments.  If you would like to secure your time, please call the spa at 613-590-9999.  You can book your 15 minute free consultation or mini-assessment for half-price (only $20!).

Country Moments Spa

Country Moments Spa & Wellness Center

During a 15 minute free consultation, we will discuss your specific areas of concern and I will address any questions you may have about holistic nutrition.  I will provide you with information including dietary and lifestyle recommendations specific to your health concerns.

A MINI-ASSESSMENT may take up to 30 minutes and includes a complete detailed two-page symptom questionnaire that will identify systems which may be imbalanced.  For example, your digestive, intestinal, cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, urinary, muscular/skeletal, reproductive and glandular/endocrine systems.  Based on these results, I will provide you with simple lifestyle and dietary recommendations that will balance these systems, improving your overall health and quality of life.

Please don’t hesitate to CONTACT ME if you have any questions.

I would love to meet you!



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Deal of the Month



Not sure if an assessment is for you? Try a mini-assessment!

A mini-assessment includes a complete detailed two-page symptom questionnaire that will identify systems which may be imbalanced.  For example, your digestive, intestinal, cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, urinary, muscular/skeletal, reproductive and glandular/endocrine systems.  Based on these results, I will provide you with simple lifestyle and dietary recommendations that will balance these systems, improving your overall health and quality of life.

Available in person or online.


Right now you can book your mini-assessment for ONLY $20!  But, don’t wait too long.  This deal ends February 28!