Back in February, my sweet husband asked me what I would like for Valentine’s Day. Playing on the “heart” theme, I asked for a consultation with Karine. I was going for “healthy heart” vice a chocolate one J.
The first step was to fill out the questionnaire. There were several pages, so I sat down with my morning coffee with sweetener and cream and did some serious introspection. I answered honestly, cringing while I wrote down some of my responses. I also had to keep a food diary for a few days to provide to Karine along with the questionnaire. Again, I cringed as I wrote down some of my questionable choices in my moments of weakness.
Karine then “worked her magic,” and I met with her after she conducted her analysis. I was astonished. Without her knowing my detailed family health history or my detailed medical history, she was able to identify deficiencies that ran in my family that I had completely forgotten about let alone even thought might be impeding me from achieving optimum health. Her assessment was very insightful. She was thoughtful, empathetic and very pleasant. She made sense and provided simple suggestions, tips and recommendations tailored to my body’s needs. She provided guidance in the areas where I needed an overhaul (eliminate artificial sweeteners), inclusions such as vitamins and minerals and in making better decisions in what I consume (whole foods, nuts, flax etc).
After a month of following Karine’s recommendations I realized that I had not experienced a single headache – which was rare as I was prone to several of them each month. I never considered that they could be food related and had always assumed that I was either stress, eye strain or my hair was tied too tight.
Karine’s advice and tips have now become incorporated as regular eating habits. So now my morning coffee is sweetened with coconut milk and a bit of agave syrup – delicious and guilt free J I feel much better and a bonus was that I got leaner. Karine made me realize that I control aspects of my health and well-being by what I choose to purchase and consume. She is well-rounded; a scientist, nutritionist, wife, mother, who is fit and strong, for me that carried added credibility since she can relate to the similar challenges I face in my daily life as a working wife and mom trying to eke out time for a workout while maintaining my sanity J. I would highly recommend Karine for anyone along the spectrum – from those who want to make major changes and need a starting point, to those who want a “tweak” to optimize their health.