LeoraLeora Barak,
BA (Hons), RHN

Registered Holistic Nutritionist

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 An important part of your health journey is to understand how your body works and what it needs. As each person is biochemically distinct and has unique nutritional and lifestyle needs, my integrative approach to health focuses on customized nutritional therapy, stress-reducing techniques and lifestyle changes. I have a special interest in gastro-intestinal disorders and in healthy, sustainable weight loss. My mission is to educate and empower you on ways to achieve optimal health, from the inside out, and lead a blissful life. 

I am a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, graduate with Honours from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and I am a current member in good standing with CAHN-PRO (Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals). I am also a proud member of the Foundation for Nutrition & Inflammatory Bowel Diseases in Children (NIBD), which fosters research into the clinical significance of nutrition in the management of IBD in children.

My services are covered by a number of private health insurance plans.

 

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Focus Areas

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program

  • Ultimately, the cells in our bodies are built from the raw materials we eat. The more suitable our food choices are to our specific requirements, the better cell structures we can build.

  • Since every person is bio-chemically unique, individual nutritional imbalances and weaknesses must be assessed.

  • An RHN will introduce new dietary habits, incorporating the latest nutritional breakthroughs, but it may be difficult to achieve optimal health through food alone. In such cases, RNH's are trained to design personalized dietary supplement programs together with appropriate lifestyle changes.

  • Environmental pollution, metal toxicity, micro-organism imbalances and food sensitivities are among other factors that must be considered in constructing a nutritional program.

Statement of Confidentiality

We respect your right to privacy and we assure you that all information collected will be kept in strict confidentiality and that no one will have access to your file without your signed consent. In certain situations, it is important to share information about a client with other health practitioners (MD, ND, Psychologist etc.), however, you may at any time expressly request that I not share specific information with a particular practitioner.

 

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What to Expect During Visits

FREE 15 Minute Nutritional Consultation

Making the decision to work with a Holistic Nutritionist is a personal matter and a very important factor in the overall success of the therapeutic outcome of the treatment. As such, I welcome the opportunity to have a short, 15-minute conversation on a chosen health topic with potential clients. Take advantage of this free consultation to determine whether I can help you and to learn more about the assessment and the protocols to follow.When you book your first appointment, you will be emailed two forms:
  1. A brief Client Intake Questionnaire
  2. Four-day Food Diary
For increased efficacy, you are kindly asked to fill out these forms prior to your first consultation. Please do your best to answer sincerely. I assure you that all your information will be kept in strict confidence. Complete the Four-day Food Diary and record everything you eat and drink as well as your mood and energy levels for that day. Be as detailed as you can.

Your First Session: Health History and Assessment (1.5 hours)

Before nutritional treatment can begin, a detailed assessment is necessary. During the first nutritional consultation, your health history, symptoms, main health issues and what you would like to achieve will be discussed in detail. My objective is to gain a full understanding of your concerns (and goals!), your current diet and nutritional status, the health of your different body systems, your lifestyle, exercise routine, stress level and general state of mind. 

Your Second Session: Health Plan Outline (1 hour)

In the time between your first and second visits, I will assess all information gathered from your health evaluation profile and the food diary and will outline the first steps of your individualized health plan. Over the course of your protocol, I will educate you about the benefits of a sound nutritional program to encourage your body to heal itself, to prevent future illness and to maintain overall wellness. The first steps will include all or some of the following, based on your needs:
  • Nutrition: how to make smart food choices, the importance of proper hydration, the importance of regular detoxification
  • Supplement recommendations
  • Lifestyle recommendations: sleep, exercise, relaxation techniques
  • Referral to other qualified health care professionals, where necessary
Your progress will be monitored throughout your protocol to evaluate whether your goals have been attained or require modification.
NOTE: It is important to understand that it takes years for the body to get to the point of disease or imbalance, and likewise, it will take time to restore the body to proper health with the proper nutrients it has been missing. With adequate compliance, an average program may last from 2 months to 6 months.

Follow Up Appointments: (30 -45 minutes)

Follow up visits will review, discuss and fine-tune your Health Plan to suit your changing diet and lifestyle needs. During these visits, we may decide to make appropriate modifications so you achieve your health goals. As my purpose is to support you every step of the way, I do recommend at least one additional Follow up visit within the first 6 months in order to monitor your nutritional and wellness progress.Further appointments will depend on your progress and your desire to address different concerns. You will need to be patient in order to allow your body to return to homeostasis (state of equilibrium or balance). Certain stages need to be followed to attain a safe return to wellness, such as cleansing, repairing, rebuilding and rejuvenating.