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Indeed, our health is our most important asset. Whether we are trying to heal disease or trying to prevent it, we all want to live a healthy and happy life.
I believe that, deep down, I always had a strong feeling about our body's natural ability to heal, but I could never really explain it. For years, I was "on the fence", I was skeptical and questioned anything that had to do with both conventional and alternative methods of healing. Then, something happened. In the Winter of 2010, my eldest daughter got very ill with serious gastro-intestinal issues, later determined to be Crohn's Disease. At the time, she was prescribed a number of medications which seemed to create a roller-coaster effect, with no end in sight. After months and months of seeing her suffer with severe pain and witnessing the treacherous symptoms of the disease, we were told that the next step would be more "aggressive" medications and, eventually, surgery. As I was not yet willing to take that route, we decided to explore natural medicine a bit further. We seeked the help of a respected clinical nutritionist, based in New York, and with his guidance and support, we adopted a nutritional protocol into her life. Within a few short weeks, she started getting better and her improved symptoms slowly became more consistent. We were overjoyed, but what astounded me most was how simple, everyday foods found in my own kitchen could have such a significant impact on her improvement. Thankfully, she eventually found her way back onto the road of health and, in time, she has also learned to hold herself accountable for her food choices. Needless to say, this positive change and the work of this remarkable nutritionist inspired the journey which was to follow.
I knew that I had to 'pay it forward' and help others too. But before doing that, I needed to learn more. And so I decided to take time off from a full-time career and went on to complete an intensive program at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. The strong education and training empowered me with a wealth of information on natural nutrition and its evidence-based healing properties.
I haven't stopped learning though. I still learn something new everyday. What I do know for sure is that this brilliant body of ours wants to be healthy and if provided with the right nutrients, it thrives. What I also know is that the body and the mind need to work together. Negative thought process will have a tremendous impact over our physical well-being. Through the years, both from personal experience and interaction with my clients, it has become quite clear to me that while an individual is having problems coping with chronic stress, no amount of fresh organic vegetables will bring him/her back to good health.
And so, today, I feel blessed to be able to provide my clients with the understanding and use of proper nutrition combined with positive lifestyle changes as a way to address health concerns and even, heal disease. I do believe that we all deserve to live a blissful life and I just know that, with desire and perseverence, we all have the potential to make it happen.
Yours in health,
Leora Barak, founder of Blissful Life Wellness, is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist practicing in the city of Vaughan, Ontario. She is a graduate with Honours from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. She fully acknowledges that each person is biochemically distinct with unique nutritional and lifestyle needs and, as such, her integrative approach to health focuses on complementary and customized Nutritional Therapy combined with sustainable lifestyle changes. She has a special interest in gastro-intestinal disorders, specifically Inflammatory Bowel Disease. She has proudly developed the IBD Program which success has been nothing short of remarkable. With diet alone, this individualized and strategic Program has been successful in bringing active disease into clinical remission.
Leora is a current member in good standing with CAHN-Pro (Canadian Association of Holistic Nutrition Professionals) and a member of the CSNN's Alumni Association. She is also a proud member of NIBDinKids (Foundation for Nutrition & Inflammatory Bowel Diseases in Children) which fosters research into the clinical significance of nutrition in the management of IBD in children.