Category: Nutrition

October 29, 2019
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At  Wholeness Center, our focus on eating healthy comes from our goal to create whole health for each of our clients.  How we fuel our bodies has a significant effect on our minds too.  Contact our naturopathic doctors to learn more about how we can support you on your health journey, call  970-221-1106.





Eating and drinking should be such a simple, innate task, shouldn’t it?  Are you hungry?  Eat.  Thirsty?  Drink.  Simple right?  For the majority of us reading this, however, we have the luxury and the complications of choice.  At every turn, we’re facing marketing that tells us what to eat or drink.  Many of our foods and drinks are altered with precise manipulations so that we will crave more of them.

We’re here to tell you, that when it comes to eating healthy, we know the messages out there are increasingly difficult to decipher.  We also know that they change with the latest fads.  It can be exhausting and that’s where we come in to help.

What Should I Eat?
We all know that reaching for an apple rather than a bag of orange powered cheese puffs is a better choice.  But what about beyond that?  What about dairy?  Is it good or bad for you?  It depends on what article you read, right?  What about nuts and legumes?  They’re supposed to be healthy for you, but what if eating them every day is causing stomach cramps?  Which is better, steamed broccoli or fresh broccoli?

What the dieting books, news articles, and trend-setters don’t tell you is that you are an individual.  What you should eat depends on your unique body, mind, lifestyle, and daily challenges.  Also, the healthy eating routine that works for you today, might not work next month or next year.

General Healthy Eating Tips
Although healthy eating routines need to be unique and individualized, we do have a few general tips for you.  Most people benefit from the following:

  • Whole Foods.  Minimally processed foods.  Foods that have a single ingredient, low or no additives, and are nutrient dense.
  • Gluten Free.  A gluten free diet can be helpful for many, but should be done with a doctor’s supervision.  “Gluten free” does not mean that a food product is healthier.  In fact, rather than looking for gluten free food replacements, a better option may be to replace simple carbs (white bread, pasta, cakes) with fruits and vegetables.
  • Take Note.  Note any symptoms you have after eating.  Brain fog, headaches, or digestive discomfort after eating a specific food could signal a food sensitivity.

Gut Health
One day, you eat a meal and you feel fine.  The next time, you eat the same meal and feel terrible.  What happened?

Your friend tells you about a healthy meal that has all the right ingredients.  You make the meal, eat it, and it doesn’t sit well.  Why not?

Your gut health is different that anyone else’s.  It also changes depending on a variety of factors like stress, anxiety, hormone changes, illness and illness recovery, etc.  A healthy digestive tract can make a big difference when it comes to how healthy foods get processed by your body.

Biomedical Nutritional Assessments
So now, you know how unique your health needs are and you feel like a special unicorn!  Great right?!  But again, what do you eat that is healthy for your specific needs and this specific time in your life?

How do you get and stay vibrant from the inside out?

At Wholeness Center, we recommend a Biomedical Nutritional Assessment.  This process helps us find out if you are getting the right essential nutrients.  That is, the right essential nutrients for your body and your lifestyle.

Neurological Symptoms and Diet
As we focus on the whole person, we often find that neurological symptoms can be closely related to physical ailments.  Our team creates a therapy plan that involves nutritional, dietary, behavioral, and even medical interventions.

Dietary Restrictions
With our highly individualized protocols, we often support our patients through a specialized dietary plan.  This can include casein free, ketogenic, low glycemic, gluten free, GAPS, etc., or even a combination.  Our team recognizes that specialty diets can be challenging, especially for families with young children.  That’s why we have nutrition experts, Dr. Mary Rondeau and Dr. Nicole Lewis.  They are dedicated to making the dietary changes and adjustments something sustainable for our patients and their families.

Want to learn more about eating healthy for your unique needs?  Contact us today for more information, 970-221-1106.

Wholeness Center is located in Fort Collins, in the Riverbend Office Complex, just 10 minutes west of 1-25.  We’re near you if you are in the areas of Longmont, Loveland, Windsor, Wellington, Greeley, and Cheyenne.  Wholeness Center offers customized dietary plans along with other services including neurofeedback and IV nutritional therapy.

October 4, 2019
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Our Wholeness Center in Fort Collins is a leader in IV Nutritional Therapy for the Northern Colorado area.  To quickly replenish nutritional deficiencies in your body, contact us today for more information or to book your IV Nutritional Therapy appointment.  Call  970-221-1106.




What is IV Nutritional / Nutrient Therapy?
When your body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs, it can’t function at optimal levels.  That can mean everything from brain fog to nerve pain, migraines to digestive disorders, and even sports recovery time can be affected.  IV Nutritional / Nutrient Therapy is a process where you receive an IV which delivers vitamins and minerals directly into your bloodstream.  It’s an excellent way to assure absorption which may improve health and energy.

Why Do People Get IV Nutritional Therapy?
As we round the corner into cold and flu season, IV Nutritional Therapy is an excellent way to support your whole health.  Patients use this method of therapy to boost their immune system to ward off illness, for a faster recovery, and to manage symptoms.  When your body has the nutrients it needs, it can focus on healing.

What Other Conditions Can Be Helped by IV Nutritional / Nutrient Therapy?
Patients may notice a health benefit if suffering from:



Heart Disease


Chronic Infections


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Chronic Pain

Upper Respiratory Infections

Digestive Disorders (Crohn’s, IBS, or any disease where nutrients aren’t absorbing properly)

OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

IV Nutritional / Nutrient Therapy vs. Vitamins and Supplements
When supplements, vitamins, or food passes through your stomach and digestive system, the dosage can be diluted by a number of factors.  Age, genetics, metabolism, stress, interactions with other foods, and current health can cause a wide variety of absorption levels.  There is also the issue of the way the vitamins are created.  Some absorb more easily and others take longer depending on how they were processed and / or binders, fillers, or flow agents that were used to hold the products together.  In fact, some people are even finding that they have an allergic reaction to the binders such as magnesium stearate.

Is IV Nutritional / Nutrient Therapy New?
No.  IV therapies have been used by medical practitioners for more than 100 years.  IV treatments were, at first, for saline treatments and blood transfusions.  In the 1960’s , Dr. John Myers was the first to start a vitamin and mineral IV treatment.  He created a treatment including vitamins B, C, magnesium sulphate, selenium, and calcium gluconate.

What Should I Know Before IV Nutritional / Nutrient Therapy?
We are here to answer all of your questions.  It is our job to make sure that both you and our team feel like IV Nutritional Therapy is the right fit for your health needs.  We strongly believe that IV Nutritional Therapy, when provided by a medical professional, has the potential to increase the quality of life for our patients.  Our research and results support this and it is the reason why we offer IV Nutritional Therapy at Wholeness Center.

Although similar results can come from regular exercise and a well balanced diet, we are aware that doing both consistently is a challenge in today’s world. IV Nutritional Therapy can be the much needed boost to get your health back on track.  There’s nothing wrong with getting a little help now and again!

To learn more about IV Nutritional Therapy, contact our office to speak with Dr. Mary Rondeau or Dr. Nicole Lewis. Our doctors would be happy to answer your questions and discuss how IV Nutritional therapy can compliment your other treatment services.   Call us today, you deserve your best health and we can help!

Wholeness Center is located in the Riverbend Office Complex in Fort Collins.  We are only 10 minutes west of I-25.  We’re easy to find if you are coming from the areas of  Windsor, Wellington, Longmont, Loveland, Greeley, and Cheyenne.  Wholeness Center offers treatments for chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, chronic stress, and more.

August 4, 2017

how to soak raw nutsNuts and seeds are great nutrient-dense snacks or additions to dishes, but they contain  phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors that can interfere with your ability to absorb nutrients. All plants contain phytic acid to some degree, but nuts and seeds, grains, and legumes typically contain the highest levels.

Soaking (and sprouting), nuts and seeds can help in reducing the action of the phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors and make the nutrients more available to your body.

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July 25, 2017

high protein breakfast for weight lossHow many times have you heard the comment that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day?”   The University of Missouri recently published a study to actually show that – YES – a high protein breakfast definitely plays a role in weight management. Over a 12 week period, the research team had two groups of overweight teens who typically skipped breakfast, eat either a normal protein breakfast or a high protein breakfast. (A third control group did not eat any breakfast).

What do you think were the results? The group who ate the high protein breakfast actually reduced their daily food intake by 400 calories, lost body fat mass and had more stable blood glucose levels than the other groups. The group who ate a normal protein breakfast or completely skipped breakfast gained weight and were more prone to snacking and getting blood sugar spikes.

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July 25, 2017

health benefits of brazil nutsBrazil nut trees are native to regions in Brazil, Peru, Venezuela and the Guianas. These trees can grow up to 160 feet tall and live up to 700 years old. Each mature tree can bear up to 300 fruit pods in a season. They are a staple energy source for native Amazonians even today.

Their delicious nuts provide protein and other essential nutrients with selenium being high on the list. Brazil nuts are dense in calories and high in mono-and polyunsaturated fats which help to lower LDL or the “bad cholesterol” and raise HDL , the “good” cholesterol.  They also include a rich supply of vitamin E, vitamin B-complex, magnesium, phosphorous, copper, manganese and potassium.

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