Frequently Asked Questions

Whether your goal is improved health, a balanced life, or breastfeeding your baby, the opportunity to begin better self-care comes with many questions. Finding the right information is the key to opening the door to living the life you desire.

To help you with your journey, I’ve compiled a list of the most common Frequently Asked Questions I’ve received from clients.

If you have any questions that aren’t shown here, or you are still wondering if my services are right for you, then please feel free to contact me. I’ll be happy to provide you with the information you need to make the best choose for you.

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Breastfeeding FAQ (10)

  • latch and positioning, including baby-led, mother assisted
  • breast engorgement
  • sore and cracked nipples
  • painful breasts
  • how to avoid blocked ducts and mastitis
  • baby who does not latch on
  • tongue tie assessment
  • concern with baby’s weight gain
  • breastfeeding twins and multiples
  • supplemental nursing system (SNS) or lactation aid
  • how to know drinks vs. sucks and know when baby has enough
  • how to pump and store breast milk
  • managing overactive let-down or over-abundance of milk supply
  • adoption and induce lactation
  • re-lactation
  • shared breastfeeding
  • tandem breastfeeding
  • breastfeeding after any kind of breast surgeries
  • breastfeeding with implants
  • breastfeeding and medications
  • how and when to start solids
  • returning to work and breastfeeding

I charge a flat fee which gives us a more relaxed atmosphere to be able to work in – no one is watching the clock. On average, sessions last from 1 – 1.5 hours. A lot depends on the baby since they can be unpredictable.

During a session, a detailed breastfeeding assessment will be taken which helps me understand what is going on and what needs to be addressed.

I will be help you with things like latching and positioning. I will also be showing you how to tell if your baby is getting enough milk and how to know when s/he is full or undecided.

The session will last until the baby is full, all your challenges have been addressed, questions are answered, and the right plan of action determined to overcome any and all of your difficulties. I teach a kind of latch and positioning that can make an immediate difference in pain, discomfort or milk transfer.

I am a registered International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and have been trusted by mothers such as yourself to help them in their breastfeeding endeavours for the last 15+ years by helping them overcome many of the same challenges you may be facing.

Throughout my career, I have seen (and successfully helped) over 3,550 mothers who were in pain, experienced a low milk supply, had a fussy baby, or faced other challenges. Often times, these mothers were already seen by a nurse, another lactation consultant or practitioner and their challenges are still there or have gotten worse.

I also worked in a clinic setting for 6 years from 2003-2009.

Email/Phone follow-up is always included with an in-home Lactation Consultation. If you have any questions about your plan of care or your session within 14 days from the last visit, please feel free to email or, if it is an emergency, call me. This is what I am here for! If you get my voicemail I am either in consultation, driving or away from my phone, so please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible.

  • Relax from the comfort of your home – I come to you
  • I get to the heart of your challenges with an in depth process
  • My approach is soft, compassionate and non-judgemental
  • Quick and effective solutions to your challenges
  • Wholistic wellness advice to give your baby the best head start
  • Feel calm, capable and empowered as a mother

I’m known as the “Traveling LC” and I serve many places in Central Ontario including:

  • the Greater Toronto Area
  • South Simcoe County
  • York Region
  • East Dufferin
  • West Durham
  • North Peel Region

If you are more than three hours driving distance away from the Greater Toronto Area then we can use Video Call to connect and get you the support you deserve and need. Yes, I can help you even if I am not right there next to you.

My love for breastfeeding is deeply rooted in my own experience with my four sons.

Twenty five years ago I was blessed with two tiny little twin boys. They were born prematurely, and were in the hospital for five weeks before we could bring them home. I always knew I wanted to breastfeed so at first, I was pumping with a hand held manual pump and would take this pumped breastmilk to the hospital two hours away every second day. When my boys were transferred closer to home I would drive to the hospital every two hours to feed them.

After a couple of days the doctor pulled me aside and said to me: “Just stay home, rest and recover, we will take care of the babies”. I was taken aback with his suggestion and went home to call their pediatrician in another hospital who happened to be Hungarian. I cried and told the pediatrician that the doctor at the hospital wouldn’t let me breastfeed my babies. Two hours later I was back to feed my boys, and the same doctor welcomed me with open arms. He directed me to a room that was reserved for me to breastfeed uninterruptedly.

Eventually, we were able to bring our sons home. I kept pumping, breastfeeding, we had to supplement with formula, and I also had to figure out how to feed them at the same time; otherwise one was crying and I would lose my milk on that side. After four and a half months, they started to refuse the breast leaving me devastated but also seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. My third boy refused my milk at eight and a half months when I got very sick, and I breastfed my youngest son until he was three and a half years old. What a journey we had! Today, I feel privileged to be called upon by mothers of all walks of life to help them with their breastfeeding journey.

Please feel free to message me for support.

Most mothers prefer email contact during rest times or baby napping/feeding.

You will be provided with the tools, encouragement and support to develop your own confidence in establishing a healthy mother and baby bond.

Choose a Breastfeeding Consultation that fits you

Basic package – 1:1 consultation – in home lactation consultation with a follow up within 3-5 days

Deluxe package – 1:1 consultation – In home lactation consultation with 4 follow up sessions within a 4 week time

Advanced package – 1:1 consultation – in home lactation consultation with 7 follow up sessions within a 6 week time

1:1 consultation via video chat – private and convenient consultation anytime, anywhere

Ongoing Lactation Support

15 min Breastfeeding Help on Speed Dial for any new challenges or questions

(phone or email or text) 15 minutes @ CAD$30.00

Purchase 1, 5 or 10 session and use it anytime during your breastfeeding journey whenever you have a question or a new challenges arises.

This services is for clients who already had and in-home consultation but wish to have a Lactation Consultant on speed dial.

Speak to me to discuss the package that suits you best

Coaching for Women FAQ (11)

Our modern lifestyle, pollution, high stress levels, poor diet, antibacterial products, poor quality water, pesticides, emotional upheaval, and lack of rest are just a few of the factors which are responsible for a wide range of symptoms and illness faced today. Using the skills I’ve gained over a lifetime, I help you to counter and reverse the impact that modern day living has on the body, mind, and soul.

I offer support in the following ways:

  • Intuitive Empowerment Coaching
  • Holistic Lifestyle and Wellness Coaching
  • Natural Health Consultant
  • Ketogenic Diet Support
  • Divorce Support
  • Life Coaching
  • Energy Work – Reiki, Emotion Code, EFT, Craniosacral Therapy

Wholistic wellness coach – helping you bring balance and health back to your life
Reiki energy healing – reduce stress and restore physical and emotional well-being
Accountability coaching – stay accountable while getting the help to achieve your goals
Craniosacral therapy treatments – balancing the nervous system and connective tissue for optimal health
Weight loss/release keto diet coaching – helping you reach your weight loss dream and gain back your health
The emotion code – release your emotional baggage the simplest, easiest, and fastest way using muscle testing

  • Lack of energy/drive
  • Emotional trauma
  • Depression
  • High stress levels
  • Brain fog
  • Excess weight
  • Abdominal bloating
  • Diarrhea and/or constipation
  • Parasites and fungal infections
  • Bad breath and body odour
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Skin problems
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Food cravings and intolerances

As a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach (Level 1), I use the cutting-edge techniques of world-renowned Holistic Health Practitioner and certified Neuromuscular Therapist Paul Chek; founder of the C.H.E.K Institute in San Diego, CA. Chek, a sought-after teacher and speaker, has had unparalleled success using his holistic approach in rehabilitation and conditioning for over 18 years.

To become a CHEK HLC, I attended the CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach Advanced Training Program. This program combines an intensive study of the relationship between food and lifestyle habits and the tools to recognize and create individualized eating plans to improve their client’s health and overall wellness. In addition, a CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach understands the important roles that sleep, food quality, stress reduction techniques, and exercise play in improving the health of their clients and learn practical methods that initiate valuable lifestyle changes.

I am trained in Craniosacral therapy through the Cranial Therapy Centre in Toronto and also provide energetic healing through the use of Usui Reiki.

I’m also a woman who has been where you are now. I understand how challenging life can be and that sometimes you need someone who can provide you with unbiased support to get you over life’s hurdles.

The truth is always found within you, and there may be occasions when you need extra assistance or information in order to tap into your intuition, and to be clear about situations and concerns in your life. I work with you one-on-one to support your personal growth, and empower you to trust your gut. When you are ready to take action, I am there to guide you.

The Ketogenic diet helps to get the body into a state of nutritional ketosis, meaning that the body will burn its fat stores instead of sugars. It lessens your dependence on insulin or glucose to regulate your energy levels, and reduces those highs and crashes from rising and falling blood sugar levels.

You get your body adapted to Keto by decreasing the amount of carbs you eat while consuming a balanced amount of fats and proteins. This diet is very low in carbohydrates and high in fats. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a high protein diet.

Benefits include:

  • Weight loss
  • Control blood sugar
  • Mental focus
  • Increased energy and normalized hunger
  • Insulin optimization (will help lower insulin resistance)
  • Reduced sugar cravings
  • Get rid of bloat
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce inflammation

The end of a relationship, by divorce or separation, can be one of life’s most painful experiences. This time of transition can be overwhelming and disheartening, and brings with it feelings of doubt, anger, fear, loss, grief, confusion, sadness, guilt, and many other negative and powerful emotions. For some it even brings a sense of failure. Healing takes time and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

I know from personal experience that how you choose to handle these challenges can shape your future. If you choose to not deal with the pain and let go of the past, you could become bitter and unhappy. Or you could take this as a wonderful opportunity to reassess your life, make yourself a priority, and create a stronger, joyful, and empowered self. It’s important to focus on staying healthy, and learn methods to cope with the stress and let go of the emotions attached to this time of your life. Divorce could actually be one of the best things to happen to you.

I will provide you with the tools, the support, and the guidance you need to step out of the hurt and anger and create an amazing new life for yourself. We will focus on releasing emotions, reducing your stress, improving your sleep, and creating space for the Goddess buried within you to come out to play.

Reiki is a Japanese technique reducing stress and restoring physical and emotional well-being. This is done through a non-invasive, and consent given, “laying on of hands. It is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

Emotional Freedom Technique – often referred to as Tapping – is a fairly new technique which utilizes the body’s energy meridian points. You stimulate these points by literally tapping on them with your fingertips and tapping into your body’s energy and healing power. It can aid in the reduction of chronic pain, emotional issues, and physical challenges.

Craniosacral therapy (CST) it is a gentle, non-invasive, hands-on technique, developed by an American osteopathic physician almost one hundred years ago. It helps to balance the nervous system and connective tissue, and also releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.

The Emotion Code is the simplest, easiest, and fastest method ever devised to find emotional baggage (using muscle testing) and release it, either from yourself or from someone else.

Do you ever feel like you are struggling under the weight of something that you can’t quite put your finger on? Perhaps your life is not turning out how you wanted it to or wish that certain events in your past had never occurred. You may even have an uneasy feeling that your present is somehow being held hostage by your past in some vague and indefinable way. People often sense they have emotional issues, but don’t know how to get past them. The feelings that seem to be in their way are often due to their trapped emotions, often referred to as emotional baggage.

Emotional baggage is the energy of intense emotion from events that we’ve experienced and that then becomes trapped in our physical bodies. These energies distort the normal energy field of the body and can create pain, malfunction, and disease. In addition, these energies (trapped emotions) are the driving force behind PTSD, depression, anxiety, phobias and all manner of mental illnesses.

In the same way that you can feel the effects from a wind you cannot see, trapped emotions are invisible and can exert powerful forces upon you. Trapped emotions can affect you physically just as much as they can mentally and emotionally. It is my experience that a significant percentage of physical illnesses, emotional difficulties and self-sabotage are actually caused by these unseen energies.

The Emotion Code was created to give you new insight, to show you how trapped emotions can cause all kinds of problems, and give you the means to release them. You can take bak your life, enjoy better health, and finally be free from the insidious and subtle forces that trapped emotions are exerting upon you. Clients are amazed to see how easily these energies can be found and removed and by how different they feel when freed from them.

Bradley Nelson, D.C., is one of the world’s foremost experts in the emerging fields of bio-energetic medicine and energy psychology. Through his twenty-plus years as a holistic physician and his studies of ancient medical practice and modern quantum physics, he developed The Emotion Code, a system for releasing the trapped emotions that block mental and physical healing.

Keto Diet FAQ (13)

The Ketogenic diet helps to get the body into a state of nutritional ketosis, meaning that the body will burn its fat stores instead of sugars. It lessens your dependence on insulin or glucose to regulate your energy levels, and reduces those highs and crashes from rising and falling blood sugar levels.

You get your body adapted to Keto by decreasing the amount of carbs you eat while consuming a balanced amount of fats and proteins. This diet is very low in carbohydrates and high in fats. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a high protein diet.

Your body needs fuel to run. Gas or diesel? Well, no, it’s glucose or ketones. Our body creates and runs on ketones when there is no glucose fuel source.

The ketogenic diet works by eliminating glucose. Most people eat what has become known as the Standard American Diet (SAD), which is high in carbs. Because of this, our body runs by burning glucose (or sugar) for energy. Glucose is stored in the muscles and liver and there is only enough for 24 hours worth. As soon as we eliminate glucose as our major food source, the body begins to burn stored fat or fat from the diet.

When you follow a ketogenic diet your body is required to switch fuel sources – to burn fat for energy rather than carbohydrates. In the process, most people will release weight and excess body fat, often rapidly, even when consuming fat and adequate calories through this way of eating.

Carbohydrates are easier and faster for the body to burn, and your body will want to stick to that. In order to burn ketones we have to starve the body of carbs so that it is forced to use fat as fuel.

Ketones are the preferred fuel source for muscles, the liver, the heart and the brain. These vital organs do not handle carbohydrates well.  In fact they get damaged when we consume too many carbs.

The ketogenic diet provides benefits beyond what other diets can give. Its effects on the body, and our cells, are unique to this way of eating. The ketone production brought about through carbohydrate restriction helps to reduce insulin levels, triggers cellular clean-up, reduces inflammation, burns fat, and increases mitochondrial production. All this provides benefits, regardless of your goals or health issues.

Things the keto diet can help with:

  • Weight loss
  • Control blood sugar
  • Mental focus
  • Increased energy and normalized hunger
  • Insulin optimization (will help lower insulin resistance)
  • Reduced sugar cravings
  • Get rid of bloat
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce inflammation

Beside the health benefits, having a body fueled by fat also brings cognitive health, better brain function, increased energy, and improved self-esteem because of improved body composition.

There is plenty of research on the ketogenic diet that backs up the health claims. It has been found to be better than most diets in helping people with health challenges such as:

  • Epilepsy
  • Type I and II Diabetes
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Inflammation
  • Obesity
  • Insulin resistance
  • High Blood Sugar levels
  • Heart disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Infertility
  • Fatty liver Disease
  • Migraines
  • Cancer

The ketogenic diet began in 1924 with Dr. Russell Wilder at the prestigious Mayo Clinic. There, Dr. Wilder designed a carbohydrate-restricted diet to treat epilepsy in children, and the research at the time indicated that it was highly effective.

The ketogenic diet is very low carb, high fat and moderate protein diet. It was originally used with patients with epilepsy that did not respond to pharmaceutical drugs.

Another HUGE benefit of the Ketogenic diet is that you do NOT need to count calories.

You will no longer feel hungry all the time, and you’ll no longer need to exercise for hours to burn those calories that you just consumed. While exercise is good for the body and the mind, the Ketogenic diet is amazing for those who have physical limitations or cannot exercise for medical reasons.

You won’t feel the hunger because the fat satiates you and helps you last longer between meals – this helps to eliminate snacking and the brain washing that your body needs 5 meals per day. You eat when hungry, stop when full.

A lot of people see products in the store that claim they will get you into ketosis (or fat burning mode) faster. I don’t recommend them. It is always encouraged and recommended that you accomplish this without any supplement, while eating whole foods with lots of fat.

  • Meats – fish, beef, lamb, poultry, eggs, etc.
  • Leafy Greens – spinach, kale, etc.
  • Above ground vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
  • High Fat Dairy – hard cheeses, high fat cream, butter, etc.
  • Nuts and seeds – macadamias, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc.
  • Avocado and berries – raspberries, blackberries, low glycemic impact berries
  • Sweeteners – stevia, erythritol, monk fruit, and other low-carb sweeteners
  • Other fats – coconut oil, high-fat salad dressing, saturated fats, etc.

Things not to eat:

  • Grains – wheat, corn, rice, cereal, etc.
  • Sugar – honey, agave, maple syrup, etc.
  • Fruit – apples, bananas, oranges, etc.
  • Tubers – potato, yams, etc.

The keto diet will not cause high cholesterol levels. In fact, eating a low-carb diet is more likely to lower your HDL (bad cholesterol) levels even more than a low-fat diet does! You will lose more pounds of weight and have a lower risk of heart disease to boot.

The “keto flu” is what it feels like to have carbohydrate withdrawal symptoms. This usually happens in people who were previously eating a high carb diet – the abrupt change can cause an electrolyte imbalance and leave you feeling unwell. Don’t worry – this is actually a good thing! It means that your body is adapting to the lower carb diet. Remember, just like any withdrawal symptoms, these too shall pass. Stay strong and don’t give in to the temptations that will come up at this time.

No two people experience the keto flu the same way, and depending on how carb or sugar filled your diet was previous to starting this way of eating, you could experience anything from mild symptoms to feeling like you are coming down with a full-blown case of the flu. It can last a couple of days, or for some, up to a couple of weeks. There are way to make the transition less painful and I can show you how.

You get all of the benefits of Group Coaching participants, but with a far more focused and personalized approach.  It’s a one-on-one situation where the focus is you.  Your program will radically improve your health and happiness. Together, we will explore concerns specific to you and your body and discover the tools you need for a lifetime of balance.

Group coaching participants get the guidance of a certified health coach, the support of a dedicated community, and the accountability to keep them on their path. It gives you the opportunity to meet new people who can help catapult you to success. You are joining forces with people on a similar path, who understand your perspective, have similar goals, and that you can share skills and ideas with. All this helps you to live healthier, and with more peace and self-confidence.

Group coaching helps you to:

  • set and accomplish goals in a way that is empowering and fun
  • work to achieve and maintain your ideal weight
  • understand and reduce your cravings
  • realize your strengths to create a healthier you
  • increase your energy levels
  • feel great in your body
  • learn about new foods and how you can easily incorporate them

Individual Ketogenic Lifestyle Coaching

Email – $112.00/month – Unlimited email. Response time 12-24 hrs.

Email Plus – $179.00/month – Unlimited email PLUS one video call per month. Response time 12-24 hrs.

One Time Coaching – $139.00 – One video chat, up to 1 hour.

One-on-One – $368.00/month – includes 4 video chats per month & 12 emails (3 per week). Response time 12-24 hrs.

Group Coaching for Ketogenic Lifestyle

Virtual (Online) Keto Support Group Coaching.

– 6 weeks

– Maximum 12 participants

– 2 weekly live video calls (calls are recorded so can be viewed later)

– Daily check-in via text or email and private Facebook group

Investment to your health $233.00 (second person $111.00)

I have also made available THREE spaces that are PWYC (pay what you can). To apply for one of these spots, please ask me for more information.