Newsletter – October 2016

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Dietary Requirements & Weight Loss

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month, established by the North American Vegetarian Society to promote and raise awareness of the vegetarian lifestyle. Many people who have unique dietary restrictions such as vegetarianism, religious observances of Kashrut or Halal food laws, or intolerances to gluten or lactose often experience difficulty finding a weight loss program compatible with their restrictions or laws.

VegetarianMeal1The Bernstein Diet is suitable for people with these dietary restrictions*. The diet consists of regular grocery store-bought foods, which allows patients to prepare their meals according to their own laws or restrictions. There is a wide variety of food to choose from in all four groups: vegetables, fruits, protein, and bread substitutes.


The Bernstein Diet caters to people with various dietary needs. There are a variety of proteins to choose from, such as lentils and beans, tofu, and also processed protein brands like M&M, Yves, Zoglo’s, etc.

Visit for more information about Vegetarian Awareness Month.

*Individual weight loss may vary. Call for details. Compliance with our program is required.

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Holiday Hints

When holiday times are approaching, thoughts of delaying your best dieting efforts may be entering your mind, and you may feel your motivation weakening. A little planning and foresight will allow you to enjoy the holidays while keeping your diet and weight under control. You will be much happier after the holiday if you maintain your weight instead of gaining several pounds. The tips listed here have been helpful to our dieters exposed to holiday temptations.

  • Perrier or soda water with lime or lemon in a wine glass will look appropriate and no one will push alcohol at you.
  • If dining out to a prepared menu, eat some protein just before leaving home. A can of tuna or a protein pack will allow you to eat a salad and steamed vegetables at dinner and feel comfortable, not hungry.
  • If dining at a friend’s home, ask to have the salad and vegetables for you to be set aside before dressings and sauces are added.
  • If dining at a restaurant, choose restaurants that feature seafood and fresh vegetables instead of exotic sauces and desserts.
  • Safe choices are steamed or poached fish (with fresh lemon), lobster or shrimp (no sauces), grilled fish (without butter or oils).
  • If you choose a steak and salad menu, a small filet is usually 3-½ oz. Order it grilled. Rare or medium-rare is juicy enough to need no sauces. Try a squeeze of lemon on steak or grilled fish.
  • Do not announce EatingOut“I’m dieting” to others. Some people will feel this as a personal challenge to tempt you to break the rules.
  • Fresh fruit as dessert is usually readily available.
  • Choose chicken or turkey breast instead of dark meat.
  • Drink lots of water with your meal – it will curb your appetite.

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Obesity and Cancer


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 1 in 8 women are expected to develop breast cancer within their lifetime. While the vast majority of breast cancer patients are women, about 200 men per year in Canada are also diagnosed.

We know that obesity increases the risk of breast, colon and prostate cancers. The sooner you lose ALL the excess weight, the less probability you have of developing these deadly tumours.

Speak to your physician to discuss how your diet plan can reduce your risk of cancers. For more information about cancer prevention, visit the Canadian Cancer Society at

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Managing Depression

October 10 is World Mental Health Day. Depression is a mental illness that affects a person’s mood, which can last for a long period of time.

Anyone can be affected by depression. 10% of Canadians will suffer a depressive disorder in their lifetime.  Symptoms of depression include:

  • Feeling sad, hopeless, guilty, or anxious
  • Feeling irritable or angry
  • Losing interest in things you used to enjoy
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Difficulty focusing and recalling information

If you are showing signs of depression and suspect you may be suffering, it is  probably NOT “all in your head.” Speak to your doctor, early diagnosis and treatment can help slow its progression. Proper dieting and proper blood sugar management helps control mood changes and depression associated with hormone imbalances. You should be able to reduce any antidepressant medications and you will feel normal again. Our patients marvel at the improvements they experience. Speak to your physician to discuss how your diet plan can help reduce your symptoms of  depression.

For more information about depression and World Mental Health Day, visit the World Health Organization at

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Recipes of the Month

Creamy Cauliflower Soup
A Vegetarian option for the season! (Author: D.Phillips.)


  • 12 oz or 340 g cauliflower
  • 4 oz or 110 g onion
  • 1/2 medium size apple
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Parsley
  • 1 cup 250 ml chicken broth
  • 1 cup of water
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Heat water and broth in soup pot, add chopped cauliflower, onion, apple and spices.
  • Bring to a boil and continue to boil until cauliflower is really soft. (About 30 minutes)
  • Allow soup to cool and puree in blender.
  • Add salt & pepper to taste and garnish with a few florets and enjoy.

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New Clinic Hours

We have changed or extended the hours in the following clinics to serve you better:


  • Scarborough 4651 Sheppard Ave. East
    • 6:00 am – 8:00 pm, Monday – Friday.
  • Burlington 2000 Appleby Line
    • 6:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday
  • Etobicoke 170 N Queen St
    • 6:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday
  • Hamilton 1024 Upper Wentworth
    • 6:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday
  • Woodbridge Clinic at 200 Whitmore Road,
    • Monday to Friday – 6:00am to 8:00pm
  • Yorkdale Clinic at Yorkdale Mall,
    • Monday to Friday – 6:00am to 8:00pm


British Columbia

  • Langley Clinic at 20159-88th Avenue,
    • Monday to Friday – 6:00am – 8:00pm

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We’re Hiring!

Clinic Support & Administration
We are always looking for skilled people to join our team. Opportunities exist for personal and professional growth, in one of our administration and support team positions. Your chance to make a contribution to our patients’ success range from entry level to management positions in areas such as: Finance; Human Resources; Contact Centre; Warehousing/Logistics; Operations & Nursing Support; & Information Technology.

Nurses & Medical Receptionists
Are you tired of working unstable shifts & weekends? Are you looking to improve the balance between your work and family life? If you answered YES then we have the opportunity for you! As part of our highly skilled team, you will be closely monitoring our patients’ health, educating them on proper nutrition and motivating them to achieve their goals and maintaining their healthy weight for the rest of their lives!

Are you ready for a rewarding change of pace? With our dedicated and streamlined approach to patient care and clinic operations, the convenience of regular day-time working hours and attractive compensation, we present a significant lifestyle opportunity for today’s doctors. All while making a positive difference in so many of your patients’ lives.

For a list of current openings, and to apply online, visit

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*Individual weight loss may vary. Call for details. Compliance with our program is required.