As a pharmacist and health coach, I'll show you how to regain your health naturally through nutrition, exercise and stress reduction, so you can feel great in your body, reduce your need for medication, and have the physical and mental energy to enjoy life and do the things you love.
Before I go on to talk about myself, I want to take a second to let you know you’re in the right place.
If you’re like most of my clients, you understand the value of good health. It's just that you haven't figured out how to achieve this yet.
To be honest, it's not your fault. There's so much confusing nutrition information out there, no wonder you feel confused.
Everywhere you turn, there's someone promising a new diet that will fix all your problems and guarantees that you'll lose 30 pounds in 2 weeks. But this diet contain so many strict rules on what you can or cannot eat that there's no way you could ever keep up with such a restrictive diet without going insane or feeling miserable.
I say it's time to ditch the "can't-eat-this" diet mentality and the constant calorie-counting because improving your health and what you eat should NEVER make you feel miserable.
I know you're done with the yo-yo diets, feeling deprived, hungry and tired all the time. You just want to feel good in your own body and have the energy to enjoy life.
Isn't there a simple way to achieve this that feels good?
My answer to this: HECK YES!
A simple approach (finally)
My approach to a balanced nutrition is straight-forward and flexible: Feed your body with mostly whole foods, healthy fats, fiber, protein and green vegetables.
When 90% of your diet is made up of these 5 food categories, your body gets the nutrients it needs to achieve your optimal weight, feel full and satisfied throughout the day (bye-bye cravings!), have tons of energy and function at its best.
What about the other 10% of your diet? Well, we all need a little leg room to enjoy the occasional sweets and glass of wine without feeling guilty!
When you focus on what to include in your diet, you can finally let go of the food drama and finally focus on caring for yourself.
As a hospital pharmacist, I’ve been helping people manage their medication for the past 7 years.
While I do enjoy my work, I know that good health is more than just giving people pills, and that so much can be done to prevent illness in the first place.
Over the years, I've been teaching my patients the importance of a balanced nutrition, regular exercise and overall healthy habits as I truly believe they are the key to maintaining and regaining health.
This conviction eventually led me to obtain a certification in holistic nutrition to further advance my knowledge in preventative medicine and to help my patients.
While this may sound a bit ambitious, I’m on a mission to help end lifestyle associated illnesses like type 2 diabetes, and significantly reduce the use of unnecessary medication.
And I believe the best way I can contribute to this cause is by helping you naturally improve your health.
How did I end up as a Health Coach?
In 2011, I started my career as a hospital pharmacist. After closely working with terminally ill patients who took over 20 pills a day just to stay alive, I came to realize that your health is your greatest wealth.
Since that realization, I became highly interested in preventative medicine and alternative health practices. I was ready to do whatever I could to maintain my own health. Long story short, I eventually found my way to holistic nutrition.
Until then, I had never made the direct link between what I ate and the way I felt. Which is kind of embarrassing to say as a health professional.... In my defense though, they didn't teach us much about healthy eating in Pharmacy school!
At the time, I was eating fast food 3 times a week, was unaware farm animal were raised on antibiotics and thought pesticides was a good thing because it kept the bugs out of my food (don't judge, I didn't know any better!).
Once I started reducing the processed foods, the sugar, the dairy and instead focused on eating whole foods, my life literary changed....
I didn't even know I was sick until I got better.
The brain fog lifted, the afternoon slump at work disappeared and I no longer came home exhausted and dying to take a nap. I've been living with these symptoms for so long, I thought it was simply normal to have them.
I was able to go back to the gym, prepare myself a decent supper (and not just a bowl of cereal) and go out with my friends again. I never knew I could have this much energy.
To add to this, my eczema and acne (that required years medicated creams, antibiotics and the birth control pill) and heartburn (that required anti-acids) got significantly better once I changed my eating habits.
When I saw how much better I felt after changing my nutrition and my ability to get off my medication for eczema, acne and heartburn, I knew I had to help others discover what their life could look like once they started eating the right foods.
What started out as a self-centered desire (how can I stay healthy) became so much more: how can I help others to stay healthy?
This calling has lead me to become a Holistic Nutrition Consultant. Combining my 7 years experience as a clinical pharmacist with my knowledge of holistic nutrition, I'm committed to transforming people's health.
Interested in learning more about what I do, and how I can help you? Then check out my services.
Julie Doan graduated from the University of Montreal, and obtained her Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2010. She then pursued her Master's Degree in Advanced Pharmacotherapy in 2011.
Between 2011 and 2018, she has developed an expertise in diabetes, kidney failure and patient-centered coaching at a McGill University-affiliated hospital center.
She now works as a online consultant for a telemedicine company offering pharmacy services to hospital and doctors in remote areas of Canada.
Aside from her Pharmacy studies, she also completed the following certifications:
Julie is a member of the Quebec Order of Pharmacists, Ontario College of Pharmacists, and the Association des Naturopathes Professionnels du Québec.
Now that you know a bit more about my story, let me share a sillier side of myself :)
When I’m not being a pharmacist or helping my coaching clients, I can usually be found reading self-development books, dancing to '90s and '00s hit songs in my living room, tending to my 20 plants, hosting dinners or planning my next adventure.
I live with my husband Pete in Montreal, Quebec (the French and slightly rebellious side of Canada) and I’m a stepmom to a very cute 10 year-old.
And I know I look like I'm 25 years old... but trust me, I'm in my thirties. ;)
Disclaimer: The information on this website is for educational purposes only. It is not medical nor professional advice. Please consult your doctor or other health professional before implementing any information found on this website. In addition, I do not claim that I am giving nutrition information as a dietitian nor as a nutritionist. Click here to view the full disclaimer.