Frequently Asked Questions2018-11-24T09:46:16-06:00

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I have some travel coming up. Should I postpone starting the group program?2018-01-24T17:05:48-06:00

Start the program now!  Seriously, all the more reason to get onboard. Whether travel, social or business engagements, or any array of “life” circumstances, there are always going to be things that take us out of our element and present a challenge.  But when you’re with Mipstick, you can count on us to help you through those challenges.  There are always alternatives and modifications that can allow a break, but still support our goals.

Sure, a vacation is for relaxing, and that includes enjoying some “treats” – trust me, we’d be treating ourselves too! With a little group structure and team support, you’ll be more apt to find a balance that works for you – that allows some treats, while still working toward your weight loss or wellness goals.  It’s an important life skill really, finding that balance.  And one that is always covered in our programs.  So go ahead, sign up for your program – we look forward to working with you!

If you have any other questions or would like to chat further, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What’s the difference between a dietitian and a holistic nutritionist?2017-12-19T08:26:53-06:00

Great question! My answer is below, but by far the best way to explore the difference and likeness between the two is to hear it from someone who recently graduated from both institutions with both certifications. Read her intriguing article here.

And here’s my two cents.

I can’t speak comprehensively on behalf of the registered dietician, as I am not one. I can say that they are highly educated and are a crucial part of the medical treatment system. Their scope of practice is much different than Holistic Nutritionists, and their work is far more clinical than ours. They work largely within hospitals and other institutional settings, where the focus is on the treatment of illness. Although vital, this can also be limiting.

Holistic Nutrition’s role in health care is predominantly about support, prevention, and education. Our mandate is to recognize the individual biochemical and dynamic needs of each client, and promote customized wholesome, natural foods based diet and balanced lifestyle support to achieve optimal wellness and reduce disease risk.

The connection between body, mind and spirit is an integral part of our practice. We draw from current evidence-based science that demonstrates how food, lifestyle, our state of mind, and individual life experiences and circumstances affect our physical health.

Whereas dieticians work under medical doctors, holistic nutritionists often work under the guidance of naturopathic and other integrative doctors, or as part of a wellness team of practitioners (i.e. chiropractors, mental health counsellors, massage therapists, etc.). Like these integrative doctors and manual therapists, we have the luxury of more time with eyes/hands on with the client, giving us the platform to provide a broad spectrum, holistic approach.

Are you a competition coach?2018-11-15T16:06:57-06:00

No, I do not coach for fitness & bodybuilding competitions – but thanks for asking!

However, I can certainly help you build that very important foundation that is needed to begin the journey to the stage – with both fitness and/or your nutritional needs. This entails ensuring your digestion, adrenals, hormones and immunity are all functioning optimally before partaking on the demands of competition training.

Once your foundation is built, I can provide referrals to trusted competition coaches in the industry.

For competitors experiencing troubles with the above noted issues (digestion, hormonal balance, etc), I can work with you and your coach to help mitigate those issues while respecting your current competition diet.  Contact me to chat more about this.

Can I try on the posing shoes before buying them?2017-04-17T20:44:33-06:00

Yes, it is highly recommended that you book a private fitting so we can determine the best fit for you! Our Calgary-based shop allows us to spend up to half an hour together to ensure you are comfortable in your competition shoes, as they can all fit very differently on everyone. Read about the different styles here  and then contact us to book your private fitting.  Please book a time when you can leave the little ones at home, as the process can be very boring for them!

Where does the word “mipstick” come from?2017-04-04T19:47:23-06:00

Great question! Mipstick is just a silly word that my daughter used to say when she was little, “Mommy, I want some mipstick on too”!  Yes, she meant lipstick. But I still call it mipstick to this day, just as I often say “I can’t ablieve it” instead of “I can’t believe it”, another endearing word created by my son when he was about two.  These words are not wrong, not errors to mock. They were the result of fearless, uninhibited efforts, of not being afraid to make mistakes. And in the process of using these fun, silly not-quite-accurate words, my children learned to talk. This unique word “mipstick” both represents many things to me and represents me as a nutrition coach and educator:  a little bit of quirky and silliness, stay young at heart, never take yourself too seriously, always try your best and don’t be afraid to not get it right, never give up, embrace being different, and always have fun!

Can my family also eat the food on my new plan?2017-03-06T16:58:31-06:00

Yes they can, because they will actually like it! It’s the feedback I love the most from our clients – that their families like the recommended meals and snacks, so they don’t have to cook two different meals all the time!

Are you Paleo?2016-10-14T16:53:09-06:00

I’m not Paleo. I’m not vegan. I’m not keto, nor any other diet. And I don’t dictate that you should be either. The best way of eating for you might resemble paleo or vegan or another type of “diet”, but essentially it will be determining what foods and eating habits are best serving your body, your goals and your lifestyle at any given point. That is precisely the best “diet” for all!


What makes mipstick’s programs different?2018-11-15T16:14:23-06:00

More than a diet plan.

EDUCATION: First and foremost, I am an educator. By helping you understand WHY I’m recommending certain foods and/or supplements to you, your compliance and longterm success is greatly increased. With an understanding of what’s going on inside your body, you’re more likely to continue eating towards your health goals even when I’m no longer there telling you what to eat. Your mipstick program comes complete with comprehensive, current evidence-based information to support your menu plan.

QUALITY & QUANTITY: The focus of holistic nutrition is quality whole foods, but my extensive background in sports nutrition and competitive athletics brings the ability to guide you with adequate quantity to best reach your goals.  We’re talking about calories and macros.  It’s the balancing of these two juxtapositioning ends that makes me unique within my field.

SUPPORT: Progress tracking, follow-up support and accountability is available to you.

RESOURCES at your fingertips: Included in all mipstick’s nutritional programs is a plethora of extras, including grocery check-lists, progress trackers, our Holistic Nutrition Guide eBook, and more. These are user-friendly tools that help build a solid foundation of knowledge you’ll refer back to time and time again.

Are your services covered under my health plan?2016-08-17T17:19:15-06:00

Some private and extended health care plans offer coverage of nutritional services. Please check with your insurance provider directly.  We provide receipts that may be sent in to your coverage provider for reimbursement if available.

How do you bridge the gap between fitness competitor and holistic nutrition?2018-11-15T16:15:59-06:00

Yes, you can have it both ways! The sport of bodybuilding and fitness competing used to be riddled with (and sadly still is a little) many less-than-healthy practices. But thankfully, this world is changing!  I am proudly part of this change!  The association I compete in (the NPAA, Natural Physique & Athletics Association) is a drug-free, natural organization and strictly enforces this.  As a holistic athlete and wellness enthusiast, this is the only type of competitive organization I would participate in.

During competition season I am very disciplined and structured in my eating.  However, I never starve my body of total calories or a variety of important nutrients.  Yes, I measure and count values of all my food to ensure I’m fuelling my body with all I need to support my goals during the weeks just before competition.  At various stages in my training season, I increase or decrease protein, carbs or fats as needed;  I eliminate any and all processed, chemically-altered, or refined-sugar containing foods that could impede reaching my goals.  I eat only real, fresh and whole foods.  Yes, it takes tremendous discipline and it excites me to test my body and mind in this way.

Contrary to what many people think, you do not need to – nor should you ever – starve your body.  The healthful way to develop a strong, lean physique is by properly and sufficiently fuelling your body so that all systems function optimally.  This is how you reach your goals in a healthy, sustainable manner.

In the off-season however (between competitions) the whole idea is to have greater flexibility in eating a wide variety of healthful and enjoyable foods to support the body and soul, while still averaging out within a range that supports my goals as a physique athlete and for optimal health in general.  I don’t weigh or measure in the off-season, and I do indulge in occasion treats (sometimes quite regularly)!  I eat very similarly to my competition season diet, in terms of ensuring enough daily calories, adequate intake of all macronutrients, a regular eating schedule throughout the day to ensure blood sugar stability, metabolic rate and hormonal balance, and I still eat mostly natural, fresh whole foods, as I know that is how to enjoy vitality and longterm, sustainable health.

Can I meet with you to discuss what the best option is for me before moving forward?2018-11-15T16:17:13-06:00

Of course! Contact me to arrange your free discovery call.

How long will it take to see results?2016-12-13T11:46:44-06:00

Researchers from University College London found that the average time it takes to establish new habits is 66 days, however the body is an amazing machine that can respond quickly to being treated well. Most people can expect to see and feel positive changes within about 3 weeks. But we are all different in our readiness for change. Together we can determine what will be the most beneficial for you.

I’m not an athlete, just a hard-working person. How can you help me?2018-11-15T16:20:18-06:00

Firstly, if you exercise 3 or more times per week, consider yourself an athlete! Whether you’re a recreational athlete, a weekend warrior, or just starting out on your fitness and nutrition journey, you are part of our tribe at Mipstick!

What sizes are available for posing shoes?2016-12-13T11:46:44-06:00

Each shoe comes in sizes from 5 to 12.

You can make your size selection when you’re shopping for posing shoes on the website.

What’s the refund policy on posing shoes?2016-12-13T11:46:44-06:00

There are no refunds on posing shoes. Exchange of new, unused items within 30 days.
The customer is responsible for associated shipping costs.
Sale items are FINAL SALE (no exchange).

How do I know if a posing shoe will fit me perfectly?2016-12-13T11:46:44-06:00

When ordering online, feel free to contact us to discuss sizing, as posing shoe styles fit and feel differently on everyone.

Come try on your shoes and get the best fit for you!
APPOINTMENT NECESSARY, contact us to book, conveniently located in central NW, Calgary.

Please do not bring children to a fitting, it’s very tough on the little ones while we take our time to find your best fit!

We’ve also added advice on each shoe description to provide you with more information about fitting.

How flexible are your recommended menu plans?2016-12-13T11:46:44-06:00

Very. In fact, I don’t want you strictly following any diet plan!

That just doesn’t work (exception is the athlete in competition season). Structure can certainly help in the beginning to establish new habits, but longterm success comes from self-education and self-responsibility.

So the plan I provide you serves as an example of how one might incorporate your recommended foods/nutrients according to your individualized concerns and/or goals.

But ultimately, the power is all yours.

With guidance on portion sizing, timing and method of fuelling your body, specific nutrients for your optimal wellness, awareness of symptoms, and evaluation of progress and required adjustments, you will soon be comfortable substituting where your tastes buds lead you, and effortlessly creating nourishing and rewarding meals and snacks for yourself.

I need guidance in my off-season. Can you help?2016-12-13T11:46:44-06:00

Yes. Our intense training as competitors can sometimes tip the scales (no pun intended!) against us in terms of pushing our systems beyond moderation, even with all our best efforts to remain healthy.

Thus, addressing these concerns or any imbalances in the off-season will help ensure overall wellness; as well as foster increased gains in the off-season to help move you toward you athletic goals.

I am currently training with a coach for an upcoming fitness/bikini competition, and would like to ensure my hormonal, digestive and other systems are strong and balanced. can you help?2016-12-13T11:46:44-06:00

Yes, see above.

With support from your coach, we can proceed with a full evaluation to identify any potential imbalances that may contribute to your training potential.

As a figure competitor myself, I consider both your general wellness and your fitness goals, and strive to make recommendations that will supplement your current program you may be following with your prep coach.

Are you a competition prep coach?2018-11-15T16:23:04-06:00

No. Devising a fitness program and specific macronutrient diet plan to prepare an athlete in the 12-16 week period before fitness/bodybuilding competition requires expertise that I don’t specialize in at this time.

My role with a competitor is to evaluate and assess the major body systems to identify potential imbalances that may compromise the effectiveness of their competition diet or intense physical training.

Likewise, if you are new to training with a longterm goal to compete, I can help you get started! Initial weight loss, diet clean-up, establishing the training lifestyle, and identifying and addressing imbalances or wellness concerns will ensure that you are healthy and well-prepared to begin your journey with a competition prep coach.

I think I know what I’m supposed to do, my problem is sticking to it. Help, I need accountability!2018-11-15T16:25:28-06:00

Researchers from University College London found that the average time it takes to establish new habits is 66 days, that’s 9 weeks!

That’s why we’ve created programs with support groups, accountability checkins, and recommended progress sessions every 4-6 weeks to help you stay on track while you develop new behaviour patterns and start to see results.

I’m not in the Calgary or Victoria areas, do you offer online services?2018-11-15T16:26:18-06:00

Yes, all the services are just as complete and beneficial whether online, via Skype and phone calls, and include the same time frame and costs.

Do you work with children?2016-12-13T11:46:45-06:00

No, but I would be happy to offer referrals.

I take medication for a diagnosed illness. How can you help me?2016-12-13T11:46:45-06:00

Many of the side effects of prescription medications result from nutrient depletions caused from use of the drug. By replenishing those nutrients, we can help minimize such side effects.

Various medications can also disrupt the normal balance of other systems in the body; such as the metabolic effect and weight gain associated with various medications. Thus, additional support to such systems while using the drug can be helpful.  There can also be a wide range of contraindications for many medications that may hinder the absorption or utilization of your medication in your body. By being aware of and addressing this, the efficacy of your medication can be improved.

** note: never stop or change the dose of your prescribed medication without consulting your physician.  Additionally, several herbal supplements can have dangerous contraindications with some medications; always consult your pharmacist or doctor  before taking new supplements.

The word “holistic” scares me, isn’t that like tree-hugging or something?!?2016-12-13T11:46:45-06:00

There’s actually some pretty cool science behind why tree-hugging is good for us, but that’s a whole workshop on its own!  “Holistic” to me means two things:

  1. it’s being aware of how our body systems work together in a cascade effect; i.e.: stress contributes to adrenal fatigue, which affects liver function, which contributes to hormonal imbalance, which impedes metabolic rate, weight loss, and more..  It’s recognizing that things seemingly unrelated (like headaches and constipation) can be very much connected.
  2. it’s having an awareness that the physical, emotional and spiritual all contribute to good health and vitality.  The whole person is all of these, and imbalances or impairment in one will ultimately affect the others.
What exactly is holistic nutrition?2018-11-15T16:29:51-06:00

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