In this final month of 2016, I have brought back Tea with an ND…..to-be! Meet Caleigh and Jennah, fourth year interns at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic. I have had the pleasure of being on shifts with both of these ladies this year, and thought it would be interesting for readers to learn about some NDs-to-be!
Here are their answers to five rapid fire questions…..
Question 1 – What did you study for your undergraduate degree?
Jennah Miller (JM): Dietetics at Acadia University in Nova Scotia.
Caleigh Sumner (CS): Health Sciences at Western University in London, Ontario (I started in Kinesiology but it was too sporty for me!).
Question 2 – Why did you choose to study Naturopathic Medicine?
JM: I have always been very interested in nutrition, and I know that it is a foundation of Naturopathic Medicine. I found that dietetics was not as holistic as I wished it would be, it was more by the book and not what I saw for myself in the future. Also, in grade 12 career management class, I was told I would make a good ND!
CS: Naturopathic Medicine was a part of my life before I was even born, and a huge part of my life growing up. I was always used to integrative medicine and it was normal for me to see an ND as a child. Ever since I was really young I knew I wanted to study Naturopathic Medicine!
Question 3 – Where do you plan to practice and why?
JM: I plan to work somewhere in downtown Toronto, hopefully in the west end because I really like that area (somewhere between High Park and Christie). I feel like people who live in that area are more focused on health and that Naturopathic Medicine is more mainstream….so the demand is there, and the area is not overly saturated with NDs.
CS: I’m planning to practice in Halton Region (specifically Milton or Burlington) because I’m a very suburban girl and I’m used to suburban communities. I may also practice in King West because that’s where my boyfriend lives…or I may just live in King West and commute to Burlington!
Question 4 – What are the top three things people can do for their health?
The ladies decided to answer this question together….here’s what they said!
JM & CS: A big one is definitely self-care. Taking time for yourself that isn’t a chore….so not necessarily going to the gym or taking your supplements. Someone at an OAND conference said “self care if anything you do for yourself that makes you feel sweet that isn’t a sweet”. It should be a nice moment. Try to figure out what serves you and get rid of what doesn’t. Surround yourself with people who build you up and who love you. Like-minded folks who make you feel at ease, like your friends and family.
Secondly, drink water! This is so simple and yet so important. Drinking more water can improve your health in so many ways. Water is important for immune health, digestive health, your integumentary system and general detoxification.
Finally, sleep! Routine in the basis for all health. Try to keep a consistent sleep routine, meaning go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, and you will see the benefits!
Question 5 – How will you stay healthy (and have fun) over the upcoming holidays?
JM: I’m going to take time to recharge and not feel guilty about being “lazy”. I feel like a lot of people have many obligations over the holiday break, and it’s important to remember that it’s okay to take time for yourself. You can’t fill from an empty cup! I will be going to visit my parents in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. We will put up the Christmas tree on New Year’s Eve day (an annual tradition) and then I’m headed to Montreal for New Year’s Eve with my boyfriend. For fun I will be eating cheese fondue on Christmas Eve and drinking lots of craft beer from the brewery my Mom works for.
CM: Over the holidays I will be spending time with friends and family in Mississauga and Niagara-on-the-Lake. For health I will be doing intermittent fasting….probably for 16 hour chunks (overnight). Over the holidays I try to burn all the extra calories I will be consuming by staying active throughout the day (skating, walks in High Park, etc). For fun I will partake in movie madness, where I go to the theatres and watch a few movies in a row. My guilty food pleasure over the holidays are ginger molasses cookies!
Thank you Jennah and Caleigh for taking the time to answer my five rapid-fire questions! If you wish to see Jennah or Caleigh, they are both accepting patients at the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic until April 2017.
Stay tuned in the New Year when I publish my first post in 2017! Happy Holidays!