Revivelife Clinic I Naturopath in Ottawa





Nutrition is the foundation of wellness. Whether you’re a nutrition foodie just looking to get a second opinion to refine what you are eating or you’ve been a fast-food junkie because life has gotten so busy, we can help you look forward to nourishing your body with goodness. We believe that optimal nutrition is a process and that you can either jump in to make a swift change if you’re ready or take it one step at a time it needs to be simple and family-friendly.

What are the conditions that nutrition is effective for?

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A systematic review and meta-analysis of 14 studies found that increasing the spice saffron in your nutrition can reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels while increasing good HDL cholesterol.1


Plant-based diets and certain foods including legumes, bread, fish, and nuts are associated with high levels of friendly gut bacteria. In the process, they help to synthesize essential nutrients and produce short-chain fatty acids(SCFAs), the main source of energy for cells lining the colon.2,3
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Zinc deficiency can impact energy, mood, cognition, immunity, skin, and delayed wound healing. Testing and supporting micronutrients including zincis vital for overall wellness.4,5


The ketogenic diet may help support refractory epilepsy therapy, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes, cancer, and glaucoma.6-12


Vegan, Vegetarian, Ketogenic, or gluten-free menus may increase the risk of certain nutrient deficiencies. For example, gluten-free diets may increase the risk of deficiencies in fiber, vitamin B12, vitamin D, folate, iron, and calcium.Getting nutritional advice is key to overall wellness.14


  • Children’s Health (i.e. optimal growth, picky eaters, childhood obesity)
  • Cravings
  • Creating healthy habits
  • Detoxification
  • Dietary Changes/Food Allergies or Intolerances
  • Disease Prevention (i.e. cancer/osteoporosis/arthritis)
  • Eating disorders
  • Hormone Issues
  • Infant Nutrition
  • Intuitive/Mindful Eating
  • Low Energy / Fatigue
  • Mood (i.e. anxiety, depression)
  • Optimal Health & Energy
  • Pregnancy & Lactation
  • Skin Conditions (i.e. acne, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea)
  • Sleep Problems
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Weight Loss


Nutrition services are offered both by our Naturopathic Doctors and Registered Holistic Nutritionist.

  • Nutrition Initial Get Started and 7 Day Personalized Menu (60 min)
  • Nutritional Consult and Follow-Ups (30 min)
  • Recipe Rehab (30 min)
  • Kitchen Clean-Out (60 min)
  • Grocery Store/Farmer’s Market Tours (60 min)
  • Private Cooking Classes (60 min)
  • Custom Menus 1-Day | 3-Day | 7-Day

If you don’t see an option that fits your needs, please contact us and we can work together to build custom plan that is just right for you.



Nutrition coaching helps to clarify what foods and menu are right for you. In addition, your nutrition professional will navigate what whole-food choices to make with the overwhelming and confusing information. In the last few decades we have been given an abundance of nutritional misinformation, our food supply has been chemically altered, genetically modified, refined, preserved, and lower in overall nutrient content. Wonder if the protein bar that you grab on-the-go is healthy for you? Unsure if you should try intermittent fasting, plant-based, keto or gluten-free? Have allergies or intolerances that seem to be increasing? Don’t enjoy cooking or have limited time? Not to worry, we’ve got you covered. Begin a journey back to health by learning what your body really needs and feeling empowered with practical achievable solutions.


Yes, there are a lot of self-help solutions out there on the internet, friendly advice, and/or nutrition books. The goal of nutrition consultations is to provide professional coaching that brings years of training and expertise to you. Working with a nutrition coach not only gives you a plan but also the support and resources you need for success.

Each profession is trained in nutrition.

  • A registered holistic nutritionist is trained in an intensive 1+ year program in a private post-secondary institute. They look at a person looking for the root cause of health imbalance with a focus on nutrition lifestyle, and supplements where indicated. They often work one-to-one with clients in a clinic typesetting.
  • A naturopathic doctor is trained with all the pre-medical sciences, often leading to an undergraduate degree over a 3-4-year period and then in naturopathic medicine including nutrition over an additional 4-year period. Naturopaths like registered holistic nutritionists focus on the whole person and the source of health imbalances most often in a clinic typesetting.
  • A dietician is a regulated profession requiring a 4-5-year university degree in dietetics. Dieticians are trained to work in hospital settings.

Nutrition services may be covered by your extended health care insurance provider under the designated practitioner that you receive your treatment by i.e. naturopathic doctor, nurse practitioner or holistic nutritionist.

The number of visits required and reassessment visits vary depending on the severity and duration of your concerns. It is recommended to have a nutrition initial visit, your first follow-up 2 weeks later, follow-up monthly until you feel on-track and then in wellness every 6 months to maintain your health.

You are in the driver’s seat and your nutrition plan will be designed to fit your lifestyle and goals. If there are deal-breakers for you like your morning coffee or glass of wine, we will work around it and work with your body to reach your health goals. As you learn more about nutrition, you may be surprised at how your dietary preferences shift gently.


Dr. Joel Villeneuve, ND
Dr. Diana Semjonov, ND
Rob Falcon


  1. Rahmani J, ManzariN, Thompson J, et al, The effect of saffron on weight and lipid profile: A systematic review, meta-analysis, and dose-response of randomized clinical trials.Phytotherapy Research, 2019;33(9):2244-2255
  2. Bolte, L. et al. 2019. Towards anti-inflammatory dietary recommendations based on the relation between food and the gut microbiome composition in 1423 individuals. Presented at UEG Week Barcelona October 21, 2019
  3. Valdes, Ana M., et al. “Role of the gut microbiota in nutrition and health.” Bmj 361 (2018)
  4. Roohani N, Hurrell R ,Kelishadi R et al, Zinc and its importance for human health: An integrative review, J Res Med Sci.,2013 Feb; 18(2): 144–157
  5. Whittaker P. Iron and zinc interactions in humans.Am J Clin Nutr.1998;68:S442–6
  6. Huttenlocher P.R. Ketonemia and seizures: Metabolic and anticonvulsant effects of two ketogenic diets in childhood epilepsy.Pediatr. Res.1976;10:536–540
  7. Pinto A., Bonucci A., Maggi E., Corsi M., BusinaroR. Anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activity of the ketogenic diet: New perspectives for neuroprotection in Alzheimer’s disease.Antioxid. (BaselSwitz. )2018;7:63
  8. Rusek M, Pluta R, Ulamek-Koziol M et al, Ketogenic Diet in Alzheimer’s Disease, Int J Mol Sci.2019 Aug; 20(16): 3892
  9. Van der Auwera I., Wera S., Van Leuven F., Henderson S.T. A ketogenic diet reduces amyloid beta 40 and 42 in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease.Nutr. Metab. (Lond).2005;2:28.
  10. VanItallie T.B., Nonas C., Di Rocco A., Boyar K., Hyams K., Heymsfield S.B. Treatment of Parkinson’s disease with diet-induced hyperketonemia: A feasibility study.Neurology.2005;64:728–730. doi: 10.1212/01.WNL.0000152046.11390.45.25.Zhao Z., Lange D.J.,Voustianiouk A., MacGrogan D., Ho L., Suh J., Humala N., Thiyagarajan M., Wang J., Pasinetti G.M A ketogenic diet as a potential novel therapeutic intervention in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
  11. Augustin K., Khabbush A., WilliamsS., Eaton S., Orford M., Cross J.H., Heales S.J.R., Walker M.C., Williams R.S.B.Mechanisms of action for the medium-chain triglyceride ketogenic diet in neurological and metabolic disorders.LancetNeurol.2018;17:84–93
  12. Zarnowski T., Tulidowicz-Bielak M., Kosior-Jarecka E., Zarnowska I.A., Turski W., Gasior M. A ketogenic diet may offer neuroprotection in glaucoma and mitochondrial diseases of the optic nerve. Med. HypothesisDiscov. Innov. Ophthalmol. J.2012;1:45–49
  13. Dinu M, Abbate R, Gensini GF, et al, Vegetarian, vegan diets and multiple health outcomes: A systematic review with meta-analysis of observational studies, Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr 2017 Nov 22;57(17):3640-36
  14. Vici G, Belli L, Biondi M & Polzoneti V, Gluten-free diet and nutrient deficiencies: A review, Clin Nutr. 2016 Dec;35(6):1236-1241
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