Hi there! I'm Julie, and I can help you regain your health naturally.
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.
And you likely have done some research on your own to see how you can improve yours.
But the more you read about nutrition and health, the more you feel confused.
To be honest, it's not your fault.
There's so much information out there, no wonder you're left scratching your head.
Everywhere you turn, there's someone promising a new diet or "superfood" that will fix all your problems and guarantees that you'll lose 30 pounds in 2 weeks or reverse your problem overnight.
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 fear-based messaging (i.e. if you don't adopt this very specific diet, you'll be sick forever) because improving your health and what you eat should NEVER make you feel bad about yourself.
I know you're done with the yo-yo diets, feeling deprived, hungry, tired, confused and overwhelmed.
You just want to feel good in your own body and have the energy to enjoy life.
Isn't there a simpler 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, quality protein and plenty of vegetables.
When 80-90% 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.
And then, depending on the health conditions you have (ex. PCOS, prediabetes, fertility challenges), I'll show you how to portion these 5 different food categories to help rebalance your hormones.
What about the other 10-20% of your diet, you ask?
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.
A guilt-free, simple and practical way to better health.
As a hospital pharmacist, I’ve been helping people manage their medication for the past 10 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?
“If you don’t make any changes to your diet soon, you’ll need to take pills to lower your cholesterol”.
This is what my doctor had told me in 2011 after reviewing some blood tests I had done for my annual check-up.
You can imagine how shocked I was to hear this at the age of 24.
Sure, I knew that high cholesterol ran in my family, but that it could happen to me this young? Really?!
At the time, I had just started my career as a hospital pharmacist, and I thought of my terminally ill patients who took over 20 pills a day just to stay alive.
A vision of me becoming one of them some day popped into my head. And in that instance, I told myself “HELL NO. I’m not going down that route.”
I was not going to take pills for something that could be managed through diet and lifestyle.
Embarrassingly enough, until my diagnosis, I had never made the link between the very processed foods I was eating and the impact it had on my body…. which of course sounds silly to say as a health professional!
(In my defense though, they didn't teach us much about healthy eating in Pharmacy school!)
Like most people who are told they need to improve their diet, I began to read countless blogs, picked up books, tried some crazy diets promising instant results, asked for advice left and right and as a result, became overwhelmed from it all.
After a “detox” experiment gone awry, I decided that making myself go crazy wasn’t the solution. and that I needed to go back to basics by simply reducing processed foods and introducing more whole foods in my diet.
I didn't even know I was sick until I got better.
As I made small but consistent changes, my morning brain fog began to lift, the afternoon slump at work disappeared and I no longer came home exhausted and dying to take a nap.
With this new found energy, 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've been living with these symptoms for so long that I thought it was simply NORMAL to feel tired all the time.
To add to this, my eczema and acne (that required years of medicated creams, antibiotics and the birth control pill) and heartburn (that required antacids) got significantly better once I changed my eating habits.
And yes, my cholesterol levels eventually got back to normal. Woohoo!
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 and feel like once they begin to eat foods that fuel their bodies.
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 question has led me to study holistic nutrition (a naturopathic branch of nutrition) and to become a health coach. Combining my 10 years experience as a clinical pharmacist with my knowledge of holistic nutrition, I'm committed to transforming your health.
Health tips and videos
Want to know more about my approach?
You'll find regular health tips and wellness videos on my Instagram @juliedoanhealth
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Credentials (The serious Bio ;))
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 to become a health and life coach:
- January 2018: Applied Nutrition Certificate
- June 2019: Certified Diabetes Educator (with the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board)
- April 2020: Precision Nutrition Level 1 Nutrition Coaching Certificate
- Sept 2020 - July 2021: Life Coaching certification with Mind Rebel Academy, an ICF-approved school
The less Serious Bio :)
Now that you know a bit more about my story, let me share a sillier side of myself :)
In my free time, I can usually be found:
- Reading self-development books. I've been into personal growth since the age of 15 (that definitely helped me navigate teenage-hood!)
- Dancing to '90s and '00s hit songs in my living room
- Tending to my 20+ plant babies. I use to give them names, but then I couldn't remember the name of all my children... so I stopped.
- Doing woo-stuff. I'm super into spirituality, the Universe, Divine Feminine, and all the things that don't make sense to my rational and scientific brain but that feel so right. Call it embracing duality.
- Hosting dinners or planning my next adventure (pre-pandemic, obviously... can't wait for those days again!)
I live with my husband Pete in Montreal, Quebec, and I’m a stepmom to a very cute 11 year-old.
Yes, 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.