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Dr. Allana Polo

Naturopath, Owner of Polo Health

Allana Polo is a certified naturopathic physician and owner of Polo Health + Longevity Centre , an integrated health clinic located in New Westminster B.C., Canada. Allana's signature weight loss program, holistic and functional approach to whole body wellness, has helped thousands of patients change their lives.
Men Are Not Immune To Body Image

Men Are Not Immune To Body Image Struggles

Men have been suffering in silence under the heavy weight of body expectations; drastically taking measures to fit their own body into the ideals they see on the cover of men's fitness magazines. Think this is outlandish? Men don't have body image issues, do they?
04/10/2017 05:14 EDT
The Weight Loss Myths That Are Sabotaging

The Weight Loss Myths That Are Sabotaging You

In my practice, I meet people who have tried many things to lose weight: from juice fasts to protein loading. Many of these people, in spite of stubborn fat, are well-versed in what it takes to shed the pounds: and they come to me feeling exasperated because their well-meaning efforts -- sticking to whole foods and exercising regularly -- have amounted to barely a budge on the scale. What gives?
02/03/2017 06:44 EST
Say Goodbye To Food Cravings For Good With These

Say Goodbye To Food Cravings For Good With These Tips

Cravings seem to be a normal part of life for many people. And yet, in my work as a naturopath, cravings often signal an imbalance in the body. The body is literally craving what it most needs. The best scenario for both peaceful living and healthy weight management is that your body seeks only healthy foods.
11/25/2016 12:25 EST
Family Meal Planning Tips To Get You Through The

Family Meal Planning Tips To Get You Through The Winter

With the shorter days, many of us are inclined to go into hibernation mode, snuggling on the couch under warm blankets and ordering takeout. By getting the whole family involved in meal planning you ensure that the task of feeding your family healthy meals doesn't fall all on one person's shoulder.
11/08/2016 02:23 EST
Losing Weight: What You Eat Is More Important Than When You

Losing Weight: What You Eat Is More Important Than When You Eat

Stop me if you've heard this one -- "Whatever you do with your diet, DO NOT skip breakfast." Eating first thing after we wake is one of the dictums of dieting and we've all heard it so many times we don't question why we are eating, even if we may not be hungry.
11/01/2016 05:51 EDT
Summer Carnival Food That Won't Expand Your

Summer Carnival Food That Won't Expand Your Waistline

A trip to the carnival or fair is a summertime staple that most people don't want to miss. While the rides and excitement can be a strong lure, the food is also a much-loved reason for visiting. Notoriously deep fried, however, it doesn't exactly meet my standards for healthy or a good choice when you are trying to drop or maintain weight.
08/18/2016 04:45 EDT
5 Simple Ways To Be Healthy At

5 Simple Ways To Be Healthy At Work

If you are going to spend a lot of time at work, you need to make sure you are living well, even amongst the stress and strain of deadlines and performance reviews. The good news: it's not as hard as you think. Try incorporating some of these simple principles and ideas into your average workday.
05/31/2016 09:56 EDT
How To Create And Stick With Healthy

How To Create And Stick With Healthy Habits

Instead of beating yourself up for your lack of self-discipline, let's talk about what might be missing from your attempt to create a healthy habit. You can't "do better" if you don't know how to put your goals into action.
05/06/2016 03:33 EDT
7 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Successful Weight

7 Ways To Prepare Yourself For Successful Weight Loss

Weight loss can feel like an enormous mountain to climb. Before slashing calories, counting calories or even making the healthy changes to portion sizes, food choices and activity levels, I have seven suggestions that will prepare your body and mind for the mountain ahead.
04/07/2016 11:37 EDT
You Can Eat Out And Still Lose Weight With These

You Can Eat Out And Still Lose Weight With These Tips

The belief that eating out equals a lot of calories paralyzes many dieters -- they feel that in order to lose weight and maintain the loss, they have to stay away from restaurants forever. This is a depressing thought.
03/01/2016 03:49 EST
Simple Lifestyle And Nutrition Changes Can Help Treat

Simple Lifestyle And Nutrition Changes Can Help Treat Diabetes

Two recently released reports have revealed that Canada has one of the highest rates of Type 2 diabetes among 34 developed countries. Estimates suggest that more than three million Canadians struggle with this disease, and a further 5.7 million have pre-diabetes which could develop into the full-blown disorder.
02/17/2016 12:46 EST
How to Take a Holistic Approach to Mental

How to Take a Holistic Approach to Mental Health

I prefer a holistic approach to the treatment of depression, that may include prescription drugs in some cases. And feel that many people aren't aware of the lifestyle adjustments and holistic remedies they can use to help them either avoid depression medication.
10/13/2015 05:18 EDT
5 Ways to Make Summer Last All Year

5 Ways to Make Summer Last All Year Long

Just about now you've hit your summer groove: maybe it includes less demanding work days, more relaxing social outings and longer nights spent nurturing your soul with "me" activities. Stress levels tend to drop in the summer months, and overall we have a sunnier outlook (pardon the pun).
08/26/2015 08:19 EDT
Four Summer Foods Disguised as

Four Summer Foods Disguised as "Healthy" Choices

There are some hidden dangers you need to know about if weight gain is a concern, if you want to take advantage of summer activities to slim down or if you have health concerns that need to be kept in check. Here are four summer foods, disguised as healthy choices, that may actually be causing you to gain weight.
07/28/2015 12:13 EDT
How to Manage 3 Embarrassing Summertime

How to Manage 3 Embarrassing Summertime Problems

Heat-seekers rejoice, the warm weather and sunshine has rolled in. We can finally shed some layers, shrug off dark winter days and embrace sweaty outdoor fun and warm-weather inspired treats. As you hit the trails for a sun-inspired run or the ice cream parlour for a cool treat, you may be experiencing a few of summer's unwanted, and embarrassing, side effects.
07/02/2015 05:33 EDT
How to Keep Your Skin Glowing This

How to Keep Your Skin Glowing This Summer

The heat is on and we say bring the summer sun -- it's for basking in, strolling in and getting active in. But before you shed your layers and hit the beach, park or your favourite walking path, make sure you adjust your skincare routine and take some extra measures to protect yourself from summer skin problems.
06/11/2015 12:32 EDT