Summer is winding down (NOOO!) – it’s almost time to ditch the sangria, wipe the sand from your towel, and gear up for a return to your regular routine. The changing of seasons gives us an opportunity to reflect on our personal health goals and set some new ones — but you may be asking yourself – where do I start?

When it comes to thinking about our health, it’s often difficult to ignore the deluge of health facts, trendy tips and latest advice swirling around our conversation and our newsfeeds. For the average Canadian trying to take steps to improve their health, it can be hard to know which advice to follow, and which to ignore.

Michele Sevier, B.Ed., M.Ed., DNM and Director of Education at nutrition house recommends creating a personalized plan that provides what your mind and body need to achieve better health. Here are the questions she recommends asking yourself so you can create personal health habits that will stick with you for life.

1. What is my current status of health?

Take some time to reflect on how your mind and body feel in a day. Think about how each part of you feels – on the inside and outside – and you’ll come to realize that your mind and body actually communicate when something might not be right. Write down a short line to identify what’s going on, whether it’s suffering from lack of energy, chronic pain in a certain area, or if you have a medically diagnosed condition (anxiety, eczema, weight, vision) that requires special attention. Think about where you are right now. Think about where you want to be. Think about your preferences. For instance, are you taking over-the-counter pain medications or are you seeking, when possible, natural solutions?

2. What is my commitment level?

Developing new habits can be challenging at the best of times. There is solid research on the use of various nutritional supplements, but duration, dose and frequency is essential to adhere to. There is no magic bullet that works instantaneously and sporadic use sets you up for failure. Be honest with yourself about what you’re willing to change.

3. What is my budget?

What is your health worth? Good health is one of the most vital components of life. Without it, our ability to function can be greatly reduced. Time and money are key factors that must be assessed. What level of “investment” are you willing to make? Take one lesser healthy habit. You will be surprised at how easy it can be to prioritize better health.

4. Do I need additional support?

Determining which products are best suited to your needs can be overwhelming. Where do you start? What should you be taking? Look to professionals who are trained to understand natural health products and have the credentials to back up their recommended solutions. These are the people who can support you on your path to better health, whether that means getting you started on a specific program or fine-tuning something you’re already doing.

5. Is my intake of essential nutrients ideal for better health?

A healthy, nutrient-rich diet is essential. Yet there are many days we feel guilty due to dietary “indiscretions.” These may include lack of nutrients, limited time to prepare food, overindulgence of convenience food or excess professional/personal stress; all factors of modern life. Determining what your foundational supplements should be will allow you to give your mind and body what they need to get through those days when you may not have time to prepare multiple nutritious meals. Once you’ve determined what additional support you need, foundational supplements will help to fill in those nutrient gaps. Rest assured, experts in natural health products are trained to fill those deficiencies with accuracy and ease.

Michele Sevier, B.Ed., M.Ed., DNM, nutrition house’s resident Director of Education. Michele is a Doctor of Natural Medicine, holds a Doctorate of Acupuncture, and has a certificate utilizing Auriculotherapy and its applications in health and healing, including techniques to deal with addictive behaviours. A Consulting Nutritional Analyst, Michele holds certificates in Clinical Microscopy/Blood Analysis and Urinalysis in Biological Medicine. Michele is responsible for training and coaching nutrition house’s Natural Health Product Advisors. Find your nearest store at