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Brooke Mader

Nutrition by Brooke

Brooke is a Clinical Holistic Nutritionist and has her own private practice Nutrition By Brooke. She recieved her Master’s Degree in Nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative Health. Brooke is passionate about helping people reverse type 2 diabetes using a natural, personalized lifestyle approach. Brooke’s philosphy: Don’t count calories. Eat whole, real foods that induce satiety like mineral dense protein, healthy fat and fibrous vegetables. You are human, focus on balance, not perfection. Accept who you are, love who you are and build a lifestyle focusd on health, not some abstract idea of perfection. Punishing yourself for failing is unhealthy and breeds disappointment. Instead, set realistic goals, make them habit and enjoy the heck out of your healthy life!

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What is the book (or books) you’ve given most as a gift, and why?

I'm a nerd and really love Digestion Wellness by my mentor Dr. Liz Lipski

When You Feel Overwhelmed Or Unfocused, Or Have Lost Your Focus Temporarily, What Do You Do?

I take deep breaths, stretch and add some lionsmane to some warm coconut milk to rebalance and refocus. But really for me, it's all about the deep breaths.

In the last five years, what new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

Staying hydrated and going to bed early.

If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — what would it say and why?

"Let food be thy medicine" -Hippocrates.

"The mind is a powerful force. It can enslave us or empower us. It can plunge us into the depths of misery or take us to the heights of ecstasy. Learn to use the power wisely.” David Cuschieri.

"A negative mind will never give you a positive life."

What is the most significant thing that someone much younger than yourself has taught you?

Not take everything seriously. It's always a good idea to bring a good attitude into every situation.

Tell us about your business. What does it do and what value do you add?

I am a Clinical Holistic Nutritionist. I specialize in helping people reverse their type 2 diabetes and getting off medication. Helping people lower their A1c, stop injecting insulin, losing weight and regaining their life back is so rewarding.

Where do you see your industry in the next 5 years?

I see nutrition gaining in popularity. People are getting tired with the model of having a pill for every ill. Thousands of years ago Hippocrates said, “The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” We have the power to prevent and reverse dis-ease and imbalances, with the foods that we eat. Herbs are powerful, so powerful that pharmaceutical companies design their drugs from them.

What is a 'hack' you have for success that most people don't know about?

I don't even know yet about it 🙂

What one song can you listen to every day non-stop?

Don't You Worry Child by Sweish House Mafia

How has Covid-19 changed your industry?

The clinic I was working for got shut down due to covid, and it helped me to take the leap of going full time in my private practice.

What's your favourite colour?

Any earthy color! But right now I really like pine-green.

What's something exciting you're currently working on/learning that only a few people know about?

I'm creating an online 'Reverse Diabetes, Naturally' course. 🙂 I am also playing around with creating medicinal herbal spice blends to add to coffee, teas and food.

Are you vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian or something else entirely?

I stopped labeling myself a long time ago. It made me feel guilty if I ever ate something that I told myself and others I don't eat, it made it really hard to go to a loved one's home for a shared meal, etc. I do prmote plant based and make that the.

What's a myth about fitness that you most people believe to be true that's actually false

Truth: rest days are just as important as exercising. And it doesn't really matter what you do, as long as you move your body.

What Purchase Of $100 Or Less Has Most Positively Impacted Your Life In The Last Six Months?

Essential oil diffuser. I love having it on at my desk and diffusing peppermint, frankincense, thieves, citrus, etc.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

That protein bars make good meal replacements.

What's your favourite vegan meal?

Any bowl from Eve's in Encinitas, California!

What is one of the best or most worthwhile investments you’ve ever made?

Vitamix.

When did you first become a rebel?

Still waiting for that day to come...

What advice would you give to a smart, driven college student about to enter the “real world”? What advice should they ignore?

Whatever you do, do it well.

What careers advice would you give to your 21-year old self?

Start today. A year from now you'll wish you have,

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Portrait photography. I really like capturing people's emotion in pictures.

Tell us about someone you admire and why you admire them?

This is silly, but I've always admired my sister. She's smart, witty and it's always nice being around her. She's very grounding for me.

What is a useful skill someone could learn in one minute?

Meditation. You don't need much time and the benefits are unbelievable.

What is the most surprising thing you've seen in your industry?

The fads are always surpring to me. Toting certain superfoods to be the end all be all has always baffled me. Also, what companies will do for money- suppelements especially. Don't buy supplements if they are not third party tested. They are not FDA regulated and you never know what cheap ingredients companies are using and getting away with.

What's your favourite holiday destination?

At home in Maryland by the fireplace with my family.

What's your favourite vegetable?

Artichoke

What's your favourite type of exercise?

Barre! I love that you get a little bit of cardio, muscle fatigue with low weights and a wonderful stretch. I found that it's the best for my body.

If you could only do ONE type of exercise for the all around fitness what would it be?

Pure barre does it all for me!

What are you NOT Very Good at?

Speaking other languages.

What's your star sign?

Capicorn

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Warm chia-flax pudding.

About the Author

Heather-PS

Heather Wilkinson is a globe-trotting content creator and PR enthusiast who’s finally put down roots in her native UK. When she isn’t working, you’ll find her pretending to care about Minecraft for her son’s sake, while secretly reading the latest Ace Atkins novel (or sleeping – her second favourite past-time).