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Naturopathic Doctor Spotlight – Dr. Tiffany Wyse

Naturopathic Doctor Spotlight – Dr. Tiffany Wyse – Naturopathic Doctor in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health


We asked our Naturopathic Doctors in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health to give me their favourite meal/recipe, favourite treatment modality and to give us ‘a day in the life’ of themselves! Enjoy this one by Dr. Tiffany Wyse:


Favourite Meal/Recipe: Squash Soup

(adapted from The AutoImmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott)

  • 4 lbs. Butternut squash
  • 3 Tbsp. butter/ghee/coconut oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves2 cups Bone broth (I use chicken or turkey) plus more if needed
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 astragalus sticks (optional – this is a beneficial herb for the immune system)
  • sliced avocado for garnish OR yogurt OR nut butter
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Depending on the day/evening or who I am feeding, I will add shredded cooked pastured chicken or turkey to the warm soup, shredded raw cheddar cheese or for my 5 year old daughter who is convinced she is a vegetarian (!) some chickpeas & nut butter or
wildwood (sprouted) tofu.

Favourite Treatment Modality: Herbal Medicine

I am trained as a Medical Herbalist & Doula as well as a Naturopathic Doctor. I love that with the practice of herbal medicine all of your senses, cells & spirit are influenced. You can see, feel & taste the effects of nature. I also feel that herbs bring medicine back into the hands of the people so that patients can have “medicine” at every meal simply by growing a few herbs in their garden and adding “spices” to their foods. I believe in the words of the forefather of medicine, Hippocrates when he said: “Let Food Be Thy Medicine.” I have witnessed the efficacy of herbal medicine from acute cold & flus to serious chronic & debilitating diseases with remarkable results.

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Dr. Tiffany Wyse walking with Nina Barabas on a herb walk in Mississauga

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A Day In The Life of Mississauga Naturopath Dr. Tiffany Wyse

6:30AM: A quiet day in my life begins with opening my eyes, practicing some deep breathing & Taoist yoga or Qigong.
Some days though begin with my 5 year old daughter staring at me and saying “mummy is the sun awake?” “is it time to wake up?!” On those mornings we try to have some breathing & meditation practice together before moving along for a bustling day.

7:30AM: Lunch Smoothie preparation. I prepare my daughter’s (usually vegetarian) nut-free lunch and smoothie. Although the smoothie ingredients change (patient’s know we have a detailed smoothie handout!), typically it contains Kefir, Strawberries, collagen powder, sunflower lethicin, hazelnut butter, Viriditas green super food, cinnamon and if I am sharing with my daughter, a splash of maple syrup.

9:00AM: Walk my daughter to school, chat with other mums & kids.
10:00AM: Begin an engaging day at Erin Mills Optimum Health with a heartfelt welcome from our front desk staff.
10:15AM: Time to work with dedicated patients coming in with health concerns ranging from fertility to autoimmune disease to diabetes.
1:00PM: Lunch – I will often leave the office to run errands, go for a walk and pick up sushi from Healthy Planet.
2:00PM: I begin the afternoon with a full belly and open heart ready to hand out treatment plans ranging from nutrition, herbs, labwork, acupuncture, homeopathy and auricular medicines.
4:45PM: Miso soup or ginger tea for a quick snack while charting.
7:00PM: Leave Erin Mills Optimum Health after a gratifying day!
7:45PM: Home just in time to finish bath time, read stories, have prayers and tuck my little one into bed.
8:00PM: Soup or Eggs as breakfast for dinner.
8:45PM: Quiet reading or a movie.
10:00PM: Stretching and meditation time.
11:00PM: Shower & bedtime.



Alkalinizing your diet

Alkalinizing your diet

The following inforomation regarding an alkaline diet it given to our naturopathic patients in Mississauga.  We hope that this information is helpful for you too! If you have questions, contact us in Mississauga!

Who should try an alkaline diet?

This type of diet is especially recommended for those patients who experience the following symptoms: high acid in stomach (burning), high uric acid in the blood and those who have low pH in their saliva and urine.

However, by following these suggestions, most people will get an overall benefit from eating this way, regardless of their health concerns.


Recommended – 60% ALKALINE and 40% ACID forming foods.  

Try some of the suggestions below to move your diet more towards an alkaline diet:

  • Drink the juice of half a lemon or lime in water as a beverage
  • Eat lots of vegetables and fruits as most are alkalinizing (except currents, blueberries, cranberries, plums, carob)
  • Eat 1 cup equivalent of alkalinizing greens daily (kale, collard, mustard greens) or
  • Make blender drinks or juices using green powdered supplements and fruits
  • Eat millet and quinoa as an option to the acid forming grains (wheat, brown rice)
  • Eat fish and lamb for less acid forming animal protein
  • Use olive oil as it is less acid forming than other vegetable oils
  • Drink herbal teas
  • Reduce intake of red meat, most dairy products, alcohol, sugar, and most nuts (except raw almonds, chestnuts and brazil nuts are alright).


Alkaline Forming Foods

Food Most alkaline More Alkaline Low Alkaline Least Alkaline
Condiments Baking soda

Sea salt

Mineral water




Soy sauce


Herbs (most)

Green tea

Rice syrup

Apple cider vinegar

Ginger tea

Umeboshi vinegar



Grains Oats, Quinoa, Wild rice
Nuts, seeds Pumpkinseed Poppy seeds, Chestnuts Primrose oil, sesame seeds, cod liver oil, almonds Flaxseed oil, coconut oil, olive oil, other seeds
Vegetables, Legumes Lentils, onion, seaweed, burdock lotus root, sweet potato yam Kohlrabi, parsnip, garlic, kale, endive, mustard greens, ginger, broccoli Potato, bell pepper, mushrooms, cauliflower, ginseng, eggplant, pumpkin, collard greens Brussel sprouts, beets, chives, cilantro, okra, squash, lettuce, jicama
Fruit Limes, nectarines, persimmons, raspberries, watermelon, tangerines Grapefruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, citrus, olives, loganberries, mangoes Lemons, pears, avocado, pineapple, apples, blackberries, cherries, peaches, papaya Oranges, apricots, bananas blueberries, currants, raisins, grapes, strawberries



Acid Forming Foods

Food Most Acid More Acid Low Acid Least Acid
Condiments Jam/jelly, table salt, yeast, sugar, cocoa, white vinegar, wheat germ Nutmeg, coffee, saccharin Vanilla, black tea, alcohol, balsamic vinegar Curry powder, honey maple syrup, rice vinegar
Dairy Processed cheese, ice cream 30-day cheeses, soymilk, casein Cow’s milk, aged cheese, soy cheese goat milk Cream, yoghurt, goat cheese
Animal protein Beef,  pheasant Pork, veal, squid lobster, chicken Lamb, boar, shellfish, goose, turkey Eggs, gelatin, organs, venison, fish, wild duck
Grains Barley Maize, barley groats, corn, rye, oat bran Buckwheat, wheat, spelt, teff, kamut, semolina, white rice Triticale, millet, kasha, amaranth, brown rice
Nuts, seeds Hazelnuts,walnuts, brazil nuts, Pistachio seed, chestnut oil, pecans, palm kernel oil Almond oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, tapioca, seitan Pumpkinseed oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil, pine nuts, canola oil
Vegetable, Legumes Soy beans, carob Green peas peanuts snow peas, carrots, chickpeas, Tofu, pinto beans, white/red beans, azuki beans, lima beans, chard Spinach, fave beans, kidney beans, string beans, rhubarb
Fruits Cranberries, pomegranates Plum, prune, tomatoes Guava, pineapple (dry), figs, dates


(Ref: Serammune Physicians Lab. Virginia, 1995).


Things that increase the acidity of urine: 

  • Cranberries
  • prunes


Things that reduces the acidity of urine:

  • Bananas
  • melons
  • oranges
  • milk
  • beans
  • potatoes


Acid Ash Foods

  • Beef, pork, liver, lamb, veal, ham, poultry (all), Fish (most all), Shellfish, Eggs (whole)
  • Buttermilk, Yogurt, Natural cheese
  • Bran, Wheat Germ, white rice, most whole grains, Cooked prunes (no sugar)
  • Most nuts (except almonds and brazil nuts)
  • Lentils, soy beans, dried peas, dried beans
  • Cooked tomatoes, cooked rhubarb
  • Coffee (black only), tea (no sugar)


Alkaline Ash foods

  • Dates, figs, raisins, currants
  • Honey, molasses, maple syrup
  • Pumpkin, Squash
  • Fresh tomatoes
  • Apples, grapes, peaches, pears, pineapple, plums, melons, bananas, cherries, apricots, cantaloupe, watermoelon
  • Lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit
  • Brown rice, millet, buckwheat
  • Almonds, brazil nut, peanuts
  • Baked potatoes
  • White sugar, brown sugar, jams, jellies, macaroni, oily nuts, white flour, processed cereal, candy, cakes, pastries, ice cream
  • popcorn


Bulk Forming Foods (Neutral)

  • Asparagus, Celery
  • Collards, cabbage, lettuce, beet tops, endives,broccoli, kale
  • Water cress, chives, cucumber
  • Garlic, onion
  • Eggplant, radish, spinach, green pepper, okra, sorrel, leek
  • Peppermint, dandelion
  • Artichokes, parsley, beets, carrots, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, root celery, mushrooms, brussel sprouts, avocado
  • Butter, olive oil
  • Cottage cheese

Dr. Kirsten Almon has a Naturopathic Family Practice in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health with special interest and training in fertility (helping couples conceive naturally as well as improving outcomes for couples using assisted reproductive technology), pregnancy, birth, postpartum and pediatric care. She loves seeing children for “naturopathic well child visits” and consults on common issues such as food introduction, how to avoid colds, flus and ear infections.  Dr. Almon is the co-author and instructor of a Doula course specifically designed for Naturopathic Doctors and teaches across Canada.