Published on October 14, 2013
Paulette Millis will be at the Prince Albert Nutters on Oct. 26 to discuss eating away illness.
Published on October 14, 2013
Nutritionist Paulette Millis will have copies of her books for sale during her Oct. 26 visit to the Prince Albert Nutters.
Many people are looking for a magic healing pill but nutritionist Paulette Millis is teaching people to heal through food.
Millis, a nutritional consultant out of Saskatoon but originally from Prince Albert, will be heading to the Prince Albert Nutter’s on Oct. 26 from noon until 3 p.m.
“I am going to do some presentations, mostly focusing on healing the body using foods without gluten, because that is a big deal these days,” Millis said. “It is my main topic, but I do other topics. If someone asks, I will talk about whatever.”
Millis became a nutritional consultant after a health scare in the 1980s.
“I was extremely ill in 1987 and I was actually disabled I was so ill,” Millis said. “I was working as a social worker and I decided I needed to heal my body naturally because what I was doing with drugs and the medical system wasn’t working for me.”
She started working with natural food and figured out how to heal her body that way, she said. When it had a positive effect, Millis was able to head back to work.
“I have been working as a counsellor since and teaching people the things I learned about healing naturally with foods and things,” Millis said.
People kept asking her for more information, to put on workshops, teach them about her process and maybe even write a book.
“When it blossomed I decided I should get some training in this since this is what people are wanting,” Millis said. “I got my diploma through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, which is a natural nutrition school. I had a little more credibility, started teaching at SIAST and went to places around the province.”
Shortly after, she started writing books, which was not originally in the plan, she said. Now she has two bestsellers and recently released three more books.
“The first two books are gluten free -- they are good for everybody,” Millis said. “Just because they are gluten free doesn’t mean you can’t eat them. In fact, it is better for people to not eat a lot of gluten. That is a big thing for me, helping people with that area.”
She wants to help people realize the positive effect the right foods can have on their bodies.
“I’ve had lots of illness in my past and I just found this is the thing to do for people,” Millis said. “A lot of people are so busy just followed our standard American diet that they don’t realize there are so many things they can do to heal their health by just buying, using and cooking with foods that are whole.”
Her theory is “everything you put in your mouth should do something to heal your body, not make it work.”
Her first book, Cook Your Way To Health, is mostly a recipe book or cookbook Millis created after people were asking for information on gluten free eating in a book.
“The second book, I wanted to do because I wanted people to have at their fingertips an easy way to figure out easy things they can do to get their health back,” Millis said. “It is a healing manual. It is basically what I have been teaching in my nutrition classes for years.”
She said it is simple to read and gives people a lot of information about many things, not just about what foods to eat but how to avoid some food, such as stuff that has animal products in it if you are a vegetarian.
“If you want to have vegetarian meals, which we all do but don’t realize, how to have a balanced meal when we don’t have meat products,” Millis said.
It also gives information on calcium, sugar, caffeine, supplements and hormones, as well as health issues like thyroid problems and digestion. The second half is a cookbook with many healthy recipes.
“When I was ill, I had to run around to a pile of different people to learn what to do,” Millis said. “What I want to do is give people an easy walk through.”
All her books are kitchen friendly, with coiled bindings and are sturdy, she said.
She is hoping to serve some samples from her recipes in the book, Millis said. The samples help show that cooking without regular ingredients doesn’t mean it can’t still taste good.
“My whole philosophy is to find something you like that is healthy for you and make it taste good,” Millis said. “I want people to have a better quality life, I want them to be drug free and want them to take control of their own health.”
Not only will Millis be available to the public while in Prince Albert, she also have a blog at eatawayillness.com and a website at www.healingwithnutrition.ca. She is also available to put on workshops or presentations for businesses and organizations.
“People can sing up for my blog and there is a lot of free stuff in the archives,” Millis said. “I try out new recipes and sometimes I post them on there.”
Since her event is not formal, she welcomes anyone who has questions about her books or on eating away illness.
“I am going to try to be accessible to anyone who comes into the store because a lot of people who come in do not want to ask a question in front of a pile of people,” Millis said. “By doing this for three hours, I am available to people almost like a private mini-consultation.”