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Alex Picot-Annand

PN2, Holistic Nutritionist


Alex Picot-Annand is a Precision Nutrition writer and PN Level 2 Coach. She holds a BA in Psychology and Spanish from Dalhousie University. She is certified as a life coach and registered as a holistic nutritionist through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.

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Articles by Alex Picot-Annand, Holistic Nutritionist, PN2-MHC

7-years of binge eating—and the 6 steps that helped free me

Everything was a trigger food. I wanted to eat everything in sight.

Coach helping client change fitness habits

Motivational Interviewing: The proven coaching method that helps people change—even when they’re feeling stuck

As a coach, you have an instinct to “help.” But that can backfire. Here’s how to get clients to help themselves.

The top 8 most common stress-related questions, answered.

The irony is that it’s kind of stressful to find answers about stress. There’s so much conflicting information out there. But if you’re a health and fitness professional, your clients—maybe even your friends and loved ones too—will likely turn to YOU for counsel. They’ll ask things like: “Is stress REALLY toxic?” “Do you think stress […]

Minimally-processed foods vs. highly-processed foods: What you should know

Some processed foods aren’t as bad as you think

How to improve your gut health: 5 research-backed strategies

Improve your microbiome, improve your health.

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PCOS: 3 evidence-based strategies that really work

What you need to know about nutrition, exercise, and supplements.

Tired woman searches on her phone for health information

The truth about adrenal fatigue.

You deserve to feel better.

Person frustrated with goals

“I’ll be happier when I lose weight” is a recipe for regret. Here’s the counterintuitive solution.

3 simple steps to a better life NOW.

Man sits on couch, watching TV, and looks anxious while eating pizza out of a cardboard box.

Food addiction: Why it happens, and 3 ways to help (or get help).

Is it typical cravings, or something more serious?

How to eat until 80% full (and why it’s a key practice for weight loss)

This practice helps you build body awareness, improve digestion, and lose fat.

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The real secret to losing belly fat, according to science.

(This isn’t the story you think it is.)

Chemical structure of a saturated fat molecule and Badgey holding a plate of coconuts.

Saturated fat: Is it good or bad for you? (We have answers.)

Does saturated fat cause heart attacks? Is it okay in moderation? Should you eat more of it? This article gives you the facts.

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How to become a holistic health coach.

As a holistic nutritionist for the past 10 years, I’ve had some pretty cool gigs. I launched and ran my own private nutrition practice. I’ve taught cooking classes to kids and adults. I’ve given lectures on nutrition. I’ve developed over 200 recipes for various companies. I’ve interviewed super-smart health experts and translated those conversations into […]

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9 Ways to Take the Anxiety Out of Nutrition for Kids. [Infographic]

Nutrition for kids can feel like advanced algebra thanks to picky eaters and hectic schedules. This infographic can help.

3 crucial (and counterintuitive) strategies for getting loved ones to support your healthy lifestyle.

Changing your eating and exercise habits is hard enough. Getting loved ones to support your healthy lifestyle changes? Prepare to grit your teeth. The company you keep does affect your progress toward healthier living. So here’s how to reduce peer pressure and get the social support you need.

How to eat healthy on a budget:
5 ways to prioritize nutrition while reducing cost. [Infographic]

Local organic produce, artisanal sourdough, strictly grass-fed meat: Yes, they’re ‘good’ for you… but they’re also too expensive for most people. The great news? There are foods available that are both nutrient-dense and budget-friendly. In this infographic, we’ll show you five ways to eat healthy on a budget — while making your taste buds happy too.

23 expert tips to help you overcome the most common coaching challenges.

If people turn to you for health, fitness, and nutrition advice, you probably face a daily list of coaching challenges. Waning motivation. Irrational resistance. Obstacles and setbacks. To help you (and your clients/patients) get past them, here are 23 excellent tips from our Precision Nutrition Certification Facebook group, where PN’s renowned coaching experts offer mentoring and time-tested guidance.

7 ways to make time for exercise and nutrition. [Infographic]

Almost everyone knows what to do to get fitter and healthier. (For most people it starts with: Move more and eat fewer processed foods). But when life’s already full, how can you expect to actually do those things? With these 7 practical tips, of course. They’ll help you make more time for exercise and nutrition, even in the context of your busy life.