Greetings and a warm welcome to my website!
I hope you will be informed, enlightened and amused by the time you move on from my site. At the very least, I hope you have found something you may have been looking for. If you haven’t, please drop me a line or give me a call (see CONTACT page).
I’ve truly enjoyed writing new articles and bringing some of my older ones up to snuff to offer up for your reading pleasure. As I’m sure you’re well aware off, we have moved into an era of information overload on virtually every topic under the sun. Today, one needs an equal measure of bravado and humility to put anything into writing and to be convinced that there’s anything new to impart. After having cogitated over and distilled mounds of information, I make every effort to simply speak from my truth both in my writing and in my consultations. When my ego is cleared away, and my intentions aligned with my client, I believe myself to be a conduit for the thoughts I share and the recommendations I make. The rest lies in your own capable hands.
Being a voracious reader since my early childhood and an avid researcher, I continue keeping my knowledge up to date by attending workshops, classes and listening in on Webinars on a regular basis. I also subscribe to dozens of Natural Health and Holistic Nutrition electronic newsletters and put in hours of pertinent reading every week.
Although I’ll keep the remainder of my introduction on a more formal note, you will stumble upon personal information in other sections of my site and in some of my articles.
My career as a Nutritional Consultant began in earnest when I assumed the post of director for what became a highly successful commercial weight loss and wellness clinic in Gatineau, Quebec. I then went on to operate my own practice out of a number of establishments in Ottawa including my own home.
I am a long-standing registered member of the International Organization of Nutritional Consultants (IONC) as well as the Canadian Coaches Federation (CCF).
As a Registered Orthomolecular Health Practitioner (ROHP), I am well trained and experienced in the use of Vitamins, Minerals and other Nutritional Supplements as well as Homeopathic Remedies.
From 1996 to 2007, I tutored correspondence students as a faculty member of the British Institute of Homoeopathy (BIH).
For over two decades, I have been passionately promoting wellness through nutrition in my professional practice and to the best of my abilities, through my personal habits.
Among my proudest accomplishments, my wonderful daughter Alexandra Picot-Annand, has joined the ranks of Foodies by completing her professional Holistic Nutrition accreditation in Toronto. I believe my daughter has inherited a combined set of talents and aptitudes both from her Dad, who is a published author of several books and from her Mom.
With insight, candidness and humour mixed in with a knack for writing, Alex has created a fun and informative blog which is well worth the visit. Please check out my rising star at her website.
Being an older bird of a different colour than my daughter, I neither post, nor blog, nor text, nor tweet at the moment of writing this. To make up for my absence from other social media, I have poured myself into the content of this website. I’ve particularly enjoyed creating the little quotation graphics for you and will continue adding to them as they have become addictive. Heck, they’re small, they’re fun and easy to tackle with my level of computer graphics skills.
Although the website at MercedesPicotWellness.com will always be a work in progress, the actual content represents hundreds of hours of collaboration between me and my wonderful, patient and very creative partner, Michel Bourque. Through dozens of designs and redesigns, he has never once lost his cool. As a former Graphic Designer myself, I can’t have been an easy customer to please.
In terms of the overall design and look of my website, Michel’s artistic vision and computer skills have made my bits and pieces of material gel together in a coherent manner which I hope you will enjoy. In fact, I hope that you will return to it again and again for recipes and information which I will continue to update and add to.
I offer telephone consultations to my clients. Telephone consultations are scheduled at an appointed time and most documentation is sent through email and regular mail.
I’m always delighted to receive news from and to reconnect with former clients as well as to hear from any new clients who may be interested in my services.
If we aren’t already acquainted, I very much look forward to meeting you and partnering with you on your path to Wellness.