Privacy Policy

Most of the text below is from the generic privacy policy template provided by WordPress.

Who we are

This is Foundations for the Good Life, a blog run by Samantha Holmgren, RD. Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it

The only information collected is automatically collected in the functioning of this website (details below) and the information you enter if you choose to sign up for the email newsletter.

If you only put your email address in the contact form (, this will not be added to any email or contact lists. It will only be used to reply to your question or comment.


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

When you enter your email address in the contact form, this will not be added to any mailing lists. This will only be used to respond to your questions or comment.

The email list is managed through Mail Chimp. Their privacy policy can be accessed here.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

Analytics information is gathered by Google Analytics and I use a plug in called ‘Analytify’ which anonymizes IP addresses – meaning they change the last part of your IP address (your location) so that it can no longer identify you or your specific location – but I can still find out how many people come to my site.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

(Note this may take some time for me to figure out how to do so the first time this happens.)

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service. Website data is held by Bluehost and/or WordPress, with local backups (Canada).

Your contact information

For questions, you can use the contact form or email the address below. I’d be happy to figure the answer with you.

Samantha Holmgren

Additional information

This website does not have any commercial purpose at this time.

How we protect your data

  • SSL certificate (i.e. information is encrypted)
  • Two factor authentication for back access
  • No anonymous FTP upload allowed

What data breach procedures we have in place

If it happens, we will figure out together how to manage it. At this point, the potential cost of such a breach is minimal as minimal information is collected. As this site evolves, and if I begin to collect more information, more formal procedures will be developed.

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

This website is for general informational purposes only.You should discuss any questions that you have about your health and specific situation with your health care team.