At 28 years of age I was classified as obese. Here’s my story of how happiness contributed to my weight loss, how I loved my body into a healthier weight instead of painstakingly dieting to get back to happy.Read More
Continuously prioritizing your self-care and nutrition is a work in progress. But I’m always talking about balance and that comes in handy at those times when you’re super motivated to ‘do better’ but then you know, life gets in the way. But I’m not perfect, either. So I’ll tell you how it tends to go for me, and how I actively work to prevent my ‘default’ setting of letting things slide. My process comes down to two very simple concepts…Read More
When I started getting messages back from people, in response to messages from my account that I knew I did not send, it was a very eerie feeling. Cue Halloween music. One of my favourites stories from this haunting event was a response from one of my (now) clients to one of the photos she was sent. My most successful clients are fun, flexible, responsible, kind, non-judgmental and non-conforming.Read More
Food is nature’s medicine. What’s your prescription? I often get requests asking for the best foods to eat in each season, today I’ve curated my top winter picks for you. It’s a tasty prescription.Read More
Values like balance, evolution and confidence are not nutrition problems. They are human problems. I love helping women evolve in their relationship with food & nutrition - from stress + shame to nourish & blossom. It takes work, time, dedication. But you can do it. Here are 7 ways….Read More
Anxiety is not something you can just ‘get rid of’ with one or two paths. Often, people attempt to recommend a quick fix for anxiety (doesn’t exist) but everyone is so different and what works for one person may not work at all for the next. It took me over a year of trial and error to find the right foods, supplements, exercise and emotional/therapy to feel like I have found better balance with my anxiety. Here’s my top 5….Read More
You don't have to finish your plate. The post-war generations taught us to 'finish your plate' because back then there really was fears of shortages of food and rations. It was vital to finish your plate because you were lucky to get a plate at all. Almost all of my clients have said to me at one point or another, that they are 'trained to finish the plate, whether I'm hungry or not.' We don't actually think of it as a choice. Here's why you NO longer need to do this.Read More
This past year in my blog I talked about digestion, stress and weight gain. The connection. There is so much more that stress does to keep us from our weight loss goals. Here's how to relax harder....Read More
With this amazing body as humans' we receive at birth comes a range of not-so-awesome complaints as we age. What about these stomach aches, how about this gas, there's pain in this area, I get headaches, I have anxiety and on and on. The list grows as we grow and change. And the worse we become at self-care, the worse our complaints get. Read about common nutrition problems I have found over and over again in clients through the course of my 6 years as a consultant and my life-changing offering to overcome them...Read More
When I first started eating a whole foods diet, when I was studying nutrition in Vancouver BC, I heard the term “whole foods” a lot, and that a whole foods diet is very health-promoting. But I felt a little silly that I didn’t know what “whole foods” meant, exactly.
And when I assume (you know what happens when you assume, don't you?) that my clients know this too, I am reminded that, well, no, not always is this the case. So I'm here to explain it.Read More
Are you a dedicated coffee drinker? Is coffee your religion? I hear ya. Many of my family, friends and clients use coffee on a very regular basis, and I was always surrounded by coffee when I was younger. Soft drinks, tea and chocolate all have some caffeine, but coffee is the most well known source of caffeine.
We know it as a morning ritual, or a pick-me-up, something we do with old or new friends, a tradition that connects us in the cold Canadian mornings.Read More
You probably wouldn’t be surprised to know that more stress and stress hormones promote weight gain, would you? Most people don't quite understand the connection other than knowing simply that stress can cause weight gain. But what exactly is stress, and how does it keep you from your weight loss goals? I'll explain in detail, and share with you 20 ways to combat stress....
In fact, there are actually many links between stress hormones and weight. Today I'll talk about one major reason why stress hormones keep you from your weight loss goals.Read More
I'll tell you my story of healing. But food is complicated because humans are complicated. It doesn't have to be. Distill down the complicated science, trends and advertisements and make it easy - go back to tradition in natural and real food. How natural foods can work to complement conventional medical treatments.Read More
So many struggle to 'stay faithful' or 'stay on the wagon' and feel so guilty when they fall off.
We know we feel better when we eat well, have lots of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, lentils and beans, clean meat (if we eat it), drink our water and actually take our supplements. We know we feel better when we eat this way if our digestion isn't giving us trouble, we feel lighter and our body is working better. Here's why you AREN'T eating the way you know you want to (and how to do it...)Read More
Everywhere you look, people are talking about our guts. Its such a hot topic now is because in the past couple decades, we’ve come to realize that the gut’s role isn’t limited to the pulling of nutrients out of food, and making poop. Research is just beginning to explore the effects of the gut microbiome on our overall health, our mental state AND our digestive capabilties Here are 7 ways to strengthen your gut health....Read More
Bone broth - incredibly healthy and nourishing, helps our intestinal health and digestion, keeps colds and flus away by improving our immune system over the cold weather. You can make it vegetarian by using vegetables only and omitting the bones, but the gelatin from bones is what makes it so healing for our intestines. Making your own broth is inexpensive, re-uses food scraps you may otherwise throw out, plus makes your home smell great : )
Bone broth or stock is a traditional food: one way our ancestors used up every part of an animal. Bones and marrow, skin and feet, tendons and ligaments that you can’t eat directly can be boiled and then simmered over a period of days. This simmering causes the bones and ligaments to release healing compounds like collagen or glutamine that have the power to transform your health.Read More
Digestion doesn't begin in the stomach. It begins with us. In our mouth. Even before that - it begins in the kitchen. In the food industry, our communities, our kitchens: we need to go back in time to go forward. We need to think about foods grown close to home - and preparing them traditionally as much as we can. Here’s 7 EASY ways to amp up your digestive powers.
A lot of us have digestive issues....Read More
Not many conditions are as mysterious as autism. Autism is known as a complex developmental disability.....Read More
Kombucha is.... a digestive tonic. Esoteric Russians called it "miracle mushroom." Esoteric North Americans call it "'booch" while others name it "trendy." Some call it disgusting...... with the floaty bits at the bottom turning some folks' off of trying a sip. Some have never heard of it, and others call it a magic bullet cure-all. So, is it all of the above, none of the above?Read More
Aging in our society is seen as grief – a loss – a dysfunction.We spend so much money trying to reverse it, or keep it away (and sometimes on creams and potions to “prevent” it before it begins to show.) It is mocked and feared. You can purchase "preventing it" - but it is not truly preventable. Aging is something we start "fighting at 30." Learn the psychological aspect of nutrition as told me to me by a 61 year old, as well as nutrition tools for our aging population.Read More