50 Ways to Leave Your … Diet

Let’s make a new plan, Stan. Everyone knows diets don’t work. So here’s 50 specific reasons why you need to break up with the diet mindset.

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Stairway to Heaven: 7 Steps to Healing

When we talk about ‘healing’ we are talking about moving away from certain symptoms in our body or life we are experiencing. I have seen this healing process with clients for nutrition, and have dealt with it myself with food and other issues. From my personal experiences and those in my clients, here are the 7 steps of healing the way I have seen and experienced them.

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The Trough Blog: Finding Portions That Work for You

Sometimes, eating well is something you have to make work for you. Sometimes its glamorous, sometimes its seriously not. Sometimes, its just fun. The point of this post is to inspire you to get back in the kitchen and make some [Real Food]. It doesn’t matter what it looks like or how its put together. The point is that it is working for you. So I met with my friend Nikki to learn more about her technique with creating dinner" “troughs” (and of course, to eat one myself!) and to find out about how this portion works for her.

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What Motivates Me To Prioritize Health (If It Feels Good, Do It)

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…

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That Time my Client Got a Private Photo

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.

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Reasons I Hate Meal Plans (and 3 Solutions!)

Success for my clients has come in a deeper form over simple meal plans. In the understanding of which foods make you feel a certain way. In the understanding of basic nutrition education. In the responsibility we need to take to shift priorities in our life to make nutrition as important as we know it is (read: planning ahead instead of relying on drive thru's.) Success has come in the form of my clients doing the real work necessary to make changes. Here I’m giving you solutions to getting yourself out of the rut of believing that you need a meal plan in order to find success in nutrition.

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7 Foods That Make Summer Better

Fruit is nature's way of protecting us from the abundance of sun. Fruit's loaded with anti-oxidants which naturally protect our skin from the suns' rays. Here's my top 7 favourite Okanagan summer foods, with fruit taking home the gold.

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5 Self-Care Rituals You Need in Your Life

Pro Insight: When 'practice what you preach' slaps you in the face (really hard) it might get awkward. I'm open to owning my mistakes and taking responsibility (as per the nutrition culture here) and so: I here openly admit, I hated self-care. Here are 5 ways I turned self-care ideas into daily/weekly rituals that supported my anxiety and lessened my panic attacks.

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Making Okanagan Sourdough [Recipe]

Sourdough bread is one of the finest foods around. While I could sit here and elicit memories of eating San Francisco sourdough, I’d rather share my recipe for the powerhouse that is sourdough! Sourdough bread reflects the traditional preparation of grains. It is slow-fermentation. It takes time, it takes patience. Go back to days of old (and your digestion will thank you!) See the recipe….

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7 Ways to a Happy Earth Day

I’m sharing 7 easy ways to celebrate this planet that gives us so much. As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I have passion for the earth and all its inhabitants, so it’s easy to share how we can all make small choices that add up to big change. We all deserve.....

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7 Must-Read Life Lessons from a Baking Connoisseur

A beloved Penticton bakery has announced its closure due to the ALS diagnosis of its owner, Benjamin Manea.  Ben has built a loyal following over the past decade with his long-fermented breads at Walla Artisan Bakery and Cafe in the Cannery Trade Centre in Penticton. He summed up the “unexpected development” with a Yiddish saying, “Man Plans, and God Laughs.” Here are 7 life lessons you need to know - from the baking connoisseur.

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Ignoring Food Trends & Diets Saves you Time & Energy

Today I'm talking about 2 different experiences/cultures - food TRENDS and DIETS. While trends are those often crazy creative (only sometimes healthy) and typically just downright wacky 'foods' and diets; well you know those popular styles of eating that we try and try but never seem to actually teach us how to keep weight off. The truth is, ignoring all of this simplifies your entire life.

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"Burrito Soup" [Recipe]

When you just feel like tossing a bunch of foods into the slow cooker, it's nice to have a bit of a game plan! How about burrito soup? Tasty and easy... intrigued?

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How to do Food Planning

Food Planning eliminates a lot of stress for most people. It's just most people aren't taking advantage of it because they believe it's truly 'more' on their plate to do food planning. (Pro Insight: planning ahead is essential to saving time.) This is not the same as a meal plan, however, because Food Planning is when you list out what meals you'll make for the week. This is completely different from following a meal plan you receive from someone else and have the stress of creating new recipes with new-to-you ingredients. You create this meal plan before you shop so that you know exactly what you need to buy in order to make the meals. This saves you time and money as you aren't wandering the grocery store guessing as you go.

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7 Food & Lifestyle Shifts to Calm Your Anxiety

We all deal with anxiety at times, but panic attacks are a whole other level of scary. Here are 7 tools & resources you can act on right away to deal with your anxiety.

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7 Foods to Epic Poo's

We're all friends here: so let's not be shy! While not the sexiest of topics, but it sure helps you feel better when the plumbing is cleaned out. Our poop is not talked about in many social circles. But with your friend fiber to help, (and us, your friends to talk about it with!) you won't be feeling shy, full or constipated any longer.

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5 Easy Ways to Keep Your (Life) Plate Clean

You already know how to eat well. You just aren't actually.... doing it. Maybe you’re searching for quick fixes all the time or are dealing with emotional eating. Guess what.......you CAN make changes. Make the commitment to STOP searching for the newest fix - and gain the skills needed to eat right and stick with it. Sharing tools for keeping your (life) plate clean…

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Solving the Mystery of Probiotics

Many find probiotics helpful this season because they can help to support our natural processes through these ups and downs from our regular routine...

If you’re looking to add a probiotic to add to your regimen, there are a few things to look out for when choosing.

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RELAX harder [How to Deal with Stress]

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....

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