The Many Benefits of Exercise

Growing up I always saw the benefits of exercise in a superficial way; to lose weight and to be fit. To me, fit meant not flabby, and that was about the extent of my education around it. So basically exercise if you want to improve your appearance, which was never a huge motivator for me (those of you who know me know I don’t know the first thing about make up.. and that my sense of style can be questionable).

Into my 20’s I had developed a slightly wider understanding that it also kept your lungs and heart healthy. Well that sounded more important. But what else? Turns out, there’s a lot more benefits involved with exercise. Like, a lot more.Continue reading

Staying Healthy on the Road

So I’m going on a road trip this weekend to Montreal with a couple girl friends. I haven’t perused Montreal nearly as much as I’d like so I’m pretty excited.

I’m also thinking that I need to plan well so my health regimen doesn’t get too far off track. I’ve been pretty consistent lately making sure I have green juice every day, not eating after 8 pm (at least 2 hours before bed), avoiding processed and refined foods (white flour, sugar, packaged foods), and eating mindfully (rather than on the go, while working or in front of the tele).
When traveling, trying new foods, and exploring new places, it’s completely natural to treat yourself to a little more than you normally would (and you should!).I definitely want to enjoy myself and have a good time.Continue reading

gut brain mind body

How our brain can influence our gut health

Inside our digestive tract lies the enteric nervous system, a complex web of neurons that links the gut to the spinal cord and brain.

Nicknamed the ‘gut-brain axis’, this connection often guides the instincts we experience deep within the belly. It also means that what’s going on in our stomachs can impact our brain function, and our thoughts, feelings and emotions can influence our digestion (including the amount of bloating, gas, diarrhea or constipation we experience).Continue reading

Spring detox time

As February comes to a close, our senses can feel spring coming – the days are getting longer, the air smells different, and we begin to feel renewed. Throughout winter, we tend to just curl up on the couch to avoid the elements. While this is super cozy, the lack of movement causes stagnation within the body that can lead to toxic buildup. According to ancient Ayurvedic practice, spring is the best time of year to detox and reset. It’s time to clear out those heavy, unwanted toxins that have accumulated over the past few months.Continue reading

6 Brain fuel foods that help boost mental performance

teenage-brainLet’s face it, we all like to think we are in control. But the truth is, 90-100% of our decisions come from a primal, instinctual and sub-rational (below the level of conscious reasoning) part of our brain. The part of our brain responsible for conscious thought either provides rationalizations for our sub-rational decisions, or acts as an override mechanism that allows us to revise them.Continue reading

Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin

Vitamin D deficiency is pretty common in North America, but many of us are not aware that we may be lacking this important nutrient. The symptoms of a vitamin D deficiency in adults include:

  • general tiredness, aches and pains, and a general sense of not feeling well
  • severe bone or muscle pain or weakness that may cause difficulty climbing stairs or getting up from the floor or a low chair, or cause the person to walk with a waddling gait
  • stress fractures, especially in the legs, pelvis, and hips

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New Years Resolutions

Hello fellow empowered eaters 🙂

Welcome to my first blog post. I will be posting information about nutrition and wellness in the weeks/months/years to come!

Blogging is quite foreign to me, so as a practice to help me get into the flow, engage readers, as well as sharing some great insights, I’ve decided to offer a sharing of excerpts from Meditations from the Mat by Rolf Gates & Katrina Kenison.Continue reading