Why do we keep trying diets?


Diets, we love to hate them Ever wonder why there are always new diets?  And why, despite their not-so-stellar reputation, we still find ourselves tempted to give them a try? Let's explore some of the reasons why diets continue to appeal, because chances are if you're a women over 40 you've tried at least one diet in your life... Ooooh, this is new! Novelty has a magnetic pull on us. We love the thrill of trying something new and different, especially when it comes to our eating habits. The idea of a quick fix or [...]

Why do we keep trying diets?2023-08-05T20:52:30-07:00

New Year, Same You


A New Year Doesn't Need a "New You" New Year’s is fraught with cleanses, detoxes, challenges and other attempts to “fix” you. You don’t need those things.  Perhaps you could use some healthier habits, but I’ve yet to see balanced, sustainable and healthy habits come out of most of the well marketed “New Year, New You” programs. But they often do produce "results"….sort of.  It's Not Sustainable When we take on a new (often difficult) restrictive eating pattern or training program, there tend to be some results - whether that’s weight loss, feeling [...]

New Year, Same You2023-09-29T11:25:39-07:00

What foods help prevent Alzheimer’s? (and the menopause connection)


Does food matter for Alzheimer's disease? The short answer is "yes", it definitely matters! The biggest impact that food could have is in prevention of Alzheimer's disease. According to lead neurologists, Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, up to 90% of Alzheimer's disease is preventable through lifestyle changes. 90%!! Learning this changed so many things for me, including how I thought about food as well as a new love for incorporating brain loving foods in my diet.  MIND Diet  This groundbreaking diet stands for Mediterranean-DASH Diet Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay - a bit of a mouthful! This eating [...]

What foods help prevent Alzheimer’s? (and the menopause connection)2023-09-29T11:24:32-07:00

Is this junk food?


Is this junk food? If you’ve ever had a conversation with yourself where you’re deciding whether or not to eat a specific food, this article is for you! The words “junk food” may bring back distinct memories from your childhood or may even bring up feelings of guilt in the present. And yet, when you look at “junk food” it really is just food.  All Food Can Fit Is all food good for us to consume at all times? No. But it’s far too simple an approach to put a whole bunch of [...]

Is this junk food?2023-09-29T11:27:13-07:00

How To Change Your Life in 60 Days


How to Change Your Life in 60 Days (Summer Edition) It’s summertime - hooray! While many people take this time to throw off any kind of schedule or live unstructured lives, summer time can also be a powerful time of transformation! While it might seem impossible, you truly can change your life in 60 days, even during the most carefree time of the year.  Hold up - I’m not here to be the fun police or say that you need to have an intense structure to your summer - carefree days are 100% on the menu! What I AM saying [...]

How To Change Your Life in 60 Days2023-09-29T11:27:52-07:00

Food cravings – how do we handle them?


Food Cravings - How do we handle them? While more research is needed to truly understand food cravings (if you didn't already know, food & nutrition research is more complicated than most people think!), it's important to note that we all have cravings and we all give in to them sometimes (hint - this makes you human - and an awesome human at that!). In an ideal world, our food environment and advertising wouldn’t take advantage of our natural tendencies. In the meantime, try these tips (use what you like, leave what you don't). 1 - Understand that food cravings [...]

Food cravings – how do we handle them?2022-05-05T09:04:31-07:00

Here’s why you crave certain foods (it’s not what you think)


Here’s why you crave certain foods (it’s not what you think) We’ve all been there. Standing in front of the fridge, shoving the baby carrots aside, and reaching for the cheesecake instead. You’ve heard if you’re really hungry you’ll eat those carrots—or an apple—but the pull that cheesecake has on you . . .? It’s hard to resist that craving. So hard. If food cravings are affecting your life, you’re not alone. Before we dive into everything you need to know about food cravings, the big questions are: Can we overcome food cravings? And if so, how?  Maybe what you’re [...]

Here’s why you crave certain foods (it’s not what you think)2022-04-12T13:56:42-07:00

5 Tips to Make New Years Resolutions Stick


5 Tips For Making New Years Resolutions Stick Ever wonder why new habits can be so hard to maintain? Why gym attendance January 2nd is so vastly different than gym attendance February 2nd? We need more than just good intentions and wishful thinking to make long lasting changes. New Year's resolutions get a bad rap for being unsustainable, and often the grand goals we set for ourselves January 1st require more than we are willing to give.  It's about the long game But perhaps it’s not making resolutions that is the problem, perhaps the focus is where we run into [...]

5 Tips to Make New Years Resolutions Stick2022-06-29T16:18:56-07:00

Exercise like your brain depends on it


Exercise like your brain depends on it. Because it does. I’ve written before about exercise and the immune system, and I often talk about movement and its importance when working with clients, but I still feel like exercise is somehow easily brushed aside. But did you know that exercise is essential for brain growth?  Exercise grows your brain There is a neurotrophic factor that increases when we exercise - it’s called brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF for short). BDNF is essentially a growth hormone for the brain, it helps grow new neurons and increases neuronal connections. What does this mean? [...]

Exercise like your brain depends on it2020-09-30T05:40:05-07:00

Why your bedtime matters


Why your bedtime matters See video summary below or read through the article for the video highlights and a deeper dive into why consistent sleep schedules matter and what can help you fall asleep faster and experience more quality sleep! Do you find it difficult to stick to a consistent bedtime? Or find yourself saying each morning “I need to go to bed earlier tonight”? Sleep is so critical and it’s value is often underrated in our culture that glorifies busyness. It’s almost a badge of honour to say that you can survive on little sleep or that [...]

Why your bedtime matters2020-09-30T05:42:05-07:00
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