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

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

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

Do you love food?


Do you love food? Ok, that’s kind of a silly question, but what’s your answer?  Do you love food?  All food or just specific foods?  I’ve always loved food, generally gravitating towards the sweet things. My mom is an amazing cook and baker, so I grew up making cookies with her and trying all kinds of new recipes over the years. As a teen I loved to bake cinnamon rolls, they were my absolute fave, I even considered them my specialty! I still love a good cinnamon roll… Food is more than just food But food is not just food, [...]

Do you love food?2020-09-30T05:43:21-07:00

You Are The Kind of Person who has Healthy Habits!


You are the kind of person who has healthy habits Healthy habits. Those words may conjure up feelings of guilt or perhaps feelings of pride - but how are healthy habits built? Can they be maintained long term?   In short, all habits are built on repetitive behaviours. No moral judgement attached. We are simply the results of the things that we do, day in and day out. Are ALL the things we do helpful? Probably not, but chances are a lot of our habits keep us clean, safe, organized and on the right side of the law. Healthy habits are [...]

You Are The Kind of Person who has Healthy Habits!2022-06-29T16:22:09-07:00

Fad diets please exit stage left


What you should eat... The cycle of fad diets is never ending, with new twists or variations on the same eating plan released on what feels like a never ending basis. Why is this? If someone has figured out the one diet for all people, we should all know what it is and be using it, right? Unfortunately the weight loss industry is worth $72 billion dollars in the US alone and is projected to continue growing in the future (1). The focus is often on the next new and shiny diet product or food trend instead of encouraging optimal [...]

Fad diets please exit stage left2020-09-30T05:46:42-07:00

Sleep like your immune system depends on it!


Sleep like your immune system depends on it! (Because it does) Sleeping well is synonymous with good health, and I think we all know how awful it feels when we are sleep deprived!  Did you know there is a two way communication link between sleep and the immune system?  When we are sick, our immune system affects sleep in order to force us to rest. When we experience poor sleep or sleep deprivation, it affects our immune system’s ability to function well. What happens during sleep And while we may seem inactive during sleep, our brain and body are highly [...]

Sleep like your immune system depends on it!2020-09-30T05:47:47-07:00
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