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‘Spring Clean’ Your Body

As I write this post, I’m somewhat distracted by a wintery wonderland outside my window:

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I’m sure I’m in good company when I say that I am SO ready for spring to arrive. That’s not to say I don’t love a good snowfall. I do. But by this point in the season, after many harrowing drives, countless ‘less than ideal’ running experiences, and, let’s face it, more than a few days spent entirely indoors, all I want is for everything to melt and get green again.

And I’m not just talking about my external environment. No. I’m talking about my internal one. My body.

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Grow Your Mo’ & Eat Your Greens

It’s that time of year again. The time when many of our male friends, family members and colleagues begin valiant – if somewhat unappealing – efforts to grow moustaches in the name of men’s health and prostate cancer awareness.

It’s the month of ‘Mo’vember.

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Life Cleanse Week 4: All we need is love

In this last installment of the 30-Day Life Cleanse, we’re dealing with the best parts of life… Love. People. Connection. Think of this as an ’emotional detox’ of sorts. Everybody needs one from time to time. After all, mind, body, heart & soul are directly linked. If one is toxic, the others are at risk.

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No Regrets: Life Cleanse Week 2 recap

Okay. It’s truth time. For me, Week 2 of Life Cleanse was a bit of a fail. I was active, yes. I worked up a few good sweats. I ran 18k on the weekend. But strength exercise just did not happen. I could list off a series of excuses, but that’s all they’d be. Excuses. Rather than get into it, I’m just reaffirming my commitment to myself to stick to a plan for the week ahead. One day at a time (starting with today’s arm workout).

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Life Cleanse: Week 2 + Lessons from Week 1

Last weekend, I began the first phase of my 30-Day Life Cleanse, eager to reinstate some healthy habits and launch into the fall season feeling balanced and positive. I was anticipating the odd challenge, but figured I would sail through Week 1 relatively unscathed.

Oh, how silly I am sometimes.

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Fall: The Perfect Time for a “Life Cleanse”

I have a special place in my heart for summer. Who doesn’t? But the season that will always be my true love is fall. Autumn. The season of golden leaves, comfy sweaters and pumpkins. The absolute best time of year for running. And the time when the farmer’s markets are chockfull of seasonal root vegetables, perfect for roasting and stewing into delicious, comforting recipes. Read more

Emotional Eating, Part 2: What Your Food Cravings Say About You

This is the second post in a 2-part series about emotional eating, disordered eating and food cravings; what they are, what causes them and how to address them. This series combines both my scientific understanding of these subjects as a nutritionist as well as my own personal experiences with disordered eating. To read the first post, click here.

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Emotional Eating, Part 1: Tearing Down The Taboo

This is the first post in 2-part series about emotional eating, disordered eating and food cravings; what they are, what causes them and how to address them. This series combines both my scientific understanding of these subjects as a nutritionist as well as my own personal experiences with disordered eating. Read more

Indicators of health: What your body is trying to tell you

Clients, friends and family often come to me frustrated with their bodies. Sometimes the frustration stems from physical appearance: “I can’t seem to lose this extra weight.” But a myriad of other concerns may be the supposed culprit:

–       “I never sleep through the night.”

–       “I can’t shake these headaches.”

–       “I’m not a teenager anymore – why am I getting pimples??”

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The Cholesterol Conundrum

I was in a crowded café recently, sitting next to two teenaged girls. I couldn’t help but overhear their conversation, and my ears perked up when they started discussing cholesterol.

Poor, misunderstood, controversial cholesterol. So many people have been led to believe it is evil, the root cause of disease, to be avoided at all costs. These girls certainly had a negative perception of cholesterol. One of them asked, “aren’t eggs bad for you, because of the cholesterol?” And the other replied, “Only in the yolks. If you just eat the whites, you’re fine.” Read more

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