How to Not Stuff Your Face this Thanksiving:)

Turkey and dressing and gravy…oh my! Oh, how I do love a great stuffing. Err….Thanksgiving stuffing that is;) Like most of us, I tend to overeat at Thanksgiving and then end up feeling guilty and try to make up for it by working out extra hard the next day or two. How smart would it be if instead of repeating that pattern (or making the same decisions over and over as I’ve written about previously), we create new patterns? Let’s focus on enjoying Thanksgiving dinner WITHOUT overeating and feeling guilty? I’ve devised some simple tips we can all utilize right away. Tip #1. Stay hydrated. Simple, right? One would think. A great way to not overindulge in food is to simply drink more water the day before the dinner and the day of. Often we overeat simply because we are actually thirsty. I know that sounds weird but our body can mix up the ‘thirsty’ and ‘hungry’ signals causing us to eat more when what we actually need is more water. So drink up! Water, that is. And remember, if you’re drinking alcohol, to counter the dehydrating effects you need a 2:1 ratio….2 glasses water for 1 glass of booze (not the other way around;) Tip #2. Plan a big workout the day after. This works like a charm around any big ‘eating’ event. Organize a hike or workout or a barre workout class the morning AFTER the eating event. And then, book it in with a friend as well. A friend that won’t cancel on you. Don’t pick the wishy-washy friend….maybe find your die-hard friend and organize something with them....

Time To Get Your Shit Together:)

Okay, people…..the kids are back at school and settled, summer is clearly over and so now that leaves you. It is time to get your shit together and set up your fall fitness & health routine. Those of you who know me know that I LOVE September. Not for the weather or the changing colours and all that other poetic stuff people wax on about. Yes, the leaves are pretty, I’ll give you that but I am perfectly happy with summer weather all year round. I LOVE September because, for me, it’s OPPORTUNITY! September signals new and fresh. It’s the beginning of a new year and it’s when I feel most creative and productive. Yes, January is the actual ‘new year’ but September has always been more of the new year to me than January. This September is especially exciting for me because I moved from where I lived for 18 years to the city. I took a leap of faith and literally jumped from the pond to the ocean. And I’m super excited about it. (Sometimes I feel nauseous about it too but mainly excited;) Anywho….after a summer of no routine, alcoholic beverages (hello Nudes!), yummy BBQs, chips, chilling & beaching it, it is time for us to get our shit together! Have you registered for fitness classes yet? Or have figured out in your schedule where you can fit fitness in? Have you hired a personal trainer yet? Or a life coach? What are you doing to work toward your health & fitness goals this fall season? If you want to be really successful with your fitness &...

Nutritional Yeast…I put that shit on everything!

Are you using nutritional yeast yet in your cooking? You should! It’s delicious and nutritious and you will feel so righteous using it too;) You’ll be all like ‘Would you like some nutritional yeast with that?’ And your friends will say ‘What’s nutritional yeast?’ And then you’ll be all like, ‘You don’t know about nutritional yeast? Well, let me tell you!’ Also, if you want to be totally cool, call it ‘nooch’. So what is nutritional yeast? It’s similar to the yeast used for bread, but it won’t make dough rise because it’s inactive. Nutritional yeast is pasteurized and dehydrated saccharomyces cerevisiae — the strain also known as baker’s yeast. I use Bob Mills brand which you can find in pretty much every grocery store now but to make it super easy, you can buy it right here through Amazon.ca. (Don’t you love Amazon? Delivered right to your door!) Not only is the cheesy flavour of nutritional yeast is delicious, it’s really healthy for you too.  It has a decent source of protein and is fortified with vitamin B12. This is perfect if you are vegan/vegetarian and are trying to get enough B12 into your daily diet. So, how does one use nutritional yeast? Well, if you’re my teen-aged daughter, you liberally sprinkle it on every single thing you eat for a cheesy flavour. Or, try this amazing dressing that you will literally not be able to stop eating. This dressing is delicious on roasted veggies and all salads as well as chicken, fish, baked tofu, etc. etc. It’s from the Hollyhock Centre on Cortes Island. You can get their cookbook here. Okay…here...

Take Care of Your Own Shit

I’m constantly reminded that living a healthy life is NOT just eating right and exercising daily. It’s so much more. It’s how you speak to yourself. It’s how you speak to others. It’s the thoughts you think. It’s the way you feel. It’s what you read. It’s what you watch on TV. It’s your emotional health. It’s your mental health. It’s your spiritual health. It’s your relationships. Health is your whole damn life. I’ve been seeing a counsellor weekly for about a month now and every time I see him, I learn so much more about myself and how I’m connecting with others. Light bulbs go off all the time when talking with my counsellor. And I am so very, very grateful for that. He gives me so much to think about and ways to think about things differently. Lately I’ve been thinking about how easy it is to make the ‘other’ wrong. That way, you are ‘right’ and you feel better. Have you ever had the experience of someone making you wrong so that they are right? I have. A lot. And what I’ve come to realize is this….. it is never about you. It isn’t. It is always about them and their own shit. Their fears. Their judgements. Their insecurity. What you are doing actually doesn’t matter, it’s their own feelings they are reacting to that is causing them to make you wrong. See, because if they didn’t make you wrong, if they didn’t judge you, then they’d have to look inward. They’d have to sit in their own anxiety or fear or whatever is going on...

There is Wisdom in Your Anxiety

Anxiety and panic attacks are nothing to be ashamed of. I have them. I have friends who have them. Lots of people experience anxiety and feelings of panic. It does not mean there is something wrong with you or you are broken. It’s simply who you are. And that, my friend, should be celebrated. My earliest memory of a panic attack was in the backseat of my parent’s car. I remember thinking about dying and death and my whole body froze. I felt all sweaty and my stomach was churning like crazy. It was hard to breathe. But I couldn’t say anything to my parents because they would just say ‘Oh don’t be silly’ like they always said to me when I tried to talk about my feelings. They would get worse during different times of my life but again, I could never talk about them. Oh my god….during my separation when all the shit hit the fan, I would wake up nightly panicked. I’d ‘mantra’ myself back to sleep with ‘you’re okay, you’re okay’. I started getting major reflux and I lost 13 lbs! But still, I didn’t talk about it. Maybe people would think I was weird and like my parents said, I had no right to feel worried about anything. Other people had it worse. Maybe I’m just being soft? When I hear other people talk about their symptoms though I always thought, ‘well that’s not like mine so maybe I don’t have anxiety’. My friend had such panic attacks that she couldn’t walk or drive over a bridge! Mine never looked like that so I...

3 Tips on How to Not Set Resolutions this January.

Happy New Year! Are you one of the people that get swooped up in New Years Resolutions? Have you vowed to work out every single day this January, quit eating sugar, journal & meditate every single day, quite caffeine, etc. etc. While those are all awesome things to do & as your healthy living cheerleader, I highly encourage you to live a healthier life, sometimes setting too many resolutions not only sets you up for failure but it also contributes to you feeling like crap about yourself when the resolutions fall to the wayside. People get super stressed out about resolutions, and more accurately, failing at their resolutions. So instead of setting resolutions, let’s focus on other, more positive ways you can set yourself up for success and focus on what you want in your life without all the stress. Check out the tips below on how you can reduce your January Resolution Stress. 1. Set SMART goals. SMART goals are specific goals to help you set up a plan for what you want to accomplish. These are great when you want to do something that has an ‘end’ date, like run a 5km or 10km or a tough mudder. They are also great when your doctor has said you need to lose 20lbs. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relative or Reward, & Timely. To use it in an example…I want to lose 10lbs (specific & measurable & attainable) in 10 weeks (timely) and when I do, I’ll get a new workout top (reward). Saying ‘I want to be fit’ would not be an example of a...