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Thursday, 06 October 2016 16:44

Could you be suffering from Inflammation?

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What is inflammation?

Inflammation is an immune system response. Inflammation is the body's first response to an injury or disease. It tells you in no uncertain terms "Houston, we have a problem." Inflammation informs you that you need to pay attention to an injured or diseased area so that you don't continue to use it and worsen the problem.

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 13:22

The Downside to Snacking

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We've all heard the fat loss advice that snacking is supposed to be great for the metabolism...but have you taken it too far? 

In other words, your excessive snacking may be killing your fat loss results. 

Let's face it, there are only so many extra calories that the body can take before it adds those on as unwanted fat. 

Even if you're eating perfectly healthy meals and putting in your time at the gym, if your snacking is out of control then your results will be disappointing. 

Here's what you need to know to avoid The Snack Trap: 

1) Calories Count. Even when you're snacking on "healthy" food, you've got to keep track of how many calories that you're taking in. Almonds are healthy, but if you down 400 extra calories (about 40-50 almonds) in them you'll quickly gain weight. 

2) Fill Up on Protein & Fat. A lot of well-meaning people are still afraid of fat. They think that if their snack is high in fat, then it will end up on their body as fat. This is simply not true. Healthy fat, such as avocado or walnuts, are a wonderful thing to snack on as it fills you up and keeps you full longer. 

3) Avoid Sugar Calories. Sugar is an awful thing to snack on when weight loss is your goal. Refined sugar is a catalyst for fat storage, so avoid any snack that contains sugar. Remember that eating sugar will satiate your hunger for a very short period of time, and then you'll quickly be hungry again. 

4) Don't Be Fooled By 100-Calorie Packs. A popular marketing technique is to package junk food into 100-calorie packs. These could be crackers, cookies, chips...basically any guilty snack food you could think of. The premise is that since you're only eating 100 calories, the snack is healthy. I'm sorry, folks, but eating 100 calories of junk food is not a healthy snack. You are better off avoiding the junk completely and eating something wholesome. 

5) Use The 'Is It Real' Test. As a rule of thumb, you should use the "Is it real?" test when deciding if a snack is worth eating. The test goes like this: If your snack can go bad, then it's good for you. If your snack can't go bad, then it's bad for you. The idea is to eat fresh, real foods that are unprocessed and wholesome. These real foods are naturally filled with fiber, vitamins, and minerals and will assist you in achieving your fitness goals. 

6) Avoid Refined Carbohydrates. Processed and refined carbohydrates make up the bulk of popular snack foods. Take a look around the snack aisle at the grocery store and you will see that most packaged snacks are made with grains. When your goal is to lose weight and increase lean muscle then eating refined grains will work against you. If you only take one tip away from this article, let it be to remove grain-based snacks from your life. This single change could very well recharge your weight loss. 

Now you know how to snack in a healthy way that will not derail your fat loss goals. 

If you aren't sure what you should be snacking on email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and we will set you up with a complimentary 2 week meal plan.

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 15:29

Hypothyroidism Risk/Symptoms Checklist Featured

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You’ve gone for blood work and your doctor says your results are “normal”.  Your TSH reading is in the normal range, so your thyroid function is fine.  So why are you still experiencing symptoms? Lack of energy, weight gain, cold hands and feet, hair falling out and low sex drive.

Just because you fall within the “normal” range does not mean that this score is normal for you.  Because we are all bio-chemically unique, one person may feel great with a reading of 4.0 while you may feel best at 1.0.  Some doctors are reluctant to prescribe medication unless your reading is above 5.5, but if you are experiencing symptoms, suspect you are in the early stages of thyroid disease.  

So what is a girl to do when all else seems to fail? Well, there are a few things your Holistic Nutritionist can help you address to hopefully get your body back to a better state of balance.  Thyroid hormones require a balance of macro and micro nutrients.  Cleaning up your diet and identifying food sensitivities can go a long way to reduce the stress placed on the body and in turn the adrenal/thyroid axis.  Addressing mineral deficiencies, liver and digestive disturbances as well as managing other stressors such as lifestyle and exercise can all be beneficial to certain individuals.  

Hypothyroidism Risk/Symptoms Checklist

You can use this checklist to bring to your health practitioner to help aid in getting a proper diagnosis of hypothyroidism, or as background information in your discussions regarding fine tuning your dosage so you are at the optimal TSH level for your own level of wellness.

My risk factors for hypothyroidism include:

____ I have a family history of thyroid disease
____ I have had my thyroid "monitored" in the past to watch for changes
____ I had a previous diagnosis of goiters/nodules
____ I currently have a goiter
____ I was treated for hypothyroidism in the past
____ I had post-partum thyroiditis in the past
____ I had a temporary thyroiditis in the past
____ I have another autoimmune disease
____ I have had a baby in the past nine months
____ I have a history of miscarriage
____ I have had part/all of my thyroid removed due to cancer
____ I have had part/all of my thyroid removed due to nodules
____ I have had part/all of my thyroid removed due to Graves' disease/hyperthyroidism
____ I have had radioactive iodine due to Graves' Disease/hyperthyroidism
____ I have had anti-thyroid drugs due to Graves' Disease/hyperthyroidism

I have the following symptoms of hypothyroidism, as detailed by the Merck Manual, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and the Thyroid Foundation of America

____ I am gaining weight inappropriately
____ I'm unable to lose weight with diet/exercise
____ I am constipated, sometimes severely
____ I have low body temperature (feel cold when others feel hot/need extra sweaters, etc.)
____ I feel fatigued, exhausted
____ Feeling run down, sluggish, lethargic
____ My hair is coarse and dry, breaking, brittle, falling out
____ My skin is coarse, dry, scaly, and thick
____ I have a hoarse or gravely voice
____ I have puffiness and swelling around the eyes and face
____ I have pains, aches in joints, hands and feet
____ I have developed carpal-tunnel syndrome, or it's getting worse
____ I am having irregular menstrual cycles (longer, or heavier, or more frequent)
____ I am having trouble conceiving a baby
____ I feel depressed
____ I feel restless
____ My moods change easily

____ I have feelings of worthlessness
____ I have difficulty concentrating
____ I have more feelings of sadness
____ I seem to be losing interest in normal daily activities
____ I'm more forgetful lately 

I also have the following additional symptoms, which have been reported more frequently in people with hypothyroidism:


____ My hair is falling out
____ I can't seem to remember things
____ I have no sex drive
____ I am getting more frequent infections, that last longer
____ I'm snoring more lately
____ I have/may have sleep apnea
____ I feel shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
____ I feel the need to yawn to get oxygen
____ My eyes feel gritty and dry
____ My eyes feel sensitive to light
____ My eyes get jumpy/tics in eyes, which makes me dizzy/vertigo and have headaches
____ I have strange feelings in neck or throat
____ I have tinnitus (ringing in ears)
____ I get recurrent sinus infections
____ I have vertigo
____ I feel some lightheadedness
____ I have severe menstrual cramps 

 

If you check off several of these symptoms and would like to make some positive changes, book an appointment with me and we will create an individualized plan to start addressing the root cause of your symptoms.  

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  519-270-1889

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 16:26

Reiki

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Lately, I have been seeing a lot of clients for Reiki.  It is actually very healing for me as the practitioner as well as my client.  At this time of year so close to Christmas, a few sessions can help minimize the stress or perhaps connect with a loved one who has passed.  It can offer a sense of peace and tranquility.

Each session I hold starts with an angel card reading.  I feel like this is a special way for the new client to get to know me and open up their session for healthing.  As clients return, they look forward to their reading.  I have many different decks and we chose the one that is calling out to us.  It is actually quite amazing how many people think that their card readings are so accurate and what they needed to hear at that moment.  It's not surprising to me however, I actually see this every time.  You see I truly believe that we get the exact message that we are meant to hear and that those messages will find their way to us one way or another.  Sometimes, however, I think we choose to ignore them. 

After the angel card reading, the client then gets comfortable on the massage table, fully clothed and usually under a nice cozy quilt.  I chose the music prior to the client's arrival and the lights are dimmed and I use candles and Himalayan Salt lamps to gently lighten the room.

Sometimes during a session, the client will fall asleep or may feel sensations of heat or coolness when I am working on certain areas.  I have also had people share with me what they might have experienced during their session.  It ranges from a dream-like state to sometimes revealing past experiences, gaining clarity or even receiving a visit from a loved one who has passed.

Often I am guided to share what I felt, or saw in my mind's eye with the client.   I am just helping them clear old baggage, release negativity and often times pain that may have been a result of stagnant energy or blockages of energy.

All in all, it is a peaceful experience for the client and they leave feeling more calm and relaxed.  The feeling can last for a few days after the session, and often a pain that was bothersome has simply disappeared.

If you are interested in trying a session be sure to give me a call.  519-270-1889

 

 

 

 

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