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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.

Inflammation occurs when white blood cells migrate out of blood vessels into the infected area, where they act as phagocytes (destroyers of foreign matter). The white cells can also wall off the infected area, preventing its spread to other parts of the body.

A secondary aspect of inflammation involves the movement of protein containing fluids to the affected area. The dilation of upstream and constriction of downstream blood vessels to the infected area results in a loss of blood plasma at the site, which leads to swelling. Pain results from the compression of nerve endings that the swelling causes.

Inflammation can also bring on general flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, loss of energy and headaches. Inflammation progresses through four stages:
Redness
Heat
Swelling
Pain

Acute Inflammation:

Acute inflammation is short term. You injure your shoulder. You feel pain, it swells and might turn red. You rest it, ice and when it heals, you should be good as new. The problem with inflammation is that it can self-perpetuate. Systemic enzymes and other natural anti-inflammatories can prevent this or interrupt the process once it starts.

It is initially beneficial when your shoulder needs protection and care. But it can become self-perpetuating. The body creates more inflammation in response to the existing inflammation. Sometimes the immune system goes haywire and triggers an inflammatory response when there is no injury or disease process present. This is an autoimmune disease.

Chronic Inflammation:

The trouble occurs when the defense system - inflammation runs out of control and is chronically activated. When inflammation becomes chronic and systemic, your body identifies your own tissues as enemy invaders and begins attacking your organs and tissues. As a result, you may end up in an endless cycle where one part of your chemistry is trying to rebuild your body while another part of your chemistry is tearing it down.

What’s worse, as the body begins rebuilding and tearing itself apart this way it tends to become even more inflamed. Your immune system is desperately using the only means it knows to protect you against a foreign invader that isn’t really foreign. Your tissues become progressively more and more inflamed, and the cycle starts spinning out of control.

Usually chronic inflammation of this nature doesn’t have the same outward signs that acute inflammation does. You don’t experience it as swelling and heat in a particular area. As a result, you may not even realize that inflammation is a problem for you.

A study of an apparently healthy elderly population found that those with the highest levels of C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 (two markers of systemic inflammation) were 260 percent more likely to die during the next four years than were those with lower levels of these markers. The increase in deaths was due to both cardiovascular and other causes.

The Bottom Line: lnflammation has been linked to heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, and muscle loss with aging. Research has found that the typical anti-inflammatory foods may not reduce inflammatory markers, but the anti-inflammatory diets do help to reduce weight. The only proven method to reducing inflammation is WEIGHT LOSS.

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:10

Nutritious Living's Get Lean Program Featured

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Nutritious Living Get Lean 10 Week Group Classes start Monday, October 16 at 5:30 pm

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. spaces are limited.  Lose the weight without shakes and diet pills.  No more 1000-1200 calorie plans, eat real food and balance your blood sugar and your hormones too.

Are you tired of the dieting roller coaster? Unsure of what works and what doesn't?  Do you find yourself wondering, "Why can't I lose the weight?"

Learn how to eat right for your body and end the diet roller coaster once and for all.  You don't need to purchase expensive shakes or ready made high protein foods to lose weight, you need to eat real whole foods in the correct amounts for your body. Fat loss is not always linear, and a good coach will help you understand what is going on in your body instead of drastically reducing your calories. Sustainable weight loss is not a drastic amount of weight lost in the first month, but many companies will try to lure you with photos of people who have dropped a tremendous amount of weight. Where will those folks be in a year from now?  Likely suffering from thyroid and metabolism disorders.  

Book your free 30-minute consult to learn more. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     Private sessions are also available.

  • Learn about nutrition and what your body needs to be optimally healthy. 
  • Learn the necessary steps and tools to balance your blood sugar and hormones.
  • Receive a personalized plan based on your age, weight, height and activity level
  • Receive support documents:  manuals and recipe book
  • Unlimited email support
  • 10 Weekly 1 hour meetings with Nutrition Classes
  • Food Tracker Guidance and Support

Book your free 30-minute assessment today to learn more about my programs held in group or private sessions in Owen Sound.

All classes are run by a Registered Holistic Nutritionist with Sport's Nutrition training.  

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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.

Friday, 26 August 2016 14:32

Diets Don’t Work

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As a Holistic Nutritionist, one of the most common reasons clients come to see me is to lose weight.  I, in fact, have struggled the last few years with a bit of weight gain, stubborn fat loss and overtraining.  

I have tried almost every tactic out there to try to lose weight and achieve that skinny body that we all seem to think will make us happier.  I developed an unhealthy relationship with food and my body as a result.  Trying to starve myself and excessively exercise only to be disappointed when I stepped on the scale and saw no change, or worse.... an increase in weight.  

I fell prey to the latest dieting trends of high protein, low carb and developed adrenal and hormonal issues in the process.  It was what the latest health trends suggested, so it must be right??

It was a vicious cycle that had me in it's grip and finally, I was able to end it and help my body heal.  It took some time, and I had to eat more carbs in order for my adrenal and thyroid glands to be nourished properly, but I am happy to say, I have developed a much healthier relationship with food and the way I feel about my body. (picture above is me finishing my Multi Sport race this August.)

Most people who diet gain their weight back. And the weight fluctuation created by yo-yo dieting is actually worse for your health than just staying overweight!

Diets are not sustainable – they are alienating, stressful, depressing and restrictive. Most people can stick to a certain protocol for a while, but most of them have requirements that make them hard to sustain in the real world where we all have different things to juggle in our personal life, career, and family responsibilities.

Diets do not take into account bio-individuality, which means that every body is different – how the body metabolizes nutrients, and how each individual has a different lifestyle that may or may not fit well with the rigid requirements.

Diets are expensive. Most diets require participants to buy specialty foods or prepared meals. On top of that, if you rely on prepared meals in order to know what you can eat, is this method sustainable? Do you know what you can eat or order when you are eating out or visiting friends and families?

Sometimes these protocols require supplements because certain foods are eliminated, thereby striping the diet from certain nutrients. Supplements can be expensive. Moreover, there is no telling whether the body is actually utilizing those nutrients in the supplements. If the supplements are not in bio-available forms that are optimized for absorption, they will just pass out of the body and are practically useless.

If you are ready to learn how to safely manage calories and nutrients to shed some fat then I am here to help.  No foods are off limits when you make them fit your plan.  Learning the proper amount of fuel your body requires is so empowering.  

For more information about my upcoming Weight Management and Get Lean Group and Private Programs please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 18:45

Digestion TIps

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Did you know that everything wrong with our body starts in the gut? It’s true. The digestive system starts at the mouth and ends at the other end. Good Digestion is often taken for granted until.... the symptoms start to mount up and the discomfort becomes unbearable or worse like IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

It could go something like this:

Indigestion 2 to 3 hours after meals
Bloating discomfort after eating
Full, tired feeling, especially after eating meat
Excessive gas, belching, or burping after meals
Burning sensation in stomach, heartburn
Heavy, tired feeling after eating
Constipation
Stools poorly formed, pale, greasy, floating
Undigested food particles in stools
Ridges on fingernails, slow growing nails

Then it is often misdiagnosed as too much stomach acid and you are prescribed an antacid. But the fact is if you are experiencing these symptoms the cause is most likely LOW Stomach acid.

What does TOO MUCH stomach acid look like?

Stomach pain 5 or 6 hours after eating usually at night
Stomach pain relieved by eating or by drinking milk
Stomach pain aggravated by worry or tension

If we are not digesting our food properly, we then do not absorb the nutrients from our food.

Greasy foul-smelling stools
Chronic diarrhea
Undigested food in stools
Mucous in stools
Foul-smelling intestinal gas

This is called malabsorption.

After years of faulty digestion, the liver has to do some extra work to pick up the slack. This takes away from the liver’s vital processes of clearing out toxins.
Symptoms start to mount up like those listed below:

Skin oily on nose and forehead
Dark circles or bags under eyes
Fats/greasy foods cause nausea, headaches
Stool appears yellow, clay coloured, foul odoured
Pale, greasy stools that float
Foul smelling bowel gas
Bad breath/bad taste in mouth, excess body odour
Pain on inside of right shoulder blade
Consistent gas and bloating from most foods and especially from onions, cabbage, radishes, and cucumbers.

The lack of digestive enzymes in the gut will lead to an overgrowth of bad bacteria. We have billions of good and bad bacteria present in the body at any given time. If our digestion is not working optimally, we are guaranteed to have an overgrowth of yeast and parasites that can lessen our quality of life.

Again, symptoms can look like this:

Indigestion, bloating after meals
Intestinal gas, especially after sugary foods
Diarrhea or constipation
Urinary tract infections
Yeast infections, candida
Cold sores, canker sores

The following is a summary of guidelines that help to create the optimum conditions for digestion. By following these steps, you will be allowing your own processes of digestion, absorption, elimination and intestinal immunity to work as efficiently as possible.

Timing

Eat only when genuinely hungry
Have the largest meal in the middle of the day
Spend at least 30 minutes eating each meal
Allow no more than 3.5 hours between main meals
Have 3 main meals and 2 snacks each day
Consume nothing after 9:00pm

Setting the Mood

Do not eat when angry, anxious, upset, bored or overtired
Eat with congenial company in pleasant conversation or eat alone in contemplative silence or with pleasant music
Avoid reading, watching TV or arguing while eating

Awareness

Eat slowly, chewing food thoroughly
Take time to enjoy the taste, texture, and aromas of the food
Swallow only when each mouthful has turned to paste
Eat only enough to feel good. Never stuff yourself

Food Selection

Drink two litres of purified water daily
Be sure to consume 30-35 grams of fibre each day
Avoid processed foods, refined sugars and flours
Consume alcohol and caffeine sparingly, if at all
Suspect allergy/intolerance to any food to which one has addictive cravings or to any that produces excess mucus, or gastrointestinal stress of any kind.
Observe your body’s reactions to lactose, gluten and wheat
Do not drink liquids during meals, as they can dilute stomach acids. Drink at the end of the meal only.

If you are still having problems after trying these suggestions, it is time to book an appointment. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 18:19

4 Hormones that Control Your Weight

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4 Hormones That Control Your Weight

It’s Monday and you spent the entire weekend clearing out your cupboards, throwing away all of the ‘bad’ foods, grocery shopping and preparing your meals for the week. You feel really good about being ‘good’ this week.

The diet has to work this time.

By 10:00am you are on a roll, about to eat your mid-morning snack and then it happens… you get called into a meeting and leave your apple and 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter on your desk. Hunger sets in but you can’t leave the emergency last minute meeting.

By 1:00pm you are starving, only having had your breakfast at 7:30am. It’s been five and a half hours since you’ve last eaten. You take one look at the salad you were so excited to eat, turn on your heels, and head for the nearest coffee shop. A salad isn’t going to cut it today… you are starving.

As the guilt sets in for skipping your salad and deviating from your diet on day 1 you think to yourself, “If I had a little more will power I would have eaten my salad.”

Sound familiar?

Will power is no match for hormones and hormonal based food cravings. See, hormones help to regulate metabolism, blood sugar control, sleep, stress, cravings and your weight. You probably heard about the importance of balancing your hormones before, still, let me explain to you the 4 hormones that are in charge of your weight.

Once you understand just how powerful your hormones are you will be in a stronger position to keep them balanced so that they work for you instead of against you.

4 Hormones That Control Your Weight:

Insulin:
Fat storing hormone. Carries glucose molecules out of your blood stream to be delivered to your working muscles. Stores glucose (carbs) as fat for later use when muscle cells are full.

Cortisol:
Stress hormone. Secreted in response to emotional or physical stress (fit or flight response). Chronic stress keeps cortisol in the blood stream resulting in lowered immunity, suppressed thyroid function (metabolism), blood sugar imbalances (insulin) and increased abdominal fat.

Leptin:
Satiety controller. This hormone regulates hunger and feelings of being full. It’s signaled by the hypothalamus and secreted in fat cells. If leptin resistant you don’t feel full and keep eating. Tied to insulin and food cravings. Insulin resistance and leptin resistance are two hormones that can severally damage the body’s ability to lose weight.

Ghrelin:
Stimulates hunger. Secreted in the lining of the stomach and from the pancreas. Ghrelin increases before meals to stimulate hunger and is supposed to decrease after meals. Tied to leptin, which induces feelings of being full. When leptin resistance, insulin resistant and stressed out (high cortisol), ghrelin doesn’t shut off constantly telling your body you are starving.

See, it’s not your fault. Hormone imbalances are to blame.

When your hormones are out of whack you crave carbs or fatty foods. You feel hungry most of the time and never quite feel full and satisfied. You have a hard time sleeping because you are under stress, which perpetuates the problem further. When you are stuck in this cycle weight loss is next to impossible.

So how do you turn it around and balance the 4 hormones that promote weight loss?

1. Avoid all simple sugars, processed grains and foods with hidden sugars.

Sugar promotes high levels of insulin secretion. This includes 100% whole wheat and whole grains. Replace your grains with high fiber beans, lentils, fruits and vegetables.

2. Start your day with a protein and fat breakfast.

Protein and fat promote feelings of fullness, keeps blood sugar levels stable and signals the hypothalamus that you are full. Try to have 2-3 whole eggs with 1 cup veggies cooked in 1-2 tsp of coconut oil.

3. Eat every 4 hours.

Avoid snacking every 2 hours or so. When you are constantly eating, your body doesn’t have time to use up the glucose for energy and never gives your hormones a break. Your meals should be big enough to keep you feeling full for 4 hours.

4. Don’t over exercise or do long bouts of cardio.

Remember, we are trying to reduce cortisol levels (stress). Long bouts of cardio create a stress response in the body. Short, intense workouts, like sprints or weight lifting, is the best way to go. Workouts shouldn’t last more than 30 – 45 minutes if done at the right intensity.

5. Get 7 hours of sleep every night.

The body repairs itself during sleep. Your liver completes its detoxification cycle and your pancreas processes out the remaining glucose. When you don’t have quality sleep it creates a stress response, elevates insulin levels and gives you cravings for carbs.

Balancing your hormones is vital to your goal of losing weight. Follow these 5 tips above to gain better control over your hormones and the weight will start to come off. The best part is that when you do the work to balance your hormones, losing weight isn’t a battle of wills anymore.

Do you still need help?  I create personalized plans to help you balance your blood sugar, balance your hormones and lose the weight for good.

 Book your free 30-minute consult today to learn more about my services.  In person in Owen Sound, or online available. 

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

Thursday, 31 March 2016 15:27

Food Pushers

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When you find yourself surrounded by people who are eating and drinking, it can be difficult to remember that you are sticking to a nutrition plan and lifestyle change; however, it can be even more of a challenge when others decide to make your choices their business.

Food Pushers – they want to make sure that you’re eating whether you want to or not.

The Art of Food Pushing

Typically, a Food Pusher will make comments that trigger a reaction from you that will make you feel guilty, left out, insecure, or upset.

“Here, try one! I made them especially for the holidays.”

“What do you mean you don’t want dessert? Of course you do. I’m getting you something.”

“You don’t need to lose weight. You look fine so just eat.”

“Want to split it with me?”

How to React: What To Say When You’re Put on the Spot

When you’re offered food, do you worry that if you decline, you will offend someone? That you will attract unwanted attention? Don’t give in to the pressure. Responding to comments similar to those listed above with certain reactions will help avoid any miscommunications and unwanted calories.

Humor: A little joke can always help. Make light of the situation and it will ease the tension.
Conviction: Make sure to decline politely with force. If others see that you’re not going to give in to peer pressure then they will back down.
No Excuses: Food is not the only way to celebrate occasions, spend holidays, or to show someone you care. Show your peers that you can enjoy yourself through other means. Let others know you care through verbal affirmation and compliments.
Teaching Opportunity: Turn your response into a light-hearted explanation that will serve to educate others. For instance, if someone remarks on your body frame, portion size, or decision not to partake in sharing food, try to make them understand your reasoning behind your decision or how it takes dedication to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Perhaps if they had a better idea as to why you make certain choices, they would respect your decision and not question it further.
Challenge: Stress the fact that your choices make you feel good and suggest that they try it your way. You can offer to share recipes or any healthy living tips.
Own It: If ignorance is not the cause of any unwanted attention then don’t feel ashamed of your choices. Admit to wanting to eat in a nutritious way and don’t let others take that away from you.

Why Do People Care About What I’m Eating?

Others may be monitoring your food and drink more so for themselves.

By using the above-listed suggestions, you can work through any of these situations and not let the Food Pusher succeed.

Be Proud of Your Decisions

Focus on eating healthy and make decisions based on your best interests. In the end, you will feel proud of yourself for having stuck to your plan to achieving your goals.

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

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 03 March 2016 20:45

Adrenal Exhaustion (Chronic Fatigue)

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We've all been there. In times of stress, our bodies go on high alert and suddenly the simple things that create balance in our lives – like getting enough sleep – seem impossible. We “hit a wall” and crash into depression, or worse, because our bodies are spent and completely exhausted. This is called adrenal fatigue and is the results of our primal “fight or flight” stress response never letting down.

Our adrenal glands kick all systems into high gear when we're stressed. As their name implies, the adrenal glands secrete adrenaline among other potent hormones. Located just above the kidneys, it is the basic task of the adrenal glands to respond to stress by rushing your whole body into “fight or flight” mode.

This means our adrenal glands either signal our body to rage against whatever illness or irritant is causing the stress, or flee to a safe place where the stress can be avoided. For instance, to fight, our adrenal glands signal the heart to work harder, increasing the heart rate and elevating blood pressure. Energy use increases immediately as demands on the body's stores increase under the influence of the adrenal hormones. Then, when the crisis is abated, the adrenal glands restore themselves and replenish energy supplies for the next emergency.

If we are constantly over-worked, undernourished and chronically exposed to toxins with no sign of a break, then there's no let-up for the adrenal glands. Eventually, they will bottom out and plummet into adrenal exhaustion. Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands are not longer able to adapt to any amount of stress.

When this happens, the effects can be widespread and long-lasting, causing suppression of the immune system, hormonal imbalance, skin flare-ups, autoimmune diseases and mood disorders. Adrenal fatigue is, indeed, the underlying factor in many stress-related conditions ranging from cardiovascular disease to colitis, chronic fatigue to Alzheimer's.

People with adrenal exhaustion or chronic fatigue can appear quite normal but, inside, they live with a feeling of always having to push themselves too far. To keep themselves going, these exhausted people rely on stimulants such as caffeine or sugar.

Often, people with worn out adrenal glands seem lazy or unmotivated but quite the opposite is true – they tend to be high-achiever or workaholics. In their state of adrenal exhaustion, unfortunately, they have to push themselves harder to merely accomplish the basic tasks.

Does this sound like someone you know? If so, find out more about ways to heal adrenal exhaustion and restore relaxation and vitality.

Deanna Trask RHN
www.nutritiousliving.ca
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
519-270-1889

References

The SuperStress Solution by Roberta Lee. Random House, New York, 2010.

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