This month I’d like to discuss supporting self love through nutrition.
It is so easy to forget to treat ourselves with love when we’re busy spouses, parents, pet-parents, professionals, students, or any other position where we spend much of our time caring for, servicing or trying to please others.
And, unless you live under a rock without access to television or social media, you’ve likely been the victim of a marketing ploy advertising foods or ‘food products’ that undermine and sabotage your health.
However, you are not weak, nor do you lack will power if you have responded to such advertisements by eating ice cream or fast foods. These foods are designed to set off an array of pleasure sensors that make us crave them and over-consume them, and our bodies are genetically designed to respond to such a stimulus.
Unfortunately, in our fast-paced modern world, in part due to the pressures of marketing and advertising, food is in turn so often used as a means to treat and/or punish ourselves and is then seen as the enemy.
So how do we fix this?
First of all, we need to focus on real, whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible. These foods are indeed healthier, but they are also much more satisfying, so we do not have the urge to over-consume them.
I encourage you to use the month of February as a time to focus on reshaping your relationship with food.
One simple action you can do before every meal is a recommendation that I’ve borrowed from Dallas and Melissa Hartwig of whole30.com/
Before every meal or snack, simply ask yourself “Is this making me healthier, or less healthy?”
Answer this question, accept it and then move on. This should help you to build awareness around what you eat and make more thoughtful, cultivated decisions. In turn, when you do choose a food that is not making you healthier, you can do so with a wholesome reason (i.e. celebrating a milestone).
So instead of using food to punish and reward yourself, use food to show yourself and your body love!
By now you may have had the chance to take a look at Canada’s new Food Guide for 2019. Maybe you’ve already formed your own opinion on it. Perhaps it has inspired you to make some changes in 2019, or maybe you’re just happy to keep eating the way you are.
Either way, I hope you’ll consider my thoughts on the new food guide.
You may know that it’s more difficult to obtain adequate Vitamin D during harsh Canadian winters, and perhaps you supplement with it, but do you know why this vitamin is so important?
As a nutritionist, it’s probably no secret that I recommend my clients focus on eating whole, unprocessed real food.
Now, the fact that we’re even using the term Real Food & fake food, or that we have health food stores versus a regular grocery stores, is deeply disturbing to me.
As a January 1st, 2019, I partnered with Towne Fitness as their in house Holistic Nutritionist.
Starting in July of 2018, with the support of Shelburne Family Chiropractic, I partnered with Hannah of Towne Fitness to present the Nutritional Wellness Series. The Series covered a wide range of topics and was well received by the gym members and the community at large.
As a result, Shelburne Family Chiropractic, Towne Fitness & myself have decided that my knowledge and expertise will be best suited as a full-time team member at Towne Fitness. SFC patients will still be able to see me, and will be given a direct referral for bookings in the future.
I'm looking forward to sharing the exciting things that Hannah and I have planned for 2019!
Cheers, and Happy New Years to Everyone!
Whether you make new years resolutions or not it’s likely that you will set some kind of goal in the next year. If you find it difficult to stick to your goals, don’t be too hard on yourself. There may be a good reason why you find it difficult!
This past year I made some pretty big changes! I transitioned from working as a full time Registered Nurse to working mainly from home as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™.
Is your digestion working optimally? Or do you struggle with issues such as bloating, constipation or indigestion?
Are you looking for a plan to get you back on track in the New Year?
Join my FREE 5-Day New Year, New You Beat the Bloat Challenge! This Challenge is designed to get you & your digestion back on track.
Whether you have been struggling for a long time or just have the post-Christmas bloat, you will get something out of this challenge!
When you sign up for the Challenge you will receive:
*5-day meal plan
*access to a private Facebook Group!
Deadline to join is December 27th!
The holidays are a busy time for most people. We’re rushing around doing our Christmas shopping, procuring special grocery items for meals with family & friends, bouncing from party to party and keeping children happy and busy while they are home from school.