January is Mental Wellness Month 

January is Mental Wellness Month 

What does mental wellness look like to you? It can look, feel, and mean something different to each of us. 

Regardless of what it means to you, there are some common things we can all do to help maintain our own good mental health.

Read on to discover 4 common phases of mental wellness and 7 tips on how you may be able to improve yours.

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Common Weight Loss Myths Debunked

Common Weight Loss Myths Debunked

Sometimes it seems that everyone has an opinion on weight loss. It’s full of bad oversimplified advice, and magical “non-diet” diet products. And this information is all over the internet.

I am so pleased to bust 5 common weight-loss myths. Want to know why? It's because I care about you. If you're looking to lose weight, then I want you to be successful. I want you to stop wasting one more second on garbage like the common weight loss myths I’m debunking today.

Please join me in finally putting these weight-loss myths to rest once and for all so you can avoid the common mistakes people have been making for years.


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6 Amazing Brain-Healthy Spices to use this Holiday

6 Amazing Brain-Healthy Spices to use this Holiday

The holidays provide great opportunities - to connect with loved ones, to create lasting traditions, to welcome friends, and to spend some extra time in the kitchen.

But just because we may be cooking or baking (and eating) a little more than usual, we shouldn’t forget about the health of our brain. In fact, there are several seasonings often used this time of year that actually support proper brain health.

Nutrients contained within certain herbs and spices can help sharpen memory, improve sleep, balance blood sugar levels, and reduce stress. 

Read on to discover which amazing spices you can use this holiday season and all year long, that both you and your brain will love!


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Gratitude: How Gratitude Improves Brain Health

Gratitude: How Gratitude Improves Brain Health 

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends and family!

With Thanksgiving comes the official start of the holiday season!

Most of us look forward to time spent with family and friends. Time to enjoy this festive time of year and share our good fortune with others. In fact, many of us have already started celebrating or anticipating the holidays at the very least.

Yet for others, the holidays can be a challenge, often fraught with anxiety, financial worries, depression, and sadness. If you feel overwhelmed or down when this time of year rolls around, keep reading - I’m about to give you reason to be thankful. 

Practicing gratitude goes a lot further than saying “thanks” - it can actually improve your brain health!

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The Dangers of Football: How Football Concussions Affect Your Brain

The Dangers of Football: How Football Concussions Affect Your Brain

The Dangers of Football: How Football Concussions Affect Your Brain

If you've got kids in sports, you should educate yourself on the dangers of football. Here's a look at how football concussions affect your brain.

Ever had "your bell rung" or "dinged your head"? 

Sounds trivial, right?

Wrong! A concussion is never trivial. Researchers now consider a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury to be cumulative. This means that the effects of injuries may not be seen for many years and that the total of all injuries can be devastating.

Pediatric neurologists have long advocated protection of children's heads with proper helmets for bicycle riding, skateboarding, skiing and other sports. But what about football? Is there any danger with the advanced helmet technology today?

If you have children in sports, educate yourself about the dangers of football and traumatic brain injury.

Read on to learn more.


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Neuronutrition for Positive Mental Health

Neuronutrition for Positive Mental Health

As a continuation to last week’s blog post about mental health and in an effort to continue education and awareness, this week’s post will focus on foods for optimal mental health and natural ways to deal with a mental health issue or prevent one from occurring. 

We are all affected by mental health problems at one time or another. We can all feel depressed, stressed, frightened, or unsafe at various times. More likely than not, these feelings pass. For some people, however, they can develop into a more serious long-term problem.

Should this happen to you, what can you do about it?

Read on to find out what foods you should be eating and what else you can do. 

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World Mental Health Day: October 10, 2018

World Mental Health Day: October 10, 2018 

The thought of “mental health” often makes us uncomfortable. It has traditionally been seen as a taboo subject that people don’t often talk freely about.

Why is this? Why is mental health often swept under the rug and only spoken about behind closed doors?

The outdated and unfounded stigmas surrounding mental health are the driving forces behind World Mental Health Day.

On October 10, 2018, the World Federation of Mental Health presented “World Mental Health Day” with the intention of raising awareness about mental health. To do my part, I’ll be discussing various issues surrounding mental health in a two-part blog series that starts today.

So if you’re struggling with your own mental health, keep reading this week’s post to discover more about mental health along with treatment options and next week’s post to learn about neuronutrition for mental health, so that you can bounce back and regain a healthy mental state.

Let’s open our minds and our hearts to those living with mental illness and their families. Let’s take this opportunity to break down stigmas and learn more about mental health.

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Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

We all do it. Sometimes the amazing aroma and delicious flavour gets the best of us.  Especially if we're a bit on the hungry (or hangry) side.

I'm talking about overeating at meals.  

Of course our body does need food to fuel itself. And even if we usually eat amazingly healthy foods, we may still overeat. This can have a big impact on our weight, energy levels, and overall health and well-being.

In this post I'm going to give you three solid tips for preventing that from happening. Seriously! If you can make these three things a regular habit and part of your daily routine, you've got one up on the overeating cravings.

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9 Surprising Benefits of Almond Milk

Surprising Benefits of Almond Milk & How To Make It.

If you have a dairy allergy or are interested in a great milk alternative, look no further. Almond milk has more nutrients than cow’s milk and is easier for most people to digest.

In fact, regular consumers of almond milk may even make it at home. If you have been toying with this idea but need some inspiration and a good recipe, keep reading!

This week, I discuss some interesting facts about almonds and the health benefits they provide. As an added bonus, I’m including my super simple recipe for delicious, and nutritious, homemade almond milk!


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Does your Pet eat better than you?

Does your Pet eat better than you? 

Many pet foods today use all natural, quality, organic ingredients with meat derived from animals not treated with hormones or antibiotics. In fact, ingredient lists on packages of pet food read like a health food store advertisement.

Natural. Whole foods. Organic. 

With such wholesome foods readily available for our pets, I came to realize that many humans fail to eat as well as their pets. Why is this? Do we not think we deserve to live long, happy, healthy lives, too?

Read this week’s blog post to discover more about why our pets eat better than we do and some life lessons we should all adopt from the family dog.

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Eating Healthy while Travelling this Summer

Healthy Eating while Travelling this Summer
It’s that time of year again for most of us.

The sun is shining. School is out for the summer and it’s holiday season. It’s time to take a break, kick back, and enjoy time with family and friends wherever they may be.

For most of us, travelling is exciting. It means getting away, relaxing, and taking the time to recharge. However, for others, even the thought of travelling can be terrifying. Eating the wrong foods away from home and having to deal with the unpleasant and sometimes dangerous side effects it brings may discourage these people from venturing away from home in the first place.

Read this week’s blog post to discover my top 9 travel tips to help you maintain healthy eating habits while having fun on vacation this summer, and learn how to avoid the feelings of heaviness, bloat, and fatigue that typically comes with travel.


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Allergies vs Food Sensitivities: Are They the Same or Different?

Allergies vs Food Sensitivities: Are They the Same or Different?

I’m not sure why, but I have been seeing more clients in my practice who are suffering from multiple food sensitivities and allergies. 

The other day, one of my clients asked, “What’s the difference between a food allergy and a food sensitivity?” As this seems to be a growing concern, if one client has this question, many others mustn’t know the difference either. 

So this week, I delve in to the truth behind food allergies vs. food sensitivities. I’ll also fill you in on the symptoms to look for if you think that you, like so many others, may suffer from food sensitivities.


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11 Natural Ways to Beat Depression

Natural Ways to Beat Depression

Have you been suffering from depression lately? You may feel like you're all alone, but an estimated 350 million people worldwide suffer from this disorder.

Depression can make everything difficult - from the smallest everyday tasks to trying to make it through the workday. So, what can you do to pick yourself up and beat your depression?

Keep reading to discover 11 natural ways to beat depression.


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The Neurotoxicity of Pesticides

The Neurotoxicity of Pesticides

Did you know that pesticides are toxic to your brain and that children are more susceptible to neurotoxin exposure? As toxins, they can cause a variety of behavioural and cognitive problems.

Read this week’s blog to find out how and what you can do about it.


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How Clean is Your Food: 2018’s Dirty Dozen and Why I Choose Organic

How Clean is Your Food: 2018’s Dirty Dozen and Why I Choose Organic

How do you know which aisle to shop in the produce section of your local grocery store? How do you decide if paying a little extra for something labelled “organic” is actually worth it?

This week, I delve into the word of organic vs conventional food, and let you know why organic wins out in my book.

Progressively more and more people are becoming aware of the connection between food and their personal health. Perhaps you’re like one of my many clients who has decided to take ownership about optimizing their health now. 

Indeed, if my practice is any indication, becoming health conscious is no longer the exclusive domain of new or expecting mothers—nor is it the forté of those looking to overcome an ailment, disease or a condition like I was. Increasingly, individuals who are looking for a business edge or students looking to increase their cognitive performance are also realizing, like many athletes have, that what you chose to chomp on has a direct impact on your ability to perform—be it in the boardroom or the classroom. 

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