The newest food craze hitting your newsfeed is called Intermittent Fasting. You may have heard about it, had friends that have tried it, or given it a go for yourself. As with many things in the nutrition world, it is throwing what we thought we knew upside-down.
Maybe breakfast isn’t the most important meal of the day??
Eating 5 small meals throughout the day to try to manage our blood sugar might actually be having the opposite effect??
For the month of April, I challenged myself to meditate every day. Most of us have tried meditating in the past, maybe after a yoga class, but for me that usually just ends in a nice yoga nap. Through my courses at Harvard for mind-body medicine, I know how important meditation is, and how it can change your DNA (for the better!) in just 10 minutes a day. I talk to patients and people who meditate regularly, and can see the benefits from a simple meditation practice. But, as with all things, knowing does not equal doing.
I have a confession. I am addicted to my phone, and all the excitement and anxiety that comes with it. I am guilty of scrolling social media, and getting lost down the rabbit hole of caring about people that I know I will never meet. I know I’m not alone, but that still doesn’t make it ok.
My February challenge was to do a month without spending money on anything “non-essential”. I use quotations for that because there are still many non-essential things that I spend money on throughout the month that weren’t on the chopping block: cell phone, gym membership, gas, insurance, and unfortunately the list of monthly deductibles goes on.
I'm approaching 2018 a little differently this year. Every month I'm giving myself a new health challenge to do every day. My hope is that at the end of the month, I've created somewhat of a habit, and I have a chance to see if this new behaviour is something that works for me, or doesn't.
Even though we know that New Years Resolutions are almost always ignored by the end of January, we still start the New Year with the hope that "this year will be the year where I finally... (lose 30 pounds, eat healthier, exercise more, insert other lifelong health goal here).
1 in 4 Canadians will suffer from some form of anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Feeling anxiety, or fear, is a normal part of our physiology but it becomes a problem when anxiety interferes with relationships, the ability to go to work or school, and other aspects of daily life.
We have all been there – a stressful day at work, a bad breakup or a frustrating argument with a friend. All of a sudden it seems we want to indulge in all the foods we try our best to avoid – ice cream, chocolate, pizza. The craving for sugar and fats seems to be one of the many responses to elevated levels of cortisol in our body.