Self Care is NOT Selfish

The prevailing problem of the women that I work with is that they struggle with the idea of self-care because when I say “self-care” they hear “selfish.” I like to use the analogy of the oxygen masks on the airplane. It’s my favorite because it’s so appropriate! Self-care is putting on your own mask so…

Food Crazy or Food Sanity?

Since Canadian Thanksgiving has arrived, I wanted to share a story about family dinners and what can happen when the ‘lose-weight-at-all-costs’ mentality creeps in. Recently, I met a woman who would like to have a baby. Her family is Portuguese. (That will become important later.) She has been prescribed a particular diet by her doctor…

Flexibility Fuels Freedom

The ice storm that came through my hometown last night couldn’t have provided a better reminder to stay flexible this Easter weekend. As you can see, every surface is covered with about 2 cm/0.5 inches of ice. When the wind blows, the sound is eerie as the trees creak and strain under the pressure. Then…

Get Off the Wagon and Get On A Horse

I like wagon rides. We go to the farm, get on, sit back and enjoy the ride with the rest of the gang. It’s a lovely distraction from life and a great opportunity to relax, be part of a group and look out at the scenery. On the wagon… In the diet and fitness world,…

How I Stopped Binge Eating

Binge eating was a part of my life since I was a fairly young child. It progressively got worse as I got older and faced more and more responsibility in life. Poor body image and low self-esteem were my ‘normal’. I always felt ‘less than’ those around me. As I got older I learned how…