Breastfeeding – reflections and resources

It's World Breastfeeding Week Aug.1-7 and seeing all the posts and articles being shared on social media has me once again reflecting on my experience of breastfeeding our daughter 7 years ago.  She and I struggled together tremendously with getting her to open her mouth and latch properly.  But despite the painful nipples, blocked ducts, mastitis, crazy pumping schedule and some tears...we perservered. Whether you breastfeed, formula feed or do a combination of both (as [...]

By |October 1st, 2019|Uncategorized|

PCOS – making sense of this syndrome

Why did it take so long to get diagnosed with PCOS? Diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can be tricky, many women affected by PCOS are going undiagnosed and therefore are unaware of how to better work with hormonal challenges they may be experiencing. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is given as a diagnosis if at least two of the following clinical findings are present and other known metabolic or endocrine disorders that could cause similar symptoms [...]

By |September 22nd, 2019|PCOS|

Helpful supplements for PCOS

When embarking on a PCOS treatment plan, lifestyle and diet are paramount to your success (refer to my previous post on tips for a PCOS diet.) To take your treatment plan one step further, there are a number of different supplements that have been shown to be quite helpful to add to your lifestyle and diet changes. There really are so many to choose from, so it is important to work with your health care [...]

By |September 20th, 2019|PCOS|

Which PCOS diet is best for you?

PCOS affects more than just our fertility. Our entire body, including our endocrine, metabolic, reproductive, psychological, cardiovascular, and digestive systems are all touched in some way by this syndrome. Therefore, there is not one specific diet for PCOS. It is important to work with your health care provider to determine which diet is best suited to you. However, at the core of any PCOS diet, supporting healthy glucose and insulin levels with blood sugar balanced [...]

By |September 15th, 2019|Food & Nutrition, PCOS|

Embracing transition

I love these lazy late summer days.  Our garden is full of yumminess to harvest, the last blooms are expressing their beauty, and my heart feels full from the memories of our adventures and time spent connecting with friends and family. We have one last hurrah camping planned and then the transition from the free flow of summer to the more structured routines of fall will be upon us. As we move into September, it always [...]

By |August 27th, 2019|Mindfulness, Wellness Wednesday|

Your Flip Flops are Trying to Kill You!

Hooray for summer! Winter clothes are banished to the back of the closet and our favourite summer t shirts, shorts and flip flops are loving fully being the spotlight. Unfortunately, your beloved flimsy, airy, and innocent looking footwear have been darkly scheming and conspiring against you. Today the sun is shining brightly, songbirds are belting out the hits and the joy of strolling in open-toed footwear in the warm mid-summer sunshine is impossible to resist. [...]

By |August 1st, 2019|Massage, Pain, Wellness Wednesday|

Merry Orbs

These merry little orbs do indeed live up to their name. They make me happy every time I pop one in my mouth! I have been on the hunt for a recipe like this for awhile: a quick, easy snack for keeping my energy going in between meals that is high in protein and low in sugar.  So many of the packaged bars in grocery stores are too sweet, even the "healthy" ones.  And you [...]

By |July 31st, 2019|Food & Nutrition|

National Smoothie Day (Summer Solstice)

On the first day of summer, also known as national smoothie day, we would like to send out a public service announcement to please protect your digestion and enjoy those smoothies warm. Wait a second, WARM???? Yup, that’s right. Especially if you plan on starting your day with that smoothie, it is best to support your digestion, which wants to be warm, by taking in your nutrients at a temperature closer to room temperature or [...]

By |June 21st, 2019|Food & Nutrition|

Get Up Stand Up

While Bob Marley may not have had a degree in kinesiology (he leaned more towards "herbology") he was on to something with his advice above. He may not have even been encouraging us to stand up for our right to psoas suppleness or metabolic magnificence. The man, however, was wise. Fact is, we sit more on average than ever before and it is slowly turning us into C-shaped, Gollum-like desk and couch slaves. Not only [...]

By |June 19th, 2019|Wellness Wednesday|

Men’s Health Week

So why dedicate a week in June to bring attention to Men’s Health? The fact of the matter is that it is not so much about the reproductive organs that differentiate males from females, or the genetics but in how men typically cope with their health issues and the contributing factors that make them more susceptible to life threatening conditions, such as heart disease.

By |June 17th, 2019|Men's Health|