Are You In Tune With Your Hunger Signals?

Are You In Tune With Your Hunger Signals?

Recently I started bringing more awareness to my hunger signals and realized I have some work to do here. I’m currently taking the Hungry For Happiness Certification, which will certify me as an Intuitive Eating and Body Freedom Coach. In our first lesson we talked about physical hunger versus emotional hunger and whether or not we feel safe in our physical hunger. I quickly noticed that I don’t always feel physical hunger in my stomach, so I wanted to share more about hunger and intuitive eating in this post. Continue reading “Are You In Tune With Your Hunger Signals?”

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The Most Important Tool You Have Is Your Breath

The Most Important Tool You Have Is Your Breath

One of my many favourite topics in yoga teacher training was on the breath.  Our breath is the gateway to our parasympathetic nervous system, which can literally calm the stress response system.  The other benefit is that it takes mindfulness to focus on our breath so will naturally increase our awareness.  Both of these reasons are incredibly helpful when we are feeling disconnected and ready to reach for food. Continue reading “The Most Important Tool You Have Is Your Breath”

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4 Reasons To Overcome The Guilt Of Taking Time For Self-Care

4 Reasons To Overcome The Guilt Of Taking Time For Self-Care

We hear a lot about self-care these days and for good reason. The way people tend to live their lives adds up stress upon stress. The impacts of stress on our health are far reaching and can affect everything from our digestion, blood sugar balance, moods, sleep, and sex drive. Stress is sensed in our brain in the hypothalamus which signals our pituitary gland that in return finally signals our adrenal glands to secrete stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Continue reading “4 Reasons To Overcome The Guilt Of Taking Time For Self-Care”

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4 Things Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Taught Me

4 Things Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Taught Me

I’ve always been into health and fitness and thought they were one in the same.  I exercised most days of the week and ate what I thought was a healthy diet for me, while maintaining a fairly low body weight.  I was into running long distance races like half- marathons, marathons and trail races and trained to get faster. I liked pushing my body to see how far I could run or how fast I could go.  I also strength trained, took spin classes, swam, did boot camps and the occasional yoga class for cross training.  I thought my fitness level made me healthy and frankly was oblivious to all the symptoms that told a different story. Continue reading “4 Things Hypothalamic Amenorrhea Taught Me”

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Adrenal Dysfunction: Part 3

Adrenal Dysfunction

By now I hope you understand what the adrenal glands are, what their purpose is and what Adrenal Dysfunction is.  If not you can read about that in part 1.  In part 2 I discussed the symptoms a person will feel when struggling with Adrenal Dysfunction as well as the three different phases.  Part 3 is a long post as I’m going to discuss testing for Adrenal Dysfunction and the most important part, what you can do to overcome it. Continue reading “Adrenal Dysfunction: Part 3”

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Adrenal Dysfunction: Part 1

Adrenal Dysfunction: part 1

Adrenal Dysfunction, often called Adrenal Fatigue, is all too common nowadays and something I’ve struggled personally with.  I’ve had a chance to learn more about it and get a deeper understanding of it through the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition course I am currently taking.  I’m going to do a series on adrenal dysfunction and break down what it is, what causes it, the different phases, what symptoms are associated with it, how to get tested for it and how to overcome it.  First we need to understand what the adrenal glands are and what their purpose is. Continue reading “Adrenal Dysfunction: Part 1”

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10 Reasons You Should Focus On Health Instead Of The Number On The Scale

10 reasons you should focus on health instead of the number on the scale.

For years I grappled over the number on the scale, watching it go up and down but never getting low enough to make me happy.  Some days I would step on it numerous times to see if that number had gone down after a long workout and little food.  Sadly at the time I didn’t realize that getting that number low enough isn’t what would make me happy or healthy.   Continue reading “10 Reasons You Should Focus On Health Instead Of The Number On The Scale”

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