Let's talk about stress and how it relates to you health. Stress is a natural response to the demands and challenges of life. It is a normal part of life that can help you stay alert and focused, but when stress becomes overwhelming or chronic, it can have negative effects on your health. Here are five examples of how stress can affect your health:
1. Cardiovascular health: Stress can absolutely raise your blood pressure and heart rate, which can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke. Chronic stress can also contribute to the development of conditions like hypertension and arteriosclerosis.
2. Mental health: Mental health is affected in a number of ways. It can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, and irritability, and can also interfere with your ability to think clearly and make decisions.
3. Immune system: Chronic (long term) stress can weaken your immune system, making you more prone to illness and infection. It can also increase the...
Alright for food is amazing - and the reason is because its always perfectly packaged !
When you start combining foods into meals you will easily start seeing the same nutrients over and over again
9 of the most common nutrients in real food meals:
1 Protein - found in meat, fish, seafood, beans, lentils, eggs, dairy, nuts, seeds and some veggies
2 Carbs - found in beans, lentils, grains, fruits and veggies
3 Healthy fats - found in fish, meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, avocados, olives and coconut
4 Fibre - found in whole grains, beans, lentils, fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds
5 Water - found in fruits and veggies
6 Potassium - found in fruits, veggies, beans, chicken, salmon, avocados and some dairy
7 Calcium - found in dairy, beans, lentils, seeds, nuts, leafy green veggies and some grains
8 Magnesium - found in nuts , seeds, dark chocolate, beans, lentils, edamame, grains and some fruits and veggies
9 Zinc - found in meat, seafood,...
There is nothing more frustrating than when your healthy intentions stop showing the progress you want to see - specifically weight loss plateauing.
Weight loss plateaus are extremely common - no, they are part of every health journey out there. It is not a bad thing - it is your body telling you that something needs to change, shift or be removed.
I have come up with the top 3 reasons why you may experience weight loss plateaus - from all of my clients who are busy professionals / entrepreneurs I have noticed many of the same occurrences. Once cleared up or shifted the body continues to transform in a healthy manner.
1. You are not eating enough - when moving towards more nutrient dense choices (whole fruits, veggies, nuts, proteins etc.) you will find the overall calories consumed in a day is naturally...
When you need nourishment, but quick and easy execution because you have little time for lunch prep - this is the ultimate salad for you. Let's talk salad first... it is very common for an individual to think of a salad as eating greens with a little dressing. While this would be extremely quick to whip up it is also depressing and not nutritionally dense! You will be hungry moments down the road which will throw off your concentration, energy and productivity. You cannot afford that as a busy professional.
Let's do salads right! Salads are a beautiful way to kick up your vegetable intake, healthy fats and protein intake as well! I will let you in on all the tips and tricks : how to make the most nutritious and delicious salads every time!
How to Assemble the Ultimate Salad for Busy People:
1. Always start with a GREEN base
This can be kale, spinach, romaine or broccoli. Green vegetables contain chlorophyll, a multitude of vitamins...
Here's the thing:
Snacks can make or break your day. They have the ability from preventing or cause sugar or energy crashes throughout the day, support productivity or prolong a days work. So I am introducing: Easy Snacks for the Busy Professional
Did you know that the top 3 snacks at the busy professional's office are
3. Cheese (and not the great kinds)
Snacks that are calorie dense, high sugars or high carbs - all foods that will give you a BURST of energy then a crash shortly after. Most of the time we are looking for the same type of snack an hour later and the cycle continues.
As a busy professional, you want to be productive at work. You want to have enough energy to go in and out of meetings, to be present when talking to colleagues and to have the confidence that each day you are giving your best.
These easy to execute snacks will support your body's energy so that you will obtain that productivity and confidence...
As an entrepreneur the work NEVER stops. Partially this is due to my brain always wanting to develop more, see more, connect more and see the success that I have already envisioned.
The connection between health and my success is something that I can't even joke about. It is AMAZING what I can accomplish when I fuel myself properly, get good sleep and stay hydrated. It got me thinking...
Was this connection just me ? Or is there some correlative science to this success. To my suprise numerous studies have been done connecting health to productivity to $$$.
The way I see it is the body is AMAZING. You can treat it however you like and you may be able to accomplish certain goals each month/ year. So what happens when you LEVEL UP your health? The sky's the limit.
Studies have shown that when health is made a priority in the workplace: "health-related productivity costs were more than four times greater than medical and pharmacy costs"(1)
This is an ongoing popular topic. The Question: Should we buy organic, or not? Many people have the assumption that organic is a waste of money or think it’s just too expensive. Then there are the people who will only buy organic fruits and vegetables. So what’s the truth about organic? Let’s dig deeper on the meaning of “organic”.
What does organic mean?
The definition of organic is “relating to or derived from living matter”. In terms of food, organic generally means the farming that avoids the use of man-made fertilizers, any use of pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormones in livestock, feed additives, and no GMOs (genetically modified organisms).
However, organic can mean different things depending on the country - the term ORGANIC may not even be regulated. Fortunately, Canada has very strict guidelines and regulations on what can be labelled as “Organic”.
Organic farming in Canada...
There is nothing better than a warm cup of hot cocoa on a winter day – especially leading up to the holidays! While this beverage can be enjoyed while gift shopping, on long wintery walks or just sitting by the fire it also packs a serious calorie and sugar punch. The following are some of the most popular hot chocolate beverages that are consumed this time of year:
Tim Horton’s Medium Hot Chocolate: 300 calories with 49 grams sugar (that’s over 12 teaspoons!)
Starbucks Grande Peppermint Hot Chocolate: 420 calories with 61 grams sugar (that’s over 15 teaspoons!)
McDonalds Deluxe Medium Hot Chocolate: 400 calories with 55 grams sugar (that’s over 13 teaspoons!)
Nestle Hot Chocolate Mix with Milk: 325 calories with 21 grams sugar (that’s over 5 teaspoons!)
Too much sugar consumption ultimately means too much energy for your body to handle. The excess, unused energy will be stored as fat for “later”....