Well, it’s March and soon it officially will be Spring, even if we keep having weather that makes us think that Spring will never come. Soon, we’ll also be thinking about Spring cleaning – getting rid of clutter that has built up over the winter months, washing floors and windows and dusting the little nooks and crannies that we never seem to get to. However, have you thought about Spring Cleaning Your Brain? I don’t know about you, but my brain can definitely get cluttered with the busyness of day to day life, let alone planning for future events and just trying to get everything done on my “to do” list. Sound familiar? Well, I have some easy, yet really effective techniques to share with you that you can use to not only Spring Clean Your Brain, but keep it clutter free year round! (more…)
When you’re grocery shopping, how often do you read labels? Do you look to see what ingredients are in your favourite canned soup, snack or diet yogurt? Can you pronounce all the ingredients on the label? Do you know the difference between alpha-tocopherol (which is good for you) and acesulfame-potassium, a food additive which breaks down into a substance that, in large quantities, has been found to affect thyroid glands in dogs, rabbits and rats? If you want to learn more about choosing healthy foods for you and your family, read on….. (more…)
In January, I wrote an article called “New Year’s Resolutions vs Goal Setting”. Well, we’re now a few months into 2014. How is your year going so far? Are you achieving the goals you set for yourself in January? If you’re like most people, in fact about 92% according to Forbes.com, your New Year’s goals may have been pushed to the back burner by the day to day busyness of your life. As human beings, we’re creatures of habit and we program these habits, sometimes consciously, most times unconsciously, into our brains. When life gets hectic, our natural response is to go back to doing things the way we are in the habit of doing, in the way our brain is programed to do things. However, just the way bad or non-supportive habits get programed into our brains, new, supportive habits can be put in there, too, to help us work toward and achieve success.
This month I’ve created a short video for you to help you achieve your 2014 goals. Check it out! (more…)
February is Heart Month as promoted by the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. We all know that stopping smoking and limiting alcohol and caffeine intake are very important factors in attaining and maintaining good heart health. But what is the real key to a healthy heart? If you said eating well, exercising regularly and managing stress, you wouldn’t be wrong. These are also significant factors to having a healthy cardiovascular system. However, there is something else, something so basic and yet essential to our heart health and indeed, our very survival. Something that most doctors and health care professionals aren’t even aware of. What is this critical element that literally every person on the planet needs? Read on to find out…… (more…)
Well, the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, will soon be starting. More than 2500 athletes from 88 countries around the world will be competing in 98 events in 15 different sports disciplines. This will be followed by the XI Paralympics in which athletes will be competing in 72 events in 6 sports with para-snowboarding being featured for the first time in Paralympic history. While there is much excitement building, we’re also aware of the many controversies surrounding the games including historical, environmental and economic issues plus the safety and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) athletes, supporters and journalists. All the excitement and the controversy has me asking some questions like:
What can we learn from watching men and women who have devoted literally years, and in some cases decades, of their lives to be their “Best Self” in a sport?
How can our bodymind health benefit from watching the Winter Olympics/Paralympics?
What can we learn from the pre-Olympic/Paralympic controversies?
What’s in it for us? (more…)
With February being the month of the Heart, how can we not think about love? Whether you’re falling in love, falling out of love, looking for love or continuing to celebrate years of love with your honey bunny, here are some interesting things that can happen to your body and mind when you’re falling in love. The Huffington Post printed an interesting article last December and I want to share the highlights with you, plus some of my own!
With every news headline reporting flu outbreaks including the H1N1 virus, and even the Avian flu, everyone is on edge. The irony, of course, is that fear of getting the flu can actually contribute to stressing your immune system, thereby, increasing your chance of getting a cold or the flu! Don’t get me wrong, no one wants to get the flu. Plus, the flu can be dangerous for people with compromised immune systems such as elderly people, those battling other diseases or people, including children, who are generally in poor health as a result on unhealthy lifestyle habits.
However, I want to bring you a couple of pieces of good news! First of all, according to a January 3, 2014, article in the Huffington Post, Dr. Allison McGeer, head of infection control at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, and one of Canada’s leading flu experts is quoted as saying, “It’ll be over in a month. There’s been a fair amount of activity, but it’s not terrible. And that should be it.” She also goes on to say that different provinces report cases in varied ways which can give us misleading statistics. “Numbers don’t mean much when it comes to seasonal flu and they probably shouldn’t concern the public to any real degree, McGeer says.”
The second piece of good news is that while the news headlines continue to focus on the negative, I want to share with you 10 secrets that can help keep you and your family healthy during the winter cold and flu season! I haven’t had a full blown cold in almost 3 years (and prior to that it had also been 3 years) and the last time I had the flu was over 10 years ago and it only lasted a few days. How is that possible? Read on to find out how as I share my health secrets with you! (more…)