Motivational Letters

24 04, 2020

Be Strong

2020-04-24T10:07:34-04:00April 24th, 2020|Motivational Letters|

As time goes by, with no real light (yet-hopefully soon) at the end of the isolation tunnel, I find myself, and others starting to drift. We lose focus on ourselves. We begin to drift somewhat throughout the day; we move less and find our motivation wanes. In a way, when the isolation began, it was not enjoyable, but it was novel (excuse the viral pun). We did adapt and create a new routine. I found I was more focused on moving more, and keeping myself as busy as possible throughout the day. Unfortunately, I (and I am sure many others) [...]

17 04, 2020

Ideas from the Masters – Our Patients!

2020-04-17T12:41:10-04:00April 17th, 2020|Motivational Letters|

We are thinking of you all and hoping you are able to do a few things each day that ground you in health: physical, mental, nutritional, social…we may not hit each of these needs every single day, but focusing on one or two aspects will keep your body/mind healthier than it might otherwise be. Every day we get to hear about our patients’ coping strategies and how they are taking care of their health. I am so inspired by peoples’ strategies in their varying life situations; they’ve been able to find resolve and determination, in whatever capacity, to keep re-focusing [...]

13 04, 2020

Do something that brings you joy

2020-04-13T16:05:13-04:00April 13th, 2020|Events, Motivational Letters|

This week, I posted a video on our Facebook page which you can see using this link. I talk about doing something daily that brings you joy, whatever that may look like.  Especially now, during these uncertain times, it's important we make little things a priority that will keep us grounded and keep our perspectives positive; even if it's just for a few minutes a day. We are inspired daily by our patients and their continued strategies to keep healthy during this time. We are continuing to meet with patients via Medeo (virtual) or telephone for ongoing nutritional, motivational and [...]

3 04, 2020

Take Back Your Power

2020-04-03T15:36:21-04:00April 3rd, 2020|Motivational Letters|

Through this adjustment to the world’s current reality, we are inspired and motivated daily by our patients’ fierce commitment to ongoing health and wellness through these difficult times.  Checking in with your support systems is extremely important, especially now.  We must continually keep ourselves grounded and accountable to our goals.  Finding this resolve and determination is ultimately what makes us more and more motivated, and better able to maintain good habits long-term.  Whether it’s checking in with supportive friends, your counselor, your doctor, your trainer, an online workout video, a meditation app or a virtual get-together with friends, having regular [...]

27 03, 2020

Staying Grounded

2020-03-27T13:51:46-04:00March 27th, 2020|Motivational Letters|

As we finish off another week of social distancing and isolation, I’m blown away by our patients’ commitment to health and wellness during these unprecedented times.  I have spoken to many of you this week.  All of us have been feeling the challenges of stress, boredom, lack of activity, and lack of freedom to go places we’d normally go.  This has been manifesting in emotional eating, lethargy and low mood, for many.  However, creating small, daily goals can help to re-set the mind and body.  Accomplishing tasks gives us a purpose, and having a creative or physical outlet grounds our [...]

20 03, 2020

Compulsive Overeating and Food Addiction

2020-03-20T11:53:29-04:00March 20th, 2020|Motivational Letters|

Below is a wonderful blog post by my good friend and a brilliant writer Ms. Amy Berger. She has a Master’s degree in Nutrition and has written the book “The Alzheimer’s Solution”. She is one of my best resources for all things nutrition. She may be speaking here in Ottawa in the fall of 2020 depending on the current issue we are experiencing with the coronavirus. She is honest! Honest and insightful into the difficulties she (and I, and many other people) has around food. I loved this post. It speaks to me, and I think speaks to many of [...]

6 03, 2020

Snacking is an Emotional Event

2020-03-06T07:57:14-05:00March 6th, 2020|Motivational Letters|

I have taken the quote ‘snacking is an emotional event’ from Dr. Robert Cywes. The reasons are that first off, it’s true. Second, it helps me each and every time I reach for food. I’m not always successful, mind you, but it helps me to remain mindful of why I am reaching for a snack, and it hopefully allows me to put the food down and do something else. Realizing why we are eating helps us to develop resilience in the future when faced with the same temptations. For example, my worst time is mid or end of day when [...]

28 02, 2020

Dr. Bishop’s Simple Rules

2020-02-28T08:00:16-05:00February 28th, 2020|Motivational Letters|

1. Lower your expectations on how quickly weight loss will occur. We are all different metabolically, socially, medically. It will be slow for some, faster for others. Be patient. 2. Motivation. None of us wake up motivated to eat better or exercise more. It’s an effort. Realize the effort is worth it. Start some sort of exercise. Don’t expect yourself to “want to do it”. Just do it, and you will feel better afterwards. 3. Be willing to change. No one ‘diet’ is necessarily going to work for everyone. You need to find out what works for you. Be willing [...]

21 02, 2020

How Fast Will I Lose?

2020-02-21T07:37:42-05:00February 21st, 2020|Motivational Letters|

This is such a common question, yet it is impossible to answer. For decades it was thought that weight loss was a simple mathematical equation based on calories in and calories out, but this equation has never worked and will never work. It is based on the ongoing myth that eating 500 calories less, or exercising 500 calories per day will lead to a deficit of 3500 calories, and eureka one loses 1 pound per week. But it doesn't work. It doesn't work because our metabolisms are very complicated. We have been created to protect fat for times of famine. [...]

13 02, 2020

Which fork? The right or the left?

2020-02-13T09:56:49-05:00February 13th, 2020|Motivational Letters|

Which fork? The right or the left? You will have to excuse the slight pun in the title, however I was asked a question today that had me thinking about making the right choices. My analogy being a path, where one choice may lead to a cliff and the other one to safety. The question was, "How do you not eat bread and desserts and chips or ice cream?" The answer is complicated. I do not possess some inborn characteristic that simply tells me not to eat these things. In point of fact, I love all of them. Do I [...]

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