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12 09, 2020

Get Back in the Boat

2020-09-12T10:29:37-04:00September 12th, 2020|Uncategorized|

This week some people were discouraged with their perceived lack of progress. Others didn’t move much or have healthy food because of perceived “lack of time.” About 10 years ago, I started to learn how to use a ‘surf ski.’ This is an incredibly tippy watercraft, and in competition in the ocean you must jump in and paddle over 5-foot waves and around a course with turbulent water. Most of the first summer was spent just trying to stay inside the boat in flat water. I called it “the summer of a thousand falls.” This was very discouraging to say [...]

28 08, 2020

Move

2020-08-28T11:54:31-04:00August 28th, 2020|Motivational Letters|

Since the beginning of COVID it has been interesting to observe behaviours in myself and others. When everything began, we searched for some sort of exercise and to just get some exposure to sun (knowing natural vitamin D improved our immune function.) For me, I would do some simple push-ups and burpees throughout the day, along with an indoor kayak machine.  For others they might follow yoga or you tube exercise videos and ensure they got out for a ‘social distance’ walk. However, even as things open up, I find a lot of us have backed off somewhat in consistent [...]

28 07, 2020

Keep Moving Forward

2020-07-28T13:40:42-04:00July 28th, 2020|Motivational Letters|

We all find ourselves at a crossroad when it comes to ‘diets’: do we continue despite frustrations, or just give up and try something else (even if something else has worked short term in the past, only to result in weight regain). There must be a certain tenacity when it comes to a healthy way of living; whether it’s in regards exercise (or lack thereof), the quality and quantity of food, getting enough sleep, or learning strategies to manage stress. There will be days, or weeks, of really poor food choices. There could be many reasons: friends visiting, a partner [...]

14 06, 2020

Today’s Habits for Tomorrow’s Health

2020-06-14T13:55:12-04:00June 14th, 2020|Motivational Letters|

One of my personal questions is: if we could more accurately measure how our choices impact our health, would we change behaviours? If we knew specifically that what we were eating or snacking on was improving, or worsening, our immune system, accelerating the aging process, or increasing our risk of dementia, would we make different food choices? If we knew that a certain dose of exercise doubled our mitochondria, improved heart function and improved endurance, while it also improved anxiety and depression, would we make that dose of exercise a priority? If we knew that only getting 5 hours of [...]

29 05, 2020

Reflections

2020-05-29T09:38:15-04:00May 29th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Rarely do I like talking about my habits or frustrations with my eating; however, I wanted to share some of my personal reflections. Three years ago, I was diagnosed with prediabetes; a total surprise to me. I did not believe my doctor and the blood results, so had a nurse test me at the hospital. Yep, elevated blood sugars. This was quite a scare, so began home testing and being more vigilant with my intake of carbohydrates. The blood sugars gradually came under control, although my weight didn’t change that much Fast forward to this past year. Even with regular [...]

15 05, 2020

Health First

2020-05-15T15:30:36-04:00May 15th, 2020|Motivational Letters|

Not a day goes by where I don’t hear peoples’ experiences of unhealthy (meaning highly processed) food choices. Whether it is the isolation, the anxiety of the unknown timeline of all this, the frustration of not being able to be with friends or other family members; all these things are affecting our moods. This varies from boredom to anger to frank depression, which can lead to carb cravings and extra snacks. I get it. It is extremely hard to maintain good nutritional discipline when we are feeling down. It also is a difficult time to be thinking about weight loss. [...]

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