Can You Trust a Chubby Nutritional Consultant? Or, Let’s Talk About Weight.

Do you deserve to be loved, completely and with abandon, if you are not thin? Are you worthy of self-acceptance if you are not at your dream or ideal weight or body shape? There are women who would look at me and consider me fairly thin or ‘small’. Others would see my arms and hips and the roll around my belly when I sit and consider me fat or at least chubby. I am 5’5.5″ (that half inch is important!) and weigh 144 lbs-ish.* It fluctuates due to my Hashimoto’s. I […]

Constantly Consumed by Sugar Cravings?- Part 2

Constantly Consumed by Sugar Cravings?- Part 2

I should never divide posts into multiple parts because the time comes to follow-up and I want to write about something completely different. So I procrastinate. Seriously, it is a good thing that I have made a commitment to myself to post faithfully once a week or I’d be curled up in bed with a steamy cup of licorice tea reading Brené Brown right now. Or watching Gotham on Netflix (it’s my kids’ fault). Either or. Moving along… Halloween has barely come and gone and I imagine now, more than ever, some […]

Constantly Consumed by Sugar Cravings?

Constantly Consumed by Sugar Cravings?

There are times in life when I look back and marvel, gratefully, at how far I have come. I remember after the birth of my first child, close to 20 years ago now, feeling crazy happy but exhausted and craving sugar; I’d whip up a batch of Peanut Butter Rice Krispie squares with chocolate on top and eat the entire pan myself without breaking a sweat. When my son was little, if I started eating Halloween Candy (just 2 or 3 mini chocolate bars was the plan) chances were that I’d clear off the entire […]

When Your Brain isn’t Working Properly and How to Eat Your Way Out of the Fog

When Your Brain isn’t Working Properly and How to Eat Your Way Out of the Fog

My third pregnancy was challenging in many ways- I knew I was depleted nutritionally and emotionally. About two months following the birth of our youngest daughter I crashed. My pregnancy weight wouldn’t shift, I was forgetting to pay bills (unheard of for me) and often I would think one thing but a totally different word would come out of my mouth; it became quite frightening. I had zero energy and felt like I was living in a deep fog. I was also doing a lot of crying and yelling and my hands were […]

I am HUNGRY

I am HUNGRY

We have just celebrated Thanksgiving here, in Canada, and many of us had time to rest and spend time with people we love. The majority of us, I assume, were also well-fed over this long weekend. But I am still HUNGRY: For JOY spilling over; For unshakable wholeness and peace and a life of purpose; For a life of great courage, when all my decisions are rooted in love and not fear; For living with constant gratitude and the habit of truly seeing the beauty all around me, in me, and in other people; For freedom to […]

I Wanted to Die: An Exploration of my Journey Through Depression

I Wanted to Die: An Exploration of my Journey Through Depression

I tried to kill myself three times between the ages of fourteen and eighteen. Nothing horrible had happened to me. My parents loved me and I was safe and provided for. But I didn’t want to exist – I didn’t feel like I was cut out for this world and wanted to escape. One way or another. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among 10-24 year olds in the United States and in 2009 ranked as the second leading cause of death among 15 to 34 year old Canadians. Despite […]

Small Nutritional Upgrades for Big Results

Small Nutritional Upgrades for Big Results

Baby steps count. It is so easy to feel overwhelmed when wanting to make a change in life whether the goal is to clean up the family’s diet, to institute a budget, to move toward more gentle parenting, or to become more organized. At the same time, it is easy to overlook the transformative power of small steps with consistency. Day after day. Month after month. Until we look back and stand amazed at just how far we have come. Let’s say that your goal is to improve the nutritional quality of the food […]

10 Calming Strategies for When Tension Mounts

10 Calming Strategies for When Tension Mounts

You create your menu plans and a weekly rhythm and have a half-decent system for managing your finances. You work to stay organized and even have a strategy in place for self-care. But life throws you a couple curve-balls and you miss some sleep and someone dies and Revenue Canada audits you. And the tension mounts. Here are 10 strategies I use to calm myself and keep focused on WHO and HOW I want to be in the world when the waters of life become a little agitated: I aim to get quality sleep. When […]