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 these staggering statistics, it […]

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 baby 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 (this post contains some affiliate links): […]

I Am an Aspiring ‘Good-Enoughist’

I Am an Aspiring ‘Good-Enoughist’

I am a recovering perfectionist and “an aspiring good-enoughist”*. Not that I ever actually thought I was perfect, but I always felt I ought to be and was painfully aware of all the ways in which I never measured up. In university, for example, there were many instances when I tried to take a zero on an exam or assignment because I felt ill-prepared or that my work was substandard. Thank goodness for amazing profs who counselled me to try anyways (of all outrageous notions), that any mark was better than zero. Yikes! Fortunately, I […]

Self Care for a New School Year

Self Care for a New School Year

Like many of you, I am sure, I adore the fall. The changing colors, promise of pumpkin-everything, perfect weather for wearing ‘cardis’, scarves AND flipflops.  As an ISFJ I also enjoy the return to more predictable routine and getting everyone and everything organized for a new school year. At the same time, anxiety and overwhelm can easily creep in during this season of transition as I shoulder responsibility for my family’s physical and emotional well-being. Self care can go out the window. I have one child in elementary (homeschooling), one in high-school, and one returning to […]