10 Science-Based Self Care Tips for Fall & Winter

10 Science-Based Self Care Tips for Fall & Winter

The rain comes down, steady. I open my windows wide – breathing in deep the dregs of summer and anticipating, slightly anxious, the cold, dark months ahead. The changes come, slow and subtle, but my body feels them all the same. A little less light, a daub more grey. My right hand aches with cold some days though the temperature shift is slight. Since its replacement, my hip no longer plays the barometer as it has since childhood but my body feels cold to the bone and shivers in anticipation. […]

Eat Your Way to a Healthy Brain: Improve Memory, Mood & Focus

Eat Your Way to a Healthy Brain: Improve Memory, Mood & Focus

The time change brings with it darker evenings and a gloomy overcast interspersed with a rare but sorely needed sunny day. It feels like bedtime by 7 pm yet there is work still to be done around the house. The U.S. election contributes to a feeling of heaviness but then again, this time of year always feels a little heavy. Both parents left in November – my mom on my little brother’s birthday. And every year as this time rolls around, we practice the letting go. It is good to sit with the pain […]

5 Steps to Support Yourself as You Quit “That Habit”

5 Steps to Support Yourself as You Quit “That Habit”

This post is not intended to boss you around – as in insist you should quit sugar, wine or anything else you enjoy. If you are healthy and happy then I am delighted for you! However, if you are at a place in your life where a sugar, refined carb, wine, nicotine, caffeine, drug or junk food habit is no longer serving you, then this post of 5 ways to support yourself when you’re doing the hard work to quit “that habit” may very well be of use. It is not a comprehensive list of everything that could […]

Supplementing For Anxiety: When Food Isn’t quite Enough

Supplementing For Anxiety: When Food Isn’t quite Enough

Supplements are not magic pills. They are ideally taken to support oneself alongside a generally healthy lifestyle and not as a Band-Aid to mask anxiety symptoms while we carry on with our unhealthy nutrition and lifestyle habits. But supplementing for anxiety can be important. We live in a toxic, high-stress world with soils that are deficient in certain nutrients (ex. selenium in various parts of North America). Because of this, some in the health realm advocate handfuls of supplements every day. I totally understand why. *there are affiliate links in this post Yet for various reasons I prefer to limit […]

Be Still My Anxious Heart: living with chronic anxiety

Be Still My Anxious Heart: living with chronic anxiety

We can all experience a measure of anxiety at times in our lives – a sense of worry, unease, nervousness, or apprehension. Sometimes this is tied to a particular and definable circumstance – waiting on a medical diagnosis, experiencing loss of a job or loved one, or preparing for an important exam, as examples. But many people, young and old, live with chronic anxiety – an underlying sense of fear or concern for their safety, a sense of impending doom, persistent or excessive worry over daily situations. This anxiety can take over one’s life. Many people […]

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 […]

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 […]