Tag: weight

Continuous Glucose Monitors for Weight Loss

Continuous Glucose MonitorsI’ll come right out and say it: I’m a healthy middle-aged woman who thought that her experiment with a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) would validate her choice to regularly enjoy things like nutty muesli, whole-grain toast, and the odd beer, without consequence. This experiment was a useful wakeup call.

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What are You Willing to Suffer For?

Health goals journeyThe answer to this question can help you stick to the most difficult healing work: Exercise, dietary regimes, reframing your thoughts and perspectives about life, healing a chronic illness, spiritual growth. In other words, what is so meaningful to you that through pain or discomfort, you’d still want to do the work? This is what you’ll use to find the strength to continue choosing the healing work each day.*

This is also part of the archetypal hero’s journey: The classic human experience of traversing challenges toward satisfying and deep transformation.

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Have you tried the Snowflake diet?

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We are all beautiful snowflakes.

Unique.  Differently shaped by both the way we are formed (our genetics) and our environment. Impacted by our journey through the lifespan.   Changeable as we age.  With specific paths and specialized patterns.  Unlike any other.

Yep – snowflakes and humans have a lot in common.  Which is why when I am asked “what diet is the best diet?”  as a certified holistic nutritionist and wellness educator my answer is “the Snowflake diet!”

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Fasting Mimicking Diet

Fasting Diet

Often when patients come to see a Naturopathic Doctor they ask, “What should I be eating”? They recognize that what they consume each day has a profound impact on how they are feeling and their overall health. However, when and how much they are eating may be just as important as what they are eating. What if one of the most impactful things you can do for your health is to actually eat less?

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Your Limitless Living Community

Here’s the online community you’ve been searching for to support and encourage you to be the best you can be. Annual membership includes weekly coaching videos (intuitive eating, movement, motivation, strength training that makes sense), all designed to help women feel stronger, happier, and healthier. Their tool kit includes dozens of perks and offers from local businesses with mandates that align with these ideals. Limitless Living has only recently launched in Kingston and we’re so happy to be a part of this passionate, inspiring, and genuine community. Please check out their website or Facebook page.

Why Not to Make New Year’s Resolutions. And, what to try instead.

I don’t like to sound like a downer, but only about a quarter of Canadians who set new year’s resolutions will actually keep them in the long-run, according to a recent Ipsos poll. That means that if you’re one of 77% of people who make a resolution come the new year, then statistically, you’re more likely than not to keep it.

I’m personally not a fan of new year’s resolutions.

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Reversing Pre-Diabetes

Perhaps you had a routine physical exam and blood testing with your Medical Doctor or Naturopathic Doctor and discovered that your blood sugar was uncomfortably high. Maybe you’re concerned about your family history of diabetes or heart disease and already recognize that prevention is key.  It’s a common scenario in my office, perhaps because an estimated 22% of Canadians have pre-diabetes. For the most part, type 2 diabetes is a lifestyle illness, but not always in the way we think it is.

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What is Insulin Resistance?

Insulin is a hormone produced by our pancreas that helps sugar (i.e. glucose) enter our cells. It has a major impact on our metabolism and how our body gets energy. When our muscle, brain and tissue cells stop responding to insulin this causes a condition called insulin resistance. If our cells become resistant to insulin then our pancreas needs to create even more insulin to get the glucose inside those stubborn cells. This can become a slippery slope

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Are Your Hormones Making You Tired?

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Fatigue and low energy is one of the most common concerns that patients come to see me for. Sometimes the fatigue is a new symptom but for the majority of people, it is something they have been struggling with for years. In many cases it presents itself gradually, like a slow but steady decline.  Now they find themselves with so little energy they can’t do the activities that they want and it is affecting their quality of life. There are many different root causes for low energy but one’s hormonal state is usually a major player. I want to briefly cover two hormonal issues that can lead to low energy.

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