Why You Shouldn’t Try

Why You Shouldn’t Try

Am I saying you shouldn’t bother? Nope. Why shouldn’t you try to do that thing that you say you want to do? Well, let me ask you first, do you really, honestly want it? If the answer is a resounding yes, please do not TRY to do it. There was once this little guy in this big film franchise who said, “Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.” And to quote Elizabeth Gilbert, “When a man who looks like Yoda hands you a prophecy, you have to respond.” In this case, I am directly quoting Yoda, so, naturally, you should listen. In my experience, when a person says, “I’m gonna try” or “I will try to finish” it means that they will make a lacklustre attempt at something, without having the full intention of completing the task. I have seen it with personal training clients, nutrition clients, and I have said it myself. Over and over. So, I know that when I want to do something I settle down and DO it. Why you shouldn’t try When I try, 90% of the time, I quit. When I buckle down and put 150% of my effort and intentions… View Post
My Experience with the ‘Darkside’ of the HAES Community

My Experience with the ‘Darkside’ of the HAES Community

** I am making a disclaimer front and centre so that there are no noncontextual assessments made of this post. I can’t entirely agree with fat-shaming or body shaming of any kind.  I do not think that any person should be treated poorly because of the package they come in. I believe in recovering wellness from any point in a person’s life – in making the most of the health that each of us is capable of attaining. Most importantly, I don’t think any person’s opinions should be ignored just because of the package they come in. While I agree with many views of the Health At Every Size movement, I disagree with the participants of the movement who have become so insular and unwilling to accept facts over extreme feelings  I am not speaking to every member of the HAES community. This post is about individuals refusing to engage outside of their echo chamber and my experience within the community.** Every ‘journey’ takes its detours, and this one is about one of mine. It was a detour down the rabbit hole that is anti-diet culture and radical body positivity. Let me start at the beginning. My previous blog, BeetsPerMinute,… View Post
A Nutritional Therapist Explains Sugar

A Nutritional Therapist Explains Sugar

So, there’s a lot of buzz, hype, and confusion about eating sugar. Is it good? Bad? Am I overeating it?  Well, this post comes after much thought and years of research, reading, and also working with people who are looking to change their eating habits.  It’s easy to get confused about sugar, and truthfully, trying to get to the bottom of the truth about sugar, is enough to make you stress eat Skittles, am I right?  If you want to navigate your way through the (not so sweet) confusion when it comes to sugar and your diet, you need only to read on as a nutritional therapist explains sugar.   via GIPHY By now, it’s almost a broken record to hear about how sugar is the enemy, and it no doubt is public enemy number one in obesity (childhood and adult), heart disease, and diabetes.  The truth is, most people don’t know the difference between the various types of sugars in the foods they eat. A sugar calorie, unrefined Simple sugars are called monosaccharides and include glucose (also known as dextrose), fructose and galactose. Monosaccharides are the simplest units of carbohydrates and the simplest form of sugar. They are the building… View Post
The Important Health Benefits of Spirulina

The Important Health Benefits of Spirulina

When I was 17, during my summer break between my junior and senior years of high school,  I worked at a restaurant with some interesting characters, let me tell you. I worked with this lady; we’ll call her for anonymities sake, Cindy.  Cindy was in her early 50’s and didn’t have a single wrinkle on her face or grey hair on her head, despite her vocation, she seemed biologically unphased by life. Now Cindy wasn’t a marathon runner or even a ‘clean eater’ — though that term wasn’t quite as relevant as is today — and she was a longtime cigarette smoker. One day I just asked her, “Cindy, how is it that you smoke and eat fried fish and have no wrinkles, grey hairs, and look like you’re still in your thirties?”  She said, “I dunno, I guess it’s because I drink chlorella and spirulina.  Every day.” I didn’t know what the hell she was talking about, honestly, to me, it sounded like witchcraft.  But she explained to me that she was talking about drinking blue-green algae.  As you can imagine, at age 17, I thought she was bullshitting me.  Completely.  I’d believe she ate sea scuz every day… View Post
Approval, Addiction and Approval Addiction

Approval, Addiction and Approval Addiction

“If you are an approval addict, your behaviour is as easy to control as that of any other junkie. All a manipulator need do is a simple two-step process: Give you what you crave, and then threaten to take it away. Every drug dealer in the world plays this game.” -Harriet B. Braiker I don’t know if that quote resonates with you, but it sure makes a whole lot of sense to me. Deeply ingrained within all approval addicts — or addicts in general — is the lack of a sense of self.  A lack of understanding of the self always leads us to believe that external approval and validation are the essential parts of holding together our identity. Have you ever wondered why someone as sweet and giving as you always end up in relationships (romantic, friendship, business.) with people who don’t understand or appreciate all that you do for them? And when things don’t go the way we want them to and that relationship fails to provide us with the feedback that we are “doing enough” or “accomplished enough” or “good enough” why we turn to external methods to preoccupy that discomfort? Approval addiction is a layered disease… View Post