April Update

Hello everyone!

I’ve missed you all so much this month! I haven’t been able to connect with you as much as I’d like. But if I were to have any reason, I hope a vacation in Mexico is good enough!

Vacations are funny. For me, they take a decent amount of preparation beforehand, and then require a lot of catching up once I’m back. I’ve learned to handle life accordingly and leave myself time before and after to take care of those things – it helps me keep my sanity!

But of course, a good trip is always worth it.

Surf Boards in Sayulita

Matthew and I spent a week staying in Puerto Vallarta. We took full advantage of our time there and visited all the towns that surround it – Bucerias, Sayulita, Mismaloya, and Yelapa.

Ever since Matthew and I met, I’ve been asking him to vacation down south with me. This, coupled with the fact that the Calgary winter was an especially long one, made this trip really special for me. We had adventures every single day – from deciding where to have lunch, to hopping on the bus and praying we get off in the right town!

What I love about spending quality time with my partner and seeing them in different environments is that you get the chance to see them in new ways. How do they handle getting completely and utterly lost? What are their vacation priorities? How are they at learning a new language?

It took all week for Matthew to learn the word for “bathroom” in Spanish, but it was entertaining watching him re-learn and forget it over the week. He didn’t mind when I flubbed over new words myself – hah! It’s funny, the moments that end up sticking with you.

I’m so thankful for this trip because it reminded me that once you take a break from social media, enjoy quiet, and actually sit back and look at your life, you can have some pretty amazing moments. You get the chance to really check in with yourself and reassess.

Aside from the trip which was phenomenal, I do have some other exciting things coming up!

I am hosting another Intuitive Eating Workshop in May at SURFSET YYC – it has been the most popular workshop yet – I think in large part because it affects us all on some level to varying degrees. We are over stressed and often over-fed…. and not with the good stuff!

Secondly, in just a couple days my newest ebook is set to be released ūüĎŹūüŹĽ!

The Strong Babe Summer Guide is not your average diet book – in fact, it’s not a diet book at all. It’s a nutrition and lifestyle JUMPSTART to get you in the right mindset for summer and inspire your inner health nut!

Deprivation and yo-yo dieting are so last year. The Strong Babe Summer Guide is all about nutrients, delicious food, and eating until you are actually full. Plus there are going to be tons of tips on lifestyle, supplements, and self-love.

I’m looking forward to hearing what you guys think of it!

Believe it or not this is the third ebook I’ve written.

The first one, Anxiety Workbook, is for my fellow Anxiety Warriors looking for a holistic resource on how to help themselves. This ebook is so near and dear to my heart – if you have anxiety I highly recommend checking it out!

The second one, Easy-Peasy Meal Prep Guide, is a 100% free ebook to help you organize your food for the week! I would get so many comments and questions regarding meal prep, and I realized that this resource could be something that really helps people. Plus, it’s created in such a way that it can cater to you no matter what your diet is like!

 

Thank you so much for catching up with me today! As summer quickly approaches I wonder, do you have any exciting summer plans you are looking forward to? I would love to hear about it!

Chat soon!

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Keep Cooking with Rosemary 

Sometimes we become so focused on so called ‘SUPER FOODS’ in nutrition that we forget that some of our pantry staples also contain some pretty cool benefits.

Rosemary is a piney-smelling herb used commonly in cooking – you‚Äôve probably added it before to a soup, stew, or stuffing. For that reason, it always reminds me of the colder seasons – but for all it’s benefits, as you’ll see, it’s a great ingredient to incorporate all year long!

 

 

Rosemary has properties that help to stimulate blood flow, aid digestion, and promote a healthy immune system. It also contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant substances such as rosmarinic acid, caffeic acid, betulic acid, and carnosol. One study indicated that these substances may also be linked to benefits on learning and memory.

Did you know: the smell of rosemary alone has been linked to a decrease in stress, as well as an increase in mood. And I know, I know, as if it weren’t enough, it can also help freshen your breath! It probably has something to do with it’s antimicrobial properties. At least you know it’s there if you’re in a bad breath pinch!

It’s best used fresh while it’s still bright green – for best keeping, put it in the refrigerator stored in a damp towel. If you keep the dry stuff on hand, don’t forget to check the expiry date and invest in a new jar about every six months.

Looking for a creative way to use it? Start adding it to mocktails, or your nightly warm lemon water. Use it in your homemade savory baked goods. You could even try adding it to your bath! Just try not to accidentally sit on it’s sharp little leaves.

What’s your favourite way to use rosemary?

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Plant Based Bars Review

Hello everyone!

How are you guys today?

To be honest, it’s been a whirlwind of a weekend. I’m jumping from one thing to the next without much time to take a breath. But it’s alright – today, the sun is shining and the day is young!

I just wanted to drop in and let you guys know that I just put together a video reviewing some plant-based bars – I would appreciate it so much if you checked it out!

 

 

Until next time!

Why are you Depressed? 

Like many other things in mental health, depression is multifaceted – there are many signs, symptoms, explanations, and origins behind depression. It cannot be explained simply. It can’t be encompassed simply, and it shouldn’t be treated simply.

So why are you depressed? A lot of the stigma that still has a stronghold on mental health reiterates the narrative that people who struggle with depression are just “mentally weak”. Another common misconception is that it only affects the “have-nots” of society, that is, those of lower economic status. (because what could people with money possibly be sad about?)

What’s interesting is that as a society we still haven’t full acknowledged and absorbed just how prevalent depression is. It’s simply not talked about. Well, let’s put a little dent in that today shall we, and talk about it.

So, what is it? Are depressed people weak? Ungrateful? Poor? Messed up? Under difficult circumstances? Negative?¬†Let’s unravel it a little.

There is no one factor that has been indicated in “causing” depression, in fact, there are several things that could be linked between you and your depression.

For example:

  • Food intolerances or allergies
  • Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
  • Traumatizing experiences/ Grief/ Difficult life circumstances
  • Neurotransmitter malfunctions
  • Hormones

Any single factor or combination thereof could be contributing to your depression. I realize this is a small, albiet generalized list – but the point I’m trying to drive home is that there are any number of reasons why you might be depressed. ¬†

This is why I have such an issue with the fact that we treat depression in such a blanketed way: by suggesting antidepressants to treat depression – for everyone. First and foremost: did you know studies have never definitively found a link between serotonin and depression? Yet SSRI’s , which increase serotonin in the body, are the most often¬†prescribed antidepressant.

So, in essence, people with depression are encouraged to take a drug that has not actually been scientifically supported to work. Some studies do say that SSRI’s do show small improvements in some people; other studies chalk that up to a placebo affect.

I know some people personally who take SSRI’s for depression, and they really feel that these drugs work for them. I can’t argue with another person’s experience. And without definitive answers, it is plausible that these drugs could very¬†well improve symptoms for some. I am not anti-drug , I’m just pro-whatever works. What I worry about treating depression with such a “one-size-fits-all” approach is that people might ignore the other factors that could be contributing.

For example, did you know that depression is a symptom of low testosterone in men? Or that hypothyroidism can look like depression? Or that low dopamine correlates with a decrease in motivation, which is a symptom of depression? Or that untreated food allergies and sensitivities can lead to chronic inflammation, leading to fatigue and a host of other symptoms, all of which could contribute to depression? Or that magnesium deficiency has been linked to depression?

Some depression is also circumstantial, you can be optimally healthy and still struggle with depression (you can also be rich and depressed Рmyth busted). 

So why are you depressed? If you’re not sure, I encourage you to dig deeper. Emotionally and physically. Get whatever test you need to get done. Get in tune with your body. Talk to your doctor, spiritual adviser, your chiropractor, and figure out what’s getting you.¬†And as always, advocate for yourself.

Lord knows – I’m not saying it’s easy. Having had my own mental health struggles for over ten years, I know it takes a lot of work – sometimes years – to get to a good place. All I want for you is to channel that energy into productive ways of figuring it out – when you’re feeling up to it.

Any comments or questions? Please leave them down below, I would be interested to hear about your experience with depression!

 

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