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A metaphor for mindfulness…

Last weekend I attended The Beginner’s Mindfulness Workshop at The Centre for Mindfulness Studies here in Toronto with instructor Elaine Smookler. The workshop (which I recommend if you’re interested in learning about mindfulness) covered a few topics including the neuroscience behind mindfulness. For those of you who aren’t familiar, practicing mindfulness encompasses many things such … Continue reading A metaphor for mindfulness…

Is your identity getting in the way of your progress?

I’m going to make a confession. When I first started health and fitness coaching I envisioned myself walking into a well-appointed studio, giving my client a fantastic workout, handing them a meal plan and -BAM!- they would get the results they were after! Though I was excited to help people and well-intentioned, I was naive. … Continue reading Is your identity getting in the way of your progress?

Why meal plans don’t work for most people…

One of the pillars of our my online nutritional coaching programs is teaching my clients which foods are going to propel them toward better health and then helping them develop an approach to eating that centres around these foods. Getting clients to this point does require a little elbow grease and even some discomfort on their … Continue reading Why meal plans don’t work for most people…

How does a bite turn into a binge?

Many of us have been there before. You’re implementing good nutritional habits – getting your veggies in, paying attention to your protein, and listening to your hunger cues. Then, a small misstep somehow turns into a binge. One cookie, which wouldn’t have been a big deal, becomes three cookies. Then you think you’ve “ruined” your … Continue reading How does a bite turn into a binge?

One way to make a new habit stick

When trying to adopt a new habit, a common problem is just remembering to do it! Luckily, there is a really simple solution to this problem that works for many (but not all) habits. The solution is called piggybacking and it occurs when you use an existing habit as a trigger for a new habit. … Continue reading One way to make a new habit stick