Are you waiting for your motivation to kick in before you commit to something? You want to start exercising. You want to eat more fruits and vegetables. You want to get stronger. You want to feel better about yourself. You figure that whatever kick-ass thing you imagine yourself doing will get done... ...once you are motivated enough, … Continue reading We’ve got this whole motivation thing backwards…
Foods are labelled as good or bad all the time. Whether these phrases are used in the media or in our daily conversations, I believe it’s time to rethink the terminology. I’m not convinced that labelling foods as either good or bad is helpful or accurate for anyone, especially those who are trying to educate … Continue reading Is there such thing as good or bad foods?
We live in a culture that values a stiff upper lip, the no excuses mentality and promotes rhetorics like, “no pain, no gain.” We’re taught that success is the result of extreme measures and that nothing less will suffice (“go hard or go home”). We are led to believe that self-critical inner dialogues will protect … Continue reading Self-compassion and growth
Welcome to the first post of my FAQ series where I will answer some of the questions that I am asked often in my role as a online nutrition coach and a personal trainer. Today we’re talking about protein. If you think that the smear of almond butter on your toast in the morning or … Continue reading FAQ #1: Which foods are the best protein sources?
How many times have you intended to adopt a new behaviour only to find that when the time came it was hard to resist your old patterns? Today I will share a simple yet effective strategy that you can use to help you stick to any new habit. It is inspired by a study done … Continue reading One way to overcome barriers to change
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…
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