Health and Nutrition Blog

January 15, 2018

Recently, Oprah Winfrey was given a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes. This coincided with the rollout of the “Time’s Up” movement, designed to raise awareness about the state of sexual assault, harassment and inequity in Hollywood, and to a large extent, the professional workplace in general. The new “Time’s Up” movement was created by strong women with ties to Hollywood who are not only using their status as icons to raise awareness, but are also starting a legal defense fund designed to help women who don’t have “Hollywood” resources to pursue legal action against those they feel have violated their rights. The group will also use their clout to develop ideas and lobby for more equitable legislation between men and women in the workplace and are trying to right their own house in making Hollywood a place men and women are treated the same. During her speech, I was so moved when Oprah said: “But it’

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January 8, 2018

We all have some level of stress, right?

It may be temporary (acute), or long-term (chronic). Acute stress usually won’t mess with your health too much. It is your body’s natural reaction to circumstances, and can even be life-saving. In cases of acute stress, when the “threat” (a.k.a. “stressor”) is gone, the reaction subsides, and all is well. It’s the chronic, constant stress that’s a problem. You see, your body has specific stress reactions. If these stress reactions are triggered every day or many times a day, that can mess with your health. Stress (and stress hormones) can have a huge impact on your health. Let’s dive into the “stress mess.”

Mess #1 – Increased risk of heart disease and diabetes

January 3, 2018

I dislike failure – even when there is a lesson with it – therefore it stands to reason I dislike New Year’s resolutions. There is a belief that the New Year is the perfect time to pursue new goals and dreams. This belief is so strong people make the same resolutions every year and truthfully believe “This year will be different!” Researcher John Norcross found that about 50% of the population makes resolutions every single year and out of that group, 92% fail! So, why such a high rate of failure? Are we just weak and lazy? Resolutions are considered “cultural procrastination” according to Timothy Pychyl, a psychology professor at Carleton University. But the problem is that people use resolutions to change habits they are neither ready nor committed to address, therefore they fail. Looking back, whenever I

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December 7, 2017

We’ve all had them at one time or another: The Bad Boss. It’s not that they’re bad people, it’s that their style of doing things doesn’t click with you and the gulf between your philosophies can quickly become an abyss if you don’t learn how to pro-actively handle your disagreements. You’ve worked hard to get where you are and probably look at your boss and think that they may not deserve to be where they are. That’s OK, but you need to tell yourself to let go of any resentment or your performance could suffer. Whether you’re correct or not about your boss’s ability doesn’t matter. You have to work with the person – and take direction from them – every day. If you are a high performer you don’t want to sit idly by and watch things go in the wrong direction, but approaching your boss when there are differences can be an art form unto itself.

Pre-Confrontation

Put Yourself in Their

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November 15, 2017

My friend Sue just finished her second diet ice tea and it’s 10am. Because of work demands, she also consumes about three cups of coffee per day. But nothing to worry, she told me the other day, “everything I consume is sugar free”. Sue is a diet-conscious career woman and even though her waistline continues to widen and her energy is lower than ever she relies on diet drinks, artificial sugar sweeteners, caffeine alongside diet crackers and gums to get her through the day. Sue knows the negative health effects of eating too much sugar, especially “added sugars” like in regular soda, most juices, candy, baked goods, and many commercially-available cereals, just to name a few. She also knows that added sugar is hiding just about everywhere in the grocery store hence why she resorts to “sugar free” everything. It’s true, ingesting refined sugar spikes your blood sugar and insulin, and increases your risk for a whole host of issues (weight gain being the least damaging). The food industry has been adjusting to the growing awareness on this fact and its response to the demand

November 7, 2017

Are you the indispensable, go-to employee? Are you the one who gets all the odd projects and requests for help? Or maybe you run your own business and feel unless you are on top of things 24/7 that things will get out of your control. Do you have an innate feeling the company can’t operate without your vigilance? When does the indispensable label become too much? Is it best to always be the go-to? Will micromanaging really lead to success? In most instances, the answer to these questions is No. The one thing it will lead to is burnout. Who’s ultimately responsible for employee and owner burnout? YOU! As the indispensable one, you must learn to identify the telltale signs of having too much on your plate before burnout comes knocking on your door.

Red Flags

Here are the most common red flags when you have

November 1, 2017

Ladies, moving your beautiful body with the aim of keeping it healthy and energized may be as simple as taking a 30-minute walk daily. However, there are so many philosophies, techniques and new trends that can make maintaining your fitness confusing. In this week’s blog we are debunking some of the most common fitness myths. Let go of these misconceptions and begin enjoying a more energized, stronger body. It will help you in both the boardroom and bedroom.

Myth No. 1: Weight training will cause me to bulk-up and look manly

Generally speaking, females have less testosterone than men, which makes it fairly difficult to bulk up to the point of looking manly. If a leaner physique is what you are after, lifting weights will help you. As your muscles become leaner and stronger they will require more fuel, which means you’ll burn more calories even at rest.

Myth No. 2: The Cardio Myth

October 20, 2017

“Don’t make me angry, Mr. McGhee. You wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.” – Dr. David Banner, opening credits of The Incredible Hulk It’s pretty hard to inspire others if you are walking around with a belly full of anger. Experiencing unjust treatment, hearing criticism, or just not getting what you want when you want it triggers sensations that feel like anger.  Psychologists even recognize boredom as a mild version of anger represented as dissatisfaction with what is happening at a given moment. Anger can be healthy at times but resorting to anger to deal with everyday situation is not the smartest answer. Anger is reactive and often shows up when we have not learned how to understand and deal with our emotions. Anger is not an involuntary emotion although it can feel that way sometimes, but you can regulate it. Instead of getting into unco

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