Fat Factor #2 – Your Hormones – Adrenal Glands

Did you know that your adrenal glands take over production of estrogen once your ovaries stop pumping it out?  What happens if they are not able to take over due to being overused and under-supported prior to menopause?


The Four Pillars of Immunity

Nutrition, Exercise, Mindfulness and Sleep

With winter upon us, there’s no better time to start thinking of ways we can ward off sickness and boost our immunity. A recent survey conducted by the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) of 1,500 Canadians revealed that more than half (54 per cent) of Canadians get sick most often in the winter. The same survey also showed that the vast majority (91 per cent) of Canadians believe their overall health impacts their level of happiness.


Eating Disorders

February 1st – 7th is Eating Disorders Awareness week.  Eating disorders affect nearly a million people in Canada alone and statistically we all know at least one person who suffers from an eating disorder – even though we may not know it as it is called “the silent disease”.


Cervical Health

Protecting our hidden woman parts is easier than you may think. It’s not fun, but necessary.  “Smear for Success” is a popular slogan going around these days, especially considering it is Cervical Health Awareness Month.

A PAP smear only takes a few minutes but can save your life.  Sexually active women who regularly get a PAP smear are highly unlikely to die from Cervical Cancer; if caught early it is highly curable.


Protect Your DNA with Folic Acid

Folic Acid, or Vitamin B9, is an activator – it plays a very important role in the proper production and reproduction of DNA.  Most women know, or are aware, of the importance of Folic Acid if they are pregnant and yet still, about 260 babies are born each year in Canada with neural tube defects – a result of insufficient Folic Acid; especially pre and beginning pregnancy.  This can be changed very easily.


Daniel O’Neill’s Story

Well so far it has been an amazing  journey and the future looks bright for me. It all started back in 1985. My modest football career ended and I was at a crossroads. There had always been a huge physical release and enjoyment for me growing up playing team sports. I started playing hockey at age six and there had not been a year when I was not involved in a sport. I was really unsure what I was going to do now.


Eat, Drink & Be Merry!

You know you’re gonna do it anyway, might as well enjoy it.

I think the stress of worrying about how much weight you are going to gain over Christmas has more of an impact on your health than the actually cookies and extra glass of wine…or two.

This is not to say that we should let go of all self-control every day in December.  Rather, it means that the days you do choose to let go and indulge in all the yummy treats, you let go..really let go.  Your body has a built-in regulator that warns you not to eat to excess anyway – you know that sick sugar feeling you get when you have sugar overload?

We know that one teaspoon of sugar depresses our immune system for six hours, however, six teaspoons of sugar does not depress our immune system for thirty-six hours.  So I say, if you are going to fill up on sugar, do it all at once, not a little everyday.

christmas-eatingPick an couple hour time frame, three to four times in December, to forget about the diet and gaining weight, and eat and drink to your heart’s content – responsibly of course – no drinking and driving.

For some reason we’ve come to believe that a little everyday won’t hurt us, but the truth is it is the little everyday that does hurt us.  The continual blood sugar spikes and dives cause all sorts of health issues and is one of the biggest contributors to chronic health issues.  It is better, if I can call it that, to load up on the sugar all at once (a couple different times) rather than space it “responsibly” throughout the season.

I know this all sounds rather unconventional for a Nutritionist to tell you fill up on sugar, but I am not your conventional Nutritionist.  🙂

Plus, you’ll think of me in January.

Merry Christmas, my friends.

You are muchly appreciated…

Fat Factor #2 – Your Hormones – Pt. 2

pineal-gland-calcificationThe Pineal Gland is what regulates your sleep.  It lets you know when it’s time to go to bed.  The Pineal Gland releases melatonin.  Very small amounts of it are found in foods such as meats, grains, fruits, and vegetables.  Natural melatonin decreases with age which may be part of, or the whole reason, for insomnia in older people.  Adequate levels of melatonin can help protect us from sleep-deprived conditions such as:


Fat Factor #2 – Your Hormones – Part 1

endocrinesystemYou body has an amazing network of hormone producers and regulators that work together to ensure your growth, metabolism and sex hormones are all working as they should so you burn fat quickly, use energy efficiently, feel happy, and enjoy a great sex life.

This amazingly connected network runs through the middle of your body starting in the middle of your brain and ending in the ovaries or testes.  One affects the other so it is hard to separate them in the discussion of weight loss and management.

Let’s start at the top and work our way down.


Fat Factor #1 – Your Metabolism

metabolismThis is where you sit back and rest (or leisurely walk along the beach) and you continue to lose weight.  Sound too good to be true?  Ok…there is a little more to it than that, but not much to boosting your metabolism.