ABC’s to Feeling Better

A blog post by John Foulkes, OPC (Dipl.), Registered Psychotherapist Still not achieving your health goals, stuck in a vicious circle of starting and stopping?   Can’t seem to shake a general feeling of sadness or unhappiness?  Overwhelmed and feeling stuck in your life?    If this describes you, no doubt your state of mind and happiness are potentially being hijacked by stress, frustration, and what can feel like utter confusion at times. With life throwing so many curve balls it makes sense that you’re feeling overwhelmed and [...]

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4 Reasons Why Your Struggling with Constipation & Easy Solutions!

Often clients complain about how clean they eat but still experience mild gastrointestinal distress. You may be eating gluten, dairy, soy, corn, nightshade free, but still experience constipation or other gastrointestinal distress. Learn how to overcome constipation naturally. Other symptoms of gastrointestinal malfunction may be gas bloating headache burping reflux neck, shoulder, middle and lower back pain fatigue after eating abdominal distension constant hunger bowel irregularity muscle and joint aches  These symptoms are not part of normal digestion. If you experience any of these symptoms, try ruling out the causes below: 1. Dehydration Dry [...]

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Are Your Injuries a Result of Chronic Stress?

The one thing that so often prevents an athlete from reaching their next level of performance is an injury. Yet, many athletes are constantly injured season after season. Many more seem to be nursing that bum knee or weak ankle. Healing an injury 100% involves a lot more than exercise rehab and anti-inflammatory drugs. Making sure all injuries stay at bay is a stress level and nutrition matter. You do not just wake up one day with a sore knee [...]

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Calorie-restricted Diets Don’t Work

Calorie-restricted diets don’t work if you want to lose weight permanently. Most people have tried some kind of fad diet, by cutting calories. With over 5,000 diet books to choose from, each claiming the fastest way to success, why isn’t everybody on the same program? You don’t have to starve yourself, spend hours on the elliptical or punish yourself for hours at the gym. If you eat the right food and supplement the right amount of nutrients for your body, excess [...]

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New to Working Out? DO NOT Make These Common Mistakes!

Most people we see want to drop x% of body fat and look good naked. Guess what? Your posture is half the battle. A good trainer will be able to help you achieve your goal, but should also be able to identify, as well as modify exercises and correct structural imbalances to avoid potential injury. When a muscle becomes locked short and tight, the antagonist (opposite) muscle often becomes locked long and weak. For example, in the common slouching in front [...]

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4 Most Common Reasons for Low Energy in the AM & 4 Simple Fixes

Do you find it difficult to wake up in the morning, experience low morning energy or often hit snooze on your alarm? Some clients come to us with over 8 hours sleep still don’t feel well rested in the morning. Here are the 4 most common reasons for low morning energy and ways to overcome it. Most common reasons for low morning energy Skipping breakfast: After fasting for 8 hours in the morning, the body requires nutrients to get you through the [...]

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Should Women Lift Weights?

You’ve heard all the horror stories: lifting heavy weights make women bulky, it’s dangerous and it’s bad for your joints. These lies feed into the stereotypes that are preventing many women from experiencing the benefits of resistance training. Rest assured, weight training will not do any of these awful things to you. Contrary to popular belief, lifting weights do not make women bulky or turn into hulk overnight. However, it will help you improve your posture, gain lean muscle mass, improve [...]

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Probiotics & Prebiotics Your Ultimate Guide

Bloated stomach? Endless flatulence? Wicked diarrhoea? Believe it or not, you don’t have to live with these symptoms. Ever wonder why it takes so long for the food that we eat to make its way through our stomach? As it turns out, one of the numerous reasons has to do with the importance of both prebiotics and probiotics in our stomach. Both prebiotics and probiotics are naturally occurring microorganisms found in our stomach and intestine, which are both known as [...]

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Signs You Are Overtraining & What to Do

Does working more hours make you more money? Not necessarily. By doing so, you increase your risk of wasting time on useless things. While seemingly busy, you may be preventing yourself from focusing on priorities and the task at hand, and possibly be decreasing your productivity. The same is true with training. You may be weight training 4 times a week, jogging 30 km a week, doing spin class 3 times a week and going to Pilates class on your [...]

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5 Ways To Get Out Of Your Turkey Coma!

1. Avoid sugar (processed and unprocessed), dairy, soy, gluten, and eggs These foods are common allergens and can be inflammatory to your gut. Most people have found improvements in their gut health, mood and mental clarity when they cut out these foods from their diet. 2. Drink your food and chew your water Your mouth is the first and last voluntary digestion that happens in your body. When food particles are too large, food molecules can irritate your gut lining. After you [...]

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