Are You An Emotional Eater?

Most of us have at some point experienced  emotional eating.  I was once an emotional eater and still struggle with it.  We often use food to celebrate, to comfort ourselves or even to alleviate boredom.  Once in a while is okay but when emotional eating becomes a regular habit that’s causing you to feel guilty and out of control it becomes a problem.

Are You An Emotional Eater?

Let’s take a closer look at what emotional eating is:

  • Emotional hunger will cause you to crave specific comfort foods. Try this out the next time you think you might be experiencing emotional hunger: ask yourself if eating something healthy like some fruit or vegetables will satisfy you.  If the answer is no and all you can think about is junk food you’re more than likely trying to soothe yourself, or celebrate something.  Your body doesn’t need it but your mind is telling you that you need it.


  • Emotional hunger most often leads to mindless eating. When you’re eating to deal with your emotions you can easily eat an entire bag of chips without even really being aware of it and without even really enjoying it.
  • Emotional hunger doesn’t go away just because you’re full. When you eat in response to emotions you won’t want to stop just because you’re full.  You’ll want to keep eating to avoid the emotion you don’t want to feel.  Unfortunately, until you deal with the emotion and allow yourself to feel it and just accept it no amount of food will help you.  If anything, it will make you feel worse.
  • Emotional eating often leads to guilt, shame and regret. When you eat due to physical hunger you’re giving your body what it needs which is a good thing so you feel good about it.  If you’re feeling guilty or shameful after you eat, quite likely it’s because you know deep down that you aren’t eating for nutritional reasons.

How To Combat Emotional Eating

It’s not easy but you can do things to help stop emotional eating.  Here are some tips:

  • Identify your triggers. Do you find yourself eating in response to stress?  Sadness?  Happiness?  Boredom?  Figure out your trigger and have a plan for when you’re feeling these emotions.  Maybe you need to go for a walk, or answer e-mails or talk to a friend.  Have a plan for when you’re experiencing your trigger moods and be sure to implement it.
  • Tell someone close to you that you need their support. When you feel like you need to turn to food for comfort contact that friend and tell them what you’re feeling.  The time spent conversing with this person may even outlast the craving.
  • Keep a healthy kitchen. We all have certain foods that give us comfort.  Having them once in a while is okay but having them on hand all the time is a recipe for disaster.  You might be having a craving for something that will calm you but if it’s not in the house you probably won’t go out to buy it.  If you do decide that you’re going to go out and buy it walk to get there.  This will give you some time to think and the fresh air might actually work to calm and soothe you.
  • Keep yourself busy. This is particularly important if you eat out of boredom.  Don’t let yourself get bored – take up a hobby, start a blog, connect with friends online, adopt a pet, take a course to learn something you’ve always wanted to know more about.  Find some sort of non-food activity that comforts you and helps you feel fulfilled.

You Can Do This!

Emotional eating can be very hard to overcome but you can do it.  Think about how it makes you feel when you eat your emotions and decide that this isn’t good enough for you anymore.  You deserve to be happy and feel in control.  Decide that your well-being is more important than the short escape from reality that food gives you and don’t be afraid to reach out for help.

How Much Protein Do You Need?

Protein is key if you want a strong and healthy body but a lot of people are confused as to how much protein they should be eating.  And a lot of people are fearful that if they eat too much protein they could actually damage their health.  So how much protein do you really need?

Here’s some helpful info:

You Need Protein To Build Muscle But How Much?

You definitely need protein in order to build muscle but just how much?  Some people assume that if they eat more protein they’ll build muscle faster.

Unfortunately, it’s not that easy.  You definitely do need to meet your protein requirements in order to build lean muscle, but if you take in more than you need, your body isn’t just going to turn the excess protein into more lean muscle tissue.

Your body can only use so much protein in one day.  If you consume more than you need it’ll be stored as body fat if it’s not used as energy.

How Much Protein?

If you’re active you will require more protein than sedentary individuals.  Generally, 0.6 to 1.1 gram per pound of body weight per day is what the average active person would require.  The exact amount will depend on your genetics and goals

Protein And Your Health

A lot of people tend to believe that high protein diets are hard on the kidneys but if you’re already a healthy individual, eating a higher amount of protein isn’t going to be a problem.

Most people will do fine having up to 1.5 grams per pound of body weight each day.  This is more than most people would require but it’s not going to damage your kidneys.  More likely it’ll get stored as fat.

Higher protein diets do tend to cause dehydration though, so just be sure that you drink more water when you increase your protein intake.

What Are Some Good Sources Of Protein?

There are two types of proteins that occur in nature: complete proteins that contain all the essential amino acids and incomplete proteins which only contain some of the essential amino acids.

Complete Proteins:

  • Whey
  • Dairy
  • Eggs
  • Meat & Seafood
  • Quinoa
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Moringa

 Incomplete Proteins:

  • Beans
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Legumes
  • Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Coconut Flour
  • Nutritional Yeast
  • Most Plant-Based Protein Powders

Eat Your Protein!

Protein is a very important nutrient in your diet.  You absolutely need it to build muscle and to maintain it so make sure you’re getting what you need but don’t assume that just because some is good more must be better.

Healthy Food Swaps!

Some Healthy Food Swaps To Try

When it comes to nutrition you want to make sure you’re getting the most out of what you’re eating.  A few healthy food swaps can result in a superior nutrient profile which will ensure your body is getting all the nutrition it needs to recover from all those great workouts you’re doing.   Sometimes the simplest changes have the biggest pay-offs in terms of your long-term progress with regards to fat loss as well as in terms of how healthy you are.

Here are some quick and easy swaps that will ensure you’re getting optimum nutrition:

Eat Yams Rather Than Potatoes

Not that potatoes are unhealthy, but they tend to rank fairly high on the glycemic index scale, which means they’ll cause a large blood sugar response followed by a crash.  Yams rank lower on the glycemic index scale.  They release more slowly in your body and this keeps your insulin response under control and also helps keep your hunger under control.

Eat Real Fruit Rather Than Drinking Fruit Juice

Don’t drink your fruit!  Eat real fruit so you get the benefit of the fibre.  Also, it’s really easy to drink the juice of 6 oranges without feeling full so you end up consuming extra calories and since there’s no fibre your blood sugar will spike.

Go with real fruit and you’ll feel less hungry and improve your digestive system health.

Have Greek Yogurt Rather Than Flavoured Yogurt

Commercially bought flavoured yogurt (even fruit flavoured ones) has a TON of sugar in it and less protein than Greek yogurt.  You can add a few fresh berries into your Greek yogurt if you need more flavour.   And don’t look for low fat/no fat yogurt.  You need fat and if it’s fat free it most likely has sugar added to it.

Eat Natural Peanut Or Almond Butter Rather Than Commercial Peanut Butter

Commercial peanut butter is FULL of sugar – icing sugar actually!  Opt for natural peanut butter or better yet, almond butter.  Almond butter is actually better digested by most people than peanut butter is.

Eat Salmon Rather Than Beef

Beef is a good source of iron so it’s okay to eat in your diet from time to time, but salmon is going to provide you with the essential fats your body needs to stay healthy.  Salmon is very high in the omega fats that so many people are not getting enough of.

Easy Swaps For Optimum Nutrition

So there you have it!  A few easy swaps to start implementing right now to take your diet and optimize it.  These small changes in your diet will result in big changes in your health and well being!

Bodyweight Training Vs. Weights

What’s better?  Bodyweight Training or Training With Weights?


The great debate: which is better? Bodyweight training or training with weights? The truth is both are great and both will result in strength gains and body composition improvement….as long as you do them correctly.

In order to make changes in your body you have to push beyond what you can do comfortably. With body weight training this could mean changing the way you do an exercise (ie once you can significantly increase the number of pushups you can do from your knees it’s time to start doing them from your toes).

With weight training this could mean increasing weights when appropriate (ie you can do 15 plus reps without feeling fatigued).

Let’s take a closer look at both:

Bodyweight Training:

Anytime, anywhere! All you need is your body so you can do bodyweight training anytime anywhere.

Clutter free: If you’re using bodyweight to train you don’t need to worry about finding room to store any equipment.

Great for all levels: Beginners are able to gently start strengthening their muscles without adding any extra load. Squats and kneeling pushups are a great way for a beginner to get started. For the more advanced person, bodyweight exercises can be made tougher by changing position slightly, adding plyometrics (think jump squats), adding holds and adding pulses.

Real life moves: Bodyweight exercises mimic real life moves so it basically strengthens your muscles to be able to move in ways they need to in real life situations. For instance, squatting down to pick something up or even just the act of sitting and then getting back up.

Training With Weights:


Faster results: If putting on a lot of muscle mass is your goal, heavy weights with fewer reps is key. Lifting weights that are heavy enough to cause your muscles to fail after 6-8 reps will build muscle faster. This is not ideal for a beginner though. The risk of injury increases as you start to lift heavier and if you don’t know proper form this is a recipe for disaster. If you’re a beginner and you want to start lifting heavy you need to work with a professional.

Easier to progress: To progress with weight training all you need to do is lift heavier weights. With body weight workouts you have to be a bit more creative. There are other more complicated weight training techniques for the more advanced lifter but by just progressively overloading your muscles you’ll keep them challenged and keep seeing results. Note: you have to keep challenging yourself. If you stay with the same weights even as you get stronger you will plateau.

HUGE variety: With weight training you have a much larger variety of exercises you can do for each muscle group. For instance you can work on your chest by doing a bench press, an incline chest press, a decline chest press, an incline chest fly and there are still others you can do for that one muscle group.

As you can see both options have great benefits and what you choose will depend on your preferences, goals and access (or no access) to equipment. Personally, I like to do a bit of both. I like to change up my routine regularly so I don’t get bored and I find by mixing it up my body feels more balanced. Whatever you choose to do make sure it’s safe and if you’re a beginner make sure you have someone who knows what they’re doing to teach you how to do things properly so you avoid injury and muscle imbalances.

Can You Out Train A Bad Diet?

You Can’t Out Train A Bad Diet


Have you ever used your workout to justify eating something that you know you shouldn’t?  If you’re doing this regularly you’ll soon realize you can’t out train a bad diet.

Don’t Fall For This Common Belief

A lot of people think that if they exercise it gives them a free pass on what they put into their body.  Unfortunately, this is not true.  Physical activity requires proper nutrition in order for it to be effective.  You could be training your butt off but if you’re not feeding yourself with high nutrient food your body doesn’t have what it needs to recover properly and get stronger.  Pizza, nachos, cookies and other processed high sugar foods will cause your performance to suffer and you’ll suffer too.


Our body needs exercise.  Have you ever gotten up from your desk after hours of working and felt stiff and sore?  Sitting for long periods of time is not what the human body was meant to do.  In order to build strength and keep mobile without pain we need to move every single day.  Also, regular exercise reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and some cancers by at least 30%.


Here’s something to consider: in the last 30 years, the percentage of people who exercise regularly hasn’t really changed that much.  BUT the percentage of people who are overweight and obese has skyrocketed!  The problem?  Poor nutrition!

Why has nutrition been so poor?  Over the past 30 years the number of processed foods have increased dramatically.  Processed foods are very low in nutrition and are filled with artificial ingredients, sugar, preservatives and chemicals.  A healthy body cannot be built with these ingredients.  Unfortunately, these processed foods are super convenient and super addictive.  No wonder a lot of us want to use exercise as a means to justify eating poorly.

If you are trying to lose weight, exercise alone will not be enough.  Exercise is what sustains weight loss, but without proper nutrition you won’t lose the weight you want to lose.  If you’re trying to be healthy exercise is not enough.  What you put into your body is what your body is going to use to recover and rebuild.  If your nutrition is substandard your body will be substandard.

Some Reasons You Can’t Out Train a Bad Diet

  1. Not all calories are created equal. If you’re thinking that in order to indulge in high calorie junk foods all you have to do is burn off that amount of calories, I’m sorry to tell you that it doesn’t actually work that way.  Also, most people highly underestimate the amount of calories they’re actually eating.  It’s not as simple as calories in vs. calories out because different types of calories affect our hormones and metabolism differently.  Of course over consuming calories whether healthy or not can lead to weight gain but you first want to focus on the quality of the food you are consuming.
  1.  You can’t fuel your body with junk and expect it to perform. What happens when you use low grade fuel to fill your gas tank?  Your car doesn’t run as well.  Same with your body!  Your body needs certain building blocks in order for it to be able to perform optimally.  If you want to see results and feel your best (at any age) you need to eat quality protein, fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and the right amount of carbohydrates for your body and activity level.
  1. Lack of nutrients will backfire on you.  Don’t be tempted to cut our healthy macronutrients in order to lose weight.  Cutting out too many calories and/or carbohydrates will leave you without the energy your body needs to train consistently.  If your nutrition plan is super restrictive and you’re doing some hardcore training, you could be doing yourself some real harm and you won’t get stronger – you’ll get weaker.   When you don’t feed your hard working body enough high quality nutrients your body will start to use muscle mass for energy.  If this happens on an ongoing basis not only do you get weaker and are more prone to injuries, but your metabolism slows down making it harder and harder to keep weight off.
  1. Doing one without the other will leave you feeling unmotivated. Ever notice how when you eat well, you are more motivated to move, and when you move you are more motivated to eat wellEating junk leaves you feeling tired and bogged down.  The last thing you want to do when you’re feeling that way is exercise.  Nourish your body properly and enjoy your workouts.
  1. Injury and illness.  Poor nutrition can lead to a weakened immune system as well as micronutrient deficiencies and increased inflammation throughout your body.   These will result in you being more susceptible to illness and injury leaving you unable to train.  Studies have shown that not getting an adequate amount of healthy fats into your diet may raise your chances for overuse injuries (such as stress fractures and tendonitis).

You Gotta Eat to Support Your Training

I know nutrition can seem confusing so for now don’t get bogged down with all the numbers.  Start making small changes in your diet.  Try cutting out processed foods the majority of the time and adding more whole foods.  Start with small changes that you’re comfortable with and move on when you’re ready.  If you let yourself get overwhelmed you won’t stick with it.  And don’t make the mistake of telling yourself you’ll never eat your favourite, not so good for you foods ever again – this will only make you want them more.  I like the 80/20 rule – eat well 80% of the time and indulge in your favourite treats 20% of the time.

Things you can do to optimize your nutrition and support your training.

  1. Eat protein with each meal. We need protein!  Protein is made up of amino acids that are the building blocks for muscle.  Women want to aim for 1 palm size portion (20-30 grams) and males 2 palm size portions (40-60 grams) with each meal.
  1. Have 1-2 servings of non-starchy vegetables with each meal.  Non-starchy vegetables are high in fiber and packed with phytonutrients.  Eat them raw or only lightly steamed to get the most nutrient value out of them.
  1. Eat starchy carbohydrates after your strength training sessions. If weight loss is a goal of yours have your starchy carbohydrates (yams, sweet potatoes, potatoes, etc.) in the meal that follows your training session.  If optimized performance is your goal, you may want to add in starchy carbs at each meal.  Play around with it a bit to see what your body reacts best to.  A starting point for women would be approximately ½ – ¾ cup and for men 1-1 ½ cups.  You will likely need to adjust based on how you are looking, feeling, and performing so I’d suggest keeping a journal.  You don’t hear this a lot but when it comes to carbohydrates LESS IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER!
  1. Invest in a nutrient dense shake.  Shakes have come a long way over the years!  They can be a great post workout meal if you don’t have time to make a whole food meal.  Because it’s liquid your body is able to absorb it more easily since it doesn’t need to break it down as much.  Shakes can also be a great breakfast idea if you don’t like eating solid food first thing in the morning or if you’re having one of those days where you don’t have time to sit down to lunch and need to take it with you on the road.  Not just any shake though.  Make sure your shake has all the nutrients you need with no artificial flavours or colours.  Even though shakes have come a long way there are still some really junky ones out there.  Price is a good clue.  If it’s cheap it’s because the quality of the nutrients is low.  This is why the manufacturers can afford to sell it so cheap.  Don’t cheap out when it comes to nourishing your body because in the end it’s not worth it.

Eat Well, Train Well, Live Well


Being fit and healthy isn’t complicated but it does require balance.  You need to eat right, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, manage stress and have the support of friends and family.  It takes a bit of effort but isn’t it worth it to have a body that moves with ease and energy to keep up with life?

Health Benefits of Essential Oils

Essential Oils


Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about essential oils. I’ve used essential oils in the past. When I was going through the worst of my depression and anxiety and was having more frequent panic attacks I had decided to look into aromatherapy. I didn’t study it extensively but I did start using essential oils to help lift my mood and I did find it very calming.

Hearing more about it lately piqued my interest so, as I do with everything that I’m curious about, I decided to do a bit of research to learn a bit more. First of all, I wanted to know exactly how scent affects our brain.

How Scent Affects Our Brain


Here’s the super simple explanation: When you smell something the scent gets routed through your olfactory bulb which is closely connected with the area of the brain that handles memory and emotion  This is why a certain smell can transport you back in time or just make you feel a certain emotion for no particular reason. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious certain scents can help calm you and give you a feeling of well-being. This could be because your brain associates it with a time and place where you felt calm and safe although there are certain scents such as lavender that naturally have this calming effect. Scientists have discovered that scents can actually influence the biochemistry of your nervous system.

The Amazing Essential Oil


Essential oils are naturally occurring volatile aromatic compounds found in plants. (volatile just means they turn quickly from a solid or liquid to a gas at room temperature). Research shows that they can be particularly beneficial in such things as improving mood, alleviating stress, improving sleep, relieving nausea, relieving pain, improving your memory and increasing your energy. At the start of my spin classes I always ask how people are feeling and pretty much always at least one person says ‘tired’. By the end of the class everyone feels energized and great. Imagine if they could get that feeling of energy as they walked into my studio due to a few drops of some essential oils on a diffuser!

How To Use Essential Oils


Here are a few ways you can use essential oils:


  • Put some drops on a diffuser.
  • Massage into your skin. Massage onto pulse points for an alternative to perfume.
  • Put a few drops in your bath water.
  • Dietary supplement NOTE***only consume essential oils that are of clinical grade. Most are therapeutic grade and should not be ingested ***

Some Other Creative Uses For Essential Oils:


There are many other uses for essential oils that are worth looking at. Here are a few:

  • Cleaning spray.
  • Room deodorizer.
  • Home-made soaps and lotions.
  • Skin care – tea tree oil is great for pimples.
  • Insect repellants – bugs hate citrus 😉

Worth Looking Into!


Essential oils have the power to enhance your physical and mental health in a natural, chemical-free way and are a great addition to your other healthy habits. Make sure you use high quality essential oils otherwise you could be using something that might be toxic. Look for a statement of purity – you want 100% essential oil meaning it hasn’t been diluted or mixed with anything. Price can be the big clue – if it’s cheap it’s most likely of poor quality.

If you want more information leave a comment below.

Adrenal Fatigue

Have you ever heard of adrenal fatigue?  Did you know that some experts suggest that 80% of the Western world will be affected by adrenal fatigue at some point in their lives.

The adrenal glands are located above the kidneys and their proper function is critical for such things as producing energy and balancing hormones as well as dealing with stress. Some of the many hormones that are secreted by the adrenals are adrenaline, cortisol, progesterone and testosterone.

If you’ve been dealing with periods of intense, prolonged stress (mental or physical) or chronic illness, your adrenal glands begin functioning below the level needed to maintain your health and well being. They still function but not as well as they could be. The result is adrenal fatigue.

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue


If you think you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue then take a look at the list below. These are symptoms that are common in people with adrenal fatigue:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Feeling tired for no reason
  • Craving salty or sweet snacks
  • Weight gain, especially around the waist
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Mild Depression
  • Low body temperature
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Inability to handle stress
  • Dizziness

If you are experiencing these symptoms, you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue and it’s time to take it seriously.


To treat adrenal fatigue you’ll be looking at making some changes to your lifestyle and diet, and it’ll take about 6-9 months to recover from a mild case. Moderate to severe adrenal fatigue can take between 1-2 years to heal so it’s best to address it sooner rather than later.

Stress: You’re going to need to reduce this! Learning time management skills could be beneficial, as well as getting organized and not over extending yourself to other’s needs. You can’t be everything to everyone and trying to will put a lot of stress on your adrenal glands.

Sleep: You need to get enough of this because the main repair work on your adrenal glands takes place between 10 pm and 1 am. If you’re a night owl start practicing going to bed earlier. Do it in small time increments each night until you’re getting to bed early enough to get about 7 hours of sleep at night. Keep caffeine to a minimum and have it first thing in the morning, not later in the afternoon. You might even want to consider giving up caffeine all together (the horror!!)

Exercise: You need enough of this but not too much! Exercise regulates cortisol, relieves depression and increases blood flow which will contribute to your recovery but don’t over train because this will have the opposite effect. Aim for 30-60 minutes/day 4-6 days per week.

Supplements: You might want to try adding some of these! Calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, E, and B complex are recommended. Just make sure you’re getting your supplements from a reputable company and don’t look for the cheapest ones because you get what you pay for.

Nutrition: Your nutrition needs to be good so avoid junk food, or non-foods as I like to call them. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy protein and healthy fats. You may want to consider adding a nutrient dense shake to your diet as well – just make sure there are no artificial ingredients added to it.

Don’t Ignore The Signs

If you suspect you are suffering from adrenal fatigue, try making some of the above changes to your diet and lifestyle. Just remember, it takes a long time to heal from adrenal fatigue so make a commitment and stick to it.

Feeling Dirty?

To Cleanse Or Not To Cleanse

Cleanses, or detox diets have been around for centuries. Some people swear by them others insist it’s a waste of time, money and may even be dangerous. Personally I think that if doing a cleanse or detox serves a purpose for you, you should go ahead and do it. If you feel that it’s a waste of time and potentially dangerous, don’t do it. Simple as that!

What Is A Cleanse

Basically doing a cleanse means eliminating processed foods, alcohol and caffeine and replacing them with organic vegetables, healthy fats and vegetable based proteins for a certain period of time. Some cleanses go a step further and eliminate all solid food. The idea is that you remove the things that are bogging down your system and only take in things that will help the body flush out built up toxins.

People who are against cleansing argue that your body is capable of cleansing itself and they are not wrong. There actually isn’t any scientific proof that nutritional cleanses are necessary or even work but for some people it’s a pleasurable experience that serves them well.

Pros And Cons Of Cleanses


  1. Increased energy and sense of vitality.
  2. Revitalized mind and spirit.
  3. Cuts out bad eating habits.
  4. Makes you more mindful of what you’re putting in your body.
  5. Helps you discover what foods you are sensitive to because once you finish the cleanse and go back to your usual diet you’ll notice right away if something aggravates your system.


  1. If you suddenly start eating a lot of high fibre fruits and vegetables you could experience gastrointestinal discomfort.
  2. If you’re a teenager, or pregnant or very active following a low calorie eating plan even for just a few days could be detrimental to your health.
  3. Cleanses are not meant for long term weight loss. The weight you do lose is mostly water and will come back when you go back to your regular eating habits. If you’re considering a cleanse as a weight loss tool, don’t. This type of thinking can lead to disordered eating and could potentially be life threatening.
  4. Cleanses are not proven to rid your body of toxins better than your own bodily mechanisms.

Still Debating?

If you’re thinking about trying a cleanse make sure it’s a healthy one that you can fit into your lifestyle. Try to find one that includes solid foods as well as liquids and isn’t lower than 1000 calories. If you’re active plan to take days off or stick with very light exercise during your cleanse.

For some people, doing a cleanse makes them feel better. They feel energetic and have a greater sense of vitality. It also makes them more mindful of what they’re eating which helps set them on a path of healthier eating. If this is you, go for it! If you think cleanses are stupid then don’t do them.

Confused About Nutrition?

People Are Confused About Nutrition

Are you confused about nutrition?  Do you frustrated by all the mixed messages out there regarding nutrition? Remember being told that fat makes you fat and that saturated fat was the worst culprit? Now we know that that was one of the BIGGEST nutritional myths of all time. Our bodies need fat! When people cut out fat from their diet we saw a huge increase in obesity and type 2 diabetes.

What To Do

With all the false info out there it becomes really confusing as to what nutritional advise to follow. Here are some tips to help you figure out what advice to pay attention to.

  1. When you read an article that cites a specific study, you need to look deeper into a few things. First of all, who funded the study? What do the funders stand to gain if you believe this info? When it comes right down to it, money is always a part of the picture. Big corporations can fund studies that will prove whatever they want in order to make financial gains. It’s also important to know that media will quite often only portray and publish parts of a particular study and therefore you are not getting all of the information. This is how they can steer consumers in the direction they want.
  1. Use common sense. Your body instinctually knows what to eat in order to achieve optimum health.  Listen to your body’s signals. What happens when you eat sugar? For most people they feel sluggish and gross and then experience a sugar crash and feel even more sluggish and grumpy. This is your body telling you that sugar is not good for you so if you then see an article that says sugar is good for you, you know that this information is false.
  1. Rates of obesity, diabetes and cancer have been skyrocketing. If all of the nutrition advice we have been given, including the Canada Food Guide and My Plate was true, then why are we seeing deteriorating health in our population?

Let Me Help You!

There’s always going to be a ton of misleading information out there regarding nutrition. Most of it is misleading for the purpose of getting you to spend your money. What you need to do is find someone who has a nutrition background and has worked with hundreds of clients to help shed some light on what information you should pay attention to and what information that you should ignore. Please don’t be shy to reach out to me.

What’s Moringa?


As a fitness pro who owns a small studio and teaches most of the classes at that studio I’m always on the hunt for anything that will help keep me as healthy as possible and as energized as possible. I can’t afford to burn out 😉 Recently I was introduce to Moringa Oleifera and was given some samples to try. I had heard of it before and knew it was a tree (not some weird supplement made in a lab) so I was totally open to trying it out. I’ve only tried a few of the products but so far I’m REALLY impressed. So impressed that I figured I’d better do a little research and find out a little more about this tree. Here’s what I found:

Some Benefits Of The Moringa Oleifera Tree

1. Moringa contains more than 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants and 36 anti-inflammatory compounds. The leaves are about 25% protein (huge for a plant) and contain all 9 essential amino acids making it a complete protein. It would be a great option for anyone who is vegetarian or vegan and struggling to get enough complete proteins in their diet. You can buy supplements but many are made with synthetic ingredients that your body can’t absorb. Always strive to get your nutrition from natural sources.
2. Check out the nutrition in the leaves! 7 times the vitamin C of an orange, 4 times the vitamin A of carrots, 4 times the calcium of milk, 3 times the potassium of bananas, 3 times the vitamin E of spinach, 3 times the iron of almonds and 2 times the protein of yogurt.
3. It gives you energy! Moringa is a rich source of iron, magnesium and calcium which all support energy yielding metabolism.
4. And the health benefits! Regularly consuming moringa has been linked to lower blood pressure, a stronger immune system, improved digestion, decreased inflammation and improved mood! It’s also a good weight loss aid because it’s high in fibre and low in fat and calories. The leaves have been used to treat asthma, bronchitis, anemia and even eye and ear infections. The bark of the tree and the seeds it produces can also be used for nutrition and for improving immune system strength which means you can fight off illness and infection better.

The Products I’ve Tried So Far

Vegan Protein Powder

It mixed well in a shaker cup and the taste was quite good (I tried vanilla). I experienced no stomach upset and wasn’t hungry again for hours.

Electrolyte Drink

Delicious!! Not too sweet like a lot of electrolyte drinks. With the large number of spin classes I teach and the large amount I sweat I need a good electrolyte drink!

Pre-Workout Capsule

I teach 1-3 spin classes every day and every now and then I need a boost. I’ve tried many pre-workout capsules and drinks and pretty much all of them made me nauseous and/or jittery and there was always a big crash later in the day. When I tried this one I was expecting the same thing but I was very pleasantly surprised! I felt INCREDIBLE! I felt very energetic, clear headed and focused and not at all jittery. There was no crash and 6 hours later I was still feeling energized – no need or a nap! Definitely need to take this early in the day though.

I still have quite a few things in my sample pack to try so I’ll keep you posted on what the rest is like. So far, I’m super impressed and really happy that I decided to try moringa out.