10 Ways to Manage Your Anxiety

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1 in 5 Canadians will deal with a mental health issue by time they are 40.  5% of Canadians suffer from anxiety 8% suffer from major depression 63% of people say they suffer from stress Both stress and anxiety are on the rise with COVID-19 and there are predictions for much higher depression rates as a result.   I have suffered … Read More

Relieve Period Pain Naturally

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Experiencing cramping and pain with the menstrual cycle is incredibly common. So common, that many women have lived years and even decades with debilitating pain and have come to accept it as a monthly inevitability. 1 -2 days of very mild cramping at the onset of bleeding that does not require the use of painkillers is normal. Anything beyond this … Read More

The Thyroid Gland: The Master of our Metabolism

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Hypothyroidism, or an underactive thyroid gland, is one of the most common concerns I come across in practice.  Thyroid disorders are so prevalent they are estimated to occur in 1 in every 10 Canadians and are approximately 7x more common in women than in men.  What is the function of the thyroid gland? The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland … Read More

Need a Balanced Morning Snack? Try These Collagen Energy Bites

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Snacks are a common area that people struggle with.   Often eating the wrong things or snacking too often – it seems people just don’t know what they should be doing.   As we are all currently working from home during this pandemic snacking is becoming more of a concern for many.   People are sharing that they feel they are … Read More

Is Insulin Resistance a Cause of Your PCOS?

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It is estimated that between 5-10% of women in North America have polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). The name PCOS gives the impression that this syndrome results from an issue in the ovaries. However, PCOS is truly a metabolic condition associated with insulin resistance, hormonal imbalance and inflammation. In fact, you don’t actually need to have polycystic ovaries to be diagnosed with PCOS! Current … Read More

Irregular or Missed Period? It Might Be Stress Related.

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Could stress be the cause of your missing period? While so many of us are struggling to cope with a ‘new normal’ in the past few weeks, stress and anxiety are on the rise.  Some signs and symptoms of stress are easy to pinpoint such as increased fatigue, rapid heartbeat, and shortness of breath or dizziness. However the female body … Read More

What is the Right Amount of Exercise for YOU!

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I have been working with mothers and children for the better part of my career and there has always been one limiting factor to fully relating to my patients: I am not a mother nor do I have children. But I am passionate about my work and highly value exercise prescription, so if you’ve come to see me in the … Read More

3 Ways to Make Self Care More Intentional and Impactful in Your Life

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A year ago I wrote a blog about why I was running away from my family and my job and escaping to Panama. Spoiler alert I had run myself thin and escape was a last ditch effort to regain the shreds of myself that didn’t yell unprovoked at her children or resent her job. I would love to tell you … Read More

Health is a Habit. Cultivate it.

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Health is a Habit.  Cultivate it.   January is quickly coming to a close and many of the “resolutions” you made for yourself might not be holding as strongly as you would like.  I actually don’t love resolutions – it always feels like a general to do list for the year. I don’t make resolutions anymore – I have started setting … Read More