Are You Stuck in an Overeating Habit?

There is a difference between having a lazy day in which you eat indulgent things, and having the string of days in which you which you shut your conscience off while you plug order after order into a delivery or takeout app. The latter makes you uncomfortable and groggy. The trick is finding how much you can “indulge” without it disrupting your chemistry so much that it leads to days of more frantic approaches to food.  It’s worth taking a …

I Resolve

A client recently asked me about my own personal resolutions. Yes, I’m one of those trainers who does believe that the commitment to oneself can come at any time of the year, however I do harness the energy of fresh goals that the new year brings. Amid some smaller goals, such as find more time to read fiction, create more time to workout with others outside work, I have one big one. I figured it best to share my goal …

A Nutritional Boost from Honey Bee Meals

I gave myself and a couple of clients a little trial of the meals available through Honey Bee Meals, a meal delivery service in Toronto. I am a strong believer in recruiting a little bit of health help when life gets overwhelming and when days are rushed, because our health is at the core of all of our accomplishments. And when we can free up that time otherwise spent shopping, composing and cooking meals, and deciding what to eat when, …

Big City Burnout

Toronto is a city I love. I love its texture and diversity, and how it has laser beams of inspiration flying in every direction. I love how it challenges us. But I’ve noticed something very different about big cities in North America versus… anywhere else I’ve ever traveled or stayed. Should we have spare time to simply be ourselves (especially as entrepreneurs), we feel guilty to admit it.  We feel like it’s a space that needs to be filled immediately, …

A Talk About Body Image

Last night our dear Rachel Fackoury (Let’s Discover You) hosted her fourth panel series on Body Image, and I spoke with two other local health professionals, April Miranda and Laura de Sanctis, about the matter. The event was for women only, hosted at the Coldstream Gallery near King and Spadina. We had about 20 people there in total and were able to have an earnest and intimate conversation about how we are affected by societal pressures while working in the industry.  We …

Get Results THIS WEEK, the Simple Way

Can you look and feel better in a matter of days? Yup. Big & giant yes to that one. When we’re stuck, we’re usually feeling rushed, panicked, stressed, and maybe approaching fitness and nutrition like another task on our already heavily weighted schedule.  Approaching your health with this kind of burdensome determination works against you. Simplifying your life looks like different things to different people. You might have to cut back on plans, clean your house, cook some food… like I …

My Personal Supplement Routine

I don’t push supplements on clients, but I do share my experience.  Sometimes too, if a client is already following a well-balanced and nutritious diet and having trouble with energy crashes, I might have them get their micronutrients tested and potentially take some in depending on their results. The combination that I’ve found over the years works best for me realistically only happens about 5 days a week. Although I might usually choose nutritious foods on the weekends, I loosen …

Competition and Social Media

This comes up with clients almost every single day. With our ability to access and get intimate with the details of each other’s lives, those we know and do not know, comes a lot of positive outcome. Such as generating inspiration, getting new ideas from others, making connections, and ultimately feeling motivated to redesign endlessly. Whether that redesign be for our minds, bodies, lifestyle landscape or living rooms.  The downside, as obvious as it may seem, is that in a …

Low Budget, High Health

A little over a month ago, I did a little “eat what’s in your fridge” challenge for myself.  In trying to change and adhere to new habits, we have to make little challenges for ourselves to adapt and morph. Self discipline and compromise do not come naturally for me (insert a Taurus sign here), and I believe we have to really want change to start making the sacrifices to get there. When it comes to food, should we really be always …

10 Reasons My Clients Hate Me

“10 Things I Hate About You!” Clients recruit trainers for support and accountability, professional and strategic planning, supervision, and as a healthy conscience to carry around through their days navigating decisions that will impact the rest of their lives. We deliver.  Unfortunately, this sometimes makes them hate us. Here are the top ten things, in my experience, that make my clients swear at me, leave the room, or tell me they hate me.  1) I make them switch to natural …

Planet of the Apps

Hi, fellow half robots! I’ve been concocting this post in my mind for quite a long time, but it’s time to throw it down. Isn’t it crazy how QUICKLY technology is changing things? In so many ways, it’s an incredible advancement for us. It makes life swifter, we are better connected. We are never alone for very long.  Case in point, when I had a little health emergency in June and woke up unable to move, my phone was RIGHT …

Charity Workout #2 Benefitted Right to Play

Guys, just a massive thank you again for those who attended our July 29th workout at Trinity Bellwoods Park, led by drillmaster Satch and myself.  We collected $50 from participants and matched them for a total donation of $100 for Right to Play. We had a lot of competition that weekend, with Beerfest and Wayhome, among a million other things our lovely city has going on in the summer. So those of you who sacrificed an hour of your Saturday …

Knee Pain, Back Pain? Look to the Core.

Because this comes up so often, I see it in our classes / bootcamps and one-on-one with clients, I decided it’s time to announce to the majority of people who experience back and knee pain to make sure they are looking at their cylinder, first. When I say cylinder I am referring to the trunk, shoulders down.  There are three main points of focus that I work to strengthen with all clients: the lower traps, rhomboids and lats (think about …