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Are You Doing the Self-Sabotage Cha-Cha?

Are You Doing the Self-Sabotage Cha-Cha?

It’s time to talk about something that I’ve named the “Self Sabotage Cha-Cha.”  The “Self Sabotage Cha-Cha” is when we get into a cycle with healthy choices where we’re taking one step forward and then two steps right backward.  I call it a “cha-cha” because it feels a bit like…

3-Step Holiday Survival Roadmap

3-Step Holiday Survival Roadmap

It’s that time of the year again and the holidays are just around the corner! Here in Canada, Thanksgiving was in October and for my American friends, Thanksgiving is coming up this week, and with Christmas, Hanukkah and a host of other holidays also on the horizon, you might be…

Working WITH Your Brain Instead of AGAINST It to Beat Craving

There’s something I see again and again when I work with clients and my students in my Change Your Brain – Change Your Body program.  It’s something that so many of us are doing and it’s something that always results in us feeling like we’re taking one step forward and…

How “I deserve it!” is sabotaging your healthy eating goals (plus a simple 2-step reframe)

“After the day I’ve had, I deserve this treat.” How often have you said that to yourself?  How often have you rationalized a not-so-great food choice by saying “I deserve it”? I know ALL about this because it’s something I used to do all the time.  For years, I fell…

Night-time binges and snacking keeping you stuck?

You know how it goes.  You do so well all day with healthy eating: Healthy smoothie for breakfast, a salad for lunch, healthy balanced dinner, even those nutritious snacks that you packed in your purse to take with you.  Everything is going to plan until night-time comes along and you…

Self-Sabotage and the reason we fall prey to it every time.

I can’t tell you how many questions I get about self sabotage when it comes to healthy eating. We feel like we do so well all day or all week or for a few weeks or even a few months. But then eventually we end up going right back to…

Four questions that matter way more than the number on the scale

I have four questions for you and I believe that, the clearer you get on the answers, the easier it will be for you to stay on track with the healthy choices you want to make, and the more consistent and long-term success you’ll enjoy. Read through these. Spend some…

Social Summer: 3 Tricks to Making Good Choices

Summer is hard. Don’t get me wrong; I love the summer. I love being outside, having the windows open and eating my weight in watermelon and strawberries. But I have found that it rivals the holiday season when it comes to challenging our intentions for staying on track with healthy…

Sixteen and a Half Years

I think my phone is trying to tell me that I’m wasting my life. The latest update on my iPhone brought with it a fun new feature called “Screen Time” that tracks the amount of time I spend on my phone each day as well as what apps and features…

My Strange Addiction

I love self-help books. Maybe a little too much. I’m sort of an addict if you want to know the truth. I don’t know if they’re really called “self-help” books these days. I think they prefer to be called “personal development” books now. Whatever you call them, I’m a big…

You don’t have to try harder

I remember talking to a client about her habit of binging on junk food when she worries about her son who is 33 and autistic and currently living in a group home that she’s not happy with.“I know,” she said. “I’ll try harder.”“Don’t try harder,” I told her. “You’ve been…

Can you do it anyway?

I hear a lot of excuses. And I say that with absolutely no judgement. We all do this. I have some excellent excuses. I have excuses for why I haven’t finished my book yet, for why I haven’t completely given up eating animal products, for why my house still has…

10 Ways to Live Your Life with More Intention

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” -Henry David Thoreau   One of…

The important life lesson I learned from my GPS

I was shamelessly eavesdropping on two women at the gym yesterday (I totally do that).  One was telling the other about how she’d been doing so well with her diet – had even lost some weight – but then had gone away with her husband to a wedding and totally fallen…

What the food on your plate really means

The way you think about food is the way you think about everything. If we want to get even more specific, the way you think about food is the way you think about yourself and your relationship with the universe. Your plate is a microcosm. When we believe we need…

The Night-Time Snacking Solution

You know how it works. You do so well with making healthy choices all day, only to end up sabotaging all your great progress once evening rolls around. Despite having all the best intentions that morning, by the time the sun sets you feel like your willpower tank is dry…

I’m not sorry

“The most revolutionary thing a woman can do is not explain herself.” – Glennon Doyle Lately I’ve been trying very hard to avoid saying “I’m sorry” unless I truly am. When people ask me to do something and I don’t want to do it, or I wouldn’t mind doing it,…

Finding Your Steadiness and Sweetness

I had the opportunity last night to attend a class with a beautiful group of women where the topic of the evening was connecting with the Divine Masculine. For those of us who study the energies of the Divine Feminine and Masculine, we tend to think of masculine energy as…

Who do you need to be?

If you want something you’ve never had, you need to become someone you’ve never been. What does that mean? It means that the reason we struggle to get the results we want is because, right now, we’re not someone who does the things required to get those results. We make…

The Comfort Zone is a Dangerous Place to Live

Former Navy Seal and ultrarunner, David Goggins, says that when you think you’ve reached your absolute limit, you’re actually at about 30 percent of what you’re capable of. I don’t know how accurate his math is, but I think he’s definitely onto something. The human brain is often afraid. That’s…

The Wolf You Feed

There’s a wonderful old story about a grandfather who is talking with his young grandson. The grandfather explains to the little boy that there are two wolves inside each us which are always at battle. One wolf is the wolf of light. It represents things like kindness, bravery, and love.…

Imagine if You Trusted Yourself

Imagine if you trusted yourself. No second guessing. No judging. No shame or self-consciousness. No assuming you’re wrong, inadequate, lacking or not enough. What if you just trusted yourself? Fully, completely, unconditionally with full and complete faith. What if you took off the armour, set down the shields and stood…

The Sad Story of the Lonely Rats

I heard a story today about a fascinating experiment involving rats and morphine.It was actually a series of studies done at a Canadian university in the late 1970s, originally intended to look at the physical mechanism opioid addiction. But what the researchers ended up learning was, in my opinion, far…

Daily Offerings

I’m trying something new and I wondered if you might want to be part of it. As you may know, writing is one of my biggest loves. It’s what fills my cup and speaks to my soul. Writing is how I figure out what I’m thinking. When I’m writing I am most…

What’s stopping you?

Tell me, what do think is the number one thing preventing you from staying on track with healthy eating? Did you immediately think of something like: Not enough time Not organized enough to plan ahead Hard-core night-time snacking habit Picky eater No willpower around carbs Too lazy Any of those…

Decide who you want to be

Very regularly I ask people in my Facebook group, “what do you think is the number one thing getting in the way of you staying on track with healthy eating?” The responses almost always all fall into one of five different buckets:  Lack of time/planning/organization,  Self-sabotage/emotional eating/stress Sugar/carb addiction,  Picky…

Food Cravings: Are you working WITH your brain or AGAINST it?

What’s really going on when you find yourself exhausted at the end of a long day and you decide to dig out those sweet or salty snacks and pour yourself a glass of wine instead of doing some journaling and heading to bed early? You know which option is healthier.…

What does integrity have to do with your health? A whole lot!

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I hosted a little party at our house. I got him a record player for Christmas and he was excited to break out all his old vinyl (he’s practically a hoarder so he still has every record he ever bought since he…

You and Food are in a Relationship; Is it a Healthy One?

Relationships are funny things. They can be confusing, frustrating, hurtful and toxic. There can be big highs, followed by crushing lows. Sometimes, just when you think you’ve figured it all out, everything goes sideways and you’re right back where you started. The whole thing can feel exhausting and seriously drive…

What Kind of Dieter Are You? Knowing the Answer May be Your Key to Success

Are you really good at meeting work deadlines, but really bad at keeping New Year’s resolutions? Always there for your family and friends, but rarely make time for your own health and self-care? This is something I hear from clients, and members of my programs all the time, and when…

I’m Doing It!: 3 Simple Exercises To Help You Find the Time and Stay Consistent

We’re all busy. No one (that I know of) just has a whole bunch of hours free each week to plan out their meals, batch cook healthy foods or get to the gym. And yet, doing those things is the only way that we’re going to create the health, confidence,…

Can’t stay consistent with healthy eating? Here’s the puzzle piece you’re missing

I think we’re asking the wrong question. Everywhere I look people are asking, “what’s the best protein powder?” “what gluten-free pasta do you eat?” “Is quinoa better than brown rice?” But the real question isn’t, “what should I be eating?” You already kinda know the answer to that one, don’t…

Why constantly looking at your phone may be sabotaging your weight loss

I remember those days (and I still have them now and then), when I’d be so “good” all day. Lemon water in the morning, green smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch, healthy dinner and then… The kids would finally be in bed and my favourite reality TV show would come…

Washing Dishes as an Act of Self-Care

There’s a lot of talk out there these days about the importance of self-care. Gotta put that oxygen mask on yourself before assisting others, right? Don’t get me wrong, I agree that self-care is vitally important. Most of our negative habits with food stem from a conscious or sub-conscious desire…

How Good Are You At Suffering?

You may not know this about me, but before I became a Nutritionist I spent several years as a freelance cycling journalist (that’s right, like Lance Armstrong cycling). I wrote articles for different magazines and covered races. I never made it to the Tour de France in person, but every…

We Know What We Should Eat [Basically]. So Why Don’t We Just Do It?

I get that there’s a lot of confusion out there these days around nutrition. This friend is doing paleo and that one’s gone vegan. One day coconut oil cures everything and the next it’s giving you heart disease. But all the alarmist Facebook and local news stories aside, we all…

How to Feel Your Feelings Instead of Eating Them

I used to work for a bank doing corporate communications and media relations. I basically got paid to sit in a cubicle all day and write about mortgage rates and new credit cards so the bank could make more money. I worked with great people, but I hated that job.…

What if We’re Thinking About Willpower All Wrong?

“I have no willpower around carbs.” “It’s sweets! I absolutely cannot have them in the house or I’ll eat the whole bag!” “I was good all week and then I just went crazy this weekend at a friend’s BBQ. I wish I had more willpower at those things!” I can’t…

Can Law of Attraction Help you Lose Weight?

For those of you who are huge fans of Abraham, Esther and Jerry Hicks, Napoleon Hill, Louise Hay or Mike Dooley, the concept of the law of attraction will be very familiar to you. For those of you who are new to this idea, the basic concept behind the law…

Binge or Healthy Indulgence?: Simple Two-Question Test

Is it a binge or a treat? A healthy indulgence or an emotional eating episode? Balance or chaos?   I, for one, do not want to live in a world where any foods are forbidden. I believe that we can have whatever we want to eat, we just need to…

Stop Fighting with Your Body

By the time clients come to me, they’ve tried everything.  Low carb, carb-cycling, low fat, sugar-free, Paleo and vegan. They own all the Jillian Michaels DVDs, yoga gear, at least one dusty treadmill and have every milestone trinket that Weight Watchers gives out. But they’re still overweight, miserable and frustrated…

What Overeating Is Really About

“I have no willpower around carbs.” “It’s sweets! I absolutely cannot have them in the house or I’ll eat the whole thing!” “I was good all week and then I just went crazy this weekend at a friend’s BBQ.” I can’t tell you how many times I hear one of…

Everything is Progress (Even the Cookie Cravings)

Before I really did the work on mindful eating and rewriting my relationship with food, this was my typical pattern: Spend the weekend making great plans about how well I’m going to eat from now on. Grocery shop and prep soups and salads for the week ahead. Eat really well…

Try Eating Like a Girl

In Hinduism, Shakti is a term that refers to the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire universe. Shakti is associated with the divine feminine – “The Great Divine Mother” and is all about source energy, connection, creation, inspiration and transformation. Shakti is balanced by Shiva. Shiva represents…

The “I Deserve It” Lie

As I stood in line at my favourite coffee shop this morning, I became transfixed by the slightly golden butter croissants lying on a white paper doily in the glass case by the cash register. I was hungry and croissants are one of my true weaknesses. The rich, buttery flavour…

How your Brain is Tricking you Into Eating Sugar and Buying Shoes

You’ve probably heard about the neurotransmitter called dopamine. Many people make the mistake of thinking that dopamine is a “feel good chemical” and that the reason we crave things like ice cream, gambling, potato chips or shopping is because they light up the dopamine receptors in our brains and makes…

What the Reason Might be When the Scale Won't Budge

It seems like losing weight should just be about math, right? Calories in, calories out. If the calories in are greater than the calories out, we gain weight. If we shift the equation and make calories out greater than, poof, we drop the pounds. And sometimes it does work like…

One Donut Will Make a Difference – But not the for the Reasons you Think

You’re standing in line at the coffee shop, staring at the beautiful display of donuts, Danishes and croissants beside the cashier. It’s early in the morning and you’re on your way to work. You didn’t sleep well, you’re not looking forward to the day ahead and you think about how…

When it Comes to Making Change – Slow Down

Yesterday we kicked off another round of the 10-Day Mindful Eating Challenge. To date almost 1,000 amazing people (mostly women) have taken this journey with me and I absolutely adore every moment of it. I would run this challenge every day of the year if I had the time. I…

The Lesson of the Rose and the Garbage

To become truly free of negative eating habits and patterns, you need to learn to love all of you. Even the part that always wants potato chips the moment the kids are in bed. Even the part that is incapable of saying no to the donuts in the office lunchroom.…

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