Gone are the days of Head and Shoulders for me. Back when I had pretty bad dandruff in high school and university, like most other people with dandruff, I used Head and Shoulders and other dandruff shampoos to get rid of my flaky scalp issue. It didn’t occur to me that the scabby sores (sorry for that visual, but it’s true) that were appearing on my scalp were actually caused by my shampoo and conditioner!
What a ride it has been! They say every pregnancy is different and as I’m writing I’m currently in my third trimester looking back at all three trimesters realizing that each trimester feels like a different pregnancy. The human body is so fascinating and each day I’m so surprised to see and feel all of the changes that come with pregnancy.
In a lot of marketing regarding nutrition coaching and weight management, it is common to see the terms “tracking macros”, or a focus in general on macronutrients. So as consumers, it can appear that the key to nutrition and ‘being healthy’ is about focusing on the macronutrients in your diet. But, I want you to know that that isn’t necessarily the case, and if we just focus on macro tracking, we are missing a bigggg piece of the health puzzle!
High Intensity Interval Training is a type of exercise that involves short bursts of intense exercise, usually for 20-30 seconds, followed by a short rest, usually 15-60 seconds. HIIT is a great way to get in an intense workout in a short period of time, while also improving your maximal oxygen consumption, which is your ability to take in oxygen for use in your body and is particularly important for endurance exercises. HIIT promotes EPOC (Exercise Post-Oxygen Consumption) which means your body burns calories well after the exercise for up to 24 hours, as it repairs damaged muscles and replaces energy expenditure.
We are well into the year and you may or may not be working on some resolutions. If you are, good for you! I hope they are realistic and promote your health and wellness. If you haven’t come up with any self-improvement goals, not to worry. It’s completely NOT necessary. Seriously. If you are content with how things are going for you and you foresee a gradual incline of personal and professional growth on the horizon–congrats. Personally, I like to make goals for the year after reflecting on the year that has passed. I like to practice gratitude for all the lessons I have learned, the places I have been to and the people I have come to know.
If you’ve been on social media lately, and you’re the kind of person that follows a bunch of food accounts, you may notice that “meal prep” is all the rage. Why? Because it makes your busy life easier and more nutritious. How? Well, instead of constantly turning to takeout options and/or spending every morning, afternoon and night creating a new meal every time you’re hungry, meal prepping provides you with prepared food for the week or for a few days. It also takes away the humming and hawing about what to have for breakfast/lunch/dinner every day which can waste valuable time. Having prepared, healthy food sets you up for success and cuts out the possibility of resorting to poor food options. The photo above is actually a collection of meal prepped foods that I had on hand in the fridge. I was able to make a fresh salad by picking and choosing a few of the prepped options I had, threw them on some arugula. It was delicious and I put it together in about 5 minutes.
Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer, Recipe Developer, & Food Lover
I have a deep desire to help you discover your best self through nutritious food, movement and mindset practices. I created this space to share my passion for good food and lifestyle recommendations to help inspire you to live healthier and happier.