A Simple Thought for International Women’s Day

In honour of this special day, I’d like to talk about something that I think holds a lot of women back. It’s not just women. It happens to men too, but I think it’s more prevalent in the woman’s psyche than the man’s. I’m talking about the desire to put other’s needs before her own. Women are, in general, inherently nurturing. Whether this is a behaviour that is genetically predispositioned or learned from social cues growing up (or both!) is another debate but I think we can all agree that it is a typical characteristic of women to care for others.

I know for myself, if my boyfriend is having a rough day for example, my very first response is usually, “what can I do to help you?”

Unfortunately, it often happens where women neglect their own needs for the sake of others. What I want you to consider is the following: consider that increasing your own worth makes what you invest in others more valuable.

Let’s use money as an example. If you have $100 Canadian dollars and you want to invest that money in a US stock, making that investment when the Canadian dollar is strong will yield greater returns than making that investment when the dollar is weak. The same is true of your own personal currency. Increasing your worth and investing in yourself will allow you to show up for others in a more valuable way. In other words, you’ll get more bang for your buck when it comes to relationships.

So that’s it! Next time you find yourself putting too much energy into others and not yourself, remember that you should always put your own oxygen mask on first before assisting others!

Comment below on what this means to you!

Wake Up Wednesday

Wake Up Wednesday – Part 2

Here we are for part two of Wake Up Wednesday: Weight Loss Resistance where I summarize the two part podcast that made me sit up straight and say, “something isn’t right here!”. This was the catalyst that spurred me to make changes in my life. Last week, I summarized the first episode in this post, and today I will summarize the second of the two podcasts. To listen to the podcasts yourself, and please please do because I can only summarize so much, go here for Part 1 and here for Part 2.

Just to catch you up, we left off learning that the prevalence of Round Up, or glycophosphate if you want to sound super smart to your friends, is having a tremendous negative impact on not only the nutrients in our food but also the bacteria in our gut. This compound is not only making the food we eat less nutritious but it is also making it more difficult for us to absorb the nutrients left in the food.

Here’s the summary of the second part of this eye opening podcast.

  • 2 billion kilograms of gylcophosphate are being dumped on Earth per year
  • If you compare instances of cancer in the US to glycophosphate use, there is a perfect correlation between the two
  • A healthy gut biome should contain 30 – 40 thousand species of bacteria (not individual bacteria). Our gut should contain 1.5 – 2 quadrillion bacteria!
  • The current average gut contains only about 1000 different species. That’s it!
  • So I bet you’re thinking, I’m covered. I take a probiotic. Welp, each probiotic contains only 3-24 species which isn’t going to lead to the 30,000 species that you need. Further, most of these probiotics are farmed from cows. Regular, feedlot, GMO, grain-fed cows….gross!
  • Recall that the bacteria in our guts break down macronutrients, which in turn feed the mitochondria in our cells, and the mitochondria turn these nutrients into energy (ATP).
  • When the mitochondria don’t receive what they need, which they won’t because our gut bacteria is so diminished, they signal our hormones that something is wrong. This causes hormonal imbalances and ultimately weight loss resistance.
  • If you transplant the bacteria from an obese human to a mouse, the mouse becomes obese almost immediately and vice versa. If you transplant the bacteria from a slim human to an obese mouse, you cannot overfeed that mouse and cause it to be obese.
  • Fecal transplants are a thing. Research has yielded impressive results.
  • It’s not all bad news. There are things you can do to improve your gut bacteria which include:
    • Stop living in a sterile environment…go outside and breath the air. Go to as many different eco-systems as possible and be outside.
    • Get dirty! Weed your garden!
    • Hug each other. Share your biome with as many people as possible and breath in the biome of others!
    • Get a pet! They have an eco-system too. Research is showing that having a pet increases our gut biome health!


And there you have it! The shocking facts that made me sit up straight in my chair and realize that my weight gain, and difficulty losing said weight was simultaneously, not my fault because I didn’t know better and 100% my fault for being ignorant. It put me on a course to improve my gut health and learning as much as possible about how to improve my health and longevity. Focusing on this and this alone allowed me to lose 30 lbs and counting in about a year. It was a slow go at first as I learned what worked for me and what didn’t but slowly over time I figured it out.


Leave a comment below and tell me what the most shocking thing in these posts were to you. Have any questions? Let me know. Just want to tell me that I’m crazy? That’s ok too!

What I Eat In A Day

What I Eat In a Day – Prep Week

Copy of Wake up Wednesday.

During this week, there are no real restrictions to what I’m eating except for the obvious: eliminate the big offenders. These include foods you know are inflammatory: sugar, processed foods, and anything you know doesn’t work for you. For some people that’s dairy and gluten but through my first round of One3one, I learned that I can tolerate these things just fine.

First up is my favorite homemade breakfast sandwich. A toasted whole wheat english muffin (dry), one strip of nitrate free, hormone free bacon, one free-range, organic egg cooked in the bacon fat, and a handful of organic spinach. Could there be a better way to start the day?


Next up is my biggest vice. It’s my morning ritual and I don’t really want to give it up. I used to have two pumps of vanilla syrup added but broke that habit in round one…baby steps with this one.


I’m usually really good about preparing my lunch the day before and not eating out but in order for me to maximize my after-work time, I had to run errands at lunch today. This BLT salad is my go to when I need to grab something quickly and the jalapeno ranch dressing was a nice treat (I normally make my own oil and vinegar vinaigrette).


After work, there was enough daylight for an outdoor workout. These evenings feed my soul.


Finally, it was dinner time but I felt very uninspired for dinner tonight (not like me at all). I had all the ingredients to make breakfast for dinner! NOTE: I ate a lot more potatoes not pictured.


So there you have it! No crazy recipes. Just good quality whole foods!

When you feel uninspired for dinner, what is your go-to meal?