• Nutrition,  Weight Loss

    Managing Cravings…Can you Retrain your Brain?

    With the rising obesity epidemic, researchers are actively trying to determine what role neurological pathways and reward mechanisms play. Studies have looked at the hyperactivation of reward centres in the brain, and find that high calorie foods provide more rewards than low calorie foods. What happens after years and years of eating high calorie foods? Are people destined to crave high fat and sugar foods forever? Susan Roberts, a professor at Tufts University states that “ we don’t start out…

  • Immune System,  Stress Management

    Are You Triggering Stress?

    Stress is a topic I talk a lot about in my coaching at Vibrant Living; good stress, bad stress…often it’s all in our perception. Similarly, our body’s stress response is also affected by our “perception” of stress. What is bad stress to one individual might be motivating & exciting stress to another. Different perception, different impact on the body. Our response to bad stress, also known as our fight/flight response, is hugely beneficial (even life-saving!) when we are under physical…

  • Goals,  Weight Loss

    Why Instant Gratification and Weight Loss Should Never be in the Same Sentence.

    In this digital age, it seems that we are wired to expect instant gratification with everything. I am no longer use to waiting for my computer to turn on, or hearing back from a friend or even getting an answer to a question. All of these daily functions are at our fingertips. Don’t get me wrong…most of the time, I love it!  In many ways I am thrilled that we have so much access to fast information. The downside to…

  • Blog,  Features,  Recipes

    Iced Pineapple Allergen Free Recipe

    A Refreshing, healthy and Allergy friendly recipe (Dairy free, Egg free & Gluten free). Pineapple is loaded with vitamin C (1 cup gives you 105% of your recommended daily intake!), an ideal food to support your immune system. Ingredients: 2 cups pineapple (cored, chopped) Juice from ½ squeezed Lime Maple Syrup to taste ~ 1 tsp Instructions: Blend: Pineapple pieces, Lime Juice & Maple syrup Freeze in an airtight glass container. Allow the mixture to freeze for a few hours…

  • Blog,  Features,  Sunscreen

    6 Tips To Find Safe Suncare

    Wandering in the sunscreen aisle with the goal of finding a safe and effective sunscreen is an overwhelming task. Use the EWG (Environmental Working Group) Sunscreen database to guide you in finding the best sunscreen for you and your family: http://www.ewg.org/2015sunscreen/ Important highlights of the EWG research on sun safety: Look for sunscreens free of: Vitamin A, oxybenzone, parabens, PABA, phthalates, fragrances and nano-sized particles. Avoid sunscreen spray and powders which pose an inhalation risk and lack effective skin coverage.…