• Blog,  Exercise,  Weight Loss

    Why a 10 Minute Workout CAN be Enough (Plus a bonus workout video!)

    Meet Kim Holmes, guest contributor to the blog this month. Kim is a Personal Trainer and the Owner of My Fit Coach. She helps busy women transform their bodies (and minds) through Online Fitness and Nutrition Programs. As a Mom of two young sons, she understands that you don’t have hours to spend at the gym. Her Online Programs are efficient, fun and most importantly, they make fitness fit into your REAL life. You can find out more about her services at www.myfitcoach.ca and connect on Facebook @myfitcoachPT. “I…

  • Blog,  Nutrition,  Weight Loss

    Hormonal Influence on Weight Loss

    I have the privilege of working with individuals everyday who are motivated to optimize their health. So motivated in fact, that many have been on an exhausting journey for years trying to figure out their bodies recipe for success. Since I do a lot of lifestyle management and weight loss, many of these individuals have been to countless programs and tried countless diets, cleanses and products in search for their answer. Many of them are told to eat less, and…

  • Blog,  Nutrition,  Weight Loss

    Is Your Belly Fat Whispering Nasty Messages to your Brain?

    If you have read my previous posts, you will know that fat is not a static organ, but is an active endocrine organ.  Adipose tissue is a rich source of inflammatory factors including adipokines, chemokines and cytokines.   Fat cells essentially communicate with every cell in our body, so we want them to be sending the right messages. The problem tends to occur when the proinflammatory messages out weigh the anti-inflammatory messages. This is what I call “angry fat”!  …

  • Blog,  Exercise,  Nutrition,  Weight Loss

    Your Belly Fat is its own Endocrine Organ

    What does that mean???   At one point we thought that belly fat was just something that made us feel uncomfortable in a bikini. Now we know that belly fat actually sends out inflammatory signaling molecules called adipokines and lipokines. Belly fat is considered an endocrine organ because it produces it’s own hormones! In fact, it produces upwards of 100 different signaling molecules some of which are anti-inflammatory, and some are pro-inflammatory.   The two most recognized signaling molecules are…

  • Blog,  Nutrition,  Updates,  Weight Loss

    Want to Lose Weight? Take Care of your Gut

    Today, it has been reported that there are approximately 10 trillion cells in the human body, and that there are 100 trillion microbial cells in your body. That means that there are 10x the amount of bacteria in you as your own cells.  These little critters are not merely passengers, but play a vital role in digestion, immune function, weight management, absorption and mood.   It is estimated that the average adult will carry about 3 lbs of bacteria inside…