The uncomfortable conversation we need to have about mental health before Movember moves on…
Sex is freakin’ awesome, isn’t it? And gosh darnit, it can feel so good. But you know what? It’s not just an enjoyable thing to do every now and then (or a lot). Doing the deed is actually good for your health! And to add to that, studies have shown that having regular sex is even better for your overall wellbeing. So next time you’re thinking about taking a trip to pleasure town, remember that you’re actually doing something really great for your health too.
Okay, so what the heck are NERGI® berries anyways – ammirite? Well, they’re a recent discovery in my world and I couldn’t be more excited that these bite-sized fruits are new to the Canadian market! Packed with antioxidants, NERGI® berries are sweet, but slightly tart and have a great nutrient profile.
Working independently or from home, sounds like a dream to some people. The freedom to be in the comfort of your own place, to make your own daily or weekly schedule, to work from anywhere you feel like going on that day or to just not wear pants… No but really, it sounds pretty darn ideal to most. But, whether you’re working for yourself or just working from home, there can be many not-so-glamourous factors involved that a lot of people just don’t see.
Okay, so we need to talk about quinoa for a hot minute. By now, most of you at least know what it is or have consumed it in some form or another. Mostly in salads. It’s always in a fricken salad. But, eating healthy doesn’t mean only eating salads all of the time. You can still get in your daily intake of nutrients, while actually enjoying the food you’re eating. What a concept, right?!
Insane. Bonkers. Stupid. Lazy. Obsessive. Paranoid. Crazy. Weird. Sad. Useless. Lonely. Burden. Dramatic. Awkward. Nervous. Antisocial. Inconvenience. Unbalanced. Needy.
All of these words describe exactly how I think people feel about me. And although everyone around me would strongly object to the fact that I am any of these things, this is ultimately a projection of how I feel about myself. We’ve all heard at least some of these words used to describe someone with a form of mental illness, at one point in our lives. But in reality, it’s just not so black and white.
Hi. My name is Catherine and I suffer from mental illness.
When summer rolls around, I crave fresh fruits and veggies. The more colours, the better. But why do we want to eat so many colourful foods? Well, they contain lots of phytonutrients! “Phyto” is the Greek word for plant – so, plant nutrients! Plant-based foods contain tons of natural chemicals – not to be confused with minerals and essential vitamins that keep your body running on a daily basis. Phytonutrients can help to prevent disease by protecting you from threatening pathogens such as germs, bugs and fungi.
When I was a kid, I loved to watch my grandmother make cookies. And by watch, I mean I would stick my fingers in the bowl to lick the dough every time she had her back turned, much to her dismay. And then, when I became an adult, I thought it would be a good idea to scarf down a whole bowl of raw cookie dough to myself. Not only is it a great way to get seriously sick, it’s not exactly the healthiest snack option.
When I think about why I love being a Holistic Nutritionist, one of the reasons that sticks out the most is that I get to meet some pretty amazing people. Whether it be clients, colleagues or strangers with fantastic stories to tell – I am continually honoured to meet every single one of them. Recently, I was fortune enough to meet a group of students studying to become Holistic Nutritionists at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Ottawa.
Those who know me, have a deep understanding of my love for corn chips and salsa. Why? Well, I’m not proud of it, but I used to be able to polish off a whole bag of chips and a whole jar of salsa in one sitting. Not anymore, folks. Since becoming a nutritionist, I’ve given up on those days of shovelling piles of junk food into my face hole.