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Find Out How This New Mom Of 2 Lost Over 50 Pounds

When my beautiful Tiz Parente came to me a couple of years ago, she was desperate to take charge of her health and also frustrated from years of continuous dieting (trying everything under the sun). And also struggling with weight for as long as she can remember and even more so after 2 pregnancies. Even her very first email to me had the tone of defeat before I even put together her plan. Fast forward to today and this incredible Mom of 2 is a guiding source of inspiration and information for my new clients. Struggled? Tiz did. Frustrated? Tiz was. Overcome her fears and conquered her goals? Tiz did…and just SMASHED IT OUT OF THE PARK! We put together a strategy for initial weight loss using plenty of food flexibility and then, over time, transitioned to strengthening and shaping her body. With over 50 lbs lost, this amazing super mom is also an inspiration for her family in making healthy food choices while also enjoying plenty of food variety and balance. Tiz says, “Jenny …

Have You Gained Some Summer Fluff?

Okay, okay, okay…I’ll be the first to admit that I enjoyed the summer as well as the food to go along with the beautiful weather (yikes!). We had weekends full with things to do and people to see – barbecues, pool parties, entertainment parks, my son’s many play-dates…he seriously has more of social life than me. Oh how times have changed. My workout schedule was roughly 4 times a week but with my family being so busy, enjoying the weather, and seeing other family and friends my diet and training took a back seat. Sound familiar? Don’t worry, it’s a common problem and I hear many Mom’s complain about the extra 5, 10 or 15 lbs of “fluff” they’ve gained over the summer. So with September approaching, I’m going to be so bold in saying “It’s time for structure and less social gatherings!!” Yes, I know…all the fun maybe over but it’s time to refocus, set goals and crush them…and that to me can be even more fun, way more rewarding for sure. I created …

The Ultimate Universal Language Between A Mother and Her Child

People can not live without each other, we are social beings. As soon as we are in contact with one another we are communicating. A smile is the universal language to show happiness and nothing is more true than for a new mom. When I witnessed Jackson smile for the first time everything came to a halt. My world stopped and nothing else mattered than his precious smiley face. I saw his soul shinning through and as new mom I finally felt validation that I was doing things right. Watching your child smile means they are happy. It means you are doing a good job as a Mother. It is the best feeling in the world. What makes you smile?    

Do We Really Need to Eat Organic?

This is a question that comes up very often. My clients are more concerned over the price of organic foods and if it’s really worth investing in. There is so much discussion about the pros and cons of organic food and whether organic food is better than non-organic food. As a Nutritionist and Mom I personally believe organic is important. I’ve also done a lot of my own research and know there is scientific evidence to show that organic food is better in quality than conventional food. I believer we should know how our food is grown and harvested and more importantly where it comes from. So Why Organic? 1. Organic Food Tastes Better Organic food is more flavorful and studies have actually been conducted that confirm this belief. The chemicals that are used in the production of non-organic food definitely affect flavor. 2. Organic Food is Better for the Body The United States Environmental Protection Agency now lists many of the chemicals used in the production of pesticides and fungicides as potential cancer-causing components. …

Why Soaking In A Little Sunshine Can Be A Good Thing

Take a little time out in nature to soak in the rays. Studies have found that exposure to sunlight naturally boosts your mood. Sunlight triggers the release of hormones in your brain releasing a hormone called serotonin. This is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. Ultraviolet-B radiation in the sun’s rays also causes a person’s skin to create vitamin D. Generally, an hour per week is more than enough, but surprisingly, many people are still not exposed to enough sun to produce beneficial amounts of vitamin D. This could be because of our hectic sedentary lives, spending most of our time either in the car or at a desk during the peak hours of sunlight. Vitamin D is an important part of a healthy diet. New benefits of this vitamin are being discovered every day, but many people still do not receive enough vitamin D to reap the wonderful benefits it can provide to their health. Vitamin D is most famous for its contribution to joint and bone health …

SMILE

So what’s with all of my smiling posts lately? Well here’s the news. I’m so excited to announce my partnership with Smile Natural Foods (which is a division of Kii Naturals) as their Global Nutritionist. Smile is a proactive brand of superfoods, unique blends, cereals, and quality pantry foods that provide added health benefits with value and convenience to make nutrition…simple. Our first product launch is an All-In-One organic whole food blend consisting of superfoods such as flax, chia, hemp, goji berry, cranberry, cacao, coconut, pumpkin seeds, maca powder, oat bran, and cinnamon…just to name a few…you know…all the good stuff. Each spoonful packs extra fibre, protein, and omega fats into your yogurt, cereal, salads, and smoothies. Organic certified, Non-GMO certified, vegan friendly, and no sugar added. Even better we are the first to market a product of this kind around the world so there’s no need to purchase these ingredients individually anymore. I will begin adding these into my nutrition programs ASAP and will announce the launch of these products at retail which will …

“Life Always Gets In The Way…”

None of us are exempt from the pressures in life. We all have stress and situations that test us or possibly even push us to the brink of crumbling. All too often, something or someone or some moment, causes us to lose track of our goal and revert back to behaviours that no longer add value to our lives. We’ve all been there right? Of course most of the time we don’t choose our adversity BUT we certainly have the power to choose our response to it. And it’s this response that I call the “IF Factor”. IF we respond positively to challenges and difficulties, then the outcome will be potentially positive. IF we respond negatively to our challenges and difficulties, then the outcome will be potentially negative. IF we respond to challenges and difficulties in the same manner as we always respond to it (i.e. emotional eating, BLTs, etc.), then the outcome will almost certainly be the same. The pain of adversity never leaves us unchanged, but if treated right, can be the catalyst …