Nutrition Strategies

  There’s a framed sign in my kitchen that says, eat good food. It’s a simple concept and one I like to think sets the tone for my family and how we approach our meals. Eating well is important at all stages of life because nutrition goes beyond your physical body. It’s about nourishing your […]

Strength in Stillness

“How long will this inconvenience me?” I asked the medic in an ambulance headed for Montreal. I was 12 years old and had just been run over by a school bus. Within two days, I was back in class. What drove me to return so soon? As I approached midlife, I began to examine my […]

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From Body Hatred to Body Positive

When people find out I’m a personal trainer who’s done adventure races, countless half marathons, triathlons and even an Ironman, the assumption they make is that I grew up an athlete. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I spent the majority of my life hating my body and feeling uncomfortable in my skin. For […]

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Gut Feelings

I have been coaching Canadians as a personal trainer for over 20 years, helping people get into better physical shape and giving them the tools to lead healthier, happier lives. I have found that much of this work is mental: you must maintain a positive outlook about yourself and your situation if either of these […]

Refuse to Sink

As told by Jody Carrow “It’s a thing now. It’s life.” The ‘thing’ in the above quote refers to one young person’s coming out as transgender. And the ‘life’ belongs to Frankie Edroff, a young man I was fortunate enough to interview for the Unsinkable project. I had just asked Frankie what the response was […]

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We Need to Talk about Body Image

What does it mean to have a healthy body image? As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, I’ve learned from my interactions with clients, friends and family members that achieving a healthy body image isn’t always easy—and it means something different to everyone. So, in the spirit of what Silken Laumann is trying to achieve with this […]

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What is Mental Illness? Thoughts from a 12-Year-Old With a Tough Diagnosis

Mental health challenges do not define you: your strength and courage does. Mental health issues are not something to laugh about or ignore. Just think about it, the next person you are bullying could be someone with mental health challenges and is thinking about taking their own life. Take mental health seriously and don’t make […]

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Helping Your Teen Manage Their Anxiety

Every teen will experience anxiety at times: it’s part of the human experience and a natural response to fear or stress. Some kids will react to that stress more acutely than others. In some cases, anxiety may begin to negatively impact your teen’s day to day life. If your teen: Worries excessively, Is especially reluctant […]

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