Weight Loss + Mind Gain: My Journey Back to Health, Happiness and Resilience

eat move Sep 11, 2022

Since moving to the U.S. from Canada eight years ago, I gained 22 pounds. On my small five-foot frame, that is a significant and noticeable weight gain.

The weight gain was insidious and it wreaked havoc on my physical and mental health – not to mention my wallet – as I needed to buy a new wardrobe to accommodate my changing sizes from what had always been a petite frame!

And, while I do maintain an active lifestyle and don’t drink alcohol, coffee, or sugary drinks like fruit juices and sodas, I now believe that the weight gain was primarily due to the extreme stress I endured, which included: moving to a new country in mid-life, a new marriage that subsequently didn’t work out, extensive business travel, COVID, and the death of a beloved dog. 

Stress affects cortisol levels (leading to weight gain) and mine seemed to be skyrocketing. The result:

  • Mindless eating, snacking, and overeating
  • Cravings for sweets, fatty and salty foods
  • Increased blood sugar...
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I’m on a ‘Brain Sabbatical’… How About You?

eat Feb 11, 2022

Feeling overwhelmed? Here’s how to cope.

On the heels of a deadly pandemic – now entering its third year – we’ve been dealing with a lot. As I’ve mentioned over the past few weeks, I’m also struggling with a few personal issues, including watching over , who’s nearing his end of life due to terminal cancer.

As you probably know, when life gets ultra-challenging and you’re facing illness, job loss, a death in the family or marital problems, your mental bandwidth is severely reduced. It’s hard to function or tackle our day-to-day responsibilities. Our brains, for the most part, simply check out or take a sabbatical. I know mine certainly has!

When we’re grieving or struggling with an overwhelming situation, many people simply leave self-care by the wayside. I’ve been a wellness professional for many years, and believe me, I’m no different than everyone else – when you’re running...

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Which has more sugar - soda or fruit juice?

eat Jun 09, 2021

I discovered my newest obsession: FOOD LABELS. I now read food labels (Nutrition Facts and ingredients lists) like I read books.

It's like I'm on a scavenger hunt in search of hidden / added sugars in beverages. "No Added Sugars" listed on food labels can be a misleading claim, and not the same thing as saying "no sugar." Companies take real fruit, concentrate it into pulp or puree, and then use it to sweeten beverages. Because it comes from fruit, food labeling laws allow the sweetener to be called natural, and the claim "no added sugars" is permissible, even though the fruit is basically processed into sugar or syrup.

Here are 4 tips to help you think before you drink:

1. Read the Nutrition Facts: If Added Sugars are listed, look at the number of grams in one serving size.

2. Check the Ingredients List: If Added Sugars are not listed in the Nutrition Facts or if the beverage label says "no added sugars," then look at the list of ingredients. If you...

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I'm going plant-based - want to join me?

eat Jul 08, 2020

Have you seen the Netflix movie The Game Changers?

This movie changed the way I think about plant-based diets for not only improving health and preventing disease but for boosting energy and athletic performance.

Despite maintaining what I thought was a healthy whole foods diet, my A1C levels (blood glucose) have bordered pre-diabetes for many years, with doctors' recommendations to start Metformin (diabetes medication).

My father had adult onset type 2 diabetes. Due to an imbalanced diet, his type 2 diabetes became type 1 diabetes three months before he passed away two years ago.

I carry my dad's genes but my mission is to reverse diabetes with a different nutritional approach.

I don't believe in rigid diets and rigid calorie counting, food tracking and restrictions aren't my thing.

Recently, I became a new patient of the medical doctor featured in The Game Changers (he's also the former internist for the St. Louis Rams football team and the St. Louis Cardinals...

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