TRINITY WELLNESS CENTRE'S BLOG
Happy New Year!
The beginning of a new year often seems like the perfect time to try and become healthier, especially after all the holiday celebrations. Many of us will resolve to completely change the way we eat, yet time and time again we see that restricting the food that we eat by 'going on a diet' isn't sustainable. We could be successful for a few days, weeks, or even months, but eventually we give in to the cravings and slip back to our old habits.
There's no doubt this can be really discouraging, but the problem is with the diets - not with us!
Nutrition is not one-size-fits-all, and it is so important to embrace and appreciate your individuality. Think about what you really enjoy eating and seek to build your diet around that and try the following:
Christmas is a time to celebrate, spend quality time with loved ones and enjoy delicious festive foods. It is not a time for stressing about everything you put in your mouth. However, holiday parties and extravagant meals often leave people feeling dread and stressing over how much to eat and what is being offered.
I'm not here to tell you the same old tips that make the rounds each year (choose a smaller plate, eat before the party, eating salad first, move away from food). Instead, I want to share practical tips that will help you enjoy the holiday season - without going without.
But first, let me remind you... it's a time to celebrate food and togetherness, not the time to get down on ourselves for not following a 'perfect diet'. After all, there is NO such thing as a perfect diet. Let's ditch the deprivation and celebrate food this holiday season.
It is very possible to survive and heal after a partner has been unfaithful and with most couples if both partners are committed to making the relationship work they can have a thriving, loving, successful even stronger relationship. Although regaining trust offers difficult challenges for both partners, there is hope, especially when both partners are committed to repairing the relationship.
One of the primary reasons couples seek counselling is for infidelity and of all the difficult experiences couples face, a betrayal is one of the worst. This is because the person we chose to be with, the one we felt we could count on is also the one who hurt us most and this can be devastating.
This summer has been an especially hot and dry one in Western Canada. We have had extremely high temperatures, little rain and lots of forest fires. These fires are making the air hot, dry, smoky and filled with ash. Most peoples lungs and sinuses are feeling very congested. If you are prone to respiratory conditions such as Asthma, COPD, Bronchitis and Sinusitis your lungs are likely feeling even more tight and compromised than usual.
Manual Osteopathy identifies, assesses, and treats the body’s structures and rhythm using a gentle, hands-on approach. Manual Osteopaths are trained to find and treat the root cause of dysfunction and not just chase the symptoms. It is a drug-free, non-invasive treatment that focuses on treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, which includes joints, muscles, bones, internal organs and fluids of the body.
This type of treatment uses a whole body approach to health care. The first appointment starts with an assessment of posture, movement, pain, range of motion, and medical history. There are no details that are unimportant. Even our diet can give clues and insights into our pain because our body is all connected and each system affects the body as a whole. The goal of the osteopathic practitioner is to balance all the systems of the body to provide overall good health and wellbeing. This balance is achieved with only the use of their hands. Manual Osteopaths believe that there is no tool as sensitive as human touch, so no other machines or tools will be used during your treatment.
Most of us have experienced digestive problems - whether it’s gas, bloating, reflux, constipation, or diarrhea. And needless to say, it is uncomfortable, not only physically but mentally! In fact, roughly 20 million Canadians deal with digestive issues. So if it is so common, why is it so difficult to talk about? According to society, it’s not cool to chat about bowel issues. Let’s break up with that idea - I’m here to tell you it’s good to talk about poop!
Improving symptoms such as bowel irregularity, gas, and bloating is one of the many things a dietitian can help you with! It all starts with a conversation. Storytelling is a very important part of figuring out your digestive woes. If you’ve been dealing with gut issues, you may not have found the right person to hear you out. Doctors are extremely knowledgeable, but don’t always have the time to get the full story. As a dietitian, it is my job (and passion) to give your gut the much needed attention it deserves!
I don’t know about you but I have definitely found myself slipping into moments where I am not necessarily so kind to myself. For me this often happens when I have made a mistake or when I’m having a tough day, when I am judging myself or comparing myself to others. I notice in those moments I tend to head straight to the negative self talk.
Take a minute and think about what you’ve said to yourself today. Were they words of kindness and compassion, were they words of understanding or were you critical or unkind to yourself? How do you feel after you have these inner dialogues? Do you feel helped, refreshed and strong or do you feel depleted, exhausted or blue? Thoughts create feelings and therefore create your mood. How we talk to ourselves and about ourselves matters. The conversations we have with ourselves during the day can really impact how we feel about who we are and what we are capable of achieving. These moments of inner dialogue influence how we feel about ourselves and how we perceive the world around us.
While positive self talk may come naturally to some people, most of us need to learn how to develop positive thoughts with practice. One of the issues that I see happen with a lot of people is Rumination – which is when you are replaying negative thoughts or negative self talk over and over in your head. A good way of thinking of it is imagine a hamster going around and around in a wheel for hours without stopping. Research shows that constant rumination contributes to anxiety and depression.
Seasonal Allergies got you down?
Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? Every wonder why some years it is worse than others? Or why some people get them and some don’t? Hay fever and seasonal allergies are a sign from our bodies that something is out of balance or that there is an energy deficiency present.
The season that the allergies flare up in gives us some pretty big clues as to which organs or systems need balancing. Allergies predominantly in the spring time? Chances are your imbalance is related to the liver – the wood element and the ruler of Spring. If your allergies are worse in the Fall, that is a clue that the imbalance is related to your Lung – the metal element and ruler of the fall.
Spring is coming in March. This is often the time of year where we start spring cleaning and de-cluttering our homes. But what about spring cleaning our bodies and de-cluttering our minds?
Here are some tips to help you do some spring cleaning for your mind, body, and soul:
Take Advantage of the Warming Weather
Have you been sitting a lot this winter? Manual Osteopathy believes that your body's structure equals how you function. Shortened and tight muscles from sitting a lot will disable optimal function of those muscles. As the weather starts to warm up, it is easier to find ways to get those muscles and joints moving. Grab some tunes and go for a walk! Even a short walk outside can help improve your mood, strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your balance and improve your coordination. Can't get outside? Try doing some quad or hamstring stretches at home which will help your legs move and feel better.
I often get asked “What does it take to make a relationship successful?”
That’s what. I understand this is probably not the answer you were hoping for, but I tend not to sugar coat things with fancy icing. The truth is relationships take work, not monumental, grand gesture, over the top work, but rather little daily moments where we turn toward our partner and provide things such as; support, kind words, a smile or loving touches.
Love exists in our relationships because we make a daily choice to love our partner for who they are and the struggles they are working through. Real love, true love is a choice, it is choosing to love your partner in the moments where they are joyful and sweet as well as in the moments when they frustrate us and we think they are being an utter pain in the butt.