A little opinion piece

It’s Halloween this week. Hard to deny all decorations and pumpkin everything. Of course, I embrace this as I love the colour orange!

Alas, Halloween can bring stress and shame/guilt. But guess what, you should have a little fun as well. If the goods from your children, the store or your own supply happen to get digested, well then it did and I surely hope you’ve enjoyed it!

This diet culture we currently live in (and it’s been around a while) is starting to really wear on me. Negative body image and negative self-talk are all too real. And it really is prevalent and its sucks for those affected by it (for the person & for those who love them wholeheartedly – I speak from a place of knowledge).

There are physical consequences that I see as a result of the diet culture (moving to punish, poor posture, decreased strength, decreased endurance). And for those affected and deeply entrenced, the mental health component is truly out of my scope of practice.

I do try to help bring awareness though. For those who know me, I will be vocal about negative self-talk and degrading behaviour regarding diet/ food.  It may not seem kind- but it’s genuinely to help change the behaviour.
Let’s remember this piece of advice from Maude,  Registered Dietitian

Weight is not a behaviour. It is not something we control.
We can certainly act on our lifestyle factors that might (or not) affect our weight: enough sleep, nurturing our mental health, being active, eating wisely, fostering a fulfilling social circle, being mindful and present, slowing down…

If you are getting stressed about losing “self-control” and “indulging too much” in Halloween candies and chocolate, let me ask you: why? What would your life be like if you didn’t stress about food?

Not sure where to start….ask your GP, or come see our Registered Dietitians and our Registered Psychotherapist.

And for parents out there wondering how to manage their kids Halloween candies, Maude wrote a blog post on that topic: https://familyandconutrition.com/candies/

So put up your hand if you are with me….

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AHHHHH Autumn!

h Autumn- time to let some things go.

Fall = time to start to ramp things up.  Routines are setting in and some of the kinks in your schedules are getting worked out.  There is always the behind the scenes work to do – planning, advising and promotions and this is the week that we start to MOVE a little more!

My focus is to continue to be a good human, helping others be good humans and raising good humans….in a way that makes me feel less of the guilt and shame that has been thrown around news, media lately (that was necessary positive self-talk)

For me, that may mean I turn off some of the social media and finger-pointing and name-calling and emphasize how I can help others be better.

And by coaching your movement, emphasizing functional longevity, focusing on adding more motion into your life, cueing you on posture and all things kinetic…. actually can improve your quality of life.

So if your kids have coaches- take an extra moment to go out of your way and give them a nice hi-five (and say thanks).

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Rise Up!

The Terry Fox foundation is quite wonderful.  By walking and donating we are making a difference today, as most of us are/have been affected by cancer in some capacity.

I am always inspired by his story and use it often for personal motivation.  He ran a marathon a day….on one leg….with Cancer…across Canada!!!!

There are days/ times when life seems really rough.  Where the mind and body are not letting you feel great.   We are sad.  We think negatively.  We lose perspective.  I think about 1980 and the story of Terry Fox, and when I feel any of those feelings, I tell myself to Rise up and Get Moving!  That works for me….movement is my medicine.

We all have trials and tribulations that we experience on a day to day basis.  These experiences are not trivial.  Sometimes PERSPECTIVE helps us to un-spiral and regain focus on the positive, on the things we have, on the things are bodies can do, and our amazing ability to cope!

So get out there….Rise up… take a deep breath…and DO.IT.NOW!

 

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Girl Power and Gracie’s Gals join forces!!!

Stay tuned for more Fall classes focussing on Girls in Motion!  More details to come.

Check out graciesgals.com to get a glimpse!

 

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FALL SCHEDULE- 2019!

Same same…with a little bit of difference!

Best way to keep updated is to follow us on IG, FB and Twitter!

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Stroller Fit Pop Up Classes!

Here are the Strollerfit drop in dates! $5-Bring your family! Bring a mat, water and sun gear (for outdoors)!

*July 4th- HAAA-near Locke (outside weather dependent).
*July 11th – Redeemer- Ancaster (indoors).
*August 8th-Victoria Park off King st W-(outdoors weather dependent). More details to come
*August 15th-Redeemer -Ancaster- (indoors).

#wellness
#postpartumfitness
#mommyandmefitness
#safe
#fun
#hamont

 

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Talk to the Pod!

Are you sick and tired of talking about your trick knee, food striking toddler, crazy cravings, stresses in life, sore hips, your inability to concentrate and your mother in law? 

Perhaps you don’t want to share or unload this with friends and family.  Or perhaps you have and it feels like work.

That’s what we are here for- to help you with complicated issues. Talk to the Pod!

The health pod will collaborate and help you find the best treatment plan for you….even if it means taking a nap in the pod!

Booking well into the Summer for all appointments!

My Summer goal
What a beautiful way to start summer!  This week was full of celebrations and I may need a bit of a reboot (time out).  Thank you to all for your support, well wishes and just being you – Aweso

BUT if you want/ need a little TLC and extra attention (aka private sessions/ session) send me a message and we can discuss options at The Health Pod (see below),

 

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Loud’n Lite

Taking a little extra time for family this summer.  Lighter schedule ahead.

Pay attention to social media on Sundays will post the schedule!

If you need some TLC….don’t hesitate to ask.  I will still be doing some private and semi-private sessions!

Time to reboot, brainstorm, breathe and soak it all in!

 

DO.IT.NOW

 

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Motion is Lotion

Do you wake up and feel like you need more time to get your body going?
Caught yourself groaning a bit as you get in and out of bed?
Feeling extra stiff after a days work?

We have a little saying posted up in the Pod:

“Motion is Lotion”.

As a Registered Kinesiologist, I have been using this saying for the past 20 years.

What does it mean?

Your joints and surrounding structures allow you to bend, wiggle, move and be functional. We have a lubricant called synovial fluid, some cartilage and synovium which helps to cushion the joints. As we age and
(perhaps extra weight)
we may increase the wear and tear of these structures.

A great prescription to remedy this?

Exercise.

Exercise is highly recommended to reduce symptoms that are associated with age and decreased synovial fluid of the joints. Simply put- exercise lubricates the joints. Get up -get moving- feel better!

All exercises can be modified to suit your needs

Not sure about any of this?

Ask us….that is why we are here and love what we do! This is about YOU!

Our goal is to keep you KINETIC and functional to enjoy your day not groan with every movement.

#healthpod
#registeredkinesiologist
#registeredhealthcare
#wellness
#fitness
#strength
#motionislotion
#prescriptiontoexercise

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I’m Listening….

 

I know… it’s incredible… a picture where I’m not actually talking.

Listening- That I can do.  Mastering the art  of listening takes practice.  It’s part of what we do as health practitioners. These big shoulders of mine are here for a reason- and over the years have had a lot of tears and hugs while listening.

Taking in what your goals, likes, dislikes and needs. Not my needs- but yours.  

Need something? Let’s chat- well you chat – I’ll listen and we can put a plan together…. if not me… my awesome team of collaborators @loudenhealthandwellness

#healthandwellness 

#hamont

#doitnow 

📸@Mohawk at the Fit to Pitch

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