Creating Inclusive, Accessible Wellness Spaces

Last weekend I attended a workshop with Dianne Bondy, yoga teacher, social justice activist and leading voice of the Yoga For All movement (and also my new bff), hosted by the New Leaf Foundation. The workshop was titled “The Path to Empowerment, Self-Love and Body Acceptance” and I signed up as I have personally been struggling with these three things since the birth of my daughter in 2015. Going into the workshop I assumed that I would leave with some tools to help me learn to love this post-partum body that I’m still getting used to – and I certainly did. And perhaps more importantly, I also left with a new perspective on the wellness industry and the real issues it has with inclusion and accessibility.

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Menstrual Products that Aren’t Gross

When I was pregnant I found myself in the feminine hygiene aisle at the drugstore, looking for panty liners. I grabbed a box off the shelf and headed to the checkout. Waiting in line I started reading the box and noticed that “fragrance” was listed as one of the ingredients in the liners

Fragrance? WTF is fragrance doing in a panty liner?

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Decoding Nutrition Labels


The most nutritious foods are the ones that don’t come with packaging or labels such as the fresh foods found on the outside perimeter of your grocery store. While I recommend that you avoid the packaged foods that you find in the middle aisles as much as possible, I know that in real life relying on a box or jar can often mean the difference between a home-cooked meal and the drive-through.

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The Whole30 Cookbook: Dukkah-Crusted Brussels Sprouts + a Giveaway!

Disclosure: I received a copy of the Whole30 Cookbook by Penguin Random House Canada for review purposes. 

Even though everyone says it’s not, the Whole30 is a diet – the very definition of a diet is restricting the food that you eat – and if you’ve been here for awhile you know that I don’t do diets.

But I do make an exception for the Whole30 because we could all benefit from 30 days without sugar, processed foods, gluten, dairy, soy, alcohol and even grains, beans and legumes.  Continue reading

The Perfect Diet

On a summer’s evening, a month or so before I started nutrition school, my guy and I drove out to our favourite old-timey ice cream place. I ordered my usual – a hot caramel sundae with nuts – and since it had been a tough week, hell it had been a tough 30 years, I upgraded my sundae to a size medium even though it was always too much and left me with a stomach ache.

As I sat there eating the ice cream I didn’t even want, ashamed that I was once again overeating, I thought to myself, “when I’m a nutritionist I’ll finally have the perfect diet.”

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