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    Categories Advice, Health, Lifestyle


    There are times in our lives when we struggle with sleeplessness or just trying to stay asleep. 

    Insomnia can be temporary, whereas a sleeping disorder can take a while to resolve. These conditions can be very vast with different causes, such as anxiety, stress, bad eating habits, or even allergies.  

    Eating Before Sleeping

    We’ve heard it said, “don’t eat late at night.” and typically we think the reason is potential weight gain. Yes, this is true, but here’s the real reason: the body is always working to be in a homeostasis condition – balanced. When we eat at night, the pancreas works to secrete enzymes to break down food, as well as produces insulin to balance the blood sugar. This whole process can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours, depending on what was consumed. Once the pancreas is done and blood sugars are level, human growth hormone (HGH) comes on the scene. HGH’s job is to repair the body from the day’s activities.

    Sleeplessness Due to Pain

    Ever wonder why your joints or muscles hurt more when you are trying to sleep? The body will use all the raw material you fed it that day to make your skin, hair, bones, muscles, and tendons for tomorrow.  Once this hormone finishes its task, brain waves should be in the REM stage where melatonin is secreted. This process can take 2 to 3 hours, and then serotonin begins to rise and we wake up feeling refreshed. When we eat at night, the whole process takes longer and melatonin doesn’t have a chance to complete its task. You may not get the deep sleep you desire. If the pattern continues, insomnia will set in. 

    Staying Asleep

    One reason why we don’t stay asleep is blood sugar can drop during the night. To help alleviate this, make sure there is protein at each major meal. Start your morning with protein. For example, a protein shake, oatmeal, egg, ham or cooked chicken. (vegan – tofu or beans). If you start the day with protein, you are less likely to be munching on carbs at night before bed.

    Another reason for waking in the middle of the night, (besides going to the bathroom) is the adrenals. These undernourished, overworked and underappreciated glands need extra support, especially during stressful situations, allergies, diabetes, arthritis, insomnia, low blood pressure and nervousness are some of the symptoms of an overworked adrenal. 

    To resolve the sleeplessness is to get to the root of the problem and go from there. Take some time to evaluate what is going on around you. If it is stress in your life? Can you minimize it? Is it diet? Make some healthy dietary changes. If it’s hormones, let’s get them balanced.  

    If this is something you are struggling with, perhaps get in touch with me and let’s work out a plan for you.

    Mosquitoes in the Meadow
    Categories Advice, Lifestyle

    Are You Excited About Summer? 

    I can’t imagine anyone who isn’t excited for summer. With summer comes vacations, hanging out at the beach, outdoor BBQ, brunching on the patio and shall I dare to say it, ugh I have to. Yes, those pesky little critters, mosquitoes.

    This article is a little different because we will focus on a healthy lifestyle more than nutrition. 

    For the last three years, my son has been working at a summer kids camp. Before those years, he was a junior leader and a camper. Being out in the woods, especially at sunset, brings on those hungry critters. I want to make sure he is protected from the mosquitoes without harming his health.

    Mosquitoe Repelent

    In my home, using natural bug repellent is very important. Here’s why. A lot of store bought products have a chemical called DEET (N-diethyl-m-toluamide) DEET causes brain cell death and behavioural changes in rats after frequent and prolonged use. This exposure causes neurons to die in regions of the brain that control muscle movement, learning, memory, and concentration. When a child’s brain is still developing I would not want to hinder, cause damage because of exposer to neurotoxins

    I don’t want to take this lightly because having an infected mosquito bite is very serious. It is important to take precautions.

    A Few Helpful Tips Against Mosquitoes: 

    • A long time ago I read that carbolic soap helps repel mosquitoes. 
    • Eating bananas, peanut butter and chocolate attracts mosquitoes.
    • Wear light colour clothing can be repellent.
    • At sunset, even if it’s still hot, wear long sleeves and long pants (get some nice cotton fabrics).
    • Deficiency in certain B vitamins. This is controversial. Taking extra B vitamins is a good thing to do anyway. 

    Do you have some natural remedies that have worked for you? Feel free to share your tips with me. 

    Here is something that I use at home or when we as a family have found ourselves in the great outdoors at sunset. I put together a few drops of citronella, lavender, tea tree essential oils in water in a spray bottle. I don’t just spray us. I’ll spray the ground and chairs around where we are sitting. 

    One last thing, as a Nutritionist and a Registered BIE practitioner, I am not just about diets and meal plans. I’m about balancing your body’s systems and creating a lifestyle that works right for you. Don’t let the aches and pains (or the bugs) stop you from having fun this summer. Click here to get in touch and gather more information. 

    Okay, one more last thing… Get out there and enjoy your summer!