You Gotta Eat Here

As I prepare to move from my little corner of downtown London I feel it neccessary to pay homage to the incredible local businesses have kept both my heart and tummy happy over the past year. I am constantly telling my patients to check out these places and know that more than a few of us now have a Haven's Creamery addictions (we talk about the latest flavours during appointments...). Being celiac for most of my life, it has always been a novelty to find yummy treats while eating out but now it is almost too easy to find delicious healthy eats right outside my doorstep (literally all less than 1km from my house)! If you live in London or are making a visit be sure to check out some of these awesome spots!

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Mobility 101 with Brianna Balzer

This week I have a special guest blogger! Brianna Balzer is just finishing up her first year of her Masters in Physiotherapy at Western University and has spent the last 5 weeks stuck with me on her clinical placement. I've tried to show her a few tricks of the trade, help develop her clinical reasoning and soft skills but also thought it would be fun to have her try her hand at blogging! For me, blogging has been a great way to reach a wider audience, promote my profession and help people get to know me as a clinician and person better. So here we go- Brianna is going to be talking mobility today! Take it away girl!

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Hands that Heal

As a physiotherapist, patients often ask me questions such as "what's the difference between physio and chiro?" or "what do you think about osteopathy?" or "would massage therapy help?" From getting to know other health care professionals in the field I know that fundementally most practitioners all want the same thing- they want to help. Everyone goes into these professions with the intentions of helping others achieve a more pain free, active, healthy lifestyle. Though the principles between professions may slightly differ, at the end of the day allied health professions are filled with dedicated, intelligent, empathetic individuals who arrive on the job each day to help you put your best foot forward. Today, I wanted to highlight a few of these professions and some of the wonderful women who are making a difference in their chosen fields. By understanding a little bit about their education, philosophies and what to expect in treatment hopefully it helps you to understand some of their differences but also I think you will find that maybe we aren't all that different either!

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A Tribe Called Bliss

Last week I attended the book tour for Lori Harder’s A Tribe Called Bliss with my good friend Jess Dalliday (AKA @thehealthysweetpotato). For a long time Jess and I have been low key obsessed with Lori's messages of self-love, transformation and the powerful interviews she shares in her podcast "Earn Your Happy." Naturally we both scooped up her new book immediately and can't wait to start our own mastermind tribe this summer!

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30 Lessons I Learned Big Time at 30

It's my birhtday! While there will be cake and presents and friends and family today, I always feel like my birthday is a bit like New Years. It's a time for me to reflect on the year, what I did, how I succeeded (and failed) and how I want to move forward into my next year. THIS YEAR WAS HUGE! I completed another Masters Degree, I started my blog, I went on my first solo adventure and boy did that all come with some big 'ole life lessons. I truly think this year has been one of my biggest growth years and am so proud what I've accomplished. After some reflection here are the big shiny lessons that came at me this year!

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Hooked on Hygge

Last summer I spent a few weeks touring around Scandinavia and had a few magical days in Denmark. Copenhagen, Denmark was by far my favourite stop on the trip and ever since I left the city, I've been plotting my return. Something was just different there. I couldn't put my finger on it but it just felt so good. Yes it was cold (16 degrees on the warmest day) and very rainy but it was also so quiet, cozy and relaxed. I didn't have the word for it but later found out the the Danish do have a word for it and it's 'hygge'.

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Summer Quinoa Salad

As an OG gluten-free girl I've been eating quinoa for years. It's light but still keeps me full and offers a bit of protein for the days when I'm on the go. With the additional of some avocado and black beans this salad is packed with healthy fats, protein and fibre. This is one of my go-to recipes now and I usually make it on Sundays so that I have it on hand for lunches during the week. Based off the "Stuffed Avocado Salad" recipe by Angela Liddon in Oh She Glows Everyday, I've played with this recipe over time and it has morphed into this recipe. I hope you enjoy! Bon appetit!

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Defining Your Legacy: Vince Luciani

I was introduced to Vince Luciani's work through a mutual friend and was immediately captivated by his passion and drive to help others define themselves and their purpose. His company, The Legacy Coaching, provides mental skills training to help athletes develop improved mental clarity and define their legacy outside of sport. Vince guides his clients to turn big questions into meaningful and powerful statements and he will make you want to do the same- even if you aren't an athlete!  I have been so inspired by Vince's work and can't wait for you all to get to know him a bit today too!

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Headaches 101

Does this sound like you? Towards the end of the day a few times a week you develop a headache radiating from the back of your head to your forehead or just behind the eyes. You have intermittent neck pain that is especially bad when your stress levels and workload increase. Sometimes you pop and Advil or Tylenol and it kind of helps but usually by the next morning your headache is gone...until it comes back again. For many of my patients this non-stop loop of headaches is exhausting, frustrating and limits their ability to engage in and enjoy their lives. Chronic headaches are on the rise and are certainly a large part of my practice so, today on the blog I’m going to share with you some information on types of headaches and how you can find some relief. 

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Training to Excel: Alena Luciani

I can't believe this post hasn't happened sooner! I'm thrilled to have Alena Luciani of Training2XL on the blog today and showcase what a fire cracker she is! If you remember from one of my very first posts, Alena was one of my inspirations for starting my own blog and she continues to keep me motivated and on track with our regular phone chats. She is a certified strength and conditioning coach and holds her Masters of Science in Recreation and Sport Sciences from Ohio University. Alena operates Training2XL both in the GTA, as well as online (I've had her program for me via the online option and IT WAS AMAZING- here's the link!). She provides individualized programming and nutrition coaching to athletes in sport and athletes in life with the goal of educating and empowering others to excel. Today on the blog we get into her own journey as well as some training and nutrition tips.

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Sweet Potato Veggie Tofu Pad Thai

Eeek! I am so excited to share this recipe with you guys today! I got a spiralizer over the weekend and well, I'M OBSESSED! This recipe was already on repeat at my house but now it will be a weekly feature. I was lucky enough to have Megan Gardner of megscucina.commake this for me a few weeks back on a girls weekend and it blew my mind! Pad Thai is one of my absolute favourite dishes and her take on it is not only super healthy but insanely delicious. I find it gets better with time so be sure to make lots if you want leftovers!

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5 Ways to Optimize your Rehab

When it comes to rehabilitation, most often you get out of it what you put in. I can have the same two patients walk through the door and they can have completely different outcomes depending on how they show up and participate in their own therapy.  Here are 5 ways (though I may have to do another blog because there are more than 5 ways...) that you can help make sure your therapy is a success story!

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