Meet Murphy

Happiness is finally meeting Murphy – Wellness Partner and Therapy Dog in Training at North York General Hospital. Spending ten minutes with Murphy brought joy to my entire day. Follow Murphy on his journey on Instagram at @murphy_pawsforyourhealth. I can’t wait to visit him again!

Colon Cancer Awareness Month

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colon Cancer is highly treatable if detected early and is up to 90% preventable.

Know the symptoms & get screened. Having a colonoscopy can save your life. I have had many people say they refuse to have this test because of the prep. My family history requires early screening and the prep in Canada is easier than ever before. If you have been putting this procedure off, please do not be afraid of having a colonoscopy. Talk to your Doctor about when screening should begin for you and if you have any symptoms, please see a doctor immediately. Colonoscopy screening saves lives. Don’t let fear or embarrassment get in the way of getting this important screening and maybe saving your own life.

Don’t pass the salt

Sodium is hard to control when you eat on the go. Even many healthy options are filled with large sodium values. Many recipes I follow I just choose to add less salt than what is called for and like to add fresh herbs, spices and chilli flakes to add flavour. I am also a big fan of Longo’s Markets no salt added products as I try to be very mindful to reduce my own sodium intake as I create homemade meals. Every little small change over time can make a big difference.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

My 2017 focus was about simplifying. While I made strides, it is still a work in progress. Now we embark on a new year. After a few challenges with my health this past year, my 2018 focus is all about wellness and self-care.

What will you focus on in 2018?

May 2018 be happy, healthy and filled with many beautiful days. 💗

World Pancreatic Cancer Day

“Assumptions Can Be Deadly.” Today is World Pancreatic Cancer Day. Please take time to learn the symptoms of this cancer that is often found when the disease has already metastasized. Thinking of my Junior League of Toronto friends Bryna and Shelley who recently lost their husband and brother Kevin. Kevin was committed to helping provide a greater awareness of pancreatic cancer and its symptoms – as well as increased research funding. A wonderful legacy to leave this world. Please take time to read this article – http://www.cp24.com/mobile/lifestyle/health/partnership-hopes-to-make-progress-on-pancreatic-cancer-with-research-network-1.3680012 – and share with those you love.

Forty-something Fatigue 

For any ladies struggling with crushing fatigue, you may wish to read this article – The ‘fatigued 40’s’ are real. Here’s how to tackle them. I can relate. This photograph represents how I function everyday. At a minimum I need a venti black coffee to tackle my day.  Happy to read I am not alone. Anyone found any strategies that work for them? 

Choose You

For so many women self care is a challenge. It definitely has been for me since entering my forties. I have tried many times to get back on track and always seem to get sidelined. That definitely needs to change. I have been following Julie Montagu on Instagram and love her positive messaging and focus on health, happiness and wellness. Tonight I decided to sign up for her Truly-Julie community. Look forward to some added inspiration to help me make wellness a priority. 

Remember to choose you.