Noureen and I are expecting our first child!
A new challenge that I am both excited for and incredibly fearful of at the same time. Since we found out, I have been noticing a constant feeling of butterflies in my stomach. The emotions are swirling – a mix of utter joy, complete overwhelm, wishing that we had more time while desiring to finally see my baby’s face and experience my heart melting when I see him/her smile.
Living a life of stress and constant mental stimulation can lead us down a path of symptoms and medical conditions related to high stress. These people are often dealing with fatigue, food sensitivities, anxiety, poor digestion, brain fog and poor sleep quality. Those who suffer with these symptoms often suffer from lower Vagal Tone, meaning that they have a lower ability of the vagus nerve to be activated and perform its functions. So what is the Vagus Nerve? Read more
I love food.
I used to think that I loved food, but I did not know what that love meant until I lost over 75lbs and my relationship with food changed.
We all need food to live, but remember – food is a source of energy. We have become accepting of food-like products as real food and continue to use meals as a medium for social gatherings, which makes us happy.
When was the last time you woke up feeling completely rested?
One of the greatest detriments to a person’s health is a poor rest and recovery routine. Getting the correct quantity and quality of sleep on a daily basis and making that into a routine can go a long way to helping with many of the health challenges that people often face. Poor sleep routines are associated with chronic pain, adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalances, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, thyroid dysfunction, weight gain and obesity to name just a few.
Before the start of 2015, I never dreamed that I could have had such an amazing year. I had just been introduced to Functional Medicine, my business hit a plateau and I was still having issues with my health. That was when I decided to set intentions for positive growth, which have in turn made […]
We are all aware of the importance of choosing proper foods to eat. It has been drilled into our brains that we need to eat real foods and avoid the cheap, processed, high sugar “foods” that are constantly being advertised to us. Once we make this choice correctly, it is important to learn how to ensure your body can use these vital nutrients.
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I remember that I went through many phases. When I was very young, I wanted to be a firefighter. Then I wanted to be the first newscaster reporting the news from space (I had this entire visualization of me sitting at my desk as I drifted in space, with papers that would succumb to the lack of gravity and start floating away). Unfortunately, the astronaut and newscaster in space scenario would require me to have 20/20 vision without glasses, so that dream had to be filed away (maybe laser eye surgery in the future!)
What is Functional and Lifestyle Medicine?
I am often asked this question and have decided that I will write about to help clarify what I do.