Stop Working Out on Mondays

emilygough Lifestyle, Mindset

NEVER MISS A MONDAY You may have heard the saying “never miss a Monday” tossed around the blogosphere and social media in some sort of an attempt to motivate you to drag yourself off the couch Monday morning and start the week off with a bang.  Normally this is used in the context of fitting in a workout, although it …

When Overwhelm Hits

emilygough Lifestyle, Mindset

We live in a fast-paced world where stress is considered the norm, and being “busy” is often considered a badge of honour. Unfortunately, neither our bodies nor our minds respond well to this constant and sometimes self-induced stress.  Moreover when we are under a great deal of stress, it’s easy to let any form of self-care fall by the wayside …

Cheat Meals and Redefining Our Relationship with Food

emilygough Mindset, Nutrition

I cringe when I hear people talking about cheat meals or days. For some, it might be a great starting point to starting to eat a bit healthier the rest of the time if having that reward system keeps you in check. However, in my opinion cheat meals are a short term solution to a long term goal.  What it …

We Are What We Eat: Food, Mood and Mental Health

emilygough Lifestyle, Mindset, Nutrition

“You are what you eat.” We’ve all heard this saying before, and when I sat down to write this I was curious about the origin of the saying.  It turns out it was written in 1826 by a French physician who strongly believed that what we consume affects our state of mind and our overall health.  In fact, there is evidence …

A Nutritionist Tells All: Meal Plans Set Us Up for Failure

emilygough Mindset, Nutrition

I think as a Holistic Nutritionist it can be surprising that I don’t offer meal plans, even as part of a package. Here’s the thing: I don’t believe that meal plans work. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for having a general idea as to what you’re going to eat, especially if you cook most of your meals at home …

Don’t Fall for Labels

emilygough Mindset, Nutrition

Quick note before we start: When I use the word diet in reference to the way in which one consumes food, I’m referring to the types of food that a person eats habitually, as opposed to the act of restricting food.  Additionally, I hold no judgment whatsoever in regards to the way anyone eats.  How one eats is no one’s …

Consistency in 8 Steps

emilygough Lifestyle, Mindset, Nutrition

I think for the most part, people realize that better health doesn’t happen overnight.  Many of us may have already tried the various diets, cleanses and detoxes that claim to help us lose weight, but the road to being comfortable in our skin and in great health is not a magic pill. It’s about making consistently healthy choices most of …

Eating Fat Will Not Make You Fat

emilygough Mindset, Nutrition

We’ve all seen the magazine covers advertising something along the lines of “15 Snacks Under 200 calories” or “6 Dinners Under 500 calories.” They promise to help you shed weight by eating as little as possible, often at the price of compromising taste and cutting important ingredients like healthy fats.  I was raised on this belief like most people my …