Allison is the newbie on the team and joins femMED as the Communications Coordinator. After completing a Bachelors of Arts degree from Dalhousie University she moved back to Toronto to complete a post graduate degree certification in corporate communications from Seneca College. From there she cut her PR teeth working with a Toronto PR agency before moving to femMED. Allison’s passionate about health and fitness. She loves to cook healthy meals and her bookcase at home is dangerously at risk of over flowing with cookbooks. She loves a good workout, is training for Tough Mudder, and hits the pavement for a run as often as possible.
On Wednesday night, the ladies from femMED attended Dr. Jennifer Pearlman’s “Reshape Your Body” seminar. It was the first in a series of speaking events that Dr. Pearlman and her staff have begun to host for clients and those interested in learning about the different ways to improve their overall well-being as they age.
When we arrived, we were greeted by staff, and invited to mingle before being shown to an intimate seating area for the presentation. There were lots of delicious, nutritious gluten free treats for guests to snack on throughout the evening. We particularly LOVED the caramel popcorn. So yummy! We also loved the gift bag featuring samples from the PearlRejuvenation product line – we just couldn’t wait to try them when we got home.
Dr. Pearlman and her staff covered topics including the affects of different foods on your gut and digestion, the importance of melatonin and better skincare, sleep practices and the impact of fluctuating hormones during major life milestones such menopause.
Our big takeaway from the evening is that it’s never too early to start making long term health decisions about how you will care for your body, and it’s never too late to start making better life style choices. As well, women need to learn that it’s alright to start spending time and money on themselves!
Developing smart eating habits is an important part of losing the weight and keeping it off. These don’t have to have to be dramatic changes especially if you’re just starting out.
Start substituting different foods in for your usual favourites. Switch your regular pasta for a whole wheat version and find a simple recipe for a great sauce. Reach for the milk and honey instead of the cream and sugar for your coffee. Read up on your favourite flavours and find out some of the health and weight loss benefits that they might have!
There are tonnes of great cookbooks, websites and weight loss programs available that focus on healthy recipes for weight loss. They often have the serving portions broken down by calories so you know how large each meal is and how much is appropriate to eat in a sitting. If cooking is a foreign experience for you, try a health focused cooking class. Bring some friends along and make a night out of it.
Another really simple tip to eating healthy is to bring your meals with you, even if it’s just a small container of granola at your desk or a piece of fruit that lives in your purse. When you start feeling those hunger pains you already have your healthy snack on hand.
Start bringing your lunch to work. Just make sure you give your lunches enough thought ahead of time or you’ll just end up buying something unhealthy on the go. The trick is to make meals in bulk and keep them divided in containers in calorie appropriate portions in your fridge or cupboards. That way you can just grab and go in the mornings.
If you need some motivation to switch over to homemade healthy meals just do math and see how much money and how many calories you’ll be saving each month. Just think of the cute shoes you’ll be able to buy with your lunch time savings!