If I had to pick one word that can be used to semi-accurately describe how a majority of us are feeling right now, I would have to say that word would be fear. Each and every day we wake to new updates and reports regarding the number of cases pertaining to the lethal COVID-19 as … More Navigating the unknown in the COVID-19 outbreak
As of late, we are hearing a lot about a recently-coined term known as social distancing in the wake of COVID-19. Social distancing involves all of us maintaining a safe distance (roughly three feet) from others while out in public areas to slow the spread and potential transmission of the Coronavirus, and it’s something many … More Stop being a selfish idiot and practice social distancing
I suppose I should begin this post with an explanation of what exactly endometreosis is, in case anyone is unfamiliar with the condition. Endometreosis “is an often painful disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus … with endometriosis, … More Could THC be used to treat endometriosis?
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, chances are that you’re more than aware of my food intolerances. I had an eating disorder when I was in high school, and upon entering recovery and beginning to consume more food, I noticed that certain foods (gluten, dairy and eggs in particular) did not sit … More Is it possible to outgrow a food intolerance?
Peanut allergies are no joke. I know quite a few people who are seriously allergic to peanuts, and the repercussions of an untreated reaction to peanuts can be fatal. I have good news for those of us who are unable to savor the incredible flavor of peanuts and further peanut butter, though. “The US Food … More There is finally a peanut allergy treatment
Bloating is an unfortunate happening that affects almost all of us at some point. Whether we eat something that disagrees with our digestive system, or perhaps try something new and run into an adverse reaction, being bloated truly sucks, and it’s a very uncomfortable situation to experience. Not to fret, though. As it turns out, … More Feeling bloated? Try these at-home treatments
Cancer. How does the word resonate with you? Nowadays, it seems as though each and every single one of us has been affected by cancer in some way. Whether we’ve had it ourselves or know someone in our lives who has, cancer has an uncanny ability of generating unification among us all. While it may … More U.S. cancer rates are declining
There’s been much debate over the years as to whether or not drinking coffee can be beneficial for those who consume it. Some believe there are advantages to drinking this magical bean juice while other argue it’s disadvantageous, but personally, I’ve been drinking the stuff for far too long to care either way. There is … More Good news, coffee lovers; java can help with weight loss
Salad, from my own observations, has a bad reputation. When most of us hear the term ‘salad,’ our thoughts automatically associate it with being bland, boring, and certainly not something we typically have a hankering for. I feel obligated to stick up for salads a little bit, though. I personally love salad, and I’m not … More Here’s how to spruce up your salad
Mental illness is something I’m quite passionate about. Not only because I deal with it myself, but also because of the devastating impact it can have on the people we know and love, which I’ve also been exposed to. I had anorexia and bulimia in the past, and from that I developed depression and anxiety, … More The dangers of self-diagnosing mental illness
Water is one of the best things we can put into our bodies. For a variety of reasons, we’re told from a young age to aim for the recommended amount of water to consume in a given day in order to keep our bodies as hydrated as possible. As beneficial as water is for our … More This is how to drink more water in a day
Maintaining an active lifestyle can be a challenging concept to practice. Most of us are incredibly busy, and with no sight of slowing down in the near future, it’s understandable that physical activity can be shunted to the back burner over time. What kind of sucks, though, is despite how hectic our lives can be, … More Here’s how to be more active everyday
Casts, for anyone who has ever had to wear them, aren’t exactly a pleasant experience. They’re bulky and uncomfortable, you can’t get them wet, and, after a while, they start to get a little rank, both in terms of appearance and smell. While I’ve never broken a bone, I have had to wear a cast … More Say goodbye to itchy, awkward casts
In case you haven’t heard, rapper T.I. has created quite a stir as of late as a result of him sharing some rather unbelievable details pertaining to his parenting antics. An article from CTV news explains how during an episode of a podcast called “Ladies Like Us” the rapper explained how he accompanies his daughter … More Here’s why T.I.’s parenting of his daughter propagates social patriarchy
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a terrible disease. According to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, it’s the “most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults.” CF can wreak absolute havoc upon the body, though it mainly impacts the digestive system and the lungs. The nature of CF can vary depending on each person who is … More Making waves in Cystic Fibrosis treatment
It sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? The idea of wine having health benefits? Believe it or not, I have some good news for all of you wine connoisseurs; wine, in moderation, can be a healthy choice. And, if you’re questioning the validity of this statement, an article from Healthline provides some facts … More Can drinking wine be healthy?
I would argue that Lebanese food isn’t something a fair amount of us are familiar with. Which is a shame, really, considering how damn tasty it is. It isn’t exactly as well recognized as Italian or Chinese food, for example, but despite its relatively subtle reputation, Lebanese cuisine packs a serious flavour punch. With some … More Like Lebanese food? Visit La Luna
When I initially discovered that I would participating in group therapy for my anxiety, I wasn’t entirely sure what to think. I’ve undergone therapy in the past in several different manners. All of the therapy I’ve been subjected to up until group was one-on-one, and honestly, I figured this style was the only effective way … More Is group therapy for you?
Do you do one thing a day that scares you? Are you someone who likes to live life dangerously? Do you challenge yourself on a daily basis to try something new? If you answered no to any or all of the proposed questions above, don’t worry. I sure as shit don’t do all of those … More It’s time to step outside of your comfort zone
For those of us who deal with anxiety on a daily basis, it can be beneficial to designate a handful of coping mechanisms, or strategies, that help us work through our anxious thoughts and bodily sensations. While there are several different methods that can work to help to calm anxiety, one I would like to … More Have you tried guided imagery?
Getting stung by a wasp of any sort isn’t exactly a pleasant experience. Depending where you’re stung, and further, whether or not the insect’s stinger remains in the skin, coming into contact with a stinging insect can be a rather painful ordeal. My sting track record has been pretty great up until recently. I think … More At-home remedies for wasp stings
I’ve been on a bit of a carrot kick lately. I’ve been trying to incorporate more vegetables into my diet and cut back a little on my fruit intake, and, in the process, I’ve started eating carrots as part of my lunch every day. I’m aware of some of the benefits carrots offer to those … More Here’s why you should be eating more carrots
We’re gonna get real with each other for a second, folks. It’s time to talk about menstruation and all of the delightful symptoms that can present themselves both before and after your cycle. I’ve noticed that for the past few months I’ve been feeling blue. Not all the time, but rather, specifically either the week … More Feeing down? It could be your period
Cooking, as wonderful and exciting as it can be, can quickly become redundant. Over time we become comfortable with certain dishes, allowing them to become routine and failing to excite our tastebuds in the process. My mom has always said that the longer she cooks, the more difficult it becomes. My food intolerances and sensitivities … More Here’s how to get out of that cooking rut
I like to think I’m a relatively optimistic person. I’m usually in a good mood, unless something occurs to alter my mood, and I try my best to generate positivity. A few days ago, I came home from work in a pretty miserable mood. Nothing happened at work to prompt the emotion, but I just … More It’s okay to have bad days
Being someone who has Generalized Anxiety Disorder, people occasionally ask me what the difference is between anxiety itself and worrying. I’m not a doctor, nor am I a medical professional, so these sorts of inquiries make me a little uncomfortable. But, I do like to tell people, when they ask, that a major distinguishing factor … More Understanding the difference between anxiety and worrying
Athleticism, as wonderful and beneficial as it is, can also be a hindrance to those who have been involved in sports for an extended period of time. Sports can be rough, depending on the type, as can regular exercise or repetitive motions often associated with exercise, for example running or rowing. So, for those of … More Do you suffer from athlete’s joint pain? Cannabis could help
I’m a relatively open person, therefore I have no hesitancy to share my past experiences with an eating disorder with others. I think it’s important to discuss taboo and/or stigmatized topics in order to better understand them, and conversation can be one of the most effective ways to generate familiarity with things we may not … More Navigating eating disorder thoughts
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’re more than likely aware of my dietary restrictions. I’ve been intolerant to gluten and dairy for about four years now, and these intolerances are as annoying and inconvenient as ever. When I first found out about my intolerances, I learned I was unable to consume … More Can you become un-intolerant to foods?
Skincare is something many of us practice. We’re encouraged to build a strong skincare routine in order to maintain and care for our skin for as long as possible, and if you’re like me, you commit yourself to your own unique routine. We’re aware of the fact that skincare is important, and further that a … More Here’s how to incorporate cannabis into your skincare routine