Posts in Wellness
My Struggle With Anxiety

Mental health was never a topic of conversation. I didn’t understand it and couldn’t relate to it. High school did not prepare me for what I would encounter. 

My roommate in first year college experienced anxiety, and I didn’t get it. She would get upset and tell me she couldn’t write her paper or go to the gym. I was so confused. I didn’t get it until I started to feel it. 

I didn’t realize that everything that was happening, happened on the inside. 

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I told you so, sincerely your intuition

Since we were little, we’ve been told how important it is to trust our gut. Questioning a decision? What does your gut tell you? Feeling a little uneasy in a situation and not sure why? That’s your intuition letting you know something’s up.

The unfortunate part is that as much as we are told to listen to those feelings, they often get squashed by the opinions of others, work, relationships, and the list goes on. I had damn near lost mine a few years ago but after backpacking solo through Europe for a few months, with only my intuition to go off of, I quickly learned how to trust it and myself again. 

Now I understand not everyone can quit their job, pick-up and runaway to Europe (though I highly recommend it), to learn how to flex that muscle, but there are ways you can practice channeling your thoughts, trusting who you are, and what you want. Insert Sabrina Fraser, Soul Coach & Reiki practitioner

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My Skincare Journey

I have become more and more comfortable in the last year to discuss my skincare journey, and I believe that the fact that I have sought help for my skin. 

Something else I have tried to do is talk about my skin in a more positive manner, because at one point it was really affecting me negatively. I am now trying to steer away from negative words such as “skin issues” or “skin problems” because that wasn’t helping me. 

I talk about my skin and I being on a journey together, and I would love to share my journey with you all. 

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This Is The Secret Sauce Of Weight Loss

Wanna know the TRUE secret sauce to achieving long-term weight loss?

I’ll tell you now - it’s not a particular program or supplement or type of exercise. It’s not doing X amount of cardio, or eating X amount of calories per day. After struggling to lose weight for my entire teenage years, I learned that the secret sauce to achieving long-term weight loss truly comes down to one core belief.

Are you ready for it?

“I train because I LOVE my body, not because I hate it.”

There’s a big difference there. (And I say this because I’ve been at both ends of the spectrum.)

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My New Nighttime Routine With Calm

I think it’s safe to say that we all know the importance of self-care. The notion that self-care is an act of selfishness is now gone (thank goodness!) and we have realized that it’s something to be practiced every day; a true necessity to living a healthy life. Self-care can take on so many different forms: exercise, cooking nutritious meals, manicures/pedicures, face masks (a personal favourite of mine), curling up with a good book, etc. But I think one self-care category that we tend to forget about is sleep. It’s not as fun as cooking or doing some spa treatments but arguably it’s the most important thing we can do for our bodies and our minds. But when we all have a to-do list that’s longer than there are hours in the day, how are we supposed to shut off our minds when we do finally crawl into bed at night?

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Authentically Me: Derek Sabado

Derek came into my life about 6 years ago, as part of the creative team at Holt Renfrew.  He instantly struck me as an exuberant soul with amazing energy.  Through the years, I saw his relationship with his own identity and sexuality transform.  He became more comfortable dressing as he wanted and identified more closely with his feminine side.  As a heterosexual female, my sexuality has never caused me any stress.  I leave my house in the morning and society simply accepts who I am.  Members of our LGTBQ community often experience unjust judgement which can result in debilitating self-image issues that can lead to depression and anxiety.  In a 2011 interview with Pride Source, Beyoncé acknowledged the difficulty of coming out and said that she was in awe of her LGBTQ fans. “The amount of confidence and fearlessness it takes to do what maybe is not what your parents expect you to do or what society may think is different -- to be brave and be different and to be yourself -- is just so beautiful,” she said. “Not worrying about satisfying or becoming what other people think you’re supposed to be, that’s like the ultimate dream.”  

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How much is too much social media?

A really good question… and honestly, there is no simple answer. Sorry! (Bet you weren’t expecting that, huh? *Cheeky emoji here). There’s so much talk when it comes to “social media cleansing,” which I think is a bit much.

Here’s a different question: how do you feel when you’re scrolling through feeds on Instagram or when seeing articles and comment threads on Facebook? I’m going to take a wild guess and assume it all depends on your headspace. Sometimes the content you see is inspiring, empowering, and uplifting.

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3 Important Lessons from an Injury

I had the weirdest injury happen to me last month. One week, on the Monday, I went indoor rock climbing for the first time. I was definitely on an adrenaline rush as I was facing my fear of heights. I even slipped once, which was scary but I quickly realized that I was well sustained by the gear. Then, on Tuesday, I went for my usual run up and down stairs. Everything went well and I felt like I was getting stronger. I was slowly preparing to run 10km at the end of the month and needed to get back into shape. Next thing I know, on the Wednesday, I wake up with a swollen and painful ankle. What happened? I thought it might be muscular because of the climbing. At first, I did not worry about it so much. After two days, it was better so I decided to go for a run. Although it was not painful during the run, it swelled up much more after. Oops. 

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How I learned to love the gym in 2019

I set big intentions for 2019. Like most of you I’m sure, I took the time to dig deep and reflect on what the passing year meant to me. What did I learn? How did I grow? What do I want 2019 to manifest? 

2018 was a year of big changes; it was a move across provinces, of leaving a life and career I’d built for six years in Halifax, of starting fresh in my home province with a new job, a new apartment, and a new Toronto. 2018 was a year of protecting my health and my heart, and basically just trying to keep my head above water amidst it all. I spent the time to learn what I need to be my happiest self, and this is something I’m taking with me into this new year.

Now, 2019 marks a year of fluidity and movement, of not standing still. I’m ready to welcome new people, new experiences, travel, adventure, love, and growth into my world. This means new habits, new perspectives, and shedding a lot of the old, ingrained preconceived notions that previously held me back from this kind of openness.

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It's Time To Put Your Feelings First

I am constantly trying to take everyone else’s pain away so they can be happy, but sometimes forget to deal with my own mental health and emotions. I used to believe that if everyone around me was happy, so was I. However that’s not always the case. Obviously, it’s nice to help out those around you, but there comes a point when that starts to affect your mental health. Worrying about other people and pushing your emotions to the side is something we often do but don’t realize. Keeping the people in our lives happy will not necessarily ensure our own happiness. This is a common misconception.

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Let’s Talk About Stress

Lots of things can make us feel stressed. For most of us, it’s not just one thing - one thing we can cope with...it’s all the things at once that makes us feel overwhelmed and out of control. Long-term health conditions, debt, social media and email, and housing can all contribute to stress. The pressure to succeed and comparing ourselves to others are both particularly pernicious for us millennials.

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Why Being Healthy Means Something Different to Everyone

Have you ever been in a position where you looked at someone’s picture and thought to yourself, man I wish I was as healthy and fit as they are? This is something that is so common in our society. We are constantly seeing people’s best versions of their lives and we compare how we’re living to theirs. The secret is, not everyone’s life is perfect. Not everyone is healthy 24/7. What we need to understand in this age is that being “healthy” means something different for each person.

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The Top 3 Things I Learned During My Body Transformation

For those who may not know me, I’m Larissa Nicole - a Personal Trainer, soon-to-be Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Writer/Blogger and F45 Trainer - and over the past 8 years, I’ve lost over 60lbs, built a whole lotta muscle and have overcome traumas related to cardiovascular health, bullying, and body dysmorphia.

Although I still consider myself to be a “work in progress”, I now try my absolute best to use my transformation story as a way to teach other women struggling with their weight how to become a stronger, healthier & happier version of themselves and that absolutely anything is possible with the right mindset.

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What I Wish You Knew About Anxiety

Anxiety affects a lot of us but it isn’t a “one size fits all" illness. It presents itself in wildly different manners for men and women across the globe. Sometimes, anxiety is pacing back and forth, fast breathing, and sweaty palms. Sometimes, anxiety is sitting silently in a chair with tears streaming down your face. Sometimes, anxiety is easy to recognize, and sometimes, you would never know about the inner struggle. 

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How To Give Your Body the FULL RESET It Needs To Embark on a New Health Journey

Let me know if any of these scenarios resonate with you.

Have you ever been stuck in a cycle of eating healthy throughout the day, and then indulging in treats later at night - leaving you feeling sick, bloated and powerless to your cravings? ​ ​

What about those days when you're just SO DAMN BUSY that you're constantly finding yourself grabbing the most convenient food available instead of the most nutritious choice? ​

Or perhaps you’re just in a place in your life where you’re feeling a little complacent with your current nutritional habits and are ready to shake things up and get excited about eating healthy again?

If you’ve been nodding your head through any of these scenarios, you are not alone.

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