Have you ever thought about what you put in your body? I’m not talking about the amount of carbs, fiber, protein or fat. I’m talking about the chemicals we ingest on a daily basis. It’s not something we would usually think about unless it’s brought to our attention.
You probably already know that sugar is bad for you. But how bad is it? And why is it so addicting?
When we eat sugar, it stimulates the pleasure centre of our brain (much like drugs such as cocaine and heroin) which releases endorphins that give us that feel good feeling of happiness and contentedness. We have created a lifetime of eating sugar and associating the high we get with happiness… which has become an addiction for a significant portion of the population.
Now that January is here, the days are getting longer, but most days, it’s still pretty grey outside. For me, this is the most critical time of the year to take proper care of my health and wellness. I’ve already started to notice my moods shifting from the lack of sunlight and being stuck inside when it’s raining here in BC. If any of you are like me, I thrive in the summer months when I can get outside, feel the sun on my face and engage in the activities I love like biking, skateboarding and running. But as soon as the days get shorter and I’m not outside as much, I start to lose motivation to exercise, my anxiety worsens and I just start feeling sad. And I know exactly why it happens, and I know that I’m not the only one.
Ten years ago, there was very little research into concussions, treatment, and the long term impact that concussions can have on your life. Today there is a lot of ongoing research and healing techniques that work much better than just sitting in a dark room with no stimulation for a few weeks. Through my own experience and research, I want to share the treatments that have worked for me. This is not a prescription, and might not work the same for you. It’s best to try different things and make sure you consult with your health care professional before trying anything new.
Today I’m going to talk about anxiety and depression, and some tips on how to manage it through a healthy lifestyle and mindset changes. A touchy subject for some. I know it was for me.
I silently struggled with anxiety and depression for a long time. At the time, I didn’t really know what it was. I didn’t think it could happen to me as someone who had a pretty good life. A had great family (and still do), was privileged enough to play as many sports as I wanted, went to summer camp, went to university. I was smart, athletic and seemed happy from the outside. But on the inside I was really struggling.
I’m here for all the adventurers, badasses, rebels, skateboarders, bikers, snowboarders, hikers, MOMS and life livers who want to get MORE out of life by taking care of the very thing that gives you that freedom that you crave... your body and your brain.