Digestive health issues affect one in six Canadians – are you one of them? I’d like to share some science-based strategies to help you feel better when managing a chronic digestive condition. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is the most common digestive issue we see in Canada. Celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD; Chron’s or colitis) are less common, but still life changing. Dietary changes can often help people to effectively manage and/or treat these conditions
We all want to FEEL better, right!? So how do you practice self-compassion when struggling with digestive health? Just last year my good friend and colleague, Dr. Mary Jung and I published a paper on the effects of self-compassion on coping with celiac disease. We found that higher levels of self-compassion directly predicted higher levels of quality of life and better adherence to a gluten-free diet. 1. Practice self-kindness. A key part of practicing self-compassion is simp
“There is no such thing as unexplained infertility, just undiagnosed.” Dr. Geoffrey Sher, SIRM When I was little, I thought it was just as simple as deciding it was time to start a family, getting pregnant, and then having the baby (with some icky painful labour in the middle). And there you go – you get to snuggle with your precious little one! Unfortunately, I was one of the 8% of women who struggle with primary infertility (struggling to get pregnant with my first child).
I am excited to share that I have written two chapters for a fabulous new book series called, You’ve Got This, Mama. This brilliant new series was created as a Virtual Village to support all the Mamas (and Mamas to be) out there. I hope you enjoy this brief excerpt from the first chapter about my own journey entitled, Follow Your Dreams – They Know the Way. More pregnant friends. More people I never want to see again. I can avoid them for life, right? Baby showers. Baby talk.
Welcome to FALL! Well, it is almost officially fall. I LOVE the fall. While I love something about all the seasons, as the summer months come to an end, there is something about autumn that I crave... Like the coziness of warm fall clothes and the delicious taste of everything pumpkin-spiced. (I love Against All Grain’s Pumpkin Spice Latte!)
As the days grow shorter, I embrace snuggling in at home, and spending quality time with my family – playing cards with my hubby by th
Key Insights from Dr. Kristin Neff I recently had the pleasure of attending a lecture and workshop put on by the highly esteemed Dr. Kristin Neff. She is one of (if not the) leading expert in self-compassion. Even though I have been following and teaching Dr. Neff’s work for the past five years, it was such an incredible opportunity to hear her speak in person. I learned a LOT! Dr. Neff began by addressing the problems with placing such a huge focus on the promotion of self-e
Welcome back to Justine’s Journal! Last month I began with sharing a bit of my health journey in dealing with celiac disease and other health issues over the past 20+ years. Each month I plan to share more about my story, my research and upcoming events to help you on your journey to optimal wellness.
It is an understatement to say that I was pretty stressed out while I was finishing up my PhD. Everything I had worked so hard on for 3.5 years all had to fit into one documen