This past month I’ve been posting all the delicious whole30 recipes I’ve been eating on Instagram (@drkaleigh) and one of the biggest questions I received was “What exactly is Whole30?”
The Whole30 is a 30-day commitment to clean eating. It’s a free program you can access online at whole30.com for all the details, but essentially, it’s a program where you cut out the most inflammatory foods from your diet for 30 days to reset your body, improve your relationship with food and start to develop lifelong healthy eating habits.
PMS…. These three little letters mean different things to different women. For some women, they use the term to refer to menstrual cramps, for others its used to refer to changes in their mood or a combination of other symptoms related to their menstrual cycle. It’s a term that is used quite a lot, and most women will experience some form of PMS throughout the course of their lives.
It’s hard to believe it’s already been 6 months since I’ve stepped back from my practice to take some time for myself to recharge and focus on my own wellness journey. I’m so grateful I was able to take the leap to give myself the space and time to reflect and focus on my health and how I can better serve those in need.
I started off the break spending 6 weeks in beautiful Nelson, BC where I spent most of my time in nature exploring and hiking the Kootenays. I bought a hiking guide and most days would wake up, open the pages then drive to a destination to explore. It was great to have the flexibility to choose my own adventure and spend lots of quiet time in the woods. The views were spectacular and my favourite was hiking in the alpine after the first snow.
As many of you know, I am currently taking a sabbatical year away from my practice in Vancouver, BC. Why? For so many reasons, but first and foremost is to practice what I teach patients everyday – self care.
We can get so busy in the day to day grind of city living, and for the past three years, I’ve encouraged each of my patients to create more time for themselves. To have them start taking care of themselves before taking care of others. Well time has come for me to do the same. I don’t typically recommend my patients take a year off from their jobs, I usually start with having them take 5-10 minutes (or more) of their day to do something they love.
Strategies to help those with Seasonal Affective Disorder
We are now approaching those winter months where the days get shorter and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) becomes more prevalent for many of us. It is estimated that a mild form of SAD affects 10-20% of people, and 4-6% of people will experience winter depression.
We typically will spend most of our days indoors working and by the time we head home it’s already dark out. The lack of sunlight can lead to feeling blue, which can then make it harder to get out and enjoy the sun on the weekends. It’s a vicious cycle that keeps us feeling low and tired.