Author: Nadia Fabstein

Being Active Leads to Energy and Positivity

Being Active Leads to Energy and Positivity

Exercise helps your brain work better. It helps you think through complex ideas, remember details, and just generally handle complex tasks with a lot more efficiency. Your body and brain just work better together when the blood and oxygen is flowing. Then there is the 

Burnout: Checklist of All Phases

Burnout: Checklist of All Phases

In previous posts we talked about how each stage feels. This post puts it all together with some identifiable signs that might help you identify if you are experiencing burnout. Stage 1: The high point Stage 2: Reality starts creeping in Stage 3: Feeling the 

15% Fall Discount

15% Fall Discount

What are your health goals this fall? SpringStart Health and Fitness is offering 15% off all services for 4 months. Register your program by September 5th to lock in some savings and create an effective customized plan that will increase your accountability and keep you motivated. Imagine being stronger and toned this winter!

SpringStart Health and fitness is a locally owned member of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce ready to help you reach your goals.

Burnout Part 3: What can you control?

Burnout Part 3: What can you control?

Earlier posts talked about what burnout from stress feels like and the effect it has on the body and mind. Burnout often happens when you don’t think you can control the demands on your time and energy. But what can you control? If you know 

What kinds of stress deplete your ability to cope?

What kinds of stress deplete your ability to cope?

Our previous post introduced burnout and the role of hormones in your ability to react to challenges and emergencies in your daily life. How do you know if you could be in burnout? Have you done any of these recently? These events and reactions, especially 

Burnout: How it feels when it’s building up  

Burnout: How it feels when it’s building up  

Burnout happens when you are operating at 100% capacity all the time. While it sounds like a good thing, it is actually not healthy or effective to do this. When you need to ramp up your energy to handle a more urgent situation, you don’t have it. A healthy dedication to work is to do routine items at about 85% energy level, so you can respond to emergencies well and bounce back.   

What does working at 100% for long periods do to your body? 

Burnout happens when the hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) that keep our energy and mood up are depleted. These hormones are heavily used when we are under stress. They help us react quickly to what we see and hear and make decent decisions in those situations. We can run faster, we can think quickly, and we can react in the moment with calmness and reason.  

However, we have a finite supply of these hormones and once they are used up, and we are not healthy enough to be making more, that kick start to the brain is just not there.  A healthy diet and exercise actually helps us rebuild our supply so our brain has what it needs to function in extreme situations. When our hormones are depleted these hormones and so is our ability to react to even normal situations.  

Make 2023 a Better Year

Make 2023 a Better Year

Are you thinking about changing things now that everything is opening up? It’s still important to stay healthy. Maybe after a couple years of not being that active, you want to shake up your routines with a new challenge. The most important step is figuring 

Winter Veggies that give a lot of Taste and Colour with Less Cost

Winter Veggies that give a lot of Taste and Colour with Less Cost

The cold weather is coming and so is the tendency to stay sheltered in place. So what’s to eat that is easy to cook in large quantities, freeze for later, and fits a modest budget? You want foods that are filling and have great nutrition 

Eat Your Colours Part 2: Yellow and Orange

Eat Your Colours Part 2: Yellow and Orange

Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants and nutrients that protect our nervous system, improve eye health, improve skin health and bone health. They also boost our immune system. They contain such phytonutrients as flavonoids, lycopene, beta-carotene and Potassium. Their colour is determined by beta-carotene, a carotenoid our bodies use to create Vitamin A. 

Below is a sample of some meals that are bright with yellow and orange colour. 

  • Breakfast: Scrambled eggs, cheese, orange and yellow bell peppers 
  • Snack: Oranges and yellow apples. 
  • Lunch: Yellow and orange peppers with hummus, Corn with a bit of butter, peach, water with a slice of lemon. 
  • Dinner: Smoked fish, potatoes, fried yellow zucchini, honeydew and peach tea. 

A treat of the day are a couple of persimmons: An orange fruit that looks like a tomato! My absolutely favourite fruit!

What are your menu suggestions? I would love to see how you use these colours!

Eat Your Colours Part 1: Red Fruits and Vegetables

Eat Your Colours Part 1: Red Fruits and Vegetables

You might have heard the expression “eat your colours”. Of course, these are about fruits and vegetables, which are often powerhouses of nutrients, get their colours from specific chemicals that have benefits to our health. A popular approach when trying to maintain or lose your