ERM 029: Mindy Willis-Menard Talks About Postpartum Depression & Finding Our Untapped Potential As Women

fullsizerenderMindy is an entrepreneur, yoga teacher, health coach, wife, and mother to a sweet toddler named Mayla. She is passionate about teaching yoga, running teacher trainings, and working with women to help them discover the places where they need some support in their life and how to best move forward. Mindy loves adventures and when not working or with her family you’ll find her rock-climbing, snowboarding, running or getting out on her road bike to explore.

On this interview with Dr. Melissa Longo, Mindy gets real about how motherhood has been the greatest joy and scariest thing she has ever done. She candidly shares her struggle with Postpartum Depression, how it has taken time to ‘get herself back’ and why her commitment to natural health has been a powerful part of her healing. Mindy also shares a strong belief in the importance of self care, and gives some tips about how she makes it a priority and why its important for her whole family.

Mindy has been on a healing journey since the birth of her daughter, and it’s given her more strength connection, and helped her realize her own ‘untapped potential’ as a woman.

Another great conversation with an everyday rockstar mom!  

Leg Pain & The Chiropractic Approach

Every part of your body works better with a spine that is moving properly.  Many people come into the practice complaining of pain in their legs, and it often starts within their spine.

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Challenges with walking, running, climbing, jumping or general mobility can be resolved with Chiropractic care – from kids through to seniors!

Spinal misalignments called vertebral subluxations cause muscle imbalances, joint irritation, inflammation, and early degeneration.  Spinal subluxations alter the healthy mechanical and neurological functions in the body. Subluxations weaken all organ systems, leading to sickness, pain,  and a lesser quality of life. As a Doctor of Chiropractic my role is to correct spinal subluxations to restore proper motion and function within the body.

Subluxations in the hips and lumbar spine can lead to leg pain, numbness & tingling in the legs or feet, and muscle weakness. They can also contribute to pain and dysfunction in the knees, ankles, and feet. It’s amazing to watch people’s flexibility return, pain subside, walking patterns change and athletic abilities soar when we address spinal function and restore the body’s natural mechanical function. 

If you’re suffering with cramping or pain in your legs, knees or feet, instead of relying on medications (with side effects!) help your body heal from the inside-out. Consider Chiropractic first!

Clear It Out With Chiropractic!

id-10090288I never knew once in practice I would get so many email, calls and texts from happy mothers who report that after their child’s adjustment their bowels were working better! We all know how uncomfortable constipation, diarrhea or any gastro intestinal dysfunction can be. There can me many causes of these ailments, such as food sensitivities, dehydration, stress, food poisoning…lack of movement within the spine and nervous system!

Chiropractic isn’t a ‘cure’ for anything, but rather a way to support the body so that it can heal from within. When there are misalignments in the spine (subluxation), particularly in the lower spine where the nerves branch off the spinal cord and supply energy to the digestive organs, it will lead to dysfunction. When we restore proper joint movement through a chiropractic spinal adjustment, this also relieves tension within the nerves and allows them to function the way they were designed to. The colon works better, the heart works better, the lungs work better, your legs work better, and so does your brain, reproductive system and virtually every other part of your body!

If you’re struggling with digestive system complaints it’s time to take a look at the cause and start restoring proper function to your whole digestive tract. Chiropractic care will remove any structural imbalance, and then we can work at examining your diet, stress levels and making some other adjustments to your lifestyle so that your body can heal from the inside out.

 

ERM 028: [Dr. Melissa QUICK TIP] Wish You Could Redo A Mom Moment?

mel-22-of-26On this quick episode Dr. Melissa Longo shares her experience with her sons, dealing with those moments as parents we wish we could do over! We may not be able to turn back time but we can turn the situation into something more positive in a few simple ways.

ERM 027 Kaeli Van Regan: Self-Care Starts With Being Kind To Yourself!

dsc_2811Kaeli Van Regan is the founder of Living Inside Out and a Certified Life Coach, Author, Reiki Master and Energy Healer specializing in personal expansion for individuals and families. She has developed products and programs to provide guidance towards a having balance in all aspects of life.

She has continued her education in the area of natural health and well-being, energy healing, and life coaching. Her gifts include integrating her learning and experience to support people who feel overwhelmed or emotional and helps them to develop in their own lives.

In this interview with Dr. Melissa Longo, Kaeli shares her experience mothering her 3 children with her life partner and the many successes and challenges she has learned in the process. Kaeli also shares her unique perspective about “self care” for moms, how it begins with the internal conversation many women are having with themselves, and how changing the dialogue into one of greater kindness can create a life filled with more joy. 

Another conversation with another everyday mom who rocks! 

A Wall Of Gratitude

img_2842We’ll celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend and are reminded to offer thanks for the ‘bounty’ in our lives; to reflect on the many blessings, and plant seeds for future prosperity.  Every year I encourage people in the practice to share something they are grateful for on our ‘wall of gratitude’ and it’s such a beautiful thing. It becomes so much more than just the act of writing the gratitude note, because when others read all the notes on the wall, they laugh, share a sentiment, and leave with a smile on their face.

Let’s remember that this holiday is not the only time we should be practicing gratitude.  It’s good for your health and something to be done on a daily basis!

Research shows the feelings associated with gratitude, appreciation, love and caring enhance health. When you find one thing, however small, to be thankful for and hold that feeling for as little as 15-20 seconds, many subtle and beneficial physiological changes take place inside you:

~ Levels of stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin decrease, supporting many organ systems and boosting your immune system

~ Coronary arteries relax, increasing the blood supply to your heart. Heart rhythms become more harmonious, affecting other organs and lifting your mood

~ Breathing becomes deeper, increasing the oxygen level of your tissues

People who regularly practice gratitude report higher levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness and energy when compared to those who do not.

“A Man becomes what he thinks about all day long.”~ Ralph Waldo Emmerson

What you dwell upon expands. If you focus on what you don’t have, that’s all you will see. Focusing your thoughts on victories instead of defeats will help you develop an attitude of gratitude and a greater sense of self-worth.

Make gratitude part of your life by adopting more thankful thoughts or making the time to write them down. A powerful exercise is the use of gratitude journal to reflect on day-to-day success, or simply take a few minutes to think of 5 things you are grateful for in your life.  My sons and I do this at dinner every night. They aren’t always so eager to comply, but I won’t let them eat until they each share at least 3 things they are grateful for so that usually gets the conversation started!

Before you exit this post, right now, take a couple deep breaths and think of 5 things you are grateful for. Once you start thinking about it, a funny thing happens, often you won’t stop at just 5….

ERM #26 Dr. Theresa Warner: Find Your Inner Voice | Live With Passion | Top Tips For Healthy Moms

screen-shot-2016-09-20-at-10-42-56-pmDr. Theresa Warner is a Paediatric Chiropractor, International Speaker, Author, Wife and Mother of Three!  She is a passionate leader in the health and wellness field with her passion for helping children achieve their full potential for health. She is a widely sought-after speaker on the topics of paediatrics, health and wellness, and pregnancy; serves as a La Leche League leader, and is the founder of Wellness Moms International. Together with her husband of 23 years she maintains a private practice in Point Pleasant, NJ.

Despite her many accolades, her greatest achievement by far are her 3 beautiful children, and on this interview with Dr. Melissa Longo, Theresa chats about motherhood and what it has taught her. She discusses how she has created a lifestyle that is truly in line with her passion for her family life and her profession. Theresa shares her best strategies for managing a busy schedule, how she makes time to take care of herself, and the challenges and joys of business life with her husband.

This is a packed episode full of great information from a rockstar mom who is helping other women do the same!

ERM 025 Naledi Stones: An Introverted Perspective On Taking Risks & Finding Your Passion

bio-picNaledi is a mother of 3 beautiful children and a proud wife of 7 years. She has been a Nurse since 2006, spending most of that time as a Registered Nurse in the community but has recently decided to step away from nursing to take on the role of Work At Home Mom (WAHM). She is now a License Owner with Salsa Babies and teaching family fitness classes across North Simcoe, Grey and Dufferin Counties.  She is loving life and works every day to find balance between being an engaged mother and wife, new business owner and staying connected with herself.

On this interview with Dr. Melissa Longo, Naledi discusses what motherhood has taught her so far, and how learning to take risks and follow her passion has led her to completely change her work and lifestyle. She also shares some amazing insight  about introverted personalities and how learning about herself has given her greater perspective and helped her in many situations as a woman.

This was a thoughtful interview with another everyday rockstar mom!

ERM 024: Dr. Kelly Volmers Reversing Roles | Growing Together | Don’t Take Things Personally!

image2Dr Kelly Volmers is a Veterinarian and owner of River Road Animal Hospital. Kelly has always been passionate about her career and the welfare of animals. Having opened her practice while on maternity with her fist son, she has since grown it over the past 18 years to a hospital of 12 staff, an in-house laboratory, dentistry and digital radiology. She continues to focus on preventive medicine and pursue continuing education in infectious diseases and dentistry.  

Kelly is also the proud mother of two teenage boys and married to her husband Earl for over twenty years, with Earl being a stay at home dad throughout her career.  Kelly shares how this worked for their family, the challenges and criticism they occasionally faced, and the unique family dynamic that has evolved as their sons grow older.

On this conversation with Dr. Melissa Longo, Kelly also shares her tips for creating a work/life balance, making family memories, and how being present in the moment and not taking things personally has shaped her experiences as a mother.

A great conversation full of tips and inspiration with another mom who rocks! 

ERM 023 Janet Fairbridge: Do Your Best | Roll With It | The Lessons Of Chronic Pain

photo for emailJanet is a single Mom to a fabulously talented, smart and athletic 16 year old daughter. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, she lived in Toronto for almost 20 years and moved to Collingwood in 2007 – a move that felt like “coming home”. Two years ago she transitioned from a successful career in television production to a new and exciting career as a professional Fundraiser with Hospice Georgian Triangle.  She has been an active volunteer for many years in the theatre community and finds great comfort and inspiration from her time in the theatre as an audience member as well as actor, director and stage manager. 

On this episode with Dr. Melissa Longo, Janet talks about her career adventures, how she juggled them with her daughter at all the various ages and stages, and the joy she feels watching her daughter mature into adulthood.

We also discussed a chronic illness that Janet has lived with since her childhood and the impact it has had on many areas of her life, particularly how it has forced her to be more brave, learn to roll with life’s changes, and pushed her to do her best regardless of minor limitations.

Another interview with an everyday mom who rocks – check it out!