ERM 014 Dr. Laura Gravelle: Running A High Frequency Home, Asking For Help & Just Being Yourself

drlaura-web01Dr. Laura Gravelle  is a family based wellness Chiropractor and owner of Gravelle Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre located in London Ontario.  Her passion for life, health and humanity are clearly demonstrated in all she creates. She believes we all have maximal potential within waiting to shine. She speaks widely in her community at the corporate level and at seminars on health, mindset, positive thinking and steps to creating an abundant life!

On this episode Laura talks about focusing on the health of her young family and being a busy mom to 4 young ones under the age of 8! She shares her journey starting a business while mothering young children, her personal growth in finding a career path that is congruent with who she authentically is, and how she manages to keep her family life and marriage strong.

We also discussed a serious health challenge with her youngest child’s and how she found the strength to get through it, the challenges of feeling overwhelmed, and the importance of being open and willing to ask for help.

Laura is a passionate woman, an inspiring health advocate in her community, with lots of great insights and experiences she openly shared today – check it out!

ERM 013 Kim McNabb: Putting Kids First, Focusing On The Big Picture, & Take It One Day At A Time With a Blended Family

2013-09-07 16.50.43Kim is  a 48 year old, married, mother of 6 children.   She is a foodworker, working for Community Action Program for Children.   She is an active volunteer in her community and involved with My Friend’s House women’s shelter for the past 7 years, 3 of which she sat as Chair of the Board.  She has a passion for advocating for abuse victims and equality of women.  

On this episode Kim talks about the challenges, but incredible joys of a blended family, and how together with her husband they created a wonderful home life for their children. She also shares her story of escaping an abusive situation and how that influenced the kind of mother she is today and the incredible work she has done advocating for women and her involvement in the local women’s shelter.

Kim also talks about what prompted her to get married again, how she and her husband are able to find the moments together in a house of 6 kids, and how an indispensdible group of female friends offers her support, fun, and helps her on a daily basis.

Kim’s commitment to her family, and making a difference in her community is admirable, I appreciated how real and open she was on today’s interview – It’s a great episode, check it out!

ERM 012 Dr. Diane Meyer: The Balance Myth, Focusing on Gratitude & Relishing The Moments

diane head shot dec 2010Diane Meyer is a Chiropractor in private practive for over 20 yrs, happily married and is the mother of 4 healthy kids 8-21 yrs.

Diane has been one of my mentors professionally since I was in Chiropractic school, and I had the opportunity on many occasions to learn from her, develop my clinical skills, understand practice life, but on this episode I get to chat with her about motherhood, which was a whole new perspective that I really enjoyed. Diane talks about starting her practice with a young family, and she also discusses guilt she felt as a working mom, how she was able to let it go and why she thinks there is no such thing as balance.

We also talked about her supportive husband, how they keep their marriage strong, living with the occasional chaos of a family of 6 and how she turns to gratitude and her spiritual foundation to ground her and focus her energy.

Diane has always had great wisdom for many Chiropractors, today she shared some great wisdom about being a mom. Check it out!

ERM 011: Drop The “I’m Not A Rockstar Mom” Mentality

IMG_2631On this episode Dr. Melissa shares her insights from the first 10 episodes, and two ways moms are limiting themselves from adding excitement, challenge, growth and joy to their lives.  She discusses why it’s important to do things that scare you a little bit, and why all moms deserve to give themselves credit for the emotional and physical demands of motherhood and all the great stuff they are doing everyday to support their family life. A short episode filled with inspiration to help you step up your game and rock your life a little more.

ERM 010 Lisa Wilby: Take Charge of Your Happiness, Celebrate the Little Things & Love Yourself First!

FullSizeRenderLisa is a food and health enthusiast, and a single mom of 3 children, 2 teenage boys and one daughter who is attending university. She  currently  works  full time for a non – profit organization  as a teaching kitchen manager,  teaching  clients  about healthy food and cooking on a budget and about how food relates to our health. She loves connecting with people and sharing good food and conversation.

On this episode we talked about Lisa’s journey in motherhood, her transition in relocating to another part of the country, starting a business, ending a business, and ultimately finding meaningful work that also allows her to be present for her children.

Lisa shared how her separation from the father of her children was a pivotal step in her own growth as a woman, how she has found happiness on her own, and the joy she finds in everyday moments. Lisa believes we are all in charge of our own happiness, certainly something she is modelling for her children and people around her. Great conversation on this episode, check it out!

Get In Your Garden!

Finally the weather is warming up and many people are getting ready to get their hands in the dirt to plant some seedlings, flowers and have some fun in their garden! Working outdoors in your garden and yard is a great form of physical activity, even better if it’s something you are passionate about. However every year people come into the practice because they have inevitably irritated their body or  strained a muscle somehow! To protect your body and avoid injury, consider some of these tips when stepping out to get your garden started this season:

  1. While mowing the lawn, keep your head up and stand directly behind the mower so you can keep your hips and shoulders in line with your spine. Push the mower uphill rather than pulling. Always use both hands rather pushing  or twisting with one.
  2. When working in the dirt, crouch down, sit on a stool, or squat instead of bending at the waist which can strain the joints in the low back.
  3. Bend your knees when lifting anything so that you can use the strength of your legs.
  4. Keep yard waste bags close to your body while lifting them. 
  5. Hold a rake with one hand at shoulder height, one hand at waist level and walk or drag the pile.

Most importantly, vary your tasks and take breaks when necessary.  Avoid staying in prolonged postures involving the lower back and neck.

Your best bet for protecting your back? Consider regular Chiropractic care! Waiting until symptoms appear before taking care of your body often can make the problems worse, ultimately causing them to take longer to heal. Chiropractors assess your posture and spinal joints to ensure they are moving properly and that your body is physically balanced. The results people experience from regular spinal care are profound, and the increases in their quality of life measurable….which allows you to keep playing in your garden or in any other hobby you enjoy! 

ERM 009 Dr. Sabrina Bercovitch: Parenting With Intention, Working With Your Spouse & Learning From Illness

AEF3CA41-A2C0-46A0-875C-B1D71CBDCA7EDr. Sabrina Bercovitch is a mother of 3 beautiful, healthy, vibrant awesome children and a passionate Family Chiropractor. She sees lots of expectant Moms, children of all ages and families in the practice she owns and runs with her husband, Dr. Jason Bercovitch. She transforms lives every day with the LiveWell For Life program, a lifestyle program which teaches and guides people to Eat Well, Move Well, Think Well, Sleep Well and Be Connected Well through optimization of the Brain-Body Connection For Life. Sabrina can be reached her anytime at www.livewellhealth.com or drop her a line at drsabrina@livewellhealth.com.

On today’s episode Sabrina talks about motherhood, the partnership she has with her husband in both work and life, and how they have created a life balance that works for them. She also shares her story of dealing with Lyme Disease and how her health recovery has profoundly impacted her life, and the mother she is today. Sabrina is a dynamic entrepreneur and mother with lots of great tips in this episode today.  Check it out!

ERM 008 Nikki Zavitz: Unschooling, Happy Accidents & Recovering From Perfectionism

IMG_6283Nikki is a Paleo-living, nature-loving mother of 3 girls ranging in age from 2-6 yrs, and is married to her best friend for almost 10 years. A passionate learner and unconventional thinker, Nikki has taken a very early retirement from teaching in the public school system and is now Unschooling her daughters. We talked about why she made that choice, and how that decision and other ‘happy accidents’ have flowed into her now living a life she loves. We also discussed some of the challenges she has faced as a mother, criticism about some of her parenting choices, finding acceptance and recovering from perfectionism. Nikki shares what gives her confidence as a woman, what inspires her, and the work it takes to continue to create balance within all of their lives. Nikki also runs her own small business creating pre-made healthy meals for families, and we talked about how she schedules her time effectively and the difference that healthy food has made in her family’s life. Nikki is a warm soul who has consciously created a lovely life for herself and her family. This is a great conversation! You can reach Nikki at zavitznikki@gmail.com.

ERM 007 Lia Sonnenburg: Creating Boundaries, Building Confidence & Taking Care of Basic Needs

HeadShot_IMG_0238Dr. Lia Sonnenburg is a Naturopathic Doctor who has practiced in Collingwood for 6 years.  She’s a mother of two active, healthy and hilarious young boys under the age of 5.  She’s passionate about helping people reach their health goals using the ‘physiology prevails over pathology approach’.  By finding the root cause of the problem, the body can then do what it’s supposed to – naturally and faithfully.  Her specialties include pediatrics, oncology, digestion, women’s health and fertility but she ends up running a fairly busy general practice as well.

On this episode she talks about how motherhood has shaped her confidence as a woman, given her tremendous joy, how she juggles running a business with two young children, keeping her marriage healthy, and taking care of herself.  We also discussed some of the tips she gives her female patients, the importance of taking care of our basic needs, and how to create boundaries in your life for people’s opinions about how you raise your family.

Lia is a warm woman with lots of wisdom, you’ll hear it in her voice. Check out this episode!

I Love Purses But…

ID-100327306Some of you know I have a fondness for beautiful purses and handbags!

However, similar to carrying a heavy backpack, a heavy shoulder bag or purse can injure your back, neck and shoulders. Hand and shoulder bags also create poor posture by encouraging the carrier to lean to one side. This affects posture, balance and movement. 

Here are my 10 helpful tips to protect your spine and muscles from a heavy handbag:

  1. Choose a handbag that is proportionate to your body size and no larger than what is needed. Your handbag should not weigh more than 10 per cent of your body weight up to a maximum of 15 pounds.
  2. The shoulder straps should be wide and adjustable. Ensure that the straps do not cut into your shoulder. Shoulder straps that dig into the muscles, put pressure on the nerves.
  3. If possible, select a strap that is long enough to place over your head so as to rest on the shoulder opposite the handbag. This will help distribute the weight of the bag more evenly.
  4. Choose a handbag that has several individual pockets instead of one large compartment. This will help to distribute the weight of the contents more evenly and keep them from shifting.
  5. Resist the urge to carry everything with you all day. Consider leaving less commonly used items behind. Keep that heavy laptop out of your bag!
  6. Change the size and weight of your wallet once in a while. You may also consider one wallet for your work and a different one for when you go out, as you may need different objects for both.
  7. Ensure the weight is evenly distributed in the purse by using all the pockets.
  8. Instead of always carrying your handbag on the same shoulder, switch sides often so each shoulder gets a rest.
  9. Square your shoulders – many women have a habit of lifting the shoulder on which the purse is carried to keep the straps from slipping.
  10. Try to maintain good posture. When standing, your head, shoulders, hips and ankles should line-up, one comfortably above the other. Your knees should be slightly bent and your feet should be shoulder-width apart or more.

If you can walk to lunch or a meeting, lock your purse in your desk or locker and carry only your cash and/or credit cards in a pocket. Remember that exercise is good for many reasons but it can also help prevent injury! Specific strengthening exercises for the back and abdominal or core area will help promote good posture, which will further help to condition muscles and prevent injury.

Dr. Melissa