Health and wellness is always top priority for Muskoka MorningsⓇ founder, Kerry Foreman. Read on for some of her healthy living tips!
Q: What prompted you to get into the health and wellness industry?
It’s in my genes. There are many stories of my maternal great grandmother as the local “witch doctor” in Saskatoon. She had a shed filled with healing herbs and tinctures that the townspeople would call on with many of their ailments. These methods were passed down to her granddaughter, my aunt Victoria, who was raised in this manner and went on to own The Electrolysis Educational Institute. Here, she focused on educating students; not only on how to perform treatments but on the cause and effect of nutrition and lifestyle on our endocrine system. She taught how hormonal imbalances resulted in things like excessive hair growth, skin conditions, weight gain and unstable blood sugar.
My aunt, not having a daughter, took me under her wing to not only pass on many of these gems of wisdom, but to go through all the courses offered at the school, which I went on to teach, which included talks and lectures with great guest speakers like Dr. Zoltan Rona.
Dr. Rona M.D., M.Sc, practices Complementary and Integrative Medicine. He graduated from McGill University in 1977 with a B of Sc, Masters Degree in Biochemistry and Clinical Nutrition, with his expertise in biochemistry and nutrition. He specializes in preventive medicine and natural therapies which are complementary (not an alternative to) your family medical doctor.
It is with this base that my beliefs are that in order to have optimum health, one first needs to feed the body with the nutrients or materials to manufacture and build healthy cells.
Q: What are some of your favourite fitness activities?
I love walking, and hiking, doing yoga, swimming and snowshoeing in the winter. Sometimes I consider my gardening as a form of exercise, too. My paternal grandfather, who had a farm here on Lake Muskoka, certainly never went to the gym. Between having his own garden, working the hay fields and raising some cattle, he was as fit as can be and lived there until close to his 96th birthday!
Q: Can you share how being a pet owner has improved your well being?
Having a dog means you have to go outside for a walk everyday. Sadie is not afraid to remind me when it’s time to go. Fresh air is so good for overall mental and physical health. Rain or shine, hot or cold we just dress for the weather!
Q: Including your No Yolking™ 100% Egg White Protein Powder, what are some of your favourite nutritional hacks?
I always start the day with at least 16 oz of room temperature water mixed with ½ lemon, some cinnamon and 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar. I use a big mason jar with stainless steel straw. This helps to cleanse and open the pathways for elimination. Then, I like to keep sipping and refilling the jar throughout the day, trying to clean the cinnamon off the side of the jar with the water gives me a visual that I’m drinking enough of it.
Some must-have supplements I take, especially during these times, are D3, Vitamin C with Lysine, (some lysine is found in No Yolking), and B-complex. Although I have many more supplements on hand, I personally would suggest that at the very least, everyone take a good multivitamin along with those additional three supplements listed above.
Q: How do you achieve calm and/or work on your mental health?
I take long walks with the dog (from 1 to 2 hours). I start with no set agenda on what to think about, just to take in some nature. This gives me time to come up with ideas, resolve issues or problem-solve. Getting oxygen to the brain and body while getting away from devices is a daily must.
Other tips and tricks: I set up a little reading area: no devices, an actual book in hand, a cozy blanket just for me time and to dive into the story. Presently, I’m reading a book I picked up a few years ago and now just reading, The Boys in the Boat. It’s about the 1920s and 30s and how through the hardships of living through the depression, dust bowls, and Hitler’s propaganda, the Washington rowing team won Gold in the 1936 Olympics in Germany. On my list of next books to read: Think. Do. Say. by Ron Tite and The Betty Body by Dr. Stephanie Estima.
As an aromatherapist lucky enough to have done some training with Robert Tisserand himself, I have many essential oils on hand that I use at times individually and always in my skin and body care with the products I sell through my clinic. This gives me a sense of extra protection and comfort.
Of course number one is eating lots of veggies and protein and keeping my blood sugar levels balanced! This is crucial to help avoid the sugar spikes that in turn lead to dark emotional valleys. What goes up must come down. An analogy that applies here.
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