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Fixing infertility with Intuitive Eating

If I had known when I was 16 years old that restrictive eating and over exercising would have caused infertility 15 years into the future, would I have changed my behaviour?

I highly doubt it. How could I have, when I grew up with the perfect storm of conditions for having hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA) later in life: an overweight father with health conditions related to a poor diet, which in turn made me extremely fat-phobic as a child (I was scared to eat foods high in fat because I thought I would have a heart attack, too); a slightly Type A and perfectionist mindset combined with anxiety due in part to my dad’s poor health; an introverted personality type that prefers individual sports such as running and weight lifting over team sports; over 10 years of competing in endurance sports; going on the birth control pill at age 16 which prevented me from cycling naturally thus hiding any ovulation problems for over 15 years; and growing up in North American diet culture, where every magazine told me how I needed to lose those last 10 pounds. (more…)

{Friday Favourites} The best reads in food, fitness and self-love from around the web this week

Life In LeggingsHappy Friday, friends! How was your week?

I’ve loved reading all my fellow Sweat Pink Ambassadors’ BlogFest recaps and top 10 takeaway posts this week… it was almost like I was there! Well, minus the whole getting to hang out with all my favourite fitness and health bloggers IRL part, which made me sad 🙁 I’ll get there next year for sure.

Last weekend I managed a 3 hour / 21 km run on the trails solo in 28 degree heat. Since I don’t feel comfortable running in the wilderness without a big dog or human to keep me company — especially with all the cougar sightings recently — I opted for four loops of a local trail in Mt. Doug Park. I also took my new Saucony Peregrine trail runners out for a spin. (more…)

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