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Why Over-Exercising May Be Sabotaging Your Health

What!?!?  Is Julie actually implying that exercising is detrimental to my health?  If that’s what you’re thinking (and now your confused or worried), hang on a quick minute and let me explain.

Many of you are familiar with my health issues over the years, but more likely, my health in the past six months.

For those of you that are new around here, here’s the quick and dirty story: (Oh, and hey, welcome!)

In late November of 2016, I was diagnosed with low cortisol. Our adrenal glands (they sit on top of our kidneys) produce all of our essential hormones, including the stress hormone cortisol.  Cortisol is an essential hormone to our body as it assists the body with it’s response to stress.

How did I get low cortisol?

I basically burned it out and was running on nothing.  If you’ve heard the term “burn out” before, that’s the unofficial description of adrenal fatigue. I’ve done this at least three times in my life. And, when you’ve had it once, it’s easy to teeter off into burnout again.  The symptoms of low cortisol include:

Unexplained weight loss
Dark rings under the eyes
Cravings for salty food

I’ve since made and re-established some nutritional and lifestyle changes to shift my energy.  And, a proper supplementation plan is definitely key as well.

Okay, so let’s talk exercise. And, I’m framing it to women who may or may not be diagnosed with a high or low cortisol (there are both) or an adrenal issue but who have low energy, and perhaps are having a hard time losing those last five (or more) pounds.  Let’s face it, many of us don’t know that there is a diagnosis for those with severely “low energy” and those symptoms listed above.

There was (and quite frankly still is) a time where I would work out daily and still not be able to lose weight or “tone up”.

Do you know when I feel my strongest and healthiest?

When I exercise for 30-40 minutes a day, take a walk in nature, and of course, yoga.

Why do you think that is?

My body is telling me that it prefers to be more in a resting state versus a period of high impact movement that either creates a surge of cortisol or taps out my adrenal glands.

That is also why many of us come back from holidays, not only looking rested, but looking like we’ve lost weight and looking a whole lot healthier than when we left!

High cortisol can have devastating effects on the body. That’s why intense exercise may not support your health, at least for the short term. Studies have shown that intense exercise can increase cortisol levels. And high cortisol does not allow fat to be burned. In fact, when we’re in a state of stress, the body panics and stores glucose into your gut region (to save for later). That’s why those that lead very stressful lifestyles will likely have excess weight in the gut.

Now, I would never EVER say to stop exercising but you definitely need to take a look at the best forms that will support your overall health.  I talk about some options in my {FREE} Weekend Stress Detox Program which you can get HERE.

I’m personally drawn to yoga, weights, and as much as possible, walking and hiking outdoors. Since my health has improved, I’ve actually recently started to run as I am training for a 5 km race for charity. Some other recommendations could be:

Pilates, and Barre programs
PIYO which is a combo of pilates, yoga and some cardio
Light interval training may be an option but pay attention to any fatigue during and after.

Now tell me: what exercise do you think best supports your health goals? Let’s have a discussion so tell me in the comments below!

Eat Life Balance and its materials are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. 
All material on Eat Life Balance is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health related program.

6 Signs That You May Be Dehydrated


So, the other day, one of my colleagues asked me the secrets of my youthfulness. What a compliment, right? The whole conversation came up in a work meeting when I had mentioned that I was turning 40 next year and they were all surprised (in a good way). “Really?” “Almost forty?” “I can’t believe it!”

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Palm Springs Recap + Super Power Breakfast Muffins (vegan/gluten-free)

I’ve just returned from a trip to California where we spent some time in Palm Springs/Desert and a couple of days in the Newport Beach area.  It was nice to finally get a stretch of time to rest and relax.

Normally, when we’re travelling, we do like to stay in hotels that may have kitchen’s available and we really, REALLY love Marriott’s Shadow Ridge Resort in Rancho Mirage – isn’t it gorgeous?  We’re now hopping over to The Westin Mission Hills Gold Resort and Spa mostly because I’m curious since I work with a Westin Hotel myself. But, what I love about Westin Hotels is that they are a very health conscious hotel chain with state-of-the-art exercise equipment and lots of health food options that include an array of superfoods and even their own juice bar.

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Our Favourite Wellness Apps (mostly FREE!)

Wellness apps

What in the world did we do before apps on our phones?  There are both good and bad elements to apps but in this post, it’s all goodness. No video games to distract you, just pure simple blissful goodness.

Today, I wanted to share with you our favourite wellness apps that I use on a somewhat regular basis depending on what I need at the time.  For example, jazzing up my meditations, amping up my gym workouts or just simple (but get to the core) conversation starters.  Most of these are free and the couple of paid versions are all under $5 (all available on iTunes but also available on other applications)

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5 Ways to Stay Healthy on a Weekend Getaway

5 Ways to Stay Healthy on a Weekend Getaway

James and I decided to take a quick getaway to Bellevue, Washington (a suburb of Seattle) for the weekend.  It is a about 2 hours from Vancouver.  We love the area. It’s close to the water and surrounded by lots of parks and away from the hustle and bustle of Seattle.

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Who Inspires You To Be healthy?



Who inspires you to be healthy?

Am I right is saying that this is one tough question?

Here’s what happened to me a couple of weeks ago.  I received an email from Andrea, the Outreach Coordinator from Oscar Insurance who asked me this very question.  Oscar Insurance is based out of New York and they offer many features that help members to be proactive about their health.

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{GIVEAWAY} Dr. Segal’s Compression Socks


When I think of compression socks, I always think of long distance runners.  I wouldn’t exactly call myself a runner even though I have a 3x weekly treadmill run on my calendar. I admire committed long distance runners.  In fact, I’m just a wee bit jealous of the commitment they have and seeing them speeding past me on the sea wall with their brightly coloured tight socks.  What the heck are those for exactly?

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Raw Lemon Protein Bites


You may have noticed that I have been on a homemade protein / energy bite kick!  I couldn’t get enough of these Coconut Matcha Protein Bites that I made a few weeks back.

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The 10 Easiest Lifestyle Changes you can make TODAY! (Slideshow)

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Lifestyle Series Interview: Running on Real Food



In our first Lifestyle Series interview, I am spotlighting Deryn Macey from the popular healthy living blog, Running on Real Food.  She’s the real deal – wife, animal-lover, career girl and passionate about life.  Deryn is like many of us trying to fit a healthy lifestyle into an often chaotic life.  And, she manages to do it with the biggest smile on her face!

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