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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:

Dizziness
Fatigue
Unexplained weight loss
Dark rings under the eyes
Palpitations
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.

My Favourite On-The-Go Snacks (mostly Paleo)

In an effort to minimize crappy, cannot-pronounce ingredients, I love to make my own snacks. And, for the most part, these are not time consuming.  What I do try to avoid is grains, refined flours, and minimal sugar, if any. Why? Because they tend to spike blood sugar which essentially will make us crave and grab for even more sugary and refined foods that do more harm than good.

I’m going to give you the snacks that I make myself and those that I grab from the store, on the go!

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{VIDEO} 5 February Favourites For Restlessness & Energy

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It’s been some time that I’ve put together a video and one that highlights a view of my favourite things!

When I was first diagnosed with low cortisol and adrenal fatigue (ie. low energy and burn out), I naturally started to reach for things that would help to boost my energy, and keep my health balanced.

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The 5 Critical Changes I Took To Improve My Adrenal Fatigue (Part 3)

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Last week, my sweetie (my husband) James was out of town visiting his family.  And while I love my time and routine with him, I do find myself even more productive on my weekends when he’s not there.

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Products I Love: Pascoflair Herbal Medicine

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Recently, I shared with you my recent struggle with low cortisol and adrenal fatigue. I’ll be providing a few more updates on that topic in the upcoming weeks as I work through my protocol. However, what I can share with you is the herbal treatment that I have received specific to restlessness and sleeplessness that can come as a result of low cortisol, adrenal fatigue, and even anxiety.

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10 Ways To Upgrade Your Sleep Routine

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Do you feel like there’s never enough time to get enough sleep or to make a proper breakfast? Now summer is ending, and winter is looming AND, for many of you, kiddies are off to school.  So, our sleep is about to change!  Hey, I’ve got 10 Ways to Upgrade Your Sleep Routine TODAY!!

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Daily Health Ritual: How To Dry Brush

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If you’re a follower on my Instagram page, you would have had the chance to see my 3-part post of daily health rituals or what I call “self-care Sundays”.  The image above was directed to the more physical practice that I hold every Sunday night and many of the days during the week.

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My 5 Best Sources Of Fat (PLUS, Recipes!)

My 5 Best Sources of Fat

Those of you might remember that I ate a primarily plant-based diet (ie. vegan) for about 5-6 years.  It was actually one of the best decisions as my body was dying for nutrients that a 100% plant-based eating lifestyle can provide.  At the time, my stress levels were overflowing and the boost of vitamins and nutrients were helpful in healing.

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Body Love – Body Confidence w/ Liis Windischmann (Part 2)

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Hi there loves!

Thank you for the great response a few weeks back on post about “Body Love” and the importance of finding a healthy connection with your body. On the heels of that discussion, I joined a coaching group that was created to help health practitioners like myself work with clients that struggle with unhealthy patterns of eating.

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Body Love + Body Confidence w/ Liis Windischmann (Part 1)

Hi there!

I’m so glad that you stopped by today because I have such an important message and story to share. In fact, it’s something that I haven’t shared before. But, first, you all know that I’ve been working on my nutrition certification, right? Getting up in the early mornings (before my day job) to help develop plans for women to address and support their health concerns is what drives me!  I just love it.

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