Mommy brain… it’s back!

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In my world, ‘mommy brain’ (forgetfulness, lack of concentration, and even feeling depressed) is a real phenomenon. I read an article in Time Magazine quoting a book written about ‘Mommy Brain’ which said that in neurological tests, women actually got smarter as a result of pregnancy and becoming a new parent and that mommy brain wasn’t a real issue. I can see where they are coming from in a way, the neuroscientists found in the brains of pregnant rats, new neuron arms (dendrites and dendritic spines) which would indicate increased mental capacity. (I wonder though how they measured the rat’s ability to multi-task at a whole new level as a new mom does!) However, I believe that this is one of those times when anecdotal evidence outweighs science.

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My Local

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I’m not talking about my local bar or drinking hangout as I would be if I was still in England. My local is the place where I buy my food. Produce in particular. The Sweet Potato has been my local since it first opened on Dundas St W in The Junction. I bought produce from the owner, Digs, way before that for my Mommy Chef cooking classes, when he started The High Park Market about two years before that.

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The Tough Mudder – A Physical and Mental Challenge

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I completed the FULL Tough Mudder Challenge on Saturday. It’s called a challenge, not a race, because there’s no time-keeping and it’s about being with your team (friends or whoever you turn up with), meeting people, helping your fellow Mudder-er and getting past your doubts and fears.

I went into this challenge without doing too much research. I was invited to join an existing corporate team of my ex-husband’s place of work (the fact that I did this with my ex-husband deserves a whole other blog post). His sales background came in handy as he talked me into it. His thinking was that it would be fun, that I could totally complete the course and that the sense of accomplishment and achievement would benefit me greatly.

He was right.

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4 Weeks to a Healthier Family – Cutting Out Refined Sugar

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Sugar is in just about all foods. A few are obvious like pop, jam and cookies. Other foods like cereal, salad dressing, soup, baking mixes, cured meat, canned food and on the outside of dried fruit may not be as obvious. The Globe and Mail reported that Statistics Canada found that Canadians eat, on average, 26 teaspoons (that’s eight and a half tablespoons or half a cup) of sugar each day.

Whether it’s white, brown, superfine or confectioners, it has the same effect once it’s consumed. A swift rise in blood sugar level triggers the pancreas to secrete insulin. Insulin removes the sugar from the blood stream and stores as fat for later – if there’s ever a need. The crash that usually follows alerts your stress hormone (adrenaline) to kick in and bring you back to balance. It’s a yo-yo of hormones that become depleted and tired over time.

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