Creating Lasting Change - Choosing Love Over Fear

October 8, 2014
Hosted by Laurie Hibbard

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Are you stuck in poor eating habits and the endless cycle of yo-yo dieting? You try to change but the busy-ness of everyday life and resulting stress suck you back into the vortex of familiar eating and thought patterns, and there seems to be no escape. You wind up blaming yourself, thinking you lack the willpower or discipline to make effective change, or you blame other people or things. Either way, nothing changes. Is there a way out? According to empowerment coach and inspirational speaker, Deborah Jane Wells, the answer is yes and the way is love. Through her own recovery from burnout that included a sustained 80-pound weight loss and freedom from a 10-year bout of debilitating depression, she discovered that loving yourself unconditionally is the key to transforming every aspect of your life. Find out how you can create meaningful and lasting change in your life by choosing love over fear.

Nutritional Wellness - Beyond Food

Nutritional Wellness - Beyond Food

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You know blueberries are good for you, but you don’t know why. You’re considering going gluten-free, but not sure what gluten is. You’re eating well but on thyroid medication, not sleeping well, and gaining more weight than ever. What’s going on?

Despite the plethora of information about food and nutrition, we are getting sicker and fatter every year. Nutritional wellness starts with the right food, but there’s so much more that’s affecting your health.

Nutritional Wellness Beyond Food looks at why we're not being nourished by what we eat. For example, what are the causes of digestive and hormonal imbalances that could be at the root of declining health? How do skipping breakfast, rewarding yourself with a glass of wine after work, and engaging in mindless habits thwart your efforts? Have you considered how the food industry and government directly impact your health? Join us to discover the many healing solutions to help you attain health, wellness and longevity.

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Laurie Hibbard

Laurie Hibbard

Laurie Hibbard, BA, LLB, RHN, is a holistic nutritionist certified by the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, where she is currently one of the lead instructors in Calgary, Alberta. She has her own nutrition practice, Lighten Up With Laurie, and specializes in women’s issues and weight loss. She is a self-confessed recovering lawyer who left a thriving practice to raise two sons, who are now grown, and is now following her heart to her true passion of health and nutrition. Laurie aspires to be a physically and mentally fit centenarian and works with her clients to achieve the same goal.

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November 2014

October 2014

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