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Personal Training ... It's not just about lifting weights!

I remember exactly when I decided to be a personal trainer. It was grade 3, I was 8 years old and I was OBSESSED with Arnold Schwarzenegger. I would draw pictures of him as The Terminator (gawd I'm dating myself), and he had huuuge biceps. I wanted to be Linda (you know, the mom!). I would lecture my 8 year old girlfriends about putting salt on their apple slices, and would argue that walking IS indeed exercise. I was born to be a personal trainer and health coach, no doubt on that.

Years later, in grade 8, I chose to follow a freelance personal trainer for a day on 'Take Your Kid To Work' day ... Do they still do that? Anyway, I loved her. She was beautiful, french and had a jam packed day of subway rides around the downtown core to teach classes, personal train and even found time to train little me! I puked, passed out in the women's washroom and then asked for more.

That was it. I was in love and wanted nothing more than to be a freelance trainer that bounced around the city as...

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2017 the year of the alpha mare?

personal development Dec 28, 2016

 

It's believed that those who suffer from chronic, and debilitating gut pain have often been exposed to high-stress (work, home, social) and/or have been the victims of abuse and/or neglect. The gut-brain connection is so strong that it can sometimes be difficult to distinguish between which is causing which symptoms...Is the gut stress leading to neuroendocrine symptoms or vice versa?

In my opinion, the best approach is to address it all; The physical mental, and spiritual (should that be an area one is open to exploring), in order to find peace and balance again.

The 3 are interconnected. The energies from each area lead to one another. For example, we can use all of the supplements we want to address IBS and poor gut health, but without addressing the patterns, belief systems and rooted behaviours that may be contributing to the inflammatory situations, we will most likely be taking 2 steps forward, and one step back.

I'm the...

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CHAPTER 3 - THE NIGHT I LEARNED ILLNESS = SAFETY

personal development Jul 22, 2016

 

We had just moved in to a new apt, at Keele and Sheppard Ave. Waynes parent's were the superintendents, and lived on the same floor as us just around the corner. The building was built in the 60's or 70's and had one of those odd living rooms in the foyer that was gated off. Behind the gate was furniture that no one ever sat on, and plants that no one ever watered. It was stale, old and had no warmth.

Our move in was simple and it would be the last of almost 10 of them. We really only had a couch, a few beds and some shelving at this point. All of the furniture we had in the past that did have soul, was now destroyed and in landfills. We only used the essentials now because there was no point in anything more. Experiencing joy for belongings, events, or food was out of the question. The heaviness that plagued the 3 of us was palpable, and that was our truth. Social events, care-taking or laughter would immediately be noticed and rectified with a sharp smack of a...

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CHAPTER 2 - I CHERISHED MY THINGS, UNTIL...

personal development Jul 15, 2016

 

CONTENT WARNING. This is a tale of personal transformation...

The first time it happened I was 10 years old. My parent's had just separated, and my mom moved me downtown to live in a small, 1 bedroom apartment with her and her boyfriend, Wayne. We lived at Bathurst and St Clair. A neighbourhood rich in culture, great food and accessibility to the pulse of the city. It was so different from Stouffville. I loved it, even though we were going through a hard time.

My mom let me sleep in the only bedroom in the apt. Her and Wayne would sleep in the living room on the pull out couch. I loved my little bed. Loved the plants on the terrace, and those hanging in our bay window. Mom loved plants - they were part of the family. She would use cotton balls and clean each leaf with milk and water. Our days that summer were spent riding bikes around the wealthy neighbourhoods by Castle Loma. We would search for yard sales with antiques and beautiful pieces of furniture that we...

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CHAPTER 1 - SHE WAS SUPPOSED TO PROTECT, EMPOWER AND ENCOURAGE ME. INSTEAD, THIS HAPPENED...

personal development Jul 09, 2016

CONTENT WARNING. This is a tale of personal transformation...

For years, I studies spirituality in many forms, as a way to find peace and answers for the pain, confusion and constant feelings of being alone. This story is the first time I've opened my soul and shared what it was that left me feeling so empty and in pain. It also tells the beginning of the end of the trauma for me, and eventually leads to stories filled with self-love, purpose, peace and a life wrapped in forgiveness.

By studying spirituality, I found answers that I don't believe are hard truths for everyone, though they rang true for me. One 'lesson' I learned that seems to show itself in my practise, over and over, is that every single person on this planet has a story or painful event that was traumatizing for them. There is no 'worse than', or 'more painful', because the pain is subjective. How could we ever know someone's level of pain without being in their bodies and minds? All we know for sure,...

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I've Finally Achieved My Biggest Life Goal...And Need To Re-Learn This One Thing

 

I was 28 years old, engaged to be married, living in a huge 4 bedroom home, purchased with the intent to fill it with little ones, and I was terrified of the ever growing pressures of soon becoming a mom. 

My mother had just come back in to my life after she literally disappeared in the middle of the night when I was 12 years old. I was scared, angry, confused and literally wanted to just push the pause button on life. Since I had no idea how to do that, I did what I knew how to do well... I bailed. 

I left my fiancée, my home, my dogs, and my 'relationship' with my mother. 

It was the single most difficult thing I had ever done, and yet, also the bravest. That decision is what saved me from repeating the same behaviours every other woman in my family had done. If I didn't walk away from what felt like a hurricane of pressure and confusion, I would have never gotten the space and time to find out who I truly was and what I truly wanted from life. I...

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5 Ways To Improve your Communication Skills

personal development Mar 05, 2016

There are 2 definitions to the word communication:

     1. The imparting or exchanging of information or news.

     2. Means of connection between people or places, in particular.

I believe the second definition is a better fit because in my opinion, great communication skills lend to deeper connections and more fulfilling relationships, including the relationship with ourselves.

For many years I had no idea how to communicate. I often came to conclusions as to what others believed of me, needed of me, and why they were choosing to behave the way they were without ever really getting confirmation that it was even the case. I was so afraid of asking for clarity, or asking for change in order to meet my needs because I believed the person (friend, family member, or boyfriend) would leave if I used my voice.

This all stemmed from growing up in a home where there was no communication, only drunken yelling and vicious name-calling/blaming. I never had a...

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The Power Of Saying "I Don't Know"

personal development Feb 29, 2016

 

I can remember feeling like it was just yesterday. Sitting in from of someone, listening to their story, chest tightening up, throat getting tight, and ears becoming hot! It was about to be my turn to chime in, give an opinion, and contribute to the conversation. Each and every time I'd feel like I was hustling to find a worthy contribution. My anxiety was redlining to say the least. The need to have an answer, a good answer, was so strongly tied to my perceived worthiness, that I exchanged authenticity and peace, for a chance at being applauded, welcomed, and further included in conversation.

Social anxiety plagued my emotional body for many, many years. Not feeling safe and accepted by my mother was a root cause. This lead to perfectionism. I didn't learn I was a perfectionist until I was in my early thirties. Twenty-five years of hustling for my worthiness via perfectionism contributed to my chronic gut issues. The gut-brain connection is very strong, and studies...

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Can Choosing The Right Relationships Improve Your Health? Yes, Indeed!

personal development Jan 06, 2016

 

The saying "Youth is wasted on the young", really is true in my opinion. We spend our days as adolescents and young adults, experimenting, testing, staying up late, going to work early, eating when we're hangry and usually choosing what we like to eat, as opposed to what we should eat... All of this is totally cool, until one day it isn't. Our hangovers spill over in to day 2, our size 25 jeans don't fit anymore, and often, our digestion changes for the worse due to the stress we've imposed on our bodies over the past several years. Then one day, around the age of 30, we wake up and realize we need to make some serious changes in order to get back to where we know our highest potential exists.

 

We hire a trainer, a nutritionist, cut back on the booze and start buying organic. Maybe we take up yoga, mediation, do a 7 day juice cleanse to kick-start the healthy ass-kicking lifestyle we're committed to.

But what if, even after all of these positive choices and changes,...

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Belmonte Raw Interview - All Things Juice Cleansing!

nutrition weight loss Jun 10, 2015

I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing my friend, Carol Belmonte last month. Carol is the owner of the outrageously successful juice and raw food eatery, Belmonte Raw.

Carol started Belmonte Raw just a few short years ago, and has been delivering, and offering in store some of the best raw food and organic juice recipes around.

As a trainer and holistic nutrition coach, I get asked a ton of questions about juice cleanses so I thought I'd ask a pro what her opinion is on some of the most burning questions I get, and how her company helps people get clean and fit!

Just in time for "Spring Cleaning"!

P.S. Below are some additional questions from some of my peeps, that weren't in our vid, so for added info please feel greet to check out Carol's answers....

To view the full interview watch here.

Enjoy!

Xo
Cassandra

Q: What do I do when I get cravings?

When on a Cleanse, you are actually ingesting all of your daily nutrients and calories that your body needs... in fact, you are...

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