A Healthy Lunch is in the Bag

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While breakfast is decisively the most important meal of the day, lunch could be considered the make-or-break meal for staying on track with health and wellness goals, while keeping within your food budget. Because children have smaller stomachs, they particularly need to refill with high-nutritional octane fuels regularly. And whether at work, school or home with the little ones, we all benefit from improved focus and the sustained mental … [Read More...]

Are Chemicals Making You Fat?

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In 2005 obesity-related chronic conditions accounted for $4.3 billion in direct and indirect costs. Survey results from the 2009 Canadian Health Measures Survey help explain why. •37 percent of adults were considered overweight •24 percent of adults were obese •31 percent of 15- to 19-year-old boys were overweight or obese •25 percent of teen girls were overweight or obese •3 times the risk of health problems are associated with … [Read More...]

Cold Comfort: a New Take on Old Food Favourites

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While we might rather be without the cold, this weather prompts us to crack open the cook books to the well-worn pages marking our favourite foods. Update your recipes with healthier alternatives for comfort foods from around the world. Buon appetito Italians have already mastered the art of delicious, healthy cooking with their use of fresh herbs like basil, parsley, rosemary and sage instead of fats, and the abundance of aromatic … [Read More...]

Fibre 101

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Fibre is essentially what is left after your body has extracted all the nutrients out of the fruits, vegetables, and grains that you eat; it is the indigestible cell walls of plant foods. There are two types of fibre: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fibre dissolves in fluids in the large intestine and forms a gel. A diet high in soluble fibre helps lower blood cholesterol levels because it binds intestinal bile acids that contain fat and … [Read More...]

Finding your Cup of Tea

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Second only to water, tea is the world’s most consumed drink, and Canadians enjoy almost 9 billion cups a year. It’s no wonder. Besides allowing us to slow down and take a break, your cuppa tea is chock-full of health benefits. One tea, many colours True tea all comes from the leaves of just one plant, an evergreen bush called Camillia sinensis. White teas are least processed, with leaves being gently dried. Green teas are slightly more … [Read More...]

Five foods to Fuel Fat Loss

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When it comes to whittling your waistline, it isn’t simply about cutting calories: success comes from fueling your fat-burning with these important nutrients: Eat fat to burn fat Hindsight shows that our collective waistlines expanded right along with the flood of fat-free foods into our supermarkets, starting about 25 years ago. Our bodies need fat to function properly: the trick is providing the right kind. The trans-fats found in baked … [Read More...]

How to be a Healthy Vegetarian

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There are as many reasons for adopting a vegetarian lifestyle as there are vegetarians. For some, the decision is spiritual, while others are motivated by the health benefits of a meatless diet. But being a healthy vegetarian involves much more than simply avoiding meat. In fact, when nutrients provided by meat are not replaced with plant-based alternatives, illness can quickly set in. Food issues To build and maintain health, we all need … [Read More...]

Kitchen Reno: Out with the Old and in with Healthier Options

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The words ‘healthy diet’ conjure images of deprivation and denial, but it really isn’t that way! Creating a healthy menu starts with stocking your kitchen to fill up on nutritious choices. You won’t find a healthier reward than the benefits of including a rainbow of fruits and vegetables in your refrigerator. Pigments that colour fruits and vegetables indicate nutrients that confer irreplaceable health benefits: the brighter or deeper the … [Read More...]

T’is the Season: Local Foods burst with Nutrients

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Although modern farming and transportation innovations allow Canadians to enjoy the tangy refreshment of tropical pineapple, there are definitely some nutritional upsides to eating homegrown produce this summer – and all year long! Variety is the nutritional spice Some estimates suggest that half of the food items in your local grocery store are produced by no more than 10 multinational food and beverage corporations. As a nutrient … [Read More...]

What have You got to Lose?

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Getting fit isn't about 'weight' loss. If you are in the one third of Canadians thinking about losing weight before the warmer weather arrives, it’s time to change the way you think about your body. A focus on overall weight loss may set you up to lose muscle mass without impacting fat at all – leaving you with no muscle tone, sagging skin and a body fat ratio that still puts you at risk for a number of chronic diseases including heart disease … [Read More...]

What is the online assessment all about?

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I frequently get the question: “What’s your Assessment all about?” Today, I thought I would take the opportunity to explain the process, in case you’ve always wondered but haven’t asked yet! My training and perspective is holistic, and that means a few things to me. Number one, I believe that – although we all have the same general needs for nutrients like proteins, fats, carbs, vitamins and minerals – we’ve all inherited different genes and … [Read More...]