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Drinking Diet Pop, But Not Losing Weight?

If we replace our sugary, caloric soft drink with a non-caloric “diet pop” we should theoretically lose weight, right?  Well, it appears that this might only not be true; in fact, our diet pop may be promoting weight gain!     Research recently published by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found adults who drink diet beverages consume more calories from food compared to adults who drink regular sodas and other sugary beverages.  This research was published in American Journal of Public Health using data from 24,965 people aged 20 and older between 1999 to 2010.  This topic is one of on-going debate and further research is needed to...

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The Power of Protein!

When I mention the word protein, what first comes to mind?  Do you think of muscles or strength, or do you think of weight control, possibly energy boosting, or maybe you simply think about different types of foods that contain protein?  Today, “protein” is a new industry buzzword used to sell food products like drinks, bars and cereals.  And it works! Barry Calpino, vice president for Kraft Foods described protein and stated, "It's one of those rare things that has a lot of different meanings to a lot of different people and they are all positive." Today, let’s take a closer look at protein, how much you need...

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New Year’s Resolutions You Should Keep!

What is the point of making a New Year’s resolution for living better, healthier lives if it is not maintainable?  Today, I will share my 5 best tips for boosting your health and well-being!  All my tips are achievable and sustainable all year round! 1.  Focus on “life-long change”:  This year, ditch all those fad diets, the hunger strikes, the elimination diets and take charge of your health with real foods that taste good!  Remember that any valiant effort to lose weight that involves deprivation and/or extreme exercise is unsustainable; you will eventually default to your old habits.  Therefore, make a commitment to focus on lifelong behavior change using...

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De-Stress this Holiday Season!

With the arrival of the holiday season, too many of us feel that familiar “holiday stress” creeping up.  Isn’t this season supposed to be a fun-filled and joyous time?  Why then do so many of us now complain of feeling increased stress?  Whatever the cause, help is on the way with my top 7 holiday stress busting tips. De-stressing is so important (all year long) because physical and emotional stress negatively impact our health.  Research supports the link between stress and conditions like heart disease, hypertension, headaches and mental health conditions like depression and anxiety.  Stress is also a contributor in making certain conditions like irritable bowel syndrome,...

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National Oatmeal Day

National Oatmeal Day!

National Oatmeal Day: With the chilly weather already upon us, nothing hits the spot better than a big bowl of warm oatmeal. This post is dedicated to this nutritious and satisfying breakfast option. First, let's start with facts on oatmeal and then I will share my homemade fibre-packed oatmeal recipe.     Did you know? Oatmeal is a whole grain (not refined -still contains the bran and germ) It contains 3g of protein and 3g of fibre in 1/3 cup serving Oatmeal lowers cholesterol (thanks to the beta-glucan, type of soluble fibre) Steel-cut oats have modestly more fibre (longer cook time) Stabilizes blood sugars which keeps you feeling fuller longer...

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Benefit from Breakfast

Benefits from Breakfast!

Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day; yet a startling 40% of Canadian children do not eat breakfast on a daily basis according to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Over half of adults also frequently skip breakfast with reasons varying from: not feeling hungry, to wanting to ‘cut calories’ or simply trying to save time in the morning. Whatever the excuse, breakfast is truly a vital part of healthy living and has numerous health benefits. Today, I will share my top 5 benefits from daily breakfast consumption. My follow-up blog will identify some balanced, nutritious breakfast ideas for morning mealtime inspiration!     Five Reasons to Eat B-fast...

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Digestive Health

Digestive Health: Exploring the ‘Gut-Brain’ Connection

Digestive Health: Exploring the ‘Gut-Brain’ Connection: It is well known that signals from our brain impact our stomach or gut. Think back to a time where you were extremely worried about a looming presentation and then felt butterflies in your stomach, a lump in your throat and noticed a change in your bowel movements. This is a demonstration of how your digestive system automatically responds to emotions experienced. However, have you ever wondered if these same signals can travel in the opposite direction, so that your gut can communicate to your brain and impact things like your emotional state? It appears that our gut is smarter than...

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circadian rhythm impact on body weight

Circadian Rhythm’s Impact on Body Weight

Circadian Rhythm: We all have an ‘internal clock’ which regulates our body's functioning by using environmental signals.  If you find yourself naturally more alert at certain times of the day (10am) and more sluggish at other times, you have experienced your own circadian rhythm.  The problem; however, comes when daily tasks throw off this internal clock.  During the summer months, we might be more likely to tamper with our circadian rhythm. This can be by staying up late with friends or to study, increase in travel to other countries or time zones or doing shift work. Research has shown that disruption to our circadian rhythm can wreck havoc on our natural sleep-wake cycle which is responsible for releasing hormones that impact our immunity,...

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fish low in mercury

Which Types of Fish are Low in Mercury?

It seems widespread that omega 3 fatty acids are beneficial for heart health; however, clients are often concerned about the amount of mercury in fish leading to birth defects or learning disabilities.  Mercury is a toxic, global contaminate that does not break down in the environment and can build up in living things.  Today’s blog will explore this concern in greater detail and highlight the types of fish that are low mercury. How does Mercury get into Fish?   Mercury can be released naturally into the environment from rocks, soil, forest fires and volcanoes.  Human activity is also responsible for increasing mercury in our atmosphere through industry practices like metal mining and coal-fired power generation.   When mercury is released into...

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