Its crunch time

It’s crunch time, no pun intended, and exams are creeping up. You may find yourself with little or no time for anything but studying! Although it may be wise to push aside other ventures during this stressful time, one thing you must not do is neglect proper nutrition. Eating well is important all year round, but for students, it is especially crucial during exam time. Healthy food is what provides your body and mind with energy to study, concentrate, recall information and to think critically during tests. Unfortunately, we often skip meals or opt for fast food when studying which […]

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Turn back the clocks, turn up the energy!

Keeping energy levels high during the colder, darker months of the year can be a challenge. As we snuggle down into our shorter days we often feel less energized and motivated to make healthy choices such as exercising and snacking. This can become a vicious cycle- eating comfort foods, feeling less energized, then turning to those same foods. Breaking the cycle is easier than you think- energizing foods don’t have to taste like cardboard OR take hours to prepare. I’ve already spoken about how eating regularly and preparing balanced meals can help with energy levels- but what about snacks?Snacks can […]

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3 ways to actually eat less

Everyone knows that the key to weight management is to eat less. This could mean eating smaller portions of what you already prepare (e.x. 6oz of steak versus 12oz) OR switching out higher calorie foods for lower ones (yogurt instead of cookies for example). Sounds simple but as we all know, words are easier than action. So, how do we move from wanting to eat less to actually eating less? Exploring the 3 steps that lead to eating too much can help to make it easier to put words into action. Making it easier to choose healthier portions is key! […]

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Enjoying eggs without uncertainty

Not many foods have flip flopped between being “good” and “bad” for your health as much as eggs have. Pick any two decades and you will likely find opposing opinions. It has been hard for many people to (needlessly) cut out eggs after a heart attack or a scolding from their doctor. Eggs are so convenient & easy to prepare, they have a relatively long shelf life and are cheap. One of the main points against eating eggs is the amount of cholesterol found in the yolk. A decade ago it was thought that if one could eat less cholesterol […]

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Calories = Satiation + Energy

Imagine your body as a car…What allows the car to run? Gas.What allows our body to run? Calories.Calories essentially are energy for our body. We find calories in carbohydrates, protein and fat. Vitamins, minerals, water and fiber have NO calories and therefore are used NOT to provide us with energy but for other functions. Carbohydrates and protein contain the same number of calories per gram. You may have heard that carbohydrate rich foods are fattening but in fact they are not any more fattening than protein rich foods! 4 calories per gram means that if you eat 30g of carbohydrate […]

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The P word

Food processing: is a set of methods and techniques used to transform raw ingredients into food or to transform food into other forms for consumption by humans in the home or in the food industry. One of the newer trends in nutrition and food is the idea that fresh, natural foods are healthier than processed foods. Sometimes the claims state that these foods contain more vitamins or minerals, or that they have lost fewer nutrients for the lack of processing, or even that processing can affect how the body digests the food. Sometimes, very little proof beyond the fact that […]

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The Salty Solution

Sodium and salt have become the new evil nemesis to health over last few years. Eating too much sodium can increase blood pressure (and increase your risk for developing it if you don’t already have it), increase your chances of having a stroke and developing heart disease. As a result of demand from consumers for lower sodium products, numerous food companies have started to reduce the sodium content of their products. But how do you know if a lower sodium product is actually healthy? How low is lower than original and how much sodium should I eat per day? Adults […]

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CHEK it out

Nothing rubs me the wrong way more than reading nutrition advice from a so-called “expert” who, not only gets a few scientific facts wrong, but tries to tell you they know better than the rest of the nutrition (or even scientific) community. Unfortunately, today that person is Paul Chek. Now, I have tried to find what his background is regarding formal education, or anything other than his self-prophesied Holistic Health Practitioner title, but I have yet to find anything. This bothers me because without a basic knowledge of chemistry, biochemistry and biology it hard to “discover” new theories regarding the […]

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Running on Empty?

Food provides energy for our brain and muscles. Going for long periods of time without food, like skipping a meal, creates a dip in energy levels. Spreading calories throughout the day provides energy all day long and this is where the concept of eating 6 small meals a day can be useful. To avoid dips in energy levels throughout the day remember these important tips:1. Eat breakfast.2. Don’t skip meals: skipping meals = low energy levels that cannot be recovered + overeating at the next meal.N.B.: THESE ARE NOT A EFFICIENT TACTIC TO LOSE WEIGHT3. Eat every 4 hours by […]

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No Time? No Problem

Whether it be an endless flood of exams to write, clothes to clean or meetings to attend, there is little time to waste on eating right. The secret is that healthy eating does not have to take a lot of time. Often the simplest recipes can be the healthiest and quickest! Here are a few suggestions as to how to save time when preparing and cooking meals: 1. Taking 20 minutes to write down a few menu ideas for the week can save you time debating in the grocery store. Not only will you save time at the store but […]

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