Healthy Does not Mean Breaking the Bank

With a little thought and some creativity, a buck can go a long way! Cheap does not always translate into unhealthy food purchases. These tips will help you save money and splurge on healthy, tasty food: 1. Plan your meals for the week and make a grocery list: Write down everything you’re going to buy and try your hardest to stick to it. It is not always easy since stores may try to get you to buy the over-priced pre-packaged gourmet “featured item” using pretty signs and attention-grabbing colors. 2. Use coupons: often you can find fliers at the front […]

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Are they for REAL!?

It boggles my mind that in the year 2009 diet food companies are still popping up, let alone have logos such as “Eat Cookies, Lose Weight. It’s That Simple.” The sad fact is that these companies are in business because people buy their products. This slogan comes from one of the more recent fad diet scams called “The Cookie Diet” by Smart for Life. I’d be more likely to call it “Ridiculous for life”. It has increased in its popularity thanks to a few local radio personalities who have tried the diet and “saw amazing results”. Unfortunately, the worse thing […]

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A new year, a new strategy for weight loss

Most people see the new year as a time to buckle down and improve their health. Often times, losing weight is a part of the resolution and the first plan that comes to mind is to “just eat less food”. It is true that the majority of us eat portions that are too large and eat when we are not hungry which leads to eating too much. However, just eating a smaller quantity of food may not be the best strategy (especially on its own) to lose weight.This is true for 2 reasons:1. Our body and mind get used to […]

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Getting the Sunshine vitamin in dark times

Vitamin D, or appropriately nicknamed the Sunshine vitamin, is in short supply for everyone living in the Northern Hemisphere. We call it the sunshine vitamin because our body can make this vitamin when sunlight hits our skin. Unfortunately, because we only get at few hours of sun for most of the year (8 months), we cannot rely on our bodies to make enough vitamin D. This is why Health Canada has recently made its first ever recommendation regarding a regular vitamin supplementation. This new recommendation comes on the heals of recent findings that suggest that a lack of vitamin D […]

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Fat is not the enemy

The human body needs fat to survive. It is involved in many reactions in the body, helps to keep us warm and provides invaluable vitamins and nutrients. We could not function properly without a certain amount of it everyday, so then why the bad reputation? Perhaps it because it provides more calories per gram than carbs or protein, so its easy to eat too much if we aren’t aware of how much we need. The average adult needs about 65g, or 12 tsp.of fat per day. This includes “hidden” fat as well as anything we may add to our foods. […]

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The Fake Fiber

We all know that fiber (fibre?) is our friend- it can help move thing along in our digestive tract, help to prevent a whole host of diseases (colon cancer, diverticulosis, etc) and lower our cholesterol. Its not always easy to eat the right amount of fiber everyday (25-30g), especially if you don’t know where to find it. So, “lucky for us”, the food industry has helped us out by enriching all kinds of food with fiber. We can now find high fiber frozen yogurt, orange juice, cookies, you name it! Its taken the brain work out of fiber intake- or […]

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