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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Slowing things down

We have all heard that eating more slowly is healthy because it can help us eat less. By taking more time to eat, we can focus on the flavors rather than the quantity of food therefore meals are more satisfying even if we eat less. The tricky part is not understanding why but HOW. How can we eat more slowly?! How can we surpass the average length of time for a meal (a mere 11 minutes!!) and eat less without being (or feeling like we are) on a diet?   1. Start the meal with a soup or a salad. […]

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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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Everyday eating, even during the holidays

What is the magic, must have food that will guarantee to make us healthy? Is it the satiating power of fiber? the antioxidant rich colour rich berries? or perhaps its the uber exciting potentials of fish oils!? I believe that most people already have a good knowledge base of what to do to live healthier lives: eat more fruits and vegetables, eat less trans fat, move more, avoid too much alcohol, etc… It is not often a lack of knowledge, but more the need for help in developing an action plan to start implementing these changes. These action plans must […]

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Hungry for the truth?

Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. These guidelines may be easy to understand but are definitely harder to follow. The idea of “eating mindfully” is a new trend in the weight management world. The concept draws on our innate ability to listen to our body’s signals of hunger and fullness. However, many of us have stopped listening to these signals a long time ago and have a hard time unscrambling the messages. One step towards clearly hearing and understanding these signals is to first recognize what they are in their physical form. What exactly do […]

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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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Surfs up!

Food cravings are a natural part of life but many people think of them as their worst enemy. Most people think they are alone in the battle to outsmart cravings and don’t realise that will power or self control often has little to do with them. The trick is in how you deal with them because ultimately that is what we have to do- manage our cravings, not hope that they will one day disappear. Firstly, identifying what behaviours spark your cravings is a priority. There are different situations that can encourage cravings to arise more often, such as: WHY? […]

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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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