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Meghan Jessiman

Freelance Writer, Nutritionist, Health & Wellness Blogger

Meghan Jessiman is a freelance lifestyle writer and fitness nutrition specialist based in Calgary, Alberta. She chronicles her adventures in health and wellness at gritandbareit.com.
The Pastry Affair

Five "Health Foods" That Are Hurting You

For the most part, we know that real, whole foods, are the way to go, but what about those products that we have become accustomed to that claim to be doing us good, but are really just hurting us in the long run? Here is a look at a few supposedly healthful favourites that we would all do well to rethink.
01/09/2013 09:53 EST

How To Cocktail the Smart Way this Holiday Season

Some people go into the holiday season expecting to gain a few pounds. I say, that's the wrong perspective. Yes, inevitably you will indulge in a few favourites, but as far as calories in versus calories out is concerned, as long as you are still being active and getting your workouts in most days, maintaining your weight should not be an issue. Especially true if you are armed with some strategies beforehand.
11/30/2012 12:20 EST
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Feeling Sluggish? Time For A Cooking Oil Change

In terms of oils, most health conscious consumers are on board with the notion, "canola and vegetable bad, extra virgin olive and coconut good." It seems like there are new varietals hitting the shelves everyday -- flavoured oils are hot right now -- but here's the rundown on a few you might want to consider adding to your pantry.
11/15/2012 08:14 EST
Doritos

How To Control Your Snack Habits

Here's the thing about meal plans: they are absolutely genius -- and practically fool proof -- when adherence is strict. When one fails to plan to follow their plan, however, by say, not doing their weekly food prep or pulling into a drive-thru when hunger strikes, the results they are searching for get further and further away.
11/08/2012 12:14 EST
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My Ten Favourite Things About October

I started practicing gratitude and, though it makes the cynic cringe to say it, doing so has genuinely had a positive effect on my attitude. I'm not saying it's a cure all, but taking a moment to smile about the good instead of brooding over the bad can't really hurt in the grand scheme of things, can it? To that end, here's what's been doing the trick for me this month.
10/22/2012 08:18 EDT