The truth is most of us cannot achieve a majority of our dreams and just when we think we did, we realize that there's still something hollow and unfulfilling within our inner selves. We are fed constantly with an unrealistic philosophy of optimism; one of the many defensive strategies conjured to fill the void created in one's inner self. The notion that life is auspicious and alluring has to be embedded into our minds in order to deflect and distract us from the epilogue.
Many Canadians are looking for quick and easy ways to freshen up their weekly meal plan. Instead of a drastic overhaul or resorting to dieting, here are my five tips for quick wins and smart substitutions you can make to your daily meals and snacks.
In most Canadian cities -- and many smaller communities too -- renters are increasingly being priced out of the market. It's no secret, real estate is hot hot hot, and it's not just the prices of homes and condos that's gone off the chart, as part of the active market, rental prices have also skyrocketed.
When we get discouraged, it is easy to just give up. To take that "all or nothing" attitude and walk away from it all. It would be easy to sit on the couch and rationalize that I can't exercise at all because my knee was injured. To stop looking at the college pamphlets; to resign yourself that you will never get a promotion; to eat that extra large piece of chocolate cake because you deserve it! It would be easy to give up.
If you open a wedding invitation with a sense of dread, it turns out you're not alone. Let's face it, even if you love the people getting married, it's hard not to have visions of dollar signs pop in your head, and feel the impending drain on your bank account.
Canadians are busier than ever before, but with extracurriculars and busy work lives, we're seeing increased levels of stress. In fact, experts now believe that some diseases are up to 90 per cent stress-related. One example I see all-too-often is shingles, which takes advantage of the weakened immune system to activate in the body.
Warmer weather is almost here and we couldn't be more ecstatic! This means grilling season, weekends at the cottage and poolside tanning. While we're excited for tasty fresh salads, smokey barbecue and ice cream, we can't help but reminisce on all the comfort foods that the colder months had to offer.
Draconian measures driven by xenophobia are not necessary to slow the expansion of our numbers. Nor do we need pandemics, famines or wars to cull our numbers. So long as we continue to invest in education, public health, access to contraception and global trade, our numbers are likely to decline naturally and painlessly.
After working in the corporate world in the United States and Canada for a decade, I started to feel empty inside. My personal and career relationships were intact, but like many nine to fivers, I knew that there was more to life than the four walls of my cubicle.
I am one of a large number of physicians who have been forced to choose between office work and certain types of hospital work because the latter is no longer close and accessible. The number of family physicians attending deliveries has been in decline for a long time, and accessibility is a key reason.
Packed with powerful plant foods, this Vegan Almond Cheese is just another option for more variety in your diet (because let's be honest- I'm not kicking the brie out anytime soon!).
If you are racking your brain trying to figure out what to buy your mom for Mother's Day, why not choose something ethical. Paying it forward with gifts that help others is a wonderful way to celebrate Mother's Day, right? Here are four ethical gifts that are beautiful AND give back.
When it comes to health and fitness, perfection is simply unattainable. Trying so will only leave you feeling frustrated, unmotivated and mad at yourself. When you focus on progress you allow yourself to acknowledge that your diet, your fitness and your overall health pursuits might not always go perfectly.
I am currently renewing my fascial stretching certification from the Stretch To Win Institute. (Fascia is sheets of connective webbing that encases and connects the entire body; it unites bones and muscles.) I do partner fascial stretching with clients, but attending the course reminded me how wonderful the motions feel in my own body. I am now re-motivated to prioritize fascial stretching after every run.
Back in the 1970s as a vice-principal of a local high school, a grade nine student registered as "male" informed me he was now "female." The gender spectrum at that time was largely an official mystery. She, requested the use of the girl's washroom and I made arrangements to have her use the female staff washroom.
I firmly believe that bringing levity and shining a light on any tragic topic helps alleviate the fear and horror of it all. However, it wasn't until a couple of years ago when my beloved mother and kindred spirit unexpectedly passed away that I truly took up a near-permanent residence on the dark side of humour.
There's a serious gap in the health-care system when it comes to treating patients with obsessive compulsive and related disorders. And limited knowledge is to blame. Most community doctors aren't fully informed on the ways to diagnose and treat OCD and related disorders, and patients are often going undiagnosed for years.
A signal of spring, asparagus also has a reputation for causing stinky pee. Still, the vegetable's green, white and purple spears are worth celebrating, with many regions of the world marking the arrival of asparagus season with dedicated feasts.