Diet and Nutrition

8 Fast and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

How can you fit in the most important meal of the day when you have no time? Sunnybrook experts offer 8 fast and easy breakfast solutions.

Restricting Calories Could Be 'Fountain Of Youth'

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living

Going on a diet — the old fashioned kind that heeds no promise to curb hunger — can halt the normal rise and fall of over 900 different genes rela...

6 Things This Dietitian Secretly Wishes She Could Tell You

Abby Langer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

I'm listening when you speak to me, I swear. My mind is working overtime, but sometimes I do wish that I could just come right out and say some things. Here's what I'm thinking, and how it can benefit you.

Out of the Box Gift Ideas To Encourage Healthy Living

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

The iWatch isn't out yet. I am sure that more than most people would be happy to wake up to an IOU for Apple's new iWatch -- this thing is going to revolutionize health. Not just high performance, but healthy living, and ensuring people lead as healthy a life as possible. This to me is going to be the ultimate in health. But what do I know, I just lift weights for a living.

You Can Have a Healthy Vacation and Have Fun at the Same Time

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Travel
Kathleen Trotter

Too many times people return from vacation having had a great time, but also being down on themselves due to letting unhealthy habits dominate. People tend to overeat, drink more, and skip their work outs. It sucks to get away only to return feeling worse physically and emotionally than when you left! My friend Em and I are living proof that you can go on a vacation that is both healthy AND fun!

5 Reasons to Develop a Loving Relationship with Carbs

Lindsay Jang | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Living
Lindsay Jang

Why is it that our body's primary source of fuel has become a dirty word? Along with all of the other nutrition noise out there, confusion about carbs definitely tops the list. Let me help you reconsider your relationship with some compelling info about why carbohydrates are, in fact, worth your time.

How to Prevent Lower Back Pain That Plagues 85% of Canadians

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 11.03.2014 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Did you know that 85 per cent of Canadians will be sidelined by low back pain in their lifetime? Andrea Bean and Suzanne Denis, physiotherapists at Sunnybrook's Holland Centre, share some ways you can prevent low back pain.

The Top Five Daily Detox Tips (That Work!)

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

While I am an enormous believer and fan of custom detoxification programs built around one's own unique biochemical makeup, there are many general strategies that can reduce your toxic burden and improve your ability to heal and kick start your path to optimal health and wellness.

It's Not Just What You Eat, But Why and How

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 10.24.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Most diets and nutrition regimes primarily focus on WHAT you should eat and/or HOW much you should eat. Foods gets categorized as "good" and "bad," which often fosters a negative relationship with food, and can lead people to use the rules of the system to justify less than optimal nutritional choices.

Sodium: 5 Things You Need to Know

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

I'll admit, sodium isn't the most dynamic topic. But considering we all consume it (and sometimes a lot of it) everyday, why not dig a little deeper with a little game?

From One Extreme to Another: It's Time to Stop This Workout Madness!

Jessica Zapata | Posted 10.02.2014 | Canada Alberta
Jessica Zapata

There's a big push right now for women to lift weights and to lift heavy. As a trainer I get it. I want to be strong. I want my clients to be strong. But there comes a time, when for the average person, enough is enough. We have once again taken it too far.

What We Should Do To Improve School Lunches

Abby Langer | Posted 11.28.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

After he created the new menu items, Corbin brought the food to the kids for a taste test. Not surprisingly, the students were happy with the results. Chicken lollipops rolled in crushed vegetable chips and baked in the oven, oven baked panko-crusted zucchini, kale Caesar salad made with a lighter dressing, and black bean and chicken tostadas were a few of the selections.

Why Higher Taxes on Sugary Foods Don't Work

Patrick Luciani | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Patrick Luciani

I would agree with the Heart and Stroke Foundation's recommendations if higher taxes actually worked. The problem is they don't. As with most advocates of higher taxes on so-called junk foods, they always look to tobacco as an example. But tobacco is a single product with no alternatives; taxing beverages is an entirely different matter.

Hot Cardio Tricks for the Cold Weather

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

Summer is OVER, people! At the risk of being a total downer/drama queen straight out of the gates, as of this week, it is officially fall. I've slowly started moving my cardio workouts indoors. So, in order to make my time on the stationary cardio equipment a little less dull, boring, and monotonous, I've come up with a few tricks to make the time go faster and get more bang for my (torturous) buck.

The Bad News About Artificial Sweeteners

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's been a rather tough year for artificial sweeteners. In that time, three new studies have been released suggesting they are poor substitutes for sugar. In the spring, an investigation into their use revealed a disconcerting association with the onset of depression. Then, a long-term analysis of their use revealed they may contribute to overall weight gain.

8 Food Myths I Learned at Nutrition School

Abby Langer | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

I hate to age myself, but I went to school for my nutrition degree more than a few years ago. Things have changed since then, and while my practice has changed, we still see some of these gems being recommended to this day. Here's where we got it wrong all those years ago.

Back to School: How to Create a Healthy Lunch

University of Toronto News | Posted 11.11.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Step one is figuring out what makes up a healthy lunch. A good place to start is the Canada Food Guide, says Deborah O'Connor, a professor in the department of nutritional sciences at U of T and a researcher in the Centre for Child Nutrition, Health and Development.

Don't Shun Sugar Altogether

Abby Langer | Posted 11.02.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

As with all matters of nutrition, context is important. Sugar shouldn't be shunned altogether; rather looked at in context within the lifestyle and other dietary habits of the person. To help you better understand the context of sugar in your diet, let's look at the role of sugar in your food, what else you are eating, and the quality of the carbohydrate you're consuming.

The 5 Worst Diets of All Time

Abby Langer | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

These popular diets can be dangerous, they are low in calories, which is why you will probably lose weight while you follow them. But many pose serious health risks and limited long-term results.

Eating One Serving of This Every Day Could Lead to Better Weight Loss

University of Toronto News | Posted 10.11.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Sievenpiper said that despite their known health benefits, only 13 per cent of Canadians eat pulses on any given day and most do not eat a full serving, which is 130 grams or three-quarters of a cup. That's despite beans, peas and lentils being common Canadian crops.

Want Your Spouse to Change His Diet? Here's How to Help, Not Hinder

Abby Langer | Posted 10.10.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

A lot of people I know find it difficult to hold their fire when they think their partner needs to make some dietary changes. But you want to help, so based on real-life situations I've seen at my practice, here are some straightforward tips for all you women and men out there who find themselves in the support role.

I'm Fat, Get Over It

BrazenWoman | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
BrazenWoman

Must we spend our lives in abject misery about our god-given design flaws?I say NO. I am fat, fit and fabulous! And I have spent far too much time trying to be something that I was never intended to be -- thin.

The Secret Beauty Benefits of Exercise

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

Regular activity is shown to help everything from increasing hair growth to reducing acne. So before you go spending hundreds on skin care, spa treatments and hair products, take a gander at what the gym has to offer in the cosmetic department!

5 Non-Powder Proteins to Add to Your Smoothie

Lynsey Walker | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada Living
Lynsey Walker

Whether smoothies are your breakfast go-to, or afternoon snack to keep blood sugars balances and hunger at bay, having a solid dose of protein is key to success. But bumping up the protein doesn't necessarily mean turning to weird, artificially flavoured powders, here are five all-star, non-powdered ways to add some oomph to your blended beauty.

How Much Vitamin D do We Really Need?

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

The Canadian Pediatric Society and American Academy of Pediatrics say babies and children should get at least 400 international units (IU) or vitamin D per day. The vast majority of babies and children do not get close to this.