Diet and Nutrition

Want to Be Healthy? Take the "Captain Obvious" Approach

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

You don't have to spend tonnes of money on cleansing programs, protein powders or the latest miracle food to achieve your health and wellness goals. I am not saying don't eat gogi berries (or this month's equivalent miracle food). I am just saying that you don't need to spend oodles of money or follow a restrictive "diet," you just need to get back to basics.

Juice Cleanses: Just Don't Do Them!

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

It's funny how the fads come and go. Cleanses and detox diets have actually been around for more than 100 years. But Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator April Thorimbert says, it's not always a good thing when history repeats itself.

Fighting Infections Is No Excuse for More Salt In Your Diet

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

A study published last week suggested there may be reason to seek more sodium. According to the team of researchers, higher amounts of sodium (one of the two elements found in salt) in the diet may help to fight off skin infections. The results could translate into dietary changes to help prevent unwanted microbial dermal invasions.

Taking a Break Will Help Your Running Life

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Running is hard on the body. Every time your foot hits the ground your body has to absorb six times your weight. To recover from this pounding your tissues need REST, cross-training, appropriate nutrition and water. Luckily, I love trying new workouts and when I don't run I have free time to experiment and try new classes.

Healthy Food Is Actually Faster Than Fast Food

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

If you google it, most restaurants take anywhere from 145 seconds-180 seconds to make your food. That's you telling the big board your order and it getting cooked. So it's 2 minutes and 30 seconds from the time you say "burger and fries please" till the time you have food in your hands.

Why I Ate Food Out Of the Garbage For Dinner Last Night

Abby Langer | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

I asked the produce manager about fruits and vegetables that are merely unattractive, not rotten, and he said that at this particular store, there is no call for such a thing. Turns out, people in upper-class Forest Hill want their apples perfect, not deformed. There is one store in the chain that does sell imperfect produce, but it's in a different neighborhood.

How To Make Healthy Eating Simple -- And Fast

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

The "I don't have time for breakfast" excuse is one of my personal pet peeves. Everyone has time for breakfast, you just need to plan ahead. Hard boil a bunch of eggs. Then grab one of them plus a few cut of vegetables for a healthy meal in literally seconds. Make a smoothie the night before. Then drink it as you leave the house.

This Is What Your Morning Meal Should Look Like

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Toast and coffee isn't going to cut it. You need food. Real, simple, easy to make food. I've been showing off my culinary skills for years on youtube. Fun fact- I don't really have any, so I keep things super simple. If you watch the videos, I promise you can follow them and make exactly what I do.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Healthy Baking Swaps and Lightened up Valentine's Day Desserts

Lindsay Jang | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Living
Lindsay Jang

With the sweetest holiday of the year fast approaching, sugar and chocolatey treats are on the brain. As you probably know by now, I'm the first to promote balance and am all for enjoying your favorite treats, but if you're looking to lighten up one of your favorite recipes, or try something new, this one's for you!

7 Tips To Keep You On Track in 2015

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Happy 2015 everyone! It has been over a week since the ball dropped. If you are starting to feel less committed towards your health resolutions, I am here to say "don't give up"! 2015 can be your healthiest year yet, you just have to persevere!! Here are seven tips to help you stay motivated in 2015!

Top Five Tips for Picky Eaters

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Of my two kids, one is a particularly picky (and not to mention slow) eater. It even took some convincing to have him try ice cream a few years ago. Can you imagine? Ice cream! But there you go, it's all new and kids have no idea until they try it. So how can you get them just to try it?

20 Tips to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Alyson Jones | Posted 02.26.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Be kind to yourself as you grow, fail and succeed. There is no health in beating yourself up and setting yourself up for failure. Success often comes in packages we did not expect, so be open to things looking a bit different than you expected. Keep moving towards the things that you love and make you feel alive, and that path will lead you towards true change and growth.

This New Year's, Resolve To Be Healthy -- Not Gym Obsessed

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 02.12.2015 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

I regret the time I gave up, the memories, the fun, the time with friends. But that's me. For some the "gains" in the gym, the Instagram fame, the self sacrifice make them feel more whole as a person. This fitness life is for a select few.

Do Peanuts Spread Cancer?

Harriet Sugar-Miller | Posted 02.12.2015 | Canada Living
Harriet Sugar-Miller

Certain proteins in peanuts, called peanut agglutinin (PNA), can fuel the spread of tumors, says a research team from the University of Liverpool. PNA is a type of lectin, proteins that stick to different molecules of carbohydrates, and the molecules that PNA targets are present in most human cancer cells.

How To Get Back on the Diet Track After Holiday Indulgence

Abby Langer | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Don't use the holidays as an excuse to not be active. It may take a bit of planning, but it's still important to move your body. Sweating out stress and overindulgence is a great feeling, so take advantage of whatever activity you can get in. Glycogen, which is the way your body stores carbohydrate, is the fuel for exercise, and after a huge meal you've got lots of it.

8 Fast and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.26.2015 | 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 01.18.2015 | 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 01.17.2015 | 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 01.07.2015 | 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 01.05.2015 | 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 01.03.2015 | 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 01.02.2015 | 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 12.24.2014 | 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 12.22.2014 | 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?