Diet and Nutrition

The Ultimate Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Stew

Abigail Keeso | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Living
Abigail Keeso

With the days getting shorter and the weather getting colder -- all we want to do is light some candles and get cozy at home with some serious comfort food. Our slow cooker curried chicken stew is awesome for so many reasons. It's ridiculously delicious, budget-friendly and creates about four to six servings (depending on how hungry you are).

3 Benefits Of Using A Slow Cooker

Jamie Logie | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Living
Jamie Logie

Any meats you use in a slow cooker allow the meat to become tender and softer allowing it to be more easily digested. Along with that, one of the key ingredients in slow cooking tends to be broth or stock.

The Keys To Sustainable Weight Loss

Dain Wallis | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Living
Dain Wallis

Are you gaining weight despite "doing all the right things?" When it comes to fat loss, more exercise and less food is not always the answer. Although this approach makes sense in a vacuum, the human metabolism is far more complex. Here is your guide to cracking the code on sustainable weight loss.

Family Meal Planning Tips To Get You Through The Winter

Dr. Allana Polo | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Allana Polo

With the shorter days, many of us are inclined to go into hibernation mode, snuggling on the couch under warm blankets and ordering takeout. By getting the whole family involved in meal planning you ensure that the task of feeding your family healthy meals doesn't fall all on one person's shoulder.

A Few Of My Favourite Things -- The November Edition

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 11.08.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Favourite thing about fall: Running outside. I love running -- it is my bliss! Running in the fall is particularly enjoyable; it is not too hot and not too cold! A few tips... A. You may feel cold at first, but you will warm up quickly. B. Experiment until you find your perfect running attire.... C. Get a jacket with pockets.

I Needed A Lifestyle Change, Not A Diet

Jessica Gerlock | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Living
Jessica Gerlock

I went to a bunch of professionals and they would give me diets that include lots of vegetables, lot of salads and stuff that I just wouldn't eat. My mentality was why eat something, if I don't enjoy it? What is the point to that? So as I have done with most of my life decisions, I did it MY way.

Fall Into These Perfect Autumn Exercises

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada
Kathleen Trotter

I am not sure how this is possible, but it is officially fall and this is my sixth "favourite things" themed blog. Time seriously just disappears! If ...

4 Reasons You Should Avoid Coca-Cola

Jamie Logie | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jamie Logie

Coke released Coca-Cola Life and Pepsi has Pepsi Next. Both products eliminate the use of high fructose corn syrup and use stevia as a sweetener instead of artificial sweeteners. There is somehow the confusion that just because something uses real sugar, or cane sugar that it automatically becomes like a health elixir. They're far from it.

This Is Not Your Average, Sugary Smoothie

Dr. Rhea Mehta | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Rhea Mehta

Fortunately, not all smoothies are unhealthy or dangerous -- in fact, green smoothies, when made with the correct vegetable to fruit ratio, along with healthy fats and plant proteins, not only provide greater nutrition than many common sit-down meals, but also serve as an easy, real-food alternative to many dubious prescription medicines.

3 Healthy Diet Tips To Remember

Jane Dummer | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Nutrition can be a complex subject with many factors and variables influencing health and disease. Despite consumer trends moving towards a more balanced approach to nutrition, rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes are still on the rise in Canada and the United States. To decrease your chances of developing chronic lifestyle diseases, let's explore my top three diet tips that will help you stay on track with your healthy living strategy.

Use Your Slow Cooker To Eat Healthier

Abigail Keeso | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Living
Abigail Keeso

If you are looking to lose weight, have more energy, save money or just feel better about the food you are putting in your body -- look no further than your good ol' slow cooker! I've been a slow cooker fan for years, and have even created an entire meal plan around this handy appliance. It seriously helps make eating healthy simple and fun on a regular basis.

GMO Propaganda Has No Place In Your Child's Classroom

Rachel Parent | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Parents
Rachel Parent

Informed insight and open minds are key to education, but there are forces in modern society that seek to create narrow, one-dimensional mindsets and thinking. And this affects us all, including educators. For example, extremely well-funded PR machines are working behind the scenes with agritech/chemical companies and food manufacturers to develop effective techniques, educational material and TV advertising to get kids hooked on harmful food and to misrepresent certain issues.

Make Health Decisions As If You Were Making Them For A Loved One

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Parents
Kathleen Trotter

Get rid of your destructive internal dialogue. You wouldn't let your best friend or child talk badly about their body and self-worth; why is it okay for you to berate yourself? Obviously be honest. Don't tell yourself you are making healthy choices if you're not, but don't metaphorically flog yourself with unproductive self-hate.

Balancing Entrepreneurialism And Family Starts With Healthy Habits

Dale Turken | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Business
Dale Turken

Entrepreneurs are subject to a stressful lifestyle. One day you might have a completely "normal" work schedule and then suddenly be slammed with several all-nighters in a row. The craziness of entrepreneurship can be both thrilling and exhausting -- and your health can greatly influence your success.

3 Risks To The Aging Population Of Canada

Michael Gazer | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Gazer

Canada is experiencing a demographic shift. Baby boomers, currently the largest generation, are rapidly reaching retirement age. By 2021, 17.8 per cent of the total Canadian population will be over 65 - that's nearly seven million people. By 2041, that number is expected to jump to 9.7 million, or 22.6 per cent.

This Is How We Can Use The Internet To Improve Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The world wide web is filled with health advice. Unfortunately, recommendations may not be all that reliable. That's why many public health professionals look down on this type of consultation. That being said, this trend has risen over the years and shows no signs of slowing.

Send Your Kids Back To School With Healthy Lunches

Shahzadi Devje | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Parents
Shahzadi Devje

With 2 months of summer vacation, it can be difficult to adjust back to the school routine. But like all good things, this too must come to an end, and make way for new beginnings. As many of us prepare for the start of school, the 'to do' list may feel a little overwhelming. And if you are feeling worried about meal planning, we've got you covered. Registered Dietitians share their best meal planning tricks to ease your transition and ace back to school.

It's The Simple Choices That Pay Off Most For Your Health

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Instead of trying to overhaul all of your eating and lifestyle habits at once -- which often is overwhelming, complicated, expensive and sometimes even disgusting -- give your taste buds and life rhythms time to adjust. Find simple, realistic and effective healthy substitutions.

Jillian Michael's Top Tip For Weight Loss (Hint: It's Not Exercise)

Andrea Chrysanthou | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Living
Andrea Chrysanthou

You've likely seen celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels putting people through rigorous workouts to lose weight, but when it comes to shedding pounds, Michaels says diet is more important than exercise. In fact, she says it's critical.

My Favourite Things: August Edition

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 07.28.2016 | Canada
Kathleen Trotter

This is my fifth "favourite things" themed blog. I was inspired to start the series this past February; I was sharing a healthy recipe with a client a...

How To Stay Healthy Over The Summer

Jane Dummer | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

We wait all year for long summer days filled with BBQs, pool parties, cottage weekends and food festivals. But these endless social events can have you overindulging in food and drink more than any other time of year. So how can you stay healthy over the summer? We asked our experts for their advice.

Eating Smarter Helped Me Maintain My Weight Loss

Jacki Andre | Posted 07.07.2016 | Canada Living
Jacki Andre

I started thinking about all the lessons I've learned from being overweight and dieting for much of my 45 years. I did a little research. I came up with a plan. I lost 51 pounds by January 2016, and my weight has hovered (mostly) between 52-54 pounds lost since. This is how I did it.

Spice Up Your Core Workout With Add-On Sets

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 06.30.2016 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

When it comes to working out, boredom is the kiss of death. It is hard enough to make yourself train at the best of times -- and almost impossible when you feel like yawning! Core workouts can be particularly yawn-worthy. Front planks, crunches, bike kicks... snore. The great news is, your workout doesn't have to put you to sleep!

Living With Crohn's Is A Bitch -- Going Gluten Free Isn't

Deepi Harish | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Living
Deepi Harish

Plant based and gluten free sounds like torture to me and unmanageable, because I don't have the discipline to make a drastic lifestyle change. I rather enjoy eating the foods I love and pay for it when I have to. But making the change improved my life in so many ways.

My Favourite Things: The "Fit For Summer" Edition

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada
Kathleen Trotter

As a trainer, I am constantly coming across new "fun" exercises and healthy recipes, but what is the use of learning all this great info if I don't sh...