Diet and Nutrition

The Simple Trick To Making a Diet Plan Work

Dain Wallis | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada Living
Dain Wallis

We are impatient by nature which is why a full-throttle diet overhaul seems like a great choice. People always want the quick and easy. Unfortunately, we are not wired to support such a plan. For this reason, when it comes to sustainable weight loss, a behaviour-based diet and lifestyle plan makes the most sense. How?

If You Could Have More Energy, Would You Want It?

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

If everyone took care of those pillars of health, it would take less than 2 and half hours a day to change. A few more minutes to eat and grab health meals. That extra hour of sleep instead of TV, and 40 minutes to make your body and mind switch into a new gear to be ready to interact with friends and family.

Five Ways To Lose Weight Without Going Hungry

Lindsay Jang | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada
Lindsay Jang

We know that refined sugars don't do much for us, but how does this impact weight loss? Refined sugars in things like sweets, juice and pop are digested and absorbed very quickly. This can leave us with spikes and drops in blood sugar levels that leave us tired, grumpy and craving more sugar.

A Diet Rich in These Foods Could Save Your Life

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

People who ate seven or more portions of plant-based foods every day decreased their risk of death from all causes by an astounding 42 per cent, from heart disease by 31 percent, and from cancer by 25 per cent. These numbers held up even after they were adjusted for age, gender, weight, physical activity level, income, education, and lifestyle, including tobacco and alcohol use.

Just Going to the Gym Doesn't Make You 'Healthy'

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.02.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Somewhere along the way the lines got blurred. You are either in a hospital sick and dying, or you are a pro athlete and cover model. No one gives praise to the middle ground. No one talks about the family of five who are all healthy body weight, active but not stand outs on a sports team, and who eat healthy everyday.

Sneaky Foods That Are Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Goals

Dain Wallis | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Living
Dain Wallis

As we all know, "you can't out-exercise a bad diet." For this reason, people first turn to dietary changes when seeking to lose weight, but many still fail to see results. With this in mind, here's a list of foods that will sabotage any attempt to improve body composition.

Common Health Misconceptions Debunked By a Dietitian

Jane Dummer | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

As a dietitian, I'm often posed nutrition and fitness questions by my clients, friends and family. Free and mainly confusing advice from non-food and nutrition experts and often the media makes my role as a communicator both interesting and challenging at times. Let's explore the top three subjects I'm frequently asked about, in order to set the record straight on some common questions.

Should We Assume Overweight People Are Lazy or Excessive?

Bill Bogart | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Living
Bill Bogart

With obesity the die is usually cast early. The results of a major study in the US have established that a third of children overweight in kindergarten are obese by the eighth grade. Almost every child who was very obese stayed that way as they grew older. An individual should not be easily blamed for conditions that result from their childhood when they have little control over their well-being.

Are You Getting The Top 5 Foods That Fight Cancer?

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Turmeric is popular spice that is found in curries, etc. It contains enormous anti-inflammatory properties that can act as a natural 'fire extinguisher' to quench inflammation. Inflammation provides cancer cells an advantage to grow, thus anything we can do to reduce it will help reduce our risk of not only cancer, but most chronic disease facing developed nations today.

Think About Your Relationship With Your Body, Not How It Looks Today

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

I was an unhealthy teenager. I hated my body, and I didn't think that much of the rest of me either. I always felt awkward, so I gorged on things like ultra-cheesy pasta to escape life. I have gradually built self-confidence and slowly replaced most of my bad habits with better ones, but the old me, or at least the memory of the old me, still exists and will always exist.

Don't Let Cupid Shoot an Arrow Through Your Healthy Lifestyle

Devon Peart | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Living
Devon Peart

So you're going along quite well, thank you very much. Sticking to your new year, new attitude! And then along comes Cupid to shoot an arrow right in the heart of your healthy living plan. With a little creativity, you can come up with lots of fun ways to celebrate that won't sabotage your quest for healthy living.

Almond Milk & Carrageenan: Stop the Panic!

Melissa Ramos | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Living
Melissa Ramos

Finally I had found my non-dairy alternative answer. Until, WAIT, carrageenan, an ingredient found in almond milk tetra-packs, was apparently evil and promoting intestinal damage and even cancer. But before you go crying over almond milk, let me just say this: stop freaking out.

Looking to Boost Your Metabolism? Make Sure You Do This

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Yes, you heard me right. Fat is good for us, and unfortunately we've been fed a load of garbage when told to eat a low fat diet to obtain our best weight and optimal health. Fat is required for the production of hormones, optimal brain cell function. We have to eat fat to lose fat. However, not all fats are created equal and not all fats are healthy.

How To Incorporate Physical Activity Into Your Life

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

There are so many ways and reasons to be active, finding motivation should be easy. The Heart and Stroke foundation is giving you one more. Don't have a heart attack. When you are deciding to skip out on physical fitness, think about not having a heart attack. It should motivate you to avoid the couch and do a little more to stay a little healthy.

How To Salvage Your New Year's Resolutions

JC Deen | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Living
JC Deen

Here we are at the beginning of February 2014. How are you doing with your freshly etched New Year's Resolution? If you're on track, great. If you're feeling burnt out already, or like you bit off more than you can chew, the following ideas might give you some hope.

Super Bowl Food Fight! Nachos vs. Wings

Kristin Wiens | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada Alberta
Kristin Wiens

We are pitting these dishes mano a mano in their most traditional forms. The classic hot wings... and the nachos =.

Is There A 'Best' Way of Eating and Dieting?

Theresa Albert | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada
Theresa Albert

I personally can't imagine living a life that contains absolutely no sweetness; joy and pleasure are a key part of living. Anyone who suggests that total abstinence is the only way is living half a life. We also know that we stick to a healthy eating way of life longer if we can have the odd treat and enjoy our food.

Don't Abandon Your Fitness Resolutions Just Yet

Kelly Murumets | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Murumets

It's time to stop and question your family's reliance on the car. Yes, many of us live in suburbs or rural areas where destinations tend to be spread out, but that doesn't mean it's impossible to choose people power as an option. It may be easier to incorporate more steps into your day than you realize, if you just take a look at where you have to be in a week.

Eating Healthy Made Easy... Every Day

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

Be consistent for at least 3 weeks. It takes about that long for new habits for be formed and if you tell yourself "it's only 3 weeks" you'll feel so amazing when the 3 weeks is up chances are you won't go back to old habits. Be sure to control portion size of meals, and incorporate fibre and protein rich foods which will help you to feel full.

Why Running Makes Me Feel Like a Rock Star

Ben Kaplan | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Music
Ben Kaplan

Lately I feel like I'm more emotional than ever. It's incredible, even ridiculous, pathetic, how personally I take this book. Every slight, every non-mention, every email that goes un-returned, I'm ready to rage. And I have a 6 week-old son. This kind of self-involvement is embarrassing.

Top Nutrition Trends Of 2014

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.30.2013 | Canada Living

While Google has already revealed that this year's most-searched diets were the Paleo diet (also known as the Caveman Diet) as well as the juice clean...

Want to achieve your 2014 health and fitness goals? You may need to do things you don't want to do!

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 02.28.2014 | Canada
Kathleen Trotter

It has been a while since I posted a blog. I have been trying to formulate my 2014 New Years fitness "thoughts". If you regularly read my blogs, you k...

Why Staying in Bed Longer is Good For You

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Find ways to just be in a state where you don't think about anything other than how great it is to be alive. Take deep breaths with no where else you need to be, but right there in the moment. Don't check Facebook to see how great your friends life is, they're lying. Don't tweet about how perfect your moment is, it's yours and you don't need to share it.

Read This Only If You Want to Reach Your 2014 Health Goals

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 02.09.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Break your dream/resolution down to goals, work toward the goals with daily plans of action. Stay on track, and make sure you absolutely know what's important. For me, it's staying out of the hospital when it comes to my health journey. Tell friends and family what you are doing, and hire a trainer or a team around you.

Health and Fitness is Not About Looks

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

If you take only one thing away from this blog, let it be this. Health and fitness is not about looks, it can not ever be. Vanity only takes you so far. It has to be about enjoying everything the world has to offer. It is about having the energy and drive to get up and explore. There is nothing that replaces a memory created.