Diet

Don't Let the Word "Diet" Scare You

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

When people hear the word "diet," most think of calorie restriction, deprivation, making up for past indulgences, and as so forth. There is something unpleasant, almost punitive about the whole concept of dieting, which is unfortunate because it can make it harder to turn to healthier eating regimens.

If Your Health Is Important to You, Stop Making Excuses

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Is your health important to you? Don't answer any other question, and don't think about anything else. Very simple: is your health important? Now make a list of every excuse you have to: Not eat healthy; Not be active everyday (simple walk at the end of the day); Not get enough sleep; Not reduce stress. Actually make the list, then look it over.

If You Eat Less, Do You Live Longer?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Studies on longevity in connection with diet and lifestyle were undertaken as early as the 16th century. Two relatively recent studies tested independently from each other the impact of calorie restriction on health and mortality in rhesus monkeys. Both came up with opposite results.

Of Course You're Busy, But Are You Really Too Busy to Work Out?

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

I know that we all need to go to work, pay the rent, grocery shop, sleep and negotiate the demands of life. If you are not a fitness professional, whose job it is to be fit, training can't (and shouldn't) always take first priority. That said, I think what the quote highlights is how people sometimes use "lack of time" as a dismissive catch all for abandoning their health goals.

You Can't Get Healthy Without Planning Your Meals

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Stop me if this sounds familiar. Wake up in the morning, late. Grab a coffee and a bagel (they're healthy, right?). Run out the door, get to work. Surprise meeting at 11:30, work through lunch. Decide a salad is the healthy option, but it's a Cesar salad. You had intended to be active during lunch, but because of the meeting, you won't be...

If You Want That Bikini Body You Have to Do the Math

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

If you have started to panic because the summer is right around the corner and you want to look "bangin' in a bikini" then this article is for you! So what am I asking for to get bikini-ready? Effort. This is not easy, it takes preparation and planning. Here is the math part on why people fail.

Real-Life Diet, Fitness Tips From A Guess Model

Ashley Diana Morris | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ashley Diana Morris

Before I started modelling, I was about 30 pounds heavier. Losing the weight was extremely difficult and was brought on by my first modelling job. I had dropped about 20 pounds by the time I tested for Guess and it had taken me about two and a half months.

Don't Worry About That Box of Cookies You Just Ate

Vesna Dodevska | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada
Vesna Dodevska

You start your day right. Wake up. Shower. Make up. Get dressed. Eat breakfast. Arrive at work. Work. Do a lunch workout. Then Lunch. Feel great s...

Are We Taking "Motivational" Fitness Too Far?

Lee Boyce | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

Push yourself in the weight room. If you want results, you have to. No argument there. But where do we draw the line? I can't say I'm eager to see the results of pushing far beyond typical thresholds on someone's body.

How to Become Your Own Olympian

Jane Dummer | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Passion and hard work are recurring themes when you ask people how they achieve their success. Supporting your inner champion with an optimistic mindset is also key. As the Winter Olympics begin in Sochi, Russia it's a great time to reflect on your own fitness and nutrition goals and aspirations.

Do Personal Trainers Need College Degrees?

Lee Boyce | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

Lack of degrees or certain certifications sometimes can bar very competent individuals from receiving promotions or raises, regardless of how many years of experience and industry-specific accomplishments they may have achieved. It's not about the certs or degrees, but about the experience and practical application of foundations of personal training as they're found specific to each client on a case by case basis.

5 Things To Consider Before Doing A Detox Diet

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Living

Our bodies are equipped with ways of eliminating toxins, but the organs in charge of these vital processes are overwhelmed at times, especially in the...

WATCH: These Health Foods Aren't What They Seem

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living

Dieting can be tricky. Trying to figure out exactly which foods are good for you is never easy, especially when there are so many tempting treats lini...

The Latest Diet Craze People Can't Stop Talking About

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

For all those January dieters hoping to shed the holiday bulk, intermittent fasting, also known as IF, is all the rage. The trend was sparked with ...

The Art of Enjoying Life

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada
Tamara Griffiths

In Hinduism, appreciation of life is viewed as an art one learns through maturity of thought and experience. In contrast, in western countries there i...

How I Kept My New Year's Resolution and Lost 70 Pounds

Jenna Em | Posted 03.02.2014 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

The year I turned 40, I felt like I was having a health crisis. After having had five babies back-to-back, I was at my heaviest weight ever -- and the most unhealthy self I had ever been. On December 31 2012, I made a New Year's resolution to myself and my family. In these 12 months, I have lost 70 lbs, four clothing sizes and I am looking and feeling much better. I am now lighter than my pre-pregnancy weight nine years ago! True to my word, my family now eats in a healthy fashion and we are regularly active as a family!

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...

Starting Right Now, Change the Way You Treat Your Body

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Work with a personal trainer, tell them what you want to accomplish, then make the time meaningful and fun. Doing this will mean you will probably have the joy of making a different New Year Resolution next year. For this upcoming year, and starting right now, do the following.

Why You Should Stay Festive and Frugal This Holiday Season

Tamara Griffiths | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Impact
Tamara Griffiths

Is it possible for the average person on a budget to have fun at Christmas and do a bit less damage to the planet? Going without gifts may seem a hardship but instead of buying presents we too can focus our festivities on people's interactions, on having fun together, or new experiences.

Exercise "Propaganda" Has You Training Too Hard

Lee Boyce | Posted 02.01.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

A simple Google image search of fitness photos, will net you a plethora of motivational sayings and quotes that encourage trainees to push through pain, fight for the extra rep, and basically beat yourself to a pulp in the gym, while reminding yourself that "pain is weakness leaving the body". But what is the end result of our fitocracy fascination? Lots of injuries, for starters.

Eat This! Leafy Winter Greens

Kristin Wiens | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Alberta
Kristin Wiens

Kale, schmale! Of course, we are joking - we love kale - but there are a variety of delicious and nutritious leafy greens available this time of year.

Eating Cotton And 10 Other CRAZY Diet Fads

Everyday Health | Beth W. Orenstein | Posted 11.07.2013 | Canada Living

By Beth W. Orenstein, Everyday Health Over the centuries, people have tried some pretty crazy things in pursuit of weight loss, from chewing b...

Four Reasons Exercise Isn't Enough to Keep You Strong

Natasha Turner, ND | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Natasha Turner, ND

As we get older, simply hitting the gym and using the elliptical a few times a week just won't be enough. Here are a few of my favourite tricks to ensure that you keep your metabolically-active muscle mass through the years.

How Germs Can Get Into Your Fat and Make You Miserable

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg The problems occur when germs happen to find a home in places where they don't belong, such as the sinuses or the feet. The microbes release signals into the body that come into contact with the fat underneath the skin. The fat, in turn, realize something's not right and spark inflammation.

I'll Never Be a Facebook Hottie...And I'm OK With That!

Sylvia Forrest | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Sylvia Forrest

My wish for those who truly desire a six-pack is that they achieve it. My wish for those who can never achieve it is that they stop caring. Certainly there are other worthwhile goals out there, and other paths to happiness and fulfilment.