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A Doctor's Take on Alternative Medicine

University of Toronto News | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Dr. Mel Borins wants to you to be healthy and he wants you equipped with more than just your family doctor's orders. A family physician and associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, Borins is a leading expert in health and wellness who has advocated evidence-based, alternative medicine for decades.

Ban These 'Fitness Phrases' From Your Vocabulary... Forever

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

I'm not under any false assumptions that our society's completely unrealistic, unproductive and unhealthy beauty standard will change anytime soon, but I do think that we can start by calling it something different in our own lives. We can change our script, our vocabulary, our vernacular; change our own points of view, if not that of others.

5 Healthy Habits I Adopted in my 30s

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 10.17.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

I've always touted myself as a health conscious person with a passion for fitness, but it is only in the recent years that I realize I've been doing things and thinking about things all wrong. Here are a few of the good health habits I've adopted in my 30s.

A Workout You Can Do From Bed

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 10.03.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

Let's be honest, some days it's hard just getting out of bed, let alone hauling a** to the gym for a workout. So I crafted a workout routine we can all do from the comforts of bed. That's right, an exercise series that openly welcomes eye boogers, pyjamas, night guards and bed head.

Hot Cardio Tricks for the Cold Weather

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 09.24.2014 | 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.

I'm Supposed To Be A Compassionate Doctor, But I Dreaded Seeing Some Patients

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dr. Divi Chandna

You may assume that communication between physicians and patients is relatively easy -- which in many ways it is. But no amount of preparation of this connection could have prepared me for the work involved. In primary care, we have a term called "the heart sink patient." This is the patient that dumbfounds you. Nothing you do seems to help them. When you look at your schedule and you see their name on your list, your heart sinks.

Cottage-Friendly Workout Tips

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 09.30.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

So, you've come to grips with the fact that the only workouts you plan on getting are the continuous long treks up the stairs to refill your pitcher of sangria. But before you get too comfortable with this soothing summer schedule, what if you could bring workout equipment to the cottage that will increase exercise intensity, reduce total time AND won't even take up space in your suitcase?

Homemaker Tips That Will Make You More Fit

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

By becoming a better "housekeeper," I've noticed that my dedication to health and wellness has reached a new level and I wanted to share the useful tips I learned along the way. Here's how being more domestic can actually help improve fitness and achieve weight loss.

How I Thrive on a Plant-Based Diet

Brendan Brazier | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Living
Brendan Brazier

We've all heard the expression "You are what you eat." Increasingly, that's the case with the North American diet. Over consumption of highly processed foods and eating for stimulation instead of nourishment is taking its toll on our collective health. I realized that a plant-based diet is the most efficient way to eat.

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!

Exercise Your Way to a Hotter Sex Life

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

Sex is good. Good sex is great. And great sex... well that's the dream right? While I can't promise that the next guy you bring home will be a God in sack, I can all but guarantee that sweating it out at the gym will help turn up the heat in the bedroom. Now that's what I call an effective incentive!

4 Easy Ways To Start Enjoying Your Workouts

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 08.28.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

I realize that not everyone is going to look at exercising as the highlight of their day or the passion of their life. Although there are things about working out that some may never enjoy there are a few things that will make the experience a little easier to digest. Here are some small, easy changes we can all make to start enjoying the gym a just a little more.

Let Go of the Past to Live Your Best Life Today

Anita Saulite | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Impact
Anita Saulite

I look around and see many of us not living and evolving and creating our best stories today but continue to rehash old stories of the past. Yes these stories keep us connected to what has happened, but honestly it may be time to let go.

Can Money Really Buy You Happiness?

Anita Saulite | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Business
Anita Saulite

The answer to the age old question is in: money can buy you happiness. But not so fast, because it's not that simple or straight forward. The reality is, what we do with our money each and every day matters.

Depression and Anger Can Go Hand in Hand

Terezia Farkas | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada Living
Terezia Farkas

When we hear the word depression, we often imagine a person who is listless, sad and isolated. Rarely do we think of the angry, depressed person. Anger is a big part of depression. I know because I've been through it.

Canada's Free Health Care Costs Us Good Health

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

As consumers of an amazing medical system, I see the benefits of what we have to offer. At the same time I do see the shortfalls. I often wonder if we had a system which emphasized prevention, nutrition, meditation, breathing, routine exercise, living life from a heart based existence and more -- would we have such an expensive health care system?

Spring Ahead: How to Achieve the Unthinkable in Your Life

Anita Saulite | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Living
Anita Saulite

The first day of spring is just around the corner. The colder winter months will soon be gone and with spring on our door step, it's time to get moving in the right direction with your life and working on your goals. It's also a great time to reflect on where your life is heading as every new season offers new possibilities and a time for renewal.

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.

Your Health Care Shouldn't Be All About Drugs

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

As a practicing family doctor, I have always been fascinated with health and healing. Over my 20-year career, I have marvelled at the resiliency of the human body. Most of us are taught that our bodies are basically stuck with a disease and there is little hope. My questioning mind and search for more has taken me down a slightly different path.

Why We Need to Break the Silence on Eating Disorders

Andrew Boozary | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Living
Andrew Boozary

Are we doing enough about an illness that is silently eating away at both a mother and daughter? Twenty years ago, People Magazine headlined one of their covers with, "Princess Di: Struggle with Bulimia Brings a Puzzling Disease Out of the Shadows." Eating disorders still remain a private battle for millions of young women, and the faces of those affected are changing. We'd be downright wrong to frame it as a "rich, white girl's disease." How do you capture the cost of subjecting millions of women to calorie counting or religious scale stepping?

As a Man, I No Longer Feel the Need to Apologize For Crying

Lawrence D. Elliott | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada
Lawrence D. Elliott

I recently contributed a personal story to a book titled 101 Awesome Things To Do For Someone Who's Sick. Created by actor and award-winning author El...

My Psychologist Says I'm OCD-Free, But I'm Still Obsessed

Eternity E Martis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Eternity E Martis

I left my psychologist's couch three years ago, feeling bitter and yet relieved. "You don't have OCD," she says, "everyone has these compulsions, I wouldn't worry." And yet I was worried. As I've gotten older, the triggers have gotten worse: homework, deadlines, boyfriends, grades, lack of sleep, insomnia over quarter life crises -- you name it.

How Protein Can Improve Your Health

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Sacha DeVoretz

I was 20-something and it was the 90s, low-fat was all the rage. Everything you could probably think of was low fat. Back then everyone thought if you ate low fat then you would never put on fat. Looks like the joke was on me. Looking back, I can see how unhealthful that was and thankfully there is more reliable nutritional information out there now.

Oils and Fats: The Big Fat Truth

Devon Peart | Posted 12.01.2013 | Canada Living
Devon Peart

Fats are on the forefront of our minds everyday. As new studies crop up, the choices can seem all the more confusing. But here's the skinny on fats as it stands today. Not all fat is bad. In fact, including fat in the diet is necessary for healthy functioning.