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The average adult gains between three and five pounds during the holidays and no matter how diligent you are about your New Year's resolutions, not all of that weight gets lost. I looked at the various meats that grace our tables and came up with great alternatives that are as tasty, yet will save you loads of calories and fat and keep you fitting into your favourite jeans!
Now, as my children have all left the nest my fitness routine includes finding one hour each day to exercise, another hour to walk two dogs, two hours a week for Pilates and another two hours for weights. You might now be thinking that I spend the day at the gym! Nope! Here are my tips to trying to squeeze everything you can out of your day.
Latkes (potato pancakes) are the most traditional foods eaten at Hanukkah. Usually latkes, are so high in fat and calories due to the excess oil. Here's my take on a Three Root Vegetable Latke that's baked and served with either light sour cream or apple sauce.
Turkey is a must during the holiday season. Whether you cook your own roasted turkey or buy one precooked (please no Butterball!), there's always the issue of what type of stuffing to serve. Let's get healthier this holiday season and try some unique stuffings using grains such as quinoa, wild and brown rice and whole wheat bread.
Women can begin experiencing symptoms anywhere between the ages of 39 - 51 and they can last for at least 5 years or more. The most common symptoms are hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, weight gain, sleep disturbances, forgetfulness and fatigue. Sounds great? Not exactly. But you must remember that menopause is not an illness nor does it mean it's all downhill after this.
When September arrives so do the worries about how our children will feed themselves when they're away at school. If your child doesn't try to improve their eating habits after their first year, this weight gain may be permanent!
Avocados are a fruit not a vegetable. Also known as the Alligator Pear, they are delicious, buttery tasting and contain numerous health benefits. But why do people shy away from them? The answer lies in the fact that one avocado has 325 calories and 30 gm of fat!
The health of fish is undoubted. A great source of lean protein, omega fatty acids and low in fat. But the problem today is that our fish supply is contaminated with mercury and PCB's and the oceans are being overfished. The following fish have been put into three groups. Those to avoid, those that are good to consume and those that can be eaten on an infrequent basis.
I personally believe we are what we eat and we're not eating very well today. The occasional indulgence is fine but a continuous diet of chemicals and additives to your food supply can remain in your body for years.
These additives enhance the appearance of the food and prolong shelf life. But are they safe?
On Thursday May 9, I was one of 10 speakers who was given the opportunity to grace the stage of the Winter Garden Theatre. This was the "Top Ten Event," in support of Autism Ontario. Each speaker had 10 minutes to offer words of wisdom on the "one thing you should know before you die!" Read on for my five survival tips.
We cannot force people to make healthier choices but empowering them with proper information is the first step. With clear labeling, the customer then has more knowledge about what they're eating and can make an informed decision. The control is in their hands, not the restaurants'.
When we eat a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein, we feel better, have increased energy and improve our immune system. Here are my favourite picks of delicious affordable foods that can help fight chronic disease. And the bonus is that nutrient dense food tastes great!
A large part of the population suffers from side effects connected to the consumption of wheat. The result has been a strong physical reaction by many to these new forms of wheat including weight gain. Once you cut out wheat your blood sugar stops spiking, your appetite is reduced and thus you lose weight. Easy formula, but challenging to maintain.
Just like you take your sweaters out of storage, so should you swap out your lighter summer sippers, for more substantive winter wines. Think about the things you like to eat during these blustery, dark, Canadian evenings. Likely stews, casseroles and roasts top your list of culinary go-to's. Those easy, breezy, refreshing whites aren't going to cut it with robust meals. Here's a few of our winter time wine picks, you are welcome to make them yours.
So often we're led to believe that certain foods we consider healthy are also "diet" foods. For example fruits, vegetables, olive oils, lean protein, yogurts, marinades or anything labelled low fat, low calorie or low sugar have to constitute a healthier diet. But just don't take these foods at face value. You have to be careful of how you consume them. Check out these top five culprits.
The smell factor, also known as aromatherapy, is so powerful. It can uplift you on gloomy days, it can pick you up and it can even bring you back to an early childhood memory. If you're like me, not wanting to depend on medicinal results, aromatherapy is an excellent option. The following are some examples of how aromatherapy could improve your life...