Wellness

Can We Stop It With The Shaming?

Leviana Coccia | Posted 05.19.2017 | Canada Living
Leviana Coccia

I've lived a large part of my life hating food and coping with self-doubt and self-hate by restricting or overeating, because I wanted to be liked (by myself, I've now realized, and others). This stemmed from years of being fat-shamed. I thought the skinnier I got, the more people would like me.

My Secret To Aging Gracefully Is Never To Grow Old In The First Place

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 05.11.2017 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Growing old gracefully is not just a matter of coasting into the sunset - it's constantly treading water. Elite runner and writer Jean-Paul Bedard shares how his philosophy of movement, gratitude and forgiveness helps him to stay young at heart and mind despite a difficult past.

I've Stopped Searching For Self-Love At The Bottom Of A Bottle

Andrea Scoretz | Posted 05.08.2017 | Canada Living
Andrea Scoretz

The main problem I faced was a distorted belief system. I felt that love came with accomplishments and accolades. I didn't believe that I was good enough to love as is. When love is missing, a lot of negative stuff comes out of the woodwork: anger, resentment, fear, jealousy.

Seeking Perfection Is An Easy Way To Sabotage Your Fitness Goals

Jamie Logie | Posted 05.23.2017 | Canada Living
Jamie Logie

When it comes to health and fitness, perfection is simply unattainable. Trying so will only leave you feeling frustrated, unmotivated and mad at yourself. When you focus on progress you allow yourself to acknowledge that your diet, your fitness and your overall health pursuits might not always go perfectly.

How Much Health Care Is Too Much?

Wendy Levinson | Posted 04.26.2017 | Canada Living
Wendy Levinson

Unnecessary care could be a prescription drug, a diagnostic test or a medical procedure that does not improve a patient's health outcomes and is not backed by the best available evidence. It may also involve risks and harmful side-effects. In other words, this is medical care that offers no value to patients and strains health care resources.

Have A Happy, Healthy Pregnancy With These Top Tips

Sarah Mickeler | Posted 04.21.2017 | Canada Parents
Sarah Mickeler

Growing a baby is exhausting! With Mother's Day right around the corner, it's important to remember to take time for yourself and to take care of your own health and wellness -- for the sake of you and your baby bump.

3 Pathways To Develop Self-Compassion

Deri Latimer | Posted 04.12.2017 | Canada
Deri Latimer

I am in a course on "Mindful Self-Compassion". I wish you could be there with me. After the very first session, I noticed a shift...I felt softer, I ...

You Are Not Your Cravings Or Your Unhealthy Thoughts

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 04.11.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

I am not arguing that to be successful you need to eradicate unhelpful thoughts, cravings, and urges altogether. That goal is unrealistic and simply sets you up for failure. Having desires makes you human. I love training and I still sometimes want to skip it. Instead, learn how to manage cravings and urges.

How Fear Can Bring Opportunity

Alyson Jones | Posted 04.03.2017 | Canada
Alyson Jones

As a Therapist I have developed a philosophy by which I practice therapy, and live my life. This is the MORE philosophy. MORE is a frame by which we...

The Biggest Lie In Fitness Is Sabotaging Your Workout

Margot McKinnon | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada Living
Margot McKinnon

In a fitness culture that still toes the "bigger, faster, farther and heavier is better" line, many of us end up pushing ourselves far beyond what is necessary to achieve functional strength, often risking injury to do so. How can we evolve our mindset to optimize our exercise routine?

The Key To Long-Term Fitness Success Is Leaning Into The 'Fall'

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.30.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

What I am saying is, when you make a choice that your future self will not be proud of, lean into the fall and learn from every choice -- both positive and negative. Work to understand your personal triggers and coping mechanisms so that you evolve into the healthier and fitter future self you want to be.

A Gender-Equal Workplace Is A Healthy Workplace

Charles Benayon | Posted 03.29.2017 | Canada Business
Charles Benayon

A large part of wellness is equality. When an organization develops feelings of pride, trustworthiness and respect, as well as welcoming ideas and building good fellowship, it will encourage women to move past the glass ceiling and create a foundation that can reduce stress and mental-health issues in the workplace.

What Really Keeps Us Motivated In Life?

Margot McKinnon | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Living
Margot McKinnon

As surely as gyms and fitness studios will be packed with newly motivated men and women every January, they will have cleared out come March. The typical 8-12 week motivation drop-off is a well-documented phenomenon. So if you have made a resolution to get healthy and fit this year and you are already losing steam don't worry, you are not alone.

How I Beat Stress (Plus 14 Recipes To Help Boost Your Mood)

Shahzadi Devje | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada Living
Shahzadi Devje

I found myself struggling, and could not get off the hamster wheel. This is familiar territory for anyone grappling with stress. And am not talking about the good stress -- a type of mild stress that can inspire you to achieve a given task or goal. Am referring to its evil twin; the one that drags you down.

5 Simple Tips To Keep Your Kidneys Happy And Healthy

Todd Hauptman | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada
Todd Hauptman

Kidney disease is a serious condition that affects one in 10 Canadians, and has no cure. March is Kidney Health Month and the focus this year is on ...

5 Healthy Travel Hacks That Will Guarantee A Great Trip

The Huffington Post Canada | Joy D'Souza | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living

Always pack a snack.

My Kidneys Failed, And Yours Could Too

Todd Hauptman | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Living
Todd Hauptman

Kidney disease is sometimes referred to as a 'silent killer' because approximately 90 per cent of BC residents with early stage kidney disease show no symptoms. The two leading causes of kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes. The BC Renal Agency encourages you to take their free and easy online assessment to see your risk level. Early diagnosis can often slow or stop the progress of kidney disease.

Why Some People Never Seem To Get Sick

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Winter weather makes most of us apprehensive about getting a cold or the flu, and often enough those fears are justified. No matter how religiously we wash our hands, keep our distance from others who already have the sniffles, or try to fortify our immune system with extra doses of vitamins, it seems to be a losing battle year after year. Yet some folks never appear to get affected. They just sail through this treacherous season without a hitch. How do these lucky few do it?

7 Ways To Reignite Your New Year's Goals

Jen Lawrence | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada Living
Jen Lawrence

This does not mean that you need to spend the next 40-something weeks on the couch, elbow-deep in a bag of chips. There are plenty of ways to reignite your resolutions and have year-end success.

The 4 Steps To Exceptional Living

Alyson Jones | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Using the principles I have developed over the years I have found a path to exceptional living. As a professional therapist I have been able to apply these principles to the clients I work with and have assisted them in achieving an exceptional life as well.

Start Breathing Like It's Keeping You Alive (Because It Is)

Gillian Mandich | Posted 01.26.2017 | Canada Living
Gillian Mandich

By bringing attention to the breath throughout the day we can cultivate self-awareness. Something as simple as learning to breathe properly can have a significant impact on both your body and mind, leaving you feeling more efficient, productive and energized!

Expert Advice On How To Boost Winter Immunity

Christine E. Laprade | Posted 01.09.2017 | Canada Living
Christine E. Laprade

If you spend a lot of time on social media or watching reality shows, you might have heard of a high profile doctor or seen some posh black or gold caddies in some for your wellness feeds.

Here Are The 5 Best Nutrition Tips To Start 2017 Right

Abby Langer | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Let's start 2017 on a hopeful note, shall we? Especially with our nutrition. Let's make 2017 the year we all get enlightened, give ourselves some love, and start understanding what our bodies really need to achieve optimal wellness -- physically and emotionally.

3 Habits To Break And 3 Habits To Make This Year

Alyson Jones | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Habits are habituated behaviours which are acquired by frequent repetition -- these "habits" then become a regular part of our functioning. These practices can slip into our lives without us even noticing as they feel so natural. It can be very difficult to give up or break a habit. We often hear people talking about wanting to break a bad habit, but we shouldn't forget that habits aren't always bad for us.

Standing Desks And Sitting Desks Are Both Bad For You

Margot McKinnon | Posted 12.26.2016 | Canada Living
Margot McKinnon

Regardless of how you might spend time at your desk, both sitting and standing can cause aches, pains, fatigue and discomfort after a long time, simply because you are not moving. Sitting creates immense pressure on your disks and vertebrae -- it's a very demanding position for your spine to sustain!