Wellness

Canada's Health Care System Should Incorporate Alternative Medicine

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Having spent 15 years studying these alternative medicine techniques I clearly see how the body can be receptive to such suggestions. It is more than just positive thinking. Having done this type of work to heal myself and having helped many others, I can attest to the fact that it is truly a journey.

4 Easy Ways To Start Enjoying Your Workouts

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 06.29.2014 | 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.

I Think I'm Going to Break Up...With Running

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 06.09.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

For the past two months I have been seriously debating breaking up with running. If you know me, you know, that is a big deal. This experience has caused me to believe, now more then ever, that health is a process. Getting into a routine takes time and patience -- even for a trainer!

Two Minutes With Shauna Ireland

Shannon Skinner | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Shannon Skinner

Shauna Ireland is a woman who radiates beauty, warmth and femininity. She runs a successful Toronto-based public relations company and somehow manages to find time to teach yoga. Though it is her personal radiance that, in my mind, is her true marker of success.

Improving Health Is About More Than Diet and Exercise

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Ryan Meili

Health care is but one element of what makes the biggest difference in health outcomes. Yet political conversations about health still tend to fall into familiar traps. When we talk about health, we return as if by reflex to doctors and nurses, hospitals and pharmacies.

Prenatal Stress Causes More Harm to Babies Than We Think

Nicole Letourneau | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Living
Nicole Letourneau

Last month, it was reported that an Edmonton woman was badly beaten by her spouse. Though the attack put her in the hospital, the police offered a silver lining by stating that her unborn baby, at least, wasn't harmed. Sadly, this claim underestimates the profound effect severe stress can have on children's development in their first years of life, including while they're still in the womb.

Six Benefits of Mental Spring Cleaning

Deri Latimer | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

Spring is often the time of year when you engage in some spring cleaning; getting rid of what's been stored over the winter that you doubt you will ever use again. What about your mental debris? You know, those limiting beliefs, those skewed expectations, that internal dialogue -- that story -- that is just not serving you any longer.

How Loving My 300-Pound Body Keeps Me Thin

Kelly Coffey | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Coffey

We're tormented by our obsession with weight. Losing weight is hard to do, and the overwhelming majority of us gain back whatever weight we lose (and then some). Every failed weight loss effort drags us deeper into depression. Loving thoughts breed acceptance and patience. Sometimes I stray from my chosen path and eat something that triggers my food addiction. Because I love the body I once had and don't fear returning to it, I'm able to respond to these slips in a healthy way. I accept that I've gone off the path. I forgive myself.

U.S. and Canadian Health Care Have More In Common Than You Think

Trudy Lieberman | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Trudy Lieberman

As in the U.S., there's much soul searching about whether the country is getting as much bang for the bucks it spends. Does the quality of care match the country's outlay? A number of studies, including the latest international comparison from The Commonwealth Fund, show that Canada and the U.S. both fall down on several dimensions of care.

The Surprising Ways Chiropractic Treatment Could Improve Your Life

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 04.22.2014 | Canada Living

Chiropractic treatment for health problems is not always considered when it comes to healing, but you may be surprised to find that relief from some o...

This Doctor Treats Poverty Like a Disease

Trudy Lieberman | Posted 06.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Trudy Lieberman

What would you think if your doctor handed you a prescription that recommended filing your tax returns or applying for food or income benefit programs instead of the usual medicines for high blood pressure or diabetes? You'd probably say the physician was nuts. Tax refunds? Food? What do they have to do with making you healthier?

How Wellness Can Save Health Care

John F. Gray | Posted 04.26.2014 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

There's an illusion that health care in Canada is free. It's not. Just because there isn't a bill for every visit or every treatment doesn't mean it's a free service. Every single treatment, procedure or prescription drug doesn't come with guaranteed coverage. A visit to Connect Health does come with a bill. But maybe it's time we start putting a value on our good health.

Turns Out, Honesty Is The Best Policy

University of Toronto News | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

A University of Toronto report based on two neural imaging studies that monitored brain activity has found a reward given for telling the truth gives people greater satisfaction than the same reward given for deceit.

How Living in the Jungle Has Inspired Me

Meghan Pearson | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada Living
Meghan Pearson

I have only been living here on the grounds of Hacienda del Sol in Costa Rica for a month and a half, but already the energy here has inspired many shifts within me. So, what have I figured out thus far?

Pathways out of Poverty: My Personal Experience

Danisha Bhaloo | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Impact
Danisha Bhaloo

I lived in poverty growing up. I dealt with social issues no child should ever have to deal with: bullying, low self-esteem and self-confidence, and their impact of my grades. My father unexpectedly passed away when I was 12 years old, and as a result, my mother worked two jobs to support my sister and me.

The Scary Truth Behind These 'Natural' Baby Products

Meghan Telpner | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

Johnson & Johnson explains that they offer "the only line of baby skin products that combines 98 per cent naturally derived ingredients with over 100 years of baby care expertise." Now might be a good time to remind the parents-to-be and the rest of us that for the better part of the last 100 years, Johnson & Johnson was recommending (and still does!) sweetly fragranced petroleum oil for babies (known more commonly as baby oil)

VIDEO: 5-Minute Easy Morning Yoga Flow

Meghan Telpner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

On today's episode of Meghan TV, Amber Joliat, founder of Misfit Studio and featured teacher on the Wanderlust circuit shares an awesome 5-minute yoga flow that you can rock in the morning, in the way that feels just right for you! Do it!

VIDEO: Creative Uses for Green Powder

Meghan Telpner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

Not going to lie -- I am a total product junkie and Greens powders have long been a staple in my smoothie superfood arsenal. Greens powder is a really amazing way to spike your favourite dishes with powerful nutrition. Here are five reasons why I love greens powders.

Why Personal Trainers Have a Bad Rap

Lee Boyce | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

If you log on to forum pages of any major gym chain, it's a safe bet that you'll notice a collection of posts from unhappy clients that talk about their bad experiences in the gym. Now, it's understandable that with large fitness chains, it's expected that 100 per cent of the clients will not be satisfied. But the umbrella of the commercial gym often gives personal trainers a bad rap too.

VIDEO: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight?

Meghan Telpner | Posted 12.29.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

We were jazzed to have Dr. William Davis, multi-year New York Times best-selling author of Wheat Belly come by the kitchen on his recent media blitz in support of his upcoming North American tour. In this exclusive interview, I ask the ever-friendly, eloquent and passionate doctor some tough questions.

VIDEO: Top 5 Flu Fighting Remedies

Meghan Telpner | Posted 12.21.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

You'd think by now we would be aware enough about "cold and flu season" to start acting well in advance to stay on our game -- our health game, that is. Whether you get the vaccine or not is your choice, but real prevention will always be your best defence. Today on Meghan TV, our functional medicine specialist Josh Gitalis shares his top five Flu Fighting Remedies.

How to Tell If You're an Emotional Eater

Dr. Divi Chandna | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Divi Chandna

Most of us can relate to feeling sad or moody, and having a piece of chocolate as a pick-me-up. Many of us do this because we may be blissfully distant or unaware of our emotions. Below, I will describe the difference between emotional eating and physiological eating. Here are some tell-tale signs that we are emotionally eating.

6 Ways to UnDiet Your Thanksgiving

Meghan Telpner | Posted 12.10.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

Getting excited about Thanksgiving? There's nothing more healthful than sitting down with friends and family for a home-cooked meal... just so long as that meal doesn't involve deep-fried turkey and marshmallow casserole. (Eeww. Seriously?!?!) It's super easy to turn Thanksgiving into a health-promoting delicious holiday without becoming the crunchy granola hippie of the family.

VIDEO: The NEW Best Way To Wrap Presents

Meghan Telpner | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

Do you have any clue how much garbage is created not by giving crappy gifts that no one wants (though that makes a fair share), but by the wrapping materials? In this DIY upcycling demo, we replace old school gift wrap with bits and bobs of crafty goodies from around the home.

Four Simple Health Habits for Fall

Meghan Telpner | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

This time of year is always bittersweet -- we hate saying goodbye to the sunshine, but we love saying hello to warm soups, cuddles by the fireplace and crunchy leaves under our feet. Fear not. As the weather changes, so should our routines. Staying in tune with the seasons is key to being happy and healthy all year round.