Wellness

This Doctor Treats Poverty Like a Disease

Trudy Lieberman | Posted 04.13.2014 | 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 02.24.2014 | 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.

Back-To-School Lunch Ideas for Keeping Kids Focused

Meghan Telpner | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

It's back to school time, and you know what that means: brown baggin' it! Whether you love or dread the daily pack-a-thon, making your kiddos' lunches from scratch is the best way to make sure they're getting the nutrition they need to stay focused and energized all day long.

How to Regain Your Adrenaline Edge

Rachel Schipper | Posted 10.20.2013 | Canada Living
Rachel Schipper

The stress that used to fire you up to work harder or faster or better simply stops having that effect, because the physiology of constant stress without recovery has worn out the mechanism that gives you your "adrenaline edge." What's a skeptical adrenaline junkie to do?

What Kind of Facebook Personality Are You?

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.18.2013 | Canada Living
Sarah Vermunt

A recent study says that Facebook may undermine your well-being. Your own Facebook activity may offer clues about your mental health. Are you a dumper? A chronic comparer? A spinner? Read on to see which Facebook profile you fit.

VIDEO: Four Butt Lifting Kitchen Exercises

Meghan Telpner | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

Like most entrepreneurs, full-time working people and/or busy mommas, we tend to spend most of our time doing one of two things: sitting on our butts working, or in the kitchen preparing healthy meals. This doesn't always leave time for that workout we know so badly we need to have as part of our everyday (or at least every other day or two).

RECIPE: Gluten-Free Vegan Pie Crust

Meghan Telpner | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

It is the season my friends. The season of all things fruitastic and I can tell you that I am LOVING the bounty! Now, I wouldn't make you forgo your granny's fave secret for flakey pie crust and leave you dried out and crumbling without a super pie solution. This recipe also doesn't contain any weird soy modifiers, binding agents or suspect oils. Just goodness.

If Vegetables Don't Make Oil, What Is Crisco?

Meghan Telpner | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

They call Crisco an "all-vegetable shortening." Soybeans and palm fruit are not vegetables. Incidentally, cottonseed oil also doesn't come from vegetables. Vegetables don't make oil. Corn is a grain. Soy is a grain. Olives are fruits. Coconuts are fruits. Flax and hemp? Seeds. Carrots and celery? Nope...no oil.

Carribbean Inspired Mocktail Recipe (VIDEO)

Meghan Telpner | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada
Meghan Telpner

In this week's episode of MeghanTV, I tackle a classic dilemma: what to do if all of your guests are pounding back the booze, but you don't feel like indulging on their level. Alcohol is always optional, but if you want something stylish (and sober!) to sip on, whip up a Caribbean Spice Mocktail.

RECIPE: A Wild Berry Crumble for All Seasons

Meghan Telpner | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

This gluten-free berry crumble is featured in my book UnDiet -- called the All Season Fruit Crumble for the very awesome reason that you can literally use whatever fruit is in season to make this -- berries, peaches, pears, apples... (Please refrain from experimenting with watermelons.)

Hal Johnson On Body Break, Coca Cola, and Taxes [VIDEO]

Meghan Telpner | Posted 09.16.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

I had the honour of sitting down with Canadian health and fitness legend Hal Johnson, of Body Break fame, now starring alongside his wife Joanne McLeod in Amazing Race Canada. In this rare and intimate conversation with Canada's best known health cheerleader, Hal shares how he first met his wife Joanne and the surprising story behind the creation of Body Break.

Stinging Nettle Chips - Like Kale Chips But Better

Meghan Telpner | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

I have been picking up a few seasonal staples each time I go -- asparagus, rhubarb and the unlikely and not loved enough Stinging Nettles. It's true. They sting. Hence the name. This is a power food so get past the pain and get your love on for this wild green.