Wellness

Follow These Steps for Injury-Free Running

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Learning to love running doesn't happen overnight. Too many people never develop a love of running. Their careers are cut short due to injury, usually because they make the mistake of running too much or too intensely too quickly! Don't be sidelined by injury! Run smart.

Our Search for Happiness Is Getting in the Way of Our Happiness

Alyson Jones | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

Do we really want to feel happy all the time? Is every moment a choice to feel happy? I don't think so. In fact I think that would create an inauthentic and boring world. We need all of our emotions. They all have purpose, and they are all there to assist us in moving forward and growing in life.

Three Ways to Reset Your Brain for Resilience

Deri Latimer | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

When I spoke at a Senior's Wellness Day recently, I was reminded about how important it is for all of us -- at any age -- to practice strategies that help keep our thinking flexible and 'buoyant' during every phase of our lives.

Want to Be Healthy? Take the "Captain Obvious" Approach

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

You don't have to spend tonnes of money on cleansing programs, protein powders or the latest miracle food to achieve your health and wellness goals. I am not saying don't eat gogi berries (or this month's equivalent miracle food). I am just saying that you don't need to spend oodles of money or follow a restrictive "diet," you just need to get back to basics.

I Tried It: Floating as Meditation

Daniela Andrews | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Living
Daniela Andrews

Float tanks are popping up across the country with people raving about their meditative effects, so they can't be that bad. And besides, it's not going to kill me. Will it?

RECIPE: Lemon Cumin Roasted Carrots

Meghan Telpner | Posted 05.18.2015 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

As we are on the cusp of fresh greens popping up from the earth, I will say farewell to the wonderland of winter with this last hurrah with the root vegetables. I present to you a simple, but flavourful, colourful and delicious roasted root medley, which falls perfectly in line with all that makes this UnDiet Life so vibrant.

Women in Leadership: It's a Matter of Life and Death

Deri Latimer | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Living
Deri Latimer

More women need to step up, lean in, and otherwise support and encourage each other to assume more leadership roles. Not only because we are 50 per cent of the workforce, but because it only makes sense that we will create a happier, healthier, and more productive country when we -- men and women together -- utilize our collective intelligence and maximize our opposing strengths.

How To Make Simple Spiced Elderberry Syrup

Meghan Telpner | Posted 04.27.2015 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

Some people think of the fall as cold and flu season, but I have news for you. As winter continues on, we're still in it. In fact, many of us may be...

Why Running Will Change Your Life

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 04.26.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I believe that deep inside, all of us have something that eats away at us, something that just doesn't sit right. Maybe it's some trauma from your past, or hurtful words that still resonate, or even some "dis" ease you are currently living with. For me, it was coming to terms with sexual abuse in my childhood.

Get Over the February Blahs With These Tips

Shannon Skinner | Posted 04.25.2015 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

I tend to hibernate more and by the end of February I'm going squirrelly. By now, I need an attitude adjustment. My guess is that others do, too. Here are some ways to get over the February blahs and cabin fever, as we go into the last stretch of winter.

I Couldn't Save My Mom From Cancer, So I Do This Instead

Thomas Rigatti | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada Living
Thomas Rigatti

Though cancer made me see my mom in her worst physical state, I will always remember her as a strong businesswoman and a dedicated banker. She was a woman who paved the way for many in my family who wanted to pursue traditionally male careers, encouraging them to chase their dreams and show the world that women are powerful, too.

Wellness in the 21st Century

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.04.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Wellness isn't simply about getting enough exercise, eating our greens and ensuring that we have enough good-quality sleep. Wellness is also about paying attention to all the other things that constitute well-being: it's considering the toxins we're being exposed to every day.

How to Escape the Sodium Trap

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 04.03.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

So, if you are absolutely determined to escape the sodium trap, the best you can do is to stick with whole fruits and vegetables, lean, unprocessed meats, fresh seafood, beans and legumes, and unrefined whole grains.

Why Canada Needs Better Nutrition Labels on Our Food

John Millar | Posted 04.01.2015 | Canada Living
John Millar

As January comes to an end, those who vowed to eat better in 2015 have probably already given up. Not very surprising, considering that most people grossly underestimate the amount of calories they consume, and underestimate their fat, salt and sugar consumption, even after consulting nutrition labels.

Five Ways to Control the Cost of Canadian Healthcare

Gregory Marchildon | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Gregory Marchildon

While policy should be evidence-informed rather than belief-based, the complexity of health-system change makes it difficult to draw a straight line from one evidence-based improvement to health-system change as a whole. Improving the quality and quantity of evidence-based decision-making is perhaps the greatest challenge in systematically devising policies for bending the cost curve.

The 8 Biggest "Healthy" Food Hoaxes of All Time

Abby Langer | Posted 03.06.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

There will always be some people who are tricked into thinking that the foods below are actually healthy. Little do they know that these foods are the biggest food hoaxes of all time. These are the classic "good for you" foods that are really NOT good for you.

4 Steps to Creating Achievable Goals for the New Year

Alyson Jones | Posted 03.06.2015 | Canada Living
Alyson Jones

As a therapist, I encourage people to set goals that are practical, realistic and attainable. Avoid the disappointment and discouragement of lofty resolutions by being patient and committed. In order to achieve this, I offer some simple and practical points of reflection and planning strategies that can reveal your priorities and assist you in moving forward.

Make Fitness Fun With These New Workout Ideas

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 02.12.2015 | Canada
Kathleen Trotter

One thing that I love about my job is that it is never boring. There is always a new way to mix things up, a new way to "torture" my clients, a new wa...

How Certain Scents Can Lift Your Mood

Sacha DeVoretz | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada Living
Sacha DeVoretz

About five years ago, I was going through a really challenging life transition. I couldn't sleep and was experiencing a good amount of anxiety. I did not want to try medications or sleep aids, so I opted for essential oils to calm my nerves and bring my life back into balance. Since this period in my life, I have been curious about the benefits of scents.

How Many Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Should We Eat a Day?

James McCormack | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada Living
James McCormack

The data also clearly show you get a benefit even if you don't eat five servings a day. One serving a day gives you very roughly a 10 per cent relative mortality benefit, two servings, a 15 per cent benefit, three servings, a 20 per cent benefit, four servings, a 25 per cent benefit -- and then once you get to five servings, that is basically it.

A Workout You Can Do From Bed

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 12.03.2014 | 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.

Proof That the Angelina Jolie Effect Is a Real Thing

Alan Cassels | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Living
Alan Cassels

Certainly women are driven to ask about genetic testing given a strong fear of breast cancer and a strong belief that early testing saves lives, but USPSTF feared many of the new customers lining up for the test would be classified as the "worried well" who would be unlikely to carry the rare genetic mutation and hence would receive no benefit from being screened.

Five Things Most People Get Wrong About Canada's Health Care System

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 11.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Kathleen O’Grady

A recent court challenge before the British Columbia Supreme Court threatened to change the rules of the game for the Canadian healthcare system -- should the challenge have made its way to the Supreme Court of Canada and found success there. How our health system should be reformed, and in what measures, is nothing short of a national pastime in Canada. Too bad many get the facts wrong. Here are a few basics everyone should know.

Child Poverty Is a Canadian Problem

Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD | Posted 11.12.2014 | Canada Impact
Elizabeth Lee Ford-Jones, MD

This isn't just an American problem. Hundreds of thousands of Canadian children are growing up without enough. Low-income children, especially minorities and aboriginals, are growing up at an increased risk of preventable diseases -- diseases both classically medical and mental health related that arise as a result of their early living conditions and will affect us all. These numbers don't simply represent difficult childhoods; they mark a huge group of Canadians who are growing up without the supportive environments they need to develop into healthy adults.

How Being Vulnerable at Work Can Work for You

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

Whether it's making amends with a colleague, asking for a raise, requesting help, admitting you don't understand, or going for the promotion, good things can happen when you take down your walls. Yes, bad things can happen too, and there is the risk of disappointment.