What does it take to lose weight?


lose weightIn the 16 years that I have been involved in Fitness and Weight Loss Management, I have helped hundreds of people to get in better shape and to lose weight.   Over this time I have also heard every excuse imaginable.  As in life, in order to be successful, you will need good teachers, knowledge, a plan, goals, and support.  However, the most important ingredient is commitment.  Continue reading What does it take to lose weight?

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Why Chocolate Is Good for Your Health


imagesN32K8OYOChocolate is one of my favorite foods; not only because it is tasty, but also because it’s really good for your health.

The most recent evidence of this comes from an August study in the journal Neurology.  Researchers found that chocolate may help older people keep their brains healthy and their thinking sharp. Study participants who drank two cups of cocoa daily for 30 days showed an 8.3 percent increase in blood flow to the brain, and they improved their scores on memory and thinking tests. Score! Continue reading Why Chocolate Is Good for Your Health

Chia Seed Benefits: 10 Reasons to Add Chia To Your Diet


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Ch-ch-ch-chia! The fuzzy green novelty items may be the first thing you think of when you hear the word chia, but these tiny superfood seeds are the reason Chia Pets get their lush coating. Nowadays, chia is becoming better known as a great source of healthy omega-3 fats and fibre, and fortunately it’s an easy food to add to your diet. Continue reading Chia Seed Benefits: 10 Reasons to Add Chia To Your Diet

Essential vitamins and minerals for winter


images72PRR3Y9At the first sign of a cold many of us reach for the vitamin C. But there is more to looking after your body during the winter months than the obvious. You might have considered a multivitamin supplement but wondered what all the minerals and vitamins listed as ingredients actually do. Each plays an important role in strengthening the immune system, boosting energy levels, improving your complexion and restoring vitality. We guide you through the maze of supplements. Continue reading Essential vitamins and minerals for winter

Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating


images3NFBWVAIThe holiday season is a time to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, for many it also becomes a time for over-eating and weight gain. According to the National Institutes of Health, holiday eating can result in an extra pound or two every year. Over a lifetime, holiday weight gain can really add up. The holidays don’t have to mean weight gain. Focus on a healthy balance of food, activity, and fun. By implementing a few simple tips you can stay healthy through the holiday season.

Ten Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating Continue reading Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating

The dangers of going gluten free


COVERThe dangers of going gluten-free

It’s the biggest health craze of our time, though some doctors fear it’s creating real problems. (Even the Wheat Belly guru is worried)

by Cathy Gulli on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 7:00am

The first time Margaret Dron organized the Gluten Free Expo early last year, it was inside the gymnasium of a small community centre in east Vancouver. She had recruited one volunteer, two speakers, 38 vendors and expected 500 attendees. Continue reading The dangers of going gluten free

Kids Should Not Consume Energy Drinks, and Rarely Need Sports Drinks, says AAP


energy-drink-douglas-larsonSports and energy drinks are heavily marketed to children and adolescents, but in most cases kids don’t need them – and some of these products contain substances that could be harmful to children.

In a new clinical report, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) outlines how these products are being misused, discusses their ingredients, and provides guidance to decrease or eliminate consumption by children and adolescents. Continue reading Kids Should Not Consume Energy Drinks, and Rarely Need Sports Drinks, says AAP

Top Five Fruits and Vegetables


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The following lists can help add nutritional quality to your diet. I looked at variety and quantity of key vitamins and minerals, the amount of fiber, plus beta-carotene and phytochemicals — those non-nutritive components that have disease-fighting benefits. The description of nutritional benefits highlight their strengths, but this list is not all-inclusive. Continue reading Top Five Fruits and Vegetables

Fighting the cold and flu season


It is very important to consume foods high in Iron and vitamin C.

Iron
Most of the iron you consume goes to form hemoglobin, the substance that helps your red blood cells transport oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. The rest is stored in the bone marrow, liver, spleen and other organs.
Because iron also plays a key role in helping to prepare your immune system‘s infection fighters for battle, a deficiency may lead to colds. Continue reading Fighting the cold and flu season