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Welfare Food Challenge

I don’t normally blog personally on my site, but this week is different. I am taking the Welfare Food Challenge, which, for those of you who don’t know, the challenge is to live for a week on $26 total for food. This is the amount that people on income assistance have left over to live on after paying all of their other bills, including rent, bus tickets, toiletries and phone. For more information, go to Welfare Food Challenge. It is … + more

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Healthy Holiday Eating

You can eat healthy during the holiday season.  If this is one of your goals, here are some tips to help you. Don’t go to a party hungry: we often eat faster and more and can’t stop eating when we are hungry. So be sure to eat well during the day to avoid overeating at the party. Watch your portions: treat yourself to a nice drink, dessert, or chocolate without guilt, but always watch your portions. Go for small portions. … + more

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The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide & Cookbook: A Book Review

The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Book by Jean LaMantia, RD with Dr. Neil Berinstein, MD Robert Rose, 2012, 320 pages ISBN: 978-0-7788-0298-3 Understanding how food and nutrition can complement treatment options for people with cancer is not easy. When first diagnosed, one is overwhelmed with emotions, concerned about which treatment to follow, and may not be thinking about side effects and how to deal with them. Amongst the sea of information on the subject, Jean LaMantia’s The Essential Cancer Treatment … + more

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Exercise Trends in 2012

Exercise Trends in 2012 With 2012 underway, it’s a good time to examine the latest trends in exercise. This information not only tells us which ideas are popular and which have staying power, but it can also inspire us to try out a trend ourselves! The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) conducted a survey and asked over 2600 health and fitness professionals to pick the top 20 trends for 2012. For several years now, “educated and experienced fitness professionals” … + more

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At the Table

This poem was posted recently by Quest Food Exchange. It is a beautiful poem — all about how the most important things in life begin at a kitchen table. Perhaps the World Ends Here By: Joy Harjo The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live. The gifts of the earth are brought and prepared, set on the table. So it has been since creation, and it will go on. We chase chickens or … + more

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Go Local

Why Eat Local? Take a moment to think about some of the foods you’ve eaten today. How far did you have to travel to pick up those foods? And how far did those foods have to travel to meet you? If you have ever eaten strawberries in December, French cheese, or a pineapple, you know that grocery stores stock almost all foods year round to keep us happy. Choosing local foods means these foods did not have to travel to … + more

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Spring into Action!

With warm weather just around the corner, now is the ideal time to start planning your work out routine. If you are not currently active or are looking to increase your fitness, consider the following tips: One step at a time! Every little bit helps. Add in activity wherever and whenever possible, park further away from work or take the stairs during the day. If all you can find time for is five extra minutes, that is the place to … + more

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Mindful Eating

Mindful eating is a way to approach daily eating with more awareness. If practiced regularly, it can change our eating and our health. Each day, each meal, we have an opportunity to slow down and notice what we are eating and how it feels in our body. Slowing down, noticing, paying attention makes it easier to connect with ourselves and our body. Studies show that mindfulness practices are very effective in reducing stress, anxiety, depression and unbalanced eating. Mindful eating … + more

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Buying Organic Produce

Dr. Andrew Weil recently posted an article about his partnership with the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health. EWG has recently released a Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce. The 2010 version is based on the results of current research on nearly 96,000 pesticide tests performed on produce and collected by federal agencies between 2000 and 2008. The produce that was tested was washed and prepared the way we … + more

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Are Canadian Hearts Healthy?

February is heart month. According to a recent report by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Canadians are in denial about their unhealthy lifestyles and how it is robbing them of years of living healthy. The report suggests that people are not tackling risk factors that can be managed. It also goes on to say that, although 90 percent of Canadians rated themselves as healthy, the reality is that nine out of 10 have at least one risk factor for heart … + more

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