Feeling Stuffed Like a Turkey?

During the colder, winter months our bodies crave comfort foods – foods that ‘stick to your ribs,’ making you feel full and satisfied, but why? Unfortunately, the verdict is still out on this one; but some say it’s related to our serotonin levels, which are at their lowest during the winter months. Serotonin is a brain chemical that regulates mood, appetite and sleep. So, eating a carbohydrate-rich meal or snack will increase your brain’s production of serotonin making you feel better…at least temporarily. Now what to do when you’ve eaten too much?

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Part 1 of the Snack Series: The Best Back to School/Work Snacks

Welcome back from summer vacation! Your local grocery store will be busy this weekend with everyone getting ready for the upcoming week but don’t forget to include a healthy snack in those lunch boxes! The secret to a good snack is protein & fibre – both fill you up and give you energy in order to last until your next meal. Here are the 20 best back to school/work snacks. And just a heads-up some of these snacks need a little extra time to prep but I promise you it’s worth the effort. Enjoy!

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Don't Procrastinate; Hydrate!

Summer is almost here – the kiddies are out of school this month, the sun is shining and as a bonus it’s actually hot outside. Staying well hydrated when it’s hot is definitely a must to prevent dehydration. Fluids help us stay healthy and energized by controlling our body temperature, aiding digestion, carrying nutrients around our bodies and cushioning our organs and joints. Here’s what you need to know to stay healthy and which fluids you should choose most often.

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3 Things You Don't Know About Being Gluten-free

Just a few years ago following a gluten-free diet was unheard of! Watching the Gluten-free Expo graduate from the tiny Italian Culture Centre to the Vancouver Convention Centre to finally the PNE Exhibition Hall is proof that this lifestyle has progressed from not just those who are intolerant or have Celiac disease but to those who enjoy different food trends. Over the years you’ve probably heard a lot about gluten-free but here are three interesting facts you probably didn’t know.

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3 Things to do for Earth Week

“By changing up our food choices, we have the power to shorten up that food journey and lighten the load for the environment.”

 ‘August & the 100-mile Diet’ was a post I wrote a few summers ago on the local approach to eating. From a sustainability perspective, the David Suzuki Foundation informs us that eating as locally as possible is one of the most effective ways to reduce global impact. But for Earth Week I challenge you to do more. Here are 3 things you can do for Earth Week to lighten the load for the environment.

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Healthier Holidays

Holidays are a wonderful time to bring people together, and food often takes centre stage. However, all of the gatherings that fill the calendar between Halloween and New Year’s Day can make following healthy eating habits a challenge. Although we try to hold out as long as we can, willpower often loses out. We tend to over-indulge on seemingly endless supplies of treats that are readily available everywhere we go. To make matters worse, unhealthy eating habits develop quickly and are hard to break once the season of holiday gatherings has ended. But don’t despair! Here are a few quick and easy changes to make this holiday season to help keep you on track with your healthy living goals. 

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The Best Kept Gardening Secrets

This time of year, gardens are in full bloom, and during these beautiful summer months the best part of the day is the chance to play outside and get dirty—especially after a stressful day at work. The whole process of planting seeds and consuming fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden has many benefits, some of which you are probably very familiar with and others which may surprise you... 

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Eating 9 to 5!

Eating 9 to 5 is this year’s theme for nutrition month and what an important topic as most people spend the majority of their day at work, so we might as well eat our best while we’re there! Despite how well you’re doing that 3:00pm slump can still hit hard and our heads think an extra cup of coffee will get us through the afternoon but coffee doesn’t have to be the answer.

 

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