Tag Archives: health issues

Exercising with Chronic Pain

 In the past, medical professionals recommended rest and inactivity as part of the treatment for chronic pain. But, newer research suggests that MORE movement may be just what the doctor ordered. Today we’re sharing the do’s (and don’ts!) of exercising with chronic pain AND a delicious anti-inflammatory recipe you can make for dinner tonight!  Getting to the gym for a workout can sometimes be a battle in itself. Let’s face it… a daily workout can be a challenge, for so many reasons, but sometimes it can even be a little painful – or a lot painful!   So, what do you do…

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Can I Still Lose Weight If I Don’t Want To Give Up Wine/Alcohol?

It’s no lie that alcohol and weight loss goals generally don’t mix, and if we’re being honest, there really are many reasons to reduce or even give up alcohol from our diets and social habits.  On the other hand, having a glass of wine, or whatever your drink of choice may be, is also a cherished pastime, a conduit for connecting with friends and is infused into most of our social gatherings.  How alcohol influences metabolism  But, word on the street is that alcohol messes with your metabolism – big time! There’s a reason why they call it a “beer belly”….

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Spot Training: Possible Or Myth? 

You’ve probably heard the claims that you can change your body overnight with this brand new gadget or exercise program. “Lose the belly”   “Banish your trouble zones”  “Drop stubborn fat off your thighs by drinking this special shake”   There are so many gadgets, supplements, nutritional products, and exercise programs on the market these days telling us we can lose the fat off our thighs, arms, and belly. It’s no wonder we’re more confused than ever!  But, can you really lose fat from specific places – and not others?  A recent study looked compared the results of women who focused on diet changes…

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Vegetarian, Vegan, and Plant-Based Diets – What’s the Difference?

The popularity of cooking reality shows in recent years has brought about more discussions than ever before about the topic of food. Food as nourishment, fuel and sustenance. Food simply for eating and taste enjoyment. Even food as art!    But, included in these discussions are various thoughts and ideas about what food people should and should not be consuming – and numerous reasons as to why.    And it’s not just about what food people enjoy eating, but which foods are healthy and unhealthy, and which foods are considered by some to be acceptable and unacceptable to eat.   These days, there seems to…

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Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) 101

Most people diagnosed with an autoimmune condition, such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, or psoriasis, are familiar with flare-ups – episodes where symptoms of their condition suddenly become more severe and/or resurface after a period of remission.    These flare-ups are often frustrating and uncomfortable for those living with these conditions.    Many autoimmune diseases have been linked to leaky gut syndrome – a compromised environment in the small intestine due to increased intestinal permeability and/or an imbalance in gut bacteria.    “Holes” in the gut are thought to let food particles pass through into the rest of your body, where they trigger…

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Could Your Health Issues Actually Be Due To Nutrient Deficiencies?

Many nutrition professionals generally advise that a healthful, balanced diet can provide most people with the nutrients essential for good health.   Fruit and vegetables naturally contain a number of beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, fibre, antioxidants and other biologically active components – or phytochemicals.   In fact, it has been documented that consumption of at least 5 servings per day is linked with a reduced risk of various diseases, including several cancers and heart disease.  Link to: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/82-625-x/2017001/article/54860-eng.htm   However, with the overall lack of nutrient bioavailability due to things like:   adequate fruit and vegetable servings  soil depletion   over-processing of food  treated water  It’s no…

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What is a “Health Halo” and are my foods wearing one?

If you’re trying to eat healthier, you already know you should be including lots of fruit, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains.    But when you step into a grocery store, things get a bit more complicated. The majority of store shelves are crammed with a tempting assortment of pre-packaged and convenience foods.    So, how do shoppers know which foods are healthy options?    Most people turn to nutrition and health claims found on food packaging labels to help them decide which products to pick and which to skip.    You may think you’re doing a good thing adding “healthful” sounding foods to your cart…

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Why Does Every Nutrition Pro Tell Me To “Heal My Leaky Gut”

There’s A LOT of talk in the health world about gut health these days. You’ve probably even heard that the key to reversing a whole host of health issues, ranging from skin issues to serious autoimmune conditions, starts with healing your so-called leaky gut. Afterall, Hippocrates is famously credited with stating that “all disease begins in the gut”. Several factors are thought to disrupt the normal intestinal environment and contribute to a leaking gut. But what the heck is a “leaky gut” – and how do I know if mine is actually leaking? (Eww!) This refers to damage and/or thinning…

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Life “Hacks” of the Longest Lived People

Think living a long and healthy life well into your nineties or even one hundred years old is only for those lucky few who hit the genetic lottery? Think again.    Lifestyle factors, i.e. the things you do every day over the long-term – can add up to increase the number of quality years in your lifespan. Look no further than the people of Blue Zones for proof of how powerful everyday habits are when it comes to staying healthy for the long haul.    The Blue Zones are regions around the world where people have very low rates of chronic disease and…

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Goitrogens: Thyroid Blockers or Harmless?

Hormone health is all the rage these days. It’s almost become trendy in some ways!    You may have heard about eating to balance your hunger hormones, reproductive hormones, and blood sugar hormones.    But what about your thyroid hormones?    You might not think much about how food relates to your thyroid unless, of course, you’ve been diagnosed with a thyroid disorder – then you tend to really become aware of your lifestyle choices and personal environment.    The thyroid is responsible for producing the hormones T3 (triiodothyronine) and T4 (thyroxine), which play a big role in regulating your metabolism. Remember, metabolism is…

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