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Hungry For More? Which Type Of ‘Hunger’ Are You Experiencing – Physical Or Emotional?

Contrary to today’s diet culture, it’s OK to be hungry!    It doesn’t mean that you don’t have the willpower to stay away from unhealthy foods. It’s just the body’s natural signal that it needs food for energy and fuel.   This is physical hunger – the signal that is sent via the vagus nerve from your stomach to your brain, due to fluctuating levels of ghrelin, the hunger hormone.    It’s also typically accompanied by feelings of emptiness in your stomach, rumbling sensations, and growling noises.   Or is that really the whole hunger story?    PSYCHOLOGICAL & EMOTIONAL HUNGER – HOW ARE THEY…

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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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Can You Really Lose Just Belly Fat?

The quick ‘n dirty answer is Yes…and No. The ‘NO’ part is that “spot reduction” or losing fat from just one area on your body has officially been labeled as a myth. Fat can’t just choose to come off from only one area! So, it truly doesn’t matter how many crunches you do or the number of ways you exercise your abdominal muscles – you’re not going to suddenly be equipped with a 6-pack unless you focus on the bigger body composition picture – and that’s a combination of exercise AND nutrition. But, the real question should be this: why…

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Sulfites: What Are They And Do They Harm Us?

Sulfites refer to a group of chemical ingredients that are added to processed foods and drinks, mainly to serve as a preservative.  Sulfite-containing ingredients can go by several names, including:  ·      Sulphur dioxide  ·      Sodium sulphite  ·      Sodium metabisulfite  ·      Calcium sulphite  ·      Potassium hydrogen sulphite  Sulfites are used to prevent browning/preserve color of foods, bleach flours, increase shelf life of processed foods, and maintain freshness.   Where are sulfites found?   Sulfites are commonly found in the following food and drink products:  ·      Dried fruit  ·      Shrimp & processed seafood  ·      Soup mixes  ·      Jams & jellies (sulfites present in pectin)  ·      Baked goods & refrigerated/frozen ready-to-bake dough products (sulfites used as dough conditioner) …

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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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Hair, Skin, & Nails – Why are they considered beacons of health?

Your physical appearance can tell you a lot about your internal health.    Most natural health practitioners include a physical examination since the condition of your hair, skin, and nails can be indicators of underlying health issues, like nutrient deficiencies, hormonal imbalances, and the health of your digestive system.    The growth and maintenance of healthy hair, skin, and nails is dependent on your intake, and absorption of a variety of nutrients, including plenty of vitamins and minerals.    You should regularly check out the appearance and condition of your hair, skin, and nails for clues as to what foods, and therefore what…

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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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Should You Avoid Food Colours & Dyes?

Despite the growing trend of healthier and safer food products being introduced into the marketplace, you might be surprised to learn that the consumption of artificial food colours, has been increasing over the years, especially among packaged products marketed to children.   Food colours and dyes have been around since the mid-1800s and were originally created from coal tar – today, they are typically made from petroleum. (yum!)  Many food manufacturers choose to use artificial dyes vs. natural ones because they create more radiant hues, whereas natural food colours tend to create more of a pastel look.  Artificial food colours are used by food manufacturers in a variety…

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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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Fitness Fuel: What to Eat Before, During & After Your Workout

You’ve just finished your workout and you know you need to eat something. But what?  Workout nutrition may seem rather complicated but it doesn’t have to be.     Here’s the latest on how to fuel your body before, during and after your workout so you can improve your performance, maximize recovery – and feel better!   Fuel your machine  You’d never head out on a long road trip without filling your tank with gas, right?!   Skipping your pre-workout fuel is the equivalent to hitting the road with an empty gas tank. You may get off to a good start, but you’ll likely be…

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