Vitamin D – The Sunshine Vitamin

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Humans evolved to make vitamin D (also known as the “sunshine vitamin”) provided that there is an adequate amount of UV light from sun exposure. But I don’t believe many of us are running around naked in equatorial Africa. So, it may not surprise you that many of us may be deficient, if we live, for example, in Northern climates … Read More

A Gut Feeling – Prebiotics and Probiotics

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Our digestive system is home to hundreds of different bacteria (known as probiotics) that keep our intestinal linings healthy, break down food, and regulate our immune system. From birth, our gut is populated with about 1000 known species of bacteria and that number continues to grow as more are being discovered. Pre- and probiotics seem to be everywhere in the … Read More

Recipe: Eggplant Pizza

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Everyone likes pizza, but it isn’t always the healthiest dinner option. We’re always in search of ways we can increase it’s nutritional value, while still enjoying the cheesy goodness. Using eggplant as the base is a great way to do this, plus it eliminates gluten and most other processed and refined items. This recipe for eggplant pizza is quick and … Read More

How to Get More Vegetables into Your Life

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If I am being 100% honest, I often don’t crave vegetables (for the most part). Most people are probably in the same boat. Although don’t get me wrong, when I don’t eat ‘healthy’ one day – it happens to the best of us – my body knows that it has not been treated well and all I want is vegetables. … Read More

How Is Stress Impacting My Health?

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Feeling stressed can be perfectly normal. You may even notice that sometimes being stressed-out motivates you to focus on your work, yet at other times, you feel incredibly overwhelmed and can’t concentrate on anything. While stress affects everyone in different ways, there are two major types of stress: stress that’s beneficial and motivating — good stress or eustress — and … Read More

Healthy Eating Habits

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When it comes to our diet, we often have strong habits. Some are good, while others are not so good. We may have learned most of these habits during childhood, but it is never too late to change them. Your nutrition plan should make you feel great, have more energy, improve your outlook, stabilize your mood and complement your workouts. Here … Read More

Recipe: Thai Green Curry

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This rich, savoury, and mildly spicy dish is a convenient, healthy alternative to store-bought frozen dinners. It’s high in protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber. Plus, one serving has almost half your recommended daily allowance of vitamin A and calcium! Ingredients 2 cups of cooked brown rice 1 tablespoon Thai Green Curry Paste (store bought or homemade) 1 tablespoon coconut oil … Read More

Benefits of Dark Leafy Greens

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Dark leafy greens are widely considered by many health and nutrition experts to be some of the world’s healthiest foods. The colour green, in general, is linked with the good aspects of life, such as nature and health. Yet, when it comes to what we eat, it’s common people have a reluctance to “green” food choices. What is it about … Read More

The 6 Surprising Drawbacks of Calorie Counting

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As a Registered Dietitian, before anyone starts calorie counting to assist in weight loss, I want to make sure they understand the whole picture. This article should give you a little insight into counting calories as a beneficial long-term weight loss tool. The principles of energy balance work: Take in more calories/energy than you expend, you gain weight. Take in … Read More

Benefits of Drinking Smoothies

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Drinking smoothies made with whole, nutrient-dense ingredients is a great way to boost your health. The thick shake-type drinks make wonderful options for a meal replacement or a snack when made with natural items – sorry, not frozen yogurt. Some people have the misconception that eating healthy means eating food that doesn’t taste good. This is not the case. Smoothies … Read More