March 3, 2014 @ 8:34 AM
With the holiday festivities, year-end projects, exams and travels now behind us, you would expect to feel refreshed and recharged. For many people though, as soon as the stress of the season is over and the pressure is off, they fall ill.
There could be a number of reasons for this such as increased travel and exposure to germs and bacteria, weather changes, seasonal allergies, and even what is known as “leisure sickness”, a phrase first coined by a psychologist in the Netherlands who attributes stress as the main cause.
Leisure sickness is a phenomenon that usually happens after high stress periods when the body was running high on adrenaline for some time. Cortisol is a natural hormone that responds to stress,......
December 23, 2013 @ 8:57 PM
Someone sent me the following message:
With Xmas arriving, what do you do with all the treats around? Ok, I wouldn't buy them, but in the office, at every gathering, gifts, they are EVERYWHERE and in the end I know I will give in. Do you indulge sometimes? Or it is absolutely out of your diet? Are there any gracious ways to refuse and not upset someone offering you the home baked minced pie? I do love the festive mood, and I actually also want to indulge, but I just think that the moment I start, I will never be able to control it any longer.
Although there are probably many variations to these questions, I’m sure many people feel the same way.
But before I begin to address .........
September 28, 2013 @ 1:55 PM
Burger King's new Satisfries. (Image source taken from Burger King)
Have you heard of Burger King’s latest publicity stunt? They’ve recently introduced lower calorie crinkle cut fries called “Satisfries”.
I get it. They want to create a product that will boost sales and if that also happens to polish their image by offering a more “health-conscious” item on their menu, then why not - right?
But do they really care about becoming more health-conscious and are these fries really better for you?
Let’s first compare the calorie-count shall we?
(Nutrtition facts taken from Burger King)
The difference is a mere 70 calories in the small fry and ...
September 23, 2013 @ 10:36 AM
Whether you’re looking to lose weight, optimize your nutrition, or both, having a well-stocked kitchen is essential. Everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are essential for healthy living, but there are a few unpopular items that should be considered as staples in your kitchen as well.
#1 – Coconut Oil
Although saturated fats have had a bad rap for as long as I can remember, not all saturated fats are created equal and that certainly holds true for coconut oil and its numerous health benefits.
Coconut oil is a rich source of beneficial medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) particularly lauric acid, which is known for its antimicrobial properties. 1
The chemical make-up of this type of fat makes it more ...
July 1, 2013 @ 11:28 AM
It's summer time and that urge to cool off with an icy treat is inevitable. I'm always trying new recipes to replace store-bought sweets and snacks with healthier homemade alternatives and this orange creamsicle recipe is a real winner!
Unlike store-bought popsicles and ice cream, these aren't empty calories loaded with processed sugars and artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors. Instead, the coconut milk, honey and fresh orange juice offer nutritional benefits... AND they taste really good. A win-win situation.
So go ahead and enjoy these guilt-free treats to keep you and your family cool this summer!
June 26, 2013 @ 6:19 PM
Here’s a typical scenario. You head to the supermarket to get your groceries with your list in hand. You fill your cart, check-off most of the items and finally head to the cold section to get some eggs and milk. When you get there, you’re faced with an isle of eggs of various colors, sizes and labels to choose from.
You quickly scan through the different health claims, certification labels and compare prices trying to figure out the best option, and wonder when did buying eggs become so confusing? Isn’t an egg just an egg? Apparently not these days.
We have brown eggs, white eggs, and even eggs rich in omega-3. Some are labeled “organic”, “all natural...
June 10, 2013 @ 11:11 PM
Juicing is not a new concept but with the popular documentary “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and other popular sites taking the world by storm, vegetable juicing has become quite the trend once again.
I too have jumped on the band wagon and have started including more green juices into my diet. They are incredibly refreshing and I encourage everyone to start juicing as a way to increase the amount of raw plant foods consumed. And it’s also never too early to get your kids addicted too!
Types of Juicers
The first step is to research the different types of juicers out there. The one that I have is a masticating type, which grinds food much like our teeth do. Masticating juicers are ...
May 27, 2013 @ 11:45 AM
Those who know me know that I’m not a fan of fad diets for the simple fact that they aren’t sustainable. They usually require very low calorie consumption and exclude one or more macro-nutrients, which offer incomplete nutrition and temporary results. While not everyone follows these fad diets, there are other common “diet” mistakes that aren’t as obvious that can also ruin your efforts.
Diet Mistake #1: Not enough sleep
If you’re ravenous all day and can’t seem to control your hunger cravings, then tiredness could be the reason. Research shows that lack of sleep raises the levels of ghrelin, an appetite-boosting hormone that increases your cravings especially for sweet and ...
November 29, 2012 @ 10:42 AM
Healthy eating is often associated with blandness and lack of flavor, especially if processed foods and sugary foods are consumed regularly. But in reality, you do not need to sacrifice flavor for better health.
Dressings are a great way to enhance the flavor of foods or even mask the ones we least desire, but not all dressings are created equal. Store-bought sauces and dressings are usually loaded with unfavorable ingredients, preservatives and chemical additives, which is why I prefer to make my own.
The following are three simple and healthy dressings that can add a delicious twist to any dish and will guarantee to impress your guests as well!
B’s Favorite Dressing
I use this dressing on ...
November 22, 2012 @ 1:32 PM
I am frequently asked about multi-vitamins and what to look for in a supplement. With so many different supplements saturating today’s market, choosing the right multi-vitamin can be quite daunting. Hopefully the following guidelines can help you make the best decision for you and your family.
It needs to be said that supplementation is not an excuse for a poor diet nor is it a substitute for healthy eating habits. As the word implies, supplements should be taken “in addition” to an already healthy diet that consists of high-quality, unprocessed whole foods. Supplements should complement the foods that you eat, not replace it.
In a world that has become obsessed with ...