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Don’t Be A Turkey! 4 Tips To Help You Avoid Holiday Weight Gain Eat, Drink and Be Mindful

Santa cookies croppedThe holiday season comes with all kinds of stress, from gift-giving anxiety to dealing with difficult relatives. But the biggest stress-causer of the season, for me anyway, is the parties: all those appetizers; all those chocolates; all that wine; all those calories! An entire month’s worth of mindful eating wrecked in just one evening – and there’s another party tomorrow!

A single serving of eggnog is like drinking three Mars bars!
santa nogI must confess that when it comes to delicious food I don’t have great impulse control. I never buy junk food and you’ll rarely find processed or high-sugar food in my kitchen. But offer me some dark chocolate at a Christmas party and I. Just. Can’t. Resist! After I’ve had a glass of wine or two, that buffet table looks irresistible. And that bandage dress I’ve starved myself into is starting to feel uncomfortably snug.
So here are 4 tips to help you avoid holiday weight gain.

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Fat Is Not Your Enemy: 4 High-Fat Foods That Could Help You Lose Weight Things You Probably Didn't Know About Fat

In the late 1970’s, rising rates of obesity, heart disease and some cancers were blamed on dietary fat. A few early studies linked fat consumption with higher blood cholesterol levels, and suddenly fat was a new enemy. It seemed so simple: eat fat, get fat. So everyone went on low-fat diets. By the 1990’s, low-fat food products were everywhere. Butter and eggs were banished from the breakfast table; muffins the… Read More »Fat Is Not Your Enemy: 4 High-Fat Foods That Could Help You Lose Weight Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Fat

Healthy Recipe: Guilt-Free Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Sorry Starbucks, Your PSL Doesn't Hold A Candle To This!

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It’s autumn, and here in Vancouver you can’t walk a block without passing a cafe offering delicious Pumpkin Spice coffee drinks. The creamy, spicy aromas waft out onto the sidewalk to tempt you with their sweet, warming flavours. Yum! Reality check to the rescue A Grande Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks bulges with 350 calories and overflows with 50 (!) grams of sugar. That’s the sugar equivalent of more than 3 Twinkies… Read More »Healthy Recipe: Guilt-Free Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Sorry Starbucks, Your PSL Doesn’t Hold A Candle To This!

Healthy Recipe: Country Kitchen Blueberry Pie A Tasty Treat Without Too Much Added Sugar

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Vancouver’s July heatwave brought out the blueberries earlier than usual and in abundance. At last weekend’s West End Farmers Market I bought a huge bag of them — ripe, delicious and far too many to eat before they spoil. What better reason to make a pie! Try this easy, healthy recipe for Country Kitchen Blueberry Pie.Read More »Healthy Recipe: Country Kitchen Blueberry Pie A Tasty Treat Without Too Much Added Sugar

Healthy Dessert Recipe: No-Bake Carrot Yum Cakes Hard To Believe Something So Delicious Is So Healthy!

Confession: I have an insatiable sweet tooth. I love rich, decadent desserts. But I don’t love how they make me feel after the sugar rush wears off — not to mention how they seem to settle on my lower belly! Last week I was inspired by a carrot cake recipe my friend Kitana Nutall shared. It’s vegan, high-protein, high-fiber and uses only dates for sweetness rather than sugar. Best of… Read More »Healthy Dessert Recipe: No-Bake Carrot Yum Cakes Hard To Believe Something So Delicious Is So Healthy!

Want To Lose Weight? Why It’s More Than Simply Eating Less

Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.

-Joseph Pilates


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If you’ve ever tried to lose a few pounds, you’ll know it can be a real challenge. Why is that? You’d think it would be simple: just eat less and exercise more, right? For a week or two, swap that daily Frappucino for an espresso and won’t the weight just drop off? And if that doesn’t work, there’s always this or that supplement/diet/fat-burning-ab-crunch/juice cleanse to kickstart the scales into action.

Except it’s not that simple.

The sad fact is, our bodies are hard-wired to store fat and conserve energy, making weight loss difficult. The “calories-in/calories-out” theory so many subscribed to for years has been proven flawed. This study shows that when it comes to fat loss, the type of food we eat has much more impact than the calories it contains. And recent research suggests that while all exercise is better than none, the intensity can matter more than the duration.

Restricting calories may result in weight loss, but if you can’t sustain the diet, the loss will be temporary.

All of these variables can  be confusing for the person who just wants to figure out how to lose a few pounds.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not suggesting you put down the dumbbells and retire to the couch. The risks of obesity and the benefits of exercise are pretty clear. What’s more, I know lots of people who’ve lost weight and kept it off. It can happen. So here are a few suggestions to try – and pitfalls to avoid – to help you do just that.Read More »Want To Lose Weight? Why It’s More Than Simply Eating Less

Healthy Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash & Date Pizza Yup, Dates on a Pizza!

My good friend and fellow foodie Frank brought me a box of fresh dates the other day. They were so delicious I’ve been inspired to seek out some new and interesting date recipes! Dates are an impressively nutritious fruit. They’re rich in fiber, iron, calcium and copper. They contain vitamins A and B-complex, and have more potassium than bananas. They’re also very high in natural sugars, so be careful not to… Read More »Healthy Recipe: Roasted Butternut Squash & Date Pizza Yup, Dates on a Pizza!

Healthy Recipe: Chickpea Chocolate Chip Gluten Free Cookies Chewy and Delicious!

Who can resist a chewy, delicious chocolate chip cookie? Not me! And we don’t need to anymore, thanks to my friend and subscriber Karen Cattell (who always has the best cookie recipes!) March is National Nutrition Month, and to celebrate I’ll be posting my favourite healthy recipes for you to enjoy. This one has no flour, no gluten and no white sugar — plus it’s completely vegan if you use maple… Read More »Healthy Recipe: Chickpea Chocolate Chip Gluten Free Cookies Chewy and Delicious!

Quick & Healthy Recipe: Avocado Mango Coconut Smoothie It's Delicious. Trust me.

I know what you’re thinking: avocado in a smoothie? Yuck! Doubters, be assured — this creamy and filling smoothie is absolutely delicious. Great as a light lunch! Scroll down to see how easy it is to prepare. Christie’s Avocado Mango Coconut Smoothie 1 cold, very ripe avocado 1 Ataulfo mango (the small yellow kind) 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon shredded coconut 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup (optional) A… Read More »Quick & Healthy Recipe: Avocado Mango Coconut Smoothie It’s Delicious. Trust me.

Five “Healthy” Foods That Aren’t As Healthy As You Think Sorry, Chocolate Lovers

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Making healthy food choices can be pretty confusing. For every time we read about some exciting new miracle superfood, it seems another, innocent seeming edible is placed on the Naughty List. Remember when we all thought fat was bad for us, and ate nothing but pasta for a decade? Then came the rise of the low-carb movement, with steak and bacon suddenly deemed healthy breakfast items.

And then there are the often misleading food labels and deceptive marketing campaigns, not to mention the studies that supposedly “prove” the health benefits of this or that food — studies that are sponsored by the food manufacturers themselves! This study, which extols the benefits of cocoa, for example, was publicized by Mars, Inc.

Some of those yummy flavoured yogurts can actually contain more sugar than a Twinkie

Here are 5 foods, widely considered to be healthful, which may not be as healthy as you think.

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