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Taking Our Pulses: Lose Weight And Save Money By Adding This One Food To Your Diet

Eating healthy on a budget can seem like a challenge. But one of nature’s most nutritious foods is also one of the supermarket’s least expensive: dried legumes. Legumes, or pulses — the family of grain seeds that includes lentils, beans, peas and peanuts — are so healthful they’ve been nicknamed The Perfect Food. High in fibre and packed with vitamins and minerals, pulses are also a great plant-based source of protein at… Read More »Taking Our Pulses: Lose Weight And Save Money By Adding This One Food To Your Diet

Free “How-To” Exercise Videos Exercise Fundamentals Made Easy. And Free!

Free “How-To” Exercise Videos Are you a fitness newbie and a bit uncertain about how to do exercises correctly? Or maybe you’re a regular gym junkie who’s ready for precision instruction on your form. Whatever your skill level, you’ve come to the right place! On my new Free “How-To” Exercise Videos page you’ll find short videos on fundamental exercises you’ll need in group fitness sessions or solo gym workouts. The videos… Read More »Free “How-To” Exercise Videos Exercise Fundamentals Made Easy. And Free!

7 Reasons To Hire A Personal Trainer

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Hiring a personal trainer is an important step towards getting and staying fit and healthy, no matter what your age or income level. Personal trainers aren’t just for accomplished athletes with a lot of experience. In fact even if you’re a complete fitness newbie, a personal trainer can help you achieve the success you’re seeking. So check out these 7 reasons to hire a personal trainer. 1. To Help You Learn How to Do… Read More »7 Reasons To Hire A Personal Trainer

Back To Basics: 3 Videos To Help You Master Your Pilates Practice

Hi guys — I’ve put together these 3 videos to help you master your Pilates practice. Because no matter how long you’ve been practicing Pilates, it’s important to go back to basics now and again. If you’re new to Pilates, you’ll benefit from mastering these few fundamentals before attempting more challenging exercises. If you’re a seasoned pro, revisiting these Core principles will ensure you’re using good technique.  Establishing Neutral Spine  To… Read More »Back To Basics: 3 Videos To Help You Master Your Pilates Practice

Finding The Right Exercise Mat Sharing's No Fun. Why You Need To Invest In Your Own Mat

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If you attend group fitness classes regularly, have you considered investing in a high-quality mat? The right exercise mat can enhance your practice, making the whole class experience more pleasant. If your hands slip forward in Downward Facing Dog (so distracting!), you’ll want a mat with a “grippier” surface. And if Rolling Like a Ball makes your vertebrae ache, a mat with more cushioning will take the “ouch” out of your practice. Here… Read More »Finding The Right Exercise Mat Sharing’s No Fun. Why You Need To Invest In Your Own Mat

Homemade Dark Chocolate From Christie’s Chocolate Factory! A Healthy(ish) DIY Holiday Gift

I love creating homemade, useful holiday gifts. And I love dark chocolate. (Who doesn’t!?) So this year’s DIY holiday gifts are a no-brainer: homemade dark chocolate!  Making chocolate is so much easier than I’d imagined. You need only 4 essential ingredients, a spatula, wax paper and a double boiler. The rest is up to your imagination! For extra flavour you can add nuts, dried fruits, crushed candy canes or spices. To… Read More »Homemade Dark Chocolate From Christie’s Chocolate Factory! A Healthy(ish) DIY Holiday Gift

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 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!