Welcome to our blog, where we offer our insight and advice on common areas of challenge, frequently asked questions, and other health related hot topics. We hope you learn a few key things while you’re here that spark your motivation to lead a healthy and full life. Happy reading!
December is finally upon us – it’s time to eat, drink and be merry! As we enter the season of holiday feasts, opportunities to socialize with friends and family over attractive meals (and bottles) will arise. With this season comes food - lots and lots of delicious food. As we promote balance, flexibility and the enjoyment of all types of food, we want you to enjoy your holiday engagements without going overboard. After all, life is meant to be fully lived and food is meant to be thoroughly enjoyed.
During the teenage years, when our bone maturation accelerates, it is particularly important to support bone health through healthy dietary and exercise habits. But when the maintenance phase is entered in adult life, all hope is not lost - there is a lot we can do to protect and even strengthen our bones.
In this day and age (with the birth of technology many years behind us), real, up-to-date, nutrition and food science exists in a sea of myths and outdated information. One of the most common myths is that consuming certain types of food will cause fat gain (or prevent fat loss). For example, a “bad food” (such as a cheeseburger from a fast-food restaurant) will cause fat storage, where as a “good food” (such as a bowl of fresh salad topped with wild salmon) will not. Due to this widely spread belief, clean eating meal plans and programs for weight loss emerged.
The food we eat can have a significant impact on our lives. It can enhance our quality of life by improving things like mental cognition and quality of sleep. It can also help us recover faster between workouts. But when not effectively consumed, food can also have a negative impact – causing low energy, decreased sense of well-being and of course, excess weight gain.
Fresh, whole fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet. Leafy green vegetables, in particular, are brimming with fibre, vitamins, minerals and plant-based substances shown to promote health and well-being. While chowing down on a large green salad several days a week is one way to fit greens into your diet, this meal choice is not a go-to for everyone. For those looking for a unique way to sneak these nutrition powerhouses into their diet, consider whipping up a green smoothie.