The new year is here and, for many people, that means New Year’s resolutions. While one common resolution is weight loss, many people aren’t sure how to properly go about losing weight in a safe, healthy and sustainable way. Fad diets and quick fixes are not the solution. Many people who try these tactics are often discouraged when they ultimately result in the regaining of the weight originally lost or even more. If you’re looking to lose weight and make lasting changes, you’ll need a plan that focuses on those things we know are most effective. In fact, what’s required…

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Most people take steps to stay hydrated when the weather is warm. During the summer, people drink water regularly in order to keep themselves feeling cool and refreshed. However, in the winter, this doesn’t always happen. Because the weather is much colder, a lot of people don’t concern themselves with staying hydrated during the winter. However, it’s important that you drink enough water all year round. Just because you’re not hot and sweaty, it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to drink water. A COMMON MISCONCEPTION: It’s a common misconception that you need less water in the winter than you…

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Everyone knows about the health value of vegetables. However, most of us don’t eat enough of them on a daily basis. The good news is that it’s not that tough to add more vegetables to your diet. Here are a few quick ways that you can consume more vegetables on a regular basis: SNEAK THEM INTO YOUR FOOD: Don’t like the taste of too many vegetables? Want to stick to eating the foods you’re used to? That’s fine. You can keep eating whatever you normally do and still increase your vegetable intake. How? “Sneak” them in. This idea works great…

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Sep
2015

Knowing what’s in your food is very important. Not only does it help you make sure you’re getting all the nutrients you need, the fact is that many foods contain ingredients that you might not expect. Which means that something that might appear to be healthy, could, in fact, be high in added sugar, salt or other ingredients that simply aren’t good for you. If you have food allergies and/or intolerances, know what’s in your food is that much more important. This means reading not just the ingredients list, but also the nutrition label. Nutrition labels provide a lot of…

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Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Canada. A sedentary lifestyle and a poor diet resulting in high levels of cholesterol and homocysteine, an amino acid which damages the arterial wall making it easier cholesterol to adhere to those walls and restrict blood flow, can significantly increase your risk of stroke; particularly for those over the age of 55. In the following video, Dr. Jason Lemieux of Physiomed Oakville talks about key vitamins/supplements and an exercise strategy featuring high intensity interval training that can help to reduce your risk of stroke:    

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20
Mar
2015

Did you know that married individuals are more likely to live healthy and active lives if their spouse does the same? It’s true! Studies have shown that married people tend to eat healthier diets if their spouse does and this same pattern also applies to exercise. WHEN ONE SPOUSE EATS HEALTHIER SO DOES THE OTHER: A 2010 study from Harvard University found that married men are, in general, healthier than men who have never been married or those whose marriages have ended. Other studies have produced similar results. Those who have spouses who eat healthy and exercise regularly are significantly…

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Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? It’s a time when Dietitians, Nutritionists, Naturopaths and other health professionals across Canada go to great lengths to remind us about the importance and benefits of healthy eating. This year, the focus of Nutrition Month is “eating well at work” (in fact, the slogan for this year’s campaign is “Eating 9 to 5!”). Given how hectic our schedules are these days and how quick, easy and tempting it is to fill our empty stomachs while at work with fast food or, even worse, vending machine fare, it’s no wonder that our…

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Today, most of us spend a lot of our time in a seated position. We sit in our cars, on public transit, at work, during meals, while watching TV, while using the computer, while reading books and while playing games. Unfortunately, all of this sitting is putting our health at risk. Sitting for long periods of time is associated with a higher risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and many other illnesses. While many of us try to compensate for our highly sedentary lifestyles by working out periodically, a recent study from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, suggest that even 30-60…

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If your New Year’s resolution was to eat better and maybe lose weight in 2015 but you find that you’ve actually been eating more rather than less this year, don’t worry. You’re not alone. A recent study found that, most of us actually buy more food (defined as calories per serving) in the first three months of the year than at any other time during the year; including the holiday season. According to researchers, the issue is not that we aren’t trying to eat healthier in the New Year. In fact, the study found that many of us actually do…

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Every New Year, many of us make a renewed commitment to changing our lives for the better; which often means an increased focus on our health. However, while we’re all increasingly aware that some combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise is key to improving our overall health, the fact is that some of us simply can’t commit to doing both. Whether it’s because eating healthier seems too complicated or because exercising regularly feels too far from our natural comfort zone, the inevitable question that follows, and one we often hear from patients, is which is more important, diet…

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