Unhealthy Health Foods?

What is the least healthy “health food”? This question immediately gives rise to some others: Healthy for whom? What is the definition of “health food”? The idea that something can be “least healthy” is based on an assumption that nutritient needs are the same among people, and consistent within individuals. But people can have unique…

After Work Energy Strategies

I constantly feel tired after work. How do I get energized again for a productive evening? Before you can effectively re-energize after work, you need to first determine what is contributing to your fatigue.  Look at: how long your work day is how physically active are you during your work day body mechanics at work…

What do skinny people understand that most people don’t?

What do skinny people understand that most people don’t? Not much. People who are constitutionally skinny don’t seem to think much about weight management, with the possible exception of how to gain weight – I have been asked to answer several questions along these lines. There is such a thing as being “skinny fat” or…

Too Much Of A Good Thing – A Fruit “Overdose”

How much fruit is too much?  For example, is it unhealthy to eat 4-5 pieces of fruit a day all at the same time, as an afternoon snack? The accurate, but unsatisfying, answer to this question is “It depends”.

Good Hydrations Part 1

Hydration: How Much Water Is Enough? This is the first in a series of two articles discussing the importance of water. This article focuses on how important the right quantity of water is; the next will focus on the importance of water quality.We’ve all heard the advice to drink at least 8 glasses of water…

Good Hydrations Part 2

Hydration: Does Water Quality Matter? This is the second of 2 articles looking at the importance of water.  In the first article, I discussed the importance of quantity – ensuring that you’re drinking enough.  In this article, I’m going to look at the importance of water quality.In North America, we have access to an abundance…

Building A Healthy Body – Start With Your Frame

Build A Strong Frame Our bodies are the homes we live in throughout our lives. Houses built on strong frames can withstand a great deal – the same is true for our bodies. Having a healthy frame, or skeleton, enables us to enjoy all the activities that add so much to the quality of our…

Sweet Poisons

You’ve heard the expression “pick your poison”.  When it comes to sweet stuff, you need to do just that.  Sugar, consumed to excess, can be toxic and lead to conditions such as diabetes.  But what about artificial sweeteners? If you’ve read some of the past posts on the importance of limiting your sugar intake, this…

Warding Off Winter “Beasties”

   A Scottish Prayer May the good Lord protect you From ghoulies and ghosties And long-leggedy beasties And things that go bump in the night. With the weather ups-and-downs of early winter, the cold and flu viruses have started to circulate and people are asking for tips to ward them off.  Here are my favourites:…

The Skinny On Sugar Cravings

Concern among the general public and scientific communities about obesity has resulted in the development of all kinds of diet aids: low fat this, low carb that.  On the low carb side of things, we’ve seen a proliferation of sugarless sweeteners being touted as the way to satisfy your sweet tooth without packing on the…