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If there’s a will, habits find the way

One of the most common pitfalls with dieting is what psychologists call the “What the hell effect.” Anyone who has diligently abstained from chocolate cookies for weeks, only to break down and eat the whole box after having a single one knows what this means. The relentless practice of good behaviour can certainly consume a tremendous amount of energy, but […]

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Insulin, inflammation, and infertility

Insulin is a common culprit these days, it seems. A troublesome instigator of many inflammatory and immune conditions, now it has found its way into infertility. In today’s Globe and Mail article “Mysterious Infertility Cause Baffles Scientists”, Shirley Wang writes about the link between polycystic ovarian syndrome and infertility. PCOS is a disease that is often linked to insulin resistance, blood […]

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Shall we talk sugar, sugar?

What’s the scoop on Sugar? Added sugar, refined sugar, natural sugar, sugar called by other names, sugar in disguise, sugar that tastes sweet, sugar that doesn’t, sugar that you’d really like to believe is not sugar because you really love eating it every day and want so badly for it not to be sugar. There should be a half year science class […]

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Hormones hijacking your health?

If everything you ate had the exact same pathway through the body, an Oreo cookie would be just as good a snack as a few almonds. The theory “calories in = calories out” has long been retired, but we still cling to it in hopes of being able to eat whatever we wish. After all, the food industry tells us […]

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To avoid the mental lows, get off the sugar highs.

What do roller coaster rides and drug highs have in common? What goes up…eventually comes down. What about sugar highs and cortisol lows? In yesterday’s Globe, Leslie Beck recommends high carbs to help alleviate stress. If you’re feeling frantic, turn to sugar for a temporary fix. The article was based on a Ohio State University study that found higher fat foods […]

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The great juice debate

Fruits and vegetables are indeed the ideal foods to eat for vitamins, minerals, and free radical-fighting antioxidants. The skin, pulp, pith and seeds in the whole food gives you a heap of fibre, both soluble and insoluble, as well as water. One of the things that allows you to eat such vast amounts of vegetables (and fruit to a degree) […]

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Blood sugar begins at breakfast

Whether you are trying to lose weight, feel more energetic, or improve your performance, breakfast is where the work begins. It is both the most avoided meal and the most over-abundant meal for most people. Eating juice and cereal carbohydrate-dense breakfast can be just as detrimental to you as skipping breakfast altogether. A high carbohydrate start will lead to a […]

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Our love affair with carbohydrates

Many people are addicted to carbohydrates without even realizing it and definitely not wanting to acknowledge it. Both physically and mentally, the more you eat these blood sugar spiking foods, the more the body craves them. It becomes a vicious cycle, where you don’t even realize that you are hooked on them, but you would faint at the thought of […]

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Carbohydrate = Sugar

What are Carbohydrates ? The question should actually be – What AREN’T they ?? Every piece of fruit, glass of juice, slice of bread, glass of milk, bowl of rice, bowl of cereal, container of yogurt, can of beans, cracker, cookie, granola bar, and vegetable you eat breaks down into sugar in your bloodstream. Read that sentence again! All carbohydrates are made […]

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Being choosey about carbohydrates

Basically, carbohydrates (sugars) are chains of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms. They can come in many forms and lengths. The longer, the better. Yes, it is true. The longer the chain, the longer it takes your body to break it down. Vegetables and fruits (and grains) are in a longer form than table sugar, honey, juice. The thing with vegetables […]

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Food and our brain

What we eat profoundly impacts our brain. There is absolutely no arguing this. Like every other part of your body, our brain is entirely dependent on the fuel we eat for all its functions. We are sometimes confused into thinking that stimulants are fuel, that caffeine makes our brain work. It is energy in the form of calories that our […]

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Pop for breakfast, anyone?

There is something to say about honesty. At least pop doesn’t pretend to be anything other than a hefty dose of sugar, while most cereals and breads trumpet their health virtues though they contain the same amount of sugar as coke. Indeed, even a small bowl of high-fibre, seven-grain cereal is equivalent in carbohydrate content to two chocolate chip cookies. […]

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