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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Finding balance

How much of a good thing is too much? At what point does a concern for healthy eating become a burden on the brain? How can an enjoyment of delicious food become such a burden on the body? Is there a place of peace between gluttony and deprivation? When I think about what I do for a living – what […]

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A letter to a dedicated dieter…

To those who are abiding to a diet – Recently, you’ve made a commitment to exercising and losing weight. Perhaps a few clarifications will help eliminate some of the confusion. You can lose the weight successfully if instead of getting caught up in the details you nail down the principles that may be missing. “Self-discipline” and “hard work” may be in […]

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How do we measure pleasure?

What is the price of lost pleasure? $5.27 billion, apparently.This is the amount of pleasure that will be lost – according to US health regulators – when calorie counts are included on all fast food and restaurant chain menus. “Lost profit” might be a more accurate choice of words here since the real concern is that by transparency of nutrition […]

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Choose less not more to stave off diabetes

“Two cups of coffee a day (with or without caffeine) has been consistently linked to a lower risk of Type 2 diabetes.” writes Jane Brody, in her article in this morning’s Globe and Mail. We are told that drinking coffee over tea, and eating fish over deli meat is the way to prevent diabetes. If only it was that simple. […]

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For the love of food…learn the science of it.

The other evening at dinner with a friend,  we got into a discussion about the dichotomy concerning food and health.  This is a conversation that often arises when I dine with people, who wonder whether I ever eat bread, let alone dessert, since I spend much time explaining the perils of these foods. Our chat got me thinking. Why has […]

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Even endurance athletes benefit from low carb diet

Sam Inkinen, a 38 year old athlete triathlete from California has recently discovered that a higher fat diet benefits his performance. After years of following a typical “low-fat, high-carb” endurance athlete’s diet, which left him feeling constantly hungry, with fluctuating weight and moods, he switched to a high fat diet. Olive oil, nuts, and avocados make up a large percentage […]

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Food in fat cells triggers a dangerous domino effect

Fat cells do not keep excess fuel well-preserved. Our fat cells were not designed to package and preserve fuel in a sustainable, long-term way. When the body was first engineered, it was not designed with the our current predicament in mind – that we would be stuffing ourselves day after day. If Steve Jobs were in charge of this machine, […]

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The food industry is not your friend

Kashi cereal will soon erase the words, “ALL NATURAL” from its cereal boxes, after being sued in the US for wrongly marketing themselves as something they are not. You need only read the ingredients to see the sweet deception. “The Food Industry is not your friend,” Yoni Freedhoff says in his poignant article in yesterday’s Globe. If it really did […]

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For a clear mind, go with your gut.

” It might be time to start treating depression from the bottom up instead of the top down,” says neuroscientist Jane Foster. While we have always known that food can be a source of temporary comfort, what is less understood is how the state of our gut affects our brain and ongoing mental state. The body is a swimming pool […]

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Vegetables boost vitality. They don’t boast miracles.

“Go for seven,” Leslie Beck writes in yesterday’s Globe and Mail. The more you have, the better for your health, we’ve been told since childhood. And, rightfully so. Vegetables help reduce inflammation, boost immunity, and ward off free radicals. Alnd living longer. Eat up. Over course, we forget that to fill the glass we might have to empty it, first. […]

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An updated and honest Food Guide would…

…would begin with these two simple words:”Eat less.” We tend to overlook the most obvious facts in the quest to make things as complex and detailed as possible. The Food Guide is one example. While it can certainly (and rightfully) be argued that the recommendations are in need of a definite face lift, the slap-in-the-face reality is that we simply […]

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Keep steady to shed weight

  While minimizing calories is the mathematical way to lose weight, your efforts will forever be in vain until you master the brain and blood sugar game. Knowing the quantity of food energy we are consuming is worthwhile – so as not to tip the scale. Stored fat is, after all, simply an accumulation of unused calories. Savings that would […]

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“What’s in a name? That which we call sugar…

…by any other name would be as sweet.” What could be more shocking than realizing how much ADDED sugar we’re unconsciously eating? Learning how much NATURAL sugar we don’t realize we’re eating. “Sugar goes by many names” Carly Weeks writes in this past Monday’s Globe article. She lists a few common sugar additives including, caramel, dextrose, glucose-fructose, corn syrup…certainly some […]

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Stop popping statins

Statins are not magical pills that prevent heart disease. As Andre Picard wrote in the Globe and Mail on Monday, “they give the illusion on protection”. What IS the best prescription for preventing heat disease? Activity. You don’t swallow it. You DO it. It is often forgotten that the human body functions at it’s optimum when it is MOVING. there […]

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Gluten or glucose?

Here are three definitions worth learning GLUTEN: a mixture of two PROTEINS found in many cereal GRAINS, such as wheat. PROTEIN: molecules containing one or more chains of amino acids, which form an     essential part of all living organisms. GRAINS: a small seed of a food plant, such as wheat or rice, that is composed primarily of carbohydrates […]

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Pinning the weight on the packaging

It has recently come to light that it is NOT the junk we eat that makes us fat, but rather the PACKAGING it comes in. Whew! Thank god for that. I can finally start eating Oreos all day as long as I buy them at the bulk store rather than in the usual packaging. You can drink all the pop […]

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