Good green soup

I came up with this simple soup after many a conversation about how we could get more greens into the day. Why not drink green soup for a snack? We spend a fortune on green juices these days. Why not make our own home made version for much cheaper price? Bring this soup in a jar and drink it – hot […]

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Curried Sweet Potato Soup

There is nothing like curry spices to warm up your insides. This soup combines three ingredients that compliment one another perfectly – sweet potatoes, curry seasoning, and coconut milk. If you don’t have curry powder, you can combine cumin, turmeric, and ginger. With the coconut milk, a little goes a long way – a half cup adds a significant amount […]

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Counting and measuring weight and well being.

We can control almost everything these days, it seems. Except for that one nagging thing over which we’d most like to be dictator. Our weight. No amount of kicking and screaming will give us full control of that. We have grown attached to the unfounded belief that we can determine our weight – our health – by carefuly measuring EVERY morsel […]

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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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Walk for your weight, wander for your mind.

Daily outdoor physical activity works wonders for your brain. It’s true. In his well-known book Spark, John Ratey writes, “Getting old is unavoidable but falling apart is not.” There is an intricate connection between physical and mental health. Mental health will decline rapidly without physical activity. For your mental health alone, you must move everyday – especially as you get […]

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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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Bouts of activity through the day boost the brain.

In Canada, school kids are sitting at a desk for more hours a day than ever before. “Sitting idle for long periods of time is a biologically bad idea,” says Harvard’s Dr. Tremblay. A few of the physical perils of sitting too long include: poor leg circulation, decreased bone density, weak glut and abdominal strength,strained neck and upper back, tight […]

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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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Raggedy Ann was flexible. And she had no joints.

Raggedy Ann Doll

Being flexible is not as useful or healthful, as being strong. Raggedy Ann was very limber. She also lacked a spine, knees and hip joints. Muscle moves our joints within their proper range. While flexibility of muscle will certainly allow movement to happen more freely, stability and safety of joint movements are the first priority. Is stretching the answer? When […]

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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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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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A daily dose of nature for vitamin “G”

In the Netherlands, getting a dose of nature everyday, is believed to be as vital to one’s wellbeing as any other micronutrients. So much so that is now termed as Vitamin “G” or vitamin “green”. Its benefits are as profound on our health and happiness as any other dietary supplement. We instinctively know, though may not want to believe that […]

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To make the brain happy, get moving

Anxiety and depression are two of the most widespread mental health concerns. Whether or not they are diagnosed and medicated, mood disorders are becoming more and more prevalent. While drugs and psychological therapy may both be necessary, physical activity – especially when done outdoors in nature – is the most direct route towards positive change . When you start moving, […]

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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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