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Are weight loss supplements helpful in losing weight?

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Featured, Health, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on Are weight loss supplements helpful in losing weight?

Are weight loss supplements helpful in losing weight?

(Image: ‘Raspberry Fruits On Branch’ by adamr/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Unfortunately not, at least not long-term. Diet pills rarely lead to permanent weight loss, as they do not actually “train” your mind to eat better and exercise more. The best method for weight loss is simply eating well and getting plenty of exercise. If you find that snacking is your weakness, try to get in touch with your hunger and appetite instead of relying on supplements. Often times we think we are hungry, when in actuality, our minds are playing tricks on us based on advertisements, scents, or anything else.  It is recommended to eat meals made up of foods that satisfy hunger and control appetite. Include sources of lean proteins, and snack on healthy high-fibre foods such as fruits and vegetables. With the growing market of diet supplements, buyer beware and do your research! A popular supplement currently on the market are raspberry ketones and they come in a variety of products. Some versions are sold at health food stores, with less obnoxious health claims, and are often combined with green tea, vitamins or  other herbals. When sold in combination with other nutrients, the health claims are often associated with the green tea, resveratrol and the like, with the raspberry ketone added as a flavouring or colourant. These products can also be purchased at pharmacies and are readily available on the internet. Lacking scientific research suggesting that raspberry ketones aid in weight loss, one might wonder how they are sold on the market with such claims. Health Canada acknowledges raspberry ketones to be a flavour enhancer added to other supplements, so sales are permitted. However, supplement stores and online websites are readily claiming the raspberry ketone to be a bioactive in helping the body to metabolize fat. When people see claims associated with a new product on the market, they jump to the conclusion that the claims are being made about the raspberry ketones themselves, when in actuality, the claim has been around for years for the actual bioactive nutrient.   They seem to be the newest rage in the ever growing weight loss market. Dr. Oz claims them to be a “Fat Burner in a Bottle”[1], backed up by seemingly real science. However, what the general public is not made aware of on the Dr. Oz website, is that there no sound scientific evidence suggesting that raspberry ketones do anything more than add flavour. Like any other product on the market, Dr. Oz, amongst other weight loss pill endorsers, say that it works when accompanied with healthy lifestyle habits. So is it the raspberry ketones that are making people lose weight…or is it the fact that people taking them are more likely to take conscious decisions when it comes to exercise and food choices? Probably the latter. Websites designed for the sale of raspberry ketones state that the product is completely natural, and all the ingredients are good for you to consume, so therefore there are no side effects[2]. Just because something is natural does not mean that there are no dangers in consuming the product. Any product that contains a bioactive ingredient, as the raspberry ketone is claiming to be, poses some risk to the consumer. The various websites advertising raspberry ketones are laden with spelling errors and grammatically incorrect sentences. If this doesn’t blatantly show that there is a lack of credibility in the product, then I’m not sure what does.  Overall, the evidence to suggest that raspberry ketones are beneficial in weight loss and weight management are null and void. Buyer beware. Celebrity endorsements may make...

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All is Energy Exchange

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Featured, Quotes & Thoughts | Comments Off on All is Energy Exchange

All is Energy Exchange

(Image: ‘Team Joining Hands’ by adamr/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net) It can be easy to overlook the fact that money is just one form of energy exchange. But it is, right? What would it be like if we took this approach in our lives? I’ve found that it’s too easy to get caught up in being in a financial crunch and feeling stuck in a place of scarcity. It can feel like a steep and impossible climb up once inside. So it’s wonderful to see more opportunities for energy exchanges that bypass money all together. Like here at Source Centre. Almost two years ago, we began our energy exchange program where interested and committed people offer their services (light cleaning, laundry, help with flyer distribution, etc) in exchange for Network care. What’s been amazing – beyond having wonderful people join us in our space – is watching them transform their lives! People start out without regular work and then they find good jobs. Or they’re looking for acceptance to a program and they receive it. While it’s sad to have to say good-bye to the people who have generously and graciously enriched our lives and space, it’s so incredible to witness the transformation and the realization of their goals. So, while I’m full of gratitude and delight at exploring the wonders and possibilities of energy exchange .. what I’m also wanting to say is….does this sound like something you may be interested in? We’re always looking for some good people and we’re flexible. All we ask for is a commitment on your part. Feel free to call or email us  for more...

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How much weight do I need to lose to gain health benefits?

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in Featured, Health, How-To's, Uncategorized | Comments Off on How much weight do I need to lose to gain health benefits?

How much weight do I need to lose to gain health benefits?

(Image: ‘Measuring Tape Around Apple’ by nixxphotography / FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Have you ever wondered if the basic lifestyle changes you are committing to will benefit your well being in the long run? It can often be challenging to maintain a diet and exercise regime because the changes that occur can seem so insignificant. However, not all the changes are going to be visible right away and any lost weight is going to be beneficial. People often complain about working out and eating well for weeks, yet they are not losing the weight that they had imagined. Committing to a healthy lifestyle is the first step in achieving health benefits of weight loss. The benefits of a healthy lifestyle will be observed throughout the body, but the changes often begin internally. Health benefits are observed when any amount of weight is lost, especially when it is done so in a gradual manner as opposed to crash dieting. Crash dieting will trick the body into thinking it is being starved. This will effectively decrease the body’s metabolism and cause weight gain, or inconsistent weight loss, in which an initial period of weight loss will be followed by weight re-gain. Another issue with crash diets are the persistent cravings. When you starve your body of required nutrients, the body will respond by craving foods that are high in fat. This is an innate coping mechanism of the body in order to maintain energy levels for basic bodily functions. Crash diets and speedy weight loss are not going to benefit the body, and any weight loss achieved will be short lived. Make small changes in eating and physical activity routines that can be sustained over time. Your body will lose weight gradually and more permanently. So, to get back to the question: How much weight loss is recommended to see benefits? If you are overweight, losing as little as 5% of your body weight can help improve blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugars and blood triglyceride levels. This equates to losing 8 pounds for someone who weighs 175 pounds. Losing this amount of weight can be easy, and getting assistance from a nutritionist and/or sports trainer can help you achieve your goals in a healthful manner for long lasting results. A practical caloric restriction of only 250-500 calories a day will allow you to lose half to one full pound in a week, as 1500 calories is equivalent to one pound. Simply saying no to whipped cream topping on a drink can curb an astonishing 120 calories! Reducing 250-500 calories a day is manageable, and can be done in increments throughout the day. Losing small amounts of weight can improve your health and slowly help you reach a healthier weight.  Any amount of weight loss is beneficial if you are overweight. The moment you commit to a healthy lifestyle is the moment your body will begin to gain the benefits of weight...

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VIP Event: You’re Invited!

Posted by on Jun 26, 2013 in Events, Featured | Comments Off on VIP Event: You’re Invited!

VIP Event: You’re Invited!

Tuesday July 9, 20135:30pm – 8:00pm At Source Centre for Health & Wellness 326 Adelaide Street West, Suite 202 416-923-4325   You’re invited to Source Centre’s VIP Event: Your Health Matters.   Meet our Expert Health Panel and learn how you can: Feel Young Lose Weight Optimize Health   Highlights of the event: Complimentary health checks, massages and acupuncture. Gain valuable advice from our health talks. One-night only special offers and prizes Healthy snacks and refreshments   Limited seating is available so please RSVP by July 2, 2013 to reserve your spot. Call 416-923-4325 or email health@sourcecentre.ca.  Tweet...

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Notes on a Cleanse

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Featured, Health, Quotes & Thoughts, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Notes on a Cleanse

Notes on a Cleanse

We recently co-ordinated a community-wide cleanse at Source Centre . I created a guideline of foods to eat or avoid, along with some tips regarding lifestyle and approach. We constructed a wall display in the form of a vegetable garden; if someone signed up for the cleanse, they would put their name on a construction paper vegetable, and place it on the wall, signifying their commitment. To my delight, over 25 people signed on to cleanse in some way. This result in itself was very encouraging, as many folks broke out of their comfort zone and agreed to cleanse for the first time. It was inspiring and heartening to witness that courage in the face of many deterrents and fears. Food is a sensitive subject, and bears emotional and psychological weight in our lives. Agreeing to change our eating habits is agreeing to change some deeply habitual aspects of ourselves. The most profound results came about midway through the cleanse. Personally, I had more energy, my skin was brighter, and I felt mentally clear. However, two participants in particular had wonderful results that exceeded my expectations and hopes. The following are testimonials from these participants: The first thing I noticed was a significant reduction in bloating, both in my face and around my stomach area. My skin became very clear. I received a number of comments that my face looked “brighter”. I didn’t have any cravings for meat or wheat products. The lighter meals satisfied my hunger and didn’t leave me feeling bloated and uncomfortable. I found I had more energy also. -Rose I had low expectations for this cleanse – it was an idea I’d played with for years but never got around to trying. Leila’s advice was gentle and precise: “you can do it if you want to.” And I did, so I did. Having committed for one week, I told myself I would try for two. The hard part was getting organized for such a drastic shift in diet (I’m an unashamed carnivore) and staying on top of it, but the results were encouraging and immediate. I was more alert, lighter on my feet and emotionally consistent. I woke up earlier each day, ahead of my alarm, ready for the world. By the second week I felt so in tune with my body and empowered by a growing awareness of my body’s wants and needs (many of which I’d previously confused with one another) that it became difficult to imagine reverting back to my old indulgent ways, so I extended the cleanse into a third week. -Phil What is inspiring about these testimonials is that both of these participants had never cleansed before! And yet, they had almost immediate results, and a noticeable shift in energy, appearance and perspective. Cleansing provides so many benefits, not the least of which is learning to listen to your body, and get in touch with your real needs and tastes. The miraculous thing about resetting via a cleanse is that you often realize you don’t want those so-called addictive foods in the first place. The clarity in your body and mind become a state worth maintaining, and a great testing ground for noticing what you truly crave. Being in nature is another great way to get in tune with your body, and calm your mind. Spending time in nature daily is a great way to cleanse your thoughts and reconnect with what matters. This summer, continue to embrace refreshing yourself with a nutritious and fortifying diet, and lots of time...

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Make the Best of the Outdoors – 5 Easy Tips

Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on Make the Best of the Outdoors – 5 Easy Tips

Make the Best of the Outdoors – 5 Easy Tips

I think of myself as someone who takes good care of my health. I eat nearly 100% vegan and mostly whole foods. I ride my bike to and from Source Centre on a daily basis. I get adequate rest. And I have regular Network Spinal Care. What more could I do? I was in for a shock when I stood in front of the camera lighting for a video shoot to answer frequently asked questions about Network Spinal Analysis. I squinted as my eyes adjusted to the brightness. Partway through the filming, I was fanning myself because of all the heat and perspiration! Most shocking though was how I felt standing in front of the lights. Yes, I was nervous, but I was much more alert than usual. I felt energetic and ready to take on anything. How could I feel so much more alive standing in front of these bright lights? How could I, unless I’ve been missing something? Maybe sunshine? Like many of you, I spend a lot of time indoors. Between all the responsibilities of running Source Centre and caring for my patients and practice members, I have limited opportunities to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. I look for easy ways to maximize the benefits of being outdoors. Here’s my advice: Any time outside is better than none. Get outside even if you can only spare 30 seconds. Getting off your chair and away from the computer will give your body a break from the strain of sitting. Look for some green space near your office and home. Being surrounded by green multiplies the benefit of being outside. Being on grass rather than a sidewalk makes a world of difference. Being surrounded by tree and plants is much more calming than being around buildings. Studies show that time spent in parks ease stress and frustration. If you live or work near Source Centre or the Toronto Entertainment District, there are quite a few options nearby for green space. My top picks include: David Pecaut Square behind Metro Hall and Roy Thompson hall. Consider coming for Wednesday morning yoga starting July 2013. St. Andrew’s Market and Playground on Adelaide and Brant. Grange Park on John north of Queen. Clarence Square on Spadina and Wellington. Bike to work. It’s a great way to get exercise, fresh air, sunshine, and to reduce the stress of your commute. Expose your skin. Roll up you sleeves and wear short or skirts. Skin that normally doesn’t see the sun will generate more vitamin D. Get out in the middle of the day. The sun is the brightest between 11am and 3pm. How do you get the most of the outdoors? Share your ideas by leaving a reply. If you found these tips useful please share this blog with your friends, family and co-workers.    Tweet...

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