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Eating Well While Traveling this Holiday Season

Posted by on Nov 11, 2013 in Featured, Health, How-To's | Comments Off on Eating Well While Traveling this Holiday Season

Eating Well While Traveling this Holiday Season

(Image: ‘Airport’ by africa/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net) Holiday season is fast approaching and for some of us this means traveling. Looking to keep eating healthy while traveling? It’s not as difficult at it may seem at first. We’re pleased to have guest blogger , Cole Millen, share his experiences and insights in this blog. Thanks, Cole! Avoiding Airport Dietary Disasters Whether you’re traveling for pleasure or business, if you’ve established a healthy diet, the last thing you want to do is ruin it. Unfortunately, airports are a smorgasbord of tasty but unhealthy foods designed to tempt hungry people with little time to spare. When faced with everything from sugary lattes to fresh-baked cinnamon buns, it can be a challenge to resist such indulgence. Fortunately, by taking the proper steps, you can reduce the temptation and maintain your health and figure. Here are some of the ways that you can avoid airport dietary disasters. Eat Before You Leave Going to the airport hungry is a lot like going to the store hungry – it’s not a wise decision. Hunger drives impulsiveness, making you much more likely to eat things you know you shouldn’t. It’s always better to eat before leaving for the airport. If you’re really pressed for time before your trip, consider preparing something the night before. Anything you make at home is virtually guaranteed to be healthier and more satisfying than anything you’ll find at airport restaurants. Bring Your Own Food If you’re on a long-haul flight, you’re probably going to get hungry at some point. While most airlines provide meals and snacks for such trips, they’re not usually the healthiest fare. For this reason, it’s recommended that you bring your own foods that fit your dietary needs and preferences. Sandwiches, salads, cereal bars, nuts, dried or fresh fruit, jerky and yogurt are all fantastic options. Do Your Homework Once you’ve found out which airport you’ll be departing from, do a search online to see what kinds of restaurants it harbors. Also learn about the restaurants and hotels in the nearby area. You never know when you are going to be stuck over night on a layover. I had a flight cancelled recently while I was in Boston after a Red Sox game and thought I was in a trouble. I did a quick search and found a great list of hotels and restaurants in Boston that could cater to the health conscious. Researching everything is extremely important.  By doing this, you’ll be better able to gauge the availability of health-conscious menu items. Steer clear of places serving junk foods, barbecue, fried foods and other health nightmares. You’re much better off with places that serve Mediterranean fare, salads, soups and lean meats. Drink Plenty of Water Many people don’t realize that thirst can be mistaken for hunger, and they eat needlessly as a result. Meanwhile, what your body really wants is water, so it’s important that you stay properly hydrated on your trip. Unfortunately, recent security measures forbid you from bringing more than three ounces of liquid through the terminal gates. To make matters worse, you can expect to pay an obscene amount of money for a bottle of water once you’re on the plane. That said, there is one way around this problem. Simply bring an empty bottle and fill it in the restroom or from a water fountain once you’ve gone through security. Get Some Exercise Sitting around waiting for your flight can drive you to eat out of boredom, which is the worst dietary mistake you can make. Instead of sitting there and snacking needlessly, get up...

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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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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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Resolve

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Featured, Health, Quotes & Thoughts, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Resolve

Resolve

A choice, irrespective of whether it is based on reasons why, comes from an individual resolve.  According to the the Vedas, the ancient spiritual texts of India, Sankalpa, or resolve, is the single most important element for an individual on their path. Resolve is the anchoring intention that holds one steady through the internal storms of confusion, doubt, resistance, rationalization and fear. I believe that resolve is beyond will power. Resolve is the confluence of universal and personal truth; it is awareness that strikes into action. Will power alone predicates itself on rules or restrictions, as in “I will not eat sugar anymore!”. These are external boundaries that emanate from the mind of the individual, holding them captive. When we make such declarations, we are exporting our power into external boundaries. Resolve on the other hand emanates from within, as a silent, but powerful choice: “I am honouring and celebrating life by nourishing myself.” Where will power can be severe, or constricting, resolve is an act of love. Resolve lives in the heart. Over the past few weeks as I have been ruminating on this topic, I’ve witnessed many inspiring stories of personal resolve from friends, and acquaintances. A common element that arose in every story was that none of these individuals committed to restricting themselves with rigid rules. They each held a personal intention, but also allowed themselves the freedom to act spontaneously. One friend whose intention was to quit smoking began noticing a subtle inner sense of repugnance for smoking, even when he indulged the urge. He increasingly began to identify with that quiet sense until he felt an unequivocal repugnance for cigarettes and quit successfully. Another friend had been practicing veganism for a little while, but allowed herself to indulge in KFC, after which she felt quite ill, and has not craved KFC since. Resolve extends from a paradigm of freedom and abundance. Creating external rules suggests that we do not trust ourselves with our choices. I’ve often heard people use language like “I’m not allowed,” “I can’t,” or “I’m not supposed to” with regards to lifestyles that they themselves have engineered. What I’ve also observed is that some folks are reticent about making commitments for fear of failure or mistake. Resolve has nothing to do with success or failure. Resolve weathers “slips” and continues to stand, to shine. Nor does it become dogmatic or punishing. Resolve empowers the individual with an awareness of their capacity for integrity, responsibility, resilience. It lives within each human being as a seed potential. It lives within you. As a gesture of my own resolve, I will share with you a recent commitment I have made. I have chosen to no  longer participate in factory farmed animal products. Because I made this choice from a place of love and reverence for life, I feel freer and more empowered when I contemplate it. It is my personal resolve to “be the change,” in Gandhi’s words. I share it with you as a gesture of faith in your own capacity for integrity, peace, and...

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