The Secret to Using Smoothies for Weight Loss

Posted: February 27, 2014

Smoothies are one of those weight loss tools that seem almost unbelievable: how can losing weight taste so good? But not all smoothies are created equal and many commercial or fast food varieties are about as good for you as a popsicle. For healthy weight loss, the best smoothie is one you make yourself because you can control and track everything that goes into it. That’s not to say there aren’t healthy, ready-made alternatives that will help you lose weight, read more…

What are Healthy Fats?

Posted: February 21, 2014

You’re surrounded. Messages about fat are all around; saturated fats, healthy fats and fat-free. They’re on TV, on every nutrition label and all over the internet. But, despite all the attention devoted to fat, most people know very little about it. And if they do know anything, it’s probably not entirely accurate. You Need Fat Along with protein and carbohydrates, fats are one of the three main macronutrients that are essential for the human body to function. But fat’s benefits go way read more…

Slash the Salt Part III – 4 Ways to Reduce the Salt in Your Diet

Posted: February 11, 2014

It’s been an up and down story so far. In Slash the Salt Part I & Slash the Salt Part II , we learned about how much we love salt and that we literally can’t live without the sodium in it. But we love it so much that, on average, Canadians consume 50% more than Health Canada’s recommended daily ‘upper limit’ for sodium. And excess salt poses serious risks to our health. How to Limit the Salt in Your Diet Cutting down on the amount of salt you eat means read more…

Three Healthy Recipes for Weight Loss

Posted: February 6, 2014

You know that the best way to manage your weight is to maintain a healthy, balanced diet that gives you the energy and nutrition you need for long-term  weight loss. And the best way to do that is to prepare your own meals. As simple as that sounds, it’s much easier said than done. But you’ll make healthy eating easier and more fun if you turn it into a search for new and interesting foods and flavours. When you shift read more…

Slash the Salt Part II – Do You Avoid Salt Shakers? You Probably Still Eat Too Much Salt

Posted: February 5, 2014

In Slash the Salt Part I we learned about the wonders of salt and sodium, which is the essential nutrient that salt delivers to our bodies. Salt keeps our fluid levels in check and helps maintain proper movement in our muscles – including our hearts. The problem is, while we need salt to live, we only need a little every day. Health Canada’s recommended Adequate Intake (AI) of sodium per day is 1500 mg (about 2/3 of a teaspoon), and it should not exceed 2300 read more…

Is Cheating on Your Diet the Easiest Way to Lose Weight?

Posted: February 3, 2014

There really is only one way to lose weight: consume fewer calories than you burn. So, by default, that’s also the easiest way to lose weight. Unfortunately, by default, it’s the most difficult too. But you wouldn’t know it by what you see on the web, in newspapers and magazines. Sometimes it seems like the words ‘lose weight’ only appear in the company of ‘fast’ and ‘easy’. If weight loss really was ‘fast’ and ‘easy’, wouldn’t we all be slimmer? read more…