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How to be a Better Cook Part Three – Go Shopping!

Posted: October 17, 2013

Shopping might be the world’s favourite pastime, but grocery shopping is a chore that most of us don’t look forward to. But your weekly trip to the food store will be less of a task and more rewarding when you make it an important part of cooking and eating healthier foods. Three Steps to Better Shopping Plan Your Meals– If you visit the grocery store once a week, starting planning your meals a week in advance. Look at your recipes read more…

How to be a Better Cook Part Two – Organize!

Posted: October 15, 2013

If you’ve tried to get into the habit of cooking more of your own meals, but were never able to keep it going for too long, it probably has more to do with something other than the actual cooking. In the first post in this series, we discussed the importance of having the right kitchen utensils. And the next step to being a better cook also has nothing to do with actually cooking. Organize Your Kitchen to Make it Easier read more…

How to be a Better Cook Part One – The Right Tools

Posted: October 10, 2013

Most people realize that cooking their own meals is the best way to make sure they eat healthy foods. So why are restaurants and fast food outlets more popular than ever? Part of the reason is that our lifestyles are busier than ever too, which leaves less time to shop and cook. But very often, while we really want to cook more, we’re discouraged when we open the recipe book and find that we don’t have the right equipment or read more…

3 Ways to Make it Easier to Enjoy a “Coping Burger”

Posted: October 8, 2013

Is a hamburger a beautiful thing? Yes, if you watch the TV commercials that make them look like nothing you’ve ever unwrapped at McDonald’s. Some call it “food porn”, but whatever you call it, millions of dollars are spent to make hamburgers look mouth-wateringly beautiful in advertising images. For anyone trying to lose weight or eat healthier foods, hamburgers are not pretty. Loaded with calories and high in fat (about a third of it is saturated fat) a single hamburger, read more…

Choosing Healthy Options When Dining Out

Posted: October 3, 2013

Yes, you know it’s best for your health and weight management to prepare your own meals. When you do, you have far more control over food quality, calories and nutrition. But sometimes you just don’t feel like preparing another meal, or you just want get out of the house, so you go to a restaurant. Fortunately, many restaurants, particularly fast food and chain restaurants, now post nutritional information on their websites. It means that, before you head out, you can read more…

When “Fat-Free” is Not the Best Choice

Posted: October 1, 2013

Fat suffers a bad rap. Our bodies are programmed to store extra food energy as fat, but we blame the fat when we become overweight. But we need fat to live. Aside from needing the essential nutrients that it contains, our brains use fat, fat helps protect our vital organs and fat is the most efficient source of energy we have. Without fat, our bodies would start drawing energy directly from muscle tissue, the same muscles that need the energy read more…

5 Tips to Eat Slower & Lose Weight Faster

Posted: September 26, 2013

We all know someone who seems to take forever to finish their meal. The frustration sets in when you’re finished your meal, all set for dessert, and they’re only half way through. But, chances are that the slow eaters in your life also don’t have to worry about weight management. Eating too much food is a basic reason for weight gain. Your brain does not get the signal that you are full until 20 minutes after you start eating. That read more…

What About Artificial Sweeteners?

Posted: September 24, 2013

You may never have heard of him, but you have probably used his discovery at some point. Constantin Fahlberg discovered saccharin, the first commercially available artificial sweetener, in 1878. Since then, we have had a love/hate relationship with artificial sweeteners. We love that we can enjoy sweet foods and drinks without weight-gain worries or fears of raising blood sugar levels. But artificial sweeteners never seem to taste quite like real sugar and some studies have raised flags about their effect read more…

The Good & Bad of Frozen Entrees

Posted: September 19, 2013

There’s a scene in the film “Bullitt” where the star, Steve McQueen, goes into his neighbourhood grocery store, walks to the frozen food case and stacks six frozen dinners. Heading to the checkout, he has finished his weekly grocery shopping in a matter of seconds. Cool. But it’s not so cool if you’re concerned about calories, fat consumption and sodium in your diet. And everyone should be. The convenience of frozen dinners is undeniable. In minutes you have a hot, read more…

Portion Control Helps Weight Control

Posted: August 27, 2013

What is it with restaurants? Maybe they get too many complaints about small portions, but it’s like they’re in a contest to see how much food they can fit on a plate. The problem is no better when we get to fill our own plate at a buffet. The idea of “all-you-can-eat” might sound good economically, but overeating is never good. You can give your weight loss efforts a huge boost by simply reducing the size of the portions of read more…

Why Your Diet is a Balancing Act

Posted: August 22, 2013

Those who’ve battled to manage their weight will be familiar with low fat and low carb diet plans that promise to help you lose more and keep it off longer. Of course, if you’ve consumed too much of them, reducing fats and/or carbs can help you lose weight. But changing the “balance” in the sources of the calories you consume can upset the balance in your nutrition too. While fats and carbs are often made out to be bad guys, read more…

Nutrition & Weight Loss Part Seven: Learn to Love Nutrition Labels

Posted: August 20, 2013

You’ve seen them. Usually every day. But have you ever really read a Nutrition Label? If so, did you understand it? Intended to give consumers a quick, easy way to understand the nutritional content of food, Nutrition Labels are mandatory on pre-packaged foods in Canada. Even those who regularly read nutrition labels have different reasons for doing so, which can limit the information they get from the label. Bodybuilders may focus on the protein content, while anyone trying to lose read more…