December 24th, 2015

Measuring your Personal Metabolism

weightKnowing the number of calories you burn when your body is at rest will help you determine how much physical activity you require, and better manage your nutritional input. Even a small change to your diet and lifestyle may help you reduce your risk for a number of chronic health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

BMR explained

Difficulty losing fat pounds is not uncommon. Often, we attribute it to a slow metabolism, which may be correct, but how can you confirm this? Similarly, putting on weight can be challenging for some people. In this case, a fast metabolism is often blamed, but this is often a guess and other factors may be responsible.

The inability to maintain an appropriate weight is not as difficult as it may seem, once you have determined your basal metabolic rate (BMR).
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July 20th, 2015

The health benefits of radishes

Radishes can be found in dishes all around the world. In addition to their great taste, they have are many health benefits:

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June 18th, 2015

Breakfast of champions recipes

Tip: Whole nutmeg may be sold still encased in a brittle, brown shell, or the shell may be removed. If necessary, remove the shell using a nutcracker. Use a rasp grater, such as a Microplane, to grate fresh nutmeg. It has an incredible aroma and imparts a much more pronounced and exotic flavour to foods than the ground nutmeg sold in the spice section.

Tip
Whole nutmeg may be sold still encased in a brittle, brown shell, or the shell may be removed. If necessary, remove the shell using a nutcracker. Use a rasp grater, such as a Microplane, to grate fresh nutmeg. It has an incredible aroma and imparts a much more pronounced and exotic flavour to foods than the ground nutmeg sold in the spice section.

Morning glory muffins

(Makes 12 muffins)

These popular, wholesome muffins combine the chewy texture of carrots with the wonderful flavours of apple, raisins, coconut, and spices. They’re a perfect way to start the day—or enjoy one as a snack!

Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C)
12-cup nonstick muffin pan, generously sprayed
with vegetable oil cooking spray

  • ½ cups (375 mL) whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup (125 mL) wheat germ
  • 1 tsp. (5 mL) baking powder
  • 1 tsp. (5 mL) baking soda
  • 1½ tsp. (7 mL ) ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. (2 mL) freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup (250 mL) grated carrots (about 2 medium)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) grated apple
  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ⅓ cup (75 mL) raisins or chopped dried apricots or figs
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup (125 mL) packed brown sugar
  • ¾ cup (175 mL) nonfat plain yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 mL) canola oil

 

muffins

  1. In a large bowl, stir together flour, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  Stir in carrots, apple, coconut, and raisins.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk egg whites and egg.  Whisk in brown sugar, yogurt, and oil.
  3. Stir egg mixture into flour mixture until just combined.(Batter will be thick.)  Divide batter evenly among prepared muffin cups, filling almost to the top.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 24 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched.  Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes; then transfer muffins to rack to cool.

 

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June 11th, 2015

Breakfast of champions

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Getting your day off to a nutritious-and tasty-start.

Mother was right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day-and this is especially true for people with diabetes. That’s because skipping breakfast can lead to problems regulating blood sugar levels throughout the day. Missing the morning meal can cause an increase in the body’s insulin response, which may result in weight gain. And extra pounds, as we all know, is something people with diabetes want to avoid. Eating a healthy breakfast can also help you control your appetite and lead to better food choices throughout the day. Nourishing your body in the morning means you won’t be famished by lunchtime, which can make it tempting to grab the most convenient and calorie-laden foods.

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November 6th, 2014

Use Mindful Eating to reconnect with your personal portion size

foodWe live in a fast-paced society which interferes with many important aspects of life. We don’t get enough sleep, exercise, or leisure time and we rely on processed/fast foods. Indeed, this pace may cause us to lose touch with what our bodies really need for optimal health, and that can include losing touch with how, when, what and why we eat.

When was the last time you grabbed a fast food meal, or ate in front of the computer, television, or in the car? Have you ever skipped meals because you were too busy? Have you ever let yourself get so hungry that you ate too much? On the other hand, do you find you overeat at buffet restaurants or find yourself dialing for pizza after seeing the television advertisement? Have you ever eaten because you were angry or sad?

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June 11th, 2014

Good for you oils from the Sea

Oils

Almost everyone has heard of omega-3 oils, the oils that are good for you in so many ways. Some omega-3 oils are plant-derived, usually from flax seeds, but more and more, research is showing omega- 3 oils from wild salmon and krill to have superior health benefits.
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May 2nd, 2014

Why is Excess Fat Bad for You?

It’s a topic that many doctors don’t want to touch: Fraught with political incorrectness, the subject of body fat is just too sensitive for many health professionals to mention.  As a result, most people remain unaware of just how detrimental excess fat (especially around the midsection) can be to the health.

ExcessFat

When excess fat accumulates, it begins to secrete toxic chemicals known as adipokines. These are believed to contribute to the development of many health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
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