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).

November 8th, 2013

Options in the Dairy Case


For many years the word milk referred to cow’s milk. Today, we have a growing selection of milk, either from soy, rice, almond or other nuts and grains. How do we choose whether to include these new options? Are they healthful? This blog will discuss pros and cons of today’s milk beverages.

First and foremost, cow’s milk is the “standard” milk consumed in North America. Around the globe, however, humans thrive on milk from all sorts of other mammals: yaks, buffalo, goats and sheep, to name a few. Not to mention the immense variety of milk products (cheese, yogurt, ice cream, kefir, etc) that is part of the human diet. Animal milks are a source of protein, B vitamins, vitamin A, calcium and other minerals. Vitamin D has been added to Canadian milk since the 1920’s to provide a stable source of this nutrient.

September 12th, 2013

Acid vs. Alkaline – what’s it all about?

Ste1jpgCelebrities like Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston have recently brought the ‘alkaline lifestyle’ to the forefront, causing one to immediately wonder: is this another fad diet? What is alkalinity really all about?

Here are the basics: Your body must maintain a pH balance of about 7.4 to survive, and your internal systems work hard to maintain this balance. Your pH is impacted by the food and drink that we consume, which are either acidic (lower than pH 7) or alkaline (higher than pH 7). Over the last near century, our diets have changed significantly to incorporate large amounts of dairy, animal protein, processed foods, and sugar-laden drinks and desserts – all of which are acidic.

August 23rd, 2013

Top 5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Inflammation. While the word itself sounds daunting, inflammation is actually a natural response by your body to a stressful situation. Inflammation is the first response as your immune system protects your body from infections, irritation and allergies. Even good sources of stress—such as exercise—can increase inflammation in your body.

Unfortunately the swelling, redness, and pain that inflammation can cause is never wanted, and chronic inflammation can cause serious illnesses. Help your body protect itself by adding foods that promote health, while reducing unnecessary inflammation. Here are 5 anti-inflammatory foods to add to your grocery list today:

Spinach1. Spinach

Want to reduce inflammation after exercise? Popeye knew what he was doing with his spinach consumption! Spinach contains antioxidants vitamin C, and E, as well as carotenoids and flavonoids—all which fight against inflammation.


If you’re already eating spinach salads, try adding a handful to your Vega One smoothie for an extra green boost!

August 9th, 2013

Hypertension & Sodium

shutterstock_98345939Hypertension (also called high blood pressure) affects upwards of 40% of people around the world.  In fact, the World Health Organization states hypertension is one of the most serious chronic diseases affecting mankind today.

Hypertension is serious because it can lead to a variety of problems, including stroke, heart disease and kidney failure. Hypertension is also found commonly in people who have diabetes. READ MORE

July 23rd, 2013

The Myth of 8 Glasses a Day

WaterWater is absolutely essential for life and an adult’s body is about 60% water by weight. The average person won’t last more than a few days without water,  although most can survive weeks or months without food. We consume water through food and drink, and a little water is also created inside the body through the metabolism of food.

Few would dispute that water is the very best beverage a person could drink. It’s just about free (if it comes out of the tap), it has no salt, sugar, fat or calories and it is very thirst-quenching. Surely, access to fresh, clean water is a human right.

And yet, I am compelled to argue that water-drinking sometimes goes too far, and the “8 glasses a day” slogan should be retired.  Where does “8 glasses a day” come from and how much water do we really need?

The current obsession with water began with the weight loss craze of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Drinking water was a way to “fill up” and keep hunger at bay. “8 glasses a day” was the essential companion to a strict low-calorie diet. It also became another yardstick by which to judge one’s success or failure, often resulting in guilty feelings. Today, the obsession is bolstered by the savvy marketing of bottled water companies. Water is now a huge business, accounting for billions of dollars in sales (but creating billions of plastic bottles, most of which litter the planet or languish in dumps).

July 19th, 2013

Traditional Medicinals

Teas that help digestion

shutterstock_75091798A number of Traditional Medicinals® teas benefit the digestion, whether it be to soothe a troubled stomach, or relieve occasional constipation. Delicious Ginger Aid® tea helps calm digestive upsets including lack of appetite, nausea, digestive spasms, indigestion, and discomforts caused by gas build-up. Eater’s Digest® tea is ideal after a meal that has you feeling uncomfortable, to help the digestive process and prevent further stomach distress. People who suffer from indigestion will also appreciate Classic Chamomile® and Roasted Dandelion Root teas. READ MORE

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