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Eating
Shannon

Just Planting an Idea

It is important that we don’t offer simple nutritional advice at the risk that it may do more harm than good. A perfect example from the 1970’s, was Health Canada suggesting fat intake be reduced from 40% of one’s daily calories to a healthier 35%. The result was a ‘low fat/fat free’ movement that accelerated

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Body Chemistry
Madi

What sets the Balance Factor App Apart from All the other Nutrition Apps?

What sets the Balance Factor app apart from all the other nutrition apps? You don’t have to guess what your body’s daily macronutrient breakdown is! With the Balance Factor App, there is no guessing as to what % of carbs, proteins, and fats are necessary to stay healthy. When you start using the Balance Factor,

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Blood Sugar Stabilization
Shannon

Canada’s New Obesity Guidelines

The new Canadian Obesity Guidelines published last Tuesday (Aug. 4, 2020) make a clear statement that “Obesity Matters”. Dr. Sean Wharton, co-lead author of the guidelines is championing the notion that obesity is a chronic disease and that the stigma around obesity must be curbed. In this article, he states “We’re going to more so

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Body Chemistry
Shannon

The Instant Gratification Paradox (Part Two)

Our obsession with looking healthy is no more than an instant gratification paradox where the reward of seeing the scales go down actually contradicts what dictates good health.  High bone density, high muscle mass, and good hydration are all indicators of a healthy body that make up the majority of our weight.  Body fat, on

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Body Chemistry
Shannon

The Instant Gratification Paradox – (Part One)

Instant gratification is a powerful force. It’s often the reason why we achieve our goals. But what happens when the gratification we are getting is taking us down the wrong road? Weight loss can be a perfect example of this. When we want to reduce our size, we look to weight loss for reassurance that

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Balance Factor
Shannon

The Virtual Coffee Shop with Mark Carbone – Session 18

“Pull up a chair in the virtual coffee shop as Mark Carbone speaks one-on-one with interesting guests who are working for change in their schools, districts and communities. Mark is a long time Ontario educator and, although retired, continues to go out and seek the conversations that are going to change the way we think

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Body Chemistry
Shannon

How We Got It Wrong: Saturated Fat and Heart Disease

Still confused about whether saturated fat intake can increase your risk of heart disease? It’s not a surprise as there are articles being posted every day with arguments from both sides. This excellent article explains how saturated fat got its bad rap and why there is less reason to be alarmed by including some in

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Critical Judgment
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Those Beautiful Curves!

There’s a lot wrong with the legend of the Sabines – a group of wives, sisters, and mothers of an Italic people who lived in the central Apennine Mountains just north of Rome.  Legend has it that the Romans held a mock competition and abducted the woman of Sabine on the 18th of August 753

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Eating
Shannon

What’s In Season? – Avocados!

Lucky for us, the fruit highest (per ounce) in protein, potassium, magnesium, folic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, biotin, pantothenic acid, vitamin E, and vitamin K is in season and available to North Americans almost year round. It’s the avocado and depending on the type, we can find them reasonably priced in the grocery store from

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Body Chemistry
Shannon

Yes, Intermittent Fasting Actually Means Fasting Intermittently!

Is it bad to do 18 hours of intermittent fasting every day? For some people, eating all their daily calories within a 6-hour window is ideal.  These are people who, for whatever reason, have the genetic make-up or a circumstantial issue that limits the time in which they can digest enough food.  For the rest

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Blood Sugar Stabilization
Shannon

A Sweet Post for Sweetheart’s Day!

If it wasn’t for the sweet molecule, glucose, we humans wouldn’t be alive! Our bodies make glucose out of the foods we eat so consuming those sweet foods in moderation is manageable for the body.  However, sweet foods like sugar, agave, honey, and maple syrup are not strictly made up of glucose.  Sugar is equal

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Body Chemistry
Shannon

The Ever Essential Enzyme

Here’s a bit of knowledge you don’t ever want to forget:  Do everything in moderation – NOT so that you don’t OVERDO it but rather so that you don’t UNDER DO it!  Not giving the body reasons to keep working, causes the body to ‘down-regulate’ or shut down certain functions. Enzymes are molecules that speed

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