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Balance Factor
Shannon

The Kind(er) Choice

Who doesn’t love peanut butter and chocolate together?  KIND bars have captured that perfect combination in, not 2, but 3 of their bars.  KIND has a Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Healthy Grains Bar, a Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Healthy Grains Bar, and a Peanut Butter and Dark Chocolate Bar. How on earth do

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Sustainability
Shannon

Surviving the Survival Mechanism

It shouldn’t be a surprise that North Americans have failed to overcome this obesity epidemic with dieting. Humans have an innate, survival mechanism that…

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Sustainability
Shannon

Didn’t See That One Coming…

Last Friday, a section of California’s Hwy 1 road system collapsed into the ocean.  Though the area had been recently hit by heavy rains, the cause of the collapse was precipitated by years of run-off and underground erosion that had gone undetected.  Next steps for California’s Department of Transportation were… Prevent any more damage from

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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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Individuality
Shannon

When Life Throws You A Curve Ball…

When life throws you a curve ball, what do you do? Try something new and take a swing at it? Let it pass until the perfect pitch comes along? Hit it out of the park because you already know how to hit a curve ball? There is no right answer since everyone reacts differently to

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Appetite
Shannon

Putting Value in the Foods You Crave!

Q: What foods do you crave? “Mine would be a square of dark chocolate after dinner- here’s my problem – I don’t keep it in the house because a square can become half a bar. Suggestions?” A: There is only one reason that you can’t resist overeating a food!   LOW BLOOD SUGAR! Don’t believe

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Blood Sugar Stabilization
Shannon

Healthy Lifestyles and Social Distancing

One take home message from this COVID experience is that staying healthy means adopting lifestyle behaviours that are sustainable.  For example, we certainly cannot self-isolate forever, but we can justify staying home when we know we are sick.  We certainly cannot wear a mask in public indefinitely, but we can remember to wear a mask

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Critical Judgment
Shannon

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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