Recommended Reading

It’s back to school season and because of this I thought a recommended reading list would be a great idea. I love to read. I love fiction and non-fiction books. The following are some of the non-fiction books I have read this summer and would recommend to my friends. Some stress is good for us, it gets us moving. However, …

Five facts about fasting

Fasting for better health? Food, or more specifically the Standard American Diet, is now the number one cause of chronic disease. 45% of all cardiovascular and diabetic deaths are due to too much salt, too much processed meat, too much sugar and simply too many calories. According to a study done by the American Heart Association feeding rats the American diet …

Strength training or cardio?

Cardio or weights? If you ask me a question about your fitness routine you might have heard my standard answer, “it depends.” That is the best I can do without more information. Do you exercise for your health or are you training for a specific event? Do you do only what you like and the results are irrelevant? Are you …

Curried Carrot & Butternut Squash Soup

Soup is good food. Recently I purchased an Instant Pot. I wasn’t sure I needed another kitchen gadget, but I am glad that I went ahead with this purchase. If you don’t have one, you might want to think about it. Here are the reasons that I would buy an Instant Pot: Cook dry beans in less than 30 minutes. …

Eat less, live longer?

Fasting for health and weight loss. Intermittent fasting is in the news. You have probably heard about it if you spend any time on the internet, but is it worth the effort? Maybe it is.  Harvard researchers recently showed that manipulating your mitochondria  can delay aging. Manipulation was done through by dietary intervention, i.e. fasting. Why mitochondria? Your mitochondria are …

Five Fitness Benefits of a Vegan Diet

It is World Vegan Month For World Vegan month here are 5 ways eating a vegan diet improves your fitness. 1. Faster recovery from intense exercise. Exercise is good for us mostly because of the recovery process. Exercise improves our anti-oxidant defence system, a little muscle damage increases our resistance and makes us stronger. We can enhance this process with …

Exercise causes heart disease.

Did you know that physically active, middle aged, white, men are more likely to have plaque in their arteries? That doesn’t really seem to make any sense. According to researchers at the University of Illinois studying the physical activity levels of a group of men for 25 years it is. They found that the white males were more likely to …

Black Bean, Spinach & Corn Soup

Ingredients: 1-2 tbsp sunflower oil 1/2 sweet onion chopped 2-3 cloves of garlic minced 3-4 celery stalks chopped 1 jalapeno pepper chopped (optional) 1 (796ml) can of black beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup frozen corn 1 package frozen spinach 1 can crushed tomatoes 2-3 cups of water 1 tbsp cumin 1 tbsp coriander seeds 1 tbsp oregano 1 tbsp …

Social Media for Weight Loss

Share that Selfie. It has been said, “that a picture is worth a thousand words” and if you are talking about weight loss that couldn’t be more true. A new study has shown the benefits of social media in achieving goals with interactive, online communities. Sharing success and setbacks publicly was an important part of achieving personal goals in this …

How is your posture?

Posture is important. It is one of the first things I notice about people. It tells me about how they spend most of their time. Their muscle imbalances, their life imbalances, their pain.  If you are like most people when I mentioned posture you straightened up a little. It is unconscious, we know what to do, but don’t think about …

Could you be vegan for one month?

November Challenge is coming soon! Did you know that November is World Vegan Month? Last year for the month of November I challenged you to do something everyday for the month of November. Many of you joined me and I would encourage you to do it again this year. Do you think you could be vegan for one month? November …