During the holidays, it’s family tradition to pull out all of the special treats reserved for this time of the year. There are tables covered in cookies, squares and chocolate-covered everything!
Since I can remember, I have always had an ongoing love affair with chocolate. While this love began with the poor quality, commercial grade, notably with bunny ears, chocolate has always been a part of celebrations and holiday family gatherings.
By nature, I always take the time to research the foods that I fall in love with and chocolate was a very pleasant surprise!
I love a cup of coffee just as much as the next person. It’s not so much the energy boost for me, but the smell and the ritual of savouring that cup in the morning. Whether it’s the ritual, or the little energy kick that has you reaching for your favorite beverage, people are always concerned about whether their coffee is doing them more harm than good. So, let’s look at the pros and cons of indulging in that perfect cup.
If you’ve been doing any research or reading on the “latest and greatest” weight loss supplements, then you have probably come across green coffee. A simple Google search brings up thousands of articles outlining the health benefits and it became even more popular after it was mentioned on The Dr. Oz Show. So, what exactly is green coffee and is it really as good as it sounds?
In the last 20 years, sugar consumption has increased dramatically with the average yearly consumption per person being approximately 135 pounds! In addition to sugar consumption being a major factor in the dramatic rise we are seeing in childhood obesity, research indicates an over-consumption of white, refined sugar also weakens the immune system, can trigger violent behavior and other behavioral problems, causes dental decay and robs precious vitamins and minerals from a child’s body. Luckily, there are healthier sweet options parents can turn to that won’t take a toll on their children’s health.
During the winter season, it’s often hard to keep up with our fitness goals or to find the motivation to keep up with our regular activities. But, it can happen! Here are some tips on how to stay motivated and how to keep warm for your outdoor activities!
Structured exercise at home or at a fitness center is not for everyone. Most people enjoy physical movement, especially activities such as hiking, walking or tossing a Frisbee outdoors. Our bodies are designed to move and lack of daily exercise can contribute to a host of diseases states which will eventually sap your energy, harm your health and substantially decrease your quality of life.
Many people have concerns about the quality of the food they are eating and have turned to buying local and organic produce in an attempt to get healthier, chemical-free foods. Approximately 55% of North Americans now purchase organic foods. Although more people are buying organic these days, some people still wonder whether consuming organic foods really makes a difference in terms of food quality and health benefits. So, let’s take a closer look at what buying and consuming organic foods can do for you.The term, “organic”, means that foods are spared the application of insecticides, herbicides, fungicides and fertilizers. It also means that no genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are used and that no feed additives, such as hormones or antibiotics, are added to the food. In terms of livestock, it is fed organic feed and is given access to light and the outdoors.
In terms of nutrition and cancer, research has demonstrated that certain foods are loaded with phytochemicals that provide antioxidant effects. In other words, chemicals found in fruits and vegetables have been shown to ward off and even reverse cellular damage and cancer (a.k.a. free radical damage) from occurring. As a rule of thumb, the more colourful the fruit or vegetable, the more cancer-fighting phytochemicals it contains. While there are several foods that play a role in the prevention of cancer and other illnesses and diseases, here are the top five: