According to The National Diabetes Statistics Report led by the Centre for Disease Control in 2020, more than 1 in 10 North Americans currently have diabetes. Perhaps even more shocking are the numbers for prediabetes. A serious high blood sugar condition which they estimate affects 1 in 3… but over 80% are not aware they have it. Given that Prediabetes puts you at a high risk of developing Diabetes (as well as Heart Disease and Stroke) this all adds up to what is being called “the Diabetes Epidemic”. Thankfully, lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise play a big role in helping to bring balance back to your blood sugar levels and get us off the Sugar Crash Roller Coaster. Let's talk prevention!! Living a preventive lifestyle is perhaps the single most important action we can all take to help reduce the risk of future chronic disease.
Good digestion. When it’s all working smoothly, we tend to take it for granted. But when things get out of balance it can quickly become all we think about. Heartburn, bloating, nausea, diarrhea - we may make jokes about them, but these symptoms of poor digestion can make us feel downright miserable. Digestive disorders have risen dramatically in recent years. Likely because our fast-paced lifestyles contain many elements that contribute to problems. The good news is it’s often possible to get your digestion back on track by implementing a handful of simple, lifelong habits. In this week's blog we take a look at some ways you can figure out that funny tummy and feel confident that what you eat is truly nourishing your body.
Stepping outside our comfort zone can can be a challenging experience, but it is also one of the most beneficial things you can do for yourself by opening yourself up to new possibilities and ultimately, leading a more fulfilling and satisfying life. Check out my latest blog on the benefits of stepping outside your comfort zone. I share my personal take on stepping outside my comfort zone and getting comfortable with the discomfort of taking those risks in life.
Adequate rest and sleep are paramount to your good health and, at the core, to basic survival. When we are not sleeping well, during the day we may experience: Fatigue Restlessness Unease Melancholy Anxiety Irritability Depression Overwhelm Lack of motivation Over-sensitivity to stressors Poor work performance Daily tasks seem unusually difficult Headaches Digestive problems While having a poor night’s sleep isn’t fun for anyone, it generally isn’t a reason for concern. Not sleeping well does become an issue, however, if waking up tired every morning becomes the norm. In today's blog I discuss some of the underlying reasons you may have trouble sleeping and what you can do to improve your sleep.
Charcuterie boards, that often include prosciutto, are definitely a lot of fun to design and I don't always wait for a special occasion to whip one of these up. I will often prepare a plate-for-one. :) But what is prosciutto? How do you eat it? How much is too much? In today's blog I share with you some helpful insights into prosciutto and some fantastic recipes on how to use this Italian ham.
Detoxification is a way to help keep our main organs of elimination running efficiently. I however advocate a gentle and ongoing lifestyle approach to detoxification, and one that is unique to your body’s specific needs. It is important to make sure that you’re cleansing correctly. Keep track of your results and ensure that any supplements you take are of the highest quality and appropriate for you. In this week's blog I discuss the different types of detoxes to kick-start a healthier lifestyle and help steer us away from chronic disease.
When it comes to the Holidays and desserts, we don't have to live in deprivation and isolate ourselves while others partake. We can find healthy ways to indulge that are more optimal for our health so we can still enjoy the fun of the season and what it has to offer without 'deprivation' and without negatively impacting our health. Check out my latest Blog Article where I discuss this in more detail and share a Decadent Truffle recipe, just in time for the Holidays.
There is a general understanding that getting older means developing health complications. Osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, cognitive decline, hearing loss and decreased stamina are often associated with aging. The question that remains is, is this physical decline inevitable? The answer is not necessarily. When it comes to healthy aging, lifestyle plays a role and although we may not be able to change genetics or random chance, a preventive lifestyle can make a big difference.
It must be December! I don’t know about you, but I 100% believe in gingerbread during the holiday season. It is a timeless tradition during the holidays, whether you eat it or just use it for decoration. I am known for BOTH… bring on the Gingerbread house-making competition! Gingerbread is typically flavored with ginger, cloves, nutmeg, or cinnamon and sweetened with honey, sugar, or molasses. So the question begs to be asked; can your gingerbread cookie be good for you?
It is important that while you are busy shopping, planning during the holidays, making sure your kids have enough activities to do, and you are getting all your cooking done, you still take time for yourself. By finding time to yourself that doesn’t involve anything to do with the holidays, you will relieve some of that holiday stress that is overwhelming you. Here are some simple ways to reduce your holiday stress.