Author: Melissa

 

8 Reasons to Drink a Detox Tonic Every Morning

Hydrates your body Staying well hydrated is key to vitality and health as the body consists of more than 70% water.  Starting each morning with a detox tonic containing lemon, raw apple cider vinegar, turmeric and Ceylon cinnamon rehydrates the body after a night of sleeping and not hydrating.  Adding just one teaspoon of this […]

Why you don’t need to fear CHOLESTEROL

Most people fear cholesterol. They don’t want to consume it and don’t want to hear from the physician that their cholesterol is high.  Let’s step back for a moment and ask this –  what does it mean to have high cholesterol?  What is cholesterol?  Do you know?  What are its functions?  Where does it come […]

KETOGENIC DIET AT A GLANCE

A ketogenic diet is a way of eating that allows your body to get into ketosis and start burning fat for fuel or energy (instead of carbohydrates or glucose).  This increases your metabolism and decreases carbohydrate and sugar cravings. It involves eating a high healthy fats, low carbohydrate and low to moderate protein content as […]

REACTIONS TO OUR 3 DAY WARM DETOX

Here at Healthy Habits we’ve been busy with our latest 3 day warm and gentle detox.  We’ve had an overwhelming response and participants couldn’t believe the wonderful changes that took place in just 3 days! First, let me start by saying that our detox is composed of real, whole foods. No gimmicks, no pills, just […]
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FASCIAL POSTURE TRAINING SYSTEM (FPTS) WORKSHOP

The next FASCIAL POSTURE TRAINING SYSTEM (FPTS) will be held on SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2017 from 10:00am to 6:00pm at Healthy Habits. Click here for more information and to sign up. Spaces are limited so sign up now! Don’t miss your chance to learn how to add fascial training to your repertoire and improve your […]

Powerlifting, Tennis, Running, How to do ANY sport Better!

Fascia remember is the number one innervated tissue in the entire body.  Since so much of the nervous system is embedded in the fascia it must have a great impact on all movement and coordination, both of which are nervous-system tasks.  It is only when an individual moves with ultimate EFFICIENCY that peak performance is […]

Paradoxical Breath

What exactly IS paradoxical breathing?  The way we should be breathing is feeling the diaphragm dip down toward the pelvis on an inhale, and to come up into the rib cage during an exhale. You might be surprised to know that quite a few people do not breathe this way.  The norm when in times of stress […]

5 Daily Detox Rituals

        5 WAYS TO DETOXIFY & CLEANSE DAILY We’re all exposed to toxins on a daily basis.  From water, food, environment, beauty and personal products to stress and negative thinking, toxins accumulate in our body.  The good news is that our body innately detoxifies these substances. However, the exposure of these poisonous substances […]

10 Reasons Why We Need to Eat Saturated Fats

The lipid hypothesis is a theory that directly relates saturated dietary fat with heart disease mortality. Saturated fats are coconut, butter, lard, tallow and palm oil. Nature’s nutrients lampooned as the culprit of modern day illness. The idea was that of Ancel Keys, a brilliant student of fish research, oceanography and eventually physiology. His initial […]
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Frequent Eaters Beware

4-6 Meals per Day: There is a much publicized idea regarding frequent eating plans. Meals scheduled every three to four hours are meant to help maintain body weight, keep hunger at bay, and balance blood sugar levels which affect hormones, such as insulin. Success for the frequent feeder is less than stellar and many times […]
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What does fascia look like?

I keep posting on fascia and perhaps continue to assume that everyone is understanding the nuance of the bodily tissue I am speaking about.  Here are some dissection pictures from our Fascial Posture Training Course.   The participants dissected many layers of fascia from turkey breasts with skin and lamb shank.  You CAN try this […]
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Fascial Posture Training In Action

Fascial Posture Training In Action

This is a picture taken during our Fascial Posture Training Systems course last summer. Alex is from 3- Monkeys Fitness in Toronto, and he worked with Blaise from Blaise-in-Fitness based in Tabago. Alex has released the fascial tension in Blaise’s right shoulder.  Note how her shoulder is longer and down on the right compared to […]
Directional Fascial Stretching For Joint Preservation

Directional Fascial Stretching For Joint Preservation

Stretching fascia and not just muscle fibers requires different techniques. Fascial Stretch Techniques: 1) Add Resistance to all poses ie:  In the photo Jess is spotting Lucy in a lunge position for quadriceps, hip capsule, and lumbar stretching.  The green line shows Lucy reaching up with tension through her arms and hands and keeping her […]

Sitting and Cancer – The Perils At Your Desk

Several studies are now able to prove that the more you sit in your day, the more increased risk there is in developing certain cancers including colon and endometrial cancer. The same research found that each 2 hour increase in sitting per day increased the risk of developing colon cancer by 8%, and endometrial cancer by […]
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METH VS RICE: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

According to new research, the RICE method may be out of date. It is thought that Rest Ice Compression and Elevation (RICE) could be hindering the healing process of an acute injury by disallowing good blood, full of nutrients and white blood cells to infiltrate the area. When an acute injury is compressed the infiltration of […]

Belly Size versus BMI

  Just stepping on the scale doesn’t tell you much about your future health.  That is why health professionals use a variety of measures to help predict a client’s risk of heart disease, cancer, respiratory problems and premature aging and/or death.   Commonly the Body Mass Index (BMI) is used.  The BMI is a measure […]

Posture – The Key to Lasting Physical Improvement

We can change the inside of our bodies, our appearance, even our height simply by learning good posture and how to hold our bodies in proper alignment.    Yes stretching leads to more flexibility and agility but if done with poor posture and a body that is misaligned movement will be limited.  A door can’t […]

Do You Need to Be On a Statin?

We have been talking a lot about heart disease lately.  First we were thrilled with the scientific findings linking heart disease to sugar, have a look at our blog from February 14, 2014.  Because we firmly believe that it is the sugar, not the fat, that is killing us.   Last week we focused on […]

The Benefits of Cholesterol

Cholesterol (a steroid lipid) has been vilified, leading many to believe that it is a leading cause of heart disease.  Routinely doctors monitor our blood cholesterol to see if a cholesterol lowering medication should be prescribed to lower our risk of heart disease.   The usual recommendation is to consume no more than 300 mg […]

The Benefits of Walnuts and Walnut Gremolata

For the February blahs try something new in the kitchen.  Gremolata is a traditional Italian condiment with the main ingredients being Italian parsley, garlic, lemon zest, and coarse salt.  Other ingredients that may be added are olive oil, mint, anchovies, rosemary and/or sage.  It is usually served with veal but can also be served with […]

It is the Sugar NOT the FAT

Just what I (and a few other holistic nutritionists, scientists) have been saying for years.  It is the sugar that is killing us – not cholesterol and saturated fat! Front page news in the Globe and Mail last Tuesday (February 4, 2014), the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine has published concrete research demonstrating […]
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Alkalizing Your Diet

If you have been following our blog you will notice that we are not scared of meat and we are not scared of saturated fat.  We believe that a natural diet of meat, poultry and fish along with full-fat dairy, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and healthy oils like coconut, butter and olive oil should be […]
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Upper Cross Syndrome = Bad Posture

Did your mom always tell you to sit up straight, don’t slouch.  It’s bad posture.  Of course she was right!  Here’s the science to back her up.  Slouching (think about how you work on the computer), or upper cross syndrome, is signified by rounded shoulders, head in front of the body and an apparent curve […]
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Why Everyone Needs Some Yoga

You are well aware that today’s modern lifestyle is a killer.  The daily stress resulting from our current routines, demands and expectations is more than many can bear.  That is why stress is the leading cause of workplace sickness, the root cause of many illnesses and conditions, and a contributing factor to the why, when […]

Supplementing the Sunshine Vitamin

Vitamin D has been getting a lot of positive press over the last 5 years causing health care practitioners to recommend vitamin D supplements to just about anyone.  It seems that many Canadians are not getting enough and when tested show a vitamin D deficiency.  It takes only 10 to 15 minutes in the sun […]
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Treatment for Frozen Shoulder

If you notice that your shoulder’s range of motion is becoming less and shoulder movement is becoming increasingly painful then you may be on your way to a frozen shoulder. Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is a painful condition that can disrupt your sleep and prevent you from moving the affected arm. Your risk […]
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Take Control of Your Hypertension

It isn’t a surprise that our North American lifestyle is a killer for our heart.  Let’s take a look at hypertension which has been called the ‘silent killer’ since many have high blood pressure but are unaware (symptoms only become noticeable once complications have developed). Here are the factors and conditions that may play a […]
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Warning! Sushi Can Be a Danger to Your Health

Recent research has linked sushi to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.  This warning comes from a study published in the Journal of Risk Research.  This is not good news!  But how can anti-inflammatory, so good for you salmon, mackerel and tuna (commonly found in sushi) cause such a warning?  Salmon, mackerel and the fatty […]
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Champagne, Gingerbread, Candy Canes and Chocolate

A Before the Holidays Detox Part 2 – The Liver Detoxification, protein synthesis, repackaging of fats, enzymes for digestion, metabolism, glycogen storage (sugar for energy), and hormone production are just some of the jobs for our liver.  This major, vital organ is a workhorse.  The liver continually filters our blood, scavenging toxins and neutralizing them […]
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Champagne, Gingerbread, Candy Canes and Chocolate

A Before the Holidays Detox Such an exciting time of year, the party invitations are arriving and the stores are filled with delicious treats.  I’m looking forward to a December filled with fun times, family and friends, and of course some extra treats (chocolate). Now I try not to go crazy but I will be […]
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Knee Pain — Baker’s Cyst

Do you sometimes get an uncomfortable feeling behind your knee when you try and straighten your leg?  You may notice a bulge and swelling.  It may also be painful not only when you fully straighten your let but also when you try to fully bend it. What you may be experiencing is a Baker’s cyst […]
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A “New” Healthful Oil – Camelina

From Saskatchewan there is a “new” healthful oil on the market, camelina. Although camelina is an ancient oilseed originating in Northern Europe it is new to North American cuisine.  There is much excitement around this “new” oil because it is very good source of Omega-3 (anti-inflammatory) and Vitamin E (antioxidant). Camelina oil has a light, […]

Palm Oil (and Orangutans Too)

If you read my book The Last Tango with Butter you’ll see that I’m a promoter of palm oil as well as lard and coconut oil.  Tragically the myth that these oils contribute to heart disease is firmly entrenched in today’s health care system and Canada’s Food Guide.  It is a sham. So forget what […]

Can I Eat My Fruit Basket?

In the health industry there is a debate about the merits of fruit in the diet.  Some diets designed to improve digestion and rebalance gut bacteria eliminate fruit.  Many diets geared towards weight loss eliminate fruit as well. But there is much research showing that fruit is rich in vitamins and phytonutrients (antioxidants) that help […]
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The Paleo Diet – A Review

You probably know it as the Paleo diet, but it has also been called the Ancestral diet, the Primal diet, the Original diet, the Evolution diet and the Caveman diet. At Healthy Habits we stress the importance of an anti-inflammatory, natural, whole foods diet.  We’ve talked about it with you in previous blogs, especially during […]
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Healthy Snacking

You’ve probably noticed that if you go too long without eating your mental clarity fades and you become physically tired.  Your will power also plummets leaving you vulnerable to too much sugar, refined foods, and caffeine.  In order to keep you on track with healthy eating, and to keep your energy up, we recommend that […]
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Maintaining Muscle For Seniors

There is some interesting research coming out of McMaster University regarding muscle mass and seniors.  The old saying ‘use it or lose it’ holds true but there is another aspect that is often forgotten…nutrition. Muscle is constantly breaking down and rebuilding (as are other tissues in our body).  As we get older this process of […]
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How Your Food Affects Your Mood https://t.co/7Khqc9mEn7 #healthyhabits
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Healthy (eating) habits lead to healthier food cravings. #diet #nutrition #healthyhabits
Breath moves body fluid increasing circulation just like exercise. Use conscious breath to enhance health.
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How Your Diet Affects Willpower https://t.co/Pc1EgMkGgd #diet
9 Foods To Fight Inflammation + Boost Your Mood https://t.co/53HMfryPXY
If you want permanent physical change you can’t just train your muscles... You have to train your fascia too. #healthyhabits