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SUPPLEMENTS THAT BOOST YOUR BRAIN FUNCTION – PART 2

Curcumin Curcumin is one of the most anit-inflammatory phytonutrients that is liked to improved brain function and a lower risk of potential brain diseases. Curcumin’s superpower lies in its ability to increase brain levels of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) which is a type of growth hormone in the brain.  A decreased level of this hormone […]
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3 SUPPLEMENTS THAT BOOST YOUR BRAIN FUNCTION – PART 1

Omega 3 Fats Did you know that the brain if the fattest organ in your body, consisting of at least 60% fat? This is why you may have heard that eating fish, particularly fatty fish  is good for your brain.  This is also because seafood in general is a great source of EPA and DHA […]

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INTERMITTENT FASTING

What is it? Intermittent fasting is tool, a pattern of eating and not eating. One of the most important tools to trigger 2 important hormones when it come to weight loss – growth hormone (anti-aging and fat-burning hormone) and insulin (fat-storing hormone – in its presence you cannot lose weight and it blocks growth hormone). […]

THE MANY USES COCONUT OIL

There are a few things I cannot live without, those being yoga, quiet time in nature, and coconut oil. Allow me to share my many uses of this amazing superfood. Try them, share them and fall in love with them. Body lotion. I always have a container of cold pressed coconut oil in my bathroom, […]

Are you eating ENOUGH FIBER?

Let’s talk FIBER. Why you need it in your daily diet, how much fiber you need daily and best sources of the two types of fiber. A high-fiber diet is linked to lower risk of developing some cancers, especially colon and breast cancer. In addition, it helps lower the “bad type” of LDL cholesterol and […]

THE HEALING BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS

The practice of mindfulness has many healing benefits for your body, mind and soul. Just being mindful for 5 minutes a day can change your health. Don’t believe it? Here is proof: A study by Dr. Richard Davidson (Director of the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin) of Meditating Monks found that […]

FERMENTED FOODS AND YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

Fermented foods have been at the forefront lately but they have been around for centuries, so why this renewed interest in them now? Research exploring these live products and their effect on gut, brain, and body health has revitalized public interest. Lactobacilli and Bifidobacterium are but a few of the essential, healthy bacteria that are […]

WHY YOU NEED SALT!

For ages Doctors have been telling us to reduce salt intake for a healthy heart and to help reduce blood pressure.   Research now shows that salt has little do with heart disease and reducing high blood pressure. In fact some studies indicate salt restriction does more harm than good. What we really should be […]

Top 10 Ways to Curb Overeating

The key to successful weight control is learning to listen to your body’s cues. You want to eat when you feel hungry, but not famished. Feeling overly hungry can trigger overeating. The following tips can help you get in touch with the signs of hunger and satiety to prevent overeating: Stick to a schedule – […]

Arthritis? Joint Problems? You may benefit from avoiding these foods

There is strong a correlation between arthritis and diet. Certain foods have a tendency to cause inflammation or an immune response in some people. This is a big contributor to joint pain or worsening pain and suffering associated with arthritis. Avoiding the most common offending foods can really help you manage these symptoms. Below is […]

The Quintessential Guide to Keeping your Bowels Healthy (Regular)

Yes, I’m talking about your bowels. Are you regular or do you experience constipation? Maintaining a healthy digestive system includes keeping your bowels healthy. The combined result will keep you healthy and help you achieve optimal weight loss. The following are some simple tips to keep your bowels in tip top shape:   Drink warm […]

THE IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP

Sleep is essential to health and well-being, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF). Despite that,  millions of people do not get enough sleep and many suffer from lack of sleep or lack of quality sleep. Sleep plays a vital role in good health and well-being throughout your life. Sleep is involved in: the healing […]

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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