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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 […]

The Psoas is Major

The Psoas Major is much simplified in our quick-fix remedies for fitness pain and improvement. Much has been written and there is still much to say. For those who are not yet familiar with the function of the psoas, lets begin by acknowledging some of the basics. Summarized, it is common knowledge that the psoas flexes […]
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The Most Important and Most Overlooked System In Your Body

Do you know what fascia is? If you work out, care about your health and want to optimize your physical ability for a lifetime, it’s time to learn more about the most important system of your body.    Fascia – What it is and why it matters Fascia is the elastic-like system of compression and tension that wraps itself […]
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Practicing Healthy Habits During the Holidays

Love the parties, love the treats and of course love the presents! But how do we manage the social mayhem of Christmas and not gain weight or spark up inflammatory reactions from festive foods that make us feel stiff and rickety? Here are a few of our favorite strategies to help you cope: 1) BROTH […]
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The Great Canadian Breakfast

The definition of an ideal breakfast has had a pendulum swing in recent years. No longer do boxed cereals topped with fresh fruit get a rave review. There is now somewhat of a consensus that a breakfast laden in carbohydrates of any kind, whole grain, organic, or gluten-free will lead to a nose dive in […]
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Stop Carbo -Loading Before Endurance Events

Carbohydrate loading is a concept of eating excess carbohydrates to fuel endurance activity. It has long been promoted as essential to ward off fatigue and ‘bonking,” a sports term to mean depleting ones fuel sources and flooding with lactic acid. In my day in nutritional sciences, one would get a failing grade if countering the […]

Daily Detox: Part Three – Detoxing the Yard

Not only are cell membranes and the internal cellular system important to detox but the cell matrix, the yard that surrounds the cells is vital to keep clean as well. The extra cellular matrix is prone to damage from both toxins and disease. The cell matrix thickens and loses fluidity which slows the flow of […]
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Rethinking Your Medical Check-Up Results

Annual doctor visits routinely test your blood for biomarkers of cholesterol levels, liver enzymes, hormones, and blood pressure.  Over the years these were gradually added to the arsenal of preventative disease test kit.  Doctors are trained now to read blood profiles to look for disease ‘risk’.  No longer does the wellness of the individual take […]

Daily Detox: Part Two – Cell Membrane Cleanse

By incorporating daily habits that allow for cellular function to upregulate improving your metabolism and elimination of toxic by-products we can all strive to improve our mind and body.  This 3 part series is an in-depth collection discussing what foods detoxify your body and their beneficial effects on your body and mind. Part 2 – Cell […]
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The Intelligent Stretch That Keeps The Runner, Running

Running is a tremendous form of cardiovascular fitness. If programs are managed properly running can be a source of recreation and lifelong enjoyment. In fact most runners only ever stop running because of injury. Faulty posture and uneven loading of joints while running is what will inevitably lead to injury. How can runners stretch and […]

Daily Detox to To Optimize Focus and Fitness

By incorporating daily habits that allow for cellular function to upregulate improving your metabolism and elimination of toxic by-products we can all strive to improve our mind and body.  This 3 part series is an in-depth collection discussing what foods detoxify your body and their beneficial effects on your body and mind. PART 1 – Cleaning […]
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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 […]
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