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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 […]

Benefits of Bare Feet

At Healthy Habits I often ask clients to take off their shoes and exercise in bare feet.  I like clients to feel the ground, this stimulates neurological receptors in the feet which send valuable information to the brain.  Balance and agility improves.   Getting rid of the structured shoe and exercising in bare feet also […]
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Summer Bean Salad Recipe

This week I thought I’d share an easy bean salad recipe that I love to make in the summer.  What I like about this recipe is that the dressing contains no sugar (unlike the traditional recipe that my mom makes).  Aside from the fact that this recipe is delicious, here are six other reasons why […]
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Fascial Fitness – Part 2

We introduced you to the term fascia in our July 1 blog, Fascial Fitness – Part 1.  It is important to understand that if you want to make permanent physical changes to your body you can’t just train your muscles, you have to train your fascia too. Our seamless fascial web that surrounds and connects […]
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Fascial Fitness – Part 1

It is easy to imagine the impact of exercise on muscles, bones and even joints.  But what does exercise do for your fascia?  What is fascia! Fascia is a structure of connective tissue that surrounds our muscles, blood vessels and nerves.  When our muscles move and exert force fascia provide a sliding and gliding environment […]
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Omega-3 and Beef

In an earlier blog (see Inflammation – An Epidemic posted on March 31, 2013) we discussed the importance of purchasing organic whenever possible to minimize our exposure to chemicals and reduce chronic inflammation in the body. When we purchase non-organic Canadian meat we are not only getting chemicals from the feed but also from medicines […]

Dysbiosis, a Leaky Gut and Inflammation

We have been focusing a lot lately on inflammation in the body – which for many is chronic and responsible for a variety of different health woes.   Another chronic and often ignored health issue is dysbiosis in the gut.   Dysbiosis refers to a condition with microbial imbalances on or inside the body.  For […]
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Taking Your Anti-Inflammatory Diet Wherever You Go

This blog is sixth in a series on implementing an anti-inflammatory lifestyle (If you’d like to start at the beginning please see Inflammation – An Epidemic posted March 31, 2013).  Now that you know more about how to eat to fight chronic inflammation it’s time to put your new diet into practise.  The challenge for […]
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Anti-Inflammatory Part 5 – Fats

This blog is fifth in a series on implementing an anti-inflammatory lifestyle (If you’d like to start at the beginning please see Inflammation – An Epidemic posted March 31, 2013).    The typical North American diet is full of inflammatory fat.  And I don’t mean the ‘bad’ saturated fat that you hear so much about […]

Our Love Hate Relationship with Dairy

North Americans love dairy.  Cheese, cheese sauces, milk, yogurt, and ice cream are commonly found in the majority of food diaries that I see…and lots of it.  Many people eat cheese 3 meals a day as a main source of protein (bagel and cheese, pizza, pasta and cheese).  Others are drinking milk like water or […]

Is Gluten-free Just a Fad?

For the last couple of weeks we’ve been focusing on inflammation, a chronic condition that is the underlying cause of many of today’s common health conditions and illnesses.  To tackle inflammation we are trying to keep our buckets from over flowing (see Inflammation – An Epidemic posted March 31, 2013 to learn more about your […]
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Are Unnecessary Beverages Filling Up Your Bucket?

Last week we got you thinking about your bucket.  That is the empty bucket inside your body determined by your genetics.  Fill it up with chemicals, alcohol, stress and other threats to our cells and it can overflow leading to chronic inflammation and illness.  Empty your bucket with healthy habits like organic food, sleep and […]
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Inflammation – An Epidemic

Allergies, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, skin disorders, irritable bowel syndrome and many other common illnesses and health challenges are closely linked to chronic inflammation. Inflammation is now considered to be a more important risk factor for heart disease than high cholesterol levels.  Standard treatment for chronic inflammation is a variety of anti-inflammatory medications; prednisone, Lipitor, Crestor, […]
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Functional Movement Screening

At Healthy Habits we believe that posture and alignment are the root of lasting physical improvement.  Because of our belief we are cutting edge in the health industry.  We spend considerable amount of time learning about our clients’ bodies so we can put together the best exercise plan for each individual.  Because we focus first […]

Aerobic Versus Anaerobic Training

When I first started training and coaching regular individuals (as opposed to athletes) there was a well entrenched notion for weight loss.  Aerobic exercise (less intense, long and slow exercise) was believed to be the only way to burn excess fat.  You know you are performing aerobic exercise when you start breathing faster but you […]

Spring Cleaning

Spring is a time of renewed energy, I like to use the changes of the season to re-examine my routine and check to see that everything is in balance.  Like exercise, if you aren’t in balance you may find yourself working hard but not achieving the results you want to achieve. Exercise with your body […]

Coconut

At Healthy Habits we are big fans of coconut.  It is frustrating that main stream health information lumps all saturated fats together, declaring them unhealthy.  Coconut is full of short and medium-chain saturated fatty acids that are not harmful to health.  To the contrary, the fatty acids found in coconut are sent directly to the […]

Fermented Foods – A Condiment for Good Health

Many diets from around the world include foods that are fermented, a chemical process activated by bacteria or yeast by which sugars are converted to alcohols and carbon dioxide.  In the past it was a way to preserve food and increase or develop flavour.  We know today that fermented foods offer a number of health […]
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Low Intensity Laser Therapy

Although low intensity laser therapy (LILT) isn’t familiar to most recreational athletes, it is well known by elite and professional athletes including this year’s U.S. Olympic Team and The Toronto Blue Jays.  Clinically proven, LILT uses red light and infrared light to accelerate soft tissue healing.  LILT penetrates to the cellular level increasing the rate […]
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Leucine and Weight Loss

Here at Healthy Habits we like to stress the importance of a diet low in carbohydrates for weight loss.  Often we see clients who need to significantly reduce starchy carbohydrates, especially the processed white stuff, and increase good quality protein in their diet. There is much research to support a diet higher in protein for […]

Salmon for Your Heart and Brain

The average North American does not get enough Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFA) in their diet.  Omega-3 essential fatty acids are ESSENTIAL, your body cannot manufacture them.  Omega-3 essential fatty acids are known to block disease-related inflammatory responses to protect your heart and brain. Therefore you must ensure that Omega-3 fatty acids are included in […]

Flexibility — Use It Or Lose It

As we get older our flexibility deteriorates, often due to a less active lifestyle.  But we need our flexibility to help us perform our daily activities with ease and without aches and pains.  Reduced mobility of joints and tighter muscles create compromised body movements and posture habits that throw our bodies out of alignment leading […]

Beat the Winter Blahs with a Strong Immune System

It’s that time of year…when many of our colleges, friends and family are out of commission with a bad cold or even worse, the flu. Here are a healthy habits to help you keep your body healthy and immune system strong: Exercise Moderate exercise (approximately 30 minutes 3 – 4 x a week to start) is essential […]
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Happy New Year!

Traditionally it is the time of year to make resolutions.  Unfortunately for most we find ourselves making the same resolutions again January 2014.  To help you keep yours here’s a tip… Make sure your resolution is a WANT and not a SHOULD.  For example, everyone wants to be healthier because they know that they should.  […]

Coconut Popcorn

Yesterday I was served this delicious popcorn at my child’s school. The coconut butter and oil used in this recipe is packed full of lauric acid that boosts immunity and destroys harmful bacteria and viruses.  Because of this medicinal property coconut butter and oil aids in digestion, destroying microorganisms that cause indigestion. Don’t be fooled […]

Nutrition Over the Holidays

The holiday season is in full swing.  Hopefully everyone is practising moderation…a bit more sugar, a bit more alcohol.  But no binges! Keep in mind that unhealthy foods, including sugar and alcohol loaded beverages, are all treats.  If you have five Christmas parties one week and splurge at each one…treats are no longer treats.  They […]

A Question From Cousin Ray – Part 3

Last week we learned about Ray’s leaky gut, a sign that his gut is now home to an unwelcome amount of bad bacteria.  To help relieve his unpleasant digestive symptoms Ray is Resting his gut by cutting out his trigger foods, the complex carbs in wheat, dairy and corn that his body was only partially […]

A Question From Cousin Ray – Part 2

The Second R…Repair (Continued from blog post Cousin Ray is Bloated, Again!, posted November 2, 2012) We’re happy to report that Cousin Ray is feeling better having identified his trigger foods and eliminating them from his diet.  But poor Ray has discovered that some of his favourite foods are causing him digestive complaints; wheat, dairy […]
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