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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 […]

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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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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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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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, […]

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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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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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 […]

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 […]

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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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 […]

Cousin Ray is Bloated, Again!

A Question From Cousin Ray In today’s blog we’re going to answer a question from our cousin Ray. Cousin Ray asks “I often have bloating and uncomfortable, foul smelling flatulence.  Sometimes there is also gut pain.  It is embarrassing, especially when sharing a room with company at night.  Is this normal?” First I’d like to […]

Protein Assimilation

I was in Whole Foods last week stocking up on a few vitamins. A young man withan Australian accent was telling his friend/colleague that he wasn’t interested in food anlonger. “I’m getting all my
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