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Easter eggs

April 19th 2014

SOSCuisine/Easter EggsOriginally published in the Journal de Montréal on April 19, 2014.

From the humble, coloured hard-boiled egg to the most prestigious Fabergé eggs in precious metals and decorated stones, the Easter egg is an age-old tradition.

In fact, the custom of offering decorated eggs existed long before the Christian era. As spring is the season in which nature blossoms, the egg, representing life and rebirth, was probably the first symbol of fertility used in rituals dating from the dawn of time.
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Change your habits in 14 days

April 16th 2014

Salad with blank recipe bookYou don’t know where to begin to adopt healthy eating habits?

Begin gradually. Integrate a new habit every day, for 14 days, and after 2 weeks your nutrition will be noteworthy!

Here are my suggestions:
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Does your partner have type 2 diabetes? You could also be at risk

April 15th 2014

SOSCuisine/potatoesA new research from McGill University Health Center (MUHC), published in the journal BMC Medicine suggests that if a person has type 2 diabetes, their spouse has 26% increased risk of developing the condition.

The investigators came to this conclusion after analyzing six studies, conducted in different parts of the world, involving a total of 75,498 couples. This increased risk could be a result of “social clustering”.
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Ramboutan, the “hairy” lychee

April 15th 2014

SOSCuisine/ramboutanOriginally published in the Journal de Montréal on April 12, 2014.

Of all the exotic fruits that grocery stores are selling with increasing frequency nowadays, rambutan is probably one of the oddest, due to the rather long and curved fibrous growths that cover it, giving it the appearance of a “hairy lychee”.

The name “rambutan” is derived in fact from the Malay word “rambut” meaning “hair”.
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What do you eat for breakfast?

April 11th 2014

SOSCuisine/breakfastEvery geographic region and cultural group around the world has its own pattern of eating. This short video highlights the typical breakfast of many different countries.

I invite you to compare your usual breakfast to these ones.

You may borrow some healthy eating ideas and leave some less-wholesome practices on foreign soil.
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4 good reasons to use interval training

April 8th 2014

SOSCuisine/Interval trainingYou have probably heard about it, but when it comes to cardio, it is often recommended to try interval training.

Please note that this type of training can also be used by beginners.



Interval training is made of two distinct phases: the period for intensity, and the rest period.
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Run to prevent osteoporosis

April 7th 2014

SOSCuisine/prevent osteoporosisAfter menopause, women with no prior history of prolonged amenorrhea and those who regularly exercise, generally have a greater bone mass than other menopausal women. Moreover, there is a positive relation between muscular exercise and bone density in menopausal women. In fact, muscular exercise helps maintain bone density in menopausal women. Moreover, this positive effect of physical activity may be increased by consuming an estrogen substitute.
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