Sun, nice weather, heat: picnic season is back! Any occasion is a good excuse to share a meal in the open air with family or good friends. This year, why not aim to keep your favourite picnic areas intact? Here are some tips to make the most of Mother Nature’s beauty respectfully:
1. Opt for local products
Unfortunately, Marcel’s papaya and pineapple fruit salad may not be the greenest choice. And however delicious it is, your mother in law’s star fruit and mango sa...
Detoxify your diet!
Over the past few years, it has become glaringly obvious that our grocery stores are crammed with processed food. However an increasingly popular movement is, in some way, an antidote to this problem: clean eating, i.e., a simple and natural diet. Its principles will result in improving the quality of what you eat while reducing your exposure to various potentially toxic compounds.
1. Cut down on your consumption of processed food
Put on your apron and cook! Home made versi...
Cholesterol is one of the fats that is present in blood. It may be used in the construction of cell membranes and in the manufacture of vitamin D or hormones such as cortisol, testosterone and progesterone.
Cholesterol travels in 2 types of vehicles in blood vessels:
HDL, which cleanses excess cholesterol from the organs and transports it to the liver, where it is eliminated. We call this “good” cholesterol;
LDL, which deposits cholesterol on artery walls and obstructs the proper c...
Each year, with time changes and shorter days, do you feel depressed and irritable? Is your energy flagging? Do you have sugar cravings? You may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is nicknamed “winter blues”.
If this is the case, you’re not the only one suffering from it, because, according to the Canadian Association for Mental Health, an estimated 2 to 3% of Canadians are severely affected by it and 15% experience less severe symptoms.
Although this d...
If you are eating out on Valentine’s Day, decide ahead of time whether or not you will order dessert.
If it’s a no, then don’t even bother looking at the menu or the tray.
If it’s a yes, enjoy it without feeling guilty or as though you have gone off your program, as it’s ok to indulge from time to time.
To control calories, choose fruit, sorbet, or frozen yogurt, all of which are lighter than cakes, pies, and ice cream. If you go for the latter, share it with your ...