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3 Reasons to Supplement with Vitamin D this Winter

3 Reasons to Supplement with Vitamin D this Winter

Winter is approaching which means it is time to start thinking about supplementing with Vitamin D.  Of course, getting all your vitamins and minerals through food is ideal, however vitamin D is the exception and I recommend everyone should supplement with it for the following reasons: 1. Vitamin D is not available in food in […]

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Healthy Snacks: Re Think What You Take On-the-Go

| November 14, 2014 | 22 Comments
Healthy Snacks: Re Think What You Take On-the-Go

Snacks and kids just seem to go together. A trip to the grocery store- pack snacks, visit to the park, swimming lessons, drive to grandmas, wait at the Drs office, sitting in a stroller . . all require copious amounts of snacks to both keep kids entertained and feed hungry tummies. While just having kids […]

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My Family’s Taste of the Sun with #SunRype900mL Packs of Juices and a #Giveaway!

| October 27, 2014 | 69 Comments
My Family’s Taste of the Sun with #SunRype900mL Packs of Juices and a #Giveaway!

Besides milk and water, my family loves to drink orange juice. We go through jugs and jugs of orange juice almost daily, and it is hard to sway them to try anything new because they are so finicky with what they eat and drink. If we had more of a variety of juices they enjoyed […]

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6 Tips to Teach Kids About Nutrition

| October 14, 2014 | 14 Comments
6 Tips to Teach Kids About Nutrition

A child’s relationship with food starts young and while it may be the parents and caregivers who make the choice of what will be served for meals, it is usually the child who decides what will be eaten! How many times have you been on the kitchen floor picking up the latest casualty in what […]

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Some Exercise Facts To Help You Get Motivated and Stay Motivated

| October 1, 2014 | 9 Comments
Some Exercise Facts To Help You Get Motivated and Stay Motivated

There are many benefits to exercising regularly, such as looking good, feeling sharper, and an improved sex life. But you probably already knew all that. The trouble is getting motivated to start exercising in the first place, and even more challenging, staying motivated to work out regularly. The good news is that there are plenty […]

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Healthy Nut-free Snacks for School

| September 12, 2014 | 15 Comments
Healthy Nut-free Snacks for School

It’s back to school time and lots of parents are asking the question, “What nut-free snacks can I pack for my child?”.  Having a nut-free policy is essential to ensuring the safety of those children with nut allergies.  However, removing nuts can make it challenging to provide snacks that are high in protein.  Protein is […]

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Eating Your Greens and a Meatless Recipe

| August 29, 2014 | 15 Comments
Eating Your Greens and a Meatless Recipe

I’m always stressing the importance of eating more veggies to my clients. Instead of thinking of dieting or taking foods out, why not focus on adding good foods in? With enough adding of the good stuff, you eventually crowd out the bad stuff. Working up to four cups of greens daily is a great goal […]

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You Are Making a Healthy Food Choice – or Are You?

| June 27, 2014 | 19 Comments
You Are Making a Healthy Food Choice – or Are You?

You grab a whole grain fruit muffin for breakfast on your way to the office, a salad at the drive thru for lunch while on the road on the weekend and pass out granola bars to the kids for an afternoon snack.  Sounds like you are making some great healthy choices. But wait. . . When we […]

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#Review: Family Cookbook and The Disney Muppets Character Encyclopedia, by DK Canada and #Giveaway ~ CAN 07/14

| June 19, 2014 | 38 Comments
#Review: Family Cookbook and The Disney Muppets Character Encyclopedia, by DK Canada and #Giveaway ~ CAN 07/14

I don’t know any Mom who isn’t always on the search for healthy, well balanced, kid friendly recipes.  Having a 1 year old and a 3.5 year old makes the search complicated, as I am trying to find foods the 1 year old can feed herself that aren’t too fussy or messy, but yet are […]

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Still Fighting Spring Allergies? Try Quercetin!

Still Fighting Spring Allergies? Try Quercetin!

Are you still fighting spring allergies and looking to try something new?  Why not try some quercetin! Quercetin is a plant chemical found in black tea, apples, grapefruit and onions.  It has anti-oxidant properties and reduces inflammation. Your body contains mast cells which hold histamine.  The mast cells break down and release histamine in response to […]

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So Dairy, Great For Fat Loss– Yeah Right!

| June 4, 2014 | 21 Comments
So Dairy, Great For Fat Loss– Yeah Right!

Dairy, tastes great, goes down really nice, smooth and creamy, and it’s good for you right?  What’s not to love.  There are very little bad things you can say about the dairy products that you grew up eating in mass quantities.  I mean its got protein and calcium, everything a growing boy or girl needs, […]

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Banana Splits Breakfast #Recipe

| May 15, 2014 | 64 Comments
Banana Splits Breakfast #Recipe

Yay! Spring is here! Or should I say summer? We went from winter to summer, from 2 to 22 degrees Celsius, in just a few days! I put away my booties and am now wearing my sandals, cleaned the winter jackets, stored my pants, and made room for shorts and capris! I am loving every minute of […]

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The Difference Between Fitness and Health (Part II)

| May 15, 2014 | 15 Comments
The Difference Between Fitness and Health (Part II)

So the last time we were talking about the differences between health and fitness from a standpoint of nutrition with a little bit of exercise, but now let’s really get into the weeds about your nutrition habits and why the diet you were eating so healthy before may not cover all of your FITNESS GOALS […]

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Eating For Runners

| May 9, 2014 | 13 Comments
Eating For Runners

I am a runner.  It has taken me a long time to really say that and mean it.  I used to duck around the label and dream of when I would actually confidently use it to refer to myself.  Well, it has taken 8+ years of steady running, countless 10k races and 6 half marathons…but […]

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Meatless Monday: What’s for Dinner?

| May 5, 2014 | 16 Comments
Meatless Monday: What’s for Dinner?

My clients are often asking for suggestions when it comes to meatless dinner options the whole family will love.  It just seems like we get stumped when it comes to finding recipes that don’t fit the meat/potato/veggie profile. There was a time years ago when I competed in fitness competitions and I ate a lot […]

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The Difference Between Fitness and Health (Part I)

| April 24, 2014 | 12 Comments
The Difference Between Fitness and Health (Part I)

So we’re sitting down having dinner at the BConnected Conference and we’re talking about the usual amounts of fitness and nutrition wisdom that I try to impart on everyone who will listen and the topic of “eating healthy” comes up.  Let’s get one thing straight; everyone eats healthy.  Everyone.  True? Oh, boy…here we go! Now […]

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A Parenting Sampler: Fitness, Healthy Food and Baby Sleep – Proceeds to CHEO – Monday, April 14th, 2014

| April 7, 2014 | 4 Comments
A Parenting Sampler: Fitness, Healthy Food and Baby Sleep – Proceeds to CHEO – Monday, April 14th, 2014

It was 2 am and my baby’s breathing was labored.  He was visibly struggling for air, his neck muscles activated trying to pull in air against resistance.   My empathy for him was crippling, and there was a terrible feeling of uncertainty in my chest about how to help him.  Finally, we pulled the trigger…. that’s […]

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It’s All Good: Karma Wellness Water (A Review)

| March 6, 2014 | 31 Comments
It’s All Good: Karma Wellness Water (A Review)

I’ll be honest, I don’t normally drink energy drinks or vitamin waters, so I was unsure of Karma Wellness Water for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I had heard that vitamin water was actually pointless because a vitamin’s potency deteriorates in water making vitamin water nothing other than flavoured water. The other reason was taste and […]

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Love Your Body

| February 14, 2014 | 10 Comments
Love Your Body

My clients know that my approach is gentle.  I’m not pushy, I don’t yell and I won’t jump on your back.  Don’t get me wrong, my clients work hard… but it comes from a place of LOVE and compassion. I’m always encouraging my clients to love their bodies no matter what stage they are in […]

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5 Reasons Why Diets Fail

| February 4, 2014 | 15 Comments
5 Reasons Why Diets Fail

So you’re trying to lose some weight so you start looking around the interwebs for some popular diets.  There are so many to choose from nowadays.  You can go onto Amazon and download the latest diet books for about $20 bucks, read them front to cover and then go start killing yourself in about two […]

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Improving your Home and Self with Books from DK Publishing Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 02/09

| January 22, 2014 | 8 Comments
Improving your Home and Self with Books from DK Publishing Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 02/09

I spent this past weekend with two wonderful books from DK Publishing. The first book was entitled Home Workout. The premise of this thick paperback instructional book is to provide readers with easy to follow pilates, yoga, abs and body toning workouts that can be done from the comfort of home in a mere 15 […]

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Whole Wheat Banana Cranberry Apple Muffins Recipe

| January 17, 2014 | 11 Comments
Whole Wheat Banana Cranberry Apple Muffins Recipe

This recipe is my all time favourite winter muffins. It’s a denser, heavier muffin compared to the yogurt-based berry-type muffins I make in the summer months. Not only is this recipe simple, the muffins are moist and tasty. My recipe is based off a photocopied recipe given to me years ago, so I have no […]

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3 Exercises to Slay Fat for Good

| January 14, 2014 | 11 Comments
3 Exercises to Slay Fat for Good

Congratulations you’ve made it to 2014!  Do you know what a great year this is going to be and why it’s going to rock?  Because you’re committed.  You’re determined, focused, motivated and above all else you have a plan to burn that body fat and keep it off.  For good this time! Well that’s awesome […]

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Indian Cooking Made Easy with Jaswant’s Kitchen!

| December 18, 2013 | 7 Comments
Indian Cooking Made Easy with Jaswant’s Kitchen!

I was so excited when I had the opportunity to try a Starter Kit of Indian spices and lentils from Jaswant’s Kitchen. I LOVE Indian food and often use pre-made curry sauces and pastes to recreate my own meals at home. Sure, these sauces and pastes are tasty, but many of them could be lightened […]

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