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Liberating Yourself from Diet Culture
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Break Free: Liberating Yourself from Diet Culture

Stuck in a restrictive mindset that only makes you feel bad about yourself? Here’s how to shift the narrative—for good. Growing up, it wasn’t uncommon to see our mothers on diets. Depending on your age, you may have seen her ebb and flow through a myriad of diets, such as low-fat, the “grapefruit” diet, low- to no-carb, and so many more. Watching these patterns as children likely instilled in many women the idea that restrictive dieting, over-exercising, or engaging in crash diets was completely normal. With those patterns engrained in us, combined with societal pressures and messaging that urges us to compare bodies against one another, it’s no wonder many women have strained relationships with how they eat. And while, fortunately, movements such as body positivity and whole-food nourishment are becoming more mainstream, old habits die hard. We may still feel anxiety creeping in if our clothes suddenly don’t fit

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Keep Your Heart Pumping

Take a closer look at what factors affect heart health. The heart never takes a break. It is the ultimate survivor. Even if you are physically drained and exhausted, your heart keeps pumping at about 4,800 beats per hour. But it is not invincible. Taking care of your heart should not be taken lightly. Heart disease is the leading cause of premature death in Canada and globally, according to the 2017 Global Burden of Disease study. While there are multiple causes of heart diseases, health conditions such as diabetes and obesity play an important role. Diabetes increases heart disease risk Adults with diabetes are four times more likely to die of heart disease or stroke compared to those without diabetes, according to the American Heart Association. The alarming statistics indicate that diabetes and cardiovascular diseases have a direct connection. Cardiovascular diseases refer to conditions that involve narrowed or constricted blood

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