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Five foods to burn belly fat

We all know abs are made in the kitchen. Try these five foods to help you see results faster. Half of the challenge of maintaining or losing weight starts in the kitchen. Not only is that where we make most of our meals, but it is also a place where we snack. It’s the place we find ourselves in between meals or munching on potato chips late at night. It’s true. We all battle hunger between meals, there is no denying it—but it’s important to snack on healthy foods that are beneficial for your body. If you are exercising, but don’t see results, there is a good chance you’re sneaking foods into your diet that are preventing you from reaching your goals (hint: salt!). Swap out those unhealthy choices for these snacks that will keep you full, give you a nutritional boost and leave you feeling energized. Almonds and walnuts

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Health

The power of seeds

Seeds provide a range of micronutrients. They prevent the development of heart disease and the accumulation of bad cholesterol. As a health enthusiast, you’re likely always keeping an eye out for trending foods to keep you feeling your best. You’ve tried other superfoods like avocado, kale, kefir and mushrooms—but maybe now you’re looking to up your health game. Your new secret weapon? Seeds! Known as nutritional powerhouses, seeds are packed with healthy fats, protein and a range of micronutrients— think of them as pint-sized kernels with super-sized benefits. Many studies have shown that seeds can help prevent weight gain, the development of heart disease and accumulation of bad cholesterol. A high intake of nuts and seeds is also associated with reduced inflammation. These four seed superheroes have been consumed in many different ways and have nourished ancient cultures for thousands of years. If you haven’t already, it’s time to add

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Longevity

4 herbal teas for healing

These four delicious teas are loaded with antioxidants and can help fight insomnia, digestive issues, stomach pain and more. Gone are the days of quick-fix health gimmicks, like believing one magic pill will make you drop 10 pounds or that doing a juice cleanse will solve all your problems. It turns out that women are ditching quick fixes and are becoming more aware of the health choices they make. The Attitudes Toward Healthy Eating 2017/ITC study found that 45% of Canadians are interested in trying the latest foods that claim to boost health, like chia seeds and kale. It seems that the most recent trend is figuring out how to improve one’s health—naturally. One way to create a lasting, healthy habit is to consume herbal teas. Loaded with antioxidants, herbal teas are made from dried fruits, flowers, spices or herbs. They come in a wide range of flavours and can

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Healthy Recipes

Home made oat milk

Making your own oat milk at home is easy—and what’s even better is that it allows you to choose your own ingredients and avoid additives. You can also make your oat milk guaran- teed gluten-free by using gluten-free oats. Oat milk, a plant-based milk substitute, has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Vegan, as well as lactose-, soy-, and nut- free—oat milk is an excellent and delicious “milk” option for those with dietary restrictions. Oat milk is easy to make, affordable, low in fat, and is enriched with nutrients like calcium, potassium, iron, fibre, and vitamins A, B, and D. Homemade oat milk recipe Get creative and make it yours by adding more or less sweetener, or add cinnamon for an extra kick. Ingredients 1 cup of rolled oats 4 cups water 2 Tbsps pure maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 1⁄4 tsp salt Directions Add all of

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Healthy Recipes

Healthy DIY Hot Cocoa

There’s no other nostalgic feeling quite like sipping a cup of hot chocolate by a warm fire as the cool breeze outside brushes the windows. Hot chocolate reminds me of being a kid—specifically around the holidays, and watching every holiday-related movie that came on TV. It also reminds me of being around family, and the people I love. The only bad thing about hot chocolate—you guessed it, is the excessive amount of sugar in the store-bought hot chocolate powders. Well, I’m here to save the day and tell you that there’s another way. Make your own batch of healthy hot chocolate—without the added sugar. Below is a DIY healthy hot chocolate recipe with the rich taste that you remember and without the artificial sweeteners. Easy home made hot chocolate recipe Ingredients: 1 cup plant-based milk of your choice 1 Tbsp raw cocoa powder 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup 1⁄4 tsp

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Fitness

DIY Yoga mat cleaner

This cleaner recipe is from our sister magazine OptiMYz. As a fitness enthusiast, you likely use your yoga mat for yoga, home workouts or even stretching. Maybe you roll it out regularly at home, at the studio or even your local park, but how often do you actually take the time to clean it? In a study conducted by ABC13 News they sent a series of mats from local gyms and studios to a lab. The findings were surprising. One of the mats had a form of staph on it, while a few others had yeast build-up and even fecal matter (GROSS!). Basically, just like your sweaty workout gear, your mat should also get a good cleaning. Here is a DIY yoga mat cleaner with two simple essential oils: tea tree and lavender. Tea tree essential oil is antibacterial and antifungal, while lavender essential oil has antibacterial properties paired with a

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Health

Antibiotic usage linked with increase risk of rheumatoid arthritis

A new study found that the odds of developing RA is 60% higher in those exposed to antibiotics than those who are not. Researchers from Keele University and the Quadram Institute in the UK analyzed data from primary care medical records and found that the odds of developing rheumatoid arthritis is 60% higher in those exposed to antibiotics than in those not exposed. The researchers also found that the odds increased with the number of antibiotics treatments, and how recently they were taken. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects roughly 300,000 Canadians, and this study suggests it affects 26 in 100,000 people who have taken antibiotics. RA is likely to be caused by a complex mix of genetics and different environmental factors, so this study isn’t reason to stop taking antibiotics when they are needed. But it does open up a new door of exploration to finding the triggers, which could be

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Travel

Travel etiquette mistakes

Travelling soon? Here are some travel tips to help you and your fellow travellers have a more enjoyable flight! This is a popular time of year for travelling. With spring break underway, and Canadians aching for some fun in the sun, the worst part of the whole experience seems to be the time it takes to reach the destination. For lots of people, flying can be a stressful and sometimes aggravating experience—especially when others recline their seats too far back or steal your arm rest. But another reason for potential stress and anger from passengers may be due to the increase in the number of people travelling. According to Stats Canada, Canadian residents made a record 12.8 million trips to overseas destinations (countries other than the United States) in 2017, which was 7.2% more than in 2016. In fact, the number of Canadians travelling overseas has increased yearly since 2003.

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