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Busting 8 myths about nutrition & exercise

When it comes to creating a healthy lifestyle, we often don’t make the progress we’d like because we’re operating under erroneous assumptions. Here, Warren Honeycutt shines a light on eight common myths about nutrition and fitness. Fitness and weight loss When it comes to losing weight and getting fit, do you find yourself unable to make progress despite your best efforts? If so, you’re not alone in your frustration—and it may not be entirely your fault. According to Warren Honeycutt, fitness and nutrition expert, marketers in the nutrition and fitness industries are very good at obscuring inconvenient facts that might keep consumers from buying their products. And beyond that, he says, misinformation about what’s healthy and what’s not often masquerades as “common knowledge” and “common sense.” “If you want to move the needle on your fitness, you have to separate fact from fiction, once and for all,” says Honeycutt, author

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5 “healthy” foods that can sabotage your healthy eating

Some “healthy food choices” have an allure of well-being and vitality. What you may not realize is that these foods top the list of nutrition myths. Granola: Granola grew its roots during the health food movement and started off as a simple mixture of whole grains without all of the added sugars and fats that are found in supermarket brands. Just one cup will deliver the equivalent carbohydrate load found in a jumbo bagel or a large plate of spaghetti! Studies also show that eating a breakfast that is super-high in carbohydrates may not be the best choice, as it will lead to an increased appetite throughout the day. Hummus: While made from nourishing chick peas, packaged hummus carries a calorie and fat profile that rivals some mayonnaise, with many varieties containing 60 percent of the calories from fat. Be wary of the appeal of a seemingly small, personal-size package

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Weight loss ads are finally being attacked

Seems like today there’s a constant barrage of weight loss ads all over social media. Now, they’re coming under fire and things are changing and Pinterest is leading. From dietary supplements to “amazing” pills, appetite suppressants, surgery and more, these ads are everywhere. Many of them use “triggers” such as BMI (Body Mass Index) and body-type shaming to get clicks and sell their products online. They can be psychologically harmful to many, including teenage girls who’ve little knowledge of how they’re being targeted. These ads play into their existing social anxieties and just make things worse. Some of these products even claim, without evidence, that their products can be applied to or worn on the skin. Instagram recently shared online resources and some warnings to help people find better information around their options. Recently, Twitter came under fire for a constant barrager of ads from DoFasting, an app that helps

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How to feed your hormones

If you feed your hormones the right way, it can make a huge difference in your mental health and sex life! Many of us experience signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance every day. Trouble getting out of bed in the morning, uncontrollable sugar cravings in the afternoon, high stress levels and chronic headaches are just a few symptoms. Dr. Natasha Turner, a leading naturopathic doctor in Canada, explores these issues in her book, The Hormone Diet. She says our bodies send these signals when something isn’t right, but often we are too busy to pay attention. Compounding the problem is a lack of understanding about the causes of these symptoms and future consequences if left unaddressed. “Hormones are powerful chemical messengers in our body — they control everything from our reproductive functions to our mood, sleep, appearance and almost every other aspect of daily life,” says Turner, a native of

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Fitness

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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The Risks of the Keto Diet

A diet thought to be perfect for weight loss, keto may be more dangerous than you think. Everywhere you turn these days, it seems someone is talking about the “keto” or ketogenic diet. There’s even supplements to help the body go into ketosis. And while the keto diet may seem like a new breakthrough, it’s actually been around for about 100 years. It’s been used by doctors to help those with morbid obesity to lose weight fast when their lives are at risk. Some athletes have also taken advantage of it. So what is the keto diet? The keto diet is very low-carb and high in fat. Essentially, instead of burning carbs, like from potatoes, bread and pasta, it makes you burn your body’s fat. Doesn’t sound too bad does it? In the short term, it may not be. But there are a number of dangers. The keto diet is

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Whole person integrative eating

An interview with author Deborah Kesten, M.P.H. about her new book and the science behind this approach to eating better. Q1. What is Whole Person Integrative Eating? So many people struggle with their weight. My book, Whole Person Integrative Eating, is a science-backed program that gives you the exact skills you need to nourish “all of you”—body, mind, and soul—each time you eat, so you can lose weight and keep it off. Anyone struggling with weight needs this book to halt—even reverse—overeating and being overweight. Q2. You describe Whole Person Integrative Eating as a “dietary lifestyle.” What is that? The Whole Person Integrative Eating program is a dietary lifestyle that is the opposite of traditional dieting; something you go on, then off. Rather, Integrative Eating is a dietary lifestyle because it is based on the original meaning of the word “diet,” which, during the time of Hippocrates—about 2500 years ago—meant “way of life.” Over the centuries, the word diet traveled throughout Europe, until it came to mean a

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A guide to intermittent fasting

How much should you be eating daily? The professionals give us their take on when—and when not—to eat. Dr. Marita Schauch, Naturopathic doctor The best eating plan I have recommended to my patients over the years has been to eat smaller meals during the day, typically three mains and two snacks. The meals should always incorporate healthy, lean protein, fibre, complex carbohydrates and good fats to maintain balanced blood sugars. Research has shown that eating more often leads to a reduction in total insulin secretion, an improvement in insulin resistance and better blood sugar control. Optimizing blood sugars and insulin has long-term benefits not just on weight but on overall health and prevention of chronic disease. Intermittent fasting is becoming more popular in the health world and although I don’t recommend it for everyone, some of my patients find it useful for managing weight loss and optimizing body composition. One gentle variation

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Healthy Recipes

Maple glazed sweet potato donuts

This recipe was created using all organic ingredients, it’s the perfect sweet treat to celebrate going organic. Enjoy! PREP TIME 15 MINS SERVES 12 I COOK TIME 25 MINS. Donut ingredients 3 Tbsp milled organic flax seed 3⁄4 cup organic apple cider 3⁄4 cup organic coconut flour 1⁄2 cup organic almond flour 3 Tbsp organic arrowroot flour 2 tsp organic baking powder 1⁄2 tsp organic baking soda 1⁄2 tsp each organic cinnamon, organic allspice and organic kosher or organic sea salt 1⁄4 tsp organic nutmeg 1 and 1⁄4 cup cooked and mashed organic sweet potato (about 2 small potatoes) 1⁄2 cup organic maple syrup 2 Tbsp melted organic coconut oil 1 Tbsp organic apple cider vinegar Maple glaze ingredients 1 and 1⁄4 cup organic maple sugar 2 tsp – 1Tbsp organic coconut milk or nut milk Decorate with organic sprinkles or organic dried flower petals or drizzle with organic chocolate

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