Toronto’s Freshman 15

Toronto’s Freshman 15

I hail from a small town where dining out, take-out and eating on the go were all rare occurrences. My family always made time for three square meals a day. We relied on fresh produce from the local farmer’s markets and all of our meals were prepared from household ingredients. Imagine the culture shock I experienced when I found my way to the big bad city of Toronto.

I declared it the most beautiful city in the world and it captured my heart from day one. I turned a deaf ear and a blind eye to the warnings about “rude Torontonians”. I was just so thrilled to have made it that I didn’t care nor did I notice if such accusations were even warranted. What I did notice was the abundance of exotic and unique foods that were all in need of thorough analysis. It only seemed responsible to appoint myself the “Christopher Columbus” of food- I was on a mission, a food exploration mission. Every new meal I introduced to my unseasoned palette became an intoxicating quest of new discovery and sophistication. (more…)

Unmask your potential- 3 homemade skin remedies

Looking refreshed has never been this accessible or less expensive. With a few simple household ingredients your skin will appear hydrated, luminous and blemish-free. The days of hiding the pricey spa receipts from your significant other will soon be long forgotten. Today’s trends are all about keepin’ it real. We’ve traded in chemical laden foods for organic, fake nails for shellac and even sitcoms for reality tv. Less really is more, especially when it comes to skincare. (more…)

Cortisol’s b**ch

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It’s no coincidence that stressed spelled backwards is desserts.  There’s often a correlation between the times we find ourselves completely lacking discipline in our perpetual war against sugar to when we also happen to be under duress. These moments of weakness can be attributed to our close frienemy, cortisol.  In small amounts, cortisol is actually beneficial to our health. It’s released into our bloodstream from the adrenal glands when the body is spiking in stress levels. It aids in our survival by providing a quick increase in energy and strengthens immunity while dulling sensitivity to pain. However, surely you are no stranger to the common belief: too much of a good thing, ain’t so good. Cortisol can be a raging locomotive on a permanent track.  We may never stop it, but we can certainly slow it down with a few simple lifestyle changes. (more…)

6 Dine Out Do’s

dine outCommon feedback as to why people are waiting for a specific date to begin their weight loss journey is, “I can’t possibly be successful if I start today, I have one baby shower, two weddings and a friend’s birthday celebration all coming up this month! I’m waiting until I have no social obligations.” They have already determined that any dine outs will lead to the impossibility of weight loss. I always grin and respond with “surely you realize that you can’t be a hermit for the next (X amount of months) and avoid every social occasion like the plague.” Then I look at their sheepish expression and realize, oh my god they are planning on being a hermit and avoiding every social occasion like the plague. (more…)

Par- tea

teatimeRemember a time when drinking tea was something we only associated with British people and grandparents? A time when basic green tea was considered exotic and the most excitement a tea could offer was whether or not we dared to add a tea spoon of sugar. Now tea has become so much more than just the beverage the elderly sip with crumpets. There are a plethora of delectable flavors to entice the spicy, sweet, fruity or even floral tea-loving pallet. (more…)

5 Ways to Beat the Blues

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Yes, we’re dangerously close to the season (in Canada) we try and avoid at all costs- we dig our heels deep into fall’s earth and resist the impending gloom that mother nature has in store for us: Winter.  Similar to our birthdays we  savor the fall until the very last second, of the last minute, of the last day. However we have no choice but to face the music.. another year older, another glorious autumn turned to winter. Just as our I.D.’s bear the truth of our age, the bald trees bear the inevitable truth of winter’s arrival. Unlike the 24 hours of birthday despair, mother nature has the audacity to make us endure the Winter for months on end. Just when we believe it’s over and we pack away our parkas/dust off our colorful spring clothes she comes roaring back with yet another few weeks of winter misery! Both time and seasons torment us without our permission, so we may as well work towards making this winter a little more bearable. Three cheers to sinus infections, black ice, and dry skin- hurrah!

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Mindless Munching

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Weight loss requires a delicate and harmonious relationship between both calories consumed and calories expended. There needs to be a deficit in calories to achieve a loss. This unfortunately means that every little thing we put in our mouth does in fact count. Yes, this even includes if you nibbled while standing up tending to your kid’s lunch, talking on the phone with your husband who’s just “so stressed” with work, feeding the family dog AND you didn’t even get the chance to enjoy it! (more…)

Moderation- Not Just A Fairytale

Moderation- Not Just A Fairytale

This is the follow-up to the post, Don’t You Dare Say the “D” Word begging you to reconsider how you diet and urging you to take a more balanced approach: moderation. Of course I didn’t expect that everyone would be enlightened by my last post and rejoice, “I’ll never diet again!” (although that would be nice). In order to make that kind of commitment, you need tangible advice- real steps, a game plan to provide some kind of direction for this great of a change. (more…)

Goodbye Gluten?

goodbye glutan2Raise your hand if you deliberately avoid food items that contain traces of peanuts despite you not having any kind of allergy. I suspect that there are few to none of you raising your hand.  How many  of  you purchase gluten-free foods although you do not suffer from Celiac disease or have a known intolerance to gluten?  According to a survey conducted by the NPD Group nearly one third of us are trying to avoid gluten, although recent statistics reveal approximately only 1 percent of Americans are believed to have Celiac disease. (more…)

Don’t You Dare Say The “D” Word

Don’t You Dare Say The “D” Word

 
Yes, I’m referring to the dreaded word, “diet”. I can feel myself shudder whenever I hear some poor unsuspecting soul proudly proclaim that they have just begun the “no carb”, “no fat”, “liquid” or “ultra low cal” diet. I always want to shriek “for the love of God, DON’T DO IT!” but I know that like anything else in life, they’ll soon discover the ugly truth in  time. It calls to mind when your friend is dating “that jerk” who falsely promises her the world along with eternal happiness. She somehow consumes his lies and digests them into rainbows.  From the outside looking in it’s abundantly clear that (in time) this facade will reveal itself, leaving your friend hopeless and jaded. In either case we find ourselves offering support while hoping that our friend will err on the side of caution moving forward.

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