Why do you eat?
For most of us, if we ate solely based on our bodies’ needs and actual hunger, we would be our ideal weight. However, we eat for many reasons, beyond hunger. Emotional eating is eating in a way to feed our emotions, not our physiological needs. During this stressful time where we are trapped at home, it's almost inevitable that we will experience emotional eating at least once. It often leads us to eat too much, to eat unhealthy foods, and can lead to a very unhealthy relationship with food. Just because you sometimes eat emotionally, doesn’t mean you are an ‘emotional eater’.
When you are stressed or overwhelmed, are you drawn to foods that are high in salt, sugar and/or fat?
Do you feel like you have to skip breakfast or other meals because you don’t have time to eat?
Do you depend on caffeine to keep you awake in the morning or at other times of the day when you are feeling low in energy?
Are you starving when you finish a busy day because you have skipped meals, and find yourself eating to a point of being overly full on whatever you have around?
Have you lost or gained weight recently due to a change in appetite or stress eating?
You're not alone! With the shift in our routine and workplace & the added stress of the current situation, stress eating is common. But, stress eating has no place in our homes - we're on a mission to stay fit and healthy, right!?
Hope your week is going well so far, and your home-workouts are coming some-what close to your usual sweats in the gym. Let’s hope we can get things up and running soon!
Since our trips to the grocery store might be limited for the time-being, I thought it would be useful to share some tips for using up those common pantry staples in our kitchen. Now is a great time to open up those cupboards and make use of what you’ve got!
Can your diet (or lifestyle) improve your immune system?
Yes it can, but be skeptical of supplements making these claims because there’s no single food or nutrient that will magically boost immunity. For example, Echinacea, a very popular herb (in the daisy family) taken to combat colds does not have research to support cold/flu/virus prevention when tested against a placebo. In most studies, Echinacea also didn’t lessen symptoms for those who got sick. However, don’t be discouraged; there are other ways you can keep our immune system strong to prevent catching a cold or recover faster if you do.
Face it, we all get cravings! Especially around holidays like Valentine’s day and Easter where chocolate is front and centre in our face, its hard to resist temptation. But did you know you could eat chocolate EVERYDAY without blowing off your diet??? It’s all a matter of how it is presented.
To help satisfy your chocolate cravings, we've compiled a list of easy, delicious, macro-friendly chocolate snacks! They're so good you won't believe they are Dietitian-approved!
It’s no surprise that we all love to workout. Whether our goals are to look good on the beach, carry our groceries home without help, live longer, be healthier or just feel better, we all chase that endorphin high that comes after a good sweat sesh.
But, then what happens?
Most of us will continue to work, or eat, sleep and repeat. Allowing exercise to be a necessary part of our daily routine.
And the same should be said about recovery!
If your goal is to train harder and smarter than the day before, you will need to make sure your body has adapted and recovered from the stressors placed on it from the previous days. Because without proper recovery, you’re stuck with an uphill battle that over time can lead to injury, fatigue, overtraining and/or lack of motivation.
Articles are always popping up online about the success of weight loss diets. One minute you read how great low-fat diets are, resulting in you shedding the pounds. Then the next minute the media is buzzing about Kim Kardashian following a low-carbohydrate diet. Recently, attention has been focused on the use of high protein diets to promote weight loss. The claim behind high-protein is that it increases satiety. Mixed messaging in the media on weight loss can get very confusing. Short term, quick fix diets have been the focus of research for the last few years, lacking consistent results. A recent review was completed at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada to deal with this issue.
The holidays only comes around once a year. You get time to spend with your family and friends to celebrate. Don’t forget about the food too! Since we only see many of these holiday fares once a year, we often take on the mentality of letting ourselves go ahead and splurge.
The end result?
After the holidays, you step on the scale to a shocking number. Can you seriously be up that much? Understanding what is happening in your body can help you overcome these post-holiday blues and even prevent the sabotage your weight.
There’s nothing better than having friends and family for a holiday meal in with good food and plenty of laughter. However, we know the holiday season comes with plenty of social events, which can be overwhelming at times, but this isn't an excuse to throw all of your hard work away! Whether you are hosting a party or attending one, there are ways in which you can control what you're eating and drinking so that you don't wake up feeling guilty (or uncomfortably full) the next day!
Want to impress your guests without deep-fried, trans-fat filled foods?
Here are some of our top tips for making sure you really are the hostess with the mostess!
In our technology-driven world, it's more common than ever for people to search for health information online. Information overload us with all this data makes it challenging to discern accuracy from false claims. Have you ever heard, read or watched something with nutrition advice and thought, “wow that almost sounds too good to be true?”
Not all advice we see online or in media is true or telling you the full story...
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