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Breast Cancer Prevention: Become empowered!

In North America, a woman has a 1 in 8 life-time risk of developing breast cancer. The medical literature and media are filled with articles on early detection of breast cancer through screening and on various treatments for the management of breast cancer. Advances in treating breast cancer have been remarkable, and early detection using mammography has been a huge success, especially for … Continue Reading..

Prevent prostate cancer through nutrition and exercise

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, 24% of all new cancer cases among Canadian men will be prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Foundation in the United States says that after age 69, the chance of developing prostate cancer becomes more common than any other cancer in men or women. Both organizations note that men with African and Caribbean ancestry are at higher risk of … Continue Reading..

Breaking the Link: Exercise & Weight Loss

Let's address a common myth about exercise (physical activity) and weight loss. Myth:  Just be more physically active, exercise a great deal, and you will lose all your desired weight. The 80/20 rule dispels this myth, I believe 80% of weight loss is achieved by decreasing what and how much you eat, and 20% of weight loss is due to physical activity and exercise. I recommend viewing … Continue Reading..

Buyer Beware…your cereal may contain more sugar than a dessert!

“No fat”, “oat fibre, “multigrain flakes, “ helps lower cholesterol”. Cereal boxes make all kinds of claims to get you to pick them for your health. Buyer be ware… even cereals that include lots of fibre and whole grains usually have 3-4 teaspoons of sugar per cup of cereal. In fact, worldwide we are consuming about 500 extra calories a day from sugar. That's just about what you would need to … Continue Reading..

Sugars: Become an Expert Sugar Detective

The media has been full of articles about the massive amount of sugar that children and adults are consuming. Most of this added sugar consumed, comes from sweetened beverages - soft drinks, energy drinks, bottled green tea and ice tea, sweetened bottled water, and water with added vitamins. Special coffee drinks such as Lattes, iced cappuccinos are full of sugar. Shocking Amounts of Sugar The … Continue Reading..

Keep It Simple

Most weight loss programs, in my opinion, are difficult to follow and are often very restrictive, requiring a great deal of discipline, which makes them unsustainable over the long term. Fad diets almost always fail. They are not realistic for healthy living, and they are focused on the “quick fix”. We are constantly bombarded with the latest "theme of the month":  fat is bad for you, .... fat … Continue Reading..

Why HEALTH FIRST: Weight Loss and Wellness?

What do you need to know?   The Good and the Bad The Not so Good News: Our society is now plagued with lifestyle diseases, such as Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and many others.  Our risk of many cancers such as breast, colon, and uterine cancer is also increased due to obesity. Our lack of physical activity and exercise increases … Continue Reading..