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How to get more energy – without caffeine

Have you ever wanted more energy during the day, and restful sleep at night? Or maybe you want to get over that 2-3 pm energy slump? Have you ever wanted to jump out of bed in the morning full of energy and ready to face the day? This article is for you! Here are 7 tips to increase your energy naturally – without caffeine. 1) Fuel yourself like the Ferrari you are Eating a properly balanced diet that’s tailored to your needs will allow you to fuel your body and set yourself up for success! Learn about eating for blood sugar balance here, …

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7 Weight Loss Tips

(that have nothing to do with counting calories or weighing your food) Weight loss can be a touchy subject. As women (and men) we’re bombarded with messages in the media about how we’re supposed to look, and what beauty is, however unrealistic they might be. Sometimes, when we shift our focus, we can achieve our goals in a healthier way. It’s my hope that this article can help you learn something new, and may help you look at weight loss in a different way. These tips are in no particular order. 1) Uncover Food sensitivities A food sensitivity is different from …

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Gluten

11 Sneaky sources of Gluten and what to do instead

(Or, how to host someone with gluten sensitivity) If your friend tells you they’re gluten-free you might wonder – what’s gluten? What do I cook for them? What’s OK for them to eat? I hope this article is helpful to you. You may also want to ask them directly. If you’re gluten-free, I hope this list of sneaky sources of gluten can help speed your learning curve. In order for something to be labeled as gluten-free in Canada it must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. Also, in Canada, food products will typically be labelled with “gluten-free”, “contains wheat” or …

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How to go gluten-free without breaking the bank 

Note: Most of these strategies can apply to eating healthier for cheaper in general. However, just because something’s gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Going gluten-free can be an opportunity to re-evaluate your idea of food. 1) Imagine a world without bread The standard North-American diet can be very bread-centred. (eg. wraps, sandwiches, bread and butter). And, many gluten-free products like breads and pastas are expensive, and are just as processed as products containing gluten. What would you enjoy eating if you couldn’t eat bread? Soups, stews, smoothies, bacon and eggs, stirfrys with rice, homemade seasonings or sauces, using leaf lettuce as a “bun” for …

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gluten-free diet

You’re Gluten-Free – Now what?

If you’ve been diagnosed with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity You may find yourself wondering – what can I eat? Or thinking – that sounds complicated. . . You may also wonder if you’ll turn in to one of those “health nuts”, or if your dietary restriction will leave you lacking or deficient in something. You might think – shopping is going to take forever, and what if I forget my glasses? Am I going to spend all my time reading ingredient lists or wondering if I can safely eat something? Am I going to be stuck breaking the bank for bricks …

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Celiac

Celiac disease 

Health Canada recognizes Celiac disease as one of the most common chronic diseases world-wide Celiac disease is much more common that we previously thought. It affects 1 in 133 Canadians. But, up to 90% of those with Celiac disease don’t know they have it. That’s a problem because there are long term health consequences when someone who’s celiac continues to eat gluten. Celiac disease can affect people at any age – not just kids. It’s more common in relatives of those with Celiac disease, and, it occurs twice as frequently in women than men. Unlike an anaphylactic food allergy, the immune reaction Celiacs experience when they eat …

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Gluten

What’s Gluten and How Can it Affect Me?

Gluten is a protein in wheat and other grains that your immune system can react to.  It can affect people in three ways: celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or wheat allergy. Many people are not affected by gluten at all. Celiac disease is much more common that we thought. It’s estimated that 1 in 133 Canadians have celiac disease. Symptoms of celiac disease vary by age and don’t always involve the digestive system. Gluten sensitivity affects five to six per cent of Canadians. Symptoms of gluten sensitivity can include bloating, abdominal pain, constipation, or diarrhea. They can also include joint pain, headaches, fatigue, brain fog, or other symptoms. …

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The Power of Gratitude

What simple daily practice can offer you health, happiness, stronger relationships, and an increased feeling of satisfaction with your life? You guessed it – Gratitude.  Best of all, the practice of gratitude can be quick, easy, and free! In this article, we’ll focus on what gratitude is and isn’t as well as the social, physical, and mental-emotional benefits that have been linked with the practice of gratitude. As well, we’ll give you some tips to help you make gratitude a habit. What’s Gratitude? Gratitude is a feeling of thankfulness or appreciation. The practice of gratitude involves spending a little time …

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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are chronic health conditions that can drastically affect one’s level of functioning. They each affect about 1.5% of Canadians. More women than men are affected. Fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia invovles widespread pain and an altered pain response. It may follow abuse, injury, illness or prolonged stress. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Chronic Fatigue Syndrome involves persistent and unexplained fatigue that impairs daily function, and can also include dysfunction of the nervous system, immune system and hormonal imbalance. It has been linked with infections, immune problems, prior stressful events and exposure to toxins, chemicals or pesticides. Both Both syndromes involve …

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Habits and The Value of Awareness

When you become aware of something it simply can’t exist the same way it did when you weren’t really aware of it. In the practice of mindfulness, there are two parts of the mind. The first part observes what’s happening. The second part is made up of all the thoughts, feelings, and body sensations that can come up in our daily lives. It can be helpful to realize that we are not our thoughts, feelings, or sensations. Learning to cultivate awareness and observe our thoughts, feelings and body sensations can help us detach from them and gain insight or deeper …

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    Katrina enjoys speaking on a variety of health topics. Her talks are fun and engaging. From stress management and relaxation, to eating for heart health, to healthy aging, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Click here to request Katrina as a guest speaker at your next community group, support group, or office meeting today!

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