How to Use the Nutrition Facts Table

As a nurse, I, unfortunately, have first-hand knowledge of the variety of consequences related to a lifetime of eating the wrong types of food. Conditions like obesity, tooth decay, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes and even some cancers have been traced to poor nutrition. I like to think my family and I eat a relatively healthy diet. We have fruits and vegetables daily, try to eat a high fibre diet and limit treats. Prior to purchasing a product … [Read more...]

Buyer Beware …Of the Fine Print!

I try to eat healthily.  As a former Operating Room Nurse, I have far too many times seen the consequences of a lifetime of eating the wrong types of food. Most of these patients weren’t to blame for their dietary choices. They lived in a time when nutritional information on foods was very limited. Nowadays, the consumer is well armed with valuable information on many areas of nutrition, from the general, what foods to eat and what foods not to eat. To the specific, what foods to eat and … [Read more...]

7 Steps To Avoid The Zika Virus

Quaint, uncrowded seaside villages. Tranquil azure seas lapping softly on a white sand beach. Palms gently swaying in the breeze. These are the images many see when planning a mid-winter escape from the icy wrath of a northern winter. This is the life my brother leads, and has, for the past five or six years. Every Fall he packs his bags and heads for destinations “warm”. This Winter it’s Panama. Oh, he comes back every Summer, but we joke that he hasn’t seen a snowflake in so long, … [Read more...]

November is Bladder Health Awareness Month {Part 3 of 3}

November is Bladder Health Awareness Month and this is the final post in my three-part series on adult urinary incontinence. In Part One, we talked about how six in ten women who have adult incontinence (AI), feel they are living with a secret. We discussed the need to remove the stigma, perceived or otherwise, associated with AI. We learned incontinence affects many people, men and women, and should not be a taboo subject or a source of embarrassment.   In Part Two, we delved … [Read more...]

Relieve Your Joint Pain, Save Money & Enter to Win

My husband and I both suffer from joint pain. He played competitive hockey, soccer and baseball, as well as many other sports back in his younger days. I am a nurse and have spent many, many years lifting, moving, bending and caring for patients, as well as, 12-hr shifts on my feet. I also love to paint, do needlework and knit. Needless to say, all these years of these repetitive activities have now taken a toll on our bodies. We both have varying degrees of joint and back pain. Thankfully, … [Read more...]

If You Have the Choice to Sit it Out or Dance, Always Dance! {Part 2 of 3}

If you were to ask my hubby or kids what my motto is, they would be able to tell you right away. It has always been mine and I hope I have instilled it in them too. If you have the choice to sit it out or dance, always dance! The older I have become, the more this has been my mantra. When I say "always dance",  I am not referring to an eighty day, round the world cruise (although that would be fun!). I am referring to common, everyday life events. Me and my sisters. A walk … [Read more...]

Urinary Incontinence is NOT a Taboo Subject {Part 1 of 3}

Urinary incontinence is not a topic we tend to discuss with others.  We may jokingly say to our girlfriends or sisters, something like, “don’t make laugh so much, I’ll pee my pants”.  But, I don’t recall ever sitting down with anyone, including my doctor, and having a serious conversation about adult incontinence (AI).  I’m a nurse, the rational side of me knows this happens to many men and women, including me, but I have never really had a frank discussion about urinary incontinence with … [Read more...]

June is Scleroderma Awareness Month ~ Do You Know What Scleroderma Is?

Unless you know someone who has this illness, or are in the healthcare profession, you may not be aware of the devastating disease, scleroderma. I personally have no family or friends with scleroderma. However, when I worked as a nurse on the hospital units, on a couple of occasions I have treated patients with this little known disease. What is Scleroderma?   Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease with no known cause and no cure. It is a rare disease that involves the hardening … [Read more...]

Join the #SodaStreamChallenge & Twitter Party

Like many people, with the dawning of this past new year I made a resolution to myself.  Mine was to consciously start eating healthier and exercising more with the aim of losing some weight. How is that all going for me?  Well it went well for a couple of weeks. Then with the long, dark, dog days of winter, I started slipping. I know I need to get back on track and I am determined to do just that. I have thought a lot about what I need to do to achieve my goal and I have come up with … [Read more...]

Nutritious Choices are Easy with Guiding Stars

When you are looking at product prices have you noticed 1, 2 or 3 stars stamped on the price label? These are Guiding Stars. Believe me when I tell you, finding these Stars is going to make shopping for nutritious products for you and your family a breeze. Guiding Stars is an IMPARTIAL nutrition navigation program that uses stars on store shelves to highlight, at a glance,  nutritious food choices.  I focused on the word "impartial" because I think it is very important for you to know … [Read more...]

Increase Your Vitamin D Intake with Kellogg’s Cereals!

In most of Canada we are now in the midst of the "dog days" of winter.  The cold, gloomy, snowy days that make curling up in bed with a good book the only acceptable activity!  I live in eastern Canada and we have been totally pummeled this year and winter is barely two weeks old!  On December 23rd we were entombed in ice more than an inch thick, lost power for days (many for up to 11 days!), had three successive snow storms, four if you count today and are now in the midst of bone chilling, … [Read more...]

Make Health Last. What will your last 10 years look like? {Healthy Living}

The Heart and Stroke Foundation asks: What will your last 10 years look like?  Do you know the steps to Make Health Last? I know what many of you are thinking...that's so far away, I can't possibly worry about that now.  Trust me when I tell you your 30's and 40's will whiz by at the speed of light and before you know what hit you, you too will be mulling this dilemma in your mind. … [Read more...]

Travel Health: What Can You Do? {Healthy Living}

There's nothing like getting away on a vacation to help you relax and unwind from the stresses of today's busy lifestyles. This being said, you will want to make sure that you take precautions in order to stay healthy on your trip and return home healthy. … [Read more...]

Start Your New Year Right by Following Canada’s Food Guide {Healthy Living}

  Many of us, myself included, have made a New Year's resolution to eat healthier and be more physically active.   If these are among your goals for 2013, or if you just want to be certain you are making the right food choices for you and your family; be sure to check out  Canada's Food Guide, it is a great tool. Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide provides recommendations on how many servings of each food group you should eat each day, including Vegetables and Fruit, Grain … [Read more...]