The Relationship Between Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease

Although I am not a huge fan of the cold and snow, February is actually one of my favourite months of the year. The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is now a distant memory and I have lots of time to reflect and make plans for the coming year. I find this is a great time to reconnect with priorities and invest in yourself, especially when it comes to staying healthy.  February is also Heart Month, which is the perfect time to think about your future by protecting your heart health. … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Recovering from the Flu {w/Recipe}

Although I am still missing the warmer weather, I do admit to loving this time of year. We recently had a couple of major snowfalls and the ground and trees are blanketed in a thick, white luxurious coat. This is a great time to get out of the house and go for a long walk in the crisp, clean air. Even though we're a month into the new year, for me, it always feels like it is a fresh start.  With the end of the warmer weather, our lives seem to reset and we get back to a more “normal” routine. … [Read more...]

Top 5 Tips for Preventing the Spread of Influenza

We’re now well into the fall of the year, in fact, where I live it actually looks and feels more like winter! Although we still try to get out in the fresh air as often as possible, unfortunately, we’re not outside as much as we are in the warmer months. Consequently, this is the time of the year when many of us are spending our days in enclosed spaces, such as classrooms, shopping malls and office buildings which makes us more susceptible to becoming sick with influenza and then bringing … [Read more...]

Type 2 Diabetes, One is Too Many

Do you know someone who has type 2 diabetes? I’m fairly confident your answer will be yes. I realize this because, like many of you, I know several people with this disease. Maybe it’s your mom or dad, or an aunt or uncle or it could be your brother, sister or best friend.  What I do know for certain is this; when it comes to type 2 diabetes, even one is too many. Why is it One is Too Many? One is too many because approximately one in two Canadians with type 2 diabetes will die … [Read more...]

7 Tips to Help Shoo the Flu!

With the long, laid back and relaxing days of summer now a distant memory, life has returned to more of a routine. We’re all back to work and school and autumn, with all its spectacular shades of reds, oranges and yellows have crept in, seemingly while we were sleeping! As I metaphorically put on my nurse’s cap, I’m sad to also tell you the less than spectacular fall flu will soon be arriving! You may be wondering why the increase of influenza in the fall? It’s often because this is also the … [Read more...]

Busting the Stigma Around Embarrassing Problems

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. Busting the Stigma Around Embarrassing Problems ~ I’m an older nurse who has probably worked since before many of you were even born. So, trust me when I say, I have heard and seen just about anything and everything medical related. Nothing surprises, shocks or embarrasses me and no subject is off-limits. Just ask my husband and kids! Add to this the fact I grew up in a family … [Read more...]

4 Important Women’s Health Facts

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. As a nurse who worked in the gynaecology service of our regional hospital, and as a woman, I cannot overemphasize the importance of women’s healthcare.  Women wear so many different hats (wife, mom, sister, daughter, coworker) and the reality is, we are constantly faced with new pressures and responsibilities. We are so busy juggling our various hats that we often put our own … [Read more...]

Take the Self-Care Day Challenge & Enter to Win 1 of 10 GC’s

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label.  Take the Self-Care Day Challenge — It’s time to take your health into your own hands! Let’s face facts, many of us lead incredibly busy lives. We are all super busy at home, at work, being a parent, being a spouse, balancing family life, meeting up with friends, maintaining our homes and the list goods on and on. We want to be everything to everyone and in doing so our own … [Read more...]

Take Control of Your Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

Disclosure: I have partnered with YMC and Hologic and have received compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. As women, we all have menstrual cycles. These “periods” as they are commonly called, are a normal part of our body's way of preparing each month for a possible pregnancy. Many women breeze through their menstrual cycles.  Other than regularly changing pads or tampons, their period causes them little or no discomfort or inconvenience. They go about their daily lives as … [Read more...]

Get Your Colour On & Support Cancer Research

This is a sponsored post in partnership with the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and Colour Your Hair to Conquer Cancer May is #GetYourColourOn Month! It’s time to Get Your Colour On...hair colour, that is...and Support Cancer Research! This May, a bold and engaging new fundraising program challenges Canadians to colour their hair and raise funds to help Canada Conquer Cancer In Our Lifetime. There are many different ways to Get Your Colour On. Colour your hair with teammates or … [Read more...]

Five Possible Effects of Stress

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label Five Possible Effects of Stress ~ I think it is fairly inevitable, at one time or another, we will all experience stress in our lives. It could be health related, financial, job, or family, but I think it’s pretty safe to say, during our lifetime, none of us will entirely escape stress. You may remember a year or so ago, we sold our home. We still haven’t found “the house” yet … [Read more...]