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...]

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...]

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...]

7 Signs Spring has Almost Arrived

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. We can all identify the subtle signs of spring - birds chirping, longer days and blooming flowers. The warmer weather signifies a fresh start with more time outdoors, bringing your garden back to life, and of course, spring cleaning! While these telltale signs are positive for the most part, its common to feel unprepared when the new season comes so quickly. Here are a few … [Read more...]

5 Tips for a Mishap-Free March Break

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. March Break is rapidly approaching. A time for a welcome change from the wintertime routine and hopefully an escape for some much needed rest and relaxation. Whether your idea of a vacation is relaxing at home, spending some quality time with family in a warm location or a deluxe trip to Vail for some skiing; we all want our vacation to be mishap-free. A well-deserved rest … [Read more...]

Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Disease

Diabetes and the havoc it can wreak on our bodies is a topic that is near and dear to my heart. My family has a long history of diabetes, I have aunts, nieces, and cousins with this disease.  In my years of working as a Registered Nurse, I have also cared for a number of patients with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can lead to several health problems including blindness, foot ulcers, and amputations, but heart disease is the most common cause of death. Diabetes can “literally” be a … [Read more...]

It’s Time To Trust Your Gut

Who else is feeling sad that we're in the middle of winter? I sure am! Fall is one of my favourite times of the year. There is always so much happening - family get-togethers, visiting parks, Halloween, trips to the Farmer's Market, cozy sweater shopping...my list could go on and on! While I miss the crisp, cool, but sunny days of the fall, I feel like it always takes the fall and back-to-school season to get back to routine after the chaos of summer. Think about it, during the summer, we … [Read more...]