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...]

Management Solutions for Bladder Leakage

Bladder leakage is the involuntary loss of bladder control. Beyond the physical impact of the condition, bladder leakage can have a broad-reaching effect on one’s emotional, mental and social life. As a woman who has experienced bladder leakage, I know firsthand how vital it is to have the proper protective products available. Otherwise, fear of leaks, which can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing could limit my everyday activities. Without the confidence of knowing I am protected, … [Read more...]

Four Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. With the exception of the super cold weather, (It was minus 24 degrees Celsius here yesterday...not counting the wind chill, Brrrrr.....), I really don't mind January. This is the time of year for cozying up in front of a crackling fire or enjoying the warmth of a wood stove. Plus, a new year is a blank slate where you can write the next chapter of your life. There’s no time … [Read more...]

Boost Immune Health with These Easy Weekday Recipes

The Christmas season has always been my favourite time of the year! Sure, I do love summer, but there is something very special and cozy about the Christmas holidays. People seem to smile more and just generally be in good humour. However, it's also a very busy time of the year! Not only are there gifts to buy, stockings to fill, treats to bake, a house to clean, school concerts, Christmas plays, and family parties...phew I'm out of breath just thinking about all of this...and there are still … [Read more...]

Dietitians Can Help You Combat the Fall Flu Spike

Fall has arrived in all its glory! Unfortunately, the not so glorious Fall Flu Spike has also arrived! This is the time of the year when those of us spending our days in enclosed spaces, such as classrooms, shopping malls, office buildings and entertainment venues are more susceptible to becoming sick with influenza and then bringing those germs home to our families. In fact, studies show school children often bring germs home from school and spread them to their parents and younger siblings, … [Read more...]

4 Tips to Avoid the Dreaded Fall Flu Spike

Even though I am still missing the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, there are so many things about the fall season that I love too.  The gorgeous reds, oranges, and yellows of the deciduous trees, visiting our local Farmer's Market, marvelling at the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables and the brilliant blue of the sky on a cool, crisp autumn day. However, there is one thing about this time of year that I do not love and that is the arrival of the much-dreaded cold and flu season, … [Read more...]

October 29th is World Psoriasis Day ~ What You Need To Know

If you don't live with it yourself, I am pretty sure you probably know someone who has the skin condition, psoriasis.  I personally know a couple of people and in my career as a nurse, I helped care for many people who were living with psoriasis. If you are unfamiliar with this condition: Psoriasis is an inflammatory condition characterized by lesions, which are areas of inflamed skin where the cells grow too fast. This creates red, scaly, thick patches of skin (called “plaques”). … [Read more...]

~ CLOSED ~ Cold and Flu Season Essentials {w/Giveaway}

This post is sponsored by Bayer. To make sure these products are right for you, always read and follow the label. Although I am still missing the summer, I have to admit, I do love this time of year. The gorgeous colours of the trees, the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, the crisp, clean air and the brilliant blue of the sky. Even though the autumn is not the beginning of a new year, for me, it always feels like it is.  With the end of summer, our lives seem to reset and we get … [Read more...]

Seize Your Poise Moment & Live Life to the Fullest

For the past several summers, my sisters and I, and occasionally our adult daughters, head out for a "girls only" camping trip. The first couple years we stayed in a tent trailer, but then we discovered the "rustic shelters" at a nearby provincial park and have stayed in one of them ever since. When I say rustic, I mean rustic.  The shelter is basically a 14' x 14' wood frame covered in a heavy-duty tarp. A couple of years ago they ran electricity to the shelters, but that is the only … [Read more...]