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July 28, 2019

Yes, there are lots of different kinds of salt: pink, iodized, kosher, sea, etc. They come from salt mines in the ground, or from evaporating the water out of salt water. What they all have in common is that infamous mineral that I’m going to talk about below: sodium.

In food, salt is used for both flavour, and as a preservative. Salt helps to preserve food by drawing out the water that bacteria and mold need to grow. Hence, preserving the food from spoiling as quickly.

Would you be surprised to know that 75% of our salt intake comes not from the salt shaker? It comes from processed foods. Snacks like chips, pretzels and salted nuts are included here. But so are canned foods, pickled foods, boxed foods, deli meats, restaurant food, and fast food.

SALT VS. SODIUM

Salt is actually "sodium chloride." It's about 40% sodium and 60% chloride; this means that one teaspoon of salt (5,000 mg) contains about 2,000 mg of sodium. 

Sodium itself is not that bad! In fact, it’s an essential mineral and an...

July 21, 2019

The ketogenic diet is a very low carb, very high-fat diet. 

It has recently gained a lot of popularity in the wellness sphere because of some of its health benefits.

A ketogenic diet has been shown to help some people lose weight (yes, even with high fat). It can also help improve certain health conditions, like epilepsy in children.

Here we will tackle how it reprograms your metabolism (for “ketosis”), and whether or not it’s something for you to consider.

WHAT IS “KETOSIS?”

Carbs are the macronutrient in sugars and starches.  They are the preferred fuel for your brain and muscles. Your body will always use carbs first, whenever they’re available.

This is why maintaining stable blood sugar can affect your attention, mood, and energy level.

However, when very low amounts of carbs are available for fuel, your body starts making compounds known as “ketones.” These are your body’s “backup fuel.” And your body makes them from fat.

Ketogenic literally means “the generation of ketones.”

After a while...

July 14, 2019

Do you ever feel a bit “overextended” in the belly after a meal? Perhaps your spirit animal is less like an Eagle and more like a gassy antelope?” Does a meal ever leave you with a 5 months pregnant food baby?

Well, bloating is common. Up to 25-30% of people experience it regularly.  That means 1 in 3 to 4 people in an elevator is a ticking time bomb! It happens when you have trouble digesting. The symptoms come from excess gas, reactions to foods, or food not moving through you as well as it could. 

There are many reasons you might experience these symptoms. Maybe because of a serious condition, or a food allergy or intolerance (what you eat). It can also result from how you eat.

If you have a serious digestive issue like IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), then make sure you eat accordingly. Same goes if you know certain foods give you gas. Simply avoid them. 

If you’re already doing those things, and still experience bloating, here are some great tips for dealing with it naturally.

1) D...

July 7, 2019

The Calgary Stampede.  A second Christmas season, trading sweaters for daisy dukes, and good tidings for YA-HOO’s.  Love it or hate it, it is one of the most anticipated times of the year in YYC. Filled with pancake breakfasts, day drunk shenanigans, and deep fried EVERYTHING on a stick.  

It can be hard not to get sucked into the cowboy whimsy of it all.  So how do you have a fun filled stampede without gaining 10 pounds all the while NOT feeling deprived?  

Seems like a tall order, but follow my hot tips and you will be cutting those jean shorts a little shorter this year.  

  1. FOCUS ON THE VEG – are you going to be perfect during stampede?  Hell, no. But by focusing on making HALF of everything you eat a vegetable you will be filling your belly full of high fiber, nutrient dense foods, leaving less room for all the junk. 

    Tip: Eat a massive salad with some high quality fat and protein before you hit the midway.  Less hungry. Less cravings.

     

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