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Sweeteners – the good, the bad, and the ugly

It’s November, which for most of us in North America, signals the beginning of a season full of eating. A lot of this eating includes sweets. So, I thought this might be a good time to gently remind you that your body doesn’t go on holiday. Watching your sugar intake over the holiday season is essential to your health and will be a big bonus for you come January. When it comes to the digestion and metabolism of carbohydrates, the one thing you must remember is that all carbohydrates (except for fiber, and yes fiber is technically a carbohydrate) turn into sugar. That means that the carbs contained even in those veggies turn into sugar eventually. Now, I’m not worried about the carbs in vegetables, and you shouldn’t be either [...]

Regular Plain Yogurt vs. Greek Yogurt, which is better?

Nutritionally speaking, yogurt is one of my favorite foods since it is a good source of protein and calcium, and most of my clients like it. I often suggest it as a breakfast food, because a lot of people have a hard time getting enough protein in the morning. Also, most people are open to eating yogurt, over other high protein foods like chicken or fish, for breakfast -- and I don't blame them! Before I go further I need to point out that I suggest plain yogurt over the flavored yogurts. This can be a stumbling block for some, because plain yogurt is just too tart for them. However, the amount of added sugars in flavored yogurt can be in the tablespoons. One popular brand contains 20 - 40 [...]

What’s your Big Why?

Motivation. Oh, how we love it when we have it. You can probably reflect on some past event in your life where you were keenly set on your goal. Nothing would get in your way. Motivation was at your fingertips, and it greatly propelled you toward your goal. However, as we all know too well, motivation comes and goes. When you have it, nothing can stop you. It is a fantastic feeling. On the other hand, when you aren’t feeling motivated, you start looking for ways to motivate yourself. Let me guess that you have said this before: “I just need to find some motivation”. Well, I want to share something with you today. You don’t necessarily have to be motivated to reach your goals. Let’s face it, motivation is [...]