You may have heard that on average “over 75% of the sodium (a component of salt) that we eat comes from processed foods.” If you are good at math, you might think that this is a rather large proportion and conclude that a pretty direct way to reduce your sodium intake is to eat fewer processed foods. I would agree with you on that point. But what if you are amongst the majority who find processed foods to be pretty convenient, tasty and incorporate them into many of the meals you eat with your family? Wouldn’t it be easier if the food processors just stopped adding salt to their food products, or at least added much less than they do now?+ MORE
November 28, 2011 | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: physical fitness, wellness
We are all busy, stressed for time and constantly looking for ways to optimize our workouts. One method of training that I love and have done for years is circuit training. The purpose of these next couple blogs will be to introduce you to circuit training, highlight the benefits and go through a couple examples of what a typical circuit should look like. What is circuit training?
Circuit training is a combination of both resistance training and endurance exercise in one simple program. In a typical circuit, exercisers will move around a room or gym in a predetermined pattern going from station to station without resting much in between (e.g. walk to the water fountain and back is sufficient rest). + MORE
November 22, 2011 | Posted in: Sodium | Tags: did you know?, flavours, Salt
When I was in culinary school, I found the liberal use of salt almost as appalling as the even more liberal use of butter. Instructions to season to taste had nothing to do with fresh herbs or pepper. It really meant add salt. It took me about four months to finally add enough salt to my dishes to appease my instructors.
The sad part is that the only real criticism of my final practicum, the preparation of four courses in 3.5 hours of culinary chaos (picture food flying, pulse pounding and a few near misses with the gas stove), was that my food was a bit "too salty." Bah! Finally I found the line and crossed it. Good to know there is one because I was starting to wonder. + MORE
November 21, 2011 | Posted in: General Information | Tags: did you know?, healthy living
When I was younger I used to watch ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ when I got home after school. Now, whenever I hear someone talk about ‘lifestyles,’ I can’t help but hear the nasal voice of Robin Leach, the show’s British host, narrating the message.
That TV show aired from the mid 1980’s to mid 1990’s, what now seems like eons ago. It’s a new century, and nowadays we are likely to hear as much about leading ‘healthy lifestyles’ as we are about the lifestyles of the rich and famous.
As part of a healthy lifestyle, we are often advised to cut back on our salt intake. + MORE