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December 2011

See Food

December 20, 2011 by Dean Simmons, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: food choices, serving size

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See Food

Have you ever heard of the "See Food" diet? That's the one where you eat everything you see. This isn't a new diet fad; rather it's an important observation on human eating behavior.

Research shows that how much food we eat is subtly influenced by the signals and cues in our day to day environment. Indeed, much of our eating behavior tends to be subconsciously directed.

As the holidays approach you might start seeing bowls of candies or boxes of chocolates appearing in the office, or in the homes of friends and family that you visit.

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Schools Out! Let the Holidays Begin!

December 19, 2011 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: children, holidays, physical activity

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Schools Out! Let the Holidays Begin!

Its official! The moment all kids and especially parents have been waiting for is now upon us... SCHOOL IS OUT!!!

In line with last weeks blog, "planning for a healthy and active holiday season", it's important for parents and guardians to plan ahead to ensure a healthy and active holiday season.

How many parents watch their kids waste their holidays away in bed (long sleep-ins), on the couch in front of the TV (TV Marathons) or on the computer (FB, Twitter, Gaming)? If your answer is yes, this is very very common and we need to stand up and do something about it!

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Holiday glitz and glam by the glass

December 15, 2011 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: holidays, drinks

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Holiday glitz and glam by the glass

Food is often the focus of holiday events. The beverages we use to wash down all of these offerings often receive less attention but the usual suspects of pop, punches, juice, rich coffee mixtures and alcoholic drinks can contribute dearly to our, bottom line, if you will.

Personally, my priorities are with food. Instead of getting lots of sugar and fat from my drinks, I look for beverage options that are delicious and don't fill me up so I can revisit that shrimp cocktail. I love mixing an exciting beverage for a guest as it is a lovely way to show care and attention and seems to please even the most discerning relative or friend.

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Gifting Nibbles, Bites and Other Edible Delights!

December 13, 2011 by Andrea Godfreyson, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: gifts, Healthy Eating, holidays

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Gifting Nibbles, Bites and Other Edible Delights!

A lot of us give the gift of food all year round.

Planning meals and cooking for family and our friends can be a labour of love. But when it comes to the holidays, I think about giving the gift of food all over again. I'm not really into giving trinkets that collect dust on the shelf or gift certificates that get lost and aren't found again until after they expire.

The part I like best about the holidays is spending time with people I care about, over food of course and surviving the constant threat that my cranberry fizz will eject from my nose from laughing so hard. + MORE

Planning for a Healthy and Active Holiday Season

December 12, 2011 by Marc Faktor, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: children, parents, physical activity, skate, hockey, walk, toboggan

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Planning for a Healthy and Active Holiday Season

The Holiday season is rapidly approaching, school is almost out, the malls are open late and family gatherings and outings are in the works! This is such an exciting time of year but it can also be stressful and have negative affects on ones health.

How could such a great time of year negatively affect health?

I am sure you're all familiar with the over consumption of food and alcohol that accompanies most Christmas dinners and parties. + MORE

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