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What is Overtraining and How to Avoid It

March 29, 2018 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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What is Overtraining and How to Avoid It

Have you ever heard the term “everything in moderation”? It can apply to many aspects of life, and can also differ from one person to another.

In terms of physical activity, generally speaking, the more the better. However, it is very important to balance activity with enough rest. For some people, when their activity levels are not paired with enough rest, it can result in what’s known as overtraining.

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Health Canada Food Label Changes: Have Your Say

March 27, 2018 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Health Canada Food Label Changes

Last week, my 9-year-old and I got into a disagreement about breakfast cereal while grocery shopping. I’ll leave it to your imagination which one he picked out, but I wasn’t buying it. “What’s too high in sugar?” he wanted to know. I tried to offer a brief tutorial on how to use the percent daily value (% DV) and show him that “sugar” was second in the ingredient list (which means it’s the second most used ingredient in the food.) His eyes glazed over. He told me that I was being “all dietitian-y again.”

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How to Use Leftovers

March 20, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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How to use leftovers

Let’s be honest. Planning and cooking meals can be a daunting task! Whether you are cooking for one or a whole family, it’s helpful to have a few tricks up your sleeve to make life easier. That’s where leftovers come in.

Reusing leftovers involves creating new recipes from leftover foods. It can be a practical way to make food preparation easier and faster, while still enjoying a variety of meals. Using up all of your leftover food can also help your family reduce food waste, which is good for both your wallet and the environment.

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Active Recovery: How to Recover After Hard Workouts

March 15, 2018 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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How to recover after hard workouts

When it comes to physical activity, you put in the effort. You work out at a moderate to vigorous intensity, getting your breathing rate up and your sweat on to maintain stamina and a strong heart. You also lift weights a few times per week until your muscles feel tired to keep your bones strong and to maintain your muscle strength. + MORE

Nutrition for a Healthy Immune System

March 13, 2018 by Catherine Atchison, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Nutrition for a healthy immune system

During cold and flu season, people seem to fall into one of three groups: sick, getting over being sick, and hoping to not get sick again. Currently, I’m in the third group, so everywhere I go, I try to hold my breath in case it helps. That’s not a great long-term strategy. A better long-term strategy is to keep my immune system functioning at its best year round.

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