Our love/hate relationship with sugar and How to ensure the decisions you make are meaningful

It’s a rare person who doesn’t enjoy a sweet treat – as with most things moderation vs a total ban seems to be the best advice to curbing your use of sugar over the long haul.

http://www.chatelaine.com/health/diet/how-to-cut-down-on-sugar/?utm_source=nl&utm_medium=em&utm_campaign=che_daily

And while deciding on whether or not to have that treat is just a small decision among hundreds you make each day, it’s never a bad idea to reflect on why we make certain decisions and how to start putting more conscious thought into each one we make.

https://camillestyles.com/wellness/living-kindly/how-to-do-more-of-whats-meaningful-and-less-of-whats-not/

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What NOT to resolve this year

It’s the time of year when we start to reflect on the past and plan on ways to make the New Year better.  Usually this involves some sort of resolution that will supposedly make you a better person.  The following article addresses one of the most common resolutions people make and why it would be a mistake to add it to your list.

https://www.participaction.com/en-ca/blog/lifestyle-culture/3-reasons-resolving-to-lose-weight-is-a-terrible-idea

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Starting Your Day Right Physically, Emotionally and Spiritually

Most of us have heard the saying “I woke up on the wrong side of the bed”, “I slept funny”, “Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my morning coffee”.  Well what if there were ways to help you wake up feeling more energized and happy.  The articles below suggest some ways for you to rethink your morning (and your day).  Some of the suggestions are simple and require only a few moments of your time, others involve a little bit more of a mental overhaul to change your thinking patterns.  Hopefully by incorporating the suggestions you’ll find that your days start off on a positive note that can impact the rest of your day, particularly at this busy time of year.

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/fitness/what-exercises-can-i-do-to-start-the-day-feeling-limber/article37303810/

http://www.chatelaine.com/health/forgiveness/?utm_source=nl&utm_medium=em&utm_campaign=che_daily

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The one activity you should add to an already busy holiday schedule

This is a busy time of year for many and it may seem like you can’t possibly fit another thing into your schedule – but making time for exercise may actually help you to feel better able to cope with the stress of the Holidays and be well worth your time.

https://www.participaction.com/en-ca/blog/lifestyle-culture/7-ways-exercise-can-make-the-holiday-season-less-stressful-and-more-cheerful

 

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Time to snuggle up and Read

It won’t be long before the weather turns and curling up with a good book and a hot drink when it’s cold and messy outside can offer a welcome reprieve.  The CBC has a fantastic Books section on their web site; below are a couple of recent postings (English and French).

http://www.cbc.ca/books/cbc-books-winter-reading-list-17-books-you-should-read-this-season-1.4425232?cid=Canada+Writes+-Jan10+Newsletter#comments-14425232

http://blogue.artv.ca/2017/11/romans-novembre/

 

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What EXACTLY is Exercise?

It seems every week we are informed about a new exercise model, a way to improve our health and avoid chronic disease.  Although much of the information is research based, it seems that the rise in scientific evidence has left behind a lot of confusion.  Hopefully these articles will help you to see the need for balance and give you a better understanding of the motto to move more and sit less.

http://ottawacitizen.com/health/diet-fitness/fitness-dont-take-old-advice-about-sedentary-behaviour-lying-down/wcm/ff248391-0817-46ca-9827-8811176c0af4

http://www.globalpanet.com/knowledge-base/behaviour/strength-training/does-strength-promoting-exercise-confer-unique-health-benefits-a-pooled-analysis-of-eleven-population-cohorts-with-all-cause-cancer-and-cardiovascular-mortality-endpoints

https://www.centre4activeliving.ca/media/filer_public/61/6d/616de644-539f-49d2-9733-0ba2a405000b/2017-daily-physical-activity-infographic-lettersz.pdf

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Exercise and Your Brain

We all know that when we exercise our muscles grow and our cardiovascular system improves, but did you know that new research shows that areas of our brain grow as well.  See what the research is showing and why getting up to move may help your memory in the future.

http://www.ctvnews.ca/health/exercise-is-a-maintenance-program-for-the-brain-says-new-study-1.3677173

 

 

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