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Fitbit Closeup
Oct 19 2016

Do Fitbits Make you Fit?

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="25" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]The short answer is probably not. Fitbits, iwatches and other wearable technology have their pros and cons.   The Things I Like About Wearable Tech [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" padding_bottom="25" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text] Sleep Tracking [/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height="15px" image_repeat="no-repeat"][vc_column_text]This is totally awesome. We can literally wake up a hundred times a night and not remember it. This is called sleep apnea, and it’s exhausting and leads to obesity (due to the hormonal disruptions that occur when we do not sleep).   Devices can show us if we’ve been sleeping or restless. Iphones...

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Jul 13 2016

Pasta Made These People Leaner

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Recently I was asked to comment on a nutrition study where that pasta eaters were leaner than people who avoided pasta.   Everyone in the study basically followed the Mediterranean diet, which includes veggies, healthy fats, meat, fish, legumes, and some starchy carbs. But some folks chose to avoid pasta, and some people ate pasta.   The pasta-eaters were leaner than those who avoided pasta.   That’s weird eh? Doesn’t pasta make you fat?   No it doesn’t. No single thing makes a person fat. Being overweight or obese is caused by multiple factors including:   Genetics ...

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food system
Mar 31 2016

The Food System and Why You Should Care About French’s Ketchup

Recently French's Ketchup made the news for being a Canadian product and being blocked by Loblaws. This article sheds some light on the food system and what I think you should know about it.   Most city folk (which is most of North America) get their food from big stores, like Loblaws. Big stores get most of their food from publicly-traded companies, like General Mills, or large-scale meat or veg farming operations. Publicly-traded companies have to create a profit each quarter. There two ways to create a profit: Raising prices or cutting production costs. I could...

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Feb 01 2016

The Influence of Environment Part 2 of 2: Trigger Foods vs. Treats

As we learned in Part 1, our environment is a major influence on our behaviour. So if you want to change your nutrition, you must change your environment, including who you spend time with. Part 2 The Food we Keep in our Homes Skittles vs. Wine Gums Once in a while, my girlfriend and I will hit up Bulk Barn for some psyllium husk, flax, and turmeric (nerd alert!). Because of the huge amount of candy there, I have a hard time not buying candy. I hesitate to send clients to Bulk Barn for...

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Jan 21 2016

The Influence of Environment Part 1 of 2: Love and Household Support

  Introduction You don’t know me, but you know I’m a nutritionist, so maybe you assume I don’t eat candy or drink alcohol. Well, I do consume those things. My friends and I laugh about “Kyle the Nutritionist” when I’m having burgers and wine. Or more like, they laugh AT me. It's all good. [caption id="attachment_1382" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Making a Mojito as part of an overall healthy lifestyle[/caption] But as an honourable fitness professional, I lead by example. I make sure I'm always in good or great shape, that my blood work is in the...

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Dec 17 2015

Red Meat Facts and Risks

Everyone relax. It's good for you. It's the fat (which you can remove or have in moderation) that you have to worry about. Animal fat is high in saturated fat and we should only have one meal per day that is high in saturated fat. Our other meals should have other fats like nuts, olive oil, avocado. Black BBQ grill marks on the meat can cause cancer. [caption id="attachment_1431" align="alignnone" width="700"] The right way to eat red meat: Small-farm raised, lean, baked, possibly leaner if visible fat removed. Eaten with a huge pile of kale to...

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Dutch Pastry
Jun 30 2015

Calorie Counting

Food labels are usually fairly inaccurate (enough to disrupt potential gains). Our estimations of our metabolic rates are not accurate, and they change day to day (so even if you're a great calorie counter, you might have the wrong goal)....

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