Posts Tagged ‘fitness’

Are You Sabotaging Your Weight Loss?

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Most of us believe that in order to lose weight we have to do extreme calorie restriction along with intense exercise.  While it is true that there needs to be a caloric deficit along with physical activity to achieve weight loss, ultimately it comes down to your metabolism.  A revved up metabolism will yield more weight loss than a sluggish metabolism.   We are not all created equal so when it comes to calories in and calories out some of us can get away with eating more than others and still lose weight.  This will depend on a variety of things like; age, weight, sex, muscle mass, thyroid, hormones, and most importantly genetics.


Wheying In On Protein Powders

Monday, March 31st, 2014

My clients often ask me about protein powders and if I can recommend one.  While I am not a big advocate of protein powders it is one of the most popular supplements in our society today.  These powders can come from a variety of different sources and a number of unique manufacturing processes.

I prefer to get my protein from real food as most commercial protein powders are filled with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) plus artificial sweeteners and preservatives that are highly toxic within the body.  The majority of protein powders also contain soy, egg, wheat gluten, and whey.  These ingredients are highly allergenic and promote inflammatory reactions in the body.   So here we go again, thinking that we are doing something healthy for the body which in fact we are doing the very opposite.

If you want to up your protein then my suggestion to you is to add hemp seeds into your diet.  Since Hemp seeds are a whole food they are the cleanest complete protein available on the market today.   Just 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds will give you 14 grams of protein plus they are a super source of fibre and omega-3 fatty acids helping you to keep regular, fueled, and healthy.


Staying In Control While Dining Out

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Whether you are away on holidays or simply dining out, making healthy food choices can be exhausting.  As you skim the menu and try to find something that is healthy and will satisfy your craving without the huge calorie count, you begin to realize that your options are limited and maybe you should just order the burger, and fries and get back on track at your next meal.  Not to worry, as there are a few simple rules that will help you stay on track while dining out.

Choosing a restaurant that offers healthy options is always an advantage however if you don’t have a say on the restaurant then these tips will help you make the healthiest choices available.


Healthy Living Starts at the Y

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Work Out in the Wellness Centre

The New Year is the perfect time to start creating a healthier life. While many people achieve success, there are others who find it hard to fit any lifestyle changes into their schedule. Consider the YMCA, where you and your family can find all the tools and resources needed to get healthier together in one location.

Get active together!

The Y makes it easy to get active together as a family with programs for all ages under one roof. With a membership, many programs are included, like one swim lesson per week for your kids or fitness classes for you. While your kids are in one program, you can work out in the wellness centre, enjoy the open gym, take a Yoga Fitness class and much more. The Y also has registered and free community programs and much more! From January 24-31, visit the open house at the Peter Gilgan Family YMCA, take a tour and give the Y a try.

Get motivated!
If you’re searching for other ways to help you get motivated, check out one of the new Healthy Living Workshops. This series of FREE workshops are presented with community partners and industry experts. February’s workshop, Healthy Heart, with speaker Brenda Echlin of Halton Healthcare, takes place on Thursday, February 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Learn more about the benefits of exercise for optimum heart health, how to manage diabetes and much more. All workshops are open to the public. Registration is not required.

Building a healthier community
Many people think of the YMCA as a gym or a place to take swim lessons, but the Y is actually much more. As a charity, they are committed to strengthening community with programs that meet the unique needs of children, teens and adults across Oakville. Programs like child care (they have 39 locations!), a variety of day and overnight camps for holidays, P.A. Days and summer, plus other community initiatives delivered in a number of neighbourhoods across Oakville.

As a charity, the YMCA of Oakville believes everyone should have the same opportunity to live healthier lives. That’s why they offer financial assistance to subsidize the costs to participate in YMCA programs like child care, camp and health and fitness. By helping those in need in our community, everyone will have the same opportunity to reach their full potential.

Visit the YMCA of Oakville at today to learn more, drop by in person for a tour or click on the links below.

Child Care
Community programs
Health and Fitness

Holiday Survival Kit

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

It is the most wonderful time of the year.  Really?  While I hope it is filled with lots of joy, happiness, and love, who am I kidding?   This is a very stressful time of year for most of us.

Between hanging up the Christmas lights, which by the way there should be a law that you cant turn them on until December 1st, and fighting the crowds at the mall, liquor store, grocery store, writing and mailing holiday cards, buying gifts for the family, loved ones, teachers, bus drivers, neighbours, friends, clients, going to work holiday parties with people we really don’t care to see outside of work, hosting Christmas dinner with the whole family…..well, you get the picture.  Don’t worry there is a way to make things feel a little less overwhelming and stressful.