Winter cravings: Why do we crave comfort foods more in winter?

Whether it’s warm bowls of pasta or toasting marshmallows by the fire, we all seem to gravitate toward our favourite comfort foods more during the cooler months of winter. But why? And, is there a way to avoid this to prevent the dreaded winter weight gain?

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Podcast: Sleep well. It’s important for your health

Clinical psychologist Deanna Pitchford looks at the latest research about sleeping. The facts are it’s incredibly important to get enough sleep.

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Fibre: The forgotten nutrient

More than 60% of people in the Western world lack adequate dietary fibre in their meals, which leads to multiple chronic conditions. Particularly vulnerable to inadequate fibre intake are children, older adults, people trying to lose weight, those on restricted grain or low gluten diets, or folks who eat out frequently.

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Easter eggs don’t have to be a health trap

It’s so easy to forget about your healthy diet over Easter. But we’re here to help you stay on track with your health goals, despite the temptations the Easter Bunny has in store this year.

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Good news: Retirement is good for your health

‘We find strong evidence that retirement improves both health and life satisfaction.’ That’s the finding of a US study of 6,000 people who had worked for at least 20 years before reaching retirement age. It found that these retirees immediately felt more satisfied with life right after they retired.

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Is laughter a way to a healthier you?

Laughter is good for us. It has been suggested that adults only laugh 12-15 times a day while children laugh from 200 to 400 times. The message for those of us in the retirement zone (preparing for or in retirement) is: laugh more.

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Beware the phony foods in the supermarket

Some foods you see in the supermarket may not be what they seem. Marketing, these days, can be misleading with some food claims seeming too good to be true!

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Thoughts about how not to die—prematurely

The book title, How Not to Die! is intended to catch your attention. Its brick-like size says it’s serious—more than 500 pages, about 130 of them listing references.

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Spinach has impressive health benefits

Perhaps Popeye had the right idea about eating spinach for strength! This often underrated leafy green veggie has some impressive health benefits. So much so, that we could all take a leaf (pun intended!) out of Popeye’s book.

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Busting nutrition myths

So, what’s truth and what’s just a big load of hooey when it comes to nutrition?

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