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Home Made vs Store-Bought Picnics

Tis the season! No, not Santa Claus, it’s picnic season! Summer is rolling in with a wave of delightful weather allowing us to make the most of our added free time this year. Who doesn’t have fond memories of the...

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Working Out for Women Over 40

Resistance training, resistance training, resistance training! Unfortunately, from the age of 40 and beyond you really do "lose it" if you don't "use it." A study in 2012 (1) stated that inactive adults can experience a 3% to 8% loss of muscle mass per decade, a reduction in resting metabolic rate and more fat accumulation. The same study (1) showed...

Stress and Weight Gain
Stress and Weight Gain

Weight gain is a result of your calorie intake being higher than your calorie expenditure creating a surplus of energy as a result (1), and often stress would not be the first issue to consider when weight gain has become problematic. However, stress can interfere with normal regulation of how our bodies break down food and its transformation into energy...

Gut Health

  Overall, the human gut microbiome consists of  1014  micro-organisms, which include a variety of bacteria, viruses, fungi and protozoa (1). Although the number of micro-organisms in the body is almost unthinkable, a large percentage of them are made up of bacteria, more specifically: Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes. In research of late, there is a growing interest in gut microbiota adaptations, which...

Appetite Hormones

Hormones and Appetite  There are numerous hormones in the body which serve to regulate appetite (the feeling of hunger) and satiety (the feeling of “fullness”), to either promote or inhibit eating (1). The release of these hormones is stimulated in response to anticipation of a meal and the digestion and absorption of food or drink (2). A specific part of...

Sugar Simplified

  Recently, sugar has featured in headlines but often the message can be conflicting and people are left feeling confused about what they should and should not eat. It is important to point out that there are different types of sugar, intrinsic sugars and extrinsic sugars. Intrinsic sugars form part of the structure of the food. Whole fruits and vegetables...