James Lavapie

Daily Food Quick Tip – Seeds

July 25, 2014 in All Blogs, Living, Our Blog

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Although some may advise portion control when it comes to dieting, it is important to remember that eating healthy also calls for smart decision-making. By keeping track of the foods you eat and the way these foods make you feel, you are able to make healthier eating choices that are tailored to the individual needs of you and your family.

In today’s “Daily Food Quick Tip,” we continue to bring you healthy summertime staples, this time focusing on vitamin and nutrient-packed seeds. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds are particularly good for you, with sunflower seeds serving as a great source of vitamin E and zinc. Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of vitamin E, an increasingly important vitamin given the belief that it can inhibit the growth of cancer cells and protect your immune system.

Whether you use seeds to add a nice summery crunch to a salad, or simply as a mid-day snack for your child at summer camp – seeds are an ideal healthy food choice.

 

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James Lavapie

Daily Lifestyle Tip – Reading the Label

July 25, 2014 in All Blogs, Living, Our Blog

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Although reading the label prior to consuming any food is one of the most obvious solutions to living a healthier life, we are investigating the actual merits of reading the nutrition facts. How truthful are manufacturers being when they list the ingredients? When are they required to disclose that a food product has been genetically modified? How are they held accountable? Discover the ins and outs of food labelling in today’s “Daily Lifestyle Tip.”

For the most part, Canadian labelling regulations require significant changes in order to achieve complete and total transparency. Under the Food and Drugs Act, manufacturers are only required to label foods as genetically modified when there are health or safety.

While this is certainly an acceptable start, there are many factors that make this an inadequate solution to the problem. Whose responsibility is it to decide whether a food product poses legitimate health and safety concerns? Furthermore, what happens when the food product that seems safe in the moment becomes a cause for concern years later?

As a result of the lax food labelling regulations in Canada, it becomes the consumer’s responsibility to ensure that the food they consume is safe. Reading the label will not necessarily give you all the information you need to make an educated decision. It is best to stick with organic and wholesome food that has not gone through any processing treatments. In the meantime, take action by contacting your local government official or Member of Parliament to voice your concern about food labelling.

 

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Natan

Technology is Just a Tool

July 18, 2014 in Quotes

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James Lavapie

Popular Myths About Asthma – Outgrowing Asthma

July 8, 2014 in All Blogs, Education and Parenting, Health & Medical, Living, Our Blog

 

As part of our newest series of blogs, we are going to address some of the misconceptions people have about asthma. When people are misinformed about the concrete facts when it comes to their health, the decisions they make can have a negative impact on their overall quality of life. Our mission is to inform readers about how to take care of their bodies so that healthy living can be incorporated into everyday routine.

 

Despite the persistent rumours that asthma is a childhood disease that most people grow out of in adulthood, the reality is that asthma is chronic treatable health condition. This myth originates from the tendency for asthma symptoms to become better as a person enters adolescence and adulthood. However, there remains no cure for asthma and even though the symptoms may lessen in intensity, the condition will not completely disappear.

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The key to not allowing your asthma to control your life is to seek out immediate diagnosis and treatment if you believe you are suffering with symptoms. For concerned parents, it is important to also consider the possibility that the products you introduce into your home may contain chemicals that may cause asthma and allergies. According to the Environmental Working Group and the University of Birmingham, there are 45 studies that propose a link between certain plastics chemicals found in consumer products and asthma. Be sure to check out the links in the resource section for a detailed account of what substances are under question.

 

Resources

 

Environmental Working Group – Phthalate-Induced Asthma: Gasping For Breath

 

http://www.ewg.org/enviroblog/2008/04/phthalate-induced-asthma-gasping-breath

 

Public Health Agency of Canada – Asthma

 

http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/cd-mc/crd-mrc/asthma-asthme-eng.php

 

Asthma Society of Canada – The Top 10 Asthma Myths

 

http://www.asthma.ca/napa/didyouknow.php

 

 

 

Janice Yeung

The Five Types of Food Great for Child Growth

July 3, 2014 in All Blogs, Education and Parenting, Food and Nutrition, Health & Medical, Living, Our Blog

We all know that a balanced diet is good for children and adults alike. A nutritious diet full of vitamins and minerals is important because it helps promote healthy growth and development. Other nutrients like protein that helps build healthy muscle and tissue; fat for energy; calcium that supports bone and teeth structure; fiber that keeps the body’s digestive system smooth are also key and essential in a child’s daily diet.

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Here are the five types of food that are proven to be great for a child’s growth and development:

  1. Fruits with Peel

Even though organic produce costs a bit more, it is well worth investing in for the health of you and your child. Eating organic fruits means you do not have to avoid the peel of grapes, apples, nectarines and so on when you feed your child these fruits. The peel of fruits contain a significant amount of nutrients and fiber that you do not want to miss out on. Non-organic fruits are most likely contaminated by systemic pesticides or waxing. Just remember to wash fruits because bacteria will still be present, even fruits where you do not eat the peel (e.g. bananas) because your child will handle the fruit skin, spreading the bacterial to the fruit and his/her mouth.

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Brown rice is much superior to white rice in terms of its nutritional ingredients. It contains three times more fiber, two times more Vitamin E, B6 and magnesium. Being the ‘unrefined’ version of white rice, it is easier to digest and puts a lighter burden on our stomachs. Brown rice is rich in protein, thiamine, calcium, fiber and
potassium. It also has a low glycemic rating which helps reduce insulin spikes and risk of diabetes.

  1. Whole-Wheat Bread

Bread is made out of flour that originates from grain kernels, usually from wheat. Whole grains contain all parts of the grain kernel, unlike refined grains used to make white bread, where the fiber-dense bran and nutrient-rich germ is processed out, leaving only the starchy endosperm. Refined grains used to make white bread is not as rich in essential fatty acids, vitamin E, magnesium and zinc. The rich content of fiber in whole-grain breads helps us feel full longer, and helps prevent overeating.

  1. Sweet Potatoes

sweet potatoes isolatedMaybe you have heard of the rule that the more colourful a fruit or vegetable is, the healthier it is. Chemicals called phytochemicals give fruits and vegetables their vibrant hues of green, orange, red and purple that are responsible for fighting diseases. Sweet potatoes in particular, are very rich in beta carotene, vitamin E, vitamin B6, potassium and iron.  Vitamin A in the vegetable makes your children’s eyes strong, vitamin C in it helps keep their immune system healthy, potassium improves the health of their hearts and muscles. Again, choose the organic type of sweet potatoes because it guarantees that no chemical fertilizers, pesticides were used on it and that it was not genetically modified.

  1. Nuts

Instead of smearing peanut butters loaded with artificial sugars and partially 1376951_43863573hydrogenated fat on your children’s toasts, why not reap the essential fats that natural nuts offer? Look for packs of nuts like pistachios,
peanuts, cashews or almonds. Packed with protein, cashews satisfy hunger and provide energy. Almonds are rich in vitamin E, calcium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium. Almonds have been connected to a higher intellectual level and the overall health of the nervous system. Even though a lot of children have nut allergies, it is important to introduce them to the food gradually and in small quantities to make sure if they indeed have the allergy.

 

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Natan

Teach Kids to Think

June 20, 2014 in Quotes

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