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Take the Stress out of IBS

Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by abdominal pain and changes in bowel habits (i.e. frequency, urgency, stool consistency) that are not related to an organic cause. This means that the individual has worked with a doctor to rule out other conditions, such as celiac disease or crohn's disease, but they are still left with symptoms. While the absence of a more serious medical condition is often a relief, the fact that symptoms are still present can be VERY frustrating and can prevent individuals from attending class, work, or even socializing with friends.

Some clues to help you spot a fad diet!

We eat for many different reasons - for fuel, for enjoyment, for social and emotional reasons to name a few. Eating for health is just one small part of why we eat. Extreme or fad diets can work in the short term, but in the long term they are unrealistic, cause individuals to miss out on social events, and can trigger cycles of binge eating due to intense hunger and feelings of deprivation.

Want to eat healthy? Give thought to HOW you eat

When students come to me for tips on healthy eating, they often want to know what to eat and what not to eat. Often, however, we need to give thought to HOW we eat before we can start to change WHAT we eat. We eat for tons of different reasons - for fuel, for enjoyment, for social and emotional reasons. Eating for health is just one small part of why we eat.

Beat the heat and hydrate your body the right way!

Water is an important part of our diet. It is in the foods and beverages we consume daily. Water makes up 60-70 % of our body so it’s no surprise that it is responsible for regulating many functions within the body. Water helps with food digestion. It helps the body to get rid of waste, control body temperature, transport nutrients, protect organs and joints and regulate our fluid and electrolyte balance. Fluids include milk, tea and juice, but water is the best fluid to quench your thirst! Choose water, small amounts of 100% juice and low fat milk or soy beverages more often.

Did you know...you can turn your blender into a magic bullet and a food processor?

I can't tell you how many times I have felt like making a smoothie, but ended up with fruit and yogurt in a bowl instead because I didn't feel like washing the blender.

Smoothies made with healthy ingredients can provide lots of nutrients and lasting energy. There are hundreds of different flavour combinations and they can make a great snack or a component to a meal. You can even make a smoothie the night before if you are worried about waking your room mates!

Break the Fast!

The word breakfast originated during the 15th century, and as the name suggests, it literally means to break the fasting period of the prior night. For years and years people all over the world have been starting their days out with a morning meal. What is served at breakfast varies across cultures, however; one thing remains consistent – it is always eating in the morning. Breakfast has often been touted as the most important meal and it’s true! There are many benefits of having something to eat in the morning before you start your day.

Eat your antioxidants, and get them from food, not supplements!

We’re all used to being told to eat our fruits and vegetables, to get enough fibre, and drink 8-10 glasses of water a day. Recently though, we’re being told to eat foods rich in antioxidants. Now you might think“ oh yes, of course!” But do you really know what an antioxidant is, or why they are considered so good for you?

Debunking Detox Diets

Most of us look to the holidays as a time to get together with friends and family, hopefully get in a little R&R, and enjoy some great food. However, once the holidays are said and done, we look forward to the New Year to get ourselves back on track and even make some changes to our health. I'm sure we have all heard new years resolutions that start with "I want to lose weight, so I'm going to go on a diet". You might have even heard people say, "I'm going try this 4-day juice cleanse" or "I'm doing a detox". Cleanses and detox diets have gained much attention in the media recently.

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