What is Hypothyroidism and How Does It Affect Your Weight?

Do you have an underactive thyroid?  It is technically called hypothyroidism.  This is a condition where the thyroid gland is not functioning the way it should…it’s underactive.  It either doesn’t produce enough thyroid hormones or the thyroid hormones are not available to the body.  It is a lot more common than you think.  In fact, [...]

Are You a Mindless Eater?

Do you find yourself eating in front of the TV even though you’re not hungry?  Perhaps you saw a commercial on some yummy food that made you want to eat.  I love watching the food shows like “You Gotta Eat Here” and “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives”.  They eat such delicious foods that I probably wouldn’t [...]

Weighing the Facts of Weight Loss and Keeping it Off

It’s a sad statistic that approximately 90% of people who lose weight, eventually regain all of their weight back and then some.  How depressing is this and why is it a fact?  What are we doing wrong and what can we do to change this?  I feel the main reason for this is because we [...]

Fasting and Autophagy

How many of you have heard of the word “autophagy”?  What does it mean?  If you have ever done a fasting program it is possible you would have heard of this.  Basically, the word autophagy is derived from the Greek words ‘auto’ – meaning ‘self’ and ‘phagein’ – meaning ‘to eat’.  So, the word literally [...]

What’s The Scoop on Turmeric?

I think by now most of you have heard about the amazing spice, turmeric.  The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin.  Turmeric is a popular spice similar to ginger, known for its bright yellow/orange color and is used in curry powders and mustards.  This plant grows across India and other areas of Asia and Central [...]

Can Vitamin D Help You Lose Weight?

Many of us know that our bodies need vitamin D to absorb calcium and promote bone growth.  Too little vitamin D results in soft bones in children, known as rickets, and fragile bones in adults.  Vitamin D is needed for many important functions in the body other than building strong bones such as strengthening the [...]

Can You ‘Spot Reduce’ When Trying to Lose Weight?

When people ask me what body shape I have, I always say ‘big’ but in all honesty, I have to admit I am apple shaped like the rest of my family.  There are basically four different body shapes (apple, pear, rectangle and inverted triangle) but we are going to focus on apple and pear shapes.  Apple-shaped [...]

How Has Canada Food Guide Changed and Has it Helped Us?

Did you know that Canada’s Food Guide no longer includes how many servings of different foods to include daily, but urges people to eat more of some things and less of others?  They say to eat more fruits and vegetables and less meat.  The iconic rainbow of the Canada’s Food Guide recommended eating 4-10 servings [...]