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Does freezing weather increase the calories we burn?

Our environmental conditions can definitely affect our metabolism

When I arrived at work, the temperature was 14 C. At this temperature, the students on campus ordinarily would have packed away their winter coats, scarves, hats, mittens and boots. They are wearing shorts and flip-flops. Unfortunately, 14 C was the temperature in my office. The outdoor temperature was at least 35° colder, so my […] Read more


Add some international flair to your menus

Put the world on your plate with recipes from around the globe

Wow, score!” I thought to myself as I reached for a cookbook with more than 1,600 recipes from 17 countries. Better yet, the book was marked $3 at the antique store, and all books had an additional 25 per cent markdown that day. They were practically giving the book away. I retrieved my phone and […] Read more



Your guide to a better diet

Red meat, poultry and dairy are still on the menu, but so are other protein foods

Canada’s new food guide is less prescriptive than it has ever been. There are no recommendations for number of servings or serving sizes for any specific food. There are just broad guiding statements to help Canadians make more healthy eating choices. These statements echo healthy eating recommendations by countries around the world and reflect current […] Read more


Keep a cap on your sodium intake

Prairie Fare: Most people consume 75 per cent of their sodium from processed foods, not from table salt

What should I make for dinner?” I asked my older daughter when we were at the grocery store on a very cold February day. “Let’s have wild rice soup,” she said. “OK, I will find a recipe to try,” I noted. I pulled out my phone and began checking some recipe sites for a soup […] Read more



Feel the pulse of healthy eating

Pulse foods are budget friendly and good for our heart

Can you find your pulse? Try placing your index and third finger on the side of your neck to the side of your windpipe. You also can check your pulse on your wrist. Once you find your pulse, count the number of beats you feel in 15 seconds and multiply by four to determine your […] Read more


The difference between a food recall and a food outbreak

Prairie Fare: An outbreak means at least two people have the same foodborne illness from the same contaminated food or drink

As I pushed a cart through a retail store, my husband motioned for me to join him. He was looking at something and grinning. When I reached the kitchen towel display, I laughed. I perused the funny sayings printed on the towels. He pointed at a towel that said, “Many have eaten here. Few have […] Read more



Eat more vegetables despite rising prices

You can take steps to eat a better diet while keeping costs down

Eat more vegetables. If you’re looking for one piece of advice for improving your eating habits in 2019, this is it. Look at any food guide across the globe, including the just-released Canadian one, ask any health professional, research recommendations from any chronic disease organization and you’ll find they all recommend eating more vegetables for […] Read more


A dog’s life

We can all learn some health lessons from humanity’s best friend

Jake, do not hurt Abby,” I said to one of our dachshunds. Jake and I locked eyes. I think he winked at me. He had most of Abby’s head in his mouth, like a lion with its prey. By the way, Abby is a year-old dachshund pup we nicknamed “Miss Abby the Troublemaker.” “She was […] Read more



Beware of health scams

Miracle weight loss measures have no long-term success

Hi, this is your grandson,” the caller said to a friend of mine. “Oh, is this my grandson Sam?” she asked. “Yeah, yeah, this is Sam!” he responded. “Well, I don’t have a grandson named Sam,” she told the caller before hanging up. My friend is one clever woman. “We had someone call and say […] Read more


Behaviour changes can help you lose weight

Don’t ‘go on a diet,’ instead make some healthy lifestyle choices that can add up

Most of us have known someone who has been on a weight-loss diet, and perhaps the person lost a considerable amount of weight. Maybe you are pondering weight loss as a goal in the coming weeks or months. We hear weight-loss promotions all around us, especially as we begin a new year. In fact, the […] Read more