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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



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


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



Have you tried an air fryer?

If you are interested, do your homework and read the appliance reviews from reputable sources

The past few weeks have been a flurry of gift giving and receiving. Think back to an earlier time when you were hoping for a particular gift. What was it? How did you know about it? Did you receive it? I really, really wanted an Easy Bake Oven. I saw it in the thick catalogue […] Read more


How long does frozen food last?

The quality of frozen food depends on how well it is wrapped

I have a question I’ve been meaning to ask you,” a woman informed me one Sunday morning in church. I took a sip of coffee and leaned closer to see if I had an answer. I figured her question might be about food because I know she reads my column. “I have had some pumpkin […] Read more