The diet shell game

Stick to the evidence when reporting on – and endorsing – food studies. We need real solutions to obesity and Type 2 diabetes, not sales jobs

The diet shell gameTwo of the best-known American food journalists have been telling readers that the DASH and Mediterranean diets aren’t best for our health. But the evidence tells a different story. The journalists are Gary Taubes, the author of The Case Against Sugar, and Nina Teicholz, the author of the bestselling The Big Fat Surprise. In their recent Los…

A meatless Canada? No, but we’re becoming more discerning

A recent poll by Dalhousie University suggests that our food choices are becoming more varied

A meatless Canada? No, but we’re becoming more discerningCanadians love meat but other sources of protein are emerging as potent alternatives. Demand is up for vegetable proteins like pulses, as well as for fish and seafood. Loblaw has even started selling cricket flour and is trying to make insect consumption mainstream. That’s led some people to believe that vegetarian and vegan segments of the…

One step at a time: a simple solution to a better life

Create visions and not resolutions to take control of your life

One step at a time: a simple solution to a better lifeWhy don’t resolutions work? Eighty per cent of all New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February, according to U.S. News and World Report. Only eight per cent of us actually follow through, according to Forbes. In fact, just over 50 per cent of us don’t even bother with New Year's resolutions. It…

Eat more plants, less meat – improve your health and save the planet

Canada’s Food Guide revamp is good for people and the planet, thanks in great part to a new information-gathering process

Eat more plants, less meat – improve your health and save the planetBy Courtney Howard Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and Ian Culbert Canadian Public Health Association What is a healthy diet? New Year’s diet conversations still abound around water coolers Canada-wide as people debate the merits and shortcomings of sugar, gluten, meat, dairy, tofu and other edibles. Scientific articles, shiny celebrities and representatives of…

Caring for the body, mind and soul in the great outdoors

Time spent in the natural world nourishes our soul, makes us more receptive to goodness and beauty, helps us perceive truth, and opens us to the presence of God

Caring for the body, mind and soul in the great outdoorsIf you can’t wait to go camping or be in the great outdoors, there are good reasons for it beyond the desire to get out of Dodge. Research proves what we have long intuited: being outside is good for us. Physical and psychological health improves with time spent outdoors. Many of us spend a lot…

In-bed exercise improves outcomes for frail, critically ill patients

In-bed cycling in intensive care units improves patient health and has the potential to save significant money

Frail and critically ill patients can safely bike in the intensive care unit, even early in their stay. These exciting findings come from an in-bed cycle program that aims to get hospital patients – even in ICU – pedalling as soon as possible, so they're functioning better by the time they leave hospital. Why add a fitness plan…

Getting your exercise religion back

After a few months of the new routine, it's obvious that my heart strength is improving. Now what's missing is an appropriate diet

Getting your exercise religion backSeven years ago, I ran around Stanley Park with my daughter. About two-thirds of the way into the effort, at Third Beach, my daughter said, “Dad, I’m going to call you ‘Scuffy’ – pick up your feet!” Suddenly I was aware that my pace had slowed, I was overheated, and I was scuffing along. A…

Price shock deters Canadians from eating fruits and veggies

We can change the downward trend, however, with the growth of a homegrown industry and better consumer information

Price shock deters Canadians from eating fruits and veggiesCanadians need to put fruits and vegetables back on their tables. We don't eat enough produce. In fact, 59 per cent of Canadians don't eat their daily required portions of vegetables and fruits, according to surveys. And a recent study by the universities of Guelph and Dalhousie suggests that number may have worsened in recent months, mainly because of higher retail prices.…

The economics of vegetarianism

The number of vegetarian consumers in the Western world has not significantly increased over time

The economics of vegetarianismWhat do Confucius, Albert Einstein and Leonardo Di Vinci have in common? Well, not much professionally, but they were all vegetarians. Einstein once claimed that “Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.” With recent record meat prices, some might…
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