Plant-Based Diets

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It’s coming. The recommendation from Health Canada and our new Food Guide is going to recommend you eat more plant-based foods. What does that mean exactly?

For some, it means eating more fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, grains, nuts and seeds. For others, it means only eating those foods and leaving behind the meat, fish, dairy, and eggs. Either way, including more plants in your diet is only going to increase fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and – according to many studies – improve every single aspect of your health. If you’ve got high blood pressure or cholesterol, yes, plant-based will help. If you’ve got digestive issues, depression, sore knees or headaches, a plant-based diet could help you too. Anyone on medication for just about any situation can be helped by eating more plant-based meals and snacks and lessening processed foods and animal-based foods.

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Blast Past the Weight Loss Plateau

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Weight loss feels great when the numbers are heading consistently towards your goal. The scale going the wrong way can be disheartening and the scale not moving from week to week is downright frustrating. When you’re stuck and can’t seem to get past the plateau, here are some tips to try and get you moving towards your goal.

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The Ketogenic or Keto Diet

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The Ketogenic diet – not to be confused with keto-acidosis, which is a dangerous condition experienced by diabetics, is a complete metabolic shift, switching the body over from using glucose and carbohydrates as an energy source to fats – either stored or from your diet. This metabolic shift that has your body burning fat, from diet or stores, produces molecules known as ketones, which are used for fuel.

So basically, you’re changing the source of energy your body uses. This is essentially a high fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrate diet. 

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