THE INS AND OUTS OF MINIMALIST SHOES

There is much talk these days about the use of minimalist shoes. Should we use them? Should we not? The idea behind the minimalist shoe (MS) stems from the thought that barefoot is best for our feet. When a baby is born, their developing foot is given all it needs to develop and grow into a stable, flexible base of support for our body. If this baby foot was allowed to grow and develop barefoot on its own, adapting to the terrain of its environment, learning how to navigate rocks, hills and bumps, ideally it should adapt and grow to … Continue reading THE INS AND OUTS OF MINIMALIST SHOES

HELP! I’M A SUGAR ADDICT!

To most people sugar can be very much like a drug. We crave it. We experience a crash from it (often around 3pm in the afternoon!) and we even have horrible withdrawal symptoms like moodiness, headaches, fatigue when we can’t get our hands on it. But, did you know that often these symptoms arise from little critters inside of you called “candida”, who feed off of sugar? Candida is a type of yeast that is naturally occurring on and in the human body. In particular, the species “candida albicans” live in your gastrointestinal tract and help to maintain a healthy, balanced flora. However, it is … Continue reading HELP! I’M A SUGAR ADDICT!

REDUCE MENTAL OVERLOAD : MAKE A CHOICE TO “BE PRESENT”

We live in a world of information overload. Every minute we are bombarded with pressures to answer and email, watch an ad, listen to music/people or engage in some kind of activity. With cell phones permanently attached to us we have become accessible 24/7. This can be great in case of emergencies but this also puts our bodies in a constant state of “emergency” or heightened alert – which is detrimental to our long term health. Another thing that it does is it sucks the life and steals the JOY from the activity we are actually doing because we are … Continue reading REDUCE MENTAL OVERLOAD : MAKE A CHOICE TO “BE PRESENT”

Non-GMO’s

There is a constant worldwide debate on the topic of Genetically Modified Organisms but before we get too into let me clarify what a GMO is. GMO’s are basically foods which have been altered and mutated from their original state either to create a newer and prettier version of the original or to increase yield. They were created to boost the profits of BIG companies and the food industry! Many countries have banned them completely such as Japan, Switzerland, New Zealand and France, making you wonder: what do they know and we don’t? If risks are not entirely known due to lack … Continue reading Non-GMO’s

Patella-Femoral Pain

Check out this great blog from Waterdown Physiotherapy: The patella, or kneecap, can be a source of knee pain when it fails to function properly. Alignment or overuse problems of the patella can lead to wear and tear of the cartilage behind the patella. This produces pain, weakness and swelling of the knee joint. Several different problems can affect the patella and the groove it slides through in the knee joint. These problems can affect people of all ages. The patella is wrapped inside a tendon that connects the large muscles on the front of the thigh, the quadriceps muscles, … Continue reading Patella-Femoral Pain

No Time for Breakfast? Why it’s bad to skip the first meal of the day..

When we explain how weight loss works, the theory of calories in vs. calories out is used. If you skip a meal you are reducing your calories and thus should lose weight, right? Wrong! Following the method of calories in vs calories out will ensure weight loss only if the consumed calories absorb as intended. Eating 600kcal on paper must absorb like 600kcal in the body. This will happen with a methodical eating pattern, where you consume food a frequent intervals, instead of allowing the body to move into feast or famine mode which happens when meals are skipped. Have … Continue reading No Time for Breakfast? Why it’s bad to skip the first meal of the day..

Pain in the Achilles?

Achilles tendon injuries rank among the most common overuse injuries in athletes. These injuries can range from simple tendonitis to complete rupture. Anatomy Comprised of the two conjoined tendons of the soleus and gastrocnemius muscles, the Achilles tendon inserts into the rear part of the heel bone. The bulk of the soleus fibres insert into the inside aspect of the heel bone. Surrounding both tendons is an extremely important vascular sheath, called the peritenon, which nourishes the tendon fibres with its blood supply. Because of the specific insertion of these individual tendon fibres, athletes with a tendency to pronate (e.g. … Continue reading Pain in the Achilles?

No Time for Breakfast? Why it’s bad to skip the first meal of the day..

When we explain how weight loss works, the theory of calories in vs. calories out is used. If you skip a meal you are reducing your calories and thus should lose weight, right? Wrong! Following the method of calories in vs calories out will ensure weight loss only if the consumed calories absorb as intended. Eating 600kcal on paper must absorb like 600kcal in the body. This will happen with a methodical eating pattern, where you consume food a frequent intervals, instead of allowing the body to move into feast or famine mode which happens when meals are skipped. Have … Continue reading No Time for Breakfast? Why it’s bad to skip the first meal of the day..

Ask the Expert: Winter and Vitamin D

Summer has officially drawn to an end. Sad but true. The days are officially getting shorter and shorter and people tend to spend less time outside in the sun. So the question is … how do we keep that healthy summer “feeling” when winter is heading our way? Sun and Vitamin D are key to our wellbeing. We all need sun exposure to absorb that much needed vitamin D to boost our energy, emotions, and bone formation, especially during the winter months. Here are some tips to help Vitamin D and Your Emotions If you have a deficiency of vitamin … Continue reading Ask the Expert: Winter and Vitamin D