Myth #2: Carbs make you fat

When I asked an audience for examples of carbohydrates, the answers were “pasta, bread, and rice”.  I expected these answers and pressed on, quizzing if beans and legumes were carbohydrates.  They replied with a resounding “no”.  “What are they then?” I asked.  They stared back blankly.  Vegetables, perhaps? This can be quite confusing, as it…

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Myth #1: Fat makes you fat

While it’s true that fat contains the most calories per gram (9 kcal/g) than protein (4 kcal/g) and carbohydrates (4 kcal/g), we need to get away from fearing calories.  Calories are our bodies’ energy currency.  We need energy to function throughout the day, whether you’re hitting the treadmill or burning brain fuel on a work project.  But not all calories…

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Top 6 Nutrition Myths – Busted!

Health and nutrition recommendations have come a long way over the years, from recommending cocaine for headaches to accepting cigarettes as weight loss tools.  Luckily, science has proven these suggestions to not be in our health’s best favour.  As research improves and we learn more about how the body works, we are also debunking many…

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New birthday traditions

Living on the other side of the world from “home” means missing out on some of the most cherished life events: bridal showers; bachelorette (or hen) parties; weddings; baby showers; births; birthdays; and of course, holidays like Christmas and Easter.  While we chose to move away from home, it’s hard not being included in the…

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A year of blessings

Today, the 25th of June, marks one year since our baby girl has graced our lives.  There has never truly been a moment where I ever wanted to stop time or even slow down.  Yet I have heard myself say to people, “Slow down time!” when they comment how she has gotten so big, so…

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Happy Dad’s Day!

On the wall above the kitchen table in my childhood home hung a framed sign that read “Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad.”  I read that sign so many times and didn’t understand it for years.  I wondered, How could my father not be my dad,…

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Traveling with baby food

Baby girl has been blessed with all homemade meals and snacks, with the exception of a few times when traveling and we have needed to rely on store-bought packages of baby food. I visited nearly every store selling baby food in Singapore. I read every label of every brand being sold in those stores.  Vegetables…

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The difference of a dollar

Giving to those in need can be very fulfilling and very appreciated. From the words of Susanna Hasenoerhl of Joice of Cooking, where each monthly subscription providers 10 meals to children in Jaipur, India: A dear friend of mine first told me about the i-India children’s charity about two years ago. She shared with me…

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Deceptive labeling

A fitness friend of mine has scoured the globe in search of the most current research on postpartum healing and exercises.  With these courses and symposiums, she has been exposed to a great deal of nutritional advice to supplement the exercises.  I am proud of all the work she has done and continues to do…

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Tradition worth breaking?

Susanna Hasenoerhl of Joice of Cooking shares why she broke a tradition at a patriotic Finnish celebration by swapping out sweet and sugary for fresh and fruity: While traditions give us that great sense of belonging, some can be questioned as times are changing. In my home country Finland, May 1st is a carnival that signals the…

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