First of all, we’d like to thank everyone who picked up and read our first issue of Okanagan Health and Wellness Magazine; judging by the feedback we’ve received there were lots of you! Thank you all for your positive feedback, ideas and suggestions, we’re looking forward to incorporating many of these into future issues.
Like many foods we eat, there has been much debate over the health effects of coconut oil. Naysayers claim that coconut oil contains saturated fats and, as a result, can cause problems like heart disease and obesity. Others claim that coconut oil is composed of medium chain triglycerides that can actually increase good HDL cholesterol and lower bad LDL cholesterol levels. As a consumer it’s often difficult to determine the truth around this highly controversial food.
When Brent Hobbs swam the English Channel in 2008, he hoped his swim would inspire others. Five years later, it has done exactly that as a team of five local swimmers, the Okanagan Lake Monsters, plans to undertake the very same challenge this summer.
For those familiar with the English Channel, they’ll know swimming across it is not for the faint of heart.
“It certainly takes a commitment, you have to train–a lot” says Brent, whose first-hand experience has already played a key role in the Monsters’ training. Swimming the Channel is as much mental as it is physical, and swimmers must be well prepared if they want to cross it successfully. It’s almost an understatement to say the Channel is a complicated body of water and it demands a healthy dose of respect.
In my life there is a very special spirit that captures the hearts of everyone she meets, with her love of life, her wonderful imagination and storytelling…my granddaughter. It is her spirit and courage that inspires me daily.
You see, an abnormality was found on my daughter’s routine 20 week ultrasound. An abnormality that would eventually lead the doctors to tell us that the fetus would not survive. But she defied them and not only survived but thrived. Much to the specialists surprise and joy. Her first month of life was on lights, beeps, iv’s, tubes, tests. Evanne received a heart transplant at 5 weeks of age. Now while we knew a transplant was not a cure – it exchanges one set of problems for another , we were so grateful for that chance. Continue reading
Everyone wants to eat healthy, but one of the most common pre-conceptions is that it is too expensive. So to help make life that little easier, here are my top 12 tips to eat healthy and stay on budget;
1. Know how much you spend on food in an average month. If you want to track your spending, and to make improvements and savings in the future you need to start with a benchmark. For the first month change nothing of your spending habits but record everything – Include eating out! Continue reading