Cutting Carbs, Fearing Fat and Powering with Protein

protein, carbs, fat, fiberCarbohydrates or “carbs” as most people call them, fat (also known as lipids), and protein are three of the six categories of nutrients our bodies need to keep alive, healthy and moving.  These nutrients provide calories, or the energy, for all the cells in our body to function.  Vitamins, minerals and water make up the other three categories; however these three do not supply calories. Vitamins and minerals are needed in small amounts but are very essential to the body. Water, carbohydrate, fat and protein are needed in large amounts. Deficiencies and excesses of any of these six nutrient categories can result in poor body functioning and ultimately poor health and illness.
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10 Reasons to Try Yoga

Lisa Dumas enjoys yoga along the peaceful waters edge of Okanagan Lake in September 2013.
Lisa Dumas enjoys yoga along the peaceful waters edge of Okanagan Lake in September 2013.

1. Stress relief: The deep, full breaths we take during yoga postures calm us down, causing the opposite effect of stress on our bodies. Stress causes quick, shallow breathing, igniting our fight or flight reflex. Our breath and minds are connected, when we slow the breath, we slow our incessant thought patterns.

2. Improved energy: Complete breathing paired with the toxin release of our muscles heating up is believed to benefit the nervous system, releasing renewed energy stores. (Keeping the body hydrated during class is also important for energy levels.)
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Staying Fit – Even When the Snow Flies

Keep moving even in the winter months!
Keep moving even in the winter months!

Shorter daylight hours, cooler outside temperatures and less-than-ideal road conditions all play a role in keeping people outside less and indoors more during the colder months. Keeping active and staying fit during the winter season can be challenging, even for those of us with normally active lifestyles. So how can we eliminate this temporary “sedentary period” from our lifestyles?

It’s as simple as finding new ways to get outside. The Okanagan Valley boasts some of the world’s most sought-after trails and snow conditions along with one of the longest winter seasons anywhere in the world. This time of year can be filled with backcountry snowshoe adventures or days spent cross country skiing on local trails. Continue reading

Nutty Nutrition

Fresh is Best!
Fresh is Best!

As the health benefits of nuts are becoming more evident, their use in everyday food preparation is increasing. High in unsaturated fats, nuts can lower cholesterol and help with many health issues including cancer prevention, fibre intake and weight loss. Yes, weight loss! However, it’s important to be aware of the kinds of nuts you’re consuming. Just as you would rarely eat two fried steaks or a huge mound of mashed potatoes in one sitting without fear of repercussions, uncontrolled dipping into a bag of roasted, salted nuts should also be checked.  By using fresh, raw nuts prepared in a variety of ways, you can make all your meals more delicious and nutritious. Continue reading

Welcome to Fall! Okanagan Health & Wellness Magazine’s Fall Issue is now available.

ITL Fall issue of Magazine
As is typical of autumn, the days are shorter, the evenings are cooler and there’s a fragrance in the air that’s a mix of falling leaves and misty mornings. For some, autumn is like a new start to the year, or, simply, it means life as we knew it before summer–our company has gone home, the kids are immersed in school and we’re all back to busy schedules.
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