OHW Magazine’s Summer Issue

ohw website summer 13 front coverIt’s summer in the Okanagan and at OHW Magazine we are overjoyed at its arrival! Like most locals, we’re looking forward to those warm summer days, balmy summer nights, and all those other wonderful things that are associated with summer in the Valley. Like the vast variety of outdoor activities that are just outside our doors, the loads of fresh produce available from our own gardens or the local farmers markets, the beautiful scenery that ranges from rolling farmland to dry desert beauty, and just an overall feeling of wellbeing.
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The Coconut Oil Myth

decanter with coconut oil and coconuts on green backgroundLike 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.

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Challenge of The Channel

Lake Monster SwimmersFive local swimmers take on the English Channel this Summer.

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.

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