SMART HEART HEALTH

(c)Jennifer Harrison

(c)Jennifer Harrison

Even with the advancement of medical treatments, heart disease and stroke remain the leading causes of hospitalizations and death. They also result in the largest need for prescription drugs. In Canada, an estimated 70,000 people have heart attacks each year. That’s one person having a heart attack every seven minutes! In 2011, more than 66,000 people died from heart attack or stroke. Heart disease and stroke costs the Canadian economy more than $20.9 billion every year in physician services, hospital costs, lost wages and decreased productivity.1 In the United States, about 610,000 people die every year from heart disease which works out to be one in every four deaths.2 Pretty depressing, right? Actually, what’s really sad is that the majority of heart disease and stroke are preventable! If you want to be really smart about your heart health, read on. (more…)

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THREE TRICKS TO MAKE YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS STICK

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Image (C) Jennifer Harrison

Well, we are a few weeks into the New Year. How are you making out with your New Year’s Resolutions? Did they include exercising more? Losing weight? Stopping smoking? Getting rid of credit card debt? Spending more time with friends and family? Whatever your resolutions are, unless you have some concrete strategies in place, you will probably become part of the 92 percent of people who never achieve their New Year’s resolutions!1 However, I’m here to bring glad tidings, so to speak. I want to share with you three simple strategies that will help make your resolutions stick, not matter what they are!  (more…)

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THE SECRET POWER OF SLEEP

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Whether you call it shut eye, 40 winks or getting your beauty rest, sleep is essential to life. In fact, if you are deprived of sleep long enough you die. However, the exact reasons why we need to sleep and how it actually works to benefit our health continue to be the subject of much research. Whether you have trouble sleeping or you just tend to always be “burning the candle at both ends”, you may be doing more harm to yourself than you realize. Did you know that not getting enough rest, even if it is just one night, may be causing you to get sick, gain weight, develop type 2 diabetes, feel depressed and even be forgetful? Let’s take a look at exactly what happens to your body and mind when you don’t get enough rest and some simple solutions to help you tap into the secret power of sleep. (more…)

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ARE YOU A BAD NEWS JUNKIE?

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Do you watch the news every day or check out the latest disasters posted on social media? Are you the person who is always saying, “Did you hear about the awful thing that happened to….?” Maybe you’re not that person but you know someone who is. A family member or co-worker, perhaps, is the one always drawing your attention to the latest misfortune to fall upon someone or someplace. How do you respond? Do you allow yourself to get sucked in to the negativity? While all this may seem just like normal day to day interactions to you, it’s actually having a much more negative impact on your health and the well-being of those around you than you realize. (more…)

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HEALTHY HOLIDAY TREATS

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With the Holidays upon us, it’s hard not to be surrounded by all sorts of wonderful Holiday treats from boxes of chocolates to homemade cookies and sweets. However, with more and more people having food sensitivities to gluten and dairy, as well as dietary restrictions on sugar and salt, how can you enjoy the foods that have become synonymous with Holiday fun? Easy! Thanks to many creative and resourceful people, there is a cornucopia of wonderful recipes online that cater to those for whom traditional holiday baking causes more discomfort than pleasure. I’ve selected some recipes for healthy Holiday treats that are gluten and dairy-free plus some wonderful reduced sugar and salt options! This will help you have a happier and healthier holiday. (more…)

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IS IT BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE?

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Image (c) Jennifer Harrison

Is it better to give than to receive? The answer to this may seem obvious. I think we’re all familiar with the quote from Jesus saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” It’s also interesting to look at a similar quote from Buddha. “Hard it is to understand: By giving away our food, we get more strength; by bestowing clothing on others, we gain more beauty; by founding abodes of purity and truth, we acquire great treasures. The charitable man has found the path of liberation.”1 While it’s true that during this Holiday Season people tend to spend exorbitant amounts of money on gifts, people also tend to be more generous in donating their time and money to various charities. Interestingly, there has been a lot of scientific research into the psychological as well as physical effects of giving, either through donations of money or volunteering. The results are quite interesting and in this article we’ll take a look at what happens to both your mind and your body when you are being generous. I also want to look at the philosophical side of giving being better than receiving by asking the question, how can you give if there is no one to receive?
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