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Do You Live Your Life To The Fullest? What Are Your Dreams And Goals?

Do you like having your weekends off? I do! At the beginning of my fitness career, I had a six-day work week. A few years ago, I have decided that weekends were MINE. They would be my time to recharge my batteries, but what would I do to keep myself occupied? I think you know that answer already! I like working out in the morning before leaving on a road […]

7 Tricks To Eat Healthy Even When We Are Under Stress

Stress has the ability to totally disrupt our lives. The Covid 19 pandemic, its fears, required precautions, and the constant reminders of its devastating effect have placed underlying stress on all of us. Yet day to day mishaps can add to that stress. Last week was an exceptionally stressful one for me. I have been a Zumba instructor for over 10 years. Can you imagine how much music I have? […]

Surround Yourself with People You Love and Love You Back

I have been in fitness for over 10 years and I know I found my passion. When I was in Quebec working in Chemistry, in a lab, I knew it was temporary, until I found my dream job. Over the years, by being a personal trainer and fitness instructor, I have met wonderful people and a lot of them have become part of my family. I don’t have any family […]

What can 10 pounds overweight do to our bodies?

Being overweight, even just 10 pounds, can be harder on joints.  If someone is 50 pounds overweight, it represents 75 pounds more on their knees! That’s why we see way more hip and knee replacements.  Having a few pounds more around the waist increases our chance of developing osteoarthritis in joints (hips/knees) and can cause pain because of the wear and tear of cartilage. Indeed, it can create inflammation in other joints such as […]

10 Ways to Naturally Sweeten Your Food and Drinks

In our modern world, sugar is now everywhere. It is added to drinks, bread, salad dressing, ketchup and BBQ sauce, yogurt, and processed food. Companies want you to become addicted, to buy and crave for more. In the 50’s, people were consuming an average of 5 lbs of sugar per year. Today, it is 158 lbs per person! That is one of the reasons why there are more obese people […]

8 Effects of Too Much Caffeine in Your Body

Are you a coffee drinker? Is it your first drink in the morning? The Coffee Industry in Canada is equal to $6.2 billion! Indeed, coffee (72%) and water (66%) are the two main beverages for Canadians. Instead of coffee being your first drink in the morning, try to swallow one big glass of filtered water. We are dehydrated in the morning and coffee is a diuretic. Drinking coffee or other […]

Artificial Sweeteners Can Change Your Gut’s Microbiota

After only one week of consuming artificial sweeteners from drinks and foods, people started to develop glucose intolerance, a metabolic condition also known as prediabetes! Microbiota in your gut changes and the absorption of nutrients as well. Artificial sweeteners can be widely found in: Drinks Jams and jellies Canned foods Baked goods Candies Puddings Diary alternatives such as soy, almond, coconut milk Sugar alternatives such as saccharin Read the ingredients […]

3 Reasons Why you Should Add Omega-3s to Your Diet

Omegas-3s are essential to your body because they are a great source of polyunsaturated fats which your body cannot produces by itself. Omegas-3s are recommended for everyone who works out because it helps with muscle soreness and pain after exercise due to their anti-inflammatory effects. Take them at the same time every day and with meal. I use 2 tsp per day. Check for the highest EPA count, so around […]

5 Reasons Why We Should Stop Eating Animal Derived Foods

Two doctors have created the movie: Forks Over Knifes. Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn, Jr. led a research for years to discover that most chronic diseases are related to food-borne illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. The “North-American diet” is rich in high protein, fat, cholesterol, and sugar which feed diseases and grow cancer cells. What they suggest is quitting the animal derived […]

8 Tips to Manage Stress

When stress is too high and for a certain period of time, we risk reducing the efficiency of our adrenal glands. For myself, I know when my adrenals are low because I often have these symptoms: I’m tired, even when I just woke up Bad sleep Food cravings Digestion problems Foggy brain Here are some of my tricks to boost my adrenal glands: Deep breathing Meditation Yoga Light exercise every […]

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    I just want to let you know that this Active For Life class for 50+ was very helpful for me yesterday, after I fell down in my backyard. I am a 57 years old, single mother of 2 and I have MS for 21 years, and 3 herniated disks in my neck (and had as many operations on my neck because of that). Yesterday I was planting some flowers in […]

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