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Too Much Protein is Usually Stored in Fat

Many nutritionists advise their clients to eat 1.1 g to 1.2 g of protein (animal products) daily for every 2.2 pounds of body weight (65 g to 71 g for a 130-pound woman). The problem is that we have a tendency to consume the majority of our protein at dinner while our body can only use 15 g to 30 g at a time to build and repair tissue.  The […]

Slim down by drinking more H2O and add natural flavors to it

It’s not only fish that need water to survive – we also need it. In fact, 60% of our body mass is water (H2O). When your urine is a dark yellow, it is a sign that you are already dehydrated.  The Institute of Medicine (IOM) suggests that women should drink 9 cups of water a day while for men it is 13 cups a day because of their higher (on […]

3 Ways to Prevent Prostate Cancer

Photo source: Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among men. Risk Factors: Age Family or personal history of prostate cancer increases risk More common in African American men than Hispanic or Caucasian men and less common in Asian and American Indian men Diet high in animal and saturated fat High-calcium intake from food and/or supplements Being overweight How to prevent the risk of prostate cancer: Eat […]

How to Prevent Breast Cancer

Source: Cancer Society website Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. Risk Factors: Having first menstrual period before age 12 Having a first child after age 30 Late age at menopause Family history of breast cancer Increased body weight and weight gain during adulthood Alcohol consumption How to reduce the risk of breast cancer: Reduce or eliminate alcohol consumption Engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity for 45-50 […]

How to Avoid Memory Problems

According to a new University of Alabama at Birmingham study, following a Mediterranean diet is a very good way to avoid developing memory problems because it includes lots of fish and olive oil which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, several vitamins and minerals. Go fish and stay healthy!

Grocery shopping when you are starving… very bad idea!

If you go to the grocery store on an empty stomach, you probably know what it is going to happen. You will end up with unhealthy, high calorie food. In a Cornell University study, shoppers who had skipped a meal bought almost 19% more food overall and a whopping 45% more high-calorie items such as high-fat, carb-loaded items like chips, candy and baked goods. How do you avoid filling your […]

Iron Deficiency

                You can fight iron deficiency by eating properly and through the proper use of supplements. Below is a list of food (click here to get the link for Health BC) rich in iron that you should include in every meal and snack to increase your iron level as quickly as possible. Having a proper iron level will help you feel better and […]

Look Better and Healthier by Eating more Fruit and Vegetables

The Canadian Food Guide  suggests that we eat between 5-6 portions of fruit and vegetables per day.  Eating them raw or slightly cooked help decrease your risk of developing cancer such as lung, mouth, esophagus, stomach, and colon. These foods also help you look healthier and better.  In fact, only 3-3.5 portions of orange-red pigments found in fruit and vegetables can visibly change your skin tone in only 6 weeks! […]

7 Ways To Prevent Cancer

There is no specific way to prevent cancer but your lifestyle can make a huge difference: Stop smoking Eat more vegetables, fruit Eat less saturated fat Exercise regularly (minimum 20 minutes a day) Maintaining a healthy body weight Avoiding the harmful rays of the sun Have regular checkups with your doctor. Read more: 20 Ways To Never Get Cancer by Prevention.

Swimming and Yoga Help Lower Blood Pressure in Older Adults

  If you want to improve your overall health and reduce your blood pressure, go swimming and practice yoga weekly!  I am a certified yoga instructor in Kelowna (click here to see my service) and an aquatic instructor in Kelowna.  I can develop a personal yoga or swim program  and we can train in your home. Both types of exercise are low-impact, they are easier on the joints, help reduce blood […]

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    Mel, I wanted you to know how much I appreciate and enjoy your Online Friday chair yoga classes. It is so nice to see your smiling face and dedication teaching us. I hope that one day soon we will be able to return to the center to meet up again with all our friends.  Stay well and please keep your nice smile.  

    - Irmgard,

    Mel, thank you so much for offering Online Fitness Classes!  I love all your videos.  You provide a great variety of exercises and it can be modified to make it harder which is great.  I was telling everyone because I am used to your style of yoga, when I close my eyes and hear your voice, it’s like we are in the same room.  Much love, Jackie.

    - Jackie St. G.,