What healthy eating topics were you most interested in this year? Our HealthLinkBC dietitians were keen to clear up any confusion around hot topics like gluten-free diets and coconut water while continuing to focus on key messages of healthy eating like, increasing your consumption of vegetables and fruits and decreasing sugary drinks. + MORE
December 24, 2013 | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: exercise, top blogs
As 2013 winds down, many of you are thinking about your goals for 2014. Being healthier is at the top of many people's lists. Unfortunately, over the past 30 years, physical inactivity has increased, this has contributed to a staggering 25% of Canadian adults who are reported to be overweight or obese.+ MORE
December 23, 2013 | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: nuts, seeds, nutrition
Nuts and seeds contain everything needed to form a new life. That's what makes them so nutritious. Each almond, pecan, sunflower seed and pumpkin seed you snack on or add to your baking is made up of the same three basic parts; the embryo, the endosperm and the shell (or seed coat). This tiny package is loaded with energy and nutrition.+ MORE
December 17, 2013 | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags: Stuffing, holidays, turkey
Stuffing (also called dressing) is a special occasion food that's usually reserved for celebratory meals. If you're planning on celebrating soon, consider adding stuffing to your menu. A stuffed food is like a wrapped gift that delights with every bite.
Typically associated with turkey dinner, stuffing can also be used with fish (stuffed sole), meat cuts (stuffed pork chops), and even vegetables (stuffed peppers). Some families have recipes that have been passed down through the generations, but there's plenty of room for experimentation too. + MORE
December 10, 2013 | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags: exercise, Winter, outerwear
You've probably heard reasons why people don't like to be physically active during winter. Some folks say, "I'll get chilled", "I'll slip," "I'll catch a cold" and my favourite, "my lungs will freeze." As an old saying goes, there's no such thing as bad weather, simply inappropriate clothing.
For the West Coast, a rain-jacket is an essential item. For those living in colder parts of BC, an insulated jacket is more suitable. The number of layers underneath depends on your activity.+ MORE