Well, it is official… I’ve started running again. As of twelve hours ago. I have always tried to stay active whether that be achieving step goals on my FitBit or participating in group exercise classes. But the last time I consistently stayed with a running plan? Probably high school. Back then I ran in cross country to stay fit, but I’ll have to admit, it was mostly just a social sport. Since then running hasn’t been at the top of my list for favourite things to do. So why, you may ask, am I starting to run again? Well, first of all, I miss the sense of accomplishment I feel after pushing myself through a run. Secondly, spring is here (even though it snowed this week), and I will take any excuse to spend time outdoors. And finally, a friend and I have signed up for a 5k at the end of May, and frankly, we don’t want to take last place!
You may have already heard this, but it’s a good idea to include seafood and fish in your weekly menu — if you don’t do so already! Especially fish rich in the following omega-3 fatty acids: DHA (docosahexaeonic acid) and EPA (eicosapetaenoic acid). Research study upon research study have found that these omega fats play a significant role in protecting the heart and lowering risk of heart disease. Other studies have found that omega-3’s are critical in the development of a baby’s brain while in the womb. Moreover, some research has found that depressed patients may have low levels of DHA, and in some studies, these patients benefited from omega-3 supplementation reducing symptoms of depression.
That being said, how much fish should you be eating?
As I am writing this, I am on my third cold in the past two months. Unfortunately with the common cold, there’s not much a doctor can give you to get rid of the virus. You just have to wait it out. Rest up. And drink lots of fluids.
Are you like me and have been under the weather lately? There are a few lifestyle choices Harvard Medical School suggests to adopt for a healthy immune system:
While all nutrients play important roles in maintaining health, make sure to get enough of these five nutrients to give your immune system a boost:
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the shopping mall, bakeries and grocery stores are overflowing with flowers, cards, teddy bears, and chocolates. Along with it comes many candies and baked goods made with artificial food dyes. As a parent, I have become increasingly aware of artificial dyes’ presence in foods, and I know many of you are wondering whether these vibrant colours are safe for kids as well.
Here’s a little on what research is saying about artificial dyes. Keep in mind that this is nowhere near a comprehensive list of all the research out there on this subject.
From a very young age, I have enjoyed transforming simple ingredients into delicious treats. Whenever I could, I was in the kitchen helping my mom cook supper or bake recipes. And if I could make something completely from scratch? Even better.
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