With all the new weight loss medication sentering the market – and engendering controversy – many people are also looking to supplements to aid weight loss. But a visit to those shelves at your local Whole Foods or other health food store, and you’re guaranteed to feel overwhelmed. Which really work and which don’t? And are they safe?
For information, I looked at the recommendations of prominent naturopathic doctors and the organization Natural Standard, a reputable database of the latest research on supplements. You’ve likely never heard of many of the supplements listed here, but they’ve all a Natural Standard Grade A or B for having positive scientific evidence supporting their use for weight loss.
….read about all 7 that work HERE
Causing A Stir
Greek yogurt producer Chobani offers a spoonful of goodness
The fastest growing “culture” in our dairy aisles these days is Greek yogurt. Its tart flavour and thick, creamy texture is leaving standard yogurt lovers with a tough decision on grocery day. Boasting a number of nutritional upsides, this probiotic dream has now made its way to Canadian soil.
Chobani is at the forefront of this growing trend. The New York-based company’s “master yogurt maker,” Mustafa Dogan, combines his selection of natural, live and active cultures with milk from local farmers. The yogurt then goes through a strenuous straining process to give it the thick consistency, which yogurt lovers are finding to be a welcoming change.
This new yogurt is free of synthetic growth hormones, has twice the protein of regular yogurt, and is gluten-free. If that doesn’t impress you, it’s also made with 100 per cent real fruit, with flavours including strawberry, peach, black cherry and pomegranate.
Chobani’s Greek yogurt is also gaining popularity with those who are lactose intolerant. The straining process used by the brand, which removes 95 per cent of the lactose within the yogurt, makes it easier to digest.
Visiting their website gives you an idea of their light and upbeat attitude towards the yogurt industry, while also offering recipes that feature the yogurt. The company’s love for the product flows throughout the welcoming site, so much so that you become engrossed in how Hamdi Ulukaya, the founder, started this Greek yogurt revolution in 2005 in New York State. They chose the name Chobani from the Greek word “chopani,” meaning shepherd; and that’s exactly what the company is doing, herding people to their side of the fence.
Former stay-at-home mom shows it’s never too late to live healthy.
“My day-to-day life was a struggle,” Reno tells Lifestyler about being her heaviest weight more than 10 years ago. “I was 203 pounds and not even pregnant at the time. Even walking up the stairs was a hassle. I felt much older than my actual age.”
From then on, Reno continued making life changes — big and small — that would affect her life in a positive way. “I know now that it’s never too late to make healthy changes and change the way your body looks,” says Reno. “If you are in your thirties, fourties, fifties, sixties… even your eighties or nineties, you can improve your life.”
….read more about how to improve your life, look and feel good HERE
A smile can do wonders. It’s a crucial part of communicating that can leave a lasting first impression on those around you.
So when feeling less than confident about your smile, it can affect you significantly both physically and emotionally.
“Studies have shown that over 75 per cent of Americans do not feel confident to smile in a picture, 45 per cent make judgments about people by the look of their smile,” says Dr. Brian Friedman, a leading dentist in Toronto. “While 75 per cent think that a beautiful smile helps people psychologically, over 65 per cent think that an attractive and healthy smile helps romantically.”
At his Deer Park Office, located steps from St. Clair Avenue and Yonge Street, Friedman offers a complete range of options to restore and enhance your smile, including crowns, implants, bridges, bonding, veneers and whitening. He is also a qualified provider of Invisalign, a relatively new orthodontic technology that can eliminate the need for metal braces in many cases.
With today’s emphasis on one’s teeth and smile, many people can feel the pressure to have a picture-perfect smile. However, Friedman believes that even a small change in a person’s smile can make a big difference in the way they look and feel. “It’s never too early or too late to begin improving the appearance of your smile,” Friedman explains. “There are so many more options today for correcting imperfections and, as in most areas of our lives, the technology is advancing all the time. If you’re not completely happy with your smile, you owe it to yourself to at least investigate the solutions that are available to you.”
Friedman shares his expertise on smile makeovers and how you can improve your smile in time for the holiday season.
Q&A: DR. BRIAN FRIEDMAN
….read it all HERE
With romantic destinations in abundance, and love in the air, you may never want to return home
Love is often referred to as an international language, capable of breaking through all cultural and linguistic boundaries. If love itself is an international language, then it only makes sense that its celebration should be taken around the world. Lifestyler takes a journey through some of the world’s most romantic escapes, where love is sure to bloom in blissful leaps and bounds. Whether celebrating a 50th wedding anniversary, a newlywed union, or simply an escape for two soulmates, you should not settle for a common destination when your courtship is surely nothing less than exquisite.
Nestled in the holiday region of Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton of Switzerland, sits Lugano. Lugano is a town adorned with parks, flowers, villas and sacred buildings. With its Mediterranean flair, the town offers “all the advantages of a world-class city, combined with the cachet of a small town.” Located in a bay on the northern side of Lake Lugano, the city also lies in close proximity to Monte San Salvatore and Monte Brè. Both mountains provide outstanding panoramic views of the town and Italy. Couples can stroll past the charming Italianate Lombardy-style buildings, squares and arcades in the traffic-free historic town centre or wander Lugano’s Belvedere Gardens, oozing with art, culture and flora, and hosting modern works of art alongside beautiful magnolias. Indeed, for the art-loving couple, Lugano can be seen as an art mecca with its museums such as the Museo Cantonale d’Arte, which exhibits paintings by Klee, Jawlensky, Renoir and Degas, among others.
…..read 9 more HERE
All survival scenarios strike when people least expect them. Whether on a cruise vacation or taking a day hike through a scenic national park, you never know when a few basic survival tools can help get you through a bad situation.
Survival tools have come a long way over the years. They just keep getting smaller, lighter weight and more affordable. Real disasters happen to real people on a regular basis, and it’s just plain crazy to think something may never happen to you. Expect the best, but prepare for the worst by never leaving home without these five survival tools.
…..read all 5 HERE