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So you’ve had enough of the grey winter weather and decided to escape to a sunny, all-inclusive resort? Great idea! You can soak up the warm rays and relax since, on an all-inclusive vacation, all the chores and cooking will be taken care of. In order to avoid digestive problems, big or small, and to reduce the risk of overeating and overdrinking, here are a few tips to help you make good choices during your next vacation. Meals: When possible, pick a restaurant with an à la carte menu. All-you-can-eat buffets are more “dangerous,” because they encourage overeating. Eating at regular times will also help you moderate your eating habits. Snacks should only be consumed when you are hungry. Try to resist the temptation to eat all the time. Food: Start your meals with vegetables in order to fill up before the main course. If you’re only eating one plate, fill half of it with vegetables and the other half with an exotic fish- or legume-based dish. For breakfast, choose fresh fruit, dairy and whole grain products. Preventing food poisoning: Always drink bottled water and avoid ice cubes. Choose fruit that needs to be peeled like bananas or mangos and avoid(…)

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Apples
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Snacks sometimes get a bad rap. They stand accused of contributing to caloric overconsumption, encouraging us to consume empty calories or ruining our appetite at mealtimes. Is any of this really true? When snacking is planned and includes good food choices, snacks can have several positive effects on our diet. They can help us meet our daily nutrient needs, or better manage our meals by helping us control hunger between meals. Being famished right before mealtime encourages us to overeat and eat too quickly which, in turn, makes digestion slower and more difficult. Snacking can help prevent this from happening. Here are the basic principles of smarter snacking: 1- Have a snack only when you feel hungry. You should never force yourself to have a snack or eat because you’re bored. 2- Eating smaller portions at mealtimes will enable you to have a snack between meals, because you’re more likely to really need an extra bite. The advantage is that you are less likely to overeat when you’re consuming small portions. 3- Favour nutritionally dense foods that are high in vitamins, minerals, fibre and protein. Fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grains and dairy products are all very good snack choices.(…)

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2013
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It’s something we just can’t escape! As December 31st approaches, we feel the need or desire to adopt resolutions that will get us off on the right foot for the new year. This tradition certainly has its upside, but we can all feel discouraged when those resolutions prove hard to keep. It’s important, then, to make resolutions that reflect our personalities and to vary them from one year to the next. Here are a few suggestions for original New Year’s resolutions. Dare to try something new. Have you always wanted to try hot yoga, scuba diving, snowshoeing, speed skating, zumba or snowboarding? Now’s the time to start! Take advantage of the new year to make room for something new in your life. You will surely discover new passions that will combine physical activity and fun: a winning combo that will supply you with a maximum of energy and vitality! Adopt an herbal tea routine! If you can’t manage to drink water all day long, don’t worry. You can adopt an herbal tea routine. Drinking 4 large mugs of herbal tea per day (morning, mid-morning, afternoon and evening) will go a long way towards meeting your daily requirements in terms of(…)

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Holiday Food
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The holidays mean gatherings and celebrations with family and friends, happy hours after work, and other such occasions. All these events boost our spirits, but often have the opposite effect on our bodies. Is there anyone who can boast of never having had a little digestive discomfort during the holidays? Having digestive discomfort is not fun for anyone. To help you fully enjoy the holidays, here are a few tips that will let you feel good about your stomach. 1- Avoid skipping a meal. If you arrive at a gathering famished, chances are you will dive into the hors d’œuvres and buffet. As a result, you’ll eat to excess, and your digestion will be a bit more difficult. 2- Drink a lot of water. Water is crucial for the optimal functioning of your body. Drinking water will also help you eat less and reduce your alcohol intake if you alternate between drinking water and alcohol. During the holidays, add a couple of attractive bottles of water to your table to encourage your guests to hydrate properly! 3- Get active! Exercise is a must for a healthy digestive system. Take advantage of winter and your long days off to go outside(…)

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Three grueling days and, in the end, I finally have the ideal place to nap outside this summer. My husband and I have lived in our house for two years and for two years we’ve said that we’re going to transform our backyard into a place of dreams… sweet, ‘outdoor nap’-kind of dreams, with hammocks and birds chirping… Two years later and it still hadn’t been done. Then finally, in May, we had had enough. Taking advantage of the long weekend, we transformed our backyard from an overgrown jungle in the city to a place where we can entertain, read and take naps amongst the birds and trees. I personally love napping outdoors. Music used to distract me, but now I find it helps settle my mind, so I love using my iPod during naps—jazz helps me relax. But hey, whatever works for you. The bottom line is that you get that rest. Many studies point to the benefits of taking short naps, yet few of us can find the time or have the flexibility in our work schedules to take them. After work or after school, regular naps are a great way to improve energy level, plus it may relieve(…)

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