A Day Without Added Sugar. Is it Possible?
Diabetes / Meal Planning / Sugar / Weight Loss

A Day Without Added Sugar. Is it Possible?

Added sugars, they’re everywhere! From yogurt to crackers to salad dressings to snack foods. These days you would be hard pressed to find even a bread without sugar added. Let’s face it, sugar is tasty and keeps you coming back for more (literally, your brain will crave more – research has shown it can be as … Continue reading

GRG Explains: Flexitariaism
Diabetes / GRG Explains / Healthy Eating Tips / Meatless Monday

GRG Explains: Flexitariaism

Ever think about goin’ the vegetarianism route but aren’t quite ready to give up your Sunday brunch bacon blitz? Then the Flexitarian Diet may be for you! The word “flexitarian” is a marriage of two words: flexible and vegetarian. Essentially, the term refers to someone who eats mostly a plant-based diet but occasionally chows down on some meat. One … Continue reading

Meatless Monday Recipe: Summer Minestrone Soup
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Meatless Monday Recipe: Summer Minestrone Soup

Welcome to our Meatless Monday feature post series, highlighting the lovely season of summer! These days, a multitude of local and fresh fruits and veggies abound. What better way to celebrate summer’s oh-so-short sweetness than a soup recipe that combines many of the seasons offerings. A long ingredient list yes, this soup is non-fussy to … Continue reading

GRG Product Review: Xyla Sugar Free Candies
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GRG Product Review: Xyla Sugar Free Candies

An interesting product came to us recently: Xyla Candies and Gum. Xlya products are sugar free and are made from xylitol which is a sugar alcohol. Sugar alcohols do not contain alcohol but are actually sweeteners. Xylitol is the sweetener of choice in European countries and it’s only starting to gain popularity in North America. … Continue reading

GetReal: Walnuts Linked to Risk Reduction of Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes / Fats / Health Conditions / New Research / Nutrients

GetReal: Walnuts Linked to Risk Reduction of Type 2 Diabetes

Here’s a neat study that came out recently: Researchers at the Harvard School or Public Health found that eating walnuts 2-3 times per week was associated with a 24% reduction in the development of type 2 diabetes. The authors of the study looked at over 135,000 people and found, after controlling for other lifestyle factors, … Continue reading

GetReal Alert: Stevia Approved for use in Foods
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GetReal Alert: Stevia Approved for use in Foods

Get ready Canada for an explosion of new products on the shelves! Health Canada has recently approved the use of stevia in foods. See their statement below: “Health Canada has approved stevia for use in foods and beverages, a move that extends its use beyond just the natural health products category. Prior to this announcement, stevia … Continue reading

GetReal Get Healthy Week 11: Fibre-rific!
Diabetes / Diet / Fibre / Healthy Eating Tips / Heart Health / Weight Loss

GetReal Get Healthy Week 11: Fibre-rific!

This week’s Get Healthy Challenge is all about roughage. A diet high in roughage, aka FIBRE, is oh so important! The benefits of fibre are plentiful: – Keeps your gastrointestinal system healthy (think of it as exercise for your colon) – You feel fuller longer, helping with weight loss and maintenance – Prevents cancers like colon cancer – Lowers cholesterol … Continue reading

The Unhappy Truth About Soda: The (Get) Real Bears
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The Unhappy Truth About Soda: The (Get) Real Bears

Check out “The Real Bears” as they reveal the unhappy truth about soda in this pretty darn awesome video. “It wasn’t so bad when soft drinks were the occasional treat. But now sugary drinks are the number one source of calories in the American diet.” “With one third of America overweight and another third obese, … Continue reading

GetReal Quick Food Review: Tim Hortons Frozen Lemonade
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GetReal Quick Food Review: Tim Hortons Frozen Lemonade

Looking to chill out with a slushie, cold bevvie? You’ve seen the commercials for them so let’s see what the deal is with Tim’s latest concoction: Frozen Lemonade.  Well, as usual, it depends on the size you order: A small frozen lemonade has 110 calories and 27 grams of carbs (26 of those grams come … Continue reading

Get the Real Deal on Magnesium
Diabetes / Healthy Eating Tips / Vitamins and Minerals

Get the Real Deal on Magnesium

What is it? Magnesium is an important mineral that your body uses in over 300 systems within your body, including insulin production and protein synthesis. It is also an important part of maintaining healthy bones and nerves, which is why low magnesium can lead to osteoporosis and has been linked to stroke. Magnesium deficiency can … Continue reading

GRG Food Find: Syrup
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GRG Food Find: Syrup

Got the breakfast blah’s? Bored of the usual cereal for breakfast or toast with peanut butter? Good news- you can enjoy whole grain waffles, pancakes and crumpets (they do exists!) without breaking the calorie bank with E.D. Smith’s No Sugar Added Syrup. It’s delicious (trust me- I’ve tried it) and it only has 30 calories … Continue reading

Get Real: Carb phobia is over. Phew.
Carbohydrates / Diabetes / Diet / Meal Planning

Get Real: Carb phobia is over. Phew.

It’s safe to say the “no carb/low carb” is behind us now. However, some  people still don’t eat enough healthy carbohydrates to give them enough  energy to workout properly, to last the whole day, or to generally keep  them from chowing down on that freezer full of holiday baking. (“It’s  for the cookie exchange/grandkids/company!” Yah. … Continue reading