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How To Stay Fit Like The French (without even trying)

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I was in France this summer and it’s something I notice every time I’m there: the slimness of the French people. It’s really quite incredible. By now, I suspect we’re all familiar with the French Paradox. It’s the fact that the traditional French diet is filled with goodies we North Americans tend to view as […]

Diet & Nutrition

How To Have A Healthy Christmas

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There’s nothing quite like illness to wreck your holidays, am I right? Give yourself the gift of health this year. Here are my thoughts on how to stay healthy this holiday season: Avoid colds & the flu. Seems like everyone is sniffling, sneezing, or coughing. Viruses are a fact of life in the winter, but does […]

Exercise

One Simple Trick To Boost Your Activity Level

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Squeezing exercise into a busy life is challenging. I know. Trust me. So, I’m always on the lookout for easy ways to boost activity. Here’s one: clip on a pedometer. A recent study in New Zealand showed that making this one little change–just the simple act of wearing a pedometer–almost doubled walking rates in the 300+ subjects they […]

Diet & Nutrition

Passport to Health: Part Deux

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In my first post on this topic, Passport to Slim: Weight Loss Secrets from Around the World, I talked about how (and why) other countries kick our butts all over the place in terms of staying trim & healthy. But there’s no need to despair–we can (shamelessly) steal those ideas, and use them for our own […]

Exercise

The Conversion of a Non-Runner

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I was not what you would call “a runner”. It’s not that I hadn’t tried. At various points in my life (usually after a spell of too much lasagne/baked-brie-with-cranberries/caramel macchiatos…), I tried running. But it was always like banging my head against a brick wall–it only felt good when it stopped. I would always give up after […]

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How To Improve Your Posture

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Most of us (me included) don’t have great posture. We slump in our chairs, we hunch over smartphones, we don’t stand as straight as we should. And it’s a problem that’s not going to get better anytime soon. Computers, iPhones, sedentary desk jobs…they all conspire to keep us slouching through our day. And here are some of […]

Exercise

Healthy Mommy: Neglect The Housework…For Your Health.

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Finding the time to achieve a healthy lifestyle is challenging. Big-time. Exercise takes time, preparing healthy meals takes time, getting sufficient sleep takes time. But there are only so many hours in the day, right? To that end, I’ve got a suggestion that may help: scale back on housework. On my blog on Yummy Mummy Club I posted […]