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Power Up - Lemons

Power Up: Lemons

When life gives you lemons, don’t just make lemonade — eat them whole and fresh. Lemons are acidic to the taste, but are alkaline-forming in the body. In fact they are one of the most alkaline-forming foods, which makes them great for balancing a highly acidic condition in the body. There are many health benefits […]

Power Up - Brisling Sardines

Power Up: Brisling Sardines

Before you turn away in disgust, hear me out. There are nearly a dozen types of fish that are packaged and sold as sardines; some grow to be 10 inches long. Needless to say, some of them are just gross. All sardines are not made equal. Brisling sardines, however, are not only tasty, but they […]

Power Up - Dark Chocolate

Power Up: Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is a nutritional blessing in the disguise of a sugary bar of cocoa goodness. If you fear the dark side, don’t worry, you can ease your way in from those handfuls of M&Ms to the 85% cocoa content recommended by nutritionists with the wide range of chocolate types available. Dark chocolate (at least […]

Power Up - Brassicas

Power Up: Brassicas

How often do we buy fresh produce with the best of intentions only to have it spoil before we have the chance to use it? Brassica root varieties such as cabbages, kohlrabi, radishes, daikon, turnips and rutabagas will not only last through our tough Canadian winters — they will also last in your refrigerator. Imagine, […]

How to Practice Meditation at Work

How to Practice Meditation at Work

Most of us spend a sizable chunk of our waking hours at work. Many of us don’t even enjoy the work we are engaged in day after day, or see it as a means to bankroll our free time. But with the right view — one based in becoming more awake to your everyday life, […]

Work-Life Balance is Just as Hard for Dads

Work-Life Balance is Just as Hard for Dads

Over the past 40 years, there has been a steady increase in the number of women participating in the workforce in North America. In response to the demographic change, work-life balance has typically been viewed through a female lens. But Cameron Phillips, founder and president of Bettermen Solutions, firmly believes that companies must consider fathers […]

Is Work-Life Balance Dead?

Is Work-Life Balance Dead?

Sometimes it can seem like the stress of trying to achieve work-life balance is hardly worth the effort. Who has time for work-life balance? Not to mention it inherently implies a compromise, and like most compromises (a radio station everyone can agree on in the car, your kid eating at least one vegetable) it rarely […]

Books to Help You Help Others

Books to Help You Help Others

No matter where you work or what you do, one thing is inevitable: you will have to deal with other people. Some people can be a source of agony, while others can be a source of delight — employees often stay at a company because they love to work with great colleagues. One thing is […]

5 Health Tips to Banish Stress

5 Health Tips to Banish Stress

Whether young or old, rich or poor, we all experience stress at some point. And while a certain amount of stress is necessary to keep us motivated, excessive stress can reduce concentration, cause fatigue, increase muscle tension, lead to gastrointestinal issues and destroy the immune system, among other ailments. In the work world, where employees […]

A New Holistic Approach to Wellness

A New Holistic Approach to Wellness

Three years ago I wrote a column poking fun at corporate wellness programs. I saw them as well-intentioned but poorly executed, with low participation rates and indifferent results. It didn’t seem to matter whether companies invested thousands in state-of-the-art gyms with gleaming equipment and enthusiastic on-site fitness trainers, or whether unused storerooms were equipped with […]

Healing the Toxic Culture in Healthcare

Healing the Toxic Culture in Healthcare

The health-care sector, which employs about one in 10 Canadians, is among the most overburdened in Canada. It is a prime breeding ground for a toxic work atmosphere. Enter Sandra Harris, a Toronto “go to” person for stressed-out hospital and health-care workers seeking thriving, efficient work cultures. Harris has spent the last 13 years helping […]

12 Nutritional Tips and Healthy Foods to Share for the Holidays

12 Nutritional Tips and Healthy Foods to Share for the Holidays

When I think of an approaching holiday — and there are many holidays to celebrate — there are a couple of cardinal rules that I follow, with the first two being the most important: 1. Eat First I always go to an event, party or gathering having eaten something nourishing beforehand—a mini-meal if you like. […]