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March 21, 2017

I personally think that the best part of living in Canada is that I get to enjoy so many different ethnic foods: Korean, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican… all sorts of delicious culture foods. As some of you may also enjoy these ethnic foods like I do, have you ever concern if they are really healthy for you?

All of us may have our own preference when it comes to making food choices, depending on different family background, eating habits, or health expectations. One thing that I believe is crucial when choosing our food is that we should be able to enjoy what we eat! Imaging having to eat the healthiest food that you hate every single day, is there anything that can make your days more unexciting?

Luckily, choosing the ethnic foods we love isn’t that much of a big deal when it comes to health. In fact, different traditional diets can provide different nutritional value. The key here is that you consume a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, and moderate consumption o...

6 pieces salmon fillets with skin on, each weighing about 6 ounces

Salmon Marinade

2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1½ pounds snap peas

Mint Dressing

3 tablespoons fruity extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons lemon juice, or to taste

4 to 5 tablespoons chopped mint

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons virgin olive oil

Make the marinade: Mix the ginger, soy sauce, and balsamic vinegar in a small bowl. Put the salmon in a deep dish. Pour in the marinade and toss lightly to coat. Let the salmon sit at room temperature while cooking the snap peas.

Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a saucepan and add the snap peas. Cook for 2 minutes, or until they are crisp tender. Drain in a colander and refresh in cold water. Drain again and blot dry on paper towels.

Whisk the mint dressing ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Add the snap peas and toss lightly to coat. Taste for seasoning, adjusting if necessary.

Heat...

July 3, 2016

The human body is about 60-70 percent water. It is such an important substance that one would die within 3 days without drinking water. While water plays countless functions in the body, some of the essential roles include helping food digestion, carrying nutrients, removing waste, acting as cushion for organs and maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance. Many people already know that eating adequate dietary fiber will help prevent constipation but it will not work without having enough water. Adequate hydration keeps things flowing along the digestive tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon absorbs water from stools to maintain hydration and the result is constipation.

           

The amount of water needed by each person on a daily basis depends on the age, sex, and activity level. Also, hot and humid weather will increase one’s needs. Generally it is recommended that men 19 years old and over should...

June 7, 2016

First, weight can fluctuate over the course of a 24-48 hour period. Your weight will be different depending on what you ate, how much water you drank, the amount of sodium in your food, what kind of clothing you wear, and what time of the day you weigh yourself. A healthy weight loss goal would be 1-2 pounds a week or 3 pounds if you’re on the heavier side. Your successful weight loss could be hidden by any number of circumstances that falsify the statistics. Therefore the display on your scale is just a number, and it can be wildly inaccurate over a short period of time. (Steve Kamb, 2016)

 

Second, your weight does not tell the whole story. You probably have heard that muscle weighs more than fat and that’s true. Someone could lose about 30 pounds in 3 month with losing about the same amount of fat and muscle or could lose about 15 pounds with majority of the weight lost from fat. If you only compare the scales, you may think 30 ponds is more successful than 15 ponds. However, when you...

June 7, 2016

Being able to read and understand the Nutrition Facts Table on food packages will help you make smart purchasing choices. You can use Nutrition Facts Table to compare products more easily, find out the nutritional value of foods, better manage special diets such as one that is low in sodium and increase or decrease your intake of a particular nutrient. The Nutrition Facts Table gives you the amount of calories and 13 nutrients per specified serving size. The 13 nutrients are, Fat, Saturated fat, Trans fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Sugars, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Iron. (“Decoding the”, 2016)

Reading the Nutrition Facts Table can be as easy as following these four simple steps. Step one is to look at the serving size. First look at the serving size on the package and compare to the amount that you eat. If you eat more than the serving size shown on the Nutrition Facts Table you need to multiply the amount of calories and nutrients given to how many tim...

June 7, 2016

The best way to glow one’s skin is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin C, E and A. The function of antioxidants is to prevent the harmful effects of unstable molecules in the body known as free radicals. These molecules can harm skin cells and cause signs of aging. Eating wide variety of fruits and vegetables is the key of getting adequate antioxidants. (“Skin and body,” 2016)

 

Another way to help glow one’s skin is to eat foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids like wild salmon, sardines, fortified eggs, and walnuts. Omega-3 fatty acids will help keep the outer layer of the skin strong and intact so that toxins from external sources and pollutants are kept out. (“Skin and body,” 2016)

 

Other factors such as eating healthy diet, avoid smoking, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly and drinking enough water are all important for healthy looking skin. (‘Skin and body,” 2016)

 

 

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