Host the Perfect Healthy  (Diabetes-Friendly) New Year’s Day Brunch Party!

–By Howard Rosenthal

Most people vow to adopt healthier habits in the new year. For many that includes eating a healthier diet. Even if you rang in the new year with too much champagne and celebration, you can turn over a new leaf starting on day one of 2019. But why do it all alone? Instead, call up your friends and host a healthy New Year’s Day brunch party to start the year off right.

Because everyone you know is likely planning to improve their diet right around this time, you’ll have no shortage of guests. With your help, your friends can head into 2019 with a fun, delicious, and healthy feast.

Keep in mind that diet is one of the biggest factors that affects our health. With 30 million Americans suffering from diabetes, it’s crucial to start choosing foods that promote wellness without sacrificing the flavor.

Ready to start planning your healthy New Year’s Day bruncheon? Here are some tips to get you started.

Set the mood with a fun playlist. Turn on some music you love to create a relaxed and inviting atmosphere that won’t overpower the conversation. Some good options include jazz, blues, or folk music.

Choose a simple and festive centerpiece. Save your sanity by keeping the décor minimal. Continue reading “Host the Perfect Healthy  (Diabetes-Friendly) New Year’s Day Brunch Party!”

Toronto is ready for beach season!

Nine Toronto beaches will open on Saturday

Nine of Toronto’s swimming beaches will officially open to the public on Saturday, June 2. Lifeguards will be on duty at these beaches, which will remain open until Labour Day. Open swimming beaches are supervised from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

“City of Toronto beaches are great places to relax, escape the heat and get active,” said Mayor John Tory. “I encourage residents to take advantage of the opportunity to go outdoors and cool off this weekend.”

“Swimming and watersports are a great way to get active and be healthy,” said Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32 Beaches-East York), Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee. “Toronto beaches are a favourite destination for families in the summertime and I encourage everyone to come out and cool down!”

Toronto boasts some of the best swimming beaches around. Eight of Toronto’s 11 beaches have been awarded Blue Flag certification, meeting high standards for water quality, environmental management and education, safety and services. These beaches are perfect for taking a swim during the hot summer months. Continue reading “Toronto is ready for beach season!”

HEALTHY AND HAPPY; CHOICE NOT CHORE

Every single individual on this planet wants to be happy. Right? Absolutely! There’s no exception! Being happy and wanting to be happy are two different things! Right? Absolutely!

Similarly we all pray for good health. Physically, mentally and emotionally. Maintaining good health and making the most of what we are blessed with is a choice not a chance! It is a decision, an action that brings results. This requires motivation- internal and external. Internal motivation is knowledge, understanding that taking care of our health by regular exercise and diet is crucial to being happy. With the way we feel and look!

Exercise reduces risk of cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes, colon cancer etc. and increases our energy levels. Our anxiety levels are lowered, self-confidence is higher which enhances the overall mood. We all know the benefits of fitness and staying fit. However, many of us find it difficult to spare time for ourselves (which in turn, is for those around us!) to exercise regularly. We come up with excuses for not being motivated enough to schedule a workout routine in our daily activities.

Gyms or fitness centres offer a lot of choices and you can opt for anything that you enjoy the most. Swimming, dancing, yoga, hiking, playing a sport – choose your favourite, so it doesn’t feel like a chore! Have fun with it, make it convenient. If there’s not enough time to drive to the gym, do it in the comfort of your home.

Set a clear goal and once you accomplish that, reward yourself. Not treating yourself to ice-cream or a bar of chocolate! Maybe a movie or new exercise outfit. Stay consistent and persistent. Knowing what makes you tick and combining that with intention and action can achieve supreme results. Continue reading “HEALTHY AND HAPPY; CHOICE NOT CHORE”