Baby – Fitness – Health

Best Strollers for Travelling

September 20th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Best Strollers for Travelling)
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While your heavy duty stroller is great for daily use when you are walking in the park or doing shopping, it’s just too bulky to take traveling with you. When you go on holiday, you want a stroller that’s compact enough not to weigh you down. If you child likes to walk, you will want something that’s light and easy to store so that you can use it only when you need to. There are several strollers that really fit the bill.

The Backpack Stroller

This is a great idea! A lightweight stroller that folds up and fits in a backpack. This is the perfect stroller for the family on the move. Whether you are taking your stroller to pick up your child or on a trip, this 15lb easy-fold four wheel stroller fold up in two steps and fits neatly in a pack you can wear on your back. This stroller comes with a weather shield to protect your stroller from inclement weather and has a retractable hood. The aluminum frame is lightweight and strong.

Easy-fold Stroller Caddy

When you are traveling, its important to keep your essentials on hand. The handy caddy hangs from the back of your easy-fold stroller. The caddy is perfect for keeping all your diaper-change essentials while the inside has a handy pocket for your phone.

Quinny Moodd

This fabulous stroller is cute and chic. The Quinny moodd automatically unfolds and folds back down at the touch of a button. You can have the seat facing forward or back and it comes out for easy carry-cot functionality. It includes a shopping basket, a retractable sun canopy, a removable front bar and adapters for the Quinny Dreami Bassinet and Maxi-Cosi Infant Car Seats. This is the perfect stroller for babies.

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How to Stay Motivated on your Diet

September 15th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on How to Stay Motivated on your Diet)

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Dieting is tough and with the benefits so far off, it can be tough to stay strong. There are a number of tips and tricks you can use that will help you to stick to your diet and help keep you motivated.

Don’t just cut out the fun stuff: Most diets fail because essentially, they are just your regular diet with all the great snacks cut out. Instead of committing to cutting things out of your diet, commit to living a healthier lifestyle. This will not only help you to lose weight in the beginning, it will also help you to keep the pounds off in the long run. Start buying more fruits and veggies, find new recipes to enjoy and find snacks and desserts that are healthy and fun.

Set attainable goals: Every time you fail on your diet, you make it harder to lose weight the next time. Instead of setting yourself up for failure, set goals that are realistic and attainable. Don’t try to lose a gazillion pounds by next week Friday, instead focus on losing a couple of pounds a month in a healthy way that allows you to have some treats as you go along.

Get organized: Bad eating is often a consequence of poor organization. Skipping breakfast or finding yourself at the office with nothing to eat is a sure-fire way to poor food choices. When your blood sugar levels crash, you get so hungry that you start to crave foods high in sugar and carbs. Instead, plan your meals, always make sure you have healthy food in the house and leave yourself plenty of time for cooking. This will save you time, effort and money in the long-term while allowing you to shed the pounds.

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The Importance of Probiotics

September 10th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on The Importance of Probiotics)
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You’ve all seen the adverts, you know the ones where a lady eats yogurt to help keep her regular. If you haven’t thought about why or how yogurt would keep you regular, you should. Yogurt is one of the foods that contain natural probiotics. Probiotics are essential to proper digestion, nutrition and high energy levels.

If you are feeling bloated, cranky and tired, chances are your gut isn’t working properly. Probiotics are healthy bacteria that live in your intestines. They help to break down food so that the nutrients can be absorbed by your body. When you have high levels of probiotics, your energy levels are increased and your immune system is stronger.

Studies are still in the initial stages, but it is thought that healthy probiotic bacteria not only helps with digestion (and does keep you regular) but also reduces intestinal inflammation. Healthy bacteria prevent pathogens and so the chance of disease is reduced.

The risk of diarrhea, yeast infections and urinary tract infections is significantly lowered when you have a wealth of healthy probiotic bacteria.

When you take probiotics in the form of yogurt, kefir, yogurt drinks or supplements, you will improve your overall health and increase your energy levels.

Taking antibiotics will help you to combat infections and viruses, but it kills off all the bacteria in your system, both good and bad. This means that all your good probiotic bacteria will be lost too. This makes it especially important to top up on probiotics when you have completed a course of antibiotics.

You can find probiotic products in the dairy isle in your local store or go to your health food store to get a supplement and advice about probiotics.

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Using Pedometers to Get your Family Moving!

September 9th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Using Pedometers to Get your Family Moving!)

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Obesity is affecting 1 in 3 North American kids and, in an effort to increase activity levels, many parents and schools are giving out pedometers to measure the distance students cover in a day. Students who live sedentary lives manage between 1,000 – 3,000 steps a day. The ideal amount of walking needs to increase to 10, 000 steps a day in order for your kids to live long, healthy lives.

A sedentary lifestyle not only reduces a child’s life expectancy, it also reduces the quality of their lives significantly. Diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol and other health ailments will mean that they can’t enjoy life as much as they would like. Getting your kids to move is a great way to improve health, burn calories and improve quality of life.

Having pedometers helps you and your kids monitor their activity levels. They can run or walk each day while wearing their pedometers on their belts. Start by setting realistic goals. Measure how much they walk each day for a week and then work out an average for each day. Increase the amount they have to walk by 500 steps every two weeks. Offer rewards when weekly targets are met.

You can help your kids get active by getting moving yourself. Instead of driving everywhere, walk to the shops, visit a friend or take your dog for a walk. Visit the park with your kids, or the zoo or a museum where they have to walk more.

An active lifestyle starts with you, so be a good example and get your family moving. You will save money on medication and have the joy of seeing your family healthier, happier and slimmer!

Pedometers help kids to get a real sense of their progress. They have a tangible number they need to work towards in terms of the number of steps they have to walk in a day, week or month. Having rewards to work towards will help to keep them motivated and soon, walking and being active will becomes a way of life.

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The Healthiest Food in the World

September 3rd, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on The Healthiest Food in the World)
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Kale; this leafy green packs a health punch that you can’t believe! It’s really high in fibre and nutritional content, so it’s especially helpful for those who wish to reduce their cholesterol and improve their blood pressure. You can keep tabs of your blood pressure with a quality wrist blood pressure monitor from Healthcheck Systems.

Not only will kale help to reduce your cholesterol and stabilize your blood pressure, it is also known to reduce your risk of contracting certain cancers including bladder, breast, colon, ovary, and prostate cancer.

Kale contains a whopping 45 different flavonoids. Flavonoids work as both anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. These help to remove toxins from the body naturally.

One cup of kale only contains 36 calories, but it is packed with vitamins and minerals including 1327.6% of your daily intake of vitamin K, 354% of your require Vitamin A, 88% Vitamin C, 27% magnesium, 9.3% calcium, 69% Vitamin B and 4% of your daily phosphorous to mention a few.

Kale’s high fiber content will leave you feeling full for longer. You can enjoy kale in your soups and stews, as a steamed leafy green, chopped up raw in salads and sandwiches and part of a delicious coleslaw. Here is a recipe for a simple coleslaw that is delicious and nutritious.


1 bunch of kale finely chopped (remove center stalk to reduce bitterness)

3 tablespoons of finely chopped red onion

2 tsp. lemon juice

1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons of mayonnaise

2 carrots, grated


Mix ingredients together in a salad bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Kale Chips

If you buy kale in volume, make kale chips which make for a delicious, healthy snack. Lay kale out on a cookie sheet, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt. Bake at 420 for 10-15 minutes or until crispy.

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Vitamins Vital to Teeth and Gum Health

August 31st, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Vitamins Vital to Teeth and Gum Health)

Vitamins are vital to your health and well being. There are a list of vitamins that are directly linked to teeth and gum health. Making sure that you get your daily dose of these vital vitamins will help prevent tooth decays and gum disease. It is especially important for young children to get their daily dose of vitamins as they are growing their new teeth. Providing a balanced diet at a young age with stand them in good stead as they get older. Vitamins vital to healthy teeth and gums are vitamins A, C and D.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is produced in the body when it reacts with beta-carotene. Beta-carotene can be found in orange vegetables like sweet potatoes and carrots. Vitamin A can also be found in yellow fruits such as bananas and pineapples. Leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach and Swiss Chard are also rich in vitamin A. Low-fat dairy products, fatty fish and eggs are also great sources of vitamin A.

Vitamin C

Find vitamin C in citrus fruits, berries, red peppers, green peppers, broccoli, tomatoes and melons. Vitamin C helps your body to absorb iron and maintains healthy connective tissues. It helps the body to heal and as an anti-oxidant, it fights free radicals.

Vitamin D

20 minutes of exposure to the sun three times a week should be enough to ensure sufficient vitamin D intake. Vitamin D is created when your skin reacts to sunshine. If you live in a place where there is little sunshine in the winter months, consider taking a supplement to maintain the integrity of teeth and bone health.

Healthy teeth also need calcium, fluoride, phosphorous and magnesium. Of course, calcium is the most important of these minerals, so ensure that you get your daily dose.

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Botox at the Dentist?

August 30th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (1 Comments)

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You may not know this, but many Orthodontists have used Botox for uses other than those associated with wrinkles. Botox was first used in medical procedures designed to minimize twitching or spasms. Orthodontists use it to minimize grinding of teeth or dental problems like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

Many areas in the US and Canada have approved dental specialists for cosmetic procedures. Here dentists and orthodontists can administer Botox injections to their clients. You already know and trust your dentist and they have both the expertise and facilities to administer Botox safely.

“As a dentist, I’m very well-trained in the musculature and anatomy of the face and I feel no other doctor can give an injection better than a qualified and experienced dentist,” says Minneapolis dentist Dr. Michael Skadron.

It’s not just Botox that many dentists are offering their patients; they can also take courses in other cosmetic dermal fillers.

Having a cosmetic and dental treatment every six months helps save time and money. Says mother of three Jenny Lewis of Vancouver BC where dentists are authorized to perform Botox procedures; “I go for my cleaning and checkup every six months anyway and it’s really convenient for me to have my Botox done at the same time. I know that my dentist is professional and hygienic and I have no idea which health spas are reputable. This saves me time and is so convenient. I already feel comfortable with my dentist, so I am grateful that he has decided to add this valuable service to his repertoire.”

Jenny is among a growing number of men and women who are enjoying the diversification in dentistry.

If you decide to get botox treatment, make sure its safe, secure and healthy.

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How to Lose your Baby Weight

August 28th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on How to Lose your Baby Weight)
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Every new mother wants to get back in shape after their baby has arrived, but post baby weight loss must be done in a safe, healthy way. If you are breastfeeding, you want to make sure that you and your baby are getting all the vitamins and minerals you need. Opt for a weight loss program that lets you lose weight slowly so that you can keep it off. Here are some tips from the pros on how to get back into shape the healthy way.

Don’t diet too soon

After the pregnancy and delivery, your body needs time to recuperate. This means that you shouldn’t even think of dieting until at least six weeks after your baby has been born. If you are nursing, you will want to wait until your baby is at least two months old before thinking of reducing your calorie intake.

Dieting too soon will delay your recovery and may result in fatigue. You may also compromise your milk supply if you drastically reduce your calorie intake. Instead, eat regular healthy meals and you may be surprised at how much weight you lose naturally.

A new baby and tons of things to do make it difficult to find time to prepare yourself healthy meals. Skipping meals slows down your metabolism and encourages your body to store fat. Eat regularly and always plan ahead. Try making larger meals when you do cook so that you can pack extra food into containers in the freezer for the rest of the week. Try to eat at least three healthy meals a day to keep your energy levels up and your metabolism running.

Get moving

Its really difficult to find the time to work out when you have a newborn. That’s why you need to work exercise into your daily routine. Take baby for long walks or jogs in the park. You can both use a little fresh air and moving more will help you to reduce stress and lose some weight.

The important thing to remember is that slow, steady weight loss is the healthy way to get back to your pre-baby weight. You also need to remember that having a baby will change your body, so your expectations should be realistic.

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Make your own sprouts in a jar!

August 23rd, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on Make your own sprouts in a jar!)

While lentils, buts, beans and grains are already super healthy for you, you can make them even healthier by sprouting them. When these foods are sprouted, the proteins they contain are activated and nutritional value released.

When foods are sprouted, they can contain up to 100 times more enzymes. Enzymes help your organs to perform their functions and they help you to get the nutritional value from your food.

Sprouting carries with it so many benefits for the body. You get more fiber from sprouts and sprouting can increase the vitamin content 20 times!

When you sprout your grains, buts and beans, you increase the vitamin B2 by 515 percent, the niacin by 256 percent and the vitamin B1 by 285 percent.

Sprouts are inexpensive and you can make them in only 48 hours for a constant supply of fresh, healthy vitamin-rich superfoods.

Making your own sprouts couldn’t be simpler. Here is an easy DIY step-by-step guide from

Cut a small piece of fabric (preferably cotton) to cover the top of a Mason jar.

Place 1/3 cup lentils, beans, nuts or grains into your Mason jar. Add 2 cups of water. Place the piece of fabric over the mouth of the jar and secure with the ring part of the lid.

Leave the sprouts for 24 hours.

Turn the jar upside down to get the water out. Rinse the sprouts and drain the water.

Rinse the sprouts every 12 hours. In 48 hours you will have a jar full of fresh, crunchy delicious sprouts.

Sprouts are great as part of a healthy diet. If you want to lose weight, eating sprouts will help you to feel full (thanks to the fiber) while providing you with tons of nutritional value.

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How to Weigh Yourself Correctly

August 19th, 2013 | Posted by nikki in Blog - (Comments Off on How to Weigh Yourself Correctly)

This does seem simple right? You just jump on the bathroom scale and be done with it. But anyone who actually does weigh themselves regularly will tell you that there are disturbingly disparate readings depending on when and how you weigh yourself. You can get better results by following a few basic tenants.

Buy a good scale

Seriously! If you buy a scale that costs less than a fast food meal, you’re going to get very poor results. Spend a little on buying a great quality scale like those from Healthcheck Systems and you will be so glad that you did. Not only will they give you the most spot on results, but a good quality scale will last you for decades.

Weigh yourself at the same time

Of course your weight is lowest first thing in the morning. Make sure you have been to the bathroom before you weight yourself. Your weight is lowest in the morning as you are dehydrated from sweating and breathing overnight.

Weigh yourself correctly

Remove your shoes and any other unnecessary accessories and clothing and stand squarely on the scale. Standing on one side of the scale or placing your feet unevenly on the scale will give you an inaccurate result. Place the scale on an even, hard surface like tile or hardwood floors. Do not place the scale on a carpet.

Calibrate your scale at least four times a year. Follow the instruction manual to do this, but it’s usually just a case of holding down a button or two. Heat and other factors can cause your scale to slowly lose accuracy and regular calibration can help to keep it accurate.

Weigh yourself at the same time once or twice a week to monitor your training or weight-loss progress.

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