Seven Sneaky Exercises for People Who Hate the Gym

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Hate the gym?

If you’re anything like me, the idea of going to a gym crowded with fitness fanatics is enough to make you break out in a cold sweat rather than a healthy, exercise induced glow. So, if gyms aren’t your thing, or if you face barriers in terms of mobility, finance, comfort and safety, what else can you do to stay active and healthy? One of the best ways to stay active without actively thinking about exercise is to build physical work into your daily routine. To do that, here are seven sneaky exercises for people who hate the gym.

  1. Garden!

Now the sun is out and spring is here, this is the perfect time to dig over flower beds, pull up weeds, and do a dash of hoeing. Year-round, there’s always garden and yard work to do, be it pruning, planting, or raking up leaves. An hour in the garden can get the heart rate up and help keep you limber, and all while you synthesise some vitamin D and commune with nature.

  1. Take the Stairs

If you live in an apartment building, work in a high-rise office, take subways or otherwise encounter the choice between stairs, elevators and escalators, take the time to take the stairs. You’ll likely get to your front door just as quickly, and you’ll be supporting your health and the environment at the same time.

  1. Walk a Dog

If you have the time, love, and inclination to give a forever home to a dog in need, head on over to the local shelter and adopt. You and your new best friend will soon be exploring the neighbourhood on long walks that, if they’re anything like my walks with my pup, are a little like interval training (run, stop, sniff the fire hydrant, run again!). Can’t commit to a new family member for the rest of their life? Sign up as a volunteer dog-walker at the local shelter instead, or offer to take a friend’s dog for a walk.

  1. Wrestle the Kids!

Most kids are bundles of energy, so combine family time with exercise by play-wrestling, having a game of chase, playing an interactive video game, or having an impromptu kitchen dance party. You’ll be improving your fitness, strengthening those laughter muscles, and teaching your kids that exercise can be fun!

  1. Volunteer

Finding time to exercise can sometimes feel like it necessitates a choice between charitable work and personal fitness goals. Combine the two by volunteering with a local organisation that help kids and adults with mobility barriers to engage in physical activity. There’s probably a club near you that needs people to help take kids to swimming lessons, on nature walks, or to interpretative dance classes. Or, see if a local seniors’ home or community centre needs people to help with activities or manual labour, such as grounds-keeping.

  1. Get a Standing Desk

Office workers tend to spend around 75% of their day sitting, Fortunately, research shows that people who switch between a standing and sitting workspace can actually increase productivity and concentration, as well as improve their overall health and wellbeing. In one study, people who spent a week switching every half hour between working standing up and sitting down (using an adjustable workstation) felt less tired, compared to people who sat down all day at work.

  1. Sexercise!

The last suggestion in this list of seven sneaky exercises is the one you’re probably going to like the most: sex. Regular sex can help you and your relationship(s) stay in shape, depending on what you and your partner(s) get up to. In an article published in the open access journal PLoS One in 2013, Julie Frappier and colleagues reported on their study looking at energy expenditure during sexual activity in young healthy, heterosexual couples in Montreal. They found that, on average, men expended 4.2 kcal/min (an average of 101 kCal per sex session), while women expended 3.1 kCal/min (69.1 kCal in total). The researchers concluded that sex could be considered, in some cases, to be a moderate form of exercise equivalent to about a 25-30 minute workout. Anyone keen to make the most of their bedroom workout might consider incorporating planks, bridge, pull-ups, and a little zumba music. See, exercise needn’t be a dull, solitary activity!   References Frappier, J., Toupin, I., Levy, J.J., Aubertin-Leheudre, M., Karelis, A.D. (2013). Energy Expenditure during Sexual Activity in Young Healthy Couples. PLoS ONE 8(10): e79342.

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Recipe: Make a Healthy Sundae!

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A healthy sundae recipe?

There’s nothing like the sweeter things in life. A piece of rich dark chocolate can remind you why life is worth living, and there’s no better way to conjure summer than in a slice of pie. But dessert is best served without a side of guilt – and we see no reason why a little indulgence should get in the way of your healthy lifestyle (and vice versa!). In fact, constantly depriving yourself of treats can actually make you more likely to abandon your diet or binge eat. Believe it or not, it’s possible to have your cake and eat it, too, with some simple food swaps.

Try these 6 healthy takes on the classic ice cream sundae:

Base – Sundaes are built around ice cream. Try swapping it out for coconut ice cream, frozen yogurt, homemade banana ice cream, or something else entirely. What I love to do: slice a pear in half, remove the core, poach it for 15 minutes, then sandwich a square of dark chocolate between the two halves to melt. Top with a small scoop of ice cream (or not) for a healthy treat so rich and indulgent your taste buds will do a double take.

Fruit – From raspberries to golden berries, there’s an antioxidant-rich superfood out there for your sundae. Add dried fruit for a concentrated burst of flavor or make your own fruit sauce with no added sugar for a simple superfood sundae.

Sprinkles – Nuts and seeds will add substance, protein, and a wonderful crunch to your dessert. Mix and match your favorite raw nuts with other toppings – think pecans with fresh cherries, or hazelnuts with roasted peaches. Pretty soon you’ll have forgotten that ice cream was ever a part of the occasion (kidding – we all know that’s impossible!). We also love adding coconut curls and cacao nibs for a superfood crunch.

Extras – This might not sound like the tastiest tip, but topping your sundae with a little chia, hempseed, or PGX granules will it out by adding fibre, which in turn will help your body handle the extra sugar and even help you feel full sooner. To take this from good advice to irresistible addition, toss flaxseeds in a drizzle of maple syrup and dehydrate on low temperature. Whole flaxseeds give you fibre – grind them to unlock even more nutrients.

Spices – A hint of vanilla bean, some fragrant all spice, or a dash of cinnamon – spices are great ways to add flavor without adding calories. Cinnamon especially is known for its ability to regulate blood sugar levels already within the normal range, so it’s a great addition to any sweet treat.*

Sauces – Let’s face it, when it comes to sundaes, ice cream is just a (delicious) vehicle for chocolate sauce and caramel. Look for healthy versions of these decadent toppings – like cacao nibs, or melted high quality organic dark chocolate. You can do amazing things with dates – like make your own caramel or fudge sauce.

Healthy Caramel Sauce

½ cup dates ½ cup almond, cashew, or coconut milk (or regular milk) ¼ tsp vanilla extract pinch of salt 1 ½ tbsp. cocoa powder (for fudge sauce)   Blend equal parts dates and milk of choice (for this recipe, ½ cup of each, but you can easily adjust to make more or less – this is a very forgiving recipe) with vanilla extract and pinch of salt. Transfer to a saucepan and heat on low for 5-10 minutes, until it reduces to half the original volume (about ½ a cup). If you’re going for straight caramel sauce, you’re ready to go. If it’s fudge sauce you’re looking for, stir in cocoa powder. Serving suggestion: Drizzle warm over ice cream, fresh fruit, oatmeal, or yogurt and top with chopped nuts. Looking for a healthy precursor to your sundae? Explore the PGX recipe page for yummy options to suit any time of day.

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Refresh your workout by trying something new

 

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No matter what your fitness level is, you can always benefit from changing-up your workout routine. On top of providing a refreshing change, trying a new form of exercise can help you:

 

Improve fitness: Just like cross-training, doing something different will help build up new muscle groups. This will make you a stronger, more powerful athlete. If you’re an avid runner, try a weekly yoga class to further strengthen your core and improve flexibility.

 

Prevent injuries: A repetitive workout regime can lead to injury by overworking the same muscles or putting repetitive stress on joints. Trying a new activity can help reduce stress injuries and even out muscle imbalances for extra physical support.[1] If your go-to sport is cycling, why not try boxing to enhance upper body strength?

 

Feel more motivated: Trying a new activity is stimulating! It can take you to a fresh new environment and introduce you to new people. When going to the gym loses its luster, join an ultimate Frisbee league or other sports team for social motivation.

 

Boost weight loss: The more repetitive your workout is, the more efficient your body gets at doing it. Trying something new stimulates your muscles and uses more energy (a.k.a burns more calories!).[2] If you no longer break a sweat at aerobics class, switch-it-up with a hula-hooping class.

 

After all, variety is the spice of life! Tell us your workout tips in the comments section bellow.

[1] Batalha, N. et al. “Does a Water-Training Macrocycle Really Create Imbalances in Swimmers’ Shoulder Rotator Muscles?” European Journal of Sports Science April 23 (2014): 1-6. Web. 17 January 2015.

[2] Stewart, Brett and Jason Warner. Functional Cross Training. Berkeley: Ulysses Press, 2014. Print.

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5 Healthy Ways to Lose Weight Over Winter

5 Ways to Lose Weight from PGX If the winter marks the time of year where you’re more likely to stay indoors and drink hot chocolate by the fire rather than exercise, it might be time to learn to love snowshoeing, overhaul your diet, and borrow a dog. Read on for 5 healthy ways to lose weight over winter.

1. Make Exercise Fun!

Many of us find it difficult to exercise for exercise’s sake, meaning that over the cooler months we pack on the pounds, lose some of our fitness, and feel more sluggish and unhealthy.

Rather than concentrating on what the weighing scale says, focus on having fun and staying active and soon you’ll stop seeing your skis as a guilt-trip and start seeing them as your passport to fun! All it takes is a little change of mindset, so to avoid unhealthy weight gain and stay healthy and fit over winter, how about:

  • Exercising to socialize! Start a snowshoeing or cross-country skiing club with friends old and new!
  • Finding out of the way hot-springs that you have to hike into – the perfect reward for your efforts!
  • Getting the right equipment – if you have gear that’s a pain to use, you won’t use it, so invest in your success!
  • Signing up as a volunteer dog-walker at your local shelter – or taking your friends’ pups on hikes if you can’t commit full-time to an animal companion
  • Checking out your local community center for badminton, tennis, squash, swimming or indoor volleyball opportunities – you’ll be in great shape for beach volleyball!

Of course, it’s not all about exercise, especially as it can be tempting to indulge in warming comfort foods in winter. Pies, puddings, and other hearty fare typically contain an excess of calories from simple carbohydrates and fats and, added to the excess alcohol and treats that you’re likely to consume over the festive period, this can see you starting out the new year with a few more pounds than you might like.

2. Try Plant Proteins

One great way to stay in shape over winter is to try plant proteins. Vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, legumes and seeds are all great sources of protein and, unlike meat and dairy, plant proteins are accompanied by fibre, phytonutrients and healthy fats, in addition to essential vitamins and minerals.

Some great choices include:

  • Quinoa – 8g of protein per cup, excellent added to salads and baked goods
  • Buckwheat – 6g of protein per cup, a great substitute for regular flour
  • Hempseed – 10g of protein per 2 tbsps, great for salads, yoghurts, cookies, and smoothies
  • Chia seed – 4g of protein per 2 tbsps, add to salads, smoothies and desserts
  • Rice and beans – 7g of protein per cup
  • Spirulina – 4g of protein per tbsp, add to smoothies and energy bars

3. Know Your Nuts

Many weight-loss articles say to eat nuts as a health snack, but there are so many types of nut available and they can have wildly different calorie counts.

For example, 200 calories equals:

  • 8 walnuts
  • 10 macadamia nuts
  • 10 pecans
  • 22 cashews
  • 22 peanuts
  • 29 almonds
  • 62 pistachios

So, when you’re snacking on nuts, mix it up so you get a good intake of nutrients from a variety of nuts, but don’t go overboard on calories.

4. Substitute High Calorie for Low Calorie, Nutrient Dense Foods

Cutting calories can quickly lead to a cut in essential nutrients, so it pays to learn some handy substitutions that mean you’re still getting the vitamins and minerals you need but without the surplus energy.

Some great nutritious replacements to consider include:

  • Cacao nibs for chocolate chips
  • Chia seeds for butter in baking – 2-3 tbsps chia soaked in a cup of water for 15 mins can replace a cup of butter
  • Mashed banana (1 cup) for a cup of oil or butter
  • 1 cup pureed avocado for 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple sauce for 1 cup sugar (ideal for oatmeal cookies, just reduce the rest of the liquid by about a 1/4 cup)

5. Increase Fibre and Water Intake

Our wintertime food cravings are often the result of dehydration as many of us forget to drink enough water over the cooler months. Staying hydrated with herbal teas, mulled apple juice (in moderation), and warm water with lemon slices can help take the edge off hunger as well as help keep metabolism working nicely.

Along with drinking enough water, a good intake of fibre can also help combat food cravings. To help you feel full while cutting calories increase your fibre intake by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables, pulses, legumes, and whole grains. You can also add PGX to your morning oatmeal or cereal, as well as in soups and stews, or simply mix it with a glass of water or juice and you’ll get that same satisfied feeling of fullness but with significantly fewer calories.

*Remember to drink additional water (8 fl. oz.) after ingesting PGX. If you are taking medications, take one hour prior to or two hours after taking PGX.

 

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5 Cold Weather Exercise Tips

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As the hours of daylight drop in winter so can our enthusiasm for exercise, and even the most hardened runners and cyclists can have a tough time when the temperature plummets. Staying active in the cooler months helps to improve our energy levels and mood, though, so to help you stay safe and on the move here are 5 top tips for cold weather exercise.

  1. Layer Up!

You may be surrounding by people grumbling about the cold but once you start climbing that hill you’ll soon be working up a sweat. Layers aren’t just for the fashionable, they’re essential for exercising in the fall and winter as multiple layers means you can quickly cool down during a strenuous stretch and then seal in that heat by adding a layer of clothing as you barrel down the hill into an icy wind.

  1. Warm Up and Warm Down!

Your muscles will really complain if you go from a cold standstill to a demanding full out run. Make sure to do at least five minutes of stretching, increasing in intensity, before even thinking about tackling that hill on your bike or running around the seawall. Then, when you get home, make sure to stretch again as otherwise your muscles can cool down too quickly and cramp up.

  1. Get Reflective!

It’s always good to reflect on your actions, but that’s not what this tip is about. Make sure you are visible to drivers and other road users by sticking strategically placed reflective strips on your bike panniers, cycling clothes, running shoes, bike helmet, and even your backpack, especially if you tend to run at dawn or dusk as these are times when poor visibility and tired eyes increase the risk of accidents.

  1. Buddy Up!

Not only is it easier to rouse yourself from a warm and cosy bed when you know your running partner is waiting for you, it’s also a good idea to avoid running alone in the dark. Consider joining a running group for motivation and safety, or at least make sure someone knows your route and that you have a check-in buddy for the end of your run.

  1. Get a Grip!

Your summer cycling and running gear might not be best suited to exercising in winter, when roads and sidewalks can become slippery with frost and ice. Treat yourself to some shoes with a better grip, and check the tread on your bike tires to make sure you’re not liable to slip and slide.

These are just a few ways of staying safe and active when exercising in cold weather, but don’t forget that this is the perfect time of year to try out something new. Maybe you can switch your daily runs for indoor climbing. Perhaps it’s time to try out seasonal sports like cross-country skiing or snowboarding. Or, how about joining a snowshoeing group so you can see those hills and mountains in a whole new light?

What’s your favorite way to stay fit during winter months? Let us know in the comments below!

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Riding the Blood Sugar Roller Coaster

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Who among us hasn’t been tempted by the promise of easy weight loss? Claims of “fat that melts away” or “a magical change in metabolism” might sound like dreams come true, but that’s just what they are – dreams. If you’re struggling with weight loss and maintaining blood sugar balance, the allure of these empty promises is even stronger.

Reality – and weight loss – isn’t quite so simple.

Before you can shed those pounds, you have to get off the blood sugar roller coaster. Like the ride at your county fair, the blood sugar roller coaster is full of ups and downs – all day long. Racing from sugar high to major crash and back, this is one roller coaster you’re better off avoiding.

Even with the best intentions to eat well, how could you resist such cravings? Getting off the blood sugar roller coaster is key to curbing cravings that kill your weight loss goals.

These tips will help you stay on steady ground:

  • Reduce your portion sizes and calorie intake.
  • Think protein before carbs every time you eat.
  • Have a small snack – with protein – every 2-3 hours, all day long.
  • Eat three meals a day and include PGX with each of them.

PGX can help lower the glycemic index of foods and greatly assist you in managing hunger pangs*. Try it in a recipe or two and let us know if it crushes your cravings!

*Note: Drink additional water (8 fl. oz.) after ingesting PGX. If you are taking medications, take one hour prior to or two hours after taking PGX.

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What Are the Benefits of Protein Shakes After a Workout?

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I can tell you, without a doubt, that after cycling 139 miles (210km) in a day, a protein shake is a great idea. If you’re not cycling across Canada for charity though, are there really any benefits to including a protein shake in your daily regime? Can a protein shake after a workout help you build muscle, lose weight, or decrease muscle soreness? Could your choice of protein shake actually undo some of the good work you just put in at the gym?

Why You Need Protein

Protein is the main component of muscles, and is essential for the production of hormones, enzymes, immune system cells and even neurotransmitters. Protein is created by the body from amino acids and, although we can synthesize some of these amino acids, essential amino acids have to be acquired through the diet. Without adequate protein we would be in real trouble, and protein shakes are certainly convenient for use after a workout as they provide quick nutrition and hydration to help with muscle growth and repair.

Why Take Protein After a Workout?

Post-workout, too little protein can lead to muscle soreness and fatigue, rather than increased strength and stamina. Taking protein in the first 30 minutes or so after a workout can, however, help the body to begin quickly healing the micro-tears in the muscle, a process which makes muscles stronger over time. The amino acids in a protein shake tend to reach the bloodstream and then the muscles a lot faster than protein bound in food, which is just one reason why protein shakes have become so popular with athletes and gym-goers.

Can I Take Protein at Bedtime?

Protein shakes can also be helpful as a drink before bedtime as some of the amino acids in these drinks are thought to help increase natural levels of growth hormone and thereby help with healing and repair as we sleep, as well as helping to maintain healthy metabolism and bodyweight.

Protein Shakes for Weight Management

Drinking just any old protein shake isn’t going to help with weight loss. In order for that to happen, you need to be exercising those muscles, reducing overall calorie intake and avoiding simple carbohydrates. Unfortunately, some protein shakes contain artificial sweeteners and/or sugars that can sabotage blood glucose control and actually lead to weight gain while increasing muscle soreness and inflammation. Protein shakes designed to help with weight management include those containing soluble fiber, like PolyGlycopleX (PGX). This helps satisfy hunger and decrease appetite, and slows the release of energy from food, thereby supporting healthy blood glucose control and insulin sensitivity, two key elements for successful weight management[i][ii].

The Benefits of PGX Protein Shakes

Adding PGX singles or powder into your favourite protein drink, or using the convenient PGX protein shakes, is an ideal way to ensure you’re getting the protein you need after a workout. A PGX protein shake is also great for when you’re eating breakfast on the go between the gym and work as this can help maintain stable blood glucose throughout the morning and keep cravings at bay until it’s time for lunch. Protein shakes aren’t a replacement for a nutritious diet and healthy lifestyle, but can be a great way to ensure adequate protein intake as part of a balanced diet that include nutrient-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and legumes. In addition to being great after a workout, protein shakes are also idea for meeting nutrition needs if you are:

  • A growing teenager!
  • Starting to work out for the first time
  • Increasing the intensity of your workouts
  • Recovering from an injury or illness
  • Making dietary changes that could compromise protein status (such as switching to a vegan diet)
  • Looking to reduce overall calorie intake as part of a healthy weight management program
  • Doing a ludicrously long charity bike-ride!

What’s your best post-workout tip? Do you have a fantastic recipe for a super-powered protein shake? Let us know in the comments below!

References:

[i] Kacinik, V., Lyon, M., Purnama, M., Reimer, R.A., Gahler, R., Green, T.J., Wood, S. (2011). Effect of PGX®, a novel functional fibre supplement, on subjective ratings of appetite in overweight and obese women consuming a three-day structured, low calorie diet. Nutr Diabetes, 1:e22. doi: 10./038/nutd.2011.18.

[ii] Reichert, R.G., Reimer, R.A., Kacinik, V., Pal, S., Gahler, R.J., Wood, S. (2013). Meal replacements and fibre supplement as a strategy for weight loss. Proprietary PGX meal replacement and PGX fibre supplement in addition to a calorie restricted diet to achieve weight loss in a clinical setting. Biotechnol Genet Eng Rev.

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Recipe: Droppin’ Beets with PGX

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Juicing is a great way to incorporate additional nutrients into your diet without feeling like you’re “only allowed to eat salad this week.” Uggh…I hate that feeling and thinking that way is not a great mindset for long-term goals.

Instead of that line of thinking, dieting should be considered a life-long, healthy attitude toward foods and with juicing, you can work a massive yet healthy amount of veggies (and some fruits) into your diet. Take this recipe, for instance: Today, I wasn’t planning on eating two beets, a half a head of celery, an entire romaine heart, two cucumbers and two apples – but that’s just what this recipe does, minus the additional pulp that doesn’t get juiced.

Further, when it comes to juicing, adding in an additional 2.5-5 grams of PGX® Granules (that’s two stick packs or between ½ and 1 full scoop of granules) I can get some additional fiber into my diet and get the benefits of satiety1,2 that you get from taking PGX.

Caution: Do not put the PGX granules through your juicer. They should be manually mixed into a glass of your juice by hand immediately before drinking.

Beet Juicing Recipe with PGX

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Ingredients:

  • 2 romaine hearts
  • 2 apples
  • 2 beets
  • 2 cucumbers
  • ½ head of celery (optional)
  • 2.5 – 5 g PGX Granules*

Directions:

  1. Using a centrifugal juicer – start by juicing the romaine hearts at LOW/MED speed. Because the leaves are thin, sometimes large particles of them can get caught in the blades. The rest of the “heavier” fruits and veggies will help push those un-juiced leaves through.
  2. Increase speed to HIGH and juice the remaining apples, beets, cucumbers and celery.
  3. Pour a 8-12oz of juice into a drinking glass.
  4. Mix with 2.5-5 g of PGX granules.
  5. Drink immediately (within 1-5 minutes). PGX Granules don’t dissolve in liquids – they absorb water sort of how chia seeds do, so they should be consumed quickly after mixing with any liquid.*

Yield: 2 Quarts

Variety Tip: Get creative by adding in any other healthy fruits or vegetables you have on hand. With this recipe, carrots or spinach would go nicely.

Storage Tip: You can refrigerate any juice you don’t immediately drink for up to 24 hours. Because of oxidation, the juice starts to lose its benefits very quickly, so be sure to drink it within 24 hours or make slightly smaller batches. Be sure to store it in an air-tight container – glass jars work perfectly.

 * Drink additional water (8 fl. oz.) after ingesting PGX.  If you are taking medications, take one hour prior to or two hours after taking PGX.

References:

1. Kacinik V, Lyon M, Purnama M, Reimer RA, Gahler R, Green TJ, Wood S. “Effect of PGX®, a novel functional fibre supplement, on subjective ratings of appetite in overweight and obese women consuming a three-day structured, low calorie diet.” Nutr Diabetes. 2011, 1:e22. doi: 10./038/nutd.2011.18.
2. Lyon MR, Reichert RG. “The effect of a novel viscous polysaccharide along with lifestyle changes on short-term weight loss and associated risk factors in overweight and obese adults: an observational retrospective clinical program analysis.” Altern Med Rev. 2010; 15(1): 68-75.

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The Stress and Diet Connection

Is stress sabotaging your healthy diet and lifestyle goals? If so, you’re not alone. Occasional stress can temporarily elevate certain hormones in the body, particularly cortisol, which is known to increase appetite. Unfortunately, that increased appetite doesn’t settle for fruits and veggies. Instead, and all to often, stress causes us to reach for foods that “comfort” us. However, those foods tend to be ones that are highly processed, loaded with sugar, high in fat and set back our goals.

Adopting healthy habits to reduce and counteract stress can go a long way in keeping us on track with our plans for a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Try some of these tips to better manage stress eating:

  1. Exercise.  The next time you find yourself mindlessly reaching into the pantry or fridge in search of an extra snack, catch yourself and try to make a habit of doing a quick 5 minute exercise or stretch instead. Squats? Pushups? Lunges? Crunches? Yoga? Get creative and give your body something it actually needs!
  2. Hydrate.  Keeping well hydrated, by drinking plenty of water throughout the day, has countless health benefits and can also help us to avoid excess snacking. Often we may mistake thirst for hunger, so next time you find yourself craving something sweet, try drinking a glass of water first to see if the craving subsides.
  3. Meditate.  Sitting quietly to clear our mind, even for a few minutes, can reduce stress and help us become more mindful of how we’re feeling. We can also learn to pay more attention to how we respond to stress and avoid emotional eating.

Share your tips to avoid stress eating!

Lauren Taylor

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The New Home of PGX

Don’t miss the Grand Opening of the brand new PGX Center!

PGX’ers, we’re more than excited to tell you about the opening of our brand new PGX Center, a place that you can call home.

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Join us for the Grand Opening in Coquitlam, BC, happening this Friday and Saturday, and check out what the new Center has to offer. Plus, if you drop by this Friday, you just might run into Dawn Chubai from Breakfast Television! We’ll also be giving away a small gift pack of product to those who stop by. Learn more about what the PGX Center is all about below.

What is the PGX Center?

The PGX Center is a place where you can go for support with your weight loss journey. More than just a place to workout, although you’re welcome to utilize our exercise rooms whenever you visit, the PGX Center is a place where you can talk to our expert staff, learn how to use PGX and come together as a community of PGX’ers on the journey to lifelong health.

Every part of the PGX program at the PGX Center is free, with the exception of the DEXA scan, a scan which measures body composition, body fat percent and bone density, and PGX products, which will be available for purchase.

Services Available at the PGX Center

  • Diet plans and booklets
  • Resources on how to control appetite, reduce cravings and effectively use the PGX Program
  • Consultations with our expert staff

Amenities Available at the PGX Center

  • Exercise rooms
  • Showers
  • A kitchen for experimenting with PGX recipes
  • A commissary store where you can learn more about PGX and purchase PGX products

Location of the PGX Center

We look forward to seeing you!

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