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Choosing The Right Type of Fitness for Yourself January 31, 2012

Type #1

Open Gym

This type of fitness works well if you have self motivation. You need to know how to put together your own program. You may also hire a personal trainer to do this for you.This type of training is the most cost-effective but not always the most beneficial.

Type #2

Personal Trainer

This type of fitness works well for people who need strong motivation or have very specific goals. If you like training alone instead of a group this may be your best choice. Trainers create a program that is specific to you and work with your strengths and limitations. This type of fitness is the most expensive and will get you results.

Type #3

Group Fitness

This type of fitness is the most popular type of training. It is a social event where you can exercise with friends and meet new people. If you are competitive a group works well. People enjoy the motivation and support of the group. Classes keep you moving and a good instructor will be sure to give modifications within the group when needed as well as increase intensity for others. This type of fitness is at the best price point to get the most out of fitness.

Lethbridge Adventure Boot Camp offers all three types of fitness

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KD SMART PASTA January 29, 2012

Today in a face book group post I read some information that Kraft Dinner Smart expiring  April 11 & 12 /2012 may have a trace of yellow #5 in it and has been recalled.

I found an article on the dye that might be an interesting read.

(If this information interests you then if may be important to reasearch it further or ask a dietitian for more information. Not every thing you find on the net is 100% accurate)

If you know more on this topic I would enjoy reading your comments.


Health Effects of Yellow 5 Food Coloring

Feb 1, 2011 | By Sarah DraySarah Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications, including “Woman’s Day,” “Marie Claire,” “Adirondack Life” and “Self.” She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

Health Effects of Yellow 5 Food Coloring
Photo Credit candy corn image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com

Yellow 5 is also known as tartrazine or E102. Yellow 5 is widely used in the making of potato chips, jams, candy, drinks and even pet food. It is also added to shampoo and other cosmetic products, as well as vitamins and certain medications. Yellow 5 is banned in Austria and Norway, and other European countries have issued warnings about their possible side effects. It is still freely and extensively used in the US, however.


Tartrazine can cause a variety of allergic reactions that vary from mild itching and skin rashes to serious allergy-like hypersensitivity. People who are allergic to aspirin have the strongest responses to Yellow 5. An early European study, published in 1998, showed that people who are allergic to aspirin are more likely to experience adverse reactions to yellow 5. This can include asthma attacks and bronchoconstriction or difficulty breathing.


Yellow 5 seems to cause hyperactivity in some children. The Food Standards Agency, FSA, which is UK’s equivalent to the FDA, issued a warning in 2008 about certain food colorings. The warning said that certain colorings, including tartrazine, can cause behavioral changes in children that included loss of concentration and impulsive, hard-to-control activity. The recommendation is to avoid or limit consumption of products that contain yellow 5. If a child develops hyperactive behavior, try eliminating this coloring from the diet and pay attention to the changes that follow.

Other Risks

Yellow 5 has been linked to a number of health problems, including blurred vision, migraines, fatigue and anxiety. It might also cause chromosomal damage, although this hasn’t been properly studied or documented.

Risk of Cancer

According to board certified family physician Dr. Joel Fuhrman, some dyes can be contaminated by chemical carcinogens as they go through the manufacturing process. Yellow 5 is one of these colorings. As it is manufactured, yellow 5 runs the risk of coming into contact with carcinogenic substances, such as benzidine.


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Staying on Track January 22, 2012

Some quick points to help you stay on track:

-choose an obtainable goal

-write it down

-have a start date and an end date

-exercise with a friend of in a group

-spend some time planning

-don’t take on too much at once

-sep up a budget for fitness classes / personal trainer / gym membership



Headache Tidbits January 11, 2012

What is a headache? A Headache is defined as a pain in the head or upper neck. It is one of the most common locations of pain in the body and has many causes. How are headaches classified? Headaches have numerous causes, and in 2007 the International Headache Society agreed upon an updated classification system for headache. Because so many people suffer from headaches and because treatment sometimes is difficult, it is hoped that the new classification system will allow health care practitioners come to a specific diagnosis as to the type of headache and to provide better and more effective treatment. There are three major categories of headaches: 1.primary headaches, 2.secondary headaches, and 3.cranial neuralgias, facial pain, and other headaches What are primary headaches? Primary headaches include migraine, tension, and cluster headaches, as well as a variety of other less common types of headache. Tension headaches are the most common type of primary headache. Up to 90% of adults have had or will have tension headaches. Tension headaches occur more commonly among women than men. Migraine headaches are the second most common type of primary headache. An estimated 28 million people in the United States (about 12% of the population) will experience a migraine headache. Migraine headaches affect children as well as adults. Before puberty, boys and girls are affected equally by migraine headaches, but after puberty, more women than men are affected. It is estimated that 6% of men and up to 18% of women will experience a migraine headache in their lifetime. Cluster headaches are a rare type of primary headache affecting 0.1% of the population (1 in a 1,000 people). It more commonly affects men in their late 20s though women and children can also suffer these types of headache. Primary headaches can affect the quality of life. Some people have occasional headaches that resolve quickly while others are debilitated. While these headaches are not life-threatening, they may be associated with symptoms that can mimic strokes or intracerebral bleeding. What are secondary headaches? Secondary headaches are those that are due to an underlying structural problem in the head or neck. There are numerous causes of this type of headache ranging from bleeding in the brain, tumor, or meningitis and encephalitis.


Can Eating Destroy Your Friendship? January 4, 2012

I have been friends with the person who put the comments below since I was in grade 9. I was very surprised that what I took for lunch today offended her so much that she disowned me completely on face book and made it so I can’t even find her. I did not post the picture saying “hey this is a perfect lunch” I put the picture up just for fun to show that this lunch has a bit of everything. I did not eat all the food during my 8 ½ hrs at work but I always have extra because some days you are more hungry, end up having to do unexpected things before supper and having a few ok low-fat choices helps you stay away from the vending machine or eating the Christmas leftover goodies people bring to work. It’s too bad my friend thought it was ok to judge me so harshly. Thin, fat, out of shape or in shape we all have perfect days and some not so perfect.  A true friend accepts you for who you are!


Me:   Ah, back to work. Lunch is packed and ready

Her:   I like the dish of fresh non processed foods in the middle. What is with the pudding, pretzels, canned peaches in syrup and rice cakes??? I am surprised you eat that Kim

Me:   Of course I eat that. I like fat-free pudding made with milk, canned peaches yes in syrup. I ate the last oranges today and some fruit is better than none and I always have rice cakes to eat with my nuts in case I have a low sugar drop and need it up quick. I even sometimes eat chocolate, chips, cookies, candy and plain old junk ! ……… SURPRISE I’m not perfect

Her:   Who said anything about perfection? I eat chocolate and drink red wine too. FYI: if you have a hard time controlling sugars, perhaps eat foods that keep your sugars stable. Rice cakes spike your sugar levels. Eat just the nuts and more veggies.

Me:   Your right rice cakes do spike the sugar level. That’s my per pose

Her:   Beeeeooooottttccchhhh


A Fresh New Start January 3, 2012

Welcome to 2012

This month in boot camp we are getting back to basics with “Army Boot Camp”. There is no yelling or harsh words but lots of push-ups, sit-ups and running. It may not be exciting but it is effective in getting you on track. Along with this months training it is important to get back to basic eating. A sample of effective eating that may not be exciting but will get you on track is to stick to a simple plan.

If you train early have a small snack before training. For breakfast eggs and citrus fruit with coffee/tea and some water are a good start. For your next snack some crackers and apple and at lunch a bowel of soup OR a salad don’t forget some water. An afternoon snack of vegetables and humus with plenty of water. For supper a small piece of meat plenty of vegetables , some rice and a large glass of water.  End the day with yogurt or cottage cheese and a cup of tea. Keep each meal small eating often and repeat again the next day changing the way you cook the eggs the type of fruit and vegetables, the type of soup, meat and flavour of crackers and yogurt.

No counting calories, no large meals, no junk just basic food.

(This is just an example I am not a dietitian you may need to seek a specialist for you exact nutritional needs)

Eating small meals often keeps you satisfied and in control of your cravings.