This month’s Live Well, Work Well issue discusses fad diets and winter illnesses.
Jan. 1 signals a new calendar year, and for many Canadians, a “new year, new me” mentality. In fact, getting in shape is consistently one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. While making lifestyle changes, as approved by a doctor, is not a bad thing, turning to a fad diet to achieve a resolution of getting in shape is not ideal or healthy.
What’s a fad diet?
Fad diets typically promise quick weight loss, oftentimes through unhealthy and unbalanced dieting. A diet can be considered a fad if it:
What are the dangers of fad diets?
Fad diets can lead to things like gout, poor athleticism, heart disease and—ironically—poor, long-term weight-loss control. If you’re looking to get in shape or lose weight this year, make lifestyle changes that encourage portion control, exercise more, avoid empty calories and eat a well-balanced diet.
Keep in mind that forming healthy dieting practices now will keep you on track with your long-term weight-loss goal.
It’s estimated that adults suffer two to five colds per year. What’s more, colds are one of the leading causes of missed days at work. Early signs of a cold include sore throats, sneezing and a runny nose. More severe symptoms may occur later and include headaches, stuffy noses, watering eyes, coughs, chills, muscle aches and general malaise. Symptoms can last two to seven days.
Winter is peak cold season, which should come as no surprise when you think about how many people you see sneezing and coughing during the colder months. Fortunately, you can keep these illnesses at bay and stay healthy with a little effort. Here’s how:
People are generally contagious during the first three days they have a cold. It should be noted that individuals may be infected with a cold without showing any symptoms. This makes it all the more important to practise healthy habits.
Makes: 6 servings
Source: Government of Canada
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