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Weight Management – It’s All About the Planning!

By Maria Fleet When it comes to weight management, if we want to be successful, we can’t wing it or improvise on our own. Dr. Dawn Smiley-Byrd, an endocrinologist who practices in and around Atlanta, GA, says it’s important to have a solid plan – one worked out with a doctor, and revised as time…

A Physician Who’s Changing The Way Canadians Think About Weight

By Maria Fleet When Dr. Tasneem Sajwani talks about her patients and their struggles with weight management, she often slips into saying “we.” That’s because she herself has struggled with weight her entire life and knows the challenges firsthand. “I guess my first diet was at the age of three,” Dr. Sajwani, an Edmonton specialist…

8 Habits That Make Reaching A Healthy Weight ACHIEVABLE


Dr. Sasha High, medical director of the High Metabolic Clinic in Ontario, has worked with hundreds of people who are trying to improve their health and reach a healthier weight. Along the way, she’s learned a lot about what helps people succeed. Here are eight of her favorite tips for creating the habits that make…

How Stress Can Impact Weight… And What To Do About It

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By Madeleine Ortiz Stress is the body’s reaction to a challenge or demand, and in the short term, stress is actually beneficial. It keeps us alert in dangerous situations, helps us stay focused when we have to finish something by a deadline and, according to Dr. Michael Lyon, is even the reason most of us…
Theresa with husband Mark, Christmas Eve 2021 by SHEKINAH LIM PHOTOGRAPHY

Why One Canadian Woman Gave Up On Dieting

By: Maria Fleet Theresa Hopper is a 56-year-old engaging church administrator in Red Deer, Alberta. She’s been married for 36 years and has three grown daughters, but one of the most defining aspects of her life, she says, is that she has spent it in a power struggle with food.  She grew up with two…

7 Tips for Talking to A Doctor About Weight

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We asked several physicians who specialize in treating obesity and excess weight how they would recommend talking to our family physician about reaching a healthier weight. Here were their suggestions: Educate yourself first. Before you start the conversation, it’s important to learn why the Canadian Medical Association and the World Health Organization have declared that…

Ten Tips to Calm Cravings

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By Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES Everyone’s had the experience of working so hard to eat better– smaller portions.  More fruits and veggies. But there are times when you are just craving something specific to eat.  Usually it’s something sweet or salty. Your inner voices are driving you crazy taunting you with “Go ahead,  you…