You Can’t “Starve” Cancer, But You Might Help Treat It With Food

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Learn, Opinion

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Most people are already aware of the importance of diet for preventing or managing conditions like diabetes, liver disease, digestive issues, and cardiovascular disease. But an increasing number of people will now receive advice from their medical care providers to pay close attention to their diets to help prevent or help treat certain types of…

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CBD Thin Mint Energy Bites

AngelaBarlean's, Barlean's Seriously Delicious CBD Hemp Oil, CBD Hemp Oil, CBD oil, Energy Bites, Recipes

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This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barlean’s. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting companies that I love. Have you heard of this new thing called CBD Oil? If not, where have you been? Seriously. CBD Oil is EVERYWHERE.  It’s quickly become the hottest supplement out there. From lotions, protein […]

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Wholesome Vegan Lentil, Mushroom & Kale Lasagna

Pierre Van Zylcasseroles, comfort food, Gluten-free, Holidays, lasagna, Main Dishes, No Oil, Recipes, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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Since September, I’ve been telling myself that this is a year for soups, stews, easy grain dishes, sheet pan meals, and other low maintenance cooking endeavors. It’s true in many ways: soup, for example, has been a mainstay during my internship because it’s easy to make and yields a ton of food for freezing/reheating. With…

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DIY Leave-In Conditioner

Pierre Van Zylbeauty

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Coconut oil is the Swiss Army Knife of beauty products. Its can be used to make this three-ingredient shampoo bar, homemade deodorant, lotion bars, and even tooth whitener. And, hey, you can just rub it on as a lovely body oil. But as a leave-in conditioner? Yeah, not so much . . . it’s just […]

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When You Skip Sleep, You Eat 300+ More Calories the Next Day

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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There are multiple ill effects from lack of sleep, and there is one we often forget about: weight gain. People often (and rightfully) blame a poor night’s sleep on too much caffeine, blue light from phones and TVs in the bedroom, anxieties from life, and overall insomnia. Some people like students and parents stay awake…

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Why doctors now warn against routinely treating mild thyroid issues

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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For many patients, the most prescribed medication in Canada may have been wrongfully issued. This drug is used for those with underactive thyroids, the condition known clinically as hypothyroidism. The medication in question is known as levothyroxine, a synthetic version of thyroxine (T4), one of our body’s naturally produced thyroid hormones.  Levothyroxine is commonly sold…

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When Did Cancer Become the “Norm”

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness

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What’s going on with the C word. In the last hundred years, cancer rates have truly skyrocketed, and in this day and age, it is believed that everyone either knows cancer personally or by association with friends and family. Rising cancer rates can be partially explained by the fact that we are simply living longer,…

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Do You Know the Signs of a Brain Aneurysm?

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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It is of utmost importance that we truly pay attention to the signs and signals of our body. This story of a young mother from South Carolina reminds us that a brain aneurysm can happen to anyone. While Lee Broadway had experienced migraines since her childhood, her last and worst headache, ended up being a…

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Last Week’s Workouts

AngelaMount Washington Road Race training, Running, strength training, Strength training for runners, trail running, Workouts, Yoga

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Last week’s workouts brought me another week closer to Mount Washington Road Race.  The thing about running this race for the second time, I know what to expect.  It’s not going to be easy.  It’s going to suck.  Three years ago when I ran it, I remember hitting a low point when the road turns […]

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Last Week’s Workouts

AngelaMount Washington Road Race training, Running, strength training, Strength training for runners, trail running, Workouts, Yoga

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Last week’s workouts brought me another week closer to Mount Washington Road Race.  The thing about running this race for the second time, I know what to expect.  It’s not going to be easy.  It’s going to suck.  Three years ago when I ran it, I remember hitting a low point when the road turns […]

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Addiction is a family disease

Pierre Van Zylparenting

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Addiction is a family disease. People wonder about addicts. “Why did they start?” “Why can’t they just stop?” “Can’t they see what they are doing to themselves?” The focus is on the disease and the victim, without much thought to those suffering behind the scenes, namely, the family. Whenever there’s an addict in the immediate…

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Mom Fitted with Pacemaker at Age 32 Says She Used to Drink 6 Energy Drinks Per Day

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, Mental Health, News + Discoveries

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When it’s 2 o’clock in the afternoon and you feel your eyelids getting heavier by the minute, do you wake yourself up with jumping jacks or reach for the closest caffeinated beverage you can find? Take a closer look at how you deal with dipping energy levels. You could be putting yourself at risk of…

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How Harmful Is Black Mold? One Woman’s Symptoms Highlight the Potential Dangers

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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Dana Anhalt, an artist from Huntington, New York, had been sick throughout her childhood and it only got worse. At 37, she was so impacted by whatever was ailing her that her ability to walk and use her hands was nearly lost. There were times when her weight dropped to just 70 pounds. Excruciating joint…

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LED Lights Can Cause Irreversible Eye Damage, According to French Health Authority

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (ANSES) recently published a 400-page report regarding the danger of LED lights to our eyes [1]. The report claims that LED lights can lead to a condition called macular degeneration that causes blindness. ANSES calls for, among other things, officials to revise the maximum…

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The kinder choice: Antibiotics editon

Pierre Van Zyl

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Believe me, I know how to put a kid in a headlock. When my oldest was 3, a positive rapid strep test sent me to the pharmacy to pick up amoxicillin. This was going to be easy, I thought. It tastes decent, the volume is small enough, and it’s only twice…

The kinder choice: Antibiotics editon

Pierre Van Zyl

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Believe me, I know how to put a kid in a headlock. When my oldest was 3, a positive rapid strep test sent me to the pharmacy to pick up amoxicillin. This was going to be easy, I thought. It tastes decent, the volume is small enough, and it’s only twice…

Let’s Smash It: Berries!

Pierre Van Zyl

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We smash open these juicy fruits, showing you just why they’re so great for smoothies.
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Everything You Need To Know about CBD

Pierre Van Zylanxiety, cannabis, CBD, Health + Nutrition, Live Well

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Arguably the must-have wellness ingredient of 2019, the talk around CBD is only going to gain momentum. If trends in Canada and America are anything to go by, it will soon be in your beauty products, your coffee and even in your lube. I interview Georgia Branch, co-founder of CBD and hemp brand Hemple, to…

Low-dose aspirin linked to bleeding in the skull, new report says

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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A new study on the effects of aspirin has found alarming results. It’s quite common for older people at risk of heart disease and stroke to take low dose aspirin (aka baby aspirin) as a blood thinner to reduce the risk of an emergency situation. However, recent research has found this drug may cause bleeding…

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Is the Vagus Nerve the Key to Well-being?

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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Deep breathing has become synonymous with relaxation, and now there are scientific reasons why. Yoga instructors guide their classes through breathing exercises, therapists instruct clients with anxiety to use it as a calming tool, even fitness instructors remind their clients to maximize their breathing in the hardest of workouts. These professionals say deep breathing can…

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Everything You Wanted to Know About the Keto Diet

Pierre Van Zylfat, Health + Nutrition, Live Well

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Do you want a diet that promises energy, clarity, mental focus? Welcome to the Ketogenic diet (Keto, if you’re Gen Y).  The Keto approach has been gaining great momentum over the last 6 months, with people reporting reduced cravings, less snacking, and weight loss. What started out as a diet to help control seizures in…

New Study: Deadly Flesh-Eating Genital Infection Linked to Certain Diabetes Medication

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, Men’s Health, News + Discoveries, Women’s Health

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People taking medications to help manage type 2 diabetes should talk to their doctor about their risk of a rare genital infection that has been linked to a certain class of diabetes medications. A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, led by doctor Susan J. Bersoff-Matcha, Christine Chamberlain, PharmD, CDE, and others…

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‘The worst they have ever seen’: Family shares shocking photo of father’s hospital bedsore

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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When you have a spouse, parent or grandparent in hospital, one of the greatest concerns is for their comfort. Are they in pain? Are they comfortable? Are the medical staff doing their best? We’re sure these are some of the questions that Linda Moss and her two sisters Sharon and Patty had when their 77-year-old…

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Dangers of Farming Octopus

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries

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There are a lot of risks to recognize when anything is being mass produced for the global market, especially when it comes to the livestock industry. Our demand for food is stripping the planet of resources, we’re manipulating nature, and creating irreversible damage.  Overall our unethical choices come with a price and they may not…

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Should Dads Be Allowed to Stay Overnight in Maternity Wards?

Pierre Van Zylparenting

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Many dads are very involved throughout their partner’s pregnancy, in weekly childbirth classes couples can go over the stages of labour, birthing positions and breathing techniques. While the mom-to-be is rolling around on the yoga ball, her partner may be behind her learning how to perform a pelvic massage. There are plenty of involved dads…

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We Need More Mean Moms

Pierre Van Zylparenting

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Do you think mom’s today are too nice? While we don’t need malicious parenting, are some parents forgetting the importance of teaching tough love? Many new age parents are taking on opposite parenting traits that they were raised with. It’s likely that if you grew up with strict parents who were unreasonable, made you complete…

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Hollywood Sign Run

Pierre Van Zyl

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This route takes you through the breathtaking Hollywood hills and spits you out at the top of the Hollywood sign, treating you to unmatched views.
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Portland Waterfront Loop

Pierre Van Zyl

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Portland is known for beautiful scenery and refreshing, rainy days. This popular route around downtown Portland is likely to treat you to both of these things.
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Rise and Run – How to Wake Up Early to Run

Angelaearly morning running, rise and run, run, Running

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Rise and run is how my body naturally functions. I’m one of those super annoying people that can jump out of bed and be ready for a run no matter how early it is and what season. I think it’s in my genetic make up. Growing up, my dad would say the day was half […]

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Avocado Brownie

Pierre Van Zyl

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Yes, an avocado brownie.
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Vegan Golden Milk Cake with Coconut Frosting

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cake, Cakes, golden milk, Recipes, Soy-free, Superfoods, Tree Nut Free, turmeric, Vegan

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Sooner or later I should post a dessert recipe that isn’t cake, right? I guess I just can’t help myself. Placed in a room full of every vegan dessert imaginable, cake would be my first choice every time. But give me time: once the internship eases up I’ll be baking more treats, and they can’t…

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Vegan Golden Milk Cake with Coconut Frosting

Pierre Van Zylbaking, cake, Cakes, golden milk, Recipes, Soy-free, Superfoods, Tree Nut Free, turmeric, Vegan

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Sooner or later I should post a dessert recipe that isn’t cake, right? I guess I just can’t help myself. Placed in a room full of every vegan dessert imaginable, cake would be my first choice every time. But give me time: once the internship eases up I’ll be baking more treats, and they can’t…

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14 Soothing Natural Sunburn Remedies

Pierre Van ZylNatural Remedies

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Natural sunscreen? Check! Long-sleeved swim shirts, hats, and a shady place to sip on fruit-infused water? Check, check and check! Whether it’s a trip to the beach or another adventure, I’m very conscious about finding the “sweet spot” when it comes to time in the sun. That’s because while too much sun exposure is definitely […]

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Last Week’s Workouts

AngelaCross Training, mountain training, Running, Strength training for runners, Yoga

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Last week’s workouts saw the most climbing I’ve done this whole training block. And with that climbing, I got a boost of confidence that my fitness is going in the right direction – UP. The elevation runs were hard work but I felt strong.  Three weeks till Mount Washington Road Race! Monday 40 minutes Stepmill […]

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