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Pandemic Pounds Recovery Program Episode 3

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In this episode, we dive into the truth about grains.

Please – whatever you do, don’t shoot the messenger.

Whenever I’ve given talks about nutrition, this topic raises eyebrows and creates some tension. I have to admit it too….it was hard for me to accept too.

Grains are not a food by design for humans.

Now don’t get me wrong, when I grew up, they were a huge part of my diet and they are super addictive.

But now, when they enter my diet, I tend to go overboard on them. Every few months they creep in some how or another.

Once I break the chains and get them out of my diet, I can’t believe what I notice.

  • Less inflammation
  • Less digestive upset
  • More sustained energy
  • Better sleep

All because I’ve cut them out of my diet. In this week’s episode, we will dive into much ado about grains.

We’ll discuss them in a historical sense and why working towards limiting them your diet is in your best interest.


Foods to Fight Colds

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February brings snowstorms, wind that cuts right through your coat, and a lack of available sunlight.

Ah, the joys of winter!

For many of us, winter means more time indoors, and a higher likelihood that we gather indoors.  When people are sick, that means that germs may circulate that could cause us to become sick.

When your ill, food is the last thing on your mind. Everything seems unappetizing when your nose is clogged, and


Rest and fluids are critical when you’re ill

you can’t taste a thing. But, by making healthy food choices, you can become stronger and speed up your recovery. Also, by maintaining a healthy diet, you can strengthen your immune system and perhaps even get sick less often.

Eating the right foods when you have a cold can make big difference in reducing how long the cold lasts and the symptoms you experience.

You’ve heard it before, but it’s true. Food is the fuel for your body. You wouldn’t imagine putting diesel fuel into a Ferrari, so let’s dial down our nutrition and give your digestive system a break.  Be sure to eat easily digestible, nutrition-dense foods like lots of vegetables, low-moderate amounts of fruit and lean meats. It will help your immune system stay strong.

Here are a few other ideas to get started:

– Bone broth contains minerals that can boost your immune system.  Most butcher shops sell bones for making your own bone broth.

– Probiotics found in yogurt can improve your sleep, digestion, and immunity.  Choose unflavored/unsweetened plain greek style yogurt and add your own fruit.

– Lean meats, especially those with omega-3 fatty acids, can reduce inflammation.  Fish, grass-fed beef and free range poultry are best.

Don’t get left stranded on the road or when you’re held up at the office and getting home late.  A little planning can go a long way. Most of the time, we make poor choices when we are in a rush, or unprepared. And this often results in stopping by a restaurant or taking out food on the run.

Create a simple calendar highlighting your meals for the week. Healthy home-cooked meals will not only strengthen your immune system, but it can also help you save money!  Another great suggestion – cook once and eat twice.  Cook yourself extra food so you can take leftovers for lunch the next day.


Lots of people reach for some good old vitamin C when they have a cold.  It helps a lot, but it’s important to the get the right kind.  Your best source is from fruits and vegetables.  But when it comes to supplements, buffered Vitamin C is what you want.  Buffered Vitamin C is easy on your stomach and is absorbed well by the body.

Vitamin D is an absolute must.  Besides taking it regularly, you want to make sure you get the D3 version.  It is readily absorbed and acts like a turbocharger for your immune system.

Zinc is another great immune system helper.  Lots of great sources include seafood, red meat and nuts/seeds.

Science Source:
Chicken soup inhibits neutrophil chemotaxis in vitro. Chest. Oct 2000
Probiotics and immune health. Current Opinion in Gastroenterology. Oct 2011
Omega-3 fatty acids in inflammation and autoimmune diseases. The Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Dec 2002
Dr. Craig Hazel’s mission is to help families THRIVE. After graduating from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Physical and Health Education, he went on to earn a Doctor of Chiropractic degree and a Bachelor of Science in Anatomy from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas Texas. He is passionate about seeing children and families in his private practice at Synergy Chiropractic in Kanata Ontario. A sought after speaker, he has been featured regularly on TSN Team 1200, CTV and Rogers TV. He is also the Chairman of the Alliance for Chiropractic of Ontario.

Nutrition: Get the Edge Kanata

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If you want to be an elite hockey player, it takes lots of dedication and hard work, strength and conditioning, dry-land workouts and plyometrics.  All of this is critical; however, without proper nutrition, your dedication to achieving optimal hockey performance can be deterred with poor eating habits.

Since you’re serious about being a top athlete, you’ll find it difficult to achieve your goals without proper cellular nutrition. It is simply that important, so start building a solid foundation for long-term sports fitness and health.

In order for your cells to function optimally, they must be able to absorb the nutrients you


To reach the elite level of performance requires the right fuel.

Carey Price and other hockey players understand how important nutrition is to their performance
consume. Starting in the digestive tract, you need both balanced nutrition and receptive cells to accomplish this. When either or both of these systems are impaired, memory, clear thinking, problem solving and even mood can be affected. This is why cellular nutrition is essential for your good health.

Tying Nutrition to Your Hockey Performance

For hockey, nutrition is a key link between physical preparation and improved game performance. No matter how hard you work on and off the ice, without the right nutrition you’ll never achieve optimal hockey performance.

Learn how to delay fatigue, speed post-game recovery, promote prevention of illness, and assist the rehab process after an injury. Once a player realizes the power of certain food choices and how they can eat for hockey success, they can turn to nutrition as a competitive edge.

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