Leigh Matthews

Articles by Leigh Matthews

Goal Setting: Family Nutrition

  Good health and nutrition are a family affair. Kids mirror the behaviour of their parents, so if you encourage your kids to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly while slouching on the couch snacking on chips each evening, it might be time to sit down and establish some family nutrition goals. How to Set more…

Joint Health: Top Foods and Nutrients

A little joint wear and tear can be expected as we age, but what we eat makes a big difference to joint health throughout life. We need a good intake of specific nutrients to build and repair healthy connective tissue and bone while other nutrients help support joint function. The following foods and nutrients may help more…

The Benefits of Homemade Soup

Not only is homemade soup downright delicious, but often it’s healthier than the stuff you buy in the store. Read on for more benefits of homemade soup. Cost-Effective For around the same price as a single can of soup that feeds one, you can cook up a big batch of tasty soup to feed the more…

6 Tips for a Healthy Feast

If you’re looking for inspiration for a healthier feast this year, you’re in the right place! 1. Choose Quality, Not Quantity A healthy family feast need not be devoid of taste and fun; all it takes is switching out a few of the high-calorie, low-nutrient foods for other delicious dishes that are lighter. For example, if more…

Top 5 Fall Foods

The days may be shorter, but farmers are still working hard to provide us with fresh fruits and vegetables. Keep up your end of the bargain by checking out your local market and stocking up on these top 5 healthy foods for fall: 1. Leeks Part of the allium family that also includes onions and more…

Best Under the Weather Foods

Best Under the Weather Foods Coughs, colds, and flu are rife at this time of year, thanks to the sharing of germs at school, more time spent in close quarters indoors, and on packed public transit. When we’re sick it can be a real challenge to eat anything at all, but sticking to regular meal more…

5 Health Benefits of Pumpkin

5 Health Benefits of Pumpkin While a pumpkin spice latte is unlikely to do your health any favours this fall, fresh pumpkin is glowing with goodness. If you’re yet to be tempted to try the innards of that Jack-o’-lantern, here are 5 health benefits of pumpkin that might change your mind: 1. Source of Antioxidants more…

Kids: How Sleep Affects Eating Habits

According to a new study, kids who don’t get enough sleep have a harder time resisting the temptation to snack. Find out how sleep affects eating habits.

Back to School: 5 Tips for Staying Healthy

Back to School: 5 Tips for Staying Healthy Most parents know that ‘back to school’ often equates to sneezes and sniffles as kids share more than just their summer adventures.  For many parents, the on-set of the new school year means hoping they can keep their kids (and themselves!) from getting sick. Here are 5 more…

4 Uses for Coconut Oil

Outrageous claims about the benefits of coconut oil abound on the internet, ranging from falsehoods about it being a cure for serious disease, to its ability to resurrect your dead dog (OK, so this was a tongue-in-cheek piece in a literary journal). There’s no doubt, though, that coconut oil does have some great health benefits.