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by Dr. Brenda Gill on Monday Nov 23 2009

After waking up Saturday morning to a brilliant blue sky, I couldn’t help
but jump out of bed and go for a cross-country ski before breakfast. I still
hadn’t had enough of that sunshine, so, I went for a back-country ski in the afternoon up at the pass!

I felt like I had been sunshine starved for a few weeks!!!! It’s hard to look forward
to winter if you don’t like the...

by Dr. Brenda Gill on Monday Nov 09 2009

Especially this year, I’ll be expect phone calls from parents with sick children about a week after Halloween. I see many colds and flus due to the increased amount of sugar in their diets. As I said in my last column, one teaspoon of sugar decreases immune function by 50% for 5-8 hrs. Just as an example, one Mars bar contains about 2-3 tsp of sugar!

So, here are some strategies to...

by Kimberly Joines on Thursday Sep 17 2009

Hey Rossland,

How’s it going? This is the first of a few journals that I’m going to be writing home over the course of my Paralympic season. You are going to get the real low down, an athlete’s personal experience on the road. When I interview for newspaper articles, I tend to focus on the positive, and tell you just enough… this time around, it’s a little more personal.


by Dr. Brenda Gill on Monday Aug 31 2009

If you want to lose weight, your body has to lose fatty reserves. It helps a great deal if you exercise, because exercise requires extra energy, which uses up blood sugar. After a meal, by doing some moderate activity, the blood sugar will not be stored as fat. Once the blood sugar has decreased to its normal level, the energy you expend through further exercise comes from fat reserves you...

by Dr. Brenda Gill on Tuesday Aug 18 2009

Fats and proteins don't create blood sugar, whereas carbohydrates do.

They vary widely depending on their sugar content and speed of absorption. The higher the sugar content, such as refined desserts and tropical fruits compared to moderate climate fruits such as apples and strawberries the higher the blood sugar formed. The more refined, starch based foods and sugars get digested and...

by Dr. Brenda Gill on Tuesday Aug 04 2009

Food consists of 5 basic ingredients which build, run and energize our body. Three of these have calories: protein that builds our cells, carbohydrates that create energy and reserves and fats that create reserves for future needs. The other two are fibre that help the body digest the nutrients and water that aids digestion and maintains cells.
Our body doesn't burn its energy...