If you want to cut down on your calorie intake but worry about missing out on the foods you love, don’t fret! You may be able to substitute some common choices for a healthier option that contains fewer calories. Best Health recommends 11 food swaps to help you lose weight.
Of course, Well.ca can help you out with a few of these choices!
Check out even more weight loss tips in Best Health’s Weight Loss section, and check out Well.ca’s Diet and Fitness category for more healthy ideas to help you shed those extra pounds.
What do you do to give back to your community?
Last week, we surveyed Well.ca’s Facebook group to find out what you wanted us to blog about this week. Volunteerism turned out to be a popular topic! So we asked Well.ca employees how they give back to the community, and found out that volunteerism is alive and well at Well.ca.
Here are some examples of how we give back to the Guelph, Kitchener and Waterloo communities:
- Providing tutoring services to youth: Some staff members tutor through not-for-profit programs run by community organizations such as Pathways to Education, a tutoring and mentoring program that supports students who are affected by poverty.
- Working at the food bank: the Guelph Food Bank holds fund raising campaigns and food drives throughout the year. Volunteers help out in the warehouse, at special events, and at the Clothing Exchange.
- Community support programs: employees who are members of local churches help out with programs such as Lakeside Church’s Celebrate Recovery ministry, and the Royal City Christian Life Centre’s drop-in centre.
- The Alzheimer’s Society: one of our employees held a long-term position as the Volunteer Treasurer of the Guelph Chapter of the society, which assists victims of Alzheimer’s Disease and their caregivers.
- Local music festivals: several Well.ca employees enjoy supporting Hillside Festival, a local music festival that is dedicated to being non-commercial and community-oriented.
If you are looking for ways to contribute in your own neighbourhood, there are resources that can help you find your niche. Check out Volunteer Canada for volunteering information and resources in your community.
The weather is getting chillier and the days are shorter. This time of year, I love to curl up on the porch with a warm cup of tea. But how do I decide what type to have? There are so many kinds to choose from! Here’s a quick overview:
Black tea is the most caffeinated, and is made from the fermented leaves of the tea plant. Green and white tea are from the same plant as black tea, but the leaves are simply harvested and dried at different points in the growing season. Rooibos tea (Red bush in Afrikaans), has a uniquely sweet flavour, and is non-caffeinated, and Yerba Maté is a tea of South American origin that is reputed to have many health benefits. And of course, there are endless flavours of herbal tea to choose from as well.
The decision about what type of tea to have may not be easy, but it’s not hard to decide that a hot drink is the way to go on those cool fall evenings. Yum!
If you haven’t noticed, the striking red pout is back, and it’s better than ever. Fashionistas are flaunting their crimson lips this fall, so if there was ever a time to try it yourself, that time is now. And don’t fret if you think you can’t pull it off– this fashion statement isn’t strictly for blonds anymore. In fact, anyone can wear red lipstick, as long as you choose a shade that works well with your skin tone and hair colour.
If you’re thinking of giving it a try, check out these great lipstick shades in our beauty section, and find the colour that works for you!
Are you looking for a chance to give back to the community and assist those in need? Often it’s hard to make time for volunteering, despite good intentions. But Well.ca is teaming up with a local organization to create an easy way for you to give back.
Mosaic Counselling and Family Services provides counselling and support services to Kitchener, Ontario area families and individuals who need help getting back on their feet. Whether they are victims of abuse, new residents of Canada, or unemployed and lacking the basic resources they need to take care of themselves, Mosaic is there to reach out and provide guidance during difficult times.
Often the individuals who seek assistance are in need of basic personal care items that are necessary for making a good impression in a job interview or with a potential landlord. This is where Well.ca comes in. On sale now at Well.ca are 6 packages designed to assist different types of Mosaic clients, so you can target a demographic that you have a personal concern for. When you purchase a package, the contents are shipped directly from Well.ca to Mosaic, so you don’t have to do any work at all. And your gift will directly benefit those in need. You’ll also receive a personal Thank-You from a Mosaic employee in the mail.
If you’re looking for a way to do some good in the world, this is your chance. Donate today!
This week, West Nile Virus was detected in some Kitchener, Ontario area mosquitoes, for the first time in over four years. Human cases were detected in both B.C. and Saskatchewan this year, making West Nile a cause for concern across Canada. It’s better to be safe than sorry: in any province, if you are planning to head outside and enjoy the fall weather or jump in a pile of leaves, here’s how you can “Fight the Bite,” courtesy of Waterloo Region Public Health.
Also, check out these great products that can help you ward off those pesky mosquitoes:
Have fun and stay safe!
Here at Well.ca, we love celebrating and sharing good news with you! We’re happy to announce that Canada’s Baby Ddrops was named the Gold winner of best in family-friendly ‘for personal use’ products by The Mom’s Choice Awards. In fact, Kids Ddrops and Ddrops (for adults) were also named Gold winners!
Why do we think this is blog-worthy? Because, Ddrops Company is a new Canadian organization with big dreams – similar to Well.ca! The fact that an emerging organization has won this big North American award speaks highly about the company and the quality of their products.
But it’s not just the folks at Mom’s Choice Awards who think highly of Ddrops. Our very own Well.ca customers have positively reviewed their products at the bottom of our product pages, saying things like “Amazing product!! I wouldn’t buy anything else,” and “So easy to use! Efficient. Convenient. Perfect!”
With summer coming to an end and winter around the corner, paying attention to Vitamin D levels is important. There are no preservatives, no sugar, no gluten, no colouring or no added taste in any Ddrops products. You can pick some Ddrops up at Well.ca today!
For more information on Ddrops products or Vitamin D, go to http://www.ddrops.ca. For Vitamin D related to babies, infants and expecting Moms, follow Ddrops on Facebook and twitter.
Well you can’t technically “add” and hour but there are a lot of ways to use the time that you do have more effectively. There are a lot of small things that you can try to knock more items off your list in an average day. Something that works well for me is setting aside set blocks of time to work on certain things and sticking to that schedule but it’s different for everyone.
Give these tips a try:
- Make a list – it’s easier to keep track of everything that you need to do if you write it down. Get a notepad or planner and keep that list with you. Having everything on paper can also help show you when things are related, you might realize that you can tackle two items on the list in the same place.
- Double up on popular meals – this is especially key for me during the school year. Make extra food for dinner and save it for lunch the next day or freeze it to eat the next week.
- Delegate and assign – make a chore schedule! Don’t try to do everything yourself, you can also switch up the responsibilities from week to week for a little more variety.
Remember, everyone needs something different for their routine so tailor these to what works with your schedule! Read here for more ideas.
The allergy season can mean very different things to different people. Ragweed, dust mites and mold are the most popular fall culprits. If fall is a trigger for your allergies, try these tips to manage your allergies:
- Pollen is at it’s peak between 10am to 3pm so if it’s possible, keep your windows closed and try to stay indoors.
- Have your heating ducts cleaned before you turn the heat on for the first time. If there are particles of mold or other allergens inside the ducts, they will fill the air in your house as soon as you switch it on.
- Wear a mask when you rake leaves to avoid inhaling mold spores.
Read more on managing fall and food allergies here and take a look at our Allergy & Sinus category for your go-to product!
Okay, so maybe I am a bit late. But while the rest of the world was planning camping trips and beach vacations, I was gleefully awaiting an early autumn escape, when I would finally be able to explore the cultural minefield that is Nova Scotia.
I mean minefield in only the kindest of ways. It seems like every brochure and web site I see features a fiddler, dancer, or piper, as well as some scrumptious seafood for me to drool over. And although I am not your typical sightseer (I am actually excited to be there during hurricane season), a part of me longs to celebrate our country’s early history by exploring the coast where it all began!
Sigh . . . when will this week be over? I can’t wait to get on the road!
But wait—there may be a way for me get through it. After all, I will need to pack some supplies. Yay! It’s list making time!
- I won’t be staying in a luxurious hotel every night, so I think I will bring along some dry shampoo and wipes to help me get by without a shower.
- We’ll probably go hiking on the Cabot Trail, so I will want to protect my precious skin with something with a high SPF while exploring the sights.
- And while I’m at it, I guess I should throw in some bug spray, just in case!
- Since my camera recently went kaput, I might need to throw in one of those– or at least a disposable.
- Oooh, goody! Travelling is always a great excuse to buy some mini things! For me, and for my man.
And now, I am truly ready. Great, only 4 more hours
to go . . .