Relationship weight gain: the risk of getting too comfortable.

Synonymous weight gain in couples is a commonly seen phenomenon. Research shows that weight gain in a relationship is associated with factors including the length of your relationship and living together. For married couples, data shows us that the average weight gain is 6-8 lbs over a 2 year period.  It also tends to be higher in…

Conference life: How to load your brain and not your waist (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of my series for a healthy conference life and how to avoid the perils of professional travel; all inspired by my recent attendance at the Canadian Obesity Summit 2017.  6. Remember that the baked goods are likely low grade quality pastries (depending on venue of course).  When they’re presented in a wide assortment in bulk,…

This is what doctors need to learn more about.

Nutrition. During breakfast this morning I caught up on the latest issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, which is a magazine that among many areas, covers the latest research on medical conditions and guidelines for management of illness and disease. I then had a revelation that what would make this cover infinitely more appealing…

Is the Fitbit sabotaging your weight loss?

It could. Be mindful about how you use it! Fitness trackers have gained popularity in the past couple of years. They’re designed to be more sophisticated, slimmer, attractive – how could you not want one? I commonly come across patients who proudly tell me they’ve purchased one as a symbolic commitment to making a positive lifestyle change. I…

Are you playing Doctor Google?

Have you ever played Dr. Google? It’s common in practice to encounter patients who have already done personal research on their symptoms, self-diagnose and self-treat. I love patients who empower themselves with knowledge about their health but I strongly caution against taking medical advice from the web – there is just as much (possibly more!)…

Are you addicted to sweets?

One of the most common problems I encounter with patients is that of the sweet tooth. “I’m addicted to sugar!” many patients report. Do you experience sweating, agitation, tremors when you’re without them? OR could it be that you’re addicted to the habit of getting sweets? I don’t deny that there are addictive components to…

Should you eat breakfast or intermittently fast?

Why not try a blend of both? It surprises me the amount of contention surrounding breakfast these days in light of the recent spotlight on intermittent fasting. There are multiple variants of intermittent fasting that I won’t get into too much detail, but in general my research tells me that there is relatively little data…

Does your family physician focus enough on preventative health?

Likely not. We just don’t receive enough formal training about how to counsel appropriately on lifestyle approaches like exercise and nutrition to live a fuller, healthier, longer life. The idea of starting a blog has been brewing for quite some time. It mostly stems from my observations that family physicians typically give good medical advice, but…