The ultimate guide to eating better meat (Part I – Buyer’s Guide)

Unless you are a vegetarian or a vegan, you probably get a lot of your usual macronutrients from meat, poultry or fish.  When non-vegetarians hear the word “protein” they usually think “meat” – and rightfully so: beef, for example, packs the largest protein content by volume, compared to other sources – about 26 grams of protein per 100 grams meat.  Lamb has a similar and sometimes even slightly higher protein content.  Compare this to protein content per 100g for the usual sources of vegetarian proteins – 16g for chia seeds, 12g for cottage cheese, 5g for kidney beans, 4g for quinoa, 2g for white rice, etc.  In fact, pretty much the only non-animal food that can compare to beef in terms […]

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Does investing in tax-sheltered retirement accounts make sense?

Ahh, sweet retirement…  Many of us dream of that blessed day when we can finally escape the rat race and enjoy the freedom to travel, enjoy time with family and live life to the fullest, while collecting benefits from pension plans that we so diligently worked to regularly contribute – sometimes for 45 years or more. But today I am going to give you a piece of some very uncommon advice – consider eliminating conventional tax-haven retirement savings accounts (RRSPs, IRAs, 401(k), etc) altogether.  Wait, what?!  But aren’t these considered the holy grail of saving for retirement and the best way to make sure you don’t end up eating cat food when you retire?  I have to admit – this […]

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The hidden dangers of running and other cardio

Winter or summer, day or night, women or men – it seems that any time you peek out the window you see fitness enthusiasts running or jogging with their MP3 players on, hydration packs around their waists, reflective gear and total dedication on their faces.  Old or young – people are running towards a great goal – getting healthier and fitter. Or are they? The road to hell is said to be paved with good intentions.  For years, running was (and, unfortunately, still is) synonymous with fitness.  If you wanted to lose weight or commit to a healthier lifestyle – the first thing you did was grab a pair of running shoes and head outside.  You almost knew that to […]

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Oils and fats that rule your life (and lethal dangers of making wrong choices)

In an endless quest to eat ”healthier” that started many decades ago, most people in the developed world have permanently moved to “light” plant oils, foregoing saturated animal fats. But I bet if you ask the majority of people why they instinctively reach for “healthier” oils and feel guilty about indulging in, say, a little butter – they wouldn’t be able to answer clearly.  You might hear some cliché references to “artery-clogging cholesterol”, “Omega-6” or “Omega-3”, “heart-attack”, or even “obesity” sometimes, but you probably will not get any reliable answer. Yet, a mere presence of fat in any food strikes horrors into people’s hearts who fear cardiovascular disease, strokes and extra weight.  The origins of these fears are long lost among […]

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