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My greens challenge and why you should try it

With a little creativity eating vegetables can be fun. Let's go on the adventure together. My friend who is a health coach gave me a challenge recently: to eat as many different green vegetables as possible before our next chat; which is usually every other week.   In that time I tried some greens outside my usual comfort zone- I tried spicy mustard greens, collard greens, and the usual lettuce, as well as some Nigerian vegeta... Read more

Starting Your Day Right

2 simple steps to help you start your day right What is the first thing you do when you wake up? A scramble to hit your alarm clock? A regret to how late you’ve slept in? Being intentional about your morning has made all the difference for me when I wake up. No more sluggishness or yawning throughout the afternoon. Starting the day with a feeling of accomplishment boosts your self image and mood. I will show you how to do this ... Read more

Cinnamon: Your blood sugar superstar

Spice up your life while balancing your blood sugar with cinnamon. This subtly sweet spice does more than amp the delicious factor of any dish. From ancient China to Ayurvedic tradition, cinnamon has long been used for its medicinal benefits. Modern researchers are catching up with what healers throughout history have long known – that this spice offers more than just a flavour burst. A growing body of research is pointing to cin... Read more

Cardiovascular Disease: the world's biggest killer

What it is and why we need to do something                 It is not surprising that so much attention is directed towards fighting infectious diseases in developing countries. They are a very visible problem, afflicting people of all ages, and the disparity between developed and developing countries is especially tragic and seemingly unjust. In fact, approximately 70% of deaths in sub-Saharan Af... Read more

Eating right with Diabetes

If you are a lover of food and you have just been diagnosed with diabetes, it must feel like your world has just crumbled but do not despair as there are many options to pursue with this situation. We have to establish first that icecream, beer, alcohol in general, tons of carbohydrate would have to be drastically reduced in your diet. If you are a lover of food and you have just been diagnosed with diabetes, it must feel like your wor... Read more

EAF Fundraiser...Community, EPIC and You!

EAF held our first fundraiser recently and it was a huge success. The theme that developed over the course of the night was community!  EAF recently held our first fundraiser in Calgary to build awareness and provoke critical thinking about non-communicable disease. The night was a great success involving traditional African cuisine, games, speakers, dancing and a thoughtful discussion about how we (YOU) can make a difference in t... Read more

Rwanda leads the way on NCD reduction policy

Reporting on this weeks NCD conference in Kigali. Rwanda is quickly earning itself the reputation as the outright leader on African health-related issues.  Civil war devastated the country in the early 1990s, but since fighting ended in 1994 Rwanda has become a success story for war-torn countries in the developing world. Life expectancy has doubled in the last 18 years, from 28 years in 1994 to 56 years in 2012.  The countri... Read more

Fighting non-communicable diseases in Africa- It starts with YOU.

Own your health; it is your own. Growing up, I came face to face with the severity of non-communicable diseases in Nigeria; from losing several loved ones and acquaintances to them, to seeing women and their children pushed into dire poverty after their husbands died from them, to seeing my classmate drop out of school because her father had died of cardiovascular disease. Non-communicable diseases are diseases like stroke, hear... Read more

Chasing Diabetes

My Dad grew up in a typical African Household in the 50's and this entailed dealing with multiple mothers and several siblings and having to share food with them. By several siblings, I don't mean 5 other siblings. I mean about 29 other legal siblings so when their mums announce that food is ready, they all rush and the person that hustles the most to eat gets satisfied. My Dad grew up in a typical African Household in the 50's and... Read more

"You are not only what you eat- you are what you're eating ate."

Dustin is a health coach and nutrition counsellor. He had once given me a healthy-shopping grocery store tour and after that I often email him to ask for his input on some health and nutrition questions. The post below is his email answer to one of my questions. Dustin is a health coach and nutrition counsellor. He had once given me a healthy-shopping grocery store tour and after that I often email him to ask for his input on some heal... Read more
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