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A roadmap to healthy grocery store shopping

Choosing healthy foods in the grocery store can be quite the task. Reading nutrition labels and deciphering claims and taglines are just the beginning. Throw in organic options and ingredients lists, and anyone can be left overwhelmed with choices!

Fortunately, we have come up with a few handy tips for you to use as a roadmap for navigating your grocery store and making healthier food choices!

— Shop the perimeter: All of the essentials are found around the perimeter of the grocery store. Wandering down each aisle means you are more likely to buy prepackaged and processed food. Keep focused on the basics and go down an aisle only when you know what you are looking for.

— Never grocery shop when you are hungry: Feeling hungry in a store full of food can quickly lead to impulse buys and cravings. Always remember to eat before you go!

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Alberta’s vitamin D dilemma – what you need to know

Everything from migraines to cancers, depression, osteoporosis, poor immunity and heart disease can all be linked to low levels of vitamin D.

A survey conducted by Statistics Canada found evidence that two-thirds of the Canadian population has vitamin D levels below the required amount associated with optimal health.

With so many debilitating illnesses caused by a lack of vitamin D, why would Alberta Health Services no longer make this test available? Does it not seem important? I do think the test is vitally important and that’s why I continue to provide vitamin D testing in my clinic through a private lab for my patients.

A notice sent out by Alberta Health Services to all physicians, nurses and nurse educators stated that vitamin D testing is no longer available for population screening as of April 1.

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