Thursday, December 30, 2010

CIBO Clinic Lap-Band Program Advantages

CIBO Clinic: an innovative idea takes shape

CIBO Clinic is the realization of Tom’s total-care vision. Staffed with top specialists in the field of laparoscopic gastric banding surgery, the unique clinic offers comprehensive support for each patient. Before undergoing the procedure, patients go through a qualification process that includes counseling and psychological assessments. After the surgery, experts work with each patient on meal planning, emotional adjustment, physical therapy and more.

Psychological counseling is a big part of the program. “The band may help control the quantity of food I eat,” says Tom, “But it’s the psychological adjustment that empowers me to control the gluttony.”

Tom understands the challenges of losing a large amount of weight – he’s still going through it. He knows about the sagging skin that happens with weight loss. That’s why he has a plastic surgeon as part of his team. He knows about the chronic conditions (and, often, the accompanying depression) many seriously overweight people suffer from. And he’s very aware of the way the people around you can react to significant weight loss; it can change the dynamics of your relationships. So the clinic offers a psychological support program for both the patient and their family.

A healthier, easier, better life.

Tom couldn’t be happier with the results of his procedure. To date, Tom has lost 260 pounds and continues to get slimmer and healthier. The out-patient surgery was simple and reversible. He recovered quickly, and was out riding his motorcycle a couple of days later. Today, he has adjusted the way he thinks, eats and lives. “These days, life has become about quality, not quantity,” he says.

Today, Tom is in the driver’s seat in more ways than one. He cruises the countryside in his cars, sitting comfortably and getting in and out with ease. Before losing weight, he often parked illegally so he had enough room to get around the vehicle in case someone parked too close. “When you’re obese, there’s so much you do to prepare for each situation that no one ever sees. Now, I don’t have to give those things a second thought.”
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

How to Handle Hangovers

Don't let a hangover ruin your day. Find out how to feel good fast.
How to Handle Hangovers

The holiday season is a time of decadent eating and drinking, but consuming copious amounts of liquor can result in a hearty hangover. Try these simple solutions to make a quick comeback to the celebrations.

Five First Steps for Fast Relief

 As soon as you wake up, drink two glasses of water to undo the dehydration.

Have a large glass of grapefruit, orange, or tomato juice. Juice contains the simple sugar fructose, which speeds the metabolism of alcohol.

If you drink coffee, have a cup or two as soon as possible. Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, meaning it narrows the swollen blood vessels in your head. Just be sure not to go overboard. Like alcohol, caffeine is a diuretic, and if you drink too much, you’ll become even more dehydrated.

Kudzu is a traditional Chinese remedy for alcohol poisoning, usually taken in a “morning after” tea. You can pick up kudzu extract at a health-food store. Follow the dosage directions on the package.

Nix it with Nux: the homeopathic remedy nux vomica is considered an antidote to alcohol hangovers. Dissolve 3-5 pellets of the 30C potency on the tongue every four hours.

Quick Comeback Snacks

Once you overcome the queasiness, fix yourself a nice bowl of hot chicken soup or bouillon. Either one will help replace the salt and potassium that your body loses when you’ve been drinking.

A banana milk shake is another good way to replace potassium and other nutrients lost during a night of heavy drinking. Combine a half-cup milk with a banana and two teaspoons of honey. Whirl it all in a blender, and drink up..

If you feel well enough, eat a light meal munch on some fresh fruit, and crackers with honey. Fruit and honey are good sources of fructose. Save the bacon and sausage for another day.

Get Moving

Although your instinct might be to stay in bed, you’re better off if you can take a brisk walk or go for a run. That will boost your production of endorphins, your body’s natural painkillers. Heavy drinking can lower endorphin levels.

From: 1801 Home Remedies, Reader's Digest Canada

Monday, December 27, 2010

Cooking Help for the Single Guy

Sometimes you can spend all day cooking a meal that would be the envy of any great chef just to have it ruined by something as small as the gravy being too thin or the soup too salty. There are tricks around the most common of kitchen gaffs that might help you salvage your meal and your pride.

Salty Soup

You've just made some of the best chicken soup on the face of the earth, but it still needs something. So you add a little salt and take a taste. No, that was definitely not it. Now your soup tastes like a portion of Utah real estate and you have to start over. 'Not really. Peel a good sized potato and add it to the pot. The potato will absorb a lot of the excess salt. This works on 90% of the soups you will ever make, except—ironically—on potato soup.

Too Much Heat

Your eyes are watering and the water you just drank is now steam coming out of your ears. You might have added too much spice... Try adding some hot water and a potato—this might help a bit. If you're making chili or a soup of some sort, try adding more of the other ingredients to help distribute some of the heat. That failing, put "Dante's Peak" on the TV and throw a volcano themed party.

Burned One Too Many Times

Every kitchen should own a wooden spoon. It is critical to have one on hand for soups and sauces. Not only will the wood not scratch the surface of the pots and pans you paid too much money for, but it will save your bacon if the game goes into overtime and you don't stir as often as you should have. The trick to saving burned gravy, soup, etc. is to not scrape up the burned bits. Your gravy is only burned on the bottom. Pour it ever so gently into another pan using the wooden spoon to keep out the caked-on bits in the pan you are pouring from. Add more of whichever liquid the recipe calls for (milk, broth, etc.). Hopefully this will help out. You should have recorded the game or paused the DVR while you were cooking.

Too Thin?

To solve the age-old question of what to do with thin sauce... Conventional wisdom states to either keep cooking it until it thickens (condenses) or to add a little flour. Both take a little more skill than it sounds. What's easier and gets the same result? Pour a glass of cold water and add 2 - 3 heaping spoonfuls of cornstarch. The mixture will have the look of watered down skim milk, but have the magic of Aladdin's lamp. Add a little at a time and allow the cornstarch/water mixture time to heat up. As it heats, it will thicken. Basically, the cornstarch will take on the flavors you are mixing it with, but don't overdo it.

These four tips should help you right along and save you from having to make the same meals over and over again. Remember, these are just like any other kitchen skill, time and practice will perfect these kitchen maneuvers, so be patient. Bon Appetite.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

The Secret Power of Nine: So The Cups half Full.... Big Deal

The Secret Power of Nine: So The Cups half Full.... Big Deal: "OK I ADMIT I am a bit scratchy at the moment, this Christmas Spirit I am meant to be feeling is really tiring and seems to be a one way thi..."

Smokers’ Helpline

 Smokers’ Helpline

Quitting is a process, not an event, and it is a different experience for everyone.  Quit Coaches from the Canadian Cancer Society Smokers’ Helpline encourage Ontarians to set themselves up for success by making a quit plan and getting support throughout the quitting process.

A Quit Coach can offer your viewers, listeners and readers expert advice on quitting smoking. He or she can speak about:

·         Creating a personalized quit plan and choosing the quit method for you
·         Support services from the Canadian Cancer Society Smokers’ Helpline, including phone counselling, an online “Quit Meter,” and  text message support
  • The Driven to Quit Challenge, launching in January 2011 to provide extra motivation for Ontarians to make a quit attempt for their chance to win a new hybrid and other incredible prizes!
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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Weight Loss Surgery

A proven approach to effective weight loss....

"There are several options when it comes to surgical weight loss procedures. However the safest is the adjustable gastric band procedure. Not only is it the safest surgical procedure for weight loss but it can also offer sustainable results by reducing the amount of food your stomach can hold."

Canadian Institute for Bariatric Options 
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Important News
From Santa
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DURACELL BATTERIES has come to the aid of THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE and THE TORONTO SANTA CLAUS PARADE in a big way. On November 21st the historic Parade held a toy drive called "TOYS FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE NORTH" as part of the annual Parade on the streets of Toronto. Arrangements were made with Thomson Transport to deliver over 4000 toys (10 skids) to Ottawa where FIRSTAIR airline took them to Canada’s North. In the North, the toys were distributed by members of the RCMP to every village, outpost and town in the three territories at the top of Canada.
In these days of battery driven toys and during the busy holiday season, the need for batteries went unnoted on Santa’s list. In most of the destinations of the toys, batteries are not readily accessible, especially on Christmas day. DURACELL CANADA, a sponsor of the Parade saw the toy drive and reminded Santa of the need for batteries. Unfortunately it was too late and the shipment donated by Thomson and FIRST AIR sent the toys to the North without batteries.
Arrangements have been made however that will see DURACELL delivering a large consignment of batteries to the RCMP at Ottawa Airport on Wednesday December 15th. There, an RCMP Plane will take the batteries to the North for distribution. SANTA CLAUS, RCMP Supt. Kevin Harrison and a representative from DURACELL will meet the plane for loading on Wednesday Morning, 9am, at RCMP Hanger, 2000 Research Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1V 9B4.
This is the first year that "TOYS FOR THE CHILDREN OF THE NORTH" has been in operation but THE SANTA CLAUS PARADE and the ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE are planning to make it an annual event.
Starting next year, DURACELL BATTERIES will be on Santa’s list!
The Santa Claus ParadeEric Conroy
(416) 318-7186
Duracell CanadaAndrea Farnell
(604) 602.6401
Royal Canadian Mounted PoliceKevin L. Harrison, Supt.
(647) 272-6333.
RCMP HangerKristine Feraco
(613) 990-2565

Friday, December 10, 2010

Exquisite Jewellery

Shabi's is a multi designer store
Shabi's is a multi designer store housing some of the most talented and exclusive Pakistani and Indian designers. Among its designers and Labels are Dagmar Jewellery, Jannat and Sadaf, Labels, Nini’s, Mehnaz, Shabira, Satya Paul, Thread’s and Motif’s, Tanzeb, Wraps by Shazia, Najia Naeem, Zehra's Exclusives, ZN Accessories and many more.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The CatStop:

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Protect your garden, plants or sandbox without chemicals or fences. When cats come within range, the CatStop® automatic outdoor cat deterrent emits a sudden burst of ultrasonic sound (at a frequency most humans can't hear) - the sound startles cats, and teaches them to stay away. Installation is easy - just place the CatStop in the garden or outdoor area that you want to protect, and it's ready to go.
The CatStop:

  • provides a safe but effective deterrence
  • protects gardens day and night without chemicals or unsightly barriers
  • monitors up to 280 square feet (26 square meters)
  • operates for up to six months on a single 9-volt battery

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Chili Glazed Salmon -VH® Thai Market Spicy Thai Chili Sauce

Chili Glazed Salmon
With the age-old dating routine of Friday night dinner dates and Saturdays at the movie theatre, it’s easy to fall into a relationship rut. Break out of the typical date night routine and wow your partner with a simple and delicious home-cooked meal. Cooking doesn’t have to be a chore. Rather than rushing for the takeout menu, try this easy, delicious and stress-free salmon dinner to keep taste buds sizzling and romance soaring. Ready in less than 20 minutes, this home-cooked recipe will make the oh-so-typical movie nights and restaurant dates a thing of the past!

Prep Time: 18 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

Preparation method: Barbecuing

4 x 6 oz (175 gr)            pieces fresh salmon
½ cup (125 mL)             green onion
½ cup (125 mL)             VH® Thai Market Spicy Thai Chili Sauce
2 tbsp (30 mL)               VH® Soya Sauce
PAM® Cooking Spray

  1. Spray cold grill with PAM® Cooking Spray.  Heat barbecue grill to high.
  2. Stir together, green onion, VH® Spicy Thai Chili Sauce and VH® Soya Sauce.
  3. Spray 4 pieces of tin foil with PAM® Cooking Spray. 
             Place a piece of salmon on each. Sprinkle the sauce evenly over the top of salmon. Close each package leaving a small vent in the top for steam to escape.
  1. Place packages on heated grill, close lid.  Cook until salmon is cooked through, about 12 min. Place cooked salmon on plate and top with liquid from foil package.

  • Cook extra salmon and sauce and serve cold in a salad for the next day’s lunch with fresh greens, tinned mandarins and thinly sliced red onion.
  • If a grill is unavailable prepare fish in the same manner but place in a 350°F (175°C) oven for 15-20 minutes depending on thickness of filet.

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VH has a new line of Thai Market Sauces

VH has a new line of Thai Market Sauces that are specifically designed to help Canadians prepare simple yet delicious meals. The new sauces, available on store shelves now, include VH Spicy Thai Chili Sauce and VH Red Curry Sauce.

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