Month: February 2014

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Preventing hypertension through diet

February 28, 2014 No Comments

What is hypertension? One is said to suffer from hypertension (or high pressure) when the force exerted on the walls of the arteries by blood pumped from the heart throughout the human body is higher than normal. If nothing is done to lower blood pressure, the blood vessels harden and blood circulation gets restricted. Since […]

The side benefits of swimming

February 25, 2014 No Comments

I am a great fan of swimming not only to stay in shape physically but also for its effects on my creativity. Indeed, during my 2 weekly 1/2 h sessions of swimming, while my body is engaged in full physical movement, my mind itself floats and a lot of creative thinking happens, without me even […]

Kumquat, a touch of sun

February 22, 2014 No Comments

During winter, have you ever come across any tiny round or oval fruits measuring 2 to 5 cm long, which look like oranges and can be increasingly found in grocery stores? These are kumquats. Unlike other citrus fruits, they can be eaten with the skin, which is soft and slightly tart.


Heart-Friendly Food Items

February 21, 2014 No Comments

Colored fruits and vegetables By consuming 4 fruits and 5 servings of vegetables a day, you absorb a fair amount of antioxidants. Make sure you consume a range of colors that include at least one green and one orange vegetable for a variety of vitamins. In winter, we stock up on citrus fruits and we […]

Eating well for a healthy heart: Beware of these 4 elements (part 2)

February 16, 2014 No Comments

Trans fats Derived from partially hydrogenated oils, industrial trans fats are the most harmful to the heart. They can increase bad cholesterol (LDL) and decrease good cholesterol (HDL). Since labels on processed food must indicate their trans fat content, it is easy to identify and avoid them.

Rouse your senses with green curry

February 15, 2014 No Comments

Curry, a generic term of Tamil origin, is primarily used in the West to denote a blend of spices that is added to sauces in Indian and Southeast Asian cuisines. Though the spiciness or mildness of a curry depends on the composition of its ingredients, it is always very fragrant.

Eating well for a healthy heart: DASH diet to the rescue (part 1)

February 14, 2014 No Comments

Almost a third of all deaths in the West are linked to cardiovascular diseases. Among the various factors directly related to this incidence, are several that can be controlled with a healthy lifestyle. February being the Heart Month, this is the perfect time to adopt good eating habits to improve cardiovascular health.

Nurturing your growing child

February 12, 2014 No Comments

Blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure are the last items on the priority list of a child or adolescent. However, eating habits that dictate if their heart is in good shape or if it will become weak later are determined from a very young age.

A Taste of Sochi: Russian Gastronomy

February 11, 2014 No Comments

As the Sochi Winter Olympics have started, I thought it would be interesting to see what’s cooking inside the casseroles in Russian kitchens. Mirroring the Siberian winter climate, Russian gastronomy is a rich cuisine that is simple and nutritious: just like SOSCuisine! The first meal of the day is meant to be light yet nutritious. […]


Two hearts for Valentine’s Day

February 8, 2014 No Comments

The combination of mid-February with love and fertility dates back to ancient times. While in ancient Athens, the period between mid-January to mid-February was called Gamelion month to celebrate the sacred marriage of Zeus and Hera, the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia was celebrated on February 15 to worship Lupercus, the god of fertility.

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DIY Valentine’s Day, Act III: I Love You like Crazy…

February 5, 2014 No Comments

After dessert and before ‘sleeping’… Have you thought of a small gift for your significant other? How about buying a heart-shaped box in a drugstore or Dollorama and filling it up with Valentine’s Day chocolates that you can make at home with the famous SOSCuisine recipe?


Food for Thought

February 5, 2014 No Comments

McGill University has been offering the popular “Food for Thought” class since 1982, designed to provoke some thought, separate fact from fiction and of course, digest everything there is to know about food. And now, 15,000 students later, everybody can take this course, for free, on the web. It’s McGill’s very-first MOOC (massive open online […]

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