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The times have changed when it comes to meat consumption, according to Renelle Briand of Health Canada. “Many of us grew up in households where meat took center stage on the dinner plate. Today, there is a greater emphasis on meat alternatives, vegetables, fruit and whole grain foods,” she says.
Last week, University of Waterloo’s school of public health became the first in Canada to endorse Meatless Mondays—and if a major university in Canada can do it, so can you.
Here’s why cutting back on meat is beneficial for your health:
1. Reduce saturated fat intake
The most recent Canada’s Food Guide suggests that people choose more beans, lentils, and tofu among other meat alternatives as a way to minimize saturated fat. “Though some saturated fat in our diet shouldn't be harmful, if you're eating a lot of it, that may negatively affect your health,” says dietitian Abby Langer. Since the majority of saturated fat comes from animals and animal by-products, cutting out meat is an easy way to decrease your saturated fat intake.
2. Curb the risk of cancer
“Processed meats such as lunch meats and bacon have been connected to an increased risk of some cancers,” says Langer. In 2015, The International Agency for Research on Cancer classified processed meat as carcinogen, and red meat as a probable carcinogen. To reduce your risk, limit your intake of both.
3. Improve heart health
Meat alternatives provide nutrients such as iron, zinc, magnesium, B vitamins, and protein. “While nuts and seeds are meat alternatives that can be high in calories, they contain monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fats, which are beneficial for cardiovascular health,” says Briand.
The best part about Meatless Mondays is that it’s so simple! Here are five veggie-friendly recipes to get you started.
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The Canadian Living team shares some resolutions for 2017—all with a focus on beauty.
When it comes to making New Year's resolutions, it can seem like a waste. Either the resolution is too abstract ("be happier"), too daunting ("learn a new language") or too vague ("lose weight"). While putting big things on your bucket list is something we recommend (dream big!), we also know that the more achievable your resolution is, the more likely you are to keep it. Which is why this year, the Canadian Living team is looking to make small changes to our beauty routines that will have a positive (and in some cases immediate) impact on how we look and feel. Read on to find out what our staff is looking to achieve this year.
Alexandra Tanner, Contributing Art Director
“I would really like to remember to take my vitamins—beauty starts from the inside after all.”
Jennifer Danter, Acting Executive Food Editor
“I don’t usually wear makeup, but now that I’m back in an office setting where everyone looks so stylish I want to up my game. My beauty resolution is to learn how to wear makeup that looks natural—so I’m starting by looking into BB Creams and foundation.”
Estee Lauder DayWear Multi-Perfecting Beauty Benefit BB Crème SPF 35, $35, beautyboutique.ca.
Stacy Lee Kong, Senior Editor
“My 2017 beauty resolution is to make this the year I finally learn how to apply eyeliner without looking like a raccoon! (To be fair, this has been my beauty resolution since 2003… So I’ll let you know how it goes.)”
Linda Cotrina, Web Producer
“I’ve heard time and time again how important sunscreen is to one’s overall beauty regimen which is why I’ve made applying sunscreen everyday my ultimate beauty goal for 2017. First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer is my go-to product—it has all the benefits of sunscreen (UVA and UVB protection) while still keeping your skin moisturized. The added bonus? It’s vegan and cruelty-free!”
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen Moisturizer, $37, sephora.com.
Sandi Pilon, Senior Associate Art Director
“I’m in my 30’s and I often forget to moisturize my face at night, so my resolution is to get serious about a beauty regime. I’m going to be diligent about applying face and eye cream that is suited to my age.”
Julia McEwen, Fashion & Beauty Director
“Now that I’ve started to settle into my 30’s I’m ready to get serious about introducing anti-aging skin care into my daily routine. The hero ingredient of this category is retinol. It’s a vitamin A derivative that fights wrinkles, dullness and dark spots. One side effect it’s also known for is that it can be tricky to introduce and in some cases can cause irritation if you have highly reactive skin (which is what I have). That’s why I’m keen on trying this treatment from skin therapist to the stars, Kate Somerville. It combines oxygen with retinol, which means it’s super hydrating while still fighting off the signs of aging—the perfect retinol gateway product."
Kate Somerville Dermal Quench Liquid Lift Retinol, $130, sephora.com.
Sarah Gunn, Home & Garden Director
“I’m not one to make resolutions, but this year I do want to start taking better care of my skin. I plan on experimenting more with face masks and moisturizers.”
Alexandra Donaldson, Fashion & Beauty Contributor
"The past couple of years I've really upped my beauty game by settling into a skin-care regime, wearing sunscreen every day and paying attention to what my skin needs (usually moisture). This year, I'm hoping to focus in on products that work for me and to pay more attention to ingredient labels. Hopefully these two resolutions will let me streamline my skin-care products and only apply good-for-me ingredients to my complexion."
Renee Reardin, Interim Digital Direction
"I resolve to eat more superfoods to help me attain that glowing complexion we're all after. Eating a diet that's rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, healthy fats, amino acids and collagen can help skin look its best, so I'll be loading up on foods like avocados, blueberries and turmeric."
These iconic beauty products have been around for ages—maybe they were even used by your mother or grandmother. So why mess with a good thing? These winners are still available and beloved by celebs, makeup artists and hairstylists everywhere.
Though L’Oréal Paris’s Elnett hairspray first came to Canada in 2009, it has been flying off shelves in Europe since 1960. The name comes from the French words “elle” (meaning “she”) and “nette” (meaning “neat”), and the product is known for its ability to hold the hair in place without producing a helmet-like effect. The classic spray has continued to evolve for the past fifty years, but the “original” Elnett is still used by hairstylists around the world. L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray, Ultra-Strong Hold, $15/400mL, at drugstores and mass market retailers.
Revlon was founded in 1932 by brothers Charles and Joseph Revson, and their first product was a nail enamel that came in colours other than red. Funnily enough, their most iconic shade 80 years later is Revlon Red, a classic red polish for the fingers and toes. Revlon Nail Enamel in Revlon Red, $5, at drugstores and mass market retailers.
Formulated for dry skin types, the original Nivea Creme soothes the skin while softening rough areas such as the knees, feet, elbows and hands. It was first put on the market in 1911, and remains a nostalgic item for many, with its metal tin and clean, powdery smell. Nivea Creme, $9/200mL, at drugstores and mass market retailers.
The original green-and-pink Maybelline Great Lash formula has been on the market for over 40 years—since 1971! Having won numerous beauty awards, the mascara is known for its ability to coat and separate each lash for a great everyday look. Most women, at some point in their lives, have used and loved Great Lash. Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara, $5, at drugstores and mass market retailers.
Designed in 1885, the pricey Mason Pearson hairbrush has been elevated to cult status for its high-quality build and amazing wearability (it will last a lifetime!). The bristles are spaced perfectly to distribute oils and detangle even the most unruly hair. The boar-hair version is best suited to women with normal to fine hair, while boar with nylon suits normal to thick hair. Those with super thick hair should stick to all nylon bristles.
M.A.C's bestselling lipstick in the entire world, and a top seller in almost every country, is Ruby Woo. It was first launched in 1999 as part of a matte lipstick collection, and has since developed cult status for its extreme wearability and matte yet creamy formula. Ask any celebrity that loves red lipstick and she's sure to list Ruby Woo as one of her faves.
First released in the 1920s, Chanel No5 has become a legendary perfume synonymous with class, elegance and good taste. Marilyn Monroe cemented its status when she claimed to wear nothing but the fragrance to bed at night. The complex scent is made with eighty different ingredients such as Ylang Ylang, Grasse Jasmine, May Rose and Aldehydes, and is a staple in any fragrance wardrobe. Chanel No5 Eau de Parfum, $168/100mL, at Chanel beauty counters.
According to the Clé de Peau website, their concealer is "perhaps the most perfect product in the world." Very few would argue with this statement. The product has long been a must-have for makeup artists and beauty editors because it hides under-eye circles, pimples and dark spots and stays put all day long.
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