Jackie Burns is a Toronto-based freelance writer who covers the healthy body beat for Love and Blueberries.
Q: You’ve taken on the “healthy body” beat for Love and Blueberries, do you think of yourself as having a healthy body?
A: I feel like I’m in pretty good shape and my BMI is within the healthy range but that’s a hard question to answer with 100% certainty. How do we really know how healthy our body is unless we test ourselves? During one of my interviews for the healthy body blog, I spoke with Bryce Wylde, a homeopathic doctor who recommends doing some specific assessments of your health, whether it’s checking your PH and Vitamin C levels or even getting an adrenal stress test. It’s definitely peaked my curiosity, so I’ll have to get back to you after my tests!
Q: What does your exercise routine look like?
A: For years I had a love/hate relationship with my lunch-time spin class as an office worker, but my routine changed after having my son and deciding to become a stay-at-home mom/freelancer. I purchased an elliptical for my home so that I could workout while my son napped. I try to do three 30-minute routines a week and since I live downtown I walk everywhere. My weight training consists mainly of carrying around my 30-pound son but I should definitely try to incorporate more strength training for a better balance. Q: Do you make an effort to maintain a healthy diet? If so, what kinds of foods do you include in your weekly shop?
A: I definitely make an effort to maintain a healthy diet, but I find it takes a fair amount of planning to avoid having grilled cheese sandwiches every day! Every morning, I get up and take a shot of Matol, a mineral formula with herbal extracts that gives me tremendous amounts of energy. I live right near the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto so I shop there every couple of days for fresh fruits, veggies and meat. I try to eat a lot of soy which I get from Yves veggie burgers, soy almonds and chocolate soy milk. I just discovered Mary’s Organic Crackers (wheat-free and gluten-free) which are super tasty with peanut butter!
Q: Do you face any challenges in your efforts to maintain a healthy lifestyle?
A: I often run out of time in the day to make three balanced meals and find myself ordering take-out way too often, although I try to stick to healthier options like sushi or bean burritos. When I’m in a time crunch but desperate for something healthy, I blend Matol’s Fibresonic powder with skim milk, blueberries and flax seeds.
Q: Lastly, do you have any health goals for 2009?
A: I’m definitely trying to be more aware of what foods/drinks I put in my body and remember that I really do feel much better, physically and mentally, when my body gets the proper nutrients. Basically, I’m trying not to over-indulge in red wine and nachos!
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Tip 2 – An additional thing a couple ought to be trying to do while making love is confirm that the wife orgasms during it. This aids to increase the speed at which the sperm advances through the fallopian tubes towards the eggs to fertilize them. Also having an orgasm decreases the pH levels in the vagina which if too high are harmful to the sperm carrying the male chromosome.
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By following these points you will increase your likelihood of conceiving a baby boy.