Posts from ‘Exercise & Nutrition’

Potlucks are great ways for people to get together, try a variety of dishes and spark new ideas for their own cooking. This month, each GTA Wellspring centre will be hosting a member potluck. We turned to our own Registered Dietitians and Chefs to share some tips and delicious and nutritious potluck recipes. We look… [Read More]

Making the Most Out of Winter Vegetables

Posted on January 10th, 2014 | 0 Comments

By: Chef Lisa Shamai, Lisa Shamai Cuisiniere  Just because the temperatures are plummeting, doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice eating vitamin-rich fresh produce. Winter vegetables, such as cabbage, brussels sprouts , squash, sweet potatoes, turnips parsnips, carrots, beets, kale and rutabagas, make delicious additions to your nutrition complement during the long, cold months.  Below are… [Read More]

Osteoporosis and Exercise

Posted on December 10th, 2013 | 0 Comments

Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. This leads to increased bone fragility and risk of broken bones, particularly of the hip, spine, wrist and shoulder. Osteoporosis has no clinical manifestations or symptoms until there is a fracture.  It is important to intervene before these fractures occur.   A… [Read More]

Healthy Baking

Posted on December 6th, 2013 | 0 Comments

By: Chef Lisa Shamai, Lisa Shamai Cuisiniere  I’m not a fancy baker, but I do make some pretty good muffins, cookies and quickbreads. My goals for healthy baking are few; Eliminate refined white sugar Eliminate white flour Try to add as much fibre, nuts and seeds as possible Attempt to add lots of vegetables and… [Read More]

Reducing Treatment Fatigue by Eating Well

Posted on October 17th, 2013 | 0 Comments

As a registered dietician,  Wellspring program leader, and as someone who has experienced cancer treatment , Jean LaMantia has much information to share about how eating well can help alleviate treatment-related fatigue. Her overall message is to consume: milk products/calcium (e.g., probiotics, yogurt), fibre (e.g., fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes), fat (e.g., nuts, vegetable… [Read More]

No one likes pain. The reality is that physical pain is a common occurrence experienced by people who have been diagnosed with cancer.  Depending on the type of diagnosis, cancer patients may experience pain due to cancer-related treatments and/or physical discomfort from the disease itself. Many patients endure short-term acute or severe pain while others… [Read More]


One of the biggest fears that you may face when planning your return to work is being able to perform your duties at the same levels as before your diagnosis.  This concern might stem from many factors, including physical fatigue or “chemo brain” (also called “brain fog”) which is a term used to describe cognitive… [Read More]


I’m trying to imagine a person with little to no yoga experience today looking for a studio or teacher.  I also imagine that in the early stages of post cancer treatment, there are many physical changes one has to adjust to. We know that movement and relaxation can contribute to physical and mental well being…. [Read More]


Exercise Tips for Breast Cancer Survivors

Posted on October 19th, 2012 | 5 Comments

As a physiotherapist and leader of Wellsprings’ exercise program, I have the privilege of training many women who are breast cancer survivors.  Consistently, joint and muscle pain is reported by many of our participants, particularly post-menopausal women on hormone therapy.  So, what’s going on???  Are you one of the many women experiencing muscle, joint, or… [Read More]


Protein is one of three macronutrients (the other two being carbohydrates and fat) essential for human life. Protein serves multiple purposes without which our bodies would not be able to repair, regulate and protect themselves.1 Protein has many essential functions in the body including providing the body with energy, building and repairing tissues, providing structure… [Read More]