Vancouver is one active town and I know this because when there is a hint of sunshine the Sea Wall is just as crowded as the Pattullo Bridge in morning rush hour.
That being said, complimenting an active lifestyle with the right food is key. Now this doesn’t mean snacking on crunchy cardboard diet crackers all day, but just being more aware of the types of food and ingredients that are going into our bodies.
Cruising into our first holiday of the summer many will be indulging in fire-grilled meats, saucy side dishes, and creamy desserts. It’s not quite as belt-loosening as Thanksgiving or Christmas but there are ways to eat right this season and stay active.
A recent StatsCan study showed more than 40 per cent of Canadians aged 20 to 79 have unhealthy cholesterol levels.
I was approached to run a contest in partnership with Becel pro.activ calorie-reduced margarine with plant sterols. Of course before I could begin, I had to look into what exactly “plant sterols” are.
Plant sterols occur naturally in everyday foods like vegetable oils, nuts, grains and fruits, and have been studied for decades for their cholesterol-lowering effects. Though they are found in everyday foods, Canadians arenâ€™t able to consume enough to significantly reduce their cholesterol â€“ up until now: Health Canada recently approved the addition of plant sterols to certain food products for their cholesterol-lowering claims. Links: Plant Sterols on About.com, Plant Sterols on Wikipedia.
To promote lowering your cholesterol this summer with healthy food and an active lifestyle, Becel is offering up a prize pack to one of my readers. This includes:
Approximate value of the prize pack is $200. To enter to win, please leave a comment below stating how you will stay active this summer.
This could be from starting (or continuing) a morning run, kayaking in Deep Cove, doing the Grouse Grind, or cycling through Stanley Park. I’ll draw one winner Tuesday July 6th and they’ll be able to pick out a gym in their neighbourhood for their 1 month membership.
Update The winner is Julie! Congratulations and have fun being active this summer!
Disclosure cmp.ly/0 I was not paid to write this post or conduct this contest