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Give Thanks, not Spanx

With Canadian Thanksgiving just around the corner, check out these healthy tips from expert nutritionist Theresa Albert. She teaches us that we can still enjoy this festive meal while practicing some easy, nutritious habits. Be sure to check out Theresa’s website for even more great advice on how to eat and live well.

To book Theresa for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

Give Thanks, not Spanx

By Theresa Albert, DHN, RNCP

www.myfriendinfood.com

Thanksgiving

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Much of the disastrous 10 pounds per decade (that is suspected of being the foundation of our obesity crisis) is acquired between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Regardless of your familial background, there are more gatherings, celebrations and opportunities to eat at this time of year. Navigating them so you can enjoy without the backside burden takes a tiny bit of practice.

I share these tips every year but somehow we forget not to get caught up in the festivities.  Half the deal is a mind game, really. This is likely not the last turkey you will ever enjoy, mashed potatoes can be made healthier and more often. Enjoy the day in a manageable way and get back to your healthier routine in between parties.

Here are some party tricks that work wonders at preventing the gobble, gobble, undo my pants, gobble:

  1. Always bring a veggie platter with low fat yogurt dip or hummus
  2. Seat yourself next to said platter and nibble to your heart’s content
  3. Promise yourself you will not eat the chips, popcorn, peanuts, chocolates and any other manner of crap before dinner. (After dinner, if you are still hungry…hahaha…go ahead)
  4. When dinner is served fill half of your plate with green vegetables, ¼ with starchy vegetables like carrots and squash and the other ¼ with lean protein
  5. Try this recipe for better mashed potatoes
  6. Avoid anything deep fried. (Note: This is the first time I have used the word “avoid”)
  7. Never have more than 2 alcoholic beverages
  8. Take a piece of aunt Cheryl’s cake home and cut into small squares, freeze for treats.

The key is to decide in your head and heart that you will feel better if you don’t over indulge. What you really want is the comfort of the people you love and the warmth of that will sustain you.  Nourishing your time with them however you can is the key. (Or, get on a plane and go south for some sunshine. Tell them your nutritionist told you that you were vitamin D deficient and you really couldn’t make it this year. I am down with both plans) Any way you slice it, it is moments that sustain you and the good food and feelings that go with them.

To book Theresa for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

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Back-to-School Speakers

It’s that time of year again… back to school! Our speakers can get the year started off just right. With keynote speeches and workshops by our many experts on parenting and family relationships, parents and teachers alike will learn how to best work with children.

Alyson Schafer headshot - update July 2013Alyson Schafer is a psychotherapist and one of Canada’s leading parenting experts. A mother of two teenage girls, Alyson is the best-selling author of three parenting books; Breaking The Good Mom Myth, Honey, I Wrecked the Kids, and her latest, Ain’t Misbehavin‘. The media recognizes Alyson as their go-to person for parenting. She has appeared on CTV news, CBC radio, Canada AM, Montel Williams, Steven and Chris, Breakfast Television, Save US From Our House, Planet Parent and more. In print you can find Alyson quoted in Canadian Family, Oh Baby, Reader’s Digest, Cosmopolitan, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star and many others.

In her talks, Alyson addresses why parenting is so difficult today. She offers a new way to think about our roles as parents, highlighting the fundamental “do’s and don’ts of parenting” and offering some sound advice on issues that parents can apply immediately. Alyson also discusses the special relationship that siblings share and the underlying dynamics that can fuel the fights between them. She teaches ways to diminish rather than intensify competition and rivalry and move towards more harmonious and loving relationships within the family. You will learn ways to move from a win-lose conflict situation to one of cooperation and problem solving to end those power struggles!

View More: http://clbuchanan.pass.us/proofsKathy Buckworth is an award  winning writer, public speaker, and television personality.  She is the  author of six books, including I Am So the Boss of You: An 8 Step Guide to Giving Your Family the Business, recently released in March 2013. She is a feature writer for  Sympatico.ca in their parenting, travel and auto sections, and is also a  columnist for the Huffington Post (Canada), and many other publications. She is a parenting  correspondent for CTVNewsChannel, and appears on shows such as CityLine and The Marilyn Denis Show. Kathy is the only two time winner  of the Professional Writers Association of Canada Award for Excellence in Humour, and is the 2010 recipient of the Mississauga Arts Award for Established  Literary Arts.

A mother of four, she encourages moms everywhere to ”laugh about their lives.”

In her programs, Kathy discusses the challenges of reinventing yourself (both in your career and lifestyle) post-parenthood. She explains that our goal should be to find blend, rather than balance, in juggling our hectic lives. Kathy also explains how we can truly do what we love and love what we do because she believes that “it’s only work if you’d rather be somewhere else!

Maureen DennisMaureen Dennis founded “Wee Welcome,” a business devoted to giving new parents the tools to “have a baby and a life.” Over the last several years, Maureen has worked hard to make her business the national mom-powered  organization it is, and she is especially proud of the incredible team of  Canadian moms and the community of over 40 000 members they have built  together.

Maureen has also become an  important mom influencer through social and broadcast media. She appears  frequently on shows such as CBC’s National News, CTV News Channel, Canada A.M.,  CHCH Morning, CityLine, Global National News, Breakfast Television, A Channel Ottawa,  and Rogers Daytime. Maureen is also the exclusive Parenting Expert for CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show and has acted as a corporate spokesperson for a number of high profile brands.

A mother of four, active entrepreneur and leader, Maureen guides her community of over 40,000 expectant and new parents through the wild and often overwhelming world of parenting.

To book Alyson, Kathy or Maureen for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

 

Keep Fit and Have Fun!

Prospeakers.com is proud to welcome Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod to the team!

Hal and Joanne

For the past 25 years, under the umbrella of BodyBreak, Hal and Joanne have been communicating to Canadians the important message that making small lifestyle changes can benefit an individual and their families for a lifetime. In their TV programs, syndicated radio show, presentations, media interviews or the products they endorse, they heighten the awareness of the benefits of a healthier, active lifestyle and show Canadians how practical and easy it is to do. But most of all, it’s “Fun”. 

Most recently, Hal and Joanne were contestants on the Amazing Race Canada. While their journey on the race did not end quite how they would have liked, the dynamic duo utilize their experience from The Amazing Race Canada competition as the backbone for their most popular keynote: Life is a Series of U-Turns. In this keynote, Hal and Joanne discuss how to conquer challenges, roadblocks, detours, targets and injuries. They emphasize how you too can overcome obstacles, disappointments and setbacks; and to not allow fear hold you back.

Hal and Joanne believe that by encouraging and communicating their message in an entertaining, upbeat and positive fashion, Canadians will begin to fully realize the implications of their actions and take responsibility for their total well-being. In turn, it will benefit us all.  Hal and Joanne are fixtures of Canadian media and have established trust and longevity with Canadians of all ages.

To book Hal & Joanne for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

 

 

 

Maude Barlow: Feature

Maude BarlowMaude Barlow is the National  Chairperson of The Council of Canadians, Canada’s largest citizen’s advocacy  organization, as well as the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works  to stop commodification of the world’s water. Maude was recently featured in the Globe & Mail newspaper regarding her most recent endeavors.

Maude delivers keynotes on water privatization issues; health care; Canada-US relations; trade; globalization; women’s issues and education.

To book Maude for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

This article was originally published in the Globe & Mail. Written by Vidya Kauri. [online source]

Having made this vital resource a cause célèbre, Maude Barlow now calls for it to be front and centre in government policy

Part of Liquid State: The science, art and wonder of water in Canada, an occasional series about one of the nation’s most magnificent resources.

Maude Barlow, national chair of the Council of Canadians and the country’s leading water activist, is expecting the release of her latest book next month. Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever is the final in a trilogy that uses compelling statistics to examine the global water crisis. In the book, Ms. Barlow, who was a leader in the successful movement to push the United Nations to recognize water as a human right, introduces the notion that water, like living beings, has rights too.

Ms. Barlow, 66, is nationally recognized as a staunch advocate for public control of water and equal access to clean water worldwide. A grandmother of four, the Ottawa-based writer has 11 honorary doctorates and several environmental awards for her tireless work. The first book in her series, Blue Gold, was a call to people to understand that water is being captured by corporate interests and that governments should retain control of it. The second, Blue Covenant, was about the international movement to fight water privatization. It ended with the statement that people had to push the United Nations to recognize water as a human right – a global struggle in which Ms. Barlow was one of the leaders.

Blue Future starts by announcing the achievement of that goal on July 28, 2010. She spoke with The Globe and Mail about what needs to be done now that the goal has been achieved.

What is the main argument in Blue Future?

It is that we have to create a new ethic that puts water at the centre of our lives and around which we build all policy: Trade, economics, energy, food, you name it. If it hurts water, it has to be re-assessed, or dropped. The book is based on four principles. The first is that, if water is a human right, we have to find a way to pay for it. The second is that water is a public heritage, the third is that water has rights too, and the fourth is that water can teach us how to live together and we can find ways to see water as a means of peace-keeping and peace-making. For example, the warring factions in the Middle East who have unified to protect the Jordan River.

Who profits from water in our country?

Water is mostly still in public hands in Canada, but about three years ago, the Harper government tied funding to municipalities for new water infrastructure to public-private partnerships. Most people don’t know about it, but it’s quite dangerous because it locks municipalities to a private model, which is always more expensive. A lot of municipalities, including Regina and St. John’s, by and large, don’t want to privatize, but they can’t get federal funds if they won’t. The Harper government is keen to sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement with Europe, which would make it impossible to reverse that decision. So that’s pernicious and just starting in Canada.

Also, Alberta is seriously looking at water trading, where you convert your licenses into a kind of property and you allow the owner of the licences to trade them. In the book, I look at two places that have allowed this: Chile and Australia. In both cases, they’ve lost total control of their public water. In Australia, the price of water skyrocketed because big farm conglomerates bought the licences from the small farmers and traded them on the open market. When the government tried to buy it back because it was drying up, they couldn’t afford it.

The water never stops flowing from my tap. Why should I be concerned?

We are nowhere near as blessed as most people think. There’s been a steady decline in water supply to Southern Canada because of overdraining. I was just up by Lake Huron a couple of weeks ago, and you can see where the water came to just a few years ago, and way, way, out where the water starts now. It makes me sad. You begin to have a visceral understanding of what it’s like when a major body of water starts to retreat. It’s partly climate change, partly over-extraction. The Harper government gutted the Navigable Waters Protection Act, which means that 99 per cent of our lakes and rivers are unprotected from pipelines going under or over them. They’re moving tar sands crude over barges and ships across the Great Lakes. We’re fighting nuclear shipments as well. It’s like this whole new slew of threats to the Great Lakes.

Other large bodies of water have gone under in the world. They were so large it was inconceivable they would ever be gone, like Lake Chad in Africa. The Aral Sea in the former Soviet Union is almost gone. Lake Winnipeg is by some accounts dead because of the blue-green algae from nitrates from farms. Some scientists don’t know if it’s recoverable. Prince Edward Island is dumping nitrates into its groundwater for its potato farming. I can name them as we go across the country. I’ve just been in New Brunswick and they’re planning fracking operations. My message to Canadians is: If we think that somehow we’re exempt from the water crisis that is upon many parts of the world now, we should think again.

What’s our biggest challenge?

In Canada, our biggest challenge is this myth of abundance. It’s a global myth that goes back to learning about the hydrological cycle when we were kids. The water goes round and round and it can’t go anywhere. That’s true. It’s still on the planet somewhere, but it’s a problem when you displace it from where you can access it by massive transport or dumping massive amounts of surface water into oceans.

You often speak of water in your book as if it is a living entity that can get hurt and has rights. What do you mean?

This is newer in my thinking. I used to think about water in terms of equality of access. But I’ve come to see that we have a human-centric view of nature in that it’s there to serve us. We need to start asking what rights an ecosystem has. I mean, stop and think what it would be like if the Gulf of Mexico could have sued British Petroleum? Of course, the gulf couldn’t have, but what would it be like if our laws were more compatible with protecting water in and of itself? You have to start recognizing that if we live more compatibly with the natural world, it’s going to be better for everyone.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

Racing In The Great White North

Jon Montgomery Amazing RaceOn your mark, get set…. GO!

For the past three weeks, teams have been racing within the borders of Canada to kick off Amazing Race Canada’s inaugural season. The teams have bungee jumped in Niagara Falls, rested at a winery in Kelowna, British Columbia, drank tea in Vancouver’s Chinatown and line-danced in Drumheller, Alberta. The winning team of the Amazing Race Canada will run away with a $250,000 cash payout and a free year of flying with Air Canada.

The Amazing Race Canada is hosted by prospeakers.com speaker, Jon Montgomery. Jon Montgomery captured the hearts of Canadians and the attention of everyone during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. After years of hard work, training and perseverance, Montgomery won a gold medal in the skeleton, securing his place in history as one of the best.

Jon Montgomery’s life has been a whirlwind since his Olympic win in skeleton, his big-time podium moment to get the gold medal, and his now-famous victory walk through Whistler Village. But he’s about more than just the frosty, golden beer that gave him instant folk-hero status with so many Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast. [Source]

From an appearance on Oprah, to the overwhelming homecoming in Russell, Manitoba, and from appearing in his own adventure travel television show and a presentation at the Juno Awards, Jon has been sharing his Olympic success with as many Canadians as possible. He’s also committed to defending his gold medal in Sochi 2014 and will look to share his Olympic experience with wife Darla Deschamps Montgomery, also a World Cup medalist in skeleton. [Source]

But before Sochi, Jon guides the teams on the Amazing Race Canada through roadblocks, detours and checks them into their next pit stop.

To book Jon for your next event give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site; be sure to catch Jon on the Amazing Race Canada Monday evenings at 9pm ET on CTV.

 

Healthy, Fit and Competitive

Simon WhitfieldEver wondered what Olympic athletes eat? No, we are not talking about Michael Phelps’ 12,000 daily calories of fried-egg sandwiches, chocolate chip pancakes, kilos of pasta, pizza and energy drinks… but rather a more “healthful” approach.

Simon Whitfield, Canadian Olympic triathlete, has relentlessly pursued excellence in his sport: 12 national  championships, 14 world cup victories, and, perhaps most significantly, a stunning silver medal in 2008  at the Beijing Olympic Games.

All of Simon’s success has come from a great deal of hard work. Combined with a rigorous training schedule, Simon is dedicated to fueling his body with the best foods to help him succeed. He has committed to healthy eating habits and his overall nutrition since he established his Olympic goals at only 16 years old.

In the video below, Simon explains how he “eats well.” He loads up on 30 grams of protein at breakfast with chia seeds to help him feel satisfied throughout the day; he avoids starches at dinner, instead replacing them with lean protein and healthy fats (like olive and coconut oil). He also takes omega3 supplements, which have been shown to lower cholesterol and help bones and joints.

Above all, Simon emphasizes that you need to find what works for you! So take it or leave it, an Olympic athlete shares everything you need to know about how to be healthy, fit and competitive.

 

To book Simon for your next event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

 

 

It’s Playoff Time!

The NHL Playoffs are underway– a beloved time for hockey fans everywhere! The cool arenas are ablaze with heated rivalries. Go [insert favorite team here]!

Prospeakers.com’s roster includes many hockey greats. From the likes of Wayne GretzkyCassie Campbell, Ron Ellis, Trevor Linden and Hayley Wickenheiser – to name a few.

We love seeing them score goals, win medals and sometimes even throw a punch. However, their performance off the ice is just as impressive.

Trevor LindenKnown as one of the most refined players in professional hockey, former NHL All-Star and
Olympian Trevor Linden started the Trevor Linden Foundation in 1997. The organization is
devoted to encouraging  young people to discover their strengths and achieve their full potential.

The foundation has partnered with other organizations and individuals who are engaged in youth development programs that support the values of integrity, hard work, responsibility and leadership.
They have worked with charities in British Columbia, Montreal and New York to raise funds and awareness.

The “Trevor Linden Community Spirit Scholarship” rewards four students in British Columbia entering their first year of post secondary education. The scholarship is given to students in good academic standing who have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities and exceptional commitment to enriching the lives of others in their community.

 

Hayley WickenheiserFour-time Olympic medalist, Hayley Wickenheiser is regarded as one of the best female hockey players in the world with an uncompromised determination and dedication to her sport. However, it’s not just her lethal slap-shot that is respected by her teammates, fans and peers; Wickenheiser is a community leader and mentor.

Her passion for sport is paralleled by her drive to give back to the community in several ways, particularly to organizations with a commitment to youth. Recently,  Hayley has teamed up with Plan International’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign, which is a social movement empowering Canadian girls and women to claim a brighter and more safe future for girls in the developing world.

Hayley’s hockey career allows her to connect with girls and women across the country. She believes that playing sports empower girls to find their self-confidence, inner-strength and outer-expression. Last week, Hayley spoke about the organization’s campaign to sponsor girls in the struggling region of Hatibandha, Bangladesh.

You can watch Hayley’s interview on Global Calgary here.

To book Trevor, Hayley or any other of our athletes for your upcoming event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

 

Kathy Buckworth: I Am So the Boss of You

 

Kathy-BuckworthKathy Buckworth’s latest book takes office boardroom techniques into the home. In, I Am So the Boss of You, she predicts a society where corporate policies and practices regulate the family.
Her eight step guide aims to give your family a successful business-like structure.

Kathy, a mother of four kids, award-winning writer, television personality and public speaker, helps moms everywhere laugh, relax and realize that balance is something you achieve while putting on your peep-toe heels… and holding a glass of your favorite wine.

On top of all this, I Am So the Boss of You has been optioned as a television sitcom by WB.
But you do not need to wait until then. Pick up the book at Loblaws and Superstores across the country or online.

Catch Kathy on Vancouver’s Breakfast Television here.

To book Kathy for your upcoming event, give us a call at 416-420-4525 or be in touch via our site.

Dr. David Posen, Author & Stress Expert, on Workplace Stress

Interested in lowering your stress levels this spring??

Well, Dr. David Posen, noted stress expert and lifestyle coach, recently released a new book titled, Is Work Killing You? A Doctor’s Prescription for Treating Workplace Stress.

A recent Globe and Mail article reports the four main facts that Dr. Posen believes act as a starting point for any conversation on stress at work:

“1) Workplaces are making people sick.

2) Not enough people are talking about it, and when they do, nobody’s listening.

3) Much of the time and effort put in by stressed-out workers is actually unproductive, so it makes more sense to focus them on important matters and cut back their hours, so their health and productivity will improve.

4) Many of the solutions aren’t complicated.”

 

The need for change is a no-brainer to Dr. Posen: “It’s like having 50 employees in a hot room, expecting each one to endure the heat or somehow cool off. Wouldn’t it make more sense for their employer to turn down the heat, open the windows, turn on a fan, or crank up the air conditioning? The problems are systemic. The solutions need to be systemic as well.”

And in a related article, The Toronto Star shares Dr. Posen’s top five tips for addressing workplace stress in your own life:

 

“1. Give yourself a time out

Research shows our energy comes in two-hour cycles, but many people don’t take breaks and try to power through the day, says Posen. If you’re hitting the wall — which often happens after 90 minutes of work — try just taking a break…

2. Adjust your bedtime

Most adults need eight to nine hours of sleep a night. “When people start to get the sleep they need, even if the problems in the workplace continue, they will feel better and they will function better, and they will handle the stress at work better,” says Posen…

3. Sweat it out

Any workout will help reduce stress, and aerobic exercise is the best, because “you’re getting rid of a lot of that extra stress energy,” says Posen…

4. Stop trying to multi-task

Posen likens multi-tasking to talking with your mouth full. “(Multi-tasking is) not something that should be extolled or encouraged. It’s actually a bad habit to get into, and people would be much more productive if they stopped doing it.” …

5. Share the workload

Ask yourself who could — and should — be doing some of your tasks…Posen explains: When people get a chance to share the work, they’re likely to feel that they have made a contribution, and will be more engaged…”

 

 

When you think about stress in your own workplace, what are some ways your company can pro-actively support employees?

As an employee, which of these tips is most important for you to implement?

 

 

 

 

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Theresa Albert – How to Look Younger

Theresa Albert, nutritionist, cookbook author, and healthy living expert recently shared “Four Ways to Look Younger” with the Huffington Post.

 

Small changes go a long way, but would you guess the specific benefits from each of these tips?

1. Drink less alcohol.

2. Reduce high-fructose corn syrup (esp. sweet drinks)

3. Replace saturated fats with nuts, seeds, and whole grains

4. Drink more water.

 

answers:

1. “Alcohol dilates the capillaries in the face and can cause a permanent mottled look.”

2. “Nothing makes you look older than being overweight.”

3. “Saturated and trans fats are inflammatory and therefore contribute to a sallow look of the skin and dull hair.”

4. “[Dehydration] appears on the skin first contributing to the saggy and sallow look of age.”

 

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