I think a lot of people can relate to this problem... We just can't stop eating! As soon as we're done munching on something, we're already thinking about our next meal.
Well, the good news is - our winter has been quite mild so far. As a consequence, we end up eating way less than we could have because people tend to eat more as temperatures get colder. So, thank you, mother nature, for not making us fat... sort of. We're still always hungry. So here are some tricks to help you deal with your hunger games.
1. Drink water
Yes, you probably know that sometimes our mind mistakes thirst for hunger. If your stomach is growling, drink some water. It will fill it up and help curb your "hunger".
2. Get busy
You're not hungry, you're just bored. Most people tend to eat out of boredom, so get busy: do your laundry, clean up your house, read MTL blog posts, etc.
3. Have snacks in between meals
Healthy snacks in between breakfast, lunch and dinner are a must. Make sure to include foods that are rich in fiber. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are all good examples of snacks that are guaranteed to keep you full until your next food intake.
Feeling hungry? Go for a walk or a jog. The adrenaline spike will curb your appetite for a certain amount of time.
5. Brush your teeth
Brushing your teeth will leave your mouth clean and minty... It will help decrease feelings of hunger and you'll think twice before munching on something.
6. Take a nap
Naps can re-energize your body and cut your cravings. Most people don't feel hungry as soon as they wake up, a power nap can recreate this feeling.
7. Never skip meals
It's crucial to have three full meals and two snacks in between breakfast, lunch and dinner. Never skip a meal. Your body needs to get used to a proper food intake schedule in order to function well.
8. Avoid sugar
Foods high in sugar taste great but they won't keep you full for a long time. They burn through your body very quickly and leave you feeling hungry soon after you're done eating.
9. Chew gum
Scientific studies show that chewing gum can cut feelings of hunger almost immediately. It tricks your brain into thinking that you're actually eating, so it can definitely help you out.
10. Suck in your belly
Did you know that it is recommended to always keep your abdominal muscles contracted? It will help get your abs in shape and compress your stomach in size, making you feel less hungry. Try it right now!
"Today, it is important to recognize the systemic racism against First Nations and Inuit within the health and social services network in order to put in place structuring actions to promote a more egalitarian and fairer relationship between these communities and nurses," said a statement by Luc Mathieu, president of the OIIQ.
The organization said that, after Echaquan's death, it made a "firm commitment" to prevent similar acts of racism by health care providers, as well as to rebuild trust with Indigenous communities to ensure they get the safe medical care they are entitled to.
In order to strengthen nurses' knowledge on Indigenous relations in health care, the OIIQ said it tasked its education committee with evaluating nurses' initial training in intercultural relations and cultural safety for First Nations and Inuit patients.
The organization also said it is taking necessary steps to implement continuing education activities for nurses on the same topics.
In what could possibly be the most fun experience you'll ever have getting a vaccine, Piknic Électronik is partnering with the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal to host a walk-in COVID-19 vaccination clinic this Sunday, July 11.
The clinic is open to festival-goers as well as anyone visiting Parc Jean-Drapeau. Since it's no secret that drugs and alcohol go hand-in-hand with music festivals, we asked what you should you know if you're planning on getting a vaccine dose and also planning on being inebriated.
A Piknic Électronik spokesperson told MTL Blog that "there are no known interactions between vaccines and substance use (drugs and alcohol)."
Still, public health told us it does not recommend attending your vaccination appointment under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Annie Dufour, media relations advisor for the CIUSSS, gave us a few reasons why that is.
Firstly, she said the health care provider giving the vaccine needs informed consent from the person receiving it before administering the dose.
"Alcohol and drugs can impair the ability to fully understand the information given," she said.
Secondly, the side effects of excessive substance use and the side effects of drugs and alcohol may be the same, making it difficult to interpret "clinical manifestations" after vaccination.
In other words, how can you tell if you're feeling faint due to a reaction to the vaccine or due to too much booze?
She said health care professionals on-site will be able to assess whether a person can receive the vaccine.
According to Piknic, the location and time — from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the entrance to the site — were chosen strategically in order to ensure people can give their clear consent if they want to get vaccinated.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.
La Maison Onyx is a pop-up that will run between July and October, giving marginalized chefs a stage to showcase their culinary expertise. Up first is Saint-Henri's Tropikàl Restobar, a Caribbean and Afro-Latin restaurant, which will be there from July 7 to July 27.
Tropikàl will be followed by Maquis Yasolo, an Afro-Québécoise restaurant in Saint-Henri. Later, MasterChef Canada’s Marissa Leon-John of Elle Jay’s Private Dining and Afro-Vegan chef Evy Mendes of Cantine Toca Toca will be serving up delicious eats.
La Maison Onyx is an initiative by DESTA Food, a Black youth network and non-profit business incubator for Black businesses.
According to a DESTA Food statement, La Maison Onyx will feature street food-style menus using local Quebec products, chef-led market tours at Jean-Talon Market, and on-site food demonstrations.
More chefs and Montreal restaurants will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
This article's cover photo was used for illustrative purposes only.
The government plans to deploy a vaccine passport system only "once the possibility of having access to two doses of a vaccine has been offered to the entire Quebec population aged 12 and over," according to a Thursday press release.
The target date for that benchmark is September 1.
Moreover, it would only be used if there's a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the province — or, as the Ministry of Health puts it, "only if there is a deterioration or change in the epidemiological situation in a given territory that would justify its use."
The idea is that the vaccine passport would give Quebec an option other than simply locking down non-essential sectors again.
What activities could require a vaccine passport in Quebec?
In its press release, the Ministry of Health listed a number of non-essential services for which a vaccine passport could be required.
These include activities it identified as "high risk" ("gyms, team sports, bars, restaurants, etc."), as well as "moderate or low-risk activities involving a larger number of people," like festivals and sports games.
The vaccine passport would not be required for essential services.
In a statement, Dubé called the current state of infections in the province "encouraging," but said officials are "closely monitoring the emergence and spread of variants."
The passport, he added, would enable fully vaccinated Quebecers to maintain some level of normalcy.
"In the event of a further increase in cases, with the deployment of a vaccine passport, adequately protected individuals will be able to continue with their daily activities, and the economy and public sectors will be able to remain open," Dubé said.
The ministry encouraged Quebecers aged 12 and over to get their second vaccine doses this summer.
Health Canada has a robust website with all the latest information on the vaccines and can answer any questions you may have. Click here for more information.