Wellness

How to Travel Gluten-Free

Travelling can present its challenges, but toss in a food allergy or dietary restriction and it can be downright daunting.  However, my own gluten intolerance hasn’t prevented me from travelling—in fact, it has been a key component in fuelling my desire to travel. I wanted to defy the misconception that I would be limited as a gluten-intolerant traveller, and since my diagnosis three years ago I have travelled to more exotic and foreign places than I ever had before. I didn’t know that the travel bug would bite me so hard, but it did, and I am always looking ahead to my next adventure (and next international cuisine to take on, gluten-free style). Thankfully I am now well-versed and always equipped with the essentials (and more) to successfully travel gluten-free. Here are my tips for travelling gluten-free (or GF). Try them out, share with a friend, or modify to make…

How to Make Delicious, Nutritious Meals at Home

When you’re studying abroad, you’ll no doubt be caught up in experiencing the best of what your new country has to offer. Spending time with new friends, exploring new neighbourhood, sampling the local cuisine—all these roads seem to inevitably lead to… eating out. But relying on restaurant food for your day-to-day meals can be a major drain on your wallet. Not to mention that it’s definitely not the healthiest way to live. Most people know that a meal prepared at home tends to be the healthier choice. The basic guidelines for healthy eating include consuming lean meats, low-fat foods, and lots of veggies—and it’s much easier to stick to these guidelines when you do your own cooking. But for some, the taste and convenience of already prepared meals is far too appealing. Want to avoid takeout temptation? Keep reading! This article will share with you the many ways to make…

Don’t Let Homesickness Send You Home Early

You’ve taken the leap and have moved overseas. You knew life would be different, but still, little things every day surprise you: The deep blue of the ocean that greets you on your drive to work. Those wonderful whiffs of your neighbour’s home-cooked meals. The chatter of shoppers speaking a language you don’t understand. And, a not-so-pleasant surprise—that first bout of homesickness…

Making Healthy Choices at the Grocery Store

When you’re a busy student without much leisure time, grocery shopping can often feel like a chore. Between settling into your new living situation, attending your classes, making new friends, and doing your schoolwork, it often feels like there’s not enough time in the day—and that can make it seem like the pros of a quick and easy microwave dinner or a fast food meal outweigh the cons of their low nutritional value. However, putting in the extra effort at the grocery store can help you make healthier choices and will actually save you time during the rest of the week. Below are some tips to help you be more health-conscious and time-efficient during your next trip to the grocery store! Plan ahead for the week Many people brainstorm a menu for the week, but few actually write it down. Try to plan carefully what you will eat for…

Get Packing! Lunches Made Easy

A new school year is just around the corner… What better time than to get back into a routine, like preparing a healthy lunch? And we’re not just talking about the kids! Bringing your own lunch and snacks to work can help save you money and means you have control over the quality and quantity of the foods you eat…

Staying Healthy While on the Road

This presentation is provided by Novus Health. Novus Health empowers travellers, international students, and Canadians by helping them find reliable health information and make informed health decisions. View the rest of the articles on Ingle International for more travel guides and tips.

Your Guide to Eating Right in Canada

New to Canada? Depending on where you’ve come from, you may find yourself surrounded by unfamiliar types of food. But even if Canadian cuisine is similar to what you eat at home, living on your own in a new place can mean radical shifts in your diet—especially when you’re a busy student who might not have time to cook elaborate meals, or who might end up relying on takeout meals more often than not. As you adjust your diet to your new surroundings, it’s important to keep balanced nutrition in mind. That’s where Canada’s Food Guide comes in: a simple nutrition tool developed by the Canadian government. While the Food Guide has undergone many revisions and adjustments over the years, the basic principle remains the same: to help people of all ages make the right food and nutrition choices for a healthy lifestyle. How do I know if Canada’s…

Laugh Your Way through Miscommunication

Being in a place where you don’t speak the language well (or at all!) can be frustrating. Even if you are able to get by, the feeling of having less vocabulary than you’re used to—of having complicated thoughts in your head, but no real way to express them—can make you feel like a kid again. And following conversations around you can get exhausting. Still, the only way to get comfortable with a language is practice, practice, practice! And trying out your new language skills will inevitably lead to mistakes. But, hey—translation problems often lead to funny stories that you can laugh about later. Once the embarrassment washes off, of course… It happens to all of us. Seeing that my own family immigrated to Canada in the 1980s—and most of my relatives still reside overseas and speak little English—I have quite a few lost-in-translation stories of my own. Here are some…

Quench Your Thirst This Summer

As Canadians, we can’t help but love a bit of fun in the sun! But when you are soaking up those rays, do you remember to stay hydrated? Think of your body like your favorite plant: When left too long without water—particularly in direct sunlight—it will start to get dry and wilt…

Put Your Jet Lag to Sleep—Once and For All?

Ah, jet lag. The one part of travel that travel lovers are not enamoured with. And while health experts have shared a multitude of tips with us over the years—from staying hydrated to foregoing that glass of wine  to indulging in a long shower after a very long flight—none of these little tricks ever seem to do the… trick. Lucky for us, scientists and tech geeks alike are busy working on a miracle cure. → There’s an app for that. If you want to treat your jet lag—without treatment—you might want to opt for this cool app that helps your body adjust to new time zones. → Sleep in a bottle. Need something a little stronger? A pill that resets your body clock might be just the thing to help you adapt. (Check out this cool video about the Entrain app) The catch? These two ‘cures’ are still in the works! We’ll be eagerly (and…

Eating Locally, Living Well

Now that spring has sprung, it’s time to think of all the fresh fruits and vegetables available in our own backyards. You may have noticed that it’s becoming more and more common to seek out locally produced foods. Are you ready to join the club? Read on to find out why it’s such a beneficial choice!

Spring Forward, but Catch Up on Your ZZZs

Up here in the Northern hemisphere, warmer weather is arriving soon… we hope! In Canada, the clocks will “spring forward” one hour on March 9th, and many of us will spend the next day feeling that one-hour loss. And then we’ll have the next week or so to get adjusted again…