| September 2011: Tips, eNews, and More!
The first day of autumn - September 23 - was just around the corner. Don't fret: there is still time for a round of golf, another game of tennis or a long nature hike to view the amazing colour show Ontario enjoys each year.
Many of you are back in school or perhaps settling back into a more demanding routine. This can add stress and make you look for ways to save time. Two things that should not be eliminated from your morning routine are flossing and breakfast. Flossing is an essential component of oral hygiene: it only takes a few moments and its benefits last a lifetime. From the classroom to the boardroom, a healthy breakfast improves performance, concentration and overall health. You don't need a three course sit-down meal, simply a healthy nutritious boost to start your day.
If you are looking for something fun to do with the family, apple picking season is here again. For those of you looking for different fruit to pick this year, Ontario also boasts delicious peaches, nectarines and plums, followed by pears in August. Freshly picked fruit shoul be a great component to your breakfast, and reminds you from where the food in the supermarket was grown.
If you are in Toronto on October 1, be sure to check out Nuit Blanche. It is an amazing way to explore the city and has been getting better each year. Remember to bring a camera and feel free to share your photos with us, we may include them in next month's eNewsletter.
Have a safe and healthy summer from the team at,
Dr. Tsang and Team
| Health Tip: Sports & Mouthguards
So we're a nation full of hockey players. Early morning practices, interesting smelling hockey bag, and missing teeth. Damaged teeth are a common injury in our sporting youth and adults. Most sporting leagues demand that participants wear appropriate safety equipment such as helmets, face masks, back and shoulder protection etc. Yet for some reason it's up to the participant to choose to protect their teeth.
Mouth guards are an effective way to keep your smile in place and offer increased facial protection, should you choose to "take one for the team". If you play hockey or most sports for that matter you should speak to me about creating a properly fitted mouth guard.
Dr. Tsang can't guarantee that you'll keep your winning record, but he can help you protect your winning smile.
A Go-To Homemade Granola
If you have been skipping breakfast or grabbing something when you get to the office, you may be missing out on the healthy start that your
body needs. By planning ahead and preparing your breakfast in advance you can save time, money and your health.
A good go-to recipe for a homemade granola can be used as a quick breakfast or as a snack you keep at your desk to eliminate the temptation
of less healthy alternatives throughout the day.
Some Tips for a Great Morning Granola:
It's yours to enjoy.
- Start with good quality whole rolled oats. This is the basis of the recipe.
- Use sweeteners such as maple syrup, agave nectar, and honey.
- Use healthier plant based oils such as sunflower oil, coconut oil or organic canola oil. Have fun adding healthy things you love, such as almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, coconut flakes, apricots, raisins, goji berries... Add whatever you want!
Once it is made, simply store it in a glass jar and it will keep for a good couple of months.
By making your own granola, you will know exactly what is in it and avoid countless additives and preservatives that are found in store bought varieties.
To get you started here is a recipe we love. Remember that you can alter it to taste and use it to get your day started right.