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Best Health

April/May 2021
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Best Health magazine is dedicated to helping you “Look Great, Get Healthy, Eat Well and Embrace Life.” A new magazine from Reader’s Digest, it brings an inspiring voice to today’s contemporary Canadian woman. It’s filled with the latest health news, fitness tips, relationship and weight loss advice. Best Health stands apart with inspiring and approachable healthy lifestyle information on all aspects of your life. It’s like a day at the spa, not a trip to the clinic. You’ll appreciate its cutting-edge, no-nonsense information, delivered in the warm, upbeat tone of a well-informed friend.

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Readers Digest Canada
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2 min.
from the editor

It had been years (er, decades?) since I’d last been on a bike. Balance has never been my strong suit, and riding in the city always terrified me. But I was desperate for a pandemic-friendly way to stay active with my kid, who’s too young to navigate crowded streets, streetcar tracks and oblivious car door-openers on her own. I’ll do it this for her, I thought. Pretty soon, however, it was all about me. A dizzying sense of freedom came over me during that first wobbly ride. The combination of being out in the spring air and alone in my head was exhilarating. I was hooked. Long rides using Toronto’s Bike Share program are now a rare fond memory of 2020. Statistics show I wasn’t the only one getting back in the…

4 min.
want a feel-good workout? might as well jump

For the better part of a year now, gyms and studios have been shut down because of COVID-19 restrictions—which means in addition to serving as our offices, restaurants, movie theatres, and classrooms, our homes are now our gyms. While some people have created a patchwork at-home exercise routine, maybe with an exercise app or a fancy new piece of equipment, others with smaller homes or tighter budgets may be looking for other options. Enter the rebounder trampoline, also known as a fitness trampoline, a mini trampoline or simply a rebounder. These compact pieces of equipment have a firm jumping mat that gives you a smal ler and lower bounce than the trampolines of your childhood. Though rebounders aren’t the same as trampolines for kids, the fun factor is right up there.…

1 min.
montreal’s house of bounce shows you how to jump start your routine

TOOL KIT Incorporate strength training with a dumbbell set. $89, canadiantire.ca Improve muscle tone with a resistance tube. Everlast, $13, well.ca Stow the trampoline away under a bed or couch with Costway’s foldable version. $96, loblaws.ca 1. Scissors Start with one foot back and one foot forward. Then, bounce down and reverse the positioning of your feet as you come up. Pumping your arms, continue to bounce and reverse your feet, as if you were crosscountry skiing. 2. Extension Start with your feet planted shoulder-width apart. Then, as you bounce down, reach your right arm up and over and extend your right leg to the side, opening up that side of your body. Return to neutral and repeat the move on the other side, extending your left arm up and over and left leg to the side. 3.…

6 min.
former mp celina caesar-chavannes on dropping the gloves and writing a book that heals

The first few months of 2021 have been a test of resilience. Headl ines announcing new COVID-19 variants landing in Canada, coupled with a merry-go-round of home-schooling and lockdowns, had me desperately looking for good news. And I found some, in former Liberal MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes’s compelling new memoir. Can You Hear Me Now? is the best kind of page-turner. She tells her story with raw honesty, which stops you in your tracks and shows how vulnerability and strength are two sides of the same coin. I remember being dazzled by Caesar-Chavannes when she made national headlines in 2017, after delivering a fist-pumper of a speech in the House of Commons against body shaming, addressed to girls and women who feel “different.” She was the only Black woman MP in Parliament at…

3 min.
eat more romanesco

Romanesco, the whimsical, psychedelic star of the produce section, is a broccoli-caulif lower hybrid chock full of vitamins and minerals. It’s almost too pretty to eat. (Almost.) The key to enjoying more of it starts with letting high heat do its thing, and making sure to not overcook it. What is romanesco? Romanesco, also called Roman cauliflower, hails from Northern Italy (some botanists believe it’s the result of selective breeding by 16th century farmers) and is a striking, bright lime-green colour. This cool-season delight is available from spring to fall and is part of the Brassica family of vegetables (think cauliflower, kale, broccoli and cabbage) but has its own distinctive shape and sweet, nutty flavour. Romanesco has tightly packed florets that are clustered in pointed spiral shapes instead of rounded, like broccoli and…

1 min.
roasted romanesco with lemon-caper gremolata

TIP Toss any trimmed stalks and leaves in olive oil and roast alongside the romanesco. They're full of nutrients and will become deliciously crisp. 1 whole romanesco, halved8 tbsp olive oil, divided½ cup chopped parsley leaves1 clove garlic, mincedZest of 1 lemon3 tbsp lemon juice¼ tsp kosher salt, plus more for seasoning1 tbsp capers, drained and roughly chopped (optional)¼ cup pine nuts, toasted (optional) Step 1 Preheat oven to 450°F. Drizzle romanesco halves on both sides with olive oil, rubbing in with fingers. Season well with salt. Place romanesco, cut side down, on a parchmentlined baking sheet and roast until tender (the florets should be firm enough to hold together without being crunchy), 30-35 minutes. Step 2 Meanwhile, prepare the gremolata. Add the parsley, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, 6 tbsp olive oil and ¼ tsp…