Articles by: Jennifer ChauhanJennifer Chauhan
Jennifer Chauhan is Ottawa Life’s in-house health blogger. As a yoga teacher and self-proclaimed health nut, Jennifer is interested in all aspects of wellness, whether physical, mental or emotional. An Ottawa-based freelance writer, she manages her own blog, www.mothermiser.com, while also contributing to other blogs and local magazines. A literature graduate of the University of Ottawa and the University of Sydney in Australia, Jennifer has always been passionate about writing. To contact her, e-mail jen.chauhan@gmail.com

2 Yogis, 3 Kids, 1 Cause

May 15, 2014 12:51 pm
2 Yogis, 3 Kids, 1 Cause

Meet Todd and Amanda Lavictoire. Both are Ottawa yoga teachers who have spent years dedicating their lives to helping others by teaching them to move more efficiently, care for their body, manage chronic pain conditions and find peace of mind. Their positive impact on the larger community is immense, as […]

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Healthwise: How to Counterbalance Overindulgence – Stress and Sleep Management Tips from Naturopathic Doctor Penny Kendall-Reed

October 21, 2013 12:40 pm
Healthwise: How to Counterbalance Overindulgence – Stress and Sleep Management Tips from Naturopathic Doctor Penny Kendall-Reed

 Whether it is during Thanksgiving, Diwali, Christmas or any other celebration this festive season, everyone can use tips on how to counterbalance our tendency to overindulge. Overindulgence can manifest itself in many ways. For many, the unbalance presents itself as lack of sleep, while for others it is overeating, or […]

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Blush: The Ultimate Girls’ Night Out

September 12, 2013 9:33 am
Blush: The Ultimate Girls’ Night Out

Nowadays, women are busier than ever: working hard during the day gunning for a fulfilling career that allows them to define themselves independently of their family role, studying part-time to ensure continued education, training to stay fit so they can enjoy life, planning date nights to nurture the relationship with […]

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LUNCH: A Fresh Food Experience in the Capital

August 8, 2013 9:58 am
LUNCH: A Fresh Food Experience in the Capital

When you are in a rush to grab a bite between meetings, it’s nice to be able to buy something on the go. The problem: not many places in Ottawa that serve food quickly also serve it healthy. Luckily, the new LUNCH truck on Albert at Kent can offer Ottawans […]

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Woodworking in Ottawa: How One Man Stumbled Upon A Niche Market

June 20, 2013 10:23 am
Woodworking in Ottawa: How One Man Stumbled Upon A Niche Market

Vincent and Robert Millaire, Ibuildfurniture If you cannot find the style of furniture you are looking for, why not build it yourself? That is how Vincent Millaire, founder of Ibuildfurniture, stumbled upon a niche market in Ottawa. After months of searching for a coffee table, Vincent faced the fact that […]

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Healthwise: The quickest way to fatten a rat is to feed it MSG

April 26, 2013 12:22 pm
Healthwise: The quickest way to fatten a rat is to feed it MSG

A doctor told me that the quickest way to fatten a rat is to feed it MSG. Given that the majority of humans consume MSG on a daily basis, logic would dictate that MSG is also fattening us. MSG, or monosodium glutamate, is the sodium salt of a naturally occurring […]

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Healthwise: Spring into Digestive Health

April 22, 2013 11:25 am
Healthwise: Spring into Digestive Health

As the season begins to warm our winter-worn faces, many of us are thinking about overall lightening – from weather, to wardrobe, to diet – and now is as good a time as any to start thinking about digestive health.  As we welcome spring, a natural dietary shift occurs from […]

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Healthwise: Realistic Health Goals for 2013

January 7, 2013 3:51 pm
“Quality is better than quantity when it comes to resolutions.”
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As we welcome the month of January 2013, it is the perfect time to reflect on 2012 and set personal and professional goals for the year ahead. Many of us are enthusiastic to set health goals, often related to weight-loss and/or muscle gain, only to be disappointed and riddled with […]

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Healthwise: Battle cold and flu naturally this season

December 23, 2012 4:55 pm
Healthwise: Battle cold and flu naturally this season

Healthwise: Battle cold and flu naturally this season Jennifer Chauhan Ottawa is covered with snow, residents are busy preparing for the winter holidays and anticipating meals shared with friends and family. As wondrous as this season is, it is also prime time for colds and overtaxed immune systems. It seems […]

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Healthwise: The Power of Positive Thinking

December 14, 2012 10:58 am
Healthwise: The Power of Positive Thinking

It’s perfectly normal to feel down and out sometimes, especially during these long and dark winter days. But when your negative thoughts and attitude begin to hinder your productivity, personal relationships and overall happiness, it is time to kick positive thinking into high gear. Fake it until you make it If […]

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Healthwise: Small Changes, Big Results

December 13, 2012 7:23 am
Reduce stress and improve your sense of happiness.

As we inch towards the end of the year and prepare for a clean slate in 2013, it is important to prioritize our individual wellness. By “wellness” I mean mental and physical health, life satisfaction and a sense of overall wellbeing.  It is easy to get caught up in the […]

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Healthwise: Natural Health Solutions

November 30, 2012 11:24 am
Healthwise: Natural Health Solutions

It seems that more people are going back to the basics when it comes to their health, and this includes turning to natural cures for minor ailments. Often, the ingredient you need is already in your pantry, so why look any further? Here are some of the ingredients you can […]

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Healthwise: Maintaining your Health over the Holidays

November 26, 2012 11:00 am
Healthwise: Maintaining your Health over the Holidays

We all know that the holidays are approaching fast. It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of social commitments and to-do lists. However, maintaining our mental and physical health this season is critical. It is sometimes easier to sacrifice healthy food choices, adequate sleep and relaxation in […]

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Healthwise: The Benefits of Meditation

November 19, 2012 12:00 pm
Healthwise: The Benefits of Meditation

In the past, health was almost always associated with the physical body. Nowadays, more people are discovering the benefits of exercising the mind. The advantages of adding brain-teasers and crosswords to your routine have been lauded over the last few decades because they sharpen the mind and help keep dementia at bay. But […]

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Healthwise: Revitalize Your Health with These Five Superfoods

November 7, 2012 1:33 pm
Healthwise: Revitalize Your Health with These Five Superfoods

Ever heard of superfoods? Nowadays, it is a term that is thrown around often but may not be understood by everyone. A superfood is a food that is nutritionally dense and considered especially beneficial to health and well-being. These foods can help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of heart disease […]

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Healthwise: Healthy Sleep Habits

October 31, 2012 10:33 am
Healthwise: Healthy Sleep Habits

The crucial role of sleep in everyday functioning becomes ever more apparent when you are not getting enough rest. As a result of too many sleepless nights, you may battle headaches and chronic fatigue, feel greater irritability, struggle to concentrate and discover you have more difficulty problem-solving throughout the day. […]

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Healthwise: Are you treating the symptoms or the cause?

October 24, 2012 12:35 pm
Healthwise: Are you treating the symptoms or the cause?

I once knew a man who complained of chronic headaches. He managed his ailment with multiple daily doses of acetaminophen or ibuprofen.  After months of suffering, he lamented the state of his health over lunch.  We questioned the fellow and came to identify the fact that he never drank water. […]

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