Entries by Lisa Ruddy

OHIP and Uninsured Services

The Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) pays for medically necessary services provided to patients seen in the office/hospital etc. You may require some services that are not insured by OHIP – these are considered Uninsured Services. Examples include, but are not limited to: travel advice and travel immunization telephone prescription renewals telephone consultation – phone […]

Flavourful holiday recipes to lighten up your meals!

Here are some tasty side dishes to consider rather than the usuals.   Balsamic Roasted Squash and Root Vegetables: Great option instead of mashed potatoes or a sweet potato casserole.  The flavour of the balsamic vinegar with the vegetables is sweet and tangy–delicious! Leftovers are great added to a salad of spinach with feta cheese and […]

Farewell Ramona!

After 42 years of  Nursing and a long dedicated career with Markham Family Physicians and Markham Family Health Team, our Lead Nurse Ramona has decided it is time to retire. Her family is putting together a Book of Memories highlighting her career over the years and we thought that since she has cared for so […]

Assess your Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes Risk

This post is for those who have not yet been diagnosed with diabetes–so you may be pre-diabetic, or have been told that your sugars are a little high.  Maybe your sugar levels are fine, but you want to check in with your health and see whether you are at risk of developing diabetes.  Maybe you […]

Signing the Diabetes Charter of Canada

What is the Diabetes Charter of Canada? Briefly, the Diabetes Charter of Canada is a document that the Canadian Diabetes Association has created to ensure that all people in Canada, living with diabetes, are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve.  The goal of the charter is also to advocate for equal access to […]

Sleep Hygiene

Sleep.  We all wish there were more hours in the day to get everything done, and still get enough of that deep, restful, restorative sleep!  With busy lives and many things on the go at all times, it can be hard to wind down at the end of the day, or even get to bed […]

Autumn Vegetables

For some reason today I seem to be inspired by beets, also known as beetroot–a colourful vegetable that is freshest in the fall months. Beets are a great source of fibre, a source of vitamin C, iron and magnesium and rich in anti-oxidants. There are so many ways to incorporate beets into your diet, and […]

Sick Day Management

Colds, the flu or other illnesses can hit us at the worst of times.  When you have diabetes, it’s important to know what to do when you aren’t feeling well in terms of medications and food choices. If you are sick, but still able to eat: Take your diabetes medications as usual. Eat your usual […]

What would you do??

What types of diet changes would you be willing to do if it meant being able to avoid cholesterol-lowering or blood pressure lowering medications? This is an article from CBC that shares a perspective about how diet changes can improve our overall health.  Vegetarian or vegan diets can be one route to support our heart […]

Let’s consider our portion sizes…

It’s not always the foods we choose that are the problem when it comes to managing our weight or our blood sugars.  Sometimes we are just eating too much!  Whether the calories are coming from healthy whole foods or higher calorie foods, any time we eat or drink more energy than our body needs, the […]