Welcome to this episode of The Tonic, terrestrially broadcast on January 15 and 16, 2022 on AM740 and FM 96.7 in Toronto. Topics covered on the show track the lifestyle articles and themes published in Tonic Magazine. This week we’ll discuss what it feels like to live with diabetes with Nicole Cleaver, the power of isometric contractions with Dr. Erin Boynton, the scientific basis for a yoga and mindfulness practice with Sari Fox .

We specifically discuss:

What Does It Feel Like To Live With Type 2 Diabetes?

  • The diagnosis of diabetes
  • The emotional response a diagnosis of diabetes
  • The health risk and regulation of gestational diabetes
  • The management of Type 2 diabetes
  • Diabetes sensors
  • What is it like to take insulin?
  • The symptomatology of low blood sugar levels
  • The impacts of not treating hypoglycemia
  • How does diabetes impact loved ones?
  • Diabetes and mental health
  • Lifestyle choices
  • Misconceptions and stereotypes

The Power of Isometric Contractions

  • What is an isometric contraction?
  • Concentric and eccemetric contractions
  • Do you need equipment for isometric contraction exercises?
  • The main benefits of isometric contraction exercises
  • Can isometric contraction exercises be aerobic?
  • Isometric contraction for pain relief
  • Exercise in front of a mirror
  • How do isometrics control blood pressure?
  • Isometrics to manage osteoarthritic joints

The Scientific Basis for a Yoga and Mindfulness Practice

  • What does mindfulness entail?
  • Why is mindfulness relevant in 2022?
  • The production of Gamma rays
  • The sympathetic and parasympathetic systems
  • The impact of long term stress and the production of cytokines
  • Lifestyle choices and the genetic expression
  • What do you get from mindfulness?

Cooking With Chocolate

  • What is the nutritional value of dark chocolate?
  • Chocolate makes you feel good
  • Chocolate varieties
  • Callebaut chocolate
  • Organic and fair trade chocolate
  • White chocolate (isn’t actually chocolate)
  • Shauna’s favourite and easy chocolate recipes

To find out more about living with diabetes and the history of insulin, visit Diabetes Canada.

To learn more about Dr. Erin Boynton go here.

To learn more about Sari Fox go here.

To learn more about Shauna Lindzon go here.