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    For the first time in your life, you’ve really started taking fitness seriously. You’ve finally found that new, next-level, enviable dedication you’ve been searching for. You’re hitting the gym before sunrise and after hours, finding a way to grind it out minimum five days a week. You’re taking fun workout classes, and getting creative with your solo sessions. But despite the hot body hustle, the results are just not where you’d like them to be. Chances are you’re not doing anything wrong when it comes to your workouts. It actually could be your post-sweat session game that needs work. Yes -- it’s not just how we spend time at the gym that counts, a lot of the fitness and wellness work begins when we leave the weight room. Here are five common post-exercise mistakes that could be standing in your way of success.

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    There are a few ways we can slip up when it comes to post-sweat snacking. First, we often grossly over-estimate the amount of calories burned during a workout.

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    It’s easy to see why some people succumb to seasonal affective disorder (SAD) in the winter: cold, dark, damp, and gloomy weather can simply bring you down. So it may come as a surprise that you can get SAD in the summertime, too.

    About 10 per cent of SAD sufferers will experience the condition during summer’s warm, sunny, and bright days, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

    “Studies done in Asia—China and India—where summer depressions are more common than winter depressions found that it was related to humidity and not just temperature and light,” Raymond Lam, professor and head of the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program in the University of British Columbia’s department of psychiatry, tells Yahoo Canada. “It’s more of a problem in lower latitudes, in the tropical regions.”

    However, summer SAD, sometimes called reverse SAD, can still strike people north of the border. And while some of its symptoms resemble those of winter SAD—including feelings of hopelessness or

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    As food prices continue to soar, it can be a challenge to stretch your dollar at the local grocer.

    A recent Global News Ipsos poll shows that Canadians are purchasing groceries based on the price of the products available — not freshness and taste.

    59 per cent of people surveyed considered price to be one of the most important factors when choosing which food products to purchase. Additionally, 51 per cent of respondents said that freshness was one of the most important factors. However, only 32 per cent of the people polled chose taste as one of those important factors.

    John Cranfield, professor of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph, says he’s not surprised by the poll results.

    “In the last several years we know that there have been some more than expected food price inflation,” Cranfield explained. “Some food products, like meat products in particular, have had a fairly high increase in prices. So price has come to the forefront for a lot of

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