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TOP 5 EATING MISTAKES

Top 5 Holiday Eating Mistakes

Christmas is fast approaching. Tis the season to celebrate, spend time with loved ones and feel that child-like joyfulness. However, holiday parties and extravagant feasts often leave people feeling dread and the infamous fear of over-eating. Many of my clients worry about “going off the wagon” this time of year. They stress over how much they eat and/or what is being offered. They become curious about the top holiday eating mistakes. Let me remind you. Tis the season to celebrate food and togetherness, it’s not the time to get down on ourselves for not following a “perfect diet”. After all, there is NO such thing as a perfect diet....

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mood boosting foods

5 Mood-Boosting Foods

(and why they help) Did you know food can impact your mood? Wow! Isn’t that empowering? It puts you, the consumer, in the driver’s seat. After all, food is composed of nutrients, which affect our brain chemistry, therefore, influencing mood. Today, I will highlight five mood boosting foods, how they work in our bodies and how to incorporate them into your diet.   Before we jump in, I want to share that people often seek dietitian-support to better manage physical health (i.e., cholesterol lowering, blood sugar control, digestive issues, etc.). However, less often do people proactively seek dietitian-support to optimize their MENTAL HEALTH. This needs to change! Diet is a...

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Why Parents Must STOP Restricting Halloween Candy

Why Parents Must STOP Restricting Halloween Candy

(5 Powerful Candy Strategies)   Halloween is fast approaching. This means candy is in abundance or it will be when the ‘Trick-or-Treaters’ come knocking! In my practice, many parents worry about their child’s candy intake. How much is too much? What if they over-consume, become candy-obsessed and their teeth rot out of their little heads? These concerns lead many (well-intentioned) parents to start restricting or ‘police’ treats.   In honour of Halloween, I will highlight why parents must STOP restricting Halloween Candy. The intention of this article is not to blame, but to underscore the importance of eating strategies that build an intuitive eater who is much less likely to binge....

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Heartburn

3 Powerful Ways to Improve Heartburn

After a full-sized meal, one of the most common complaints is heartburn. That infamous feeling of burning in the chest or throat. If you’ve experienced this unpleasant sensation, you are not alone. In fact, nearly everyone experiences heartburn. Today, I will be reviewing why we experience it and 3 ways to improve heartburn symptoms. Find out 3 ways to improve #heartburn! Click To Tweet   What is Heartburn? The National Library of Medicine defines heartburn as the painful burning feeling in the chest or throat. Heartburn occurs when stomach acid travels up from your stomach into your esophagus (the muscular tube connecting throat to stomach). Generally, when we eat, the Lower Esophageal...

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3 Thanksgiving Superfoods you Must Try!

Thanksgiving is about one week away! Are you looking for superfoods to include in your feast? Today, I’ll be highlighting three of my favourite superfoods, why they’re nutritious and how to easily (and deliciously) include them in your holiday meal! I’ll also mention recipe ideas that can be prepared in advance and using few ingredients.     Before we dig in, when I use the term ‘superfood’, I am referring to foods with an impressive nutrition profile and linked with health benefits. Keep in mind that this term is often over-used/abused by people like Dr. Oz (read here why Dr. Oz is no Nutrition Authority).   [bctt tweet="Superfoods = Impressive nutrition profiles...

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5 Foods to Help Constipation

How's your bowel regularity? This is an awkward question for many, but a common conversation in a dietitian consultation. After all, the foods we eat have a major impact on our bowel movements. Today, I will be sharing 5 foods that help constipation. Before we get “moving”, constipation means having three or fewer bowel movements per week. You may find yourself straining or passing hard, small, dry stools. It affects 1 in 5 people, with a prevalence higher among the elderly (Clin Interv Aging, 2015). ‘Non-Diet’ Reasons for Constipation First, it’s vital to discover the underlying cause of constipation. This way, you’ll have the most appropriate dietary and/or lifestyle or...

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Plant based lunches

10 ‘Plant-Based’ Back-to-School Lunches

September is almost here, which means two things: 1) kids are going back to school and 2) fall is in the air. For many, fall is a time to “start fresh” and get into new "healthy" routines. This may include packing a lunch, going to the gym/yoga or perhaps including more veggies or plant-based proteins in your diet. Today, in honour of “back-to-school” or simply “pack-for-work lunches”, I will be highlighting my favourite 'dietitian-approved' plant-based lunches. In my private practice, more clients are asking about plant-based options. This comes at a time when Health Canada is wrapping up consultation #2 on Canada’s Food Guide. One of the main media...

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5 Seasonal Fruits for summer and fall

5 Seasonal Fruits for Summer & Fall

Today let’s celebrate summer fruit! After all, summer and fruit are like peanut butter and jelly; they just go so well together. Perhaps the best part of summer fruits is that they are fresh, less expensive and local.   From a young age, summer and fruits were synonymous. Childhood memories included summer evenings standing over the kitchen sink and biting into a very juicy peach. The juices would run down my cheeks and I felt like I was transported to a fruity heaven. Two words: summer fruits. I also recall sifting through the raspberry bush at Maple Lake seeking these little juicy treasures. There was always so much excitement when...

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3 Ways to Manage Cottage Pitfalls

3 Ways to Manage Cottage Eating Pitfalls

Summer is a time to kick back, enjoy the sunshine and time spent in tranquil destinations. Whether you are staying at a cottage or camping, eating well on these weekends comes with its own inevitable challenges. Raise your hand if, on a cottage weekend, you have felt unwell after eating copious amounts of junk food? Or if you found yourself permanently grazing (and/or drinking) throughout the day? Or perhaps you witnessed yourself forgoing your usual structure and balance at meals? I know I can say yes to all of these things.   In today’s blog, we’ll explore 3 ways to manage cottage-eating pitfalls so that you can relax without...

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