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Dietetic Directions Blog

6 Ways Stress is Sabotaging your Diet

In a typical week, how many times do you feel stressed? Be honest. According to Statistics Canada, 23% of Canadians (or 6.7 million people) report feeling ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressed’ most days. I am sure this is not surprising. After all, stress can easily be our “default-mode” when working, doing household chores, or caring for loved ones.   23% of Canadians report feeling ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressed’ most days Click To Tweet   What is often overlooked, however, is how stress sabotages our diet while wreaking havoc on our bodies and minds.  We likely don’t think about the severity of this link because stress seems so common!  Today,...

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My Top 5 Food Lessons from Mom

~Mother’s Day Edition~   Sunday is Mother’s Day, and I still haven’t decided what to get my mom.  What do you get someone to say thank you for being supportive, affectionate and so influential?  Any material gift seems insignificant.  Therefore, this year, I am dedicating this blog to her and sharing the 5 most valuable food lessons she taught me.  These lessons have not only shaped my relationship with food but have also influenced my food philosophy.  I've shared them with many of my clients at Dietetic Directions. To add context to my 5 food lessons, I'll share a little backstory. I grew up in a food-centric, Italian-Canadian family in Mississauga....

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Farmed vs. Wild Salmon

The Great Debate   Do you have confusion in the salmon aisle?  Have you ever wondered, what’s the difference between farmed salmon versus wild salmon?  Is one better nutritionally?  And what’s the deal with some salmon saying “Pacific” and other salmon saying “Atlantic”?   Today, we will be breaking down the science so you know what to buy when fishing for your salmon.     Before we dive in, let’s first talk omega 3’s.  Omega 3’s are our heart-healthy fats that have anti-inflammatory properties.  Omega 3’s lower risk of heart disease and risk of certain cancers.  They are also important in brain, nerve and eye development for infants.  They may improve our immune...

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5 Seasonal Spring Foods to Buy!

Spring is in the air, which means there’s a fresh array of seasonal foods to buy!  Next time you are at the farmer’s market or simply exploring the produce aisles, keep an eye out for my five favourite Ontario-grown goodies. In this blog, I will highlight some the nutritional benefits, how to use them and how to store them for maximum freshness.   Check out Andrea’s Top 5 Spring-Fresh Foods & Why! Click To Tweet   Top 3 Reasons to Eat Seasonally: Saves money, this is because these foods are in peak supply and without expensive transportation costs Enjoy some of the best tasting foods that are picked at peak freshness ...

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5 Ways to Help Picky Eaters become Adventurous

Do you have a picky eater?  Are mealtimes a struggle?  Do you feel like a short-order cook at the mercy of making WHATEVER your little one will eat?  Are you tired of eating “kid-foods” and wish your child was not so darn picky!?  If you said yes to any of these questions, you are not alone.  In fact, up to 35% of parents describe their children as picky (Dietitians of Canada, 2017). This statistic is not to sound alarm but to inspire us to support our kids to improve their eating confidence so they can develop a healthy (and positive) relationship with food as they grow. Today, I...

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Stop the Food Fight!

Nutrition Month 2017   March is Nutrition Month and this year, let’s stop the food fight!  Dietitians across Canada are coming together to “Take the Fight out of Food” and help the public to improve their relationship with food and find the joy in eating!  find the joy in eating!  Food fights may be either with ourselves, our picky eater or with the management of health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or irritable bowel syndrome.  Today, I will be discussing the top five “food fights” and how we can end them so we can feel good about food!   Take the Pledge!  I Andrea D’Ambrosio, will Take the Fight out of Food...

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3 Steps to Successful Freezer Inventory

When was the last time you did a freezer inventory? Can’t remember?  I was in the same boat.  There was food lurking in the back corners that quickly became freezer burnt and sadly in the garbage.  When I became intentional (by doing a freezer inventory), all of this changed.  I was able to feel confident with what I had on hand, I spent less money on groceries and actually spent less time making meals.  Today, I will share my 3 steps to successful freezer inventory.   What is a Freezer Inventory? A tool used to review what is in your freezer.  Allows you to track food stored so that it...

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3 Powerful Ways to Eat Less at Restaurants

(without realizing it)   Do you overeat at restaurants?  Let’s be honest; we all do.  After all, there are just too many factors gently encouraging us to eat more. Like the size of our plates, the dark ambiance and our increasing portions! Not to mention, we tend to be members of the “clean plate club,” which means if food is put in front of us, we eat almost everything.  Many of my clients are surprised to discover that the average restaurant entree contains a whopping 1,200-1,500 calories– and this does not include beverage(s), appetizer(s) or dessert!  Similarly, the nutrition is comparable whether you eat at your favourite chain or...

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Why Losing Weight Won’t Make You Happier

Hope you are enjoying 2017; treating yourself well, loving your food and setting realistic health goals. To celebrate setting health-promoting goals (not merely weight loss goals), we have a very talented guest blogger!  John Roche is a local therapist and owner of Transformation Counselling.  John specializes in treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders and body image issues.   I absolutely love what John has to say about weight loss and happiness.   As a therapist, I’ve learned two universal rules: 1) living according to other people’s standards will make you miserable, and 2) Trying to find lasting happiness by making only external changes doesn’t work. If you’ve been preoccupied with losing weight,...

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