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Dietetic Directions Blog

How to Beat the Bloat FODMAPs

How to Beat the Bloat with FODMAPs

(Low FODMAP Diet Explored) Do you experience digestion issues but are uncertain of your food triggers? If so, you are not alone. One in seven people experience Irritable Bowel Syndrome, characterized by symptoms' of bloating, pain, gas and changes in bowels (i.e. diarrhea or constipation). While many may shy away from talking about their digestive woes, in my office, this is a common (and very important) conversation. Today, I will share a dietitian’s perspective on treating digestive issues (like abdominal pain, bloating and loose bowels) with the Low FODMAP diet.   DYK: More than 20 million Canadians suffer from general digestive disorders every year (Can. Digestive Foundation, 2018) Click To Tweet   The Low FODMAP diet...

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Ways to Save on Groceries

7 Ways to Save on Groceries (& Still Eat Healthy)

Who doesn’t want to save on groceries? Whether you are a mother with a family, a student or a busy professional, we could all benefit from saving. After all, the cost of food increases and the average Canadian household spends about $241 per person on food each month (Statistics Canada, 2016). This equates to just under $3,000 dollars a year (per person) on groceries (not including eating out). Today, I will share my Top 7 Strategies to Save on Groceries – while still eating healthy.   1. Start Basic ‘Meal Planning’ When it comes to saving on groceries, planning ahead may not be a ‘glamorous solution’ but it allows you...

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self love & diet

3 Ways Self-Love Improves Diet

Valentine’ Day is in the air. The time where small or grandiose gestures are made to show affection. This year, I challenge you to increase self-love! This involves prioritizing your needs and putting boundaries in place so that you live your happiest life. I like to think of self-love as filling your metaphorical cup, which inevitably leads to having more to give to others. Let’s get on this love train and discuss the 3 Ways Self-Love Improves Diet. If the idea of increasing self-love sounds too far out there, I get it. We live in a hectic world. We are inundated with distractions and obligations. We feel stress...

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Foods for Stronger Bones

5 Foods for Stronger Bones

Hope your New Year is off to a healthy start! When caring for our bodies with nourishing foods, it is common to overlook nutrition for our bones.  After all, our bones are living tissues that are constantly regenerating and replenishing. Today, I will highlight five foods that are good for building strong bones. I will underscore why they are beneficial and how to include them in your diet.   1, 2, 3 Bone Facts: Bones stop gaining density by your 20’s. This means that we cannot build bone mass after this time. This also means that children's diets need to emphasize bone-building foods in order to achieve their maximum...

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New Year's Resolution to give up

3 New Year’s Resolutions to GIVE UP!

January, it’s a fresh start. A chance to create your 2018 New Year’s Resolutions. What do you want to change? Before you set a hefty health goal, I will share my top three resolutions to GIVE UP! These are common, unsustainable pitfalls that many attempt (at least in the short term). I will highlight why you should NEVER attempt these resolutions and how to make more sustainable resolutions.   Making a New Year's Resolution? Be sure to read Top 3 Resolutions to GIVE up first! Click To Tweet   University of Scranton estimates approximately 40% of people make New Year’s Resolutions. The top resolution, which 1 in 5 people make, is...

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clementine vs pomegranate

Clementine vs. Pomegranate: Nutrition Compared

Dietitian Winter Favourites   Are you enjoying clementines and pomegranates this holiday season? I sure am! The citrusy clementine smell always brings me back to my childhood. My little sister, Melissa, and I loved to watch Christmas movies in the basement, tossing clementines to each other while singing carols! We had so much fun doing this. I remember trying to peel the whole fruit without breaking the peel. I then spread the peel out on a flat surface, like a map. If you haven’t tried this when peeling a clementine, it’s sure to amuse.     Today, we will be comparing the nutrition of these two winter super fruits. I will highlight...

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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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