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Dietetic Directions Blog

Healthy School Lunches Made Easy!

The briskness in the air tells us that back-to-school time is fast approaching.  Parents are already finding me in anticipation of making these infamous lunches and expressing understandable concern that they are packing the right foods to meet the nutrition needed for their growing child.  Today, making lunches will get a whole lot simpler with strategies to make this process a breeze. 1. Take the Teaching Opportunity!  I recently watched a YouTube video for making school lunches where the speaker made the bold comparison that parents teach their children to be independent with using the toilet or getting dressed in the morning but do not provide the same “skill-teaching”...

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Food vs. Vitamins: Your Top Questions Answered!

Today we will explore common questions I receive on the need for taking vitamin/mineral supplements versus getting your vitamins through your diet. Question 1: Are supplements as effective as foods when it comes to getting adequate nutrition? The benefit of receiving adequate nutrition from wholesome foods is that you also receive an abundance of other important nutrients that supplements alone do not provide.  When consuming foods we receive not only one vitamin/mineral but a synergistic effect of the vitamins and minerals in the food working together.  For example, one cup of strawberries provides 150% of your daily vitamin C but this fruit also packs heart healthy potassium and fibre...

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Tips when Cooking for One or Two

I am thrilled to introduce Kate Park as my guest blogger and Dietitian extraordinaire!  Kate is a self-proclaimed foodie who vibrantly demonstrates that healthy cooking does not mean boring or tasteless. Kate leads interactive cooking classes, makes regular CTV appearances and works at a Family Health Team.  Kate also posts awesome content in her blog, the Sensible Foodie.  When you live on your own or with one other person, cooking can sometimes be a challenge. Many products are sold in family sized packages, leaving you with lots of leftovers that sometimes go bad before you can finish them. But it is not hopeless; you just have to be...

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Proposed Nutrition Labels: Have Your Say Canada!

Exciting news in the nutrition world!  This week, Health Canada released proposed changes to nutrition labeling on packaged foods.  The purpose of these changes is to make nutrition labels easier to read and understand.  This is such an important topic since we know that seven out of ten Canadians are looking at the nutrition information on labels to help them make food choices (Tracking Nutrition Trends Survey, 2014).  As a consulting dietitian, I educate clients on how to interpret food labels to make informed food choices.  I fully support many of Health Canada’s proposed label changes as beneficial ways to simplify the labels and enhance public awareness...

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Is this “Hunger” or “Appetite”?

What’s the difference between eating for “hunger” versus eating for “appetite”?   We often mistakenly use these words interchangeably.  Today, let’s focus on getting in tune with our body to distinguish between eating for hunger versus eating for appetite.   Knowing the difference will allow you to be a more mindful eater with awareness of what your body needs for nourishment. Here is a situation.  You are offered a refreshing scoop of French vanilla ice cream drizzled with hot chocolate sauce.  If this sounds tempting, you would likely feel a desire for this sweet treat.  If so, you have experienced appetite!  To confirm that it is an appetite response, ask...

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Dr. Oz is NO Diet Authority!

In a world inundated with nutrition information, and much more misinformation, people are likely to fall victim to diet scams by purchasing products with unproven health claims or even products that are unsafe for human consumption!  This is a reality, but would you expect a television physician to be the one promoting these miracle fad diets?  On Tuesday, June 17th Dr. Mehmet Oz, a TV icon who is also a cardiothoracic surgeon and teaching professor at Columbia University, appeared before US senators for a scolding for using his powerful media platform to essentially endorse diet scams.  I know that I am not the only one exclaiming the...

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Benefit from Bulgur!

Are you growing tired of using quinoa as a rice or pasta substitute?  Are you looking for something new to add to your diet that is not only whole grain but also nutritious and delicious?  Well, look no further than the less famous, but exceptionally wholesome bulgur! Bulgur is made from whole wheat kernels that have been cracked and partially pre-cooked to speed up the cooking time.   Bulgur packs a nutty flavour and can be paired with many other foods such as stir-fries, curry dishes, or fish.  Bulgur can also be used simply as a rice, oatmeal or pasta substitute.  This whole grain is traditionally used in tabouli...

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Fertility Diet: For Him

For couples looking to get pregnant, it seems that the onus is mostly on the woman’s diet.  Well-intentioned husbands come in for dietary counselling wanting to know what their wife should be eating or which supplements she should be taking.  Instead, men should also be asking about the crucial role their diet plays in conception. Today is part 2 of my nutriton fertility series.  Please reference part 1 for what women require nutritionally prior to conception.   Here are my top 5 considerations for him:   1. Achieve a Healthy Body Weight: Overweight men are more likely to have a lower sperm count and produce poorer quality sperm according to Bridget Swinney in her book Eating...

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Pregnancy Planning for Her

Many women planning on becoming pregnant want to ensure they are meeting their nutritional needs to provide the best possible health outcomes for their unborn child.  Poor dietary quality, chronic dieting, unhealthy lifestyle behaviours (such as sedentary lifestyle, stress, alcohol, smoking) and a diet lacking key nutrients, all compromise the health of an unborn child.  Today’s article will highlight my top 5 dietary considerations for women planning on becoming pregnant.  I will also address dad’s diet in part two of this series since he plays a vital role as well.   Top 5 Dietary Considerations for Her:   1. Achieve a Healthy Body Weight Healthy body weight is one of the most important factors...

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