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Dietetic Directions Blog

The Scoop on Inulin

With all the hype on high fibre foods and their associated health benefits, it is no wonder that we are seeing more and more products emerge on grocery shelves boasting the extremely sought-after high fibre claim. This blog will explore one of the most common ways that these high fibre claims are achieved, which is often through the use of an ingredient called inulin. What is Inulin?  Inulin naturally occurs in some plants and is a type of dietary fibre since the human body cannot digest it. More specifically, inulin is a fructan, which is basically a fancy word to imply that there are fructose (sugar) components.   Fructans occur in foods such as asparagus, leeks, garlic, onions and artichokes and...

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Welcome to Nutrition Month!

March is Nutrition Month- a time for Canadians to celebrate healthy food choices and the positive impact these have on our health and personal well-being. During March, we need to join together and talk about nutrition in order to raise awareness on the link between healthy eating and disease prevention.  Nutrition plays a crucial role in many chronic health conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, obesity etc.  Nutrition Month is also a time to promote the role of Registered Dietitians as your trusted source for science-based recommendations.     Nutrition plays crucial role in many chronic health conditions Click To Tweet FYI: Nutrition Month first started in 1973 where it was a week-long event. By 1980, with the increased interest in nutrition, the campaign increased to a month long event. FYI: Nutrition Month started in 1973 as a week-long event Click To Tweet Our 2013...

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The Skinny on Cow’s Milk & Alternatives

What is better: cow’s milk, soy milk, almond milk, rice milk or coconut milk?  Are they nutritionally equivalent - meaning they have the same amounts of calcium, fat and protein?   If you have asked yourself these questions you have come to the right spot! Which is nutritionally better: cow, soy, almond, rice or coconut milk? Click To Tweet First, before doing a nutritional comparison, it is important to mention that people choose dairy alternatives for diverse reasons.   If you are a vegetarian or a vegan you might choose a milk alternative, like soy or almond milk, because they are plant-based.   Additionally, if you are lactose intolerant you might choose an...

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Best Weight Loss Apps!

As a dietitian in private practice, I am always intrigued when clients introduce me to new nutrition apps they use diligently on their smart phones to track their food and physical activity.  What a great tool to use on a healthy living and/or weight loss journey.  This blog is dedicated to introducing weight loss apps that come highly recommended. Dietitian reviewed, highly recommended weight loss apps! Click To Tweet Tip: To make these trackers most useful enter your food and activity right after consumption or activity to increase the accuracy and your awareness. Of the 3 apps I will review today, there are components they all have in common: • Track food intake throughout the day • Account for energy expenditure vs. dietary intake • Input weight and height along with goals •...

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How to Boost your Metabolism

If you are relentlessly trying to lose weight you may have already blamed your sluggish metabolism. Conversely, if you are struggling to gain weight, you may have concluded that you have a super speedy metabolism allowing you to eat everything you want without gaining a pound. Either way, the term‘metabolism’ describes a measure of how efficiently your body burns food as fuel.  Likewise, since metabolism impacts the rate at which we burn calories, this will have an impact on how quickly bodies gain or lose weight. Today, let’s explore the factors that determine our metabolism or the rate at which we burn calories (aka metabolic rate).  First, it is important to mention factors that are outside our control. • Age: After the age of 40 years, metabolism...

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Where did Pancake Tuesday come from?

Today is the annual day of Pancakes!  Also known as Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. Wow, those are a lot of names for one single day!  Nevertheless, are you curious on the origins of Pancake Tuesday? Wondering why pancakes or why at this time of year?  If you are looking for answers, I am happy to say that you have come to the right place :) Where did Pancake Tuesday come from?? Click To Tweet Why on Tuesday? Pancake Tuesday happens around the same time each year and always falls on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.  Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent, which is the season with 40 days of preparation...

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How to Make Fantastic Fish!

Welcome to the middle of the month dedicated to promoting Heart Health. To help celebrate this momentous time, I have brought in my very first guest blogger Amanda Li, the talented Registered Dietitian and chef.  Amanda has a passion for creating the finest foods to foster health and well-being. Thank you Amanda for sharing your exceptional culinary expertise with us at Dietetic Directions! Fish 101: The 1st of February not only marked the start of Heart Health Month, but also the beginning of a Fish and Seafood Module in Culinary school!  Today I will share with you how to master the art of cooking fish and encourage you to try new ingredient-pairings with your fish.  This blog could possibly...

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Let’s Eat Lentils!

Lentils are little edible seeds grown in a pod and part of the legume family.   You may recognize lentils used in vegetarian dishes or used in Indian cuisine.  However, how familiar are you with using lentils in your kitchen as part of your tasty, healthy meals? In honour of February being "heart health awareness month", this blog is dedicated to raising awareness on the amazingness of lentils and encouraging you to begin experimenting with these in your cooking! Lentil 101: Lentils vary in size, shape, colour; they may be are purchased in the dried form, canned or possibly in the pod.  Lentils vary in colour from the most common brown lentil, to the peppery...

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Reap the benefits of Rapini

If I had to name my top 3 veggies rapini would most certainly top my list!   I grew up with rapini served both at family meals and on special occasions.   Surprisingly, rapini was always a treat for all five children in my extended family.   Now, as a dietitian, I have come to appreciate rapini not only as a delicious vegetable but also as a “super food” or those foods that pack a nice nutritional punch! For those unfamiliar with rapini it is now time to explore this delicious, bitter and almost nutty tasting veggie. What is Rapini? A common dark green leafy vegetable native to southern...

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