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Dietetic Directions Blog

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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So…. What about Soy?

Usually towards the end of a one-on-one dietary counselling session I will often be asked, “so…. what about soy?  After hearing the same question various times, I think it is time to set the facts straight.  Is soy cause for concern? Should we be avoiding soy? Should we be consuming more soy? Let’s find out! What is soy? Soy products have origin to the soy bean.  Soy beans are part of the “legume” family, which is the seed, pod or other edible part of a plant.  Soy beans are native to East Asia and continue to be a central part of their diet. Soy is a popular choice for vegetarians since it is the only plant-based protein that is also...

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Goal Setting: Your Direction for Success!

The first step to success is goal setting!  Now, I know this sounds obvious but how many people feel ‘adrift’?  Or how many attempt to attain the same goal over and over again only to feel that progress is not being made?  Today, I am going to break down how you can set magnificent goals for success and achieve them!  This is a timely article seeing that our New Year’s resolutions may be in full swing inching us one step closer to success or they may have already been tossed aside. Learn how to successfully set goals and achieve them! Click To Tweet Steps to successful goal setting: 1. Decide what it is that you want to achieve.  This is going...

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The Year of Quinoa is 2013!

Did you hear that the United Nations named 2013 the ‘International Year of Quinoa’? If you are unfamiliar with quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) you are missing out on a tasty, nutty flavoured, nutritional powerhouse!   Today, I am going to provide a quick run down of Quinoa – what it is, where it is found and how to use it! Learn more about quinoa! What is it and what are the nutritional benefits? Click To Tweet What is Quinoa? An ancient seed, rather than a grain, that can be traced back in origin to ancient Peru. Although quinoa has recently received quite the spotlight, it has been cultivated for human consumption for over 3,000-4,000...

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Predicted Food Trends for 2013

Welcome 2013! This is going to be an incredible year- I can just feel it! Being a registered dietitian is so rewording because each year there are numerous new food trends which draw media and public attention and not uncommonly, raise public concern and confusion. Dietitians have the unique opportunity to step forward as a source of the most trusted, science-based nutrition information.  So rest assured, when new trends surface (as we know they will) and you are wondering what you should literally buy or not buy into, search no further than speaking with your friendly dietitian. The National Restaurant Association is up-to-date on the top of food trends to meet the public interest and demand for the...

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Bit about Chocolate for 2012…..and 2013 too!

With New Year’s Eve parties right around the corner, you might be wondering what treats to bring to the last party of 2012.  You might want to choose something that symbolizes health and wealth for the coming year. Well, I might suggest something created from the cocoa tree with origins dating back 4,000 years in the Amazon.   If you guessed chocolate you are correct! Aztecs believed that wisdom and power came from eating the fruit of the cocoa tree and that it had nourishing, fortifying and even aphrodisiac qualities.  Therefore, back in 300 AD, cocoa pods were symbolic of life and fertility, two of the most important things! Today, chocolate still plays a central role in festive celebrations and is associated with...

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Holiday Heartburn?

The National Library of Medicine defines Heartburn as the painful burning feeling in your chest or throat. Heartburn occurs when stomach acid travels up into your esophagus from your stomach. Nearly everyone will experience heartburn; however, if you experience heartburn more than twice a week, you may have gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD for short.   For those with GERD, medical treatment is sometimes necessary as recommended by your physician. Prevalence:  It is estimated by Canadian Digestion Health Foundation that 5 million Canadians experience heartburn at least one time per week!   Similarly, the lost productivity from those who suffer each year amounts to $2.1 billion. What can you do about Heartburn: Whether you have occasional heartburn or chronic issues with GERD, there are dietary and lifestyle factors that play a major role.  Here are my top...

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Hosting a Holiday Party?

During the month of December I am seeing numerous clients who are either hosting orattending a holiday party.   And of course, we know that this often entails drinking and being merry.  Similarly, the reality is that there will be an over abundance of food during this time of celebration. However, these gatherings may correspondingly lead to feelings of gluttony and guilt. This article is dedicated to those who wonder if they can host a holiday party healthfully while they themselves are trying to follow a ‘healthy diet’. The answer is an astounding YES! Here are some tips for you, the holiday host or hostess: 1. Smaller serving plates: Scientifically, we know that people will put more food on alarger plate and consequently eat more.  So help your guests eat less by offering...

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