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Dietetic Directions Blog

Gluten, where are you hiding?

If you are a member of the population avoiding gluten (protein found in wheat, rye, barley and contaminated oats) you are not alone on your journey!  In fact, you are also not alone if you have an overwhelming feeling that gluten could be subtly hiding where you least expect it!  Sound familiar? If so, this article is for you :) First, for those on a Gluten Free (GF) diet, the importance of LABEL READING each and everyproduct label every time cannot be over-emphasized!!  Even if you previously purchased a product (let’s say a brand of rice crackers) and checked the label to determine that it is a ‘safe’ GF product, you STILL NEED to read the label when you purchase the same product again.  Manufactures can change...

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Dietitians are Using Social Media!

As a dietitian new to her private practice, I am only now beginning to appreciate the POWER social media has in reaching clients and staying connected. It really is a glorious thing! Many health professionals are now accessible through different forms of media whether that be Facebook, twitter, or LinkedIn. As the Internet continues to reinstate itself as a simple and quick way to access information, things like newspapers, magazines and traditional patient pamphlets are quickly becoming almost archaic ways of communicating. However, with this surge of available health information, consumers often complain of the difficulty in finding CREDIBLE and TRUSTWORTHY sources. That’s where I think dietitians should step forward...

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Let’s Talk Nutrition for Growing Children!

The importance of a healthful, vitamin-packed diet for growing children cannot be understated.  But is following Canada’s Food Guide enough to ensure that your little one is receiving all of the nutrition their growing bodies require? Let’s break down the top Nutrition Concerns (in my opinion) for children to ensure they are meeting their needs for growth and development: 1. Iron Iron is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world. Iron functions as the‘oxygen carrying’ component of the blood and also helps our muscles store and utilize oxygen. Iron impacts motor function (normal activity and movement) and mental function (normal thinking and processing skills). Children have increased iron needs during periods of rapid growth due to their expanding blood...

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We are Wasting Good Food!

So you made a little too much rice for dinner last night. What did you do with it?   Save it in the fridge, or toss it in the garbage?  According the Ontario-Based Value Chain Management Centre, household food waste outweighs the waste from transport and distribution, food service, packaging and processing, retail stores and field combined! An estimated 27 BILLION DOLLARS of food is wasted in Canada every year AND over half comes from our own household! This waste does not include the foods that are forgotten in the back of the fridge and thrown out because of mold; food waste is the loss or discarding of food that is suitable for human consumption. With an estimated 860 million people suffering from malnutrition in the world, why are we throwing...

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Food Skill Development!

It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce a brand NEW web resource for teaching food skills in our kitchens!  The tool is called Family Kitchen and designed to inspire families to cook, learn and laugh together. The dietitians at Dairy Farmers of Canada, who designed the tool, know that kids who are welcomed into the kitchen to help in preparing meals are more likely to try new foods, eat better and have more confidence to prepare meals/snacks for themselves now and as they get older.  What a timely resource in a culture inundated with processed convenience meals and fast food! If you are unsure where to get started, don't worry because there is a simple step-by-step guide.  It explains to first roll out the welcome mat; inviting kids...

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Is your Bowel Irritable?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is an all too common condition also known as “spastic colon”.  It leads to symptoms such as abdominal cramping, pain, gas, bloating and/or a change in bowel movements (diarrhea or constipation) and lasting for over three months.  The exact cause of IBS is unknown and the onset is generally in the teenage years. For reasons unknown, it is twice as common in woman compared to men. If you are someone affected by IBS, you are not alone. It is estimated that 1 out of 6 people have irritable bowel. The severity of the symptoms mentioned above range from mild to severe depending on the individual. The triggers...

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What is a Pulse?

Fast Fact:  Did you know that Canada is the number 1 exporter of pulses in the world? But wait a second, what is a pulse besides the measure of a person’s heartbeat?! The word “pulse” is derived from the Latin word “puls” meaning “thick soup”.  Basically, pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the “legume” family. Pulses vs. Legume: Legume: The plants whose fruit is enclosed in a pod (ie. Peas, beans, lupins, soy and peanuts) Pulse: Member of the legume family, but the term “pulse” only refers to the dried seed (ie: dried peas, lentils and chickpeas). Nutritional Powerhouse of the Pulse Pulses are an excellent addition to your diet!  They are a rich source of dietary fibre, this helps you feel full and...

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What Ever Happend to Family Dinners?

Remember when we used to sit down as a family for meals? We would candidly talk about our day and enjoy each others’ company? Whatever happened to those days?  It seems that today with our “jam-packed” schedules many of us are now unable to find the time to enjoy a meal together.  It has been reported by the National Family Mealtime Survey that 20% of families eat together one or fewer times per week AND of those who did eat together, 75% ate while watching TV!  Are you part of this startling statistic?  It’s sad to think that family dinners, which were once common, are becoming scarce.  Have you taken the steps necessary to...

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