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Dietetic Directions Blog

New Year’s Resolutions You Should Keep!

What is the point of making a New Year’s resolution for living better, healthier lives if it is not maintainable?  Today, I will share my 5 best tips for boosting your health and well-being!  All my tips are achievable and sustainable all year round!   1.  Focus on “life-long change”:  This year, ditch all those fad diets, the hunger strikes, the elimination diets and take charge of your health with real foods that taste good!  Remember that any valiant effort to lose weight that involves deprivation and/or extreme exercise is unsustainable; you will eventually default to your old habits.  Therefore, make a commitment to focus on lifelong behavior change using...

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What to Drink this Holiday Season? Popular Festive & Alcoholic Beverages Compared

The holidays mark a time to eat, drink and be merry!  I am all about all of these things.  However, today I will be focusing on the drinking part and doing a nutritional comparison of the most popular festive and alcoholic beverages.  Whether you identify more as a holiday sipper or a guzzler, this article will hopefully shine some twinkling light on what’s in your favourite beverages.   Drinking your Calories vs. Eating them Before we jump into exploring our festive beverages, let’s first highlight how liquid calories are processed differently in our bodies from food calories.  Quite simply, the act of eating (chewing and stomach expanding) signals to the...

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Three Orange Foods to Boost your Health!

Are you getting enough orange foods in your diet?  It is recommended that we consume one orange (and dark green) vegetable daily to get enough vitamin A and folate (Health Canada).  Today, let’s spotlight three orange foods, why they’re healthy and how to include them in your diet.   What makes Orange Foods Healthy? Orange vegetables get their vibrant colour from beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A that acts as an antioxidant.  Vitamin A supports our eyesight, regulates our immune system and keeps our skin healthy. Orange vegetables also tend to contain other health promoting nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, fibre, lycopene and flavonoids. Brightly coloured foods...

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3 Ways to Enjoy Halloween Candy (and not overdo it)

Are you able to enjoy Halloween candy without over-doing it?  Did you know that how we approach Halloween treats is how we will approach other food temptations?  This topic is important since every holiday (ie. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter) has food temptations. The good news is that we do not have to ban treats and we can even enjoy them!   Three Simple Ways to Enjoy your Treats (but not overdo it)!    Stock up on Healthy Foods! It is key to stock up with vitamin-rich foods like whole grains, proteins, fruits and veggies and have them easily accessible in the kitchen.  You will also want to invest...

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10 Practical ways to Reduce Thanksgiving Food Waste

When you think of thanksgiving, do you think of turkey, stuffing or merely the familiar feeling of being over-stuffed?  These are common associations on this food-centric holiday.  However, this year, I will focus on the 27 billion Canadian dollars lost each year in food waste, or the food that is discarded, lost or uneaten.  This blog is intended to motivate us to be extra conscious during this time of bountiful harvest.   Source: Global News   Andrea’s Top 10 Ways to Reduce Food Waste this Thanksgiving:   Find out 10 practical ways to reduce food waste this Thanksgiving! Click To Tweet   Take stock before you grocery shop: This is the first and often...

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15 Favourite Packed Lunches (ready in 15 minutes)

Now that you've mastered three steps to packed lunches, you're likely looking for some extra lunchbox inspiration!  Here are my 15 favourite lunches, ready in 15 minutes or less.  Click on blue lunch titles for a hyperlinks to the recipe!   Andrea’s 15 Favourite Lunches!   Check out Andrea's 15 favourite lunches! Click To Tweet   Easiest Greek Lentil salad:  This is my favourite option for a filling lunch loaded with fibre and protein. Simply rinsed and drain canned lentils and toss in veggies and a simple olive oil and vinegar dressing. Time-saving Tip: Use veggies that you have pre-cut on a weekend to speed up the prep time. Portion into lunch containers for later in the...

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3 Steps to Master Packed Lunches

September is the perfect time to start fresh. With children returning to school and crispness in the air, adults also feel inspired to make positive changes - like packing healthy lunches!  However, lunch is the most popular meal to eat out and the least likely to be prepared at home. According to Tracking Nutrition Trends Survey, only 37% of Canadians prepare their lunch at home. Today, we will cover the three steps (three P’s) to master the packed lunch.  My follow-up blog will include my 15 favourite lunches (ready in under 15 minutes).   Find out 3 steps to master packed lunches! Click To Tweet   Step 1: Plan The most common reason people...

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Five Reasons to Disregard Food Sensitivity Tests

For the past four years, I have wanted to request CBC Marketplace do an expose on the increasingly popular, “food sensitivity tests”.  These blood tests cost around $500-$700 and screen over 250 different foods to determine which foods you are “sensitive” to.  Awareness needs to be raised as millions of well-intentioned consumers are being swindled by claims that "hidden food sensitivities", once eliminated, will "supposedly" rid our bodies of various health ailments such as digestive disorders, headaches, chronic pain and even weight issues. Today, I will highlight my top five concerns with these pseudoscience food tests and why they should be disregarded.  Please share this blog with your friends...

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Do I need a vitamin supplement?

Have you even wondered if you should be taking a vitamin or mineral supplement?  Perhaps you reflected on your diet, scratched your head and thought “am I missing something?” The prevalence of supplement use is estimated at 40% among adults (Canadian Community Health Survey 2.2). As a dietitian, I like to take a food-first approach in meeting needs; however, I also recognize the necessity of bridging nutrient gaps. A common myth is that by taking a supplement we can make up for an unhealthy diet. Not true!  Similarly, people may assume that taking a supplements is as beneficial as getting this vitamin through food; also not true.   Choosing nutrient rich...

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