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Dietetic Directions Blog

3 Tricks to Snack like a Dietitian

Have you mastered the art of snacking? Do you feel in control of the foods you choose and the amounts you eat? Or do you snack by default or merely what's available? Today, I will share my top three tips to snack like a dietitian (click here for dietitian vs. nutritionist vs. holistic nutritionist). The purpose of snacking is to allow you to feel full longer, make healthy choices and benefit from convenient and tasty options. Click here for your free download of Dietetic Directions’ Power Snacks Guide.   Find out how to snack like a dietitian! Click To Tweet   Tip #1: Timing is Everything! When planning snacks, it is crucial to get the timing...

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Love Lupini Beans! {Power Snacking}

Have you tried lupini beans? If not, you need to try this protein, fibre and vitamin-rich nutritional powerhouse. My first time trying lupini beans dates back to when I was eight-years-old visiting my nonno and nonna. I remember my entire family sitting around the table when my nonno brought out a small dish of these strange-looking yellow beans. He proudly demonstrated how to bite off the little white end and squeeze the bean out. The lupini beans were crunchy, nutty-tasting and even a little slippery, which made popping them out of the shell all the more exciting! Lupini beans originated in the Mediterranean region and in Latin America. They...

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How the Sugar Labeling Laws will Change

Have you noticed that sugar does not have a Percent Daily Value (%DV) on food labels? Many are surprised and frustrated upon this realization. Without a %DV, how are consumers to interpret if 22 grams of sugar in vanilla Greek yogurt is “a little” or “a lot”?  Thankfully, help is on the way. After consolidation with the public, health organizations, health professionals (including dietitians) and food industry, Health Canada has confirmed that there will be changes to the current food labels to make them easier to understand and interpret. Today, I will highlight the top changes for sugar on Canada's revised nutrition label. I believe these changes are a step in...

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Embrace “No Diet Day” Every Day! {May 6}

Happy International No Diet Day! Let’s celebrate by saying farewell to food restrictions, rigorous calorie counting and unsustainable physical activity regimes. Instead, it is a day to celebrate healthy eating practices and raise awareness that restrictive (and often dangerous) diets do not work. When we say no to dieting, we can instead declare a resounding “yes” to eating for nourishment, being active for well being and practicing body acceptance! What would our world be like without “dieting”? I hope to eventually see this day. I envision young girls and boys focusing on making healthy (and delicious) choices to keep their bodies active and their minds focused. We would put...

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5 Signs You’re Ready for (Long-Term) Dietary Change

Are you REALLY ready for change? Are you prepared to move beyond short-term attempts and take a flying leap into the realm of sustainable, long-term (diet or lifestyle) changes? To help you in knowing if you’re prepared, I have my top 5 signs that you’re ready for (long-term) dietary change!   Find our Andrea's 5 signs you're ready for (long-term) dietary change! Click To Tweet   1.YOU are seeking Help: I bet you’ve heard, “you can bring a horse to water but can’t make him drink”. The same holds true with diet and lifestyle changes. An example would be if a family member encourages their loved one to consult with a dietitian after a...

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Do you need a Spring Cleanse?

The word “detox” or “cleanse” sounds so powerful, right? Like it will work some serious magic. Advocates of the “cleanse diet” say it will reset your body; improve energy, digestion, metabolism etc. But does it? What is involved in this drinkable concoction and is it worth your hard earned cash? As a society, we are still easily drawn in by the “quick fix” – especially for weight loss. After all, with advancing science, there must be something that actually works, stays true to their big (empty) promises and actually keeps the weight off? Sorry folks, spoiler alert, still no magic bullet for weight loss. Cleanses are gaining traction in...

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In Defense of Carbs: Stop the Hating!

“I have been cutting my carbs”, “I am avoiding carbs”, “I don’t eat carbs” – these are all things I frequently hear from conscientious dieters. “After all,” they say, “aren’t carbs bad for me?” Thank you Dr. Atkins for leaving people so confused and worried about this misunderstood macronutrient. Contrary to popular belief, carbs are not bad for you; in fact, they play a crucial role in appetite regulation and maintaining a healthy weight! Today’s post is in defense of carbohydrates. We will explore carbohydrates, why our bodies NEED them and I will leave you with final thoughts to put it all together.   What are Carbohydrates? Carbohydrates (noun): Any one...

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Become a Savvy Label Reader!

Do you check the nutrition facts before making a food purchase? Be honest. If you do, what do you look for? Are you able to interpret some or most of the information provided?   If you find the information provided on food labels overwhelming, you are not alone. In fact, the most recent Tracking Nutrition Trends survey of over 2,000 Canadians found that only half reported making decisions based on the ingredient list and the nutrition facts table. This number should be a lot higher since the food label contains valuable information to help consumers make more informed decisions!   Today, I will break down how to use the current nutrition...

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March Break Meal Prep {Tips & Tricks}

We are less than one week away from March Break; do you have your family’s activities planned? After reading this piece, I hope you feel empowered to add “meal prep” to your weekly routine by using my three simple tips. Meal prepping is a powerful tool for busy people who come home without energy to cook. I think we all know that feeling! Meal prepping involves getting foods ready in advance so that meals can be easily put together. We invest time up front in order to save time in the end! It also makes it easier to eat homemade meals opposed to resorting to restaurant and take-out options.   Andrea’s Top...

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