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3 Steps to Master Packed Lunches

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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5 Reasons to Disregard Food Sensitivity Tests

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?

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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Life as a camp dietitian

Life as a Camp Dietitian {and how it changed my career path}

Did you go to summer camp?  I always enjoyed it.  Little did I know that I would continue going to camp as an adult!  Today I will be sharing my experience at Camp Huronda (a summer camp for children and youth living with type 1 diabetes).  I've attended this camp  for the past six summers where I trade my business attire for a camp T-shirt and shorts.  This experience has developed new skills, provided a new outlook on life and even altered my career path!   Check out my life as a camp dietitian! Click To Tweet What brought me to camp? Years ago, my friend Jessica Walters presented to our Masters...

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Meal Kits Dietitian Trend

“Meal Kits”: The Newest Food Trend

Are you WAY too busy!  Are you able to slow down long enough to catch a breath and possibly make a home cooked meal? Or does cooking seem like a distant luxury?  After all, cooking involves time and effort.  You need grocery items, time to plan and even need a hint of creativity if you want to eat something different from the night before.  This is where meal kits have stepped in.  They provide fresh ingredients delivered right to your front door in pre-portioned baggies along with step-by-step photos or cooking instructions.  This meal service could be called “build a meal” because it gives you all necessary...

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How to eat healthy while travellin

How to Eat Healthy While Traveling

Happy summer everyone!  To help us celebrate, I am thrilled to introduce guest blogger, dietitian extraordinaire, Andrea Hardy from Ignite Nutrition Inc. Andrea is an influential, Calgary-based dietitian, with a contagious (and unifying) “no-fad diet” mentality.  Andrea offers nutrition e-courses, consults one-on-one and provides corporate presentations.  She and I connected over twitter and instagram with a shared love for recipe blogging and information sharing.  Today, Andrea will be addressing a timely topic, How do I eat healthy while travelling?     Ok. So here it goes. The horrible truth. Eating out is rarely healthy, and often chock-full of hidden calories. Making the healthy choice can be deceiving and hard. So instead of focusing on...

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The Alkaline Diet: What you need to know

The Alkaline Diet: What you need to know!

Did you catch the recent article, “the celebrity diet that actually has some science behind it,” in the Washington Post?  This article got many people debating the merits of the alkaline diet.  Today, we will take a closer look at this diet, break down the science and provide a nutrition review. What is the Alkaline Diet? The alkaline or “acid-alkaline” diet proposes that “acid-producing” foods such as meat, fish, dairy products, sugar, caffeine and grains make the body acidic, which can lead to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and even cancer. Therefore, the theory is that by increasing the intake of “alkaline” (or basic) foods like fruits and vegetables,...

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3 Tricks to snack like a dietitian

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

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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