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Dietetic Directions Blog

How to Expertly Navigate the Yogurt Aisle

To help us in navigating the mammoth yogurt aisle, it is my absolute pleasure to welcome Nicole Osinga as our dietitian guest blogger! Nicole and I connected over instagram where I began to learn more about her and her private practice in the Durum region. Nicole is also the contributor for the Toronto Star for column “Pump up my Snack”. Keep up the great work Nicole and thanks for helping us navigate the yogurt aisle!   In my opinion, the yogurt aisle is the most confusing and overwhelming aisle to navigate at the grocery store! It’s definitely the section I spend the longest time in. The yogurt aisle isn’t...

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Buy in Season, this Fall Season!

Fall is my favourite time of year! The colours are changing, the air is fresh and we can take pleasure in perusing the farmers markets, grocery store, or online grocery shopping for seasonal foods that are produced in Ontario during the fall harvest!   In my last blog, I highlighted from a Dietitian’s perspective, the top three benefits of buying local. Today, in part two, I will inspire you with my top 20 Ontario-grown, seasonal foods that are available during the fall harvest (or all year-round).   Variety for every season! Did you know that Ontario is the proud producer of over 50 different types of fruits and vegetables along with locally...

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Buy Local: A Dietitian’s Perspective

Are you a Locavore? Do you check where your food comes from before popping it into your grocery cart? According to Statistics Canada, over 40% of all fruits and vegetables purchased are imported. This statistic also includes foods that are grown in Canada like apples!   As a dietitian, many clients ask what types of food they should choose. Today, I will share my top 3 reasons to buy local. My follow-up blog will highlight 20 of my favourite locally grown foods in time for fall Harvest.   Andrea’s Top 3 Reasons to Buy Local: #1. Increased Food Awareness! Buying local increases our awareness and knowledge of where food comes from. After all,...

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My Food Role Model: Mastering a Love of Food!

What is your relationship with food? Is food the enemy or is food your friend? Be honest now! After all, the feelings stirring inside are subconsciously shaping your eating patterns and possibly your health. Last week, I experienced the phenomenal Tony Robbins up close and personal at his Toronto workshop.   He inspired us to think about how our feelings (or body movement) influence our emotional state and our reality. Tony got 5,000 people out of their seats and dramatically moving in order to reach their “peak energy state”.  Tony said, “Where focus goes energy flows”.  This got me wondering, where is our focus when it comes to food? If your...

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Qi’a Superfood: My Product Review

Did you hear there’s a new “superfood” on the market? This marketing declaration refers to foods with an impressive nutrition profile and linked with supposed health benefits. However, this term is often over-used to sell products, as demonstrated by Dr. Oz (see past blog for Dr. Oz is no Diet authority).   What is Qi’a? Qi’a (pronounced Kee-ah) a new “superfood” cereal produced by Nature’s Path that contains three main ingredients: chia seeds, hemp and buckwheat. Qi’a comes in three flavours: original, cranberry almond and apple cinnamon.   Let’s Talk Nutrition: 2 Tbsp Qi’a = 140 calories, 4 grams of fibre and 6 grams of protein. Qi’a is a great source of plant-based protein and...

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Pack a Lunch your Picky Eater will Love!

Happy first day of school! What’s in your child’s lunchbox? And are you confident that your child will actually eat it? This year, in order to maximize your child’s health, let’s discuss how to pack a balanced lunch that even picky eaters will love! Here are seven practical tips to tackle this very common lunchbox challenge:   Andrea’s Top 7 Picky Eating Lunchbox Tips:   Make a list of favourites: Sit down with your child and make a list of favourite foods. However, lunches will not be limited to only foods on this list. During the brain storming session, divide your list into quadrants for each of the four food groups. Make...

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Salad Showdown: Comparing the Nutrition!

Are you a salad enthusiast? I hope so, and if not, I anticipate you will be very soon!  After all, salad greens are awesome! They are low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, vitamin K, potassium, folate, etc.  Furthermore, adding a salad to your meal(s) is a quick and easy way to increase your veggie intake since we know we are not getting enough!   Today's blog inspiration came about after being reminded about the widespread demonization of foods. Who’s the newest food victim? Move over gluten, our newest target is none other than our dear friend the salad!   In a recent article published in the National...

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Dietitian vs. Nutritionist vs. Holistic Nutritionist

Have you ever seen a “nutritionist” on the nightly news or Dr. Oz giving advice and asked yourself: Who is this person and what are their qualifications? In a world inundated with nutrition information, we must question the source of information to determine credibility. Today, let’s explore a common question: Are Dietitians and Nutritionists the same thing?  



Education 

Supervised Training 

Work Settings

Dietary Recommendations 

Benefit Coverage?

Regulated by a professional governing body?

Call themselves Nutritionist 

Call themselves a Dietitian?

Registered Dietitian (RD)

Minimum 4 year Bachelor's degree in food and nutrition. 


Completition of minimum 1 year accredited dietetic internship in clinical or community setting. 


Must pass Dietetic Registration exam for licensing. 


Optional: Masters or PhD degrees, continuing education certificates.


Complete over 1250 hours of supervised training.


Hositals, Community Health Centres, Diabetes Education Centres, Family Health Teams, food service, grocery stores, Long Term Care, Private Practice etc. 


Use scientific research, practice-based evidence as well as government approved tools.


Potential for remedial action from the College of Dietitians if making unsubstantiated claims not supported by research. 


Registered Dietitian services are covered by many benefit plans.


Covered by OHIP through hospitals, community health centres, diabetes education programs and family health teams. 


Yes, professionally regulated by provincial college.  Practice in accordance to set laws and standards to protect the public.  Yearly quality assurance to ensure up-to-date education, ethical practice and competence. 


Yes. 


Yes. 

Nutritionist 


No formal nutrition training required. Title of "nutritionist", "nutrition expert" or "registered nutritionist" is not protected or regulated.




Not mandatory.



Private Practice or group classes.


Unable to work in hospitals because not clinically trained with disease management. 


Often more "alternative" treatment plans that do not have to be evidence-based. 


Not covered by OHIP.


Not covered by insurance plans.


No. 


Yes.


No.

Registered Holistic Nutritionist


Minimum high school education to apply.


Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) for 1 - 2 year program and board exam. 

Complete 50 hours of practicum.


Private health clinics, gyms, nutritional supplement companies.


Unable to work in hospitals.


Study natural nutrition diploma program and follow a code of ethics. 


Not covered by OHIP.


Not covered by most insurance plans. 


RHN is a Registered Trademark and NOT a professional designation. 


Yes. 


No. 

* Table is for Ontario only.  The term nutritionist is protected by law in other provinces (Alberta, Nova Scotia, Quebec).    Find out what the differences are between a dietitian, nutritionist, and holistic nutritionist! Click To Tweet   Bottom Line: Be critical of the nutrition information you hear! Question the credibility of information based on...

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My Top 7 Veggie Boosting Tips

It is well understood that we are not getting enough health-promoting and cancer-fighting veggies. In my last blog, I explored the current stats on vegetable consumption and some of the reasons we are not getting enough. Today, we will focus on HOW to boost your veggie intake to meet our needs.   How to Set a Veggie Goal? You can boost your vegetable intake in one of two ways: you can implement one new strategy (try using one from the list below) and repeat it for about 21 days until it becomes a habit. Or you can take an inventory of how many veggies you get on an average each...

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