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5 Ways to Help Picky Eaters become Adventurous

Do you have a picky eater?  Are mealtimes a struggle?  Do you feel like a short-order cook at the mercy of making WHATEVER your little one will eat?  Are you tired of eating “kid-foods” and wish your child was not so darn picky!?  If you said yes to any of these questions, you are not alone.  In fact, up to 35% of parents describe their children as picky (Dietitians of Canada, 2017). This statistic is not to sound alarm but to inspire us to support our kids to improve their eating confidence so they can develop a healthy (and positive) relationship with food as they grow. Today, I...

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Stop the Food Fight!

Nutrition Month 2017   March is Nutrition Month and this year, let’s stop the food fight!  Dietitians across Canada are coming together to “Take the Fight out of Food” and help the public to improve their relationship with food and find the joy in eating!  find the joy in eating!  Food fights may be either with ourselves, our picky eater or with the management of health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or irritable bowel syndrome.  Today, I will be discussing the top five “food fights” and how we can end them so we can feel good about food!   Take the Pledge!  I Andrea D’Ambrosio, will Take the Fight out of Food...

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3 Steps to Successful Freezer Inventory

When was the last time you did a freezer inventory? Can’t remember?  I was in the same boat.  There was food lurking in the back corners that quickly became freezer burnt and sadly in the garbage.  When I became intentional (by doing a freezer inventory), all of this changed.  I was able to feel confident with what I had on hand, I spent less money on groceries and actually spent less time making meals.  Today, I will share my 3 steps to successful freezer inventory.   What is a Freezer Inventory? A tool used to review what is in your freezer.  Allows you to track food stored so that it...

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3 Powerful Ways to Eat Less at Restaurants

(without realizing it)   Do you overeat at restaurants?  Let’s be honest; we all do.  After all, there are just too many factors gently encouraging us to eat more. Like the size of our plates, the dark ambiance and our increasing portions! Not to mention, we tend to be members of the “clean plate club,” which means if food is put in front of us, we eat almost everything.  Many of my clients are surprised to discover that the average restaurant entree contains a whopping 1,200-1,500 calories– and this does not include beverage(s), appetizer(s) or dessert!  Similarly, the nutrition is comparable whether you eat at your favourite chain or...

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Why Losing Weight Won’t Make You Happier

Hope you are enjoying 2017; treating yourself well, loving your food and setting realistic health goals. To celebrate setting health-promoting goals (not merely weight loss goals), we have a very talented guest blogger!  John Roche is a local therapist and owner of Transformation Counselling.  John specializes in treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders and body image issues.   I absolutely love what John has to say about weight loss and happiness.   As a therapist, I’ve learned two universal rules: 1) living according to other people’s standards will make you miserable, and 2) Trying to find lasting happiness by making only external changes doesn’t work. If you’ve been preoccupied with losing weight,...

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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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