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Betcha want more Beta Glucan!

Have you have heard that Beta Glucan is good for you? Are you quizzical if this true? Or are you simply ready to find out how much you need and how to fit more in your diet? Either way, I have answers for you! Here is the breakdown: What is Beta Glucan? A form of soluble fibre found in foods such as oats, barley, mushrooms and lesser amounts in wheat and rye grains. What’s the Buzz? Health Canada has approved health claims linking beta glucan to blood cholesterol lowering. How does Beta Glucan work? Beta Glucans work by preventing the absorption of cholesterol from food in the stomach and intestine; therefore, lowering blood cholesterol. Beta Glucan works for enhancing immunity by stimulating macrophages (white blood cell) that helps in protecting and enhancing immune function. Health Benefits: Cholesterol...

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Fearful of Holiday Weight Gain?

The holidays are fast approaching! We are one month from Christmas, which means holiday parties are already scheduled and you know (without doubt) that there will be tempting treats and large scrumptious meals to enjoy together with your family and friends.  But does the joy of the season quickly become shadowed with prevailing anxiety that your overindulgence will lead to subsequent weight gain? It is understandable that the holidays may be a daunting time to stick to a ‘diet plan’; this may include avoiding excessive snacking and trying to fit exercise into your busy schedule. Interestingly, studies have shown that most people gain less weight then they think over the holidays....

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Gluten, where are you hiding?

If you are a member of the population avoiding gluten (protein found in wheat, rye, barley and contaminated oats) you are not alone on your journey!  In fact, you are also not alone if you have an overwhelming feeling that gluten could be subtly hiding where you least expect it!  Sound familiar? If so, this article is for you :) First, for those on a Gluten Free (GF) diet, the importance of LABEL READING each and everyproduct label every time cannot be over-emphasized!!  Even if you previously purchased a product (let’s say a brand of rice crackers) and checked the label to determine that it is a ‘safe’ GF product, you STILL NEED to read the label when you purchase the same product again.  Manufactures can change...

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Dietitians are Using Social Media!

As a dietitian new to her private practice, I am only now beginning to appreciate the POWER social media has in reaching clients and staying connected. It really is a glorious thing! Many health professionals are now accessible through different forms of media whether that be Facebook, twitter, or LinkedIn. As the Internet continues to reinstate itself as a simple and quick way to access information, things like newspapers, magazines and traditional patient pamphlets are quickly becoming almost archaic ways of communicating. However, with this surge of available health information, consumers often complain of the difficulty in finding CREDIBLE and TRUSTWORTHY sources. That’s where I think dietitians should step forward...

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Let’s Talk Nutrition for Growing Children!

The importance of a healthful, vitamin-packed diet for growing children cannot be understated.  But is following Canada’s Food Guide enough to ensure that your little one is receiving all of the nutrition their growing bodies require? Let’s break down the top Nutrition Concerns (in my opinion) for children to ensure they are meeting their needs for growth and development: 1. Iron Iron is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world. Iron functions as the‘oxygen carrying’ component of the blood and also helps our muscles store and utilize oxygen. Iron impacts motor function (normal activity and movement) and mental function (normal thinking and processing skills). Children have increased iron needs during periods of rapid growth due to their expanding blood...

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We are Wasting Good Food!

So you made a little too much rice for dinner last night. What did you do with it?   Save it in the fridge, or toss it in the garbage?  According the Ontario-Based Value Chain Management Centre, household food waste outweighs the waste from transport and distribution, food service, packaging and processing, retail stores and field combined! An estimated 27 BILLION DOLLARS of food is wasted in Canada every year AND over half comes from our own household! This waste does not include the foods that are forgotten in the back of the fridge and thrown out because of mold; food waste is the loss or discarding of food that is suitable for human consumption. With an estimated 860 million people suffering from malnutrition in the world, why are we throwing...

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Food Skill Development!

It is with great enthusiasm that I introduce a brand NEW web resource for teaching food skills in our kitchens!  The tool is called Family Kitchen and designed to inspire families to cook, learn and laugh together. The dietitians at Dairy Farmers of Canada, who designed the tool, know that kids who are welcomed into the kitchen to help in preparing meals are more likely to try new foods, eat better and have more confidence to prepare meals/snacks for themselves now and as they get older.  What a timely resource in a culture inundated with processed convenience meals and fast food! If you are unsure where to get started, don't worry because there is a simple step-by-step guide.  It explains to first roll out the welcome mat; inviting kids...

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Is your Bowel Irritable?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is an all too common condition also known as “spastic colon”.  It leads to symptoms such as abdominal cramping, pain, gas, bloating and/or a change in bowel movements (diarrhea or constipation) and lasting for over three months.  The exact cause of IBS is unknown and the onset is generally in the teenage years. For reasons unknown, it is twice as common in woman compared to men. If you are someone affected by IBS, you are not alone. It is estimated that 1 out of 6 people have irritable bowel. The severity of the symptoms mentioned above range from mild to severe depending on the individual. The triggers...

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