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What is a Pulse?

Fast Fact:  Did you know that Canada is the number 1 exporter of pulses in the world? But wait a second, what is a pulse besides the measure of a person’s heartbeat?! The word “pulse” is derived from the Latin word “puls” meaning “thick soup”.  Basically, pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the “legume” family. Pulses vs. Legume: Legume: The plants whose fruit is enclosed in a pod (ie. Peas, beans, lupins, soy and peanuts) Pulse: Member of the legume family, but the term “pulse” only refers to the dried seed (ie: dried peas, lentils and chickpeas). Nutritional Powerhouse of the Pulse Pulses are an excellent addition to your diet!  They are a rich source of dietary fibre, this helps you feel full and...

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What Ever Happend to Family Dinners?

Remember when we used to sit down as a family for meals? We would candidly talk about our day and enjoy each others’ company? Whatever happened to those days?  It seems that today with our “jam-packed” schedules many of us are now unable to find the time to enjoy a meal together.  It has been reported by the National Family Mealtime Survey that 20% of families eat together one or fewer times per week AND of those who did eat together, 75% ate while watching TV!  Are you part of this startling statistic?  It’s sad to think that family dinners, which were once common, are becoming scarce.  Have you taken the steps necessary to...

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Should Nutrition Info be on Menu Boards?

Take a moment and think about a BigMac – that extraordinarily popular hamburger produced by the fast food king, McDonalds.  Now, how much do you REALLY know about the BigMac? Can you estimate how many calories it contains? How about the grams of fat? Amount of sodium? The Answer:  540 calories, 29g of fat and 1,020mg of sodium So, how did your answers match up? Research has shown that consumers are prone to underestimate the number of calories in restaurant food items. Surprised? Are you one of these people? If it makes you feel better, even nutrition professionals tend to underestimate calories in restaurant foods! Now, in order to create a more informed consumer base,...

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Thinking about Going GLUTEN FREE?

It seems that Going Gluten Free (GF) is the newest fad diet overtaking our society!  In practice, I see countless clients questioning if they should start a GF diet after hearing claims that ‘going gluten-free’ helps you to lose weight or simply start ‘feeling better’. First, it is imperative that we understand what it exactly means to be gluten free. What is a Gluten Free Diet? As the name suggests, a Gluten Free diet is one free of gluten; however, cutting out gluten means a lot more than simply cutting out the wheat in your bread and pasta . GF includes all forms of wheat, rye and barley including (but not limited to): • Spelt • Kamut • Triticale • Oats • Couscous • Semolina • Bulgur • Brewer’s yeast There are also many products...

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Starting a BLOG!

Greetings Foodies! Welcome my brand new blog for Dietetic Directions!  My goal is simply to inspire positive eating and lifestyle changes by updating readers with new information from the 'ever-changing' world of food and nutrition. In my private practice, I consult clients on topics such as: food allergies, hypersensitivties, gastrointestinal concerns, weight management, along with healthy eating for the whole family.  I help clients to navigate the road to their best health. Support is here and trusted information is available. Happy 'Healthy' Reading! Sincerely, Andrea D'Ambrosio, RD...

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