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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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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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