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Five (Amazingly Simple) Ways to Improve your Health NOW!

Are you looking to make meaningful and sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle? Do you need a little guidance to point you in the right direction? If so, I have compiled my five “heavy-hitter” habits to adopt NOW to improve your health.   Five Healthy Habits to Adopt in 2016: No "Thirst-Cue" Needed: Let’s start off with possibly the simplest (not necessarily the easiest) habit to change. If you are like most people, you likely miss (or ignore) thirst cues during a busy day. This new habit will take advantage of visual cues as one of the most powerful ways to motivate behaviour change. My Tip: If you have a...

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Why I took the #PulsePledge (and you should too!)

Did you know that 2016 is the International Year of Pulses according to the United Nations?  I believe this is the perfect opportunity for this formerly shy superfood to boldly step into the spotlight and gain some well-deserved attention!   Pulses are members of the legume family and composed of dry peas, lentils, beans and chickpeas. Today I will share my top 3 reasons for taking the pulse pledge, which committed me to including pulses in my diet once a week for ten weeks. I hope that you will join me in the pulse journey!     Andrea’s Top 3 Reasons to take #PulsePledge?   Pulses are Extremely nutritious! Loaded with 8 grams...

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Is “Healthy-ish” the Newest Food Trend?

So far in 2016, the trend of eating “healthy-ish” has been gaining some serious momentum. The January issue of Bon Appetit spotlighted “healthy-ish” eating and a PBS documentary with writer Michael Pollan (who also uses this term) has been getting attention. What does “healthy-ish” mean?  What are the benefits of eating this way? I spoke with CBC radio personality Jason Osler on the topic (listen here) and he also did a writeup on our discussion for CBC news.   What is “Healthy-ish”? “Delicious comforting home cooking that just happens to be kinda good for you” (Bon Appetit, Jan 2016). Urban Dictionary: When something is sort of healthy.   Example of “Healthy-ish”: When you cook at...

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Set “Y.O.U.R” Perfect New Years Resolution

Is New Years a time to run and hide from goal setting? If you are like me, you are likely reflecting on the past twelve months: the lessons learned, experiences had and the amazing people encountered. However, it is also a time where your critical self whispers, “you could have done this better” or “ you should really start doing this next year”. What are you to do? What is the best way to set resolutions that will leave you feeling happier, healthier and most importantly, likely to keep up the change? This year, instead of succumbing to “all or nothing” goal setting, focus your 2016 pledge on...

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Hosting a Dinner Party? Mindful Eating Secrets (to Prevent Over-eating)

Have you ever gone to a dinner party and left feeling stuffed beyond belief?   You may have even whispered, “Why did I eat so much?” The thoughts of the fantastic party are over-shadowed by your utter discomfort. Has this happened to you? It’s happened to me. When enjoying the holiday season, over-eating is a common problem. I am here to say, it was not your fault! Your food environment made you over-eat! We as humans are easily tricked by subtle cues in our environment, like the size of the dishes, the proximity of food and even the number of food options. Today, I will share my top three tricks...

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How to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”.   Do you agree? Or is it the most wonderful time of the year to give up your healthy eating intentions because of the inevitable over-abundance of food and sweet temptations? If you feel at the mercy of a tendency to “over-do it”, you are not alone.   This season brings many unique challenges (and stressors) that lead many to fear “falling off the wagon”. To help you take pleasure in the season and to avoid holiday weight gain, I will share “Seven Merry Christmas Tips”. My goal is for you to enjoy foods without feeling guilt or deprivation! Andrea’s Top...

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Beyond the Banana: Potassium Foods You’ll Love!

Are you getting enough potassium in your diet? Do you know which foods are packed with this heart healthy mineral? I will give you a hint - there are many delicious foods, beyond the banana!   I am excited to share part two of my potassium series. In part one, “Potassium: You’re not getting enough”, I broke down why potassium is crucial for overall health and disease prevention. Today, I  will highlight 10 super high food sources of potassium.   How Much do I Need? Adults over the age of 18 years require 4700mg of potassium per day according to the Institute of Medicine Dietary Reference Intakes. This amount was determined based...

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Potassium, You’re NOT Getting Enough!

Move over vitamin D, potassium is taking centre stage for a nutrient of public health concern. Fewer than 2% of adults met the daily recommendations for potassium according to the third National Health Examination Survey. In fact, current intakes reveal that adults consume less than half of the estimated requirement. This blog will explore potassium’s vital role in body functioning and disease prevention. Part two will highlight the top food sources and the dietary recommendations.   Why is Potassium Important? Potassium is an electrolyte or mineral that relaxes the arteries through the release of nitric oxide. This helps blood to travel to different parts of the body more easily and prevents...

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Spot Nutrition Misinformation NOW!

  Let’s face it, people are more fascinated by nutrition than ever before.  After all, we are increasingly aware how our eating habits impact our health. However, in light of this increased nutrition appreciation, consumers are now faced with an over-abundance of information. There are more self-proclaimed “experts,” superfoods and miracle pills then ever before! All clamouring for your attention (and your money). If you want to be able to spot misinformation, you will need to know what questions to ask before shelling out your hard earned money! To help consumers distinguish fact from fiction, Dietitians of Canada has come up with five tips to spot misinformation. Tip #1: Is it...

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