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Buy Local: A Dietitian’s Perspective

Are you a Locavore? Do you check where your food comes from before popping it into your grocery cart? According to Statistics Canada, over 40% of all fruits and vegetables purchased are imported. This statistic also includes foods that are grown in Canada like apples!   As a dietitian, many clients ask what types of food they should choose. Today, I will share my top 3 reasons to buy local. My follow-up blog will highlight 20 of my favourite locally grown foods in time for fall Harvest.   Andrea’s Top 3 Reasons to Buy Local: #1. Increased Food Awareness! Buying local increases our awareness and knowledge of where food comes from. After all,...

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My Food Role Model: Mastering a Love of Food!

What is your relationship with food? Is food the enemy or is food your friend? Be honest now! After all, the feelings stirring inside are subconsciously shaping your eating patterns and possibly your health. Last week, I experienced the phenomenal Tony Robbins up close and personal at his Toronto workshop.   He inspired us to think about how our feelings (or body movement) influence our emotional state and our reality. Tony got 5,000 people out of their seats and dramatically moving in order to reach their “peak energy state”.  Tony said, “Where focus goes energy flows”.  This got me wondering, where is our focus when it comes to food? If your...

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Qi’a Superfood: My Product Review

Did you hear there’s a new “superfood” on the market? This marketing declaration refers to foods with an impressive nutrition profile and linked with supposed health benefits. However, this term is often over-used to sell products, as demonstrated by Dr. Oz (see past blog for Dr. Oz is no Diet authority).   What is Qi’a? Qi’a (pronounced Kee-ah) a new “superfood” cereal produced by Nature’s Path that contains three main ingredients: chia seeds, hemp and buckwheat. Qi’a comes in three flavours: original, cranberry almond and apple cinnamon.   Let’s Talk Nutrition: 2 Tbsp Qi’a = 140 calories, 4 grams of fibre and 6 grams of protein. Qi’a is a great source of plant-based protein and...

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Pack a Lunch your Picky Eater will Love!

Happy first day of school! What’s in your child’s lunchbox? And are you confident that your child will actually eat it? This year, in order to maximize your child’s health, let’s discuss how to pack a balanced lunch that even picky eaters will love! Here are seven practical tips to tackle this very common lunchbox challenge:   Andrea’s Top 7 Picky Eating Lunchbox Tips:   Make a list of favourites: Sit down with your child and make a list of favourite foods. However, lunches will not be limited to only foods on this list. During the brain storming session, divide your list into quadrants for each of the four food groups. Make...

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Salad Showdown: Comparing the Nutrition!

Are you a salad enthusiast? I hope so, and if not, I anticipate you will be very soon!  After all, salad greens are awesome! They are low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, vitamin K, potassium, folate, etc.  Furthermore, adding a salad to your meal(s) is a quick and easy way to increase your veggie intake since we know we are not getting enough!   Today's blog inspiration came about after being reminded about the widespread demonization of foods. Who’s the newest food victim? Move over gluten, our newest target is none other than our dear friend the salad!   In a recent article published in the National...

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Dietitian vs. Nutritionist vs. Holistic Nutritionist

Have you ever seen a “nutritionist” on the nightly news or Dr. Oz giving advice and asked yourself: Who is this person and what are their qualifications? In a world inundated with nutrition information it is important to question the source of information to determine credibility. Today, let’s explore a common question: Are Dietitians and Nutritionists the same thing? Registered Dietitian (RD) Nutritionist Registered Holistic Nutritionist  Education Minimum 4 year Bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition.Completion of minimum 1 year accredited dietetic internship in clinical or community setting.   Must pass Dietetic Registration Exam for licensing.   Optional: Masters or PhD degrees or continuing education certificates. No formal nutrition training required.Title of “nutritionist”, “nutrition expert” or “registered...

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My Top 7 Veggie Boosting Tips

It is well understood that we are not getting enough health-promoting and cancer-fighting veggies. In my last blog, I explored the current stats on vegetable consumption and some of the reasons we are not getting enough. Today, we will focus on HOW to boost your veggie intake to meet our needs.   How to Set a Veggie Goal? You can boost your vegetable intake in one of two ways: you can implement one new strategy (try using one from the list below) and repeat it for about 21 days until it becomes a habit. Or you can take an inventory of how many veggies you get on an average each...

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Why Aren’t we Eating our Veggies?

Do you get enough veggies in your diet? The sad reality is probably not. Last week, in celebration of National Eat your Vegetables Day, Subway publicized their study findings (among 2,019 Americans) that an astounding 84 percent aren’t meeting daily requirements. In Canada, when it comes to meeting the 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables, men eat around 3.5 servings and women eat 4.5 per day. Needless to say, we have room for improvement!   Let’s explore why it’s so challenging to get enough veggies (and fruits) in our diets? Then in part two of this series, I’ll provide my top 7 veggie boosting tips to help you meet...

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Is your Fridge Stocked for Healthy Eating Success?

Healthy eating can be a challenge. After all, we live in a fast-paced society where convenience is a major predictor of food choice.   With this in mind, I would like you to open your fridge and tell me the first three things you see. According to food behaviour researcher Brian Wansink, we tend to consume foods at eye level. Today I’ll highlight how to organize and stock your healthy fridge! I have included tips from Wansink’s newest book Slim by Design to help us make healthy eating the easy choice.   3 Keys to Organize a “Healthy Fridge”: Place the healthiest foods at eye level (see examples below) ...

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