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6 Ways Stress is Sabotaging your Diet

In a typical week, how many times do you feel stressed? Be honest. According to Statistics Canada, 23% of Canadians (or 6.7 million people) report feeling ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressed’ most days. I am sure this is not surprising. After all, stress can easily be our “default-mode” when working, doing household chores, or caring for loved ones.   23% of Canadians report feeling ‘quite a bit’ or ‘extremely stressed’ most days Click To Tweet   What is often overlooked, however, is how stress sabotages our diet while wreaking havoc on our bodies and minds.  We likely don’t think about the severity of this link because stress seems so common!  Today,...

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My Top 5 Food Lessons from Mom

~Mother’s Day Edition~   Sunday is Mother’s Day, and I still haven’t decided what to get my mom.  What do you get someone to say thank you for being supportive, affectionate and so influential?  Any material gift seems insignificant.  Therefore, this year, I am dedicating this blog to her and sharing the 5 most valuable food lessons she taught me.  These lessons have not only shaped my relationship with food but have also influenced my food philosophy.  I've shared them with many of my clients at Dietetic Directions. To add context to my 5 food lessons, I'll share a little backstory. I grew up in a food-centric, Italian-Canadian family in Mississauga....

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Farmed vs. Wild Salmon

The Great Debate   Do you have confusion in the salmon aisle?  Have you ever wondered, what’s the difference between farmed salmon versus wild salmon?  Is one better nutritionally?  And what’s the deal with some salmon saying “Pacific” and other salmon saying “Atlantic”?   Today, we will be breaking down the science so you know what to buy when fishing for your salmon.     Before we dive in, let’s first talk omega 3’s.  Omega 3’s are our heart-healthy fats that have anti-inflammatory properties.  Omega 3’s lower risk of heart disease and risk of certain cancers.  They are also important in brain, nerve and eye development for infants.  They may improve our immune...

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Stop the Food Fight!

Nutrition Month 2017   March is Nutrition Month and this year, let’s stop the food fight!  Dietitians across Canada are coming together to “Take the Fight out of Food” and help the public to improve their relationship with food and find the joy in eating!  find the joy in eating!  Food fights may be either with ourselves, our picky eater or with the management of health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure or irritable bowel syndrome.  Today, I will be discussing the top five “food fights” and how we can end them so we can feel good about food!   Take the Pledge!  I Andrea D’Ambrosio, will Take the Fight out of Food...

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Why Losing Weight Won’t Make You Happier

Hope you are enjoying 2017; treating yourself well, loving your food and setting realistic health goals. To celebrate setting health-promoting goals (not merely weight loss goals), we have a very talented guest blogger!  John Roche is a local therapist and owner of Transformation Counselling.  John specializes in treating anxiety, depression, eating disorders and body image issues.   I absolutely love what John has to say about weight loss and happiness.   As a therapist, I’ve learned two universal rules: 1) living according to other people’s standards will make you miserable, and 2) Trying to find lasting happiness by making only external changes doesn’t work. If you’ve been preoccupied with losing weight,...

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New Year’s Resolutions You Should Keep!

What is the point of making a New Year’s resolution for living better, healthier lives if it is not maintainable?  Today, I will share my 5 best tips for boosting your health and well-being!  All my tips are achievable and sustainable all year round!   1.  Focus on “life-long change”:  This year, ditch all those fad diets, the hunger strikes, the elimination diets and take charge of your health with real foods that taste good!  Remember that any valiant effort to lose weight that involves deprivation and/or extreme exercise is unsustainable; you will eventually default to your old habits.  Therefore, make a commitment to focus on lifelong behavior change using...

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10 Practical ways to Reduce Thanksgiving Food Waste

When you think of thanksgiving, do you think of turkey, stuffing or merely the familiar feeling of being over-stuffed?  These are common associations on this food-centric holiday.  However, this year, I will focus on the 27 billion Canadian dollars lost each year in food waste, or the food that is discarded, lost or uneaten.  This blog is intended to motivate us to be extra conscious during this time of bountiful harvest.   Source: Global News   Andrea’s Top 10 Ways to Reduce Food Waste this Thanksgiving:   Find out 10 practical ways to reduce food waste this Thanksgiving! Click To Tweet   Take stock before you grocery shop: This is the first and often...

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3 Steps to Master Packed Lunches

September is the perfect time to start fresh. With children returning to school and crispness in the air, adults also feel inspired to make positive changes - like packing healthy lunches!  However, lunch is the most popular meal to eat out and the least likely to be prepared at home. According to Tracking Nutrition Trends Survey, only 37% of Canadians prepare their lunch at home. Today, we will cover the three steps (three P’s) to master the packed lunch.  My follow-up blog will include my 15 favourite lunches (ready in under 15 minutes).   Find out 3 steps to master packed lunches! Click To Tweet   Step 1: Plan The most common reason people...

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Five Reasons to Disregard Food Sensitivity Tests

For the past four years, I have wanted to request CBC Marketplace do an expose on the increasingly popular, “food sensitivity tests”.  These blood tests cost around $500-$700 and screen over 250 different foods to determine which foods you are “sensitive” to.  Awareness needs to be raised as millions of well-intentioned consumers are being swindled by claims that "hidden food sensitivities", once eliminated, will "supposedly" rid our bodies of various health ailments such as digestive disorders, headaches, chronic pain and even weight issues. Today, I will highlight my top five concerns with these pseudoscience food tests and why they should be disregarded.  Please share this blog with your friends...

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