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Eat for Workouts

How to Eat to Maximize Workouts!

We all know being active offers health benefits - specifically, decreased risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, depression, stress and anxiety (Statistics Canada, 2015). However, only one in five (or 20%) of Canadians achieve the recommended 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of physical activity per week. Do you get enough? What would this amount look like in your busy schedule? Going to a one-hour Zumba class and a 20-minute brisk walk after dinner/lunch four times a week? This would be terrific and set you in the minuscule 20% of Canadians who achieve these recommendations.   [bctt tweet="Only 20% of Canadians achieve the recommended 150 mins of physical activity/week! Do you get enough?...

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Words to STOP Saying During Weight Loss Journey

Words to STOP Saying During Weight Loss Journey

Our words are extremely powerful. They shape our perception/reality and reflect our innermost thoughts and feelings. When I saw this article, What to Stop Saying During your Weight Loss Journey by fellow Registered Dietitian, Nicole Osinga, I had to bring her onto Dietetic Directions to guest blog (again). Nicole is a private practice and media Dietitian, based in Durham region. If you are not following Nicole on Instagram, you need to; her pictures are gorgeous and content is outstanding. Keep up the great work Nicole and thanks for helping us be mindful of our language while on our eating well journey. [bctt tweet="Words are powerful! What to not say during...

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Easter Eating Nutrition

3 Easter Eating Secrets from a Dietitian

Spring has sprung and Easter is right around the corner! When it comes to traditional holidays, they all seem to be centred around three things: food, family and copious amounts of chocolate. Don’t’ get me wrong, I’m not complaining. How do you feel? Are you excited/optimistic or are you feeling impending doom from inevitable over-indulging?   Today, I will share my top 3 dietitian Easter eating secrets. This topic was inspired by several clients and family members who showed interest in how my eating changes during these food-centred holidays. They asked, “As a registered dietitian do you stress? Do you indulge? Ever over-indulge? Do you grant yourself permission?” The honest...

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Ways to Save on Groceries

7 Ways to Save on Groceries (& Still Eat Healthy)

Who doesn’t want to save on groceries? Whether you are a mother with a family, a student or a busy professional, we could all benefit from saving. After all, the cost of food increases and the average Canadian household spends about $241 per person on food each month (Statistics Canada, 2016). This equates to just under $3,000 dollars a year (per person) on groceries (not including eating out). Today, I will share my Top 7 Strategies to Save on Groceries – while still eating healthy.   1. Start Basic ‘Meal Planning’ When it comes to saving on groceries, planning ahead may not be a ‘glamorous solution’ but it allows you...

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self love & diet

3 Ways Self-Love Improves Diet

Valentine’ Day is in the air. The time where small or grandiose gestures are made to show affection. This year, I challenge you to increase self-love! This involves prioritizing your needs and putting boundaries in place so that you live your happiest life. I like to think of self-love as filling your metaphorical cup, which inevitably leads to having more to give to others. Let’s get on this love train and discuss the 3 Ways Self-Love Improves Diet. If the idea of increasing self-love sounds too far out there, I get it. We live in a hectic world. We are inundated with distractions and obligations. We feel stress...

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New Year's Resolution to give up

3 New Year’s Resolutions to GIVE UP!

January, it’s a fresh start. A chance to create your 2018 New Year’s Resolutions. What do you want to change? Before you set a hefty health goal, I will share my top three resolutions to GIVE UP! These are common, unsustainable pitfalls that many attempt (at least in the short term). I will highlight why you should NEVER attempt these resolutions and how to make more sustainable resolutions.   Making a New Year's Resolution? Be sure to read Top 3 Resolutions to GIVE up first! Click To Tweet   University of Scranton estimates approximately 40% of people make New Year’s Resolutions. The top resolution, which 1 in 5 people make, is...

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mood boosting foods

5 Mood-Boosting Foods

(and why they help) Did you know food can impact your mood? Wow! Isn’t that empowering? It puts you, the consumer, in the driver’s seat. After all, food is composed of nutrients, which affect our brain chemistry, therefore, influencing mood. Today, I will highlight five mood boosting foods, how they work in our bodies and how to incorporate them into your diet.   Before we jump in, I want to share that people often seek dietitian-support to better manage physical health (i.e., cholesterol lowering, blood sugar control, digestive issues, etc.). However, less often do people proactively seek dietitian-support to optimize their MENTAL HEALTH. This needs to change! Diet is a...

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Heartburn

3 Powerful Ways to Improve Heartburn

After a full-sized meal, one of the most common complaints is heartburn. That infamous feeling of burning in the chest or throat. If you’ve experienced this unpleasant sensation, you are not alone. In fact, nearly everyone experiences heartburn. Today, I will be reviewing why we experience it and 3 ways to improve heartburn symptoms. Find out 3 ways to improve #heartburn! Click To Tweet   What is Heartburn? The National Library of Medicine defines heartburn as the painful burning feeling in the chest or throat. Heartburn occurs when stomach acid travels up from your stomach into your esophagus (the muscular tube connecting throat to stomach). Generally, when we eat, the Lower Esophageal...

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Top 5 Must-Have Herbs For Your Garden

Top 5 Must-Have Herbs for Your Garden

(and cool ways to use them!) This year, I planted my first herb garden! This year I also discovered my top 5 must-have garden herbs.  The idea came after feeling frustrated going to the grocery store to buy separate herbs and having them go bad before I could use them. I knew that planting a small herb garden would be the solution. Gardening is also something that is close to my heart. My grandpa was a gardener and owner of a greenhouse in St. Jacob’s. From a young age, I enjoyed beautiful flowers, nurturing plants and watching them grow. Therefore, this June, I sauntered into the grocery store...

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