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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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7 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship with Food

In our weight and image-obsessed culture, it is very easy to feel very overwhelmed about food. This “complicated” relationship can sabotage our very best efforts, leave us feeling down and simply take the fun out of eating. Who wants that? However, it doesn't have to be this way! To help us dive into the 7 signs of an unhealthy relationship with foods, I have invited my friend and fellow dietitian, Vincci Tsui to share her thoughts. Vincci has a private practice in Calgary where she helps her clients ditch the “diet culture” and reclaim their relationship with foods and their bodies!  I absolutely LOVE Vincci’s work. Be...

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Top 7 Ways to Eat to Manage Stress

{Part II}   Did you know that nutrition can help you better manage stress? It can. Now that you are aware of the 6 ways stress is sabotaging your diet, we can move on to part two where I’ll share 7 eating and lifestyle strategies to help you better manage stress.   DYK: Nutrition helps your body better manage stress? Find out more! Click To Tweet   Andrea’s Top 7 Ways to Manage Stress:   Make Yourself the PRIORITY: “You are the most important person in your life.”  This was said by the yoga teacher in class this week and made me think that making yourself the priority is not selfish. Instead, it’s a powerful stress-reduction...

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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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