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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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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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7 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship with Food

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 ways to eat to manage stress

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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Stress Sabotaging Diet Dietitian

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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