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Top 7 ‘Make-Ahead’ Lunches

Top 7 ‘Make-Ahead’ Lunches

Now that we are back-to-school or back from holidays, it is time to hunker down with preparing “make-ahead” lunches. In part one, we explored the three ways to master “make-ahead” lunches by prioritizing planning, stocking up on lunchbox essentials and considering a mental shift from performance to consistency. This makes the lunch-making process less daunting and a more sustainable habit. In today’s blog, I will share when to prepare lunches, the 1, 2, 3 lunch-box formula and finally my Top 7 “Make-Ahead” Lunches.   When Do I "Make-Ahead?" Avoid making or packing lunches in the morning. Your future-self will always thank you. For most, the mornings are one of the...

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3 Ways to Master ‘Make-Ahead’ Lunches

3 Ways to Master “Make-Ahead” Lunches

It’s the end of summer and the beginning of the school year. Even if you’re not back-to-school, adults often feel inspired to start new healthy habits, like packing a balanced lunch. However, busy schedules and life commitments can get in the way of these noble intentions. We frequently feel unprepared and stressed, and either spend money eating out or dish out lunch money to our kids.   Today’s blog is number one of a two-part series. First, I will share how our schedules impact our meal-time stress, then the benefit of packing ahead, and finally three tips to master “make-ahead” lunches. These are the lunches that can be prepared in...

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3 Ways to Start Prioritizing Yourself!

3 Ways to Prioritize Yourself!

Do you feel tired or depleted? Like your car is running on empty? Or perhaps like there is simply not enough time to do things that actually rejuvenate you? If so, you are not alone. In fact, the more chaotic and overwhelming our lives get, often the less time we make for ourselves. I think society has this backwards. Today’s blog is on three simple ways to prioritize yourself!     When we rank our needs as paramount, it has a domino effect. We feel content that we are responding to ourselves, we take time to do things that revitalize us, and this new feeling of cheerfulness spreads to those around...

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Healthy Eating on Vacation

How to Still Eat Well While Traveling

Are you a globe trotter? I certainly have caught the travel bug. It’s exciting to pack up and take off to explore new landscapes, cultures and of course foods! However, when on holidays, maintaining a healthy eating routine can be challenging. Today, I will share my top 5 ways you can still eat healthy while traveling! Peru's Sacred Valley My intention with this blog is to inspire confidence that you can still eat well while enjoying your holidays. I’ll highlight the reasons why vacation eating can be a challenge and outline my top strategies.   [bctt tweet="Confident you can still eat well while traveling? Dietitian top #travel...

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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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