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5 Reasons to Disregard Food Sensitivity Tests

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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Do I need a vitamin supplement?

Do I need a vitamin supplement?

Have you even wondered if you should be taking a vitamin or mineral supplement?  Perhaps you reflected on your diet, scratched your head and thought “am I missing something?” The prevalence of supplement use is estimated at 40% among adults (Canadian Community Health Survey 2.2). As a dietitian, I like to take a food-first approach in meeting needs; however, I also recognize the necessity of bridging nutrient gaps. A common myth is that by taking a supplement we can make up for an unhealthy diet. Not true!  Similarly, people may assume that taking a supplements is as beneficial as getting this vitamin through food; also not true.   Choosing nutrient rich...

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5 Signs You're Ready for (Long-term) Dietary Change

5 Signs You’re Ready for (Long-Term) Dietary Change

Are you REALLY ready for change? Are you prepared to move beyond short-term attempts and take a flying leap into the realm of sustainable, long-term (diet or lifestyle) changes? To help you in knowing if you’re prepared, I have my top 5 signs that you’re ready for (long-term) dietary change!   Find our Andrea's 5 signs you're ready for (long-term) dietary change! Click To Tweet   1.YOU are seeking Help: I bet you’ve heard, “you can bring a horse to water but can’t make him drink”. The same holds true with diet and lifestyle changes. An example would be if a family member encourages their loved one to consult with a dietitian after a...

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Dietitians Get Personal On What Works

Dietitians get Personal about what Works! {pt. 2}

Wellness goes far beyond the foods we eat and into the habits we keep. Wellness includes the health of the body, mind and spirit. What habits do you keep to support your wellness? Living in a busy world, making time for yourself can be a tremendous challenge; therefore, I decided to do a blog compilation of expert wellness tips. I reached out to fellow nutrition professionals for insight. The response blew me away! I am honoured to share their personal habits to inspire you to prioritize your wellness! Today, is part two of the dietitian wellness series. This time we are focusing on body movement to support wellness.   Rosie Schwartz, Enlightened Eater, Toronto “Working...

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10 Dietitians Share Their Wellness Habits

10 Dietitians Share their Wellness Habits {pt.1}

How do you keep yourself well? It is apparent that our health is not merely about the foods we eat but about our mental and physical wellness. I am sure you’ll agree that with our jam-packed schedules, carving out time for YOU can sometimes seem near impossible! Therefore, to equip my readers with innovative and powerful wellness tips (that are non-food related) I reached out to a few of my fellow Canadians Dietitians to see what they do! I’m so thrilled that I did because the response has been astounding and inspiring! Today’s blog is part one of a two part series that will leave you motivated to take care of YOU!   Top...

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5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Boost Immunity

Five Scientifically Proven Ways to Boost Immunity

Can your diet (or lifestyle) improve your immune system? Yes it can, but be skeptical of supplements making these claims because there’s no single food or nutrient that will magically boost immunity. For example, Echinacea, a very popular herb (in the daisy family) taken to combat colds does not have research to support cold prevention when tested against a placebo. In most studies, Echinacea also didn’t lessen cold symptoms for those who got sick. However, don’t be discouraged; there are other ways you can keep our immune system strong to prevent catching a cold or recover faster if you do. Keep in mind, just because our bodies are exposed...

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5 Amazingly Simple Ways to Improve Your Health Now

Five (Amazingly Simple) Ways to Improve your Health NOW!

Are you looking to make meaningful and sustainable changes to your diet and lifestyle? Do you need a little guidance to point you in the right direction? If so, I have compiled my five “heavy-hitter” habits to adopt NOW to improve your health.   Five Healthy Habits to Adopt in 2016: No "Thirst-Cue" Needed: Let’s start off with possibly the simplest (not necessarily the easiest) habit to change. If you are like most people, you likely miss (or ignore) thirst cues during a busy day. This new habit will take advantage of visual cues as one of the most powerful ways to motivate behaviour change. My Tip: If you have a...

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Is "Healthy-ish" the newest food trend?

Is “Healthy-ish” the Newest Food Trend?

So far in 2016, the trend of eating “healthy-ish” has been gaining some serious momentum. The January issue of Bon Appetit spotlighted “healthy-ish” eating and a PBS documentary with writer Michael Pollan (who also uses this term) has been getting attention. What does “healthy-ish” mean?  What are the benefits of eating this way? I spoke with CBC radio personality Jason Osler on the topic (listen here) and he also did a writeup on our discussion for CBC news.   What is “Healthy-ish”? “Delicious comforting home cooking that just happens to be kinda good for you” (Bon Appetit, Jan 2016). Urban Dictionary: When something is sort of healthy.   Example of “Healthy-ish”: When you cook at...

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Set Y.O.U.R Perfect New Years Resolution

Set “Y.O.U.R” Perfect New Years Resolution

Is New Years a time to run and hide from goal setting? If you are like me, you are likely reflecting on the past twelve months: the lessons learned, experiences had and the amazing people encountered. However, it is also a time where your critical self whispers, “you could have done this better” or “ you should really start doing this next year”. What are you to do? What is the best way to set resolutions that will leave you feeling happier, healthier and most importantly, likely to keep up the change? This year, instead of succumbing to “all or nothing” goal setting, focus your 2016 pledge on...

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