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Potassium, you're not getting enough

Potassium, You’re NOT Getting Enough!

Move over vitamin D, potassium is taking centre stage for a nutrient of public health concern. Fewer than 2% of adults met the daily recommendations for potassium according to the third National Health Examination Survey. In fact, current intakes reveal that adults consume less than half of the estimated requirement. This blog will explore potassium’s vital role in body functioning and disease prevention. Part two will highlight the top food sources and the dietary recommendations.   Why is Potassium Important? Potassium is an electrolyte or mineral that relaxes the arteries through the release of nitric oxide. This helps blood to travel to different parts of the body more easily and prevents...

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Hard Boiled Eggs to Perfection

Are you a fan of eggs? I am! Nutritionally speaking, eggs are an excellent source of protein (6g per large egg), which is why they help you stay full when you add to breakfast. I encourage my clients to not skip the yolk, since this contains half the protein and most of the nutrition such as choline for brain functioning, selenium to prevent the breakdown of tissues and vitamin A for healthy skin and eyes.   Andrea’s TIP: Try batch cooking hard boiled eggs for an easy protein to add to meals or snacks!  Store hard boiled eggs covered in the fridge for up to 5-7 days.   Serves: 2 Prep and cook...

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My Food Role Model: Mastering a Love of Food

My Food Role Model: Mastering a Love of Food!

What is your relationship with food? Is food the enemy or is food your friend? Be honest now! After all, the feelings stirring inside are subconsciously shaping your eating patterns and possibly your health. Last week, I experienced the phenomenal Tony Robbins up close and personal at his Toronto workshop.   He inspired us to think about how our feelings (or body movement) influence our emotional state and our reality. Tony got 5,000 people out of their seats and dramatically moving in order to reach their “peak energy state”.  Tony said, “Where focus goes energy flows”.  This got me wondering, where is our focus when it comes to food? If your...

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Dietitian vs. Nutritionist vs. Holistic Nutritionist

Dietitian vs. Nutritionist vs. Holistic Nutritionist

Have you ever seen a “nutritionist” on the nightly news or Dr. Oz giving advice and asked yourself: Who is this person and what are their qualifications? In a world inundated with nutrition information, we must question the source of information to determine credibility. Today, let’s explore a common question: Are Dietitians and Nutritionists the same thing?  



Education 

Supervised Training 

Work Settings

Dietary Recommendations 

Benefit Coverage?

Regulated by a professional governing body?

Call themselves Nutritionist 

Call themselves a Dietitian?

Registered Dietitian (RD)

Minimum 4 year Bachelor's degree in food and nutrition. 


Completition of minimum 1 year accredited dietetic internship in clinical or community setting. 


Must pass Dietetic Registration exam for licensing. 


Optional: Masters or PhD degrees, continuing education certificates.


Complete over 1250 hours of supervised training.


Hositals, Community Health Centres, Diabetes Education Centres, Family Health Teams, food service, grocery stores, Long Term Care, Private Practice etc. 


Use scientific research, practice-based evidence as well as government approved tools.


Potential for remedial action from the College of Dietitians if making unsubstantiated claims not supported by research. 


Registered Dietitian services are covered by many benefit plans.


Covered by OHIP through hospitals, community health centres, diabetes education programs and family health teams. 


Yes, professionally regulated by provincial college.  Practice in accordance to set laws and standards to protect the public.  Yearly quality assurance to ensure up-to-date education, ethical practice and competence. 


Yes. 


Yes. 

Nutritionist 


No formal nutrition training required. Title of "nutritionist", "nutrition expert" or "registered nutritionist" is not protected or regulated.




Not mandatory.



Private Practice or group classes.


Unable to work in hospitals because not clinically trained with disease management. 


Often more "alternative" treatment plans that do not have to be evidence-based. 


Not covered by OHIP.


Not covered by insurance plans.


No. 


Yes.


No.

Registered Holistic Nutritionist


Minimum high school education to apply.


Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) for 1 - 2 year program and board exam. 

Complete 50 hours of practicum.


Private health clinics, gyms, nutritional supplement companies.


Unable to work in hospitals.


Study natural nutrition diploma program and follow a code of ethics. 


Not covered by OHIP.


Not covered by most insurance plans. 


RHN is a Registered Trademark and NOT a professional designation. 


Yes. 


No. 

* Table is for Ontario only.  The term nutritionist is protected by law in other provinces (Alberta, Nova Scotia, Quebec).      Find out what the differences are between a dietitian, nutritionist, and holistic nutritionist! Click To Tweet   Bottom Line: Be critical of the nutrition information you hear! Question the credibility of information based on...

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Cut Down on your Food Waste!

The average Canadian household throws away one in four produce items, that’s equivalent to about $600 each year! Shockingly, according to the David Suzuki foundation, close to half of all food produced worldwide is wasted or discarded during the processing, transport, supermarkets and in our kitchens. What a shame and waste of good food and valuable resources spent growing and transporting it!   Simplest way to Reduce Food Waste? The best way to cut down on food waste is to become both a creative meal planner and a savvy grocery shopper. Take an inventory of what you have in the fridge, freezer and pantry before grocery shopping. This helps you...

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Three Keys to Weight Management

Did you know that two out of three adults are either overweight or obese?   Moreover, every one of us is at risk for gaining weight. In fact, the average adult gains one to two pounds each year. These small (often unnoticed weight changes) can accumulate and may increase risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and several cancers, especially colon and post-menopausal breast cancer.   The good news is that changes to our diet and lifestyle can help prevent weight gain, help us to lose weight or to keep off the weight we’ve already lost. Remember that changing our lifestyle and making new healthy habits takes time, concerted effort and consistency....

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Time for “Spring Cooking”!

Thankfully, spring is in the air! We finally have warmer weather, flowers blooming and a renewed zest for achieving our healthiest lifestyle. For many, the onset of spring means that it is a time to prioritize cleaning. For others, spring is a time to start up (or re-start) an exercise regime. These are great ideas; however, this spring, I want to inspire people to get "Spring Cooking" as one of the most powerful ways to improve their nutritional intake.     Our Current Challenges: According to an Ipsos Reid poll conducted for Dietitians of Canada, 43 per cent of Canadians say they do not cook balanced meals for themselves or their family...

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Rushed Mornings = Missed Breakfast? #NutritionMonth

Does the morning mayhem cause you to jet out the door without first fueling yourself?  The reality is that almost 40% of Canadians skip breakfast according to the latest Tracking Nutrition Trends report.  As a dietitian, this is a major concern since skipped breakfasts lead to weight gain, decrease in appetite control and decrease in key nutrients like calcium, fibre and potassium.  Today you will become aware of why breakfast REALLY IS the most important meal and my top 3 strategies to overcome the time-crunched morning rush and actually fit your breakfast in!     Sumo Wrestlers and the Breakfast Story: I remember during my dietetic internship, my dietitian-preceptor sharing the...

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It’s #NutritionMonth: Eating 9 to 5!

Is it easy for you to make healthy choices during the typical 9-5 working hours? Take a second and really think about this question. The reality is that 45% of Canadians say that eating healthy meals and snacks while at work is challenging (Employment and Social Development Canada, 2014).  This is understandable seeing that we are faced with numerous challenges.  We are rushed in the mornings, faced with commuter cravings, often over-worked causing us to miss meals, and tempted by food-filled meetings and celebratory treats.  Many of my clients also find it a struggle to overcome the mid-day slump where their energy level drops yet their cravings...

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