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Proposed Nutrition Labels: Have Your Say Canada!

Exciting news in the nutrition world!  This week, Health Canada released proposed changes to nutrition labeling on packaged foods.  The purpose of these changes is to make nutrition labels easier to read and understand.  This is such an important topic since we know that seven out of ten Canadians are looking at the nutrition information on labels to help them make food choices (Tracking Nutrition Trends Survey, 2014).  As a consulting dietitian, I educate clients on how to interpret food labels to make informed food choices.  I fully support many of Health Canada’s proposed label changes as beneficial ways to simplify the labels and enhance public awareness...

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Is this “Hunger” or “Appetite”?

What’s the difference between eating for “hunger” versus eating for “appetite”?   We often mistakenly use these words interchangeably.  Today, let’s focus on getting in tune with our body to distinguish between eating for hunger versus eating for appetite.   Knowing the difference will allow you to be a more mindful eater with awareness of what your body needs for nourishment. Here is a situation.  You are offered a refreshing scoop of French vanilla ice cream drizzled with hot chocolate sauce.  If this sounds tempting, you would likely feel a desire for this sweet treat.  If so, you have experienced appetite!  To confirm that it is an appetite response, ask...

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Benefit from Bulgur!

Are you growing tired of using quinoa as a rice or pasta substitute?  Are you looking for something new to add to your diet that is not only whole grain but also nutritious and delicious?  Well, look no further than the less famous, but exceptionally wholesome bulgur!     Bulgur is made from whole wheat kernels that have been cracked and partially pre-cooked to speed up the cooking time.   Bulgur packs a nutty flavour and can be paired with many other foods such as stir-fries, curry dishes, or fish.  Bulgur can also be used simply as a rice, oatmeal or pasta substitute.  This whole grain is traditionally used in tabouli...

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Fertility Diet: For Him

For couples looking to get pregnant, it seems that the onus is mostly on the woman’s diet.  Well-intentioned husbands come in for dietary counselling wanting to know what their wife should be eating or which supplements she should be taking.  Instead, men should also be asking about the crucial role their diet plays in conception. Today is part 2 of my nutriton fertility series.  Please reference part 1 for what women require nutritionally prior to conception.   Here are my top 5 considerations for him:   1. Achieve a Healthy Body Weight: Overweight men are more likely to have a lower sperm count and produce poorer quality sperm according to Bridget Swinney in her book Eating...

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Mental Sabotage

Overcome “All or Nothing” Mental Sabotage

Louis Sachar said, “It is better to take many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” In a world plagued by impatience and the desire for FAST and EASY results, the idea of taking small steps to achievement seems like a futile process.  Do you train yourself to believe that small things do not make a difference?  Have you ever justified eating an extra cookie because it is only 100 calories?   Since we desire FAST and EASY results, taking small steps to achievement seems futile. Click To Tweet   This type of rationalization helps you to convince yourself that one measly treat...

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Stock your Kitchen like a Dietitian

A well-stocked kitchen with cooking essentials makes creating a quick and balanced meal a whole lot easier!  Today, I will share some of the top items I keep on hand to ensure a nutritiously packed fridge, freezer and pantry.  This way, when you go to the grocery store, you will know which kitchen essentials need to be topped up.   A well-stocked kitchen with cooking essentials makes creating quick and balanced meals easier! Click To Tweet   My top 5 items to stock your fridge, freezer and pantry:   Fridge: Milk, yogurt and cheese Fresh fruits (such as: apples, oranges, grapes) and fresh vegetables (such as: celery, large bag baby carrots, lettuce etc) Eggs! ...

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Drinking Diet Pop, But Not Losing Weight?

If we replace our sugary, caloric soft drink with a non-caloric “diet pop” we should theoretically lose weight, right?  Well, it appears that this might only not be true; in fact, our diet pop may be promoting weight gain!     Research recently published by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found adults who drink diet beverages consume more calories from food compared to adults who drink regular sodas and other sugary beverages.  This research was published in American Journal of Public Health using data from 24,965 people aged 20 and older between 1999 to 2010.  This topic is one of on-going debate and further research is needed to...

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The Power of Protein!

When I mention the word protein, what first comes to mind?  Do you think of muscles or strength, or do you think of weight control, possibly energy boosting, or maybe you simply think about different types of foods that contain protein?  Today, “protein” is a new industry buzzword used to sell food products like drinks, bars and cereals.  And it works! Barry Calpino, vice president for Kraft Foods described protein and stated, "It's one of those rare things that has a lot of different meanings to a lot of different people and they are all positive." Today, let’s take a closer look at protein, how much you need...

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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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