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What’s the DASH Diet?

~A Dietitian Explains~  There are a multitude of diets; however, most are not science-based or proven effective in the long-term. The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is an effective, science-based diet for lowering high blood pressure. Today, we’ll take a closer look at high blood pressure and explore how the DASH diet can help.  What Is The DASH Diet?  The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is a long-term, therapeutic way of eating to prevent or lower high blood pressure. High blood pressure (aka hypertension) occurs when blood moves through arteries at a higher pressure than normal. This causes the heart to work harder and can lead...

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Pitfalls Nutrition

5 Pitfalls to Avoid When Prioritizing Nutrition

{& How to Overcome Them} Is nutrition a priority? Really ponder this. Be honest. After all, prioritizing nutrition can make the difference in lifestyle habits sticking or falling to the sidelines. Do you notice yourself saying, “If I have the time,” or do you say, “I’ll make the time,” when it comes to planning foods or putting in the necessary healthy eating effort?  We get it. People are increasingly busy and have countless commitments. Making nutrition a priority can be challenging (or darn near impossible). Nevertheless, every year countless individuals come into our practice (click here to schedule with us) wanting support to better prioritize nutrition. This is no...

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Thanksgiving Entertaining

Top 3 Thanksgiving Entertaining Dishes

~Appetizer, Side-Dish & Salad~ Are you a Thanksgiving Entertaining maven? Or perhaps you’re a designated “appetizer/side-dish/salad-bringing guest.” Nevertheless, people often find themselves uncertain what to make for Thanksgiving entertaining. After all, we are frequently short on time and it’s an enormous feast. We can count on the standards: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and pumpkin pie! I’m not complaining about any of these options. However, to add meal inspiration and change things up, let’s give thanks to extra VARIETY.  Today, I’ll share my Top 3 Thanksgiving Entertaining Dishes to add to the mix. You can make these items as either a host or guest. Conveniently, they fall within the appetizer, side-dish...

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Canned vegetables

Are Canned Vegetables Healthy?

Are canned vegetables healthy? This is a common question at Dietetic Directions, especially prevalent this time of year as we transition out of summer and into fall harvest. Different vegetables are available such as potatoes, squash, carrots, beets and cabbage. Unfortunately, many of our favourites like peaches, green beans and corn on the cob are no longer in season. Nevertheless, canned vegetables and legumes can be a healthy and affordable alternative. In case you missed it, you can also opt for frozen vegetables – see past blog, Are Frozen Vegetables Better than Fresh?.  Fall is here which means seasonal vegetables are available! Read on to learn why canned...

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Reinvent Dinner to Lunches

Reinvent Dinner into Unique Lunches!

It’s back-to-school or back-to-work from the cottage time! 'Tis also the dreaded lunch-box dilemma time. Are you wondering what to make? Not to worry. We got you. Let’s ward off tuna sandwich boredom or resorting to expensive takeout by instead learning how to reinvent dinner into unique lunches. After all, the fall season reinvigorates people to start fresh with dietary and lifestyle changes. Therefore, let’s take a spin on dinners by transforming them into scrumptious lunches! These time-saving strategies will have you cooking once but eating twice or three times.   Transforming dinners into unique and scrumptious lunches is a reinvigorating strategy for fall! If you’re worried about being bored...

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Summer motivation

5 Ways to Maintain Summer Motivation

It’s hard to maintain summer motivation! The weather is warm, the beach is calling and cottage meals are on the mind. With all of the welcomed indulgences of the season, it can be difficult to sustain motivation for our healthier lifestyle goals. Workouts get skipped, meals don’t get planned and food isn’t prepped for the busy workweek ahead.  Today’s blog is on 5 Ways to Maintain Summer Motivation (despite our inevitable challenges). By keeping our momentum in the summer, we can slide smoothly right on into the fall season without feeling like we've regressed in progress.  5 Ways to Maintain Summer Motivation: 1. Think long-term. Starting a new habit can be less challenging...

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A Dietitian's Perspective on Weight Loss Apps

A Dietitian’s Perspective on Weight Loss Apps

~Exploring Pro’s & Con’s~  Do weight loss apps work? Many clients wonder if apps such as My Fitness Pal can actually help them lose weight. They also query if weight loss apps can serve a useful purpose in terms of improving their nutriton. Today, I will be “weighing in” on weight loss apps and exploring the pro’s and con's along with the potential role and risk they play in healthy eating. Before reading, keep in mind that health decisions need to be individualized. What works for someone else may not work for you. Consider consulting with a registered dietitian and/or your doctor. Whether you are looking to lose weight or...

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Easy Summer Potluck Pleasers

5 Easy Summer Potluck-Pleasers!

Summer (and potluck season) has finally begun! Thankfully, we’re outdoors more and partaking in a surge of social gatherings. Love this potluck-style of eating because it’s fun to get together with family and friends over shared food and laughter. However, many of our clients find potluck meal decision stressful. Just to clarify, potlucks are a gathering where everyone brings a dish/meal and it comes together to create a smorgasbord of options instead of the host carrying the cooking responsibility.  Today’s blog is dedicated to inspiring easy summer potluck-pleasers. I will break down how to select the appropriate potluck dish and 5 easy summer potluck-pleasers! These dishes are ideal...

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Are Frozen Vegetables Healthier?

Are Frozen Vegetables as Healthy as Fresh?

With a plethora of food options, how do we know what to choose? It’s common to wonder if a certain type of food is better than the next. In fact, an extremely typical inquiry is: Are frozen vegetables as healthy as fresh? Today, we'll answer that question with a resounding yes and highlight in detail what we need to consider.  First, let's start by breaking down how most people do with meeting recommended vegetable intake. According to Statistics Canada, only 30% of Canadians report consuming fruits and vegetables five times or more daily. You would have to aim for approximately two servings of veggies at both lunch and dinner to meet...

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