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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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Canada's New Food Guide

Canada’s New Food Guide

A Dietitian's Perspective Canada’s New Food Guide was recently released. The last one was issued in 2007; a lot has changed in that time! We can say good bye to the recognizable rainbow of four food groups. Many complained that it was too confusing and not individualized, and that food industries heavily influenced it. Thankfully, Health Canada issued the new Food Guide after lengthy discussions with dietitians and the general public, as well as consideration of evidence-based research to support its modern and relevant recommendations. Our clients and valuable readers highly requested this blog.  They wanted me to share my opinions about the changes to Canada’s New Food...

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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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How to Beat the Bloat FODMAPs

How to Beat the Bloat with FODMAPs

(Low FODMAP Diet Explored) Do you experience digestion issues but are uncertain of your food triggers? If so, you are not alone. One in seven people experience Irritable Bowel Syndrome, characterized by symptoms' of bloating, pain, gas and changes in bowels (i.e. diarrhea or constipation). While many may shy away from talking about their digestive woes, in my office, this is a common (and very important) conversation. Today, I will share a dietitian’s perspective on treating digestive issues (like abdominal pain, bloating and loose bowels) with the Low FODMAP diet.   DYK: More than 20 million Canadians suffer from general digestive disorders every year (Can. Digestive Foundation, 2018) Click To Tweet   The Low FODMAP diet...

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10 practical ways to reduce thanksgiving food waste

10 Practical ways to Reduce Thanksgiving Food Waste

When you think of thanksgiving, do you think of turkey, stuffing or merely the familiar feeling of being over-stuffed?  These are common associations on this food-centric holiday.  However, this year, I will focus on the 27 billion Canadian dollars lost each year in food waste, or the food that is discarded, lost or uneaten.  This blog is intended to motivate us to be extra conscious during this time of bountiful harvest.   Source: Global News   Andrea’s Top 10 Ways to Reduce Food Waste this Thanksgiving:   Find out 10 practical ways to reduce food waste this Thanksgiving! Click To Tweet   Take stock before you grocery shop: This is the first and often...

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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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Life as a camp dietitian

Life as a Camp Dietitian {and how it changed my career path}

Did you go to summer camp?  I always enjoyed it.  Little did I know that I would continue going to camp as an adult!  Today I will be sharing my experience at Camp Huronda (a summer camp for children and youth living with type 1 diabetes).  I've attended this camp  for the past six summers where I trade my business attire for a camp T-shirt and shorts.  This experience has developed new skills, provided a new outlook on life and even altered my career path!   Check out my life as a camp dietitian! Click To Tweet What brought me to camp? Years ago, my friend Jessica Walters presented to our Masters...

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The Alkaline Diet: What you need to know

The Alkaline Diet: What you need to know!

Did you catch the recent article, “the celebrity diet that actually has some science behind it,” in the Washington Post?  This article got many people debating the merits of the alkaline diet.  Today, we will take a closer look at this diet, break down the science and provide a nutrition review. What is the Alkaline Diet? The alkaline or “acid-alkaline” diet proposes that “acid-producing” foods such as meat, fish, dairy products, sugar, caffeine and grains make the body acidic, which can lead to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and even cancer. Therefore, the theory is that by increasing the intake of “alkaline” (or basic) foods like fruits and vegetables,...

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How the sugar laws will change

How the Sugar Labeling Laws will Change

Have you noticed that sugar does not have a Percent Daily Value (%DV) on food labels? Many are surprised and frustrated upon this realization. Without a %DV, how are consumers to interpret if 22 grams of sugar in vanilla Greek yogurt is “a little” or “a lot”?  Thankfully, help is on the way. After consolidation with the public, health organizations, health professionals (including dietitians) and food industry, Health Canada has confirmed that there will be changes to the current food labels to make them easier to understand and interpret. Today, I will highlight the top changes for sugar on Canada's revised nutrition label. I believe these changes are a step in...

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