Abby Langer
Abby Langer is a dietitian living and working in Toronto. She is a mom, a wife, a runner, and a cook.
Abby graduated with a degree in Nutrition from Loyola University Chicago, and has worked in both the US and Canada as a dietitian.
As a believer in real food, Abby centres her practice around encouraging and teaching clients to cook and eat whole foods.
When she’s not working to change the public’s perception of dietitians as finger wagging Food Guide champions, she’s usually found chasing her kids around, posting on her blog and Twitter, or sneaking off to a locked room for some peace and quiet.

Entries by Abby Langer

You Don't Need A Perfect Diet When Healthy-ish Will Do

(1) Comments | Posted May 12, 2017 | 5:47 PM

When people hear that I'm a dietitian, I suspect most think I spend my life pushing diets full of fruits and vegetables and giving the side-eye to anyone who dares eat a chocolate bar in my presence. They must think I'm a warrior for The Healthy Diet, a scorner of...

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Here Are The 5 Best Nutrition Tips To Start 2017 Right

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2016 | 3:16 PM

Twenty sixteen is almost over, and GOOD RIDDANCE! OK, this year has been very kind to me in a lot of ways -- especially with my health and my business, so I'm thankful for that. But whoa -- it has thrown me a lot of curveballs, and also: David Bowie....

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Teachers Have No Right To Police My Children's Diet At School

(166) Comments | Posted September 30, 2016 | 5:24 PM

A recent newspaper article brought to light the fact that some teachers in an area near Toronto are taking kids' snacks away or not allowing kids to eat them if they're "unhealthy."

Parents are furious, and they've got every right to be. When a teacher makes the decision...

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AspireAssist: FDA-Approved 'Bulimia Machine' Product Of A Quick-Fix Society

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2016 | 4:34 PM

There's been a lot of visceral (read: ICK) reaction to the stomach-draining device that was just approved by the FDA.

An alternative to traditional dieting and more invasive than traditional bariatric surgeries, the AspireAssist system is definitely a new way of preventing calories from being absorbed by the body.


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Marketing Adult Diet Products To Kids Is A Nightmare

(6) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 10:54 AM

As a dietitian, I'm used to hearing about all sorts of diet regimens, pills, drinks, and plans. I'm doing a very well-received diet review series on my blog, and am accustomed to seeing adults who want to lose a few pounds. That's old news.

Recently though, there seems...

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Can You Burn Off Your Belly Fat With Food?

(10) Comments | Posted May 9, 2016 | 10:41 AM

'Zap Your Belly Fat with These 6 Foods!'

Anyone with eyes in their head has seen headlines like that in the media. When I searched 'belly fat' to get some facts for an interview I recently did, I was stunned by the avalanche of information out there on the subject,...

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5 Ways To Love Greek Yogurt Now

(2) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 3:59 PM

Greek yogurt is one of my kitchen staples. My husband actually makes fun of me because he sees me eat it every day, and he hears me recommend it to clients, in interviews, and to him, all the time. But Greek yogurt has a lot more going for it than...

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We Busted These Fad Diets By Drinking Them For You

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2016 | 11:52 AM

We made it through the first few months of the new year, which means your will power is surely fading. No worries, guys. You don't need a balanced diet and a regular fitness routine to look hot. Just take this shake that you read about on Facebook for a few...

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No, You Don't Need To Eat Avocado Seeds

(9) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 11:36 AM

I'm not sure what's going on with the Internet lately, but there's some really crazy stuff coming out on there. One of the latest "trends" -- and I use quotations on that word only because I think there's a limited number of people who would actually try this -- is...

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Should You Be Avoiding Milk Products?

(3) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 2:03 PM

It's linked to ovarian cancer. It's only for baby cows. We aren't meant to digest cow's milk. It's linked to bone loss.

It's pretty easy to find anti-dairy sentiment on the internet, and recently I was asked by a colleague if I 'believe' in dairy. "Like I believe in god,...

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Dietitians Debunk Some Crazy Popular Diets

(3) Comments | Posted February 29, 2016 | 2:04 PM

I know, I know, you want to lose weight. Like, now. No, like, yesterday. So you're going to try that trendy new diet that your friends are on. It shouldn't be too hard, right?

Lots of diets sound like they're based on scientific fact, but what happens a lot...

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Here's How You Can Lower Your Grocery Bill

(13) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 1:15 PM

Food prices are out of control!

Most of us have noticed crazy $7 cauliflower and the overall shift upwards of our grocery bills. And it's not likely to change over this year -- The University of Guelph's Food Institute estimates that most of us will spend almost $350...

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16 Foods You Should Eat In 2016

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 2:08 PM

Happy New Year! I hope your 2016 is full of joy, fun, and just as importantly, great food!

During the entirety of 2015, I was putting together my list of Foods You Should Eat in 2016. I tried a lot of duds -- maple water and cashew yogurt, I'm talking...

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Our Diets Are The New Designer Labels

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 11:20 AM

Grassfed beef. Avoiding 'toxic' foods. Manolo Blahniks? More like organic quinoa and $12 green juice.

Our diets are the new designer labels.

It used to be that a Gucci bag was the upper eschelon of cool. Now, talking about your gluten free bulletproof diet, with its microgreens and grassfed...

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What You Need To Know About GMO Salmon

(62) Comments | Posted November 23, 2015 | 4:49 PM

By now, you've probably heard about the latest GMO product that will be coming to a store near you (in about two years)... salmon. The FDA has just approved the sale of this salmon as food, so what do you need to know about it?

My gut reaction...

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Is That Hot Dog Going To Kill You? Dietitian Responds To WHO Report

(11) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 12:39 PM

The World Health Organization has just declared that asbestos, tobacco, your bacon cheeseburger, and that ham sandwich you're about to eat are all going to kill you, for sure. And that steak you're going to eat for dinner? That is probably going to end your life, They're pretty certain about...

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Why I'm Against Giving Fitness Passes Instead of Candy on Halloween

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2015 | 11:28 AM

A small town in PEI is encouraging parents to give fitness passes to a local community centre to trick or treaters, instead of candy. The Directory of Community Services wants to "change the mindset to try and encourage a little less consumption of sugars and a little more consumption of...

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Not All Processed Foods Are Created Equal

(15) Comments | Posted October 7, 2015 | 5:17 PM

With the return to school, many families and students are looking for quick, easy meal and snack ideas to get them through their busy days. A lot of people will resort to processed foods to help them along, and as a dietitian, I fully support this decision.

Wait! Aren't...

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A Dietitian's Response to Nicole Arbour's 'Dear Fat People'

(11) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 5:54 PM

Last week, a self-proclaimed "comedian" from Canada posted a video rant to YouTube titled "Dear Fat People."

I had the dubious pleasure of seeing it in its entirety, and it was really really hard to watch -- not only because of the sheer cruelty spewing from this woman's mouth, but...

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5 Mistakes Generation X Makes With Their Diets

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 6:09 PM

Millenials aren't the only ones with nutrition issues. With major life changes involving kids, finances, and jobs, Generation X is getting into a bit of nutritional hot water. This is how:

We pick things off our kids' plates

I've done this more times than I care to admit, because I'm...

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