Lisa Rutledge is a registered dietitian who helps people redefine their relationship with food. She blogs at www.LisaRutledge.ca
Lisa Rutledge is a registered dietitian with specialties in weight management and disordered eating. She has made it her mission to help people with complicated relationships with food simplify eating and feel better about themselves. She works as a private consultant, runs workshops and presentations as well as shares her knowledge through her blog www.LisaRutledge.ca, podcasts and online videos. Lisa has worked with various media organisations such as CBC radio, Radio Centre-ville, MUHC magazine and the Montreal Gazette. She believes that a healthy life requires eating your foods you love.
Does it ever feel like traditional nutrition advice is a little old school? That the recommendation of drink more water, eat more vegetables and cut down on fat is just not speaking to you anymore? Su...
The holiday season means constant activities, festivities, shopping, gatherings, and of course, lots of food. This can be exciting for many, and daunting for others. Food should not be a source of stress or guilt during the holidays (or ever) and it's important to make time for self-care to stay healthy and to reduce stress.
Many of us think that hating our bodies can motivate us to change and become healthier, but this mentality can actually produce the opposite effect. This weight-focused approach can lead to short-term weight loss, but most people have trouble maintaining these results and do not necessarily improve their long-term health.
A well-planned healthy vegetarian diet can lower the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and various types of cancer. Even making small dietary changes, such as participating in meatless Mondays, is a great first step towards a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle.
It's not sexy or glamorous, but it works. Eat a normal portion once in a while and it not only satisfies your desire for pasta with creamy sauce (which is a normal part of living) but it also has the super powers of staving off binges and feelings of deprivation from good food.
I have to admit, I hate talking about what not to eat. Not only is it boring and a kill-joy, but it perpetuates the myth that dietitians take away food choices. But, if you are trying to lower your cholesterol levels, here are some interesting nutrients you'll want to consider including more often.
Eating disorders are more than just "extreme dieting," they are psychological disorders that stem from complex underlying issues. There are many stereotypes and myths surrounding eating disorders, and the resulting stigma can make it more difficult for those affected to seek treatment.
Although the holidays are well behind us, the pinch of all that holiday spending is still being felt. On top of that, resolutions made to eat better can seem impossible when budgets are tight. The good news is that there are ways to eat well this winter while trying to cut back on food spending.
If you feel that your eating is out of control, don't run into the arms of another diet, it will only make things worse. Instead, try eating three normal meals every day and consider how labelling foods as "bad" is affecting you and reach out to a local dietitian who practices mindful eating.
I am against cutting calories or using specialty ingredient to the detriment of recipes, your budget and meal satisfaction. Before you lighten-up a recipe and feel compelled to eat too much of it because it just doesn't taste good, hear me out.
Let me start by saying this is not an article about blood pressure. Believe or not the word "pulse" has a meaning other than the beating of your heart. In nutrition, the word "pulse" is derived from the latin word "puls" which means thick soup or potage, and refers to the dry seed of the legume family.
Dr. William Davis writes, "Modern grains are silently destroying your brain." That's right, a credible doctor told the public that wheat is killing us. Stephen Yafa argues that Davis' Wheat Belly misinformed the public about wheat: it is not the grain itself that is bad for us, but rather how the grain is processed.
You have likely seen coconut water sold in fitness centers and yoga studios where it is heavily advertised as a natural rehydration beverage. This is because the companies that produce commercially available coconut water claim it contains significantly more electrolytes than sports drinks. However, you might be unaware that many of the companies that produce coconut water have exaggerated the health benefits.
I believe that it is normal to eat candy in moderation any time of the year. It is also normal to eat a little more after collecting the spoils of Halloween. Sure, it contains no vitamins or minerals or added physical benefits to our lives but eating a treat isn't about maximizing antioxidant intake.
Everyone has a different potential or ability to change their weight. Of the many aspects of weight management, those that can be modified are exercise, food (portions, type, timing of meals, etc.), relationship with food, stress levels and sleep. Many people forget that all of these influence weight and lifestyle choices -- it is NOT just about food and exercise.
I am a HUGE advocate of intuitive and mindful eating to manage health. It encourages a way of eating that fits with your "eating personality" and food preferences, it is easy to integrate regardless of where you are geographically and perhaps most importantly, has nothing to do with starvation or deprivation.
One way to avoid eating too restrictively is to plan to eat a treat once in a while. This plans gives you something to look forward to -- which can motivate you to eat better on a regular basis AND help you avoid feeling deprived.