Mairlyn Smith
Mairlyn Smith is the only professional home economist and food writer in Canada that is also an alumnus of the Second City Comedy Troupe making her a popular TV and media food personality. Her ability to mix learning with laughter is her forte.

Mairlyn has been seen on every morning show across Canada and is a regular on Breakfast TV in Toronto as well as the popular and award winning CityLine.

In 1976 she graduated with a degree in Home Economics from the University of British Columbia. She then returned to UBC and completed her Teaching Certificate before going on to teach Home Economics and head the Department of Fine Arts at Balmoral Junior High.

Unable to shake the acting bug, Mairlyn enrolled at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in California. Then, like most Canadian actors in the 1980s, she moved to Toronto to find work. Mairlyn has been seen on over 100 television commercials, performed on live stage including the Second City Comedy Troupe, and has been in many TV shows as well as films. Her versatility in acting and cooking with a comedic flair landed her the job as a host of Harrowsmith Country Life and a subsequent Gemini Nomination.

The author of three best selling cookbooks, Ultimate Foods for Ultimate Health and don’t forget the chocolate! which she co-authored with dietician Liz Pearson, won Gold at the Cuisine Canada Cookbook Awards making it the first healthy book to ever win Gold at these prestigious Canadian Culinary Awards.

Her latest book Healthy Starts Here! Looks at the super foods that can make a huge difference to your health, and yes one of those super foods is chocolate!

Entries by Mairlyn Smith

Hate Grocery Shopping? Here's How to Love it

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2012 | 12:36 PM

I hate shopping for clothes. I think it's because I have an hourglass figure.

If I were 5-foot-10, it wouldn't be too tough dressing the bigger parts of my body, but at 5-foot-3 I tend to look like a sack of potatoes. It is discouraging to say the least. Bathing...

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My All-Time Favourite Big F-Word

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 10:26 AM

We just aren't getting enough of it.

And the bottom line is we need it in our lives.

As a matter of fact, most of us are getting so little of it, we're crabby, tense, and our health is suffering.

To make matters more complicated there are...

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How to Avoid Mindless Eating

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2012 | 10:38 AM

Grab a pencil and write down everything you ate for dinner yesterday.

Stumped? Can't remember every last morsel? You're in the majority.

All too often we sit in front of the TV, at our desks, in our cars, multitasking through our meals; not allowing our brains to become...

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This March Break, Invite Your Kids Into Your Kitchen

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 9:41 AM

Spring Break, or as most kids like to call it, "What are we going to do for fun now?"

Sure there are family field trips to go on, movies to watch, and adventures to take part in, but all too often by about Tuesday afternoon most parents are going...

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Spring Clean Your Fridge

(5) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 9:17 PM

If your fridge looks more like a science experiment from your grade nine chemistry class then a safe and happy haven for your food, it's probably way overdue for a clean-up.

At the very least you need to give your fridge the once-over every four months, but a weekly wipe...

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A Letter From Your Heart

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 12:27 PM

Dear (insert your name here),

Are you trying to kill me?

I'm beating over 100,000 times every single day to keep all systems going. I don't want to brag or anything, but without me you'd be dead. OK, I'll admit the brain is helpful but it has such a huge...

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