Diet and Nutrition

10 Tips to Keep You Eating Well

Dr. Christian Turbide | Posted 08.02.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Christian Turbide

We all know that following a diet pattern that includes a variety of whole, real foods, vegetables, fruits, ethically-sourced proteins and healthy fats is a big part of leading a healthier (and longer!) life. Unfortunately, this is often easier is concept than in practice.

Four Summer Foods Disguised as "Healthy" Choices

Dr. Allana Polo | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Allana Polo

There are some hidden dangers you need to know about if weight gain is a concern, if you want to take advantage of summer activities to slim down or if you have health concerns that need to be kept in check. Here are four summer foods, disguised as healthy choices, that may actually be causing you to gain weight.

5 Crucial Steps to Beating Food Addictions

Jonathan Rizzolo | Posted 07.26.2015 | Canada Living
Jonathan Rizzolo

By far the most common challenge for keeping up a healthy diet is giving up food addictions. If you could break free from your cravings, healthy habits would take over and your new lifestyle would become a breeze. Wouldn't that be nice? Easier said than done.

Food Fight! Alternative Proteins

Kristin Wiens | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Living
Kristin Wiens

From laboratory-produced ground beef to the eco-benefits of insects as a protein source, many scientists believe we need to shift our palates from traditional proteins to more sustainable options. How does algae stack up against chicken? Could you swap your steak for some crickets?

Top 10 Foods to Avoid

Dr. Christian Turbide | Posted 07.27.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Christian Turbide

Eating well doesn't require deprivation. Armed with little understanding of what foods (and food-like substances) you should avoid will be a huge part of guaranteeing you will not become one of those statistics in my waiting room. Here are my top 10 offenders when it comes to foods to avoid.

How Fish Oil Can Be Sourced From Weeds

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.19.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Long before the health movement became popular, fish oil was recognized as a healthy part of a nutritious diet. The actual benefit didn't really become known until the 1970s when ingestion of these oils apparently led to better cardiovascular health. Within a few decades, the oil (as well as the fish itself) was suggested as a means to keep heart disease at bay. Today, we know of several chemicals contained within the oil that improve our health. Some of the best are the omega-3 fatty acids.

Heal the Burn: How Nutrition Affects Sun Protection

Kristin Wiens | Posted 07.12.2015 | Canada Living
Kristin Wiens

While complete sun abstinence is unlikely for most of us, sun "awareness" and proper sunscreen use are the most important things you can do to prevent sunburns and reduce your risk of skin cancer. There is growing evidence that the foods you consume may influence risk and offer some protection.

How to Get the Health Benefits From Fermented Foods

Kristin Wiens | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Living
Kristin Wiens

Most proponents attribute the beneficial effects of eating fermented foods to the presence of natural probiotics, those friendly little gut bacteria and yeast inhabiting our gut. But not all fermented foods are a source of probiotics.

How to Stay Fit on Vacation

Maureen (Mo) Hagan | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Living
Maureen (Mo) Hagan

A recent study published in Journal Obesity found that after just five days, eating a high-fat diet can lead to problems such as weight gain, obesity and other health issues. Here are a few of my tips to help maintain diet and exercise while on vacation.

The Perfect Diet Comes From Listening to Your Body

Dr. Christian Turbide | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Christian Turbide

So who should you listen to? The answer of course, is you. Listen to your body. Really listen. Ask yourself some key questions. The answers to what you should, and shouldn't be eating are best determined by you, and your desired results.

What You Need to Know About Canada's Proposed Nutrition Label Changes

Abby Langer | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

For the second time since 2007, Canada's nutrition labels are being revised. While the new labels are an important step in the right direction, I've broken down the good and the bad of what I feel, as a dietitian, are the most important changes on the labels.

Flushing Twice? What to Do When You Have Sticky Poop

Melissa Ramos | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Melissa Ramos

Listen, I realize that this is a bit of an embarrassing topic but this is definitely a poop topic I wanted to cover because I know that most of us have had sticky poop at least once in our lives. And honestly, it's important to talk about it so we can resolve any issues happening in the gut that could be affecting our health.

14 Foods To Toss From Your Pantry

The Huffington Post Canada | Tara Noland | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Living

Are there hidden evils lurking in your pantry? The answer is probably yes. Look closely at the nutrition label on some of your favourite foods and...

How to Make Grain-Free Almond Bread

Meghan Telpner | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Living
Meghan Telpner

This was one of the first ever recipes I created for my blog, and it has since gone through numerous variations. I have been loving this bread with pretty much everything on it. It is great topped with a simple bruschetta mix with chopped heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, some minced garlic, olive oil and sea salt.

Want to Be Healthy? Take the "Captain Obvious" Approach

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 06.15.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

You don't have to spend tonnes of money on cleansing programs, protein powders or the latest miracle food to achieve your health and wellness goals. I am not saying don't eat gogi berries (or this month's equivalent miracle food). I am just saying that you don't need to spend oodles of money or follow a restrictive "diet," you just need to get back to basics.

Juice Cleanses: Just Don't Do Them!

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

It's funny how the fads come and go. Cleanses and detox diets have actually been around for more than 100 years. But Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator April Thorimbert says, it's not always a good thing when history repeats itself.

Fighting Infections Is No Excuse for More Salt In Your Diet

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

A study published last week suggested there may be reason to seek more sodium. According to the team of researchers, higher amounts of sodium (one of the two elements found in salt) in the diet may help to fight off skin infections. The results could translate into dietary changes to help prevent unwanted microbial dermal invasions.

Taking a Break Will Help Your Running Life

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Running is hard on the body. Every time your foot hits the ground your body has to absorb six times your weight. To recover from this pounding your tissues need REST, cross-training, appropriate nutrition and water. Luckily, I love trying new workouts and when I don't run I have free time to experiment and try new classes.

Healthy Food Is Actually Faster Than Fast Food

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

If you google it, most restaurants take anywhere from 145 seconds-180 seconds to make your food. That's you telling the big board your order and it getting cooked. So it's 2 minutes and 30 seconds from the time you say "burger and fries please" till the time you have food in your hands.

Why I Ate Food Out Of the Garbage For Dinner Last Night

Abby Langer | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

I asked the produce manager about fruits and vegetables that are merely unattractive, not rotten, and he said that at this particular store, there is no call for such a thing. Turns out, people in upper-class Forest Hill want their apples perfect, not deformed. There is one store in the chain that does sell imperfect produce, but it's in a different neighborhood.

How To Make Healthy Eating Simple -- And Fast

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

The "I don't have time for breakfast" excuse is one of my personal pet peeves. Everyone has time for breakfast, you just need to plan ahead. Hard boil a bunch of eggs. Then grab one of them plus a few cut of vegetables for a healthy meal in literally seconds. Make a smoothie the night before. Then drink it as you leave the house.

This Is What Your Morning Meal Should Look Like

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Toast and coffee isn't going to cut it. You need food. Real, simple, easy to make food. I've been showing off my culinary skills for years on youtube. Fun fact- I don't really have any, so I keep things super simple. If you watch the videos, I promise you can follow them and make exactly what I do.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Healthy Baking Swaps and Lightened up Valentine's Day Desserts

Lindsay Jang | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Living
Lindsay Jang

With the sweetest holiday of the year fast approaching, sugar and chocolatey treats are on the brain. As you probably know by now, I'm the first to promote balance and am all for enjoying your favorite treats, but if you're looking to lighten up one of your favorite recipes, or try something new, this one's for you!

7 Tips To Keep You On Track in 2015

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Happy 2015 everyone! It has been over a week since the ball dropped. If you are starting to feel less committed towards your health resolutions, I am here to say "don't give up"! 2015 can be your healthiest year yet, you just have to persevere!! Here are seven tips to help you stay motivated in 2015!

Top Five Tips for Picky Eaters

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 03.11.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Of my two kids, one is a particularly picky (and not to mention slow) eater. It even took some convincing to have him try ice cream a few years ago. Can you imagine? Ice cream! But there you go, it's all new and kids have no idea until they try it. So how can you get them just to try it?