Diet and Nutrition

The Bad News About Artificial Sweeteners

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.21.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's been a rather tough year for artificial sweeteners. In that time, three new studies have been released suggesting they are poor substitutes for sugar. In the spring, an investigation into their use revealed a disconcerting association with the onset of depression. Then, a long-term analysis of their use revealed they may contribute to overall weight gain.

8 Food Myths I Learned at Nutrition School

Abby Langer | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

I hate to age myself, but I went to school for my nutrition degree more than a few years ago. Things have changed since then, and while my practice has changed, we still see some of these gems being recommended to this day. Here's where we got it wrong all those years ago.

Back to School: How to Create a Healthy Lunch

University of Toronto News | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Step one is figuring out what makes up a healthy lunch. A good place to start is the Canada Food Guide, says Deborah O'Connor, a professor in the department of nutritional sciences at U of T and a researcher in the Centre for Child Nutrition, Health and Development.

Don't Shun Sugar Altogether

Abby Langer | Posted 09.02.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

As with all matters of nutrition, context is important. Sugar shouldn't be shunned altogether; rather looked at in context within the lifestyle and other dietary habits of the person. To help you better understand the context of sugar in your diet, let's look at the role of sugar in your food, what else you are eating, and the quality of the carbohydrate you're consuming.

The 5 Worst Diets of All Time

Abby Langer | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

These popular diets can be dangerous, they are low in calories, which is why you will probably lose weight while you follow them. But many pose serious health risks and limited long-term results.

Eating One Serving of This Every Day Could Lead to Better Weight Loss

University of Toronto News | Posted 08.11.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Sievenpiper said that despite their known health benefits, only 13 per cent of Canadians eat pulses on any given day and most do not eat a full serving, which is 130 grams or three-quarters of a cup. That's despite beans, peas and lentils being common Canadian crops.

Want Your Spouse to Change His Diet? Here's How to Help, Not Hinder

Abby Langer | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

A lot of people I know find it difficult to hold their fire when they think their partner needs to make some dietary changes. But you want to help, so based on real-life situations I've seen at my practice, here are some straightforward tips for all you women and men out there who find themselves in the support role.

I'm Fat, Get Over It

BrazenWoman | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Living
BrazenWoman

Must we spend our lives in abject misery about our god-given design flaws?I say NO. I am fat, fit and fabulous! And I have spent far too much time trying to be something that I was never intended to be -- thin.

The Secret Beauty Benefits of Exercise

Caleigh Rykiss | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Living
Caleigh Rykiss

Regular activity is shown to help everything from increasing hair growth to reducing acne. So before you go spending hundreds on skin care, spa treatments and hair products, take a gander at what the gym has to offer in the cosmetic department!

5 Non-Powder Proteins to Add to Your Smoothie

Lynsey Walker | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada Living
Lynsey Walker

Whether smoothies are your breakfast go-to, or afternoon snack to keep blood sugars balances and hunger at bay, having a solid dose of protein is key to success. But bumping up the protein doesn't necessarily mean turning to weird, artificially flavoured powders, here are five all-star, non-powdered ways to add some oomph to your blended beauty.

How Much Vitamin D do We Really Need?

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Living
Dr Dina Kulik

The Canadian Pediatric Society and American Academy of Pediatrics say babies and children should get at least 400 international units (IU) or vitamin D per day. The vast majority of babies and children do not get close to this.

Stress Kills. That's Why Real Men Do Yoga

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Men, I want to encourage you to do Yoga. I'm still not into a lot of it. You'll probably never see or hear me talk about the deep spiritual side. But I take my deep breaths, I reflect inward, I calm myself after a long day. I do the things that reduce stress. I also find that I take the breathing and reflection time along with me on my running and into the weight room.

Five Reasons Why This Dietitian Hates Calorie-Tracking Apps

Abby Langer | Posted 08.01.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

How in the world does the app know what you're going to weigh in a month if you continue eating as you did that day? Does it have a crystal ball? Who knows, but some apps sure feel confident about predicting massive gain or loss of weight based on one day of eating, and those random predictions sure make some people feel anxious as hell.

Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired? It's Time to Start Juicing

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Hodish warns that while the nutritional benefits of juicing far outweigh the hassle of preparing a freshly squeezed drink, it's still a lot of work. "Juicing is a task. It takes time," he says. To be more efficient, Hodish makes all of his juice in the morning -- it takes about one pound of produce to yield a single serving -- and stores it in mason jars to prevent it from oxidizing.

Is the Paleo Diet Actually Good For Your Gut?

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.25.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Like clockwork, when a new diet appears in the public, there is a mix of praise and scrutiny. Despite the information gathered on the benefits of the Paleo diet on the body, there has been far less focus on the effect of the nutritional guidelines on the gut microbiota, which is a driver of human health.

The Eight Nutrition Trends That Drive This Dietitian Crazy

Abby Langer | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

As you can imagine, I hear and speak about nutrition day in and day out. It's a great job and I love it, but some trends just drive me nuts, and here they are.

The Healthiest Options at the Airport

Abby Langer | Posted 07.16.2014 | Canada Travel
Abby Langer

I always hate lugging stuff from home, and this leaves me to fend for myself once I get to the terminal. Today on my way to San Francisco, I decided to really scope out the options and bring you my picks for healthiest foods you can get at the airport.

How Vitamin Supplements Can Help Canada's Hunger Problem

Tim Sinclair | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Impact
Tim Sinclair

Another issue food banks are dealing with is gauging the nutritional value of their donations and purchases. In order to address "hunger," the nutrient value of food must be analyzed. Often, government assistance doesn't cover the much needed vitamin supplements that this underserved population needs to boost nutrition and health.

Five Reasons Why You're Not Losing Weight

Abby Langer | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

1. You're Eating Too Much, Healthy or Not My dad once told me: you can gain weight if you eat too much -- even if you eat too many carrots. What he me...

Is it a Food Allergy, Intolerance, or Sensitivity?

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Of the information generation, many are self-diagnosing as being "gluten free," "lactose intolerant," etc. While removing these foods from a diet will almost never cause anyone harm, it often requires a more thorough understanding to truly comprehend if what we're eating, drinking, or breathing can harm us or heal us.

Why Diet Plans Don't Work

Dain Wallis | Posted 06.18.2014 | Canada Living
Dain Wallis

We are impatient by nature which is why a full-throttle diet overhaul seems like a great choice. People always want the quick and easy. Unfortunately, we are not wired to support such a plan. For this reason, when it comes to sustainable weight loss, a behaviour-based diet and lifestyle plan makes the most sense. How?

If You Could Have More Energy, Would You Want It?

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 06.15.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

If everyone took care of those pillars of health, it would take less than 2 and half hours a day to change. A few more minutes to eat and grab health meals. That extra hour of sleep instead of TV, and 40 minutes to make your body and mind switch into a new gear to be ready to interact with friends and family.

Five Ways To Lose Weight Without Going Hungry

Lindsay Jang | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada
Lindsay Jang

We know that refined sugars don't do much for us, but how does this impact weight loss? Refined sugars in things like sweets, juice and pop are digested and absorbed very quickly. This can leave us with spikes and drops in blood sugar levels that leave us tired, grumpy and craving more sugar.

A Diet Rich in These Foods Could Save Your Life

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

People who ate seven or more portions of plant-based foods every day decreased their risk of death from all causes by an astounding 42 per cent, from heart disease by 31 percent, and from cancer by 25 per cent. These numbers held up even after they were adjusted for age, gender, weight, physical activity level, income, education, and lifestyle, including tobacco and alcohol use.

Just Going to the Gym Doesn't Make You 'Healthy'

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 06.02.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Somewhere along the way the lines got blurred. You are either in a hospital sick and dying, or you are a pro athlete and cover model. No one gives praise to the middle ground. No one talks about the family of five who are all healthy body weight, active but not stand outs on a sports team, and who eat healthy everyday.