Diet

A Full Belly Might Not Be a Nourished One

Marion Roche | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

Good nutrition is one of the best gifts a caregiver can give a young child. The same is true for caregivers around world, especially in places where food quality and quantity are an issue. Imagine the worries for caregivers in a context where healthy foods are not available, just not affordable or extremely time consuming to prepare, with lack of access to clean water. 

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.

There's a Right and a Wrong Way to Do a Cleanse

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 08.26.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Thinking rationally, I know that the feeling of control that a cleanse offers is fleeting, even false, but I wanted to feel like I was closing the door on old (less than ideal) habits, and opening the door to new (more ideal) habits. I wanted a clean slate.

Malnourished Kids Don't Always Look The Way You Think

Jessica Zapata | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada Alberta
Jessica Zapata

Obesity is one of the leading causes of heart disease and metabolic syndromes. It leads to a deterioration in the quality of our life and often the length, too. Some experts have gone as far as saying childhood obesity is such an epidemic that this current generation of youngsters will have a shorter life expectancy than that of their parents!

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.

How To Blend the Perfectly Satisfying Smoothie

Lindsay Jang | Posted 07.31.2014 | Canada Living
Lindsay Jang

No doubt some of these ingredients may sound a bit weird (cottage cheese, tofu, black beans?!) but blended together, they just become part of the mix. Take a look at the recipes below for inspiration for these unique ingredients and remember, recipes are just a guide!

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 Long-Term Trauma of Gastrointestinal Infection

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Most of us have experienced at one time or another that rumble in the gastrointestinal jungle. But there is a darker side to these maladies manifesting at the microbial level. Though we may not feel these consequences in the short term, research has shown there may be more difficult times down the road.

What 'Feels Good' Isn't Necessarily Good for You

Dr. Brett Belchetz | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Brett Belchetz

The implications of this being -- if one believes that gluten is the source of one's intestinal issues, it is very likely one will feel subjectively better when that particular agent is removed, or if one believes a given detox/cleanse will make one feel more vitality, it probably will -- if for no other reason than placebo effect.

How a Group of Incarcerated Men Taught Me Diet Discipline

Corey Levine | Posted 09.10.2014 | Canada Living
Corey Levine

I volunteer at a federal prison for men. Last week, instead of the usual circle with a facilitator, it was a "social." Some of the treats on offer had been bought at the prison shop, but inmates also brought desserts they had made. Naturally, conversation turned to the delectables on offer, especially the ones baked by the inmates. Most of the inmates refrained from indulging.

How to Fight Midlife Weight Gain

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

As we age, our bodies are less responsive to the typical caloric equation of weight loss; i.e. less calories in and more calories out. Indeed, new science is revealing that age-related weight gain has very little to do with caloric balance and much more to do with the altered physiology of the aging body and adverse environmental and lifestyle factors.

Why I Won't Recommend Gluten-Free Diets to My Patients

Dr. Brett Belchetz | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Brett Belchetz

If your doctor turned to you one day and diagnosed you with a dietary condition that research suggests doesn't exist, for which there was no objective laboratory test, and for which treatment would cost your household thousands of dollars per year, while raising your fat and calorie intake with no measurable health benefits, would you say yes? I wouldn't.

You Know How to Eat, You Don't Need a Diet Company to Tell You

Marci Warhaft-Nadler | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Living
Marci Warhaft-Nadler

After years of being told that we don't know how to eat, we've actually started to believe it. This makes us completely vulnerable and therefore prime targets for any new diet plan or product that come our way. When did we lose faith in ourselves and start putting all our trust in complete strangers, who care more about healthy incomes than healthy consumers?

Study Says Eating This Won't Lead To Weight Loss

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.06.2014 | Canada Living

Researchers at the University of Alabama say skipping breakfast does not hinder weight loss, despite popular belief -- although it doesn't help it ei...

10 Healthy Tips for Managing Your Weight This Summer

Rose Reisman | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

Many of us have hibernated a tad too long during this winter and a few pounds have crept on. But losing weight is a challenge because we legitimately feel hungry, especially if we have become accustomed to eating more. I have maintained my weight for years and I have found some tips that have made the journey easier and rewarding.

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.

How To Conquer Emotional Eating After a Breakup

Abby Langer | Posted 07.30.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Speaking of meals, surround yourself with people who love you, and have meals with them. Have them over and prepare a meal or have them bring something. More points for friends and family who actually eat well, so you don't get a bucket of KFC and pint of sympathy ice cream for your dinner.

It's Time to Kill the "Ideal Body Weight"

Abby Langer | Posted 07.26.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

My opinion even about weighing clients on a regular basis may not be popular with some people, but truth be told, I don't like doing it. Indiscriminately doling out ideal body weights based on random charts and logarithms can be a loaded situation because it sets the client and me up for failure.

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.

Why the Fitness World Needs Tracy Anderson

Lee Boyce | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Living
Lee Boyce

The truth is, if it wasn't for people like Tracy, there would be no one left in the fitness industry to break boundaries of fitness training. The studies I've done in class, the practical learning I've done with hundreds of clients, and the training I've done as a competitive athlete has proven futile now that we've been exposed to the painful reality of what fitness training should be all about.

Don't Let the Word "Diet" Scare You

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

When people hear the word "diet," most think of calorie restriction, deprivation, making up for past indulgences, and as so forth. There is something unpleasant, almost punitive about the whole concept of dieting, which is unfortunate because it can make it harder to turn to healthier eating regimens.

If Your Health Is Important to You, Stop Making Excuses

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Is your health important to you? Don't answer any other question, and don't think about anything else. Very simple: is your health important? Now make a list of every excuse you have to: Not eat healthy; Not be active everyday (simple walk at the end of the day); Not get enough sleep; Not reduce stress. Actually make the list, then look it over.

If You Eat Less, Do You Live Longer?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Studies on longevity in connection with diet and lifestyle were undertaken as early as the 16th century. Two relatively recent studies tested independently from each other the impact of calorie restriction on health and mortality in rhesus monkeys. Both came up with opposite results.

Of Course You're Busy, But Are You Really Too Busy to Work Out?

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

I know that we all need to go to work, pay the rent, grocery shop, sleep and negotiate the demands of life. If you are not a fitness professional, whose job it is to be fit, training can't (and shouldn't) always take first priority. That said, I think what the quote highlights is how people sometimes use "lack of time" as a dismissive catch all for abandoning their health goals.

You Can't Get Healthy Without Planning Your Meals

Jordan Cieciwa | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Living
Jordan Cieciwa

Stop me if this sounds familiar. Wake up in the morning, late. Grab a coffee and a bagel (they're healthy, right?). Run out the door, get to work. Surprise meeting at 11:30, work through lunch. Decide a salad is the healthy option, but it's a Cesar salad. You had intended to be active during lunch, but because of the meeting, you won't be...