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As dietitians, we tout ourselves to be pursuers of science — but somewhere along the way we've given in to click bait and become beholden to likes and shares.
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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.
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Are you grateful for your food? Here's how to really get present about your plate.
This experience certainly made me slow down a bit and put more thought into where it is I'm getting my food, who I'm supporting and what I'm putting into my body. It is a way to get involved in and share our culture and traditions, and enjoy the love and nourishment that good wholesome foods provide.
If you ever visit Mexico or any Latin American country don't be surprised if you see locals eating chili sprinkled mangos on a stick. Mango and Spice (specifically chili) might seem like an odd combo,...
Mindless eating can lead to weight issues, ill-health, and an unhealthy relationship with our body and food. Such absent-minded eating habits prevent our brains from capturing the memory of what we ate. We continue to eat more throughout the day in search for the satisfaction-factor. What's the solution?
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When I thought about wedding planning, I imagined myself curled up on the couch with girlfriends, sipping a glass of wine and flipping through bridal magazines. While there were definitely days like this, there is so much more to wedding planning than I could have imagined!
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To understand the true value of food is to understand what the body requires to fully function. I know, it sounds corny when health counselors sometimes advise their clients to 'listen' to their body, but it does make sense. The body does make its needs known if we pay attention.
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Today is International No Diet Day!
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Weight loss can feel like an enormous mountain to climb. Before slashing calories, counting calories or even making the healthy changes to portion sizes, food choices and activity levels, I have seven suggestions that will prepare your body and mind for the mountain ahead.
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One of the most essential components of metabolism isn't a vitamin, a chemical or a molecule -- it is your psychological relationship with the food, meaning that how you think and feel about what you are about to eat impacts how your body digests it
March is Nutrition Month! Make small changes each week that will better your health.
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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.
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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.
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Step #1: Don't walk into dinner starving.
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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.
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Eating meals on the go continues to be a no-no. A new study, published to the Cambridge Journals, finds students who prepare and consume meals regularly have healthier diets compared to students who...
The best solution to this information overload is to take a nutrition "research" hiatus. This used to mean stopping the weight loss chit chat, putting down the diet book or avoiding buying the latest fitness magazine. But now, since the birth of the Internet, it should also include our Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook feeds.
Mindless eating is not uncommon; in fact, it's something I discuss regularly with clients. And the good news is this: you don't have to be a zen master or nutrition guru to become a mindful eater, you just need to start with a few simple steps. Here are three tips to help you build your mindful eating practice.
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Cravings are, for better or worse, a normal part of life. This means learning to deal with them in a healthy way is a big part of weight management. The goal should not be to eliminate cravings but to understand what triggers them and how to ride out the "wave of the crave."
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So many people struggle with eating when they are not hungry. This in turn can trigger feelings of guilt and shame especially if you are trying to lose weight. Understanding whether you are eating due to hunger or other reasons begins with being mindful before taking the first bite.
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Mindfulness is simply the awareness of the present moment. It's living in the here and now. Not only is mindfulness valuable in day-to-day life so that we may be more aware of the bliss in every single moment of our lives, it is also a useful tool in keeping our physical body in health
If you've ever felt regret over eating a piece of cake, but told yourself you just couldn't help it, you know exactly how hard it is to overcome temptations. But what if you took a few minutes — 12 in...
One way to eat less is to simply slow down, a new U.S. study suggests. Eating your meals more slowly may help you consume fewer calories while also feeling fuller longer afterwards. Published online J...
Most of us can relate to feeling sad or moody, and having a piece of chocolate as a pick-me-up. Many of us do this because we may be blissfully distant or unaware of our emotions. Below, I will describe the difference between emotional eating and physiological eating. Here are some tell-tale signs that we are emotionally eating.
Spring has sprung! It's time to pack away the chunky knit sweaters and start getting ready for bikinis and sundresses. If you're feeling like your diet could use a little cleaning up before you're ready to bare it all, follow these tips and you'll be well on your way!
Here's the thing about meal plans: they are absolutely genius -- and practically fool proof -- when adherence is strict. When one fails to plan to follow their plan, however, by say, not doing their weekly food prep or pulling into a drive-thru when hunger strikes, the results they are searching for get further and further away.
By and large, Canadians are a society of rapid eaters. We power eat and then dash off, bypassing the time-consuming part of the meal: enjoying the flavours. Dinner hour is melting down to dinner five minutes as our behinds get bigger and bigger.
It's possible to enjoy eating in restaurants several times a week and still lose weight when armed with the right approach and calorie-busting information, a new study suggests.Principal investigator...