Canada Nutrition

If You Cheat on Your Diet, Forgive Yourself

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

Above all, the most important thing you can do for yourself, and your health is to forgive yourself and move on. The past cannot be changed and only you can create your best future. Especially when it comes to your food, forgive yourself for any past transgressions, then move forward with a clean slate!

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?

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.

Retail Dietitians Help You Make Healthy Food Choices

Nicole Fetterly, RD | Posted 07.18.2015 | Canada Living
Nicole Fetterly, RD

As a retail dietitian for the last five years, I am so disappointed that our services could be so misconstrued and mistakenly represented in a recent Globe and Mail article. Our message is one of moderation and acceptance -- not preaching, but counseling when and if you need us. I'm proud of our ability to improve the health of Canadians. The number one goal of our Nutrition Department is to improve the health of our customers, employees and community through pragmatic, evidence-based, holistic food and nutrition recommendations.

Why I Won't Back Down to My Online Bullies

Abby Langer | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Go ahead and present me in a calm, polite way with evidence against my viewpoint, and I will read it with an open mind. I will happily engage in civil conversation with someone who doesn't agree with my take on something, because that sort of discourse helps my practice by teaching me about other perspectives.

Milk or an Alternative? What Does the Body Good

Rose Reisman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

Don't be overwhelmed when cruising the isles and refrigerators of the grocery store. Get the low down on milk and its counterparts.

How to Eat Healthy While on Vacation

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

Summertime means different things to different people. Some are excited to get out of hibernation and go travelling. Others see vacations as a scary time where they are likely to binge or overeat, gain weight and feel even more out of control with their health.

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.

The Real Reason You Sabotage Your Diet

Dr. Christian Turbide | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Christian Turbide

I've spent the greater part of my medical career asking myself, "Why do we embark on these negative behaviors if we all want to be healthy?" We all look at ourselves in the mirror and tell ourselves that we must change yet go through the same motions the next day.

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.

Eat Your Veggies, Off the Grill

Devon Peart | Posted 06.29.2015 | Canada Living
Devon Peart

From a nutrition standpoint, grilling is a great way to prepare foods because it uses very little fat except to add flavour, in limited amounts, if you choose. Also you don't lose nutrients in the cooking water as you do when you boil vegetables, which is the go-to vegetable prep method for a lot of people.

Why Secret Eating is More Common Than You Think

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

I consulted with a client the other day who wanted to admit something embarrassing. The admission started out like so many others that I've heard: "I've never told anyone this but when everyone is in bed, sometimes I sneak into the kitchen and eat foods I am not supposed to. I feel out of control, like I cannot stop myself, eat more than I want to and end up feeling panicked and guilty. What is WRONG with me?!"

Four Reasons Why You Shouldn't Quit Sugar

Abby Langer | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

I know it's a surprising title, especially from a dietitian, right when quitting sugar is the trendiest thing to do these days. I think most people eat too much sugar -- 25 teaspoons a day is the average, which is higher than the recommended six to nine teaspoons -- so this post isn't about encouraging you to eat more.

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.

4 Ways to Heal Your Body and Live a Healthy Life

Dr. Christian Turbide | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Christian Turbide

You need a healthy life to create a healthy body. There is no quick fix, and no pharmaceutical can erase the effects of poor lifestyle choices. Studies have shown only 20 per cent of hospitalizations and deaths are caused by genetics alone, and health is 75 per cent lifestyle. The choices you make each time you eat, move, think and behave all play a pivotal role in creating your health, or lack thereof.

I'm Changing My Eating Habits One Moment at a Time

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

I have decided that I need to train myself to take a beat -- a mindfulness moment -- before I eat anything. I eat healthy foods, but I need to become more aware of HOW I eat. Too often I nibble on vegetables when I am cooking, I stand up to stuff food down between clients, and at night I eat in front of the TV. I need to become more mindful of how I am eating!

Some Dirty Truths About Juice Cleansing

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 06.11.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

If you are trying to lose weight there is no doubt that you have been told about the so-called miracles of juice cleansing. While it is true that juicing may lead to rapid weight loss, it may also result in problems with weight management.

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.

Got the Mindless Munchies? Three Tips for Mindful Eating Practice

Casey Berglund | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Living
Casey Berglund

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.

10 Tips to Throw Dinner Together Like a Pro

Rachel Schipper | Posted 06.04.2015 | Canada Living
Rachel Schipper

I'm not Martha Stewart but I know how to make dining a nearly effortless pleasure. In about five minutes from now, you will too. There are no recipes here but my top 10 tips for being able to make a healthy beautiful meal easily and without going for a big shop, because who needs to add that to a busy day

New Global Focus Placed on Reducing Anemia in Adolescent Girls

Marion Roche | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

Reducing anemia in adolescents is often motivated by efforts and interests to improve maternal and newborn health for pregnant adolescents. However, when we truly understand the consequences of anemia throughout a woman's life, the benefits of reducing it to improve adolescent school performance and productivity at work cannot be ignored.

"Hand-Crafted," "Farm Fresh" And Other Meaningless Food Marketing Claims

Abby Langer | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Food companies and restaurants will do anything to get you to buy their products, including using bogus marketing claims. And by bogus, I mean "has no official meaning, but makes you think you're buying mom's home cooking when you're buying a piece of mass produced crap." Here are the most popular food claims that are seen tricking people all over the place.

Tackle Frequent Cravings Using Mindful Eating

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 05.23.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

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."

How to Fuel Your Body Before and After Gardening

Jane Dummer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Did you know that gardening is not only good for the environment, but it also promotes both mind and body health? Just like the soil and plants in the garden, we need to make sure we are adequately fueled and hydrated. Before or after a few hours of planting flowers and pulling weeds, I recommend these two simple, delicious go-to recipes to help keep you energized all day long.

Meet the Negroni and Discover the Benefits of Bitters

Andrea Sarjeant | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Living
Andrea Sarjeant

Negronis are known as aperitifs. The term aperitif is a French word used to describe concentrated alcohols used in the middle ages, traditionally consumed before a meal to help whet the appetite. The word literally translates to "uncover or open." It's a punctuation mark to symbolize the beginning of a meal.