Nutrition

Six Survival Tips To Get You Through Eating Season

Abby Langer | Posted 10.19.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

When I was younger, I read something that Cindy Crawford said that has always stuck with me: "I'm not going to let anyone twist my arm and shove a cookie in my mouth". I'm sure most people have experienced that well-meaning (or not so much, but that's another blog) relative or friend who wants you to eat their 'special' cookies, casserole, or other sweet or high calorie treat.

Kick Your Trusty Sandwich Up a Notch

Devon Peart | Posted 10.08.2014 | Canada Living
Devon Peart

There are lots and lots of wonderful alternatives for lunch. But somehow, for me and my children, it always comes back to the sandwich. Call it comfort, tradition, an old stand-by. True, sandwiches can be vessels of hidden sodium and fat. Yet with the right ingredients, they can also be packed with flavour and nutrition!

Helping Kids Understand the Gift of Food This Thanksgiving

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 10.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

When it comes to Thanksgiving, there's no question that my kids are grateful for the festive food on the table -- an exciting change from our usual meals at home. But like many Canadian children, they have no sense of what it means to be hungry for more than an hour or so.

Family Dinners Don't Have to Be Perfect

Abby Langer | Posted 10.06.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

A recent study calling family dinners 'elitist' and 'unrealistic' has ruffled some feathers. I don't think family dinners or home cooking for one or more is elitist and unrealistic, but I do think that we have to temper our expectations of ourselves down to what is doable under the circumstances of our lives.

How To Enjoy Pumpkins All Year Round

Jane Dummer | Posted 10.01.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

When you think of pumpkins, you probably envision jack-o-lanterns or holiday pies! You're not alone. However, pumpkins are more than just fun Hallowee...

What We Should Do To Improve School Lunches

Abby Langer | Posted 09.28.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

After he created the new menu items, Corbin brought the food to the kids for a taste test. Not surprisingly, the students were happy with the results. Chicken lollipops rolled in crushed vegetable chips and baked in the oven, oven baked panko-crusted zucchini, kale Caesar salad made with a lighter dressing, and black bean and chicken tostadas were a few of the selections.

Why Higher Taxes on Sugary Foods Don't Work

Patrick Luciani | Posted 09.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Patrick Luciani

I would agree with the Heart and Stroke Foundation's recommendations if higher taxes actually worked. The problem is they don't. As with most advocates of higher taxes on so-called junk foods, they always look to tobacco as an example. But tobacco is a single product with no alternatives; taxing beverages is an entirely different matter.

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 09.23.2014 | 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.

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.

Canada's Changing Nutrition Labels, But Will They Be Easier to Read?

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

Reading nutrition labels is one of the basic principles of healthy eating, but reading them does not always mean we understand them. In an effort to reduce consumer confusion, Health Canada recently proposed changes to the way packaged foods and beverages are labelled.

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!

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.

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

Abby Langer | Posted 10.10.2014 | 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.

Do You Know About the New Nutrition Labels Coming To a Store Near You?

Devon Peart | Posted 10.04.2014 | Canada Living
Devon Peart

Potassium and vitamin D are two nutrients that many Canadians are not getting enough of. Potassium is beneficial for lowering blood pressure and vitamin D helps in the maintenance of strong bones. The new guidelines would require the amount of vitamin D and potassium to be stated on the NFT.

How To Blend the Perfectly Satisfying Smoothie

Lindsay Jang | Posted 09.30.2014 | 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!

5 Signs You Need To Get Your Thyroid Checked Right Away

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

Depression or anxiety -- including sudden onset of panic disorder -- can be symptoms of thyroid disease. While there can many other factors involved, thyroid should be one of the first areas of assessment when treating anxiety or depression. Hypothyroidism is most typically associated with depression, while hyperthyroidism is more commonly associated with anxiety or panic attacks.

A Low-Carb Diet Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer

University of Toronto News | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Researchers at the University of Toronto have found that gut bacteria drive a common form of colon cancer, and that a low-carbohydrate diet can prevent the disease. The researchers found that microbes in the intestine convert carbohydrates into metabolites that spur cancer growth. A low-carbohydrate diet shut down this process and led to a 75 per cent reduction in cancer incidence.

Kids Don't Need Sugary Snacks After Sports

Abby Langer | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Would it be such a hardship to end the practice of snack sign-up in favor of everyone bringing their own snack? That way, parents who love Kool-Aid and cookies are free to stuff their kids with garbage. Telling my kids to decline snack at the end of practice is always an option, but I don't feel like my kids should have to be put in that position.

The Long-Term Trauma of Gastrointestinal Infection

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.19.2014 | 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.

Six Nutrition Myths to Toss in the Garbage

Abby Langer | Posted 09.14.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Plain and simple, there are certain questions that I get a whole lot from clients. Some questions, however, just need to die already. There are a lot of people who have no nutrition training, yet somehow manage to burn nonsensical ideas into peoples' brains -- and that's how the questions below are born.

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.

Why I Changed My Stance On Eating Organic Food

Abby Langer | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Of course, the reasonable side of me remains a bit conflicted, because the price of buying organic food for 5 people is extraordinary (organic foods cost around 20 per cent more than conventional). So I buy organic when I can, and when I think it's worthwhile. Organic grain products, and most fruits and vegetables: good. Organic milk? Not necessary, because in Canada, there are no hormones or antibiotics in the milk.