Canada Nutrition

The Top Diet Trends for 2015

Rose Reisman | Posted 02.01.2015 | Canada Living
Rose Reisman

Every year new food trends take the stage. As a society we are obsessed with the latest news in health and these trends reflect this. In recent years, we've seen diets such as Paleo and Flexitarian become popular, as well as shows like The Biggest Loser take precedence. Foods such as chia seeds, kale and gluten-free have been in the spotlight. So what will it be this year?

Why Canada Needs Better Nutrition Labels on Our Food

John Millar | Posted 01.30.2015 | Canada Living
John Millar

As January comes to an end, those who vowed to eat better in 2015 have probably already given up. Not very surprising, considering that most people grossly underestimate the amount of calories they consume, and underestimate their fat, salt and sugar consumption, even after consulting nutrition labels.

What To Look Out For On a Food Label When Grocery Shopping

Theresa Albert | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Living
Theresa Albert

Health Canada estimates that 88 per cent of our salt intake comes from packaged foods so simply putting away the salt shaker isn't the solution. Packages contain a "% Daily Value" amount that is too high so it obscures the facts. Most health care professionals recommend around 1500 mg per day as a maximum.

How to Make Your New Year's Resolutions Stick for Real

Lindsay Jang | Posted 01.16.2015 | Canada Living
Lindsay Jang

There's certainly nothing wrong with a journey for self improvement, but too often we put so much pressure on ourselves at this time of year that we wind up with fizzling motivation come February 1 that leaves us frustrated, disappointed and defeated. So what can you do to set yourself up for success to achieve lasting change?

Canada Should Follow Finland's Example in the Fight Against Diabetes

Jan Hux | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Jan Hux

But there is an even greater danger with a simplistic understanding of diabetes that focuses exclusively on individual choice -- it diverts attention and resources from other approaches which may be more effective at addressing the diabetes epidemic. It is projected that by the year 2020, one in three Canadians will have either diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Top Five Tips for Picky Eaters

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.09.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Of my two kids, one is a particularly picky (and not to mention slow) eater. It even took some convincing to have him try ice cream a few years ago. Can you imagine? Ice cream! But there you go, it's all new and kids have no idea until they try it. So how can you get them just to try it?

The 8 Biggest "Healthy" Food Hoaxes of All Time

Abby Langer | Posted 01.05.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

There will always be some people who are tricked into thinking that the foods below are actually healthy. Little do they know that these foods are the biggest food hoaxes of all time. These are the classic "good for you" foods that are really NOT good for you.

Is Sleep the Missing Factor in Weight Management?

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

As most health professionals who work in the weight management field already know, the simple advice of "eat less and exercise more" is far removed from the complicated answer to weight loss. Research suggests there is another major factor that can influence your risk for gaining weight and it has nothing to do with how much or little exercise you do or food you eat: SLEEP.

A Glimpse of Canadian Dollars at Work, Saving Lives in Senegal

Rosemary McCarney | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Impact
Rosemary McCarney

I recently travelled more than 6,500 kilometres to see our tax dollars at work. What I saw were lives being saved for less than the cost of a cup of takeout coffee. All Canadians should be proud.

7 Gifts for the Health Nut on Your Holiday List

Abby Langer | Posted 02.01.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

It's December, so stop slacking and start thinking about holiday gifts! Have you got someone on your list who is trying to get healthier this year? I've got you covered with my list of food and nutrition gifts so you can get your shopping done quickly and make everyone happy on Christmas morning.

8 Fast and Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.26.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

How can you fit in the most important meal of the day when you have no time? Sunnybrook experts offer 8 fast and easy breakfast solutions.

Top 5 Supplements Men Need to Survive the Holiday Season

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

While I'm all for enjoying the celebrations of life, too much of these things can increase our susceptibility to illness and wear our us down. Fortunately, there a number of ways to support your system so you can enjoy the festivities while staying healthy this year. Below are my top five supplements for men to take through the holiday season this year.

Quit the Fat Talk

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

Contrary to popular belief, disliking your body does not encourage meaningful healthy lifestyle change. Many studies have shown that being ashamed or unhappy with your shape does little to encourage you to be more active or eat better. In fact, for some people, it can fuel unhealthy lifestyles and disordered eating such as binging.

How to Prevent Lower Back Pain That Plagues 85% of Canadians

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 01.03.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Did you know that 85 per cent of Canadians will be sidelined by low back pain in their lifetime? Andrea Bean and Suzanne Denis, physiotherapists at Sunnybrook's Holland Centre, share some ways you can prevent low back pain.

The Top Five Daily Detox Tips (That Work!)

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 01.02.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

While I am an enormous believer and fan of custom detoxification programs built around one's own unique biochemical makeup, there are many general strategies that can reduce your toxic burden and improve your ability to heal and kick start your path to optimal health and wellness.

How Many Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Should We Eat a Day?

James McCormack | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada Living
James McCormack

The data also clearly show you get a benefit even if you don't eat five servings a day. One serving a day gives you very roughly a 10 per cent relative mortality benefit, two servings, a 15 per cent benefit, three servings, a 20 per cent benefit, four servings, a 25 per cent benefit -- and then once you get to five servings, that is basically it.

Canadians Can Be Malnourished and Obese at the Same Time

Bill Bogart | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada Impact
Bill Bogart

The meeting of fundamental nutritional needs has come to be referred to as "food security," a term that emphasizes that people have to have not only enough calories but also sufficiently healthy ones in their diets. A focus on obesity, on the one hand, and the need for and lack of food security for the poor, on the other, has led to the "hunger-obesity paradox."

Sodium: 5 Things You Need to Know

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 12.22.2014 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

I'll admit, sodium isn't the most dynamic topic. But considering we all consume it (and sometimes a lot of it) everyday, why not dig a little deeper with a little game?

Six Survival Tips To Get You Through Eating Season

Abby Langer | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 12.07.2014 | 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 12.06.2014 | 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 12.01.2014 | 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 11.28.2014 | 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 11.26.2014 | 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.