Canada Nutrition

4 Steps to Developing Mindful Eating Skills

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 04.24.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

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.

Try This Simple Trick to Get More Energy

Mandy King | Posted 04.16.2015 | Canada Living
Mandy King

A factor that can often be overlooked when dealing with the determinants of one's energy levels is routine. Do you have one? Do you go to bed at the same time most nights? Do you wake up at a similar time each morning? Do you eat your meals around the same time each day?

My Definition of Healthy Includes Feeding My Kids Fast Food

Kristine Fretwell | Posted 04.12.2015 | Canada Living
Kristine Fretwell

Healthy to me is balance, moderation and not eliminating food groups. It also means not counting calories, partaking in fad diets, detoxing, or three-day juice fasts. I will never become paleo or a vegan. I'll eat whatever makes me feel good, keeps my sensitive tummy happy, and my body full of energy.

Look Beyond Your Own Fridge on World Health Day

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

On World Health Day, I feel especially protective of the millions of children around the world whose circumstances force them to consume food and water that puts their health and lives at risk. I see that the World Health Organization has picked "Food Safety" as this year's theme for the day, and can understand why.

On a High Protein Diet, Most of Us Won't Have Kidney Issues

Mike Sheridan | Posted 03.18.2015 | Canada Living
Mike Sheridan

If you're eating a high-protein diet, you've probably encountered this statement: "That's too much protein. Aren't you worried about your kidneys?" If you're not, this unfortunate misconception may be exactly what's preventing you from embracing it.

Fighting Infections Is No Excuse for More Salt In Your Diet

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

A study published last week suggested there may be reason to seek more sodium. According to the team of researchers, higher amounts of sodium (one of the two elements found in salt) in the diet may help to fight off skin infections. The results could translate into dietary changes to help prevent unwanted microbial dermal invasions.

Taking a Break Will Help Your Running Life

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

Running is hard on the body. Every time your foot hits the ground your body has to absorb six times your weight. To recover from this pounding your tissues need REST, cross-training, appropriate nutrition and water. Luckily, I love trying new workouts and when I don't run I have free time to experiment and try new classes.

Actually, You Don't Need Carbohydrates for Energy

Mike Sheridan | Posted 03.08.2015 | Canada Living
Mike Sheridan

Of all the nutrition and fitness misconceptions I hear, this is the front-runner for most ridiculous: "I need carbohydrates for energy." Unlike protein and fat, carbohydrates supply none of the elements necessary to build or repair tissue in the body, and provide no essential component.

Best Desk Snack Choices From a Dietitian

Abby Langer | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

I had a client once who was so busy, he would buy a tray of cut vegetables at the supermarket and drive around with it on the front passenger seat of his car. It was the only way he knew he would get his vegetables in during the day! Do that if you have to, but any raw (or cooked) vegetable dipped in hummus is the perfect before-you-leave snack.

Top 5 Nutritional Tips to Decrease Your Risk of a Heart Attack

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 03.01.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

If I were to ask you to choose between a Snicker's Bar and a bagel, which caused the biggest spike blood sugar when consumed -- which one would you pick? The glycemic index is a tool that measures foods for this exact reason, and yes certain breads such as bagels and other breadstuffs do actually score higher (GI=95) on this scale than this beloved Snickers candy bar (GI=51).

Vitamin A Helps Reduce Death From Measles

Marion Roche | Posted 02.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Marion Roche

WHO recommends vitamin A supplements to improve child survival. Vitamin A supplements have been shown to reduce the number of deaths from measles by 50 per cent, in populations with vitamin A deficiency. For children who are vitamin A deficient or undernourished, it would seem a simple solution -- immunization against measles and better nutrition -- to save lives.

Three Ways to Turn Ugly Veggies into Attractive Menu Options

Jane Dummer | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Clever campaigns such as Intermarche's capitalize on the growing social movement to reduce food waste and on consumers' willingness to buy nutrient-dense, misshapen vegetables for a lower cost. Look no further than the top techniques of puréeing, shredding and spiralizing.

Why I Ate Food Out Of the Garbage For Dinner Last Night

Abby Langer | Posted 04.18.2015 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

I asked the produce manager about fruits and vegetables that are merely unattractive, not rotten, and he said that at this particular store, there is no call for such a thing. Turns out, people in upper-class Forest Hill want their apples perfect, not deformed. There is one store in the chain that does sell imperfect produce, but it's in a different neighborhood.

How To Make Healthy Eating Simple -- And Fast

Kathleen Trotter | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Living
Kathleen Trotter

The "I don't have time for breakfast" excuse is one of my personal pet peeves. Everyone has time for breakfast, you just need to plan ahead. Hard boil a bunch of eggs. Then grab one of them plus a few cut of vegetables for a healthy meal in literally seconds. Make a smoothie the night before. Then drink it as you leave the house.

Five Things Every Canadian Should Know About Obesity

Carolyn Shimmin | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living
Carolyn Shimmin

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of Canadians living with obesity over the past few decades and it is often cited as a risk factor for other chronic health conditions including type 2 diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer. This means that obesity is frequently a hot topic in the news. But media stories often miss the mark when it comes to informing Canadians about the complex factors that lead to obesity.

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: Healthy Baking Swaps and Lightened up Valentine's Day Desserts

Lindsay Jang | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Living
Lindsay Jang

With the sweetest holiday of the year fast approaching, sugar and chocolatey treats are on the brain. As you probably know by now, I'm the first to promote balance and am all for enjoying your favorite treats, but if you're looking to lighten up one of your favorite recipes, or try something new, this one's for you!

Four Healthy Ways to Kickstart Your February

Dr. John Dempster | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. John Dempster

I am a huge fan of the month of January. For those of you who just raised your eyebrows and HATE winter, my apologies to you. For me, January has always been a great time for self-reflection and self-improvement -- something I'm a big subscriber to. This is a great time of year to reset, tighten up and re-focus our personal goals on all levels.

Celebrating Canadian Global Nutrition Success

Joel C. Spicer | Posted 04.06.2015 | Canada
Joel C. Spicer

Without proper nutrition, many children don't make their 5th birthday. When Canada formed the Micronutrient Initiative more than 20 years ago, it highlighted the silent crisis of "hidden hunger" -- when people don't get the vitamins and minerals in their diets they need to stay alive and healthy.

Follow These Steps to Make the Perfect Green Smoothie

Dr. Rhea Mehta | Posted 04.04.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Rhea Mehta

Juice bars are popping up everywhere, offering "healthy" juices and smoothies to aid in weight loss and help with energy and longevity. Before you completely buy into the green smoothie craze, it's important for you to know how to distinguish between a healthy green smoothie and an unhealthy one.

Wellness in the 21st Century

Marcia Sirota | Posted 04.04.2015 | Canada Living
Marcia Sirota

Wellness isn't simply about getting enough exercise, eating our greens and ensuring that we have enough good-quality sleep. Wellness is also about paying attention to all the other things that constitute well-being: it's considering the toxins we're being exposed to every day.

The Top Diet Trends for 2015

Rose Reisman | Posted 04.02.2015 | 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 04.01.2015 | 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 03.20.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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 03.15.2015 | 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.