Canada Nutrition

We Need To Find Solutions To The Growing Crisis Of Food Insecurity

David Suzuki | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

About four million Canadians -- including more than a million children -- lack food security, defined as reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. Sadly, it's not just humans who are affected by mismanagement of food systems and the ecosystems of which they are a part. Wildlife feel the impacts as well.

Something As Simple As A Kitchen Garden Can Lift An Entire Family

Megan Radford | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Impact
Megan Radford

I was reminded of my dad's carefully tended garden when we visited a community on the outskirts of the city of Cochabamba. Outside many of the homes we saw were small squares of flourishing green produce. These gardens provide not only sustenance for the whole family, but a source of income.

What To Do With All That Halloween Candy

Jo-Anne Craine | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Jo-Anne Craine

Make it clear that one treat will be added to school lunchboxes daily, or just after school, and not anytime they want it. Whatever your rule is, make sure you kids know it in advance to prevent tears and cries of "It's not fair!"

The Beginner's Guide To Packing Nut-Free Lunches

Desiree Nielsen BSc RD | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Desiree Nielsen BSc RD

If you are new to packing nut free lunches, it can be a challenge. PB & J is one of the most reliable kid foods in existence; what do you do when your star player has been benched? As a vegetarian mom, it took me a while to wrap my head around packing a nutrient-dense lunch without the nuts. With a bit of planning, however, you can find great foods that your kids love to eat.

Use Your Slow Cooker To Eat Healthier

Abigail Keeso | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Living
Abigail Keeso

If you are looking to lose weight, have more energy, save money or just feel better about the food you are putting in your body -- look no further than your good ol' slow cooker! I've been a slow cooker fan for years, and have even created an entire meal plan around this handy appliance. It seriously helps make eating healthy simple and fun on a regular basis.

Here's How To Pack School Lunches Your Kids Will Love

Michelle Vodrazka | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Parents
Michelle Vodrazka

Let's face it, packing school lunches every day can feel monotonous and uninspired, especially when they keep coming back at the end of the day half-eaten. So what's a parent to do? How can you take school lunches from drab to fab and get your kids to eat, and possibly even enjoy their food?

Families In Northern Ontario Spend Half Their Income Just To Eat

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada

Feeding a family is more than twice as expensive in Attawapiskat than in Toronto.

Black Currants: Natural Rescue From Alzheimer's And Dementia

Carl Thompson | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada
Carl Thompson

The epidemic of Alzheimer's takes an enormous toll: as the disease ravages the brain, robbing people of memories and awareness, it disconnects them fr...

GMO Propaganda Has No Place In Your Child's Classroom

Rachel Parent | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Parents
Rachel Parent

Informed insight and open minds are key to education, but there are forces in modern society that seek to create narrow, one-dimensional mindsets and thinking. And this affects us all, including educators. For example, extremely well-funded PR machines are working behind the scenes with agritech/chemical companies and food manufacturers to develop effective techniques, educational material and TV advertising to get kids hooked on harmful food and to misrepresent certain issues.

The Real Reasons Why You're Having Stomach Problems

Dr. Alison Chen, ND | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Alison Chen, ND

The gut is like a highway junction to every part of the body. The mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) gives direct access to the blood stream which carries nutrients, oxygen, toxins, waste products, and inflammatory markers to the whole body. So when there is trouble in the gut, you can have health issues throughout your body.

Are Blenders Better Than Juicers?

Deepi Harish | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Living
Deepi Harish

It depends on which smoothie/juice junkie you ask. One thing is for sure; the marketing for popular blender brands surpasses that of any juicer. When was the last time you heard someone talk about their juicer? Let the great debate begin!

3 Risks To The Aging Population Of Canada

Michael Gazer | Posted 08.24.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Gazer

Canada is experiencing a demographic shift. Baby boomers, currently the largest generation, are rapidly reaching retirement age. By 2021, 17.8 per cent of the total Canadian population will be over 65 - that's nearly seven million people. By 2041, that number is expected to jump to 9.7 million, or 22.6 per cent.

This Is How We Can Use The Internet To Improve Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The world wide web is filled with health advice. Unfortunately, recommendations may not be all that reliable. That's why many public health professionals look down on this type of consultation. That being said, this trend has risen over the years and shows no signs of slowing.

How To Get Motivated To Reach Your Health Goals

Michelle Vodrazka | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Living
Michelle Vodrazka

If you find your motivation waning, you might just be bored. Finding new activities or foods that you enjoy can make the difference between quitting and succeeding. Whenever you find yourself in a rut, try a new activity, take a cooking class, or recruit a workout partner. If it's been a few months, it may even be time to set a new goal!

A New Parent's Guide To Choosing The Healthiest Baby Food

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Parents
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

Thanks to all of the celebrities and mommy bloggers out there, many new moms feel plenty of pressure to make organic baby food from scratch. Some feel guilty if they don't make all of their own baby food, as if they aren't giving their child the best start possible. But when time and sleep are limited, what's a loving parent to do?

It Is Time India Declared Independence From Monsanto And Big GMO

Colin Todhunter | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Colin Todhunter

Monsanto is now very much embedded in India. It has even been called the 'contemporary East India Company' and says GM food is necessary to feed the world's burgeoning population. Such claims are hidden behind a veil of humanitarian intent, which is easily torn away to expose self-interest. India does not need GM to feed itself and no false argument or regulatory delinquency to force them in can disguise this.

Uncommon Causes Of Constipation That Easily Go Overlooked

Theresa Albert | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Living
Theresa Albert

As a nutritionist, I know how important number two is, and I have focused on that area of my own health for decades. When my transit time started slowing down, I took it as a personal affront to figure out the odd causes of constipation.

Your Modern-Day Diet Is Robbing You Of Calcium And Healthy Bones

Marc Davis | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Living
Marc Davis

The biggest culprits for robbing your body of calcium are processed foods, including fast foods and beverages. A majority of them are full of unhealthy levels of sugar and/or salt, as well as excessive calories in most cases. But how exactly do acidic foods and drinks make your bones increasingly porous?

How To Stay Healthy Over The Summer

Jane Dummer | Posted 07.19.2016 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

We wait all year for long summer days filled with BBQs, pool parties, cottage weekends and food festivals. But these endless social events can have you overindulging in food and drink more than any other time of year. So how can you stay healthy over the summer? We asked our experts for their advice.

Pick Your Food For A Better Mood

Michelle Vodrazka | Posted 07.13.2016 | Canada Living
Michelle Vodrazka

There's been lots of discussion recently about the gut microbiome, an ecosystem which consists of several hundred different species of bacteria. An imbalance in this ecosystem (an overgrowth or 'bad' bacteria or a lack of diversity), can lead to negative symptoms connected to a range of diseases, including autism, obesity, depression, anxiety, allergies, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma and other digestive and mental health issues.

There's A Simple Reason Why People Ignore Nutritionists' Advice

Desiree Nielsen BSc RD | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Living
Desiree Nielsen BSc RD

Having an authoritative voice tell you that gluten is the devil -- or that red meat is -- gives you a clear set of rules that makes healthy eating seem less ambiguous. Because when nutrition professionals give advice, we are always preaching moderation and balance.

Is Industry Or Individual At Heart Of Obesity Epidemic?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Do food manufacturers bear a responsibility for the global obesity crisis? Of course they do. So do restaurants that offer nutritionally poor fare and exorbitant portion sizes. But the decision to consume foods and drinks that cause waistlines to expand ever further still rests with the individual.

Keep Kids Hydrated This Summer Without Resorting To Sugary Drinks

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 06.28.2016 | Canada Parents
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

Summer means kids are off school and finally free to do what they do best -- run around outside, climb trees, build forts, play sports, ride bikes, swim and more. It's hard enough to get them to come in for lunch to eat something, let alone get them to drink water throughout the day. On hot summer days, that can be a big problem.

10 Tips To Help Train For An Ironman

Melissa Jovanoski | Posted 06.24.2016 | Canada Living
Melissa Jovanoski

Preparing and completing an Ironman is one the greatest physical challenges any human can endure -- but one of the most rewarding. So that's why we talked to Toronto native Lynn Tougas, who has competed in several to date. If you're planning to compete, check out her 10 tips for success!

Independence Brings Seniors Happiness

Michael Gazer | Posted 06.20.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Gazer

While the wait lists for long-term care homes continues to grow in Ontario, the number of seniors choosing to live independently in their houses and apartments is increasing, as we see on a daily basis. The key in all of this appears to be the ability to have the choice to do this.