Canada Nutrition

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.

Why I Wouldn't Recommend Baby Food Pouches

Dr Dina Kulik | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Parents
Dr Dina Kulik

Every few years there's a revolution in children's food and the way it's presented. The most current trend is pouched food and from what I can tell, its popularity is only increasing. They are convenient and clean with no spoon necessarily required. But are they necessarily the best choice for your family?

12 Easy Weekday Lunch Ideas to Grab and Go

Lindsay Jang | Posted 05.06.2015 | Canada Living
Lindsay Jang

With a busy work week, it sometimes feels impossible to squeeze in enough time to pack a healthy lunch. When a jam-packed schedule leaves you crunched for time, the result is often skipping lunch altogether or opting for a fast, but not-so-healthy meal on the go. With a few simple tricks and some inspiration for nourishing and delicious lunch recipes, healthy eating at work can be a breeze!

4 Steps to Developing Mindful Eating Skills

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 06.24.2015 | 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 06.16.2015 | 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 06.12.2015 | 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 06.07.2015 | 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 05.18.2015 | 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 05.15.2015 | 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 05.15.2015 | 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 05.08.2015 | 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.