Nutrition

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 08.10.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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 07.31.2014 | 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 07.30.2014 | 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 07.23.2014 | 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.

Canola Oil Could Actually Help With Diabetes, Cholesterol: Study

University of Toronto News | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Canola is Canada's oil, and new research from the University of Toronto suggests it should also be one of the oils of choice for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Why That Kale Salad Won't Help You Lose Weight

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada Living

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have found that increasing fruit and vegetable intake does not lead to weight loss, despite dec...

Food Addiction Is Real and We Need To Talk About It

Kelly Coffey | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kelly Coffey

Only by calling food addiction by its proper name can we begin to speak frankly about how to help one another recover. Until then, food addicts like me will continue to struggle to control that which cannot be controlled. Many will keep trying, and failing, to "eat like a normal person." And many will decide, like I did, that their inability to change is simply a sign of weakness.

5 Reasons You've Got Gas, And What You Can Do About It

Abby Langer | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

Apples, bananas, peaches, pears, apricots and oranges, along with dried fruit, all contain sorbitol, which is a sugar alcohol that's super gassy. I even remember the nurses giving sorbitol as a laxative to constipated patients in the ICU -- proving that if it can be used as a laxative, you'll want to watch your intake.

You Can Be a Vegan AND a High-Performing Athlete

Élise Desaulniers | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada
Élise Desaulniers

Vegan athletes are grabbing headlines with increasing regularity, and are jumping at the chance to share the secret of their success: a compassionate vegan diet. Meagan Duhamel is one such athlete. In a recent interview, she explained how her plant-based diet helped improve her performance and led her to become the amazing jumper she is today.

5 Non-Powder Proteins to Add to Your Smoothie

Lynsey Walker | Posted 08.15.2014 | Canada Living
Lynsey Walker

Whether smoothies are your breakfast go-to, or afternoon snack to keep blood sugars balances and hunger at bay, having a solid dose of protein is key to success. But bumping up the protein doesn't necessarily mean turning to weird, artificially flavoured powders, here are five all-star, non-powdered ways to add some oomph to your blended beauty.

Men Need These Five Nutrients to Be Healthy

Abby Langer | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Living
Abby Langer

In the spirit of men's health month, I thought I'd help the guys out there with some good advice about getting and staying healthy. Here are some male-specific recommendations for guys who want to know a bit more about the nutrients they need. Read and learn, guys.

Will My Kid Be Mocked For Eating Wholesome Food?

Shannon Kadlovski | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Living
Shannon Kadlovski

With each passing month that Scarlett continues to grow, the inevitable transition to solid foods continues to creep up on me. As a mother, I cannot wait for that milestone, as it means that my daughter is a healthy, growing child, but it also means a long future filled with having to be "THAT MOM." Let me explain.

How to Get Protein Working for You

Jane Dummer | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

Want to feel full all day long? Keep your metabolism revved? Then eat 30 grams of high quality protein at breakfast! Are you thinking, "How does my bagel and bowl of cereal give me 30 grams of protein?" Well, it doesn't.