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Abby Langer

Dietitian and Owner, Abby Langer Nutrition.

Abby Langer is a dietitian living and working in Toronto. She is a mom, a wife, a runner, and a cook.
Abby graduated with a degree in Nutrition from Loyola University Chicago, and has worked in both the US and Canada as a dietitian.
As a believer in real food, Abby centres her practice around encouraging and teaching clients to cook and eat whole foods.
When she’s not working to change the public’s perception of dietitians as finger wagging Food Guide champions, she’s usually found chasing her kids around, posting on her blog and Twitter, or sneaking off to a locked room for some peace and quiet.
5 Mistakes Generation X Makes With Their

5 Mistakes Generation X Makes With Their Diets

Millenials aren't the only ones with nutrition issues. With major life changes involving kids, finances, and jobs, Generation X is getting into a bit of nutritional hot water. This is how.
08/21/2015 06:09 EDT
4 Nutrition Mistakes That Millennials Are

4 Nutrition Mistakes That Millennials Are Making

We didn't want to talk about the boring and obvious mistakes such as binge drinking, skipping meals, and not eating enough vegetables so we're focusing on a few of the more current diet fads that are trending among 20- and 30-somethings.
08/06/2015 12:54 EDT
Why I Won't Back Down to My Online

Why I Won't Back Down to My Online Bullies

Go ahead and present me in a calm, polite way with evidence against my viewpoint, and I will read it with an open mind. I will happily engage in civil conversation with someone who doesn't agree with my take on something, because that sort of discourse helps my practice by teaching me about other perspectives.
07/16/2015 05:32 EDT
Four Reasons Why You Shouldn't Quit

Four Reasons Why You Shouldn't Quit Sugar

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.
06/18/2015 08:09 EDT

"Hand-Crafted," "Farm Fresh" And Other Meaningless Food Marketing Claims

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.
05/29/2015 04:40 EDT
The Perfect Mother's Day Gifts for Your Foodie

The Perfect Mother's Day Gifts for Your Foodie Mom

If your mom or whoever you're buying for is into food and cooking, you might want to consider the following gifts, any of which I personally would want to receive, and that I think are the best options for your foodie mom.
05/05/2015 12:47 EDT
6 Ways to Eat More

6 Ways to Eat More Sustainably

Sometimes, eating sustainably is difficult, but even if you don't jump into it with both feet, every bit helps. Do what you can afford, what you believe in, and what's easiest for you. In many cases, eating more sustainably means eating cheaper, fresher foods: keep reading to see what you can do.
04/13/2015 05:30 EDT
Best Desk Snack Choices From a

Best Desk Snack Choices From a Dietitian

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.
03/05/2015 10:07 EST
Why I Ate Food Out Of the Garbage For Dinner Last

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

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.
02/16/2015 04:50 EST
The 8 Biggest

The 8 Biggest "Healthy" Food Hoaxes of All Time

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.
01/04/2015 10:32 EST
Six Things About Food and Weight You Should Never Say to

Six Things About Food and Weight You Should Never Say to Anyone

Now that the holidays are here, eating season is switching into high gear. Take this under advisement, from someone who deals with the fallout of these comments in my practice: there are some things you should just never say to people. Here are the top six things you should never say to someone about their eating or their weight.
12/22/2014 12:47 EST
How To Get Back on the Diet Track After Holiday

How To Get Back on the Diet Track After Holiday Indulgence

Don't use the holidays as an excuse to not be active. It may take a bit of planning, but it's still important to move your body. Sweating out stress and overindulgence is a great feeling, so take advantage of whatever activity you can get in. Glycogen, which is the way your body stores carbohydrate, is the fuel for exercise, and after a huge meal you've got lots of it.
12/12/2014 05:43 EST
7 Gifts for the Health Nut on Your Holiday

7 Gifts for the Health Nut on Your Holiday List

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.
12/02/2014 08:39 EST
Stop Ruining Your Kids' Fun - Let Them Eat Halloween

Stop Ruining Your Kids' Fun - Let Them Eat Halloween Candy

How can I say this nicely? Stop telling kids that sugar is toxic, and stop ruining their fun. Kids don't need scare tactics to make good choices, and they should be allowed to enjoy a holiday without their parents' food issues getting in the way. I will be handing out candy this Halloween, like I always do. There, I said it. Bad dietitian!
10/29/2014 06:14 EDT
Six Survival Tips To Get You Through Eating

Six Survival Tips To Get You Through Eating Season

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.
10/19/2014 02:21 EDT
Family Dinners Don't Have to Be

Family Dinners Don't Have to Be Perfect

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.
10/06/2014 05:24 EDT
What We Should Do To Improve School

What We Should Do To Improve School Lunches

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.
09/28/2014 12:44 EDT