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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.
16 Foods You Should Eat In

16 Foods You Should Eat In 2016

I chose each item on the list because it met certain criteria: it has to taste good (not like dirt, ahem heartnuts and acai), it has to be reasonably accessible in most major centres, it should be healthy and or/add something to your overall diet. Some of these items you can make yourself, and some of them are kitchen staples (or should be).
01/12/2016 15:08 EST
The Difference Organic Seeds Can

The Difference Organic Seeds Can Make

In honor of Organic Week, I think it's only natural to write a blog post on the importance of organic seed. When most people hear the word "organic," they tend to think about food and environment, but organic seeds are a large part of those things too.
09/23/2014 12:39 EDT
8 Food Myths I Learned at Nutrition

8 Food Myths I Learned at Nutrition School

I hate to age myself, but I went to school for my nutrition degree more than a few years ago. Things have changed since then, and while my practice has changed, we still see some of these gems being recommended to this day. Here's where we got it wrong all those years ago.
09/21/2014 01:11 EDT
Don't Shun Sugar

Don't Shun Sugar Altogether

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.
09/02/2014 12:26 EDT
The 5 Worst Diets of All

The 5 Worst Diets of All Time

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.
08/22/2014 12:09 EDT
Want Your Spouse to Change His Diet? Here's How to Help, Not

Want Your Spouse to Change His Diet? Here's How to Help, Not Hinder

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.
08/10/2014 11:50 EDT
We Need To Stop Glorifying The Skinny Post-Baby Bikini

We Need To Stop Glorifying The Skinny Post-Baby Bikini Bod

The glorification of the thin body is not only found in the media, but among even some of my nutrition colleagues who promote being "skinny" or "eating skinny" as a way to attract clients for weight loss. Shouldn't we as healthcare professionals understand the value of the strong, fit body?
07/30/2014 02:10 EDT
Kids Don't Need Sugary Snacks After

Kids Don't Need Sugary Snacks After Sports

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.
07/21/2014 06:13 EDT
Six Nutrition Myths to Toss in the

Six Nutrition Myths to Toss in the Garbage

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.
07/15/2014 05:53 EDT
Why I Changed My Stance On Eating Organic

Why I Changed My Stance On Eating Organic Food

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.
07/01/2014 07:51 EDT
5 Reasons You've Got Gas, And What You Can Do About

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

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.
06/19/2014 08:24 EDT
Men Need These Five Nutrients to Be

Men Need These Five Nutrients to Be Healthy

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.
06/12/2014 12:39 EDT
Five Reasons Why This Dietitian Hates Calorie-Tracking

Five Reasons Why This Dietitian Hates Calorie-Tracking Apps

How in the world does the app know what you're going to weigh in a month if you continue eating as you did that day? Does it have a crystal ball? Who knows, but some apps sure feel confident about predicting massive gain or loss of weight based on one day of eating, and those random predictions sure make some people feel anxious as hell.
06/01/2014 11:43 EDT
How To Conquer Emotional Eating After a

How To Conquer Emotional Eating After a Breakup

Speaking of meals, surround yourself with people who love you, and have meals with them. Have them over and prepare a meal or have them bring something. More points for friends and family who actually eat well, so you don't get a bucket of KFC and pint of sympathy ice cream for your dinner.
05/30/2014 06:22 EDT
It's Time to Kill the

It's Time to Kill the "Ideal Body Weight"

My opinion even about weighing clients on a regular basis may not be popular with some people, but truth be told, I don't like doing it. Indiscriminately doling out ideal body weights based on random charts and logarithms can be a loaded situation because it sets the client and me up for failure.
05/26/2014 12:34 EDT
The Healthiest Options at the

The Healthiest Options at the Airport

I always hate lugging stuff from home, and this leaves me to fend for myself once I get to the terminal. Today on my way to San Francisco, I decided to really scope out the options and bring you my picks for healthiest foods you can get at the airport.
05/16/2014 12:28 EDT