Yes, some food choices are healthier than others, but sometimes both choices can be healthy. Especially if we are looking at whole, natural foods rather than highly processed, packaged foods. You really can't go wrong!
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD
Dietitian, nutrition media expert, foodie and President of 80 Twenty Nutrition
Christy Brissette is a registered dietitian and nutrition and food communications expert. She is the President of 80 Twenty Nutrition, a nutrition and food media company with the vision of ending food confusion and dieting and loving your body by giving it healthy, delicious food. Christy is a TV personality and spokesperson, nutrition and food writer and blogger, recipe developer and YouTube video producer. She is regularly interviewed by the media about nutrition and health. Christy also sees private clients and supports them in achieving their best health through excellent, creative and fun eating plans. <br> <br> Christy completed an Honours BASc in nutrition at Ryerson University and a Master of Science in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto.
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02/12/2016 01:09 EST
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02/10/2016 05:52 EST
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02/08/2016 04:33 EST
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01/18/2016 01:38 EST
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01/07/2016 04:33 EST
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12/29/2015 12:28 EST
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12/17/2015 10:49 EST
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12/10/2015 04:43 EST
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12/04/2015 03:15 EST
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11/30/2015 11:35 EST
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11/11/2015 01:09 EST
Cold and flu season is upon us! The usual advice to fight off colds and the flu? Plenty of fluids and lots of rest to let your body fight off the virus. But productive people want to know: isn't there anything else I can do for some extra cold and flu-fighting power?
11/05/2015 05:45 EST
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10/22/2015 12:35 EDT
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09/25/2015 08:45 EDT
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