Lisa Rutledge is a registered dietitian who helps people redefine their relationship with food. She blogs at www.LisaRutledge.ca
Lisa Rutledge is a registered dietitian with specialties in weight management and disordered eating. She has made it her mission to help people with complicated relationships with food simplify eating and feel better about themselves. She works as a private consultant, runs workshops and presentations as well as shares her knowledge through her blog www.LisaRutledge.ca, podcasts and online videos. Lisa has worked with various media organisations such as CBC radio, Radio Centre-ville, MUHC magazine and the Montreal Gazette. She believes that a healthy life requires eating your foods you love.
It's hard enough to make food changes to lifestyles, adding higher costs may make these improvements even harder. But don't despair! There IS hope for budgets and healthy eating. It's hard enough to make food changes to lifestyles, adding higher costs may make these improvements even harder. But don't despair! There IS hope for budgets and healthy eating.
The facts is, avoiding certain foods does not automatically make you a healthier person, or a better person. Fun foods can be included from time to time in a way that is enjoyable and has no negative effects to your health or weight.
As most health professionals who work in the weight management field already know, the simple advice of "eat less and exercise more" is far removed from the complicated answer to weight loss. Research suggests there is another major factor that can influence your risk for gaining weight and it has nothing to do with how much or little exercise you do or food you eat: SLEEP.
Contrary to popular belief, disliking your body does not encourage meaningful healthy lifestyle change. Many studies have shown that being ashamed or unhappy with your shape does little to encourage you to be more active or eat better. In fact, for some people, it can fuel unhealthy lifestyles and disordered eating such as binging.
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.
I recently came across some new and interesting research which shows that avoiding temptation works better than relying on willpower alone when faced with temptation. But how does this apply to our eating habits? This particular study didn't examine food temptations, so can we expect the same results?
The answer to helping anyone who is frustrated with the number on the bathroom scale is not new: balance the calories you are eating with those you are burning. I encourage my clients to safely lose up to two pounds per week using these simple tips.