Let Kids be Kids at Halloween

candy is ok

Halloween and the upcoming holiday season can send anyone who is vulnerable to body hate and emotional eating screaming. Here is a round up of some non-diet, intuitive eating blogs about Halloween and the delicious treats that come with the celebration:   https://www.fitwoman.com/blog/willpower-and-the-power-of-halloween-candy/ http://www.emilyfonnesbeck.com/blog/2015/10/10/why-my-kids-keep-and-eat-their-halloween-candy?rq=halloween https://www.ksl.com/?sid=41868616&nid=1010&title=a-dietitians-perspective-on-how-to-handle-halloween-candy https://amihungry.com/articles/rewire-your-brain/ https://www.amihungry.com/pdf/Am-I-Hungry-I-Want-Candy-Flowchart.pdf https://www.kars4kids.org/blog/time-chill-candy/ https://www.crystalkarges.com/blog/2016/10/23/halloween-candy-a-sticky-situation

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Like Bullying, Let’s Ban Food Shaming in Schools

ban food shaming in schools

Co-written with Naureen Hunani, RD The school year has been underway for almost 2 months. How are you coping with school lunches and snacks? If you are feeling stressed, frustrated and overwhelmed by the food rules, you are not alone. I am not talking about banned foods due to life-threatening food allergies but so-called “healthy” food rules. Food rules like these lead to people feeling ashamed and guilty of eating the banned food- emotions that harmful, not helpful for our health. Here is my take on why we should ban food shaming in schools. Although I do not yet have […]

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Are SMART goals the answer for successful habit change?

are smart goals helpful

If social media and health “gurus” (I use that term lightly) are to be believed, it seems like all you have to do is want something hard enough and set a SMART goal in order to achieve your dreams. However, the business of helping people achieve success is a big one. You can hire someone to help motivate you, push you and pull you to success. But are these promises of success really as easy as they sound? Are SMART goals helpful? Are SMART goals helpful? One of the oldest bits of advice about changing your habits that remains from […]

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Is Hashtagging Harming Our Health?

Hashtags Harm Our Health

Co-written with Nisha Parker I bet you have spotted at least one of these hashtags recently (maybe even today): #cleaneating, #lowcarb, #paleo, #weightloss, #diet, #cheatmeal or #whole30.  Is it possible that these tags perpetuate lies about healthy eating? Are they being used unwittingly (which is bad), or deliberately (which is worse) by well-intentioned health practitioners? Do diet hashtags harm our health? Do diet hashtags harm our health? I feel that we are now living in a hashtag hell where intuitive eating, basic healthy eating, and science go to die. Perhaps what is most angering is that health practitioners who claim […]

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Does Intermittent Fasting Work? Could Going Without Do More for Your Health?

does intermittent fasting work

Fasting has been used for health and religious reasons for hundreds of years and due to an explosion of new interest from the media, intermittent fasting is becoming the newest trend in dieting. But is there any supporting scientific evidence that would make it anything more than another weight-loss fad? Does intermittent fasting work and hold up to their claims?   What is intermittent fasting? There are three types of intermittent fasting (IF) diets: alternate-day fasting, whole day fasting, and time-restricted feeding. Alternate-day fasting involves alternating between fasting days and days of eating until satisfied. Whole-day fasting involves 1 to […]

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How Ending the War on Fat Can Improve Your Health

end the war on fat to improve health

It seems like a day doesn’t go by without hearing or reading something about the “war on obesity” to improve our collective and individual health. But should ending the war on fat really be a priority? Ending the war on fat This is thoroughly frustrating for a few reasons. Firstly, it assumes that certain body sizes are bad/unhealthy/need to be fought. Secondly, it assumes that once “obesity” is taken care of, people would be more healthy. Mounting research shows that body size and weight are in no way indicators of health and losing weight does not automatically improve health.  The messages […]

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For Health’s Sake, Stop Reading Food Labels!

stop reading food labels

Contributions by Naureen Hunani, RD and Julia Lévy-Ndejuru, B.A. Psychology, B.Sc. Dietetics (completing) I am a dietitian and I admit that I was very dismayed to read that Canada’s Health Minister is encouraging warning labels be slapped on the front of food packages. This may seem odd since a dietitian’s role has been traditionally seen as an advocate for “proper” or “healthy” eating. However, simply put- these sorts of initiatives do not improve healthy eating NOR are the nutrients they imply are “bad” actually harm our health to the degree that they’ve been promoted. I reached out to fellow dietitians and […]

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Why Body Acceptance is the Secret to Healthy Eating

body acceptance and healthy eating

Does it ever feel like traditional nutrition advice is a little old school? That the recommendation of drink more water, eat more vegetables and cut down on fat is just not speaking to you anymore? Could body acceptance and healthy eating go hand-in-hand more than traditional healthy eating advice? Body acceptance and healthy eating Sure, it can be comforting to hear the same healthy eating messages but if you find yourself unable to follow the same ‘ole “eat your vegetables” advice, you are not alone. These unpersonalised, cheery bits of advice usually talk about what you “should be doing” and […]

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Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

After staring at a can of pumpkin puree for the last few months, I thought I should get down to actually using it. But, I am too lazy to go to all the trouble of making a pie crust, so I opted for something that can be whipped up in a few minutes and “cook” without supervision in the fridge. Alas, pumpkin chia pudding was born. Since I had no yogurt in the fridge, I used some canned coconut milk to boost the creaminess of the pudding and the combo of these two flavors worked really well!  Pumpkin Chia Pudding Chia pudding […]

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Latin Adobo Chicken Tacos

adobo pulled chicken

Craving some sort of pulled “meat” wrapped in a tortilla for supper, but not having pork or beef in the house, I took a chance on chicken breasts. After a brief google search, it became apparent that some sort of Latin inspired recipe was going to take center stage.  Luckily, I had some canned beans, Adobo sauce (I knew it would come in handy one day!), frozen corn and even some fresh toppings just waiting to be devoured. And thus Latin Adobo chicken tacos were born!   The recipe was super easy to make especially since I used my crockpot- […]

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