Why Heart Healthy Eating isn’t as Bad as You Think

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February is Heart Month!  If you’re thinking this has something to do with chocolates or roses, think again! This national campaign has been going strong for more than half a century. The goal is to raise awareness (and donations) for the Heart and Stroke Foundation and highlight the risks of heart disease and stroke.  Coming from a nutrition background, we used to talk about avoiding eggs and cutting down on fat to help reduce risk for heart disease. Oh, how the times have changed. The most recent recommendations released are the Dietary Guideline for Americans by the USA Government. Interestingly, these guidelines […]

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Your Guide to Eating (and enjoying!) Beans and Pulses

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Co-written with Jenna West, dietetic intern You may have heard that the UN Generally assembly has declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses. The point of this campaign is to shine alight on the nutritional and environmental benefits of eating more pulses. If you are not sure what exactly a pulse is, let alone why you should eat more of them, we’ve got you covered! Here is our quick and easy guide to understanding pulses and (perhaps more importantly) how to eat more of them with fewer digestive symptoms. (BONUS: stick around for easy, delish recipes you can try tonight!) […]

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[Radio Interview] How eating more often can help with managing your weight AND other nutrition questions from listeners

Listen in on my recent conversation with Tommy Schnurmacher on his CJAD 800!We started out talking about how eating more often can help with energy levels and in reducing binge eating. (Learn more about that in my recent video) Many listeners texted in with all sorts of great nutrition questions which led us down many interesting paths:-are high protein diets that promise incredible weight loss worth the cost?-how much fat does the average adult need every day! you’ll be surprised how much you need and why it is important to eat it!-what to do if you aren’t hungry early in the […]

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The facts on processed meat, red meat and cancer

A lot of RDs are scrambling to respond to the recent announcement that the International Agency for Research on Cancer has made on the connection between red meat and processed meat and certain cancers. I am happy to read that a lot of RDs continue to side with reason and moderation rather than fear mongering.Here is what you need to know about the most recent findings from the IARC. They looked at more than 800 studies The IARC Working Group took into account the findings of more than 800 studies. These studies investigated associations of more than a dozen types […]

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Why coconut water is not the secret ingredient

written by Jenna West, dietetic intern Coconut water is definitely an acquired taste. Although many people love it, you’re not alone if you wonder why some people like it! For those of you who are unfamiliar with coconut water, it is the liquid portion of immature coconuts. This is different than coconut milk which is extracted from the “meat” portion of the coconut. You have likely seen coconut water sold in fitness centers and yoga studios where it is heavily advertised as a natural rehydration beverage. This is because the companies that produce commercially available coconut water claim it contains […]

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To treat or not to treat: Halloween & The Candy Conundrum

I believe that it is normal to eat candy in moderation any time of the year.It is also normal to eat a little more after collecting the spoils of Halloween.Sure, it contains no vitamins or minerals or added physical benefits to our lives but eating a treat isn’t about maximizing antioxidant intake. It is about savoring the sweet or salty flavors for a few blissful minutes. It is about the mental pleasure it contributes to our lives as well as the variety. Reading all the tips and tricks from health professionals and parents about what to do with Halloween candy has […]

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4 steps to a healthy, easy to digest bread

article written for Custom Nutrition by Jenna West, dietetic intern There is no question that wheat is one of the most controversial topics in nutrition at the moment, and as a result many people are finding it difficult to decide what loaf to buy or whether to buy one at all. Is bread bad for me? Will I gain weight if I eat bread? Does it make a difference if I eat whole wheat or white bread? I was pondering those same questions a few years ago when I started reading Dr. William Davis’ Wheat Belly. For those of you who […]

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Why low glycemic index foods are one secret ingredient for health

Written by Jenna West for Custom Nutrition Have you walked into the grocery store lately and been overwhelmed about what bread to buy? Or what cereal to choose? There are so many options on the market that it has become more difficult to shop than ever before.The rise of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease motivates some people to become more careful about the food choices they make. If you are looking for an easy tool to help make healthy choices and help prevent the onset of chronic disease, the Glycemic Index has been shown to do […]

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The Dirty Truth Behind Juice Cleansing

written by Jenna West, dietetic intern If you are trying to lose weight there is no doubt that you have been told about the so-called miracles of juice cleansing. While it is true that “juicing” may lead to rapid weight loss, it may also result in problems with weight management. The fact is, juice cleansing is like every other fad diet and is merely a way for companies to make money while putting consumers health at risk. It is important to note that drinking juice, in addition to an already balanced diet, poses no potential health risk, and can be […]

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