Let Kids be Kids at Halloween

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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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For Health’s Sake, Stop Reading Food Labels!

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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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The ONLY secret ingredient you will need this year

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I have an amazing recipe I’d like to share with you that has been inspired by my recent social feeds. It contains a secret ingredient that helps squash food cravings and cut down on portions, both of which help with weight management! But first, a little background on what I saw on my feeds that stirred up some emotions and motivation to share this secret ingredient. First I scrolled past what looked like a dessert, but the description indicated it was a protein cake mixed with protein whip cream topped with protein pudding for someone’s breakfast. Then I saw a […]

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Mindful Eating Series with The Grounded Therapist (#2)

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Mindful Eating can be helpful in so many different aspects of healthy eating: it can help naturally reduce portion sizes (if you tend to over eat due to emotions or mindlessness), it can help reduce emotions that can lead to eating when not hungry and improve confidence in food choices. It does, however, take some practice to truly work. That is why actively taking part in activities that increase mindfulness are integral and is how/why this series came about!  Here is what Rachel, the Grounded Therapist, had to say about Mindful Eating in Part 2 of our series:  I really wanted to […]

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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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Why I won’t be modifying any of my holiday recipes to be cleaner, lighter or healthier.

There is one surefire way to reduce the stress of holiday cooking: stick to what you know. However, in this world of “clean eating” and never-ending hacks on how to lighten recipes, it can be hard to feel comfortable preparing traditional recipes. Here is the secret: there IS a way to get through the holidays without being fearful of holiday weight gain or overeating even if you eat special holiday foods (hint: it has nothing to do with skipping meals, switching out sugar for agave syrup or passing up your favorite foods and feeling deprived)- it is called mindful or intuitive […]

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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 vitamins and minerals are so important. BONUS: how to choose a multivitamin.

We all want to eat healthy for different reasons. One major reason a lot of people have in common is to get all the necessary vitamins and minerals. Use this guide to help you understand why dietitians recommend eating a variety of foods to ensure all the essential vitamins and minerals are eaten.  If you are thinking of taking a vitamin or mineral supplement, it is best to stick with a multivitamin. The simplest advice is to chose the multivitamin that most closely matches your gender and age groups. If you would like to read more about choosing a healthy […]

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