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?

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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

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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!

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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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When reaching for the stars is a bad idea

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Setting goals can be useful when we want to make a change- whether it be to our eating habits, activity levels or other areas of our lives. However, setting a goal that is not realistic can actually be more harmful than helpful. Actually reaching your goals is more important that the goal itself.  Reaching Your Goals It is only natural to want change to happen right away but most changes take time. Focusing only on the end result and thus only on long-term goals does not help us to trudge through the rough parts of change because we won’t see the […]

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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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Healthy body on a Healthy Budget

Although the holidays are well behind us, the pinch of all that holiday spending is still being felt. On top of that, resolutions made to eat better can seem impossible when budgets are tight. The good news is that there are ways to eat well this winter while trying to cut back on food spending. Before you give up on trying to eat healthy or worse, run into debt buying pomegranate juice and goji berries, hear me out. Not surprisingly, there is middle ground between eating Kraft dinner and hot dogs every night and breaking the budget with boxed salad and […]

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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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