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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What is your potential?

 I love a good comparison, especially when talking about nutrition.I’ve lost track at the number of times I’ve described the body’s metabolism and energy levels as being like a wood burning stove. I encourage clients to imagine the many eating habit changes they want to make as bricks in a wall. This has helped many realize that using a ladder (i.e. small, sustainable steps) to climb up that wall is easier than trying to jump over it in one bounding leap. One analogy that I am currently working on describes one’s potential to manage their weight. This is because everyone […]

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Free Online Talk: Fight Fatigue, Eating for High Energy Levels

Do you wish you had more energy?Thinking your nutrition may be slowing you down? In today’s world, life can be pretty hectic. Too often healthy eating gets put aside to make time for other priorities. Join Lisa for a live 30min discussion on how to eat to maximize energy levels. This will be followed by a question and answer period where you can ask anything you like! This talk took place on August 26th.You can watch a recording the webinar right here!If you would like to be informed of future nutrition webinar, CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR FUTURE TALKSI […]

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Making healthy habits stick can be hard! Here are some solutions

In an earlier blog I mentioned that each little change we want to make to our diet can include 5 or more steps to actually accomplish. This can be a real hang up for people who underestimate how much time it takes to make a food change. On the bright side, understanding the steps needed to achieve that goal is very empowering.  I recently had a conversation with Tommy Schnurmacher from The Tommy Schnurmacher Show on CJAD 800am about this very topic. You can listen to my interview using this player: If you haven’t figured it out yet, psychology plays […]

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In the nutrition world, sometimes 1 equals 5

Have you ever wondered why it can be so hard to accomplish one small goal you’ve set for yourself? It’s supposed to be easy, right?. Just one thing to do to be a little healthier…but it never gets done! For starters, aim to make the smallest slice of change that is consistent with your long term goal. For example, try introducing one serving of vegetables when you normally would have eaten none. This is much more doable than aiming to eat 4 servings per day if you currently eat only 1. Making small changes allows us to make more changes […]

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Doing healthy summer vacations the right way

Summer time means different things to different people. Some are excited to get out of hibernation and go travelling. Others see vacations as a scary time where they are likely to binge or overeat, gain weight and feel even more out of control with their health.  There are two important things to keep in mind- firstly, vacation is a time to relax, kick back and yes, enjoy fun foods. However, this is hard for most people who are dieting and are terrified of gaining weight, let alone not losing any.  If you are determined to have food rules, it is […]

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The secret ingredient for real corporate wellness

Companies who care about their employees’ health are often seen as being responsible and forward thinking. But could these good intentions be paving the way to harm?  A few books have come out this year debating this question “do corporate wellness programs help or harm employees?” There have been numerous articles talking about the subject, as well as debates such as the one on the CBC radio show Q.  One of the books in question is called The Wellness Syndrome and it was written by Dr. Andre Spicer and Carl Cederström. They state that some company’s extensive wellness efforts caused employees stress. You can […]

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The Dirty Truth Behind Juice Cleansing

truth behind juice cleansing

  If you are following any of the diet and nutrition fads, you have likely run into the idea of juicing fruits and vegetables and juice cleanses. The so-called miracles of juice cleansing range from promising weight loss to improving digestion to detoxing the body. What is the truth behind juice cleansing?   Despite all the outrageous claims circulating about the effects of sugar on health, drinking juice, as part of a balanced diet, poses no health risk and can be a good (and delicious!) way to incorporate more vegetables and fruit in your diet. The pitfalls of juicing come into […]

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Three Ways to Celebrate No Diet Day (MAY 6th)

This blog post was written by Leslie Schilling and Rebecca Scritchfield, Co-Founders of Dietitians for Body Confidence www.RD4BC.com.Healthy bodies come in all different shapes and sizes. We see it every time we hit the gym, get our hair done, or just walk down the street. May 6th is International “No Diet Day” – a day where people everywhere can say “I don’t need no stinkin’ diet.” Wouldn’t it be great to throw some self-love motivation out to the universe? Here are three ways anyone can celebrate “No Diet Day”1. “I love me some ME!” There’s no point in trying to look like a […]

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