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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Waste of resources: Who has the time for dieting?

Dieting is a waste of energy, time and money. I don’t know about you, but I certainly have none of those to spare! I am a HUGE advocate of intuitive and mindful eating to manage health. It encourages a way of eating that fits with your “eating personality” & food preferences, it is easy to integrate regardless of where you are geographically (on vacation, on a business trip or enjoying breakfast bed) and perhaps most importantly, has nothing to do with starvation or deprivation. A recent article touches on this subject with great insight. It is from the latest Scientific American MIND […]

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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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Why Unwinding with Food can Backfire

unwinding with food does not work

  Have you ever reach for a glass of wine after a long day? Or a bag of chips? Do you find that you feel just as tired or stressed after eating?  Although food can sometimes be a comfort, it rarely decreases stress or fatigue (unless of course you are hungry and lacking calories). Reaching for food to unwind at the end of a long day usually backfires. Not only does it rarely help with boosting energy levels, but some people become more stressed once they start to think about the calories they ate. This is especially true for people who […]

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How to Manage Cravings in 5 Simple Steps

For better or worse, food cravings are a part of life. Learning how to manage them is important for healthy living and helps us feel more in charge of our eating (rather than feeling like the food is controlling us!). Too many people feel hopeless when it comes to cravings- but these feelings of hopelessness CAN be squashed with some practice.There are 5 simple steps you can carry out to better deal with cravings.  These steps deal with delaying gratification, changing up your environment & putting distance between yourself and the food you crave. The more you practice being able […]

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Detox Your Social Media: How unliking, unfriending and unfollowing can improve your health

Detox Your Social Media

There is an expression in French: “trop, c’est comme pas assez”. Roughly translated, it means “too much is like not enough” or more eloquently put “less is more”. In the nutrition world, this can mean trying to follow lots of complex information all at once (ie. gluten free, dairy free, low carb diet) when simple is sometimes best. Do you need to detox your social media?? Have you fallen prey to bad nutrition information overload? This confusion happens all the time. Since the internet first crossed paths with curious, weight-loss driven people, dietitians have been hearing the same old story- […]

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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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Eating in secret and other embarrassing side effects of dieting.

I consulted with a client the other day who wanted to admit something embarrassing. The admission started out like so many others that I’ve heard: “I’ve never told anyone this but… when everyone is in bed, sometimes I sneak into the kitchen and eat foods I am not supposed to. I feel out of control, like I cannot stop myself, eat more than I want to and end up feeling panicked and guilty. What is WRONG with me?!” While I am thrilled that my clients feel comfortable enough to share these intimate details, I am sad that they feel so embarrassed. I am also angry that, […]

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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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Temptations and the unreliability of willpower

Recent research has found that avoiding temptation works better than relying only on willpower when faced with temptation. (You can see the original article here: Restricting Temptations: Neural Mechanisms of Precommitment) The idea of avoiding “tempting” foods in order to eat less of them seems rather obvious. However, does it work well for everyone? This particular study didn’t look at food temptations, so can we expect the same results? I think this is a more complicated answer than initially thought and it will depend on how you avoid temptations. Let’s imagine that the food temptations we are talking about are foods rich in calories, […]

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