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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Like Bullying, Let’s Ban Food Shaming in Schools

ban food shaming in schools

Co-written with Naureen Hunani, RD The school year has been underway for almost 2 months. How are you coping with school lunches and snacks? If you are feeling stressed, frustrated and overwhelmed by the food rules, you are not alone. I am not talking about banned foods due to life-threatening food allergies but so-called “healthy” food rules. Food rules like these lead to people feeling ashamed and guilty of eating the banned food- emotions that harmful, not helpful for our health. Here is my take on why we should ban food shaming in schools. Although I do not yet have […]

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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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Why Body Acceptance is the Secret to Healthy Eating

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Does it ever feel like traditional nutrition advice is a little old school? That the recommendation of drink more water, eat more vegetables and cut down on fat is just not speaking to you anymore? Could body acceptance and healthy eating go hand-in-hand more than traditional healthy eating advice? Body acceptance and healthy eating Sure, it can be comforting to hear the same healthy eating messages but if you find yourself unable to follow the same ‘ole “eat your vegetables” advice, you are not alone. These unpersonalised, cheery bits of advice usually talk about what you “should be doing” and […]

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

candy conundrum

I believe that it is normal to eat candy any time of the year. It is also normal to eat a little more after collecting the spoils of Halloween. However, not everyone would agree with me. Therein lies the candy conundrum.  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 […]

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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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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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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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