STOP! Before jumping into another weight loss program, you have to read this

Are you always on the hunt for a weight loss program that will help you control your eating once and for all? Have you joined and quit many programs in the past because they just didn’t help you? or because you felt ashamed for not losing the weight they promised? Does it seem like no one can understand your struggle with food? Before you start another diet program, hear me out. This advice could save you a lot of money and wasted energy thrown in the wrong direction and right into the deep pockets of the weight loss industry. The […]

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[Guest post] How To Keep Our New Year’s Resolutions

I came across Dr. Laura Van Schaick-Harman‘s advice while searching out what other health professionals recommend to successfully make changes. Perhaps not the typical information you’d expect a dietitian to research, but as I have mentioned before, dietitian’s jobs have quickly evolved. With Pinterest and Instagram and countless blogs about healthy eating, a dietitian’s job has evolved from telling people what to do, to motivating and supporting them to make the changes they have decided upon. Most of my clients know what they want to change but struggle with how to make the change and seeing the barriers that get […]

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

I believe that it is normal to eat candy in moderation any time of the year.It is also normal to eat a little more after collecting the spoils of Halloween.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 health professionals and parents about what to do with Halloween candy has […]

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4 steps to a healthy, easy to digest bread

article written for Custom Nutrition by Jenna West, dietetic intern There is no question that wheat is one of the most controversial topics in nutrition at the moment, and as a result many people are finding it difficult to decide what loaf to buy or whether to buy one at all. Is bread bad for me? Will I gain weight if I eat bread? Does it make a difference if I eat whole wheat or white bread? I was pondering those same questions a few years ago when I started reading Dr. William Davis’ Wheat Belly. For those of you who […]

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Treat yo’ self- it could help you manage your weight

“This is the last time I’m going to eat a treat. Tomorrow, I’m back on the diet wagon!”Sound familiar? Bouncing between overeating and dieting (which usually means under eating) is very common and ultimately frustrating. The way to nip it in the bud? Cut out the under eating and restrictive eating. Yo-yoing between “perfect” eating and going overboard with forbidden foods is so common in fact, that studies have proven their relationship.There is something called the cognitive behavioral theory of eating disorders. To summarize, this theory suggests that binge eating is is due to attempts to restrict eating. It is important to […]

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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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Why low glycemic index foods are one secret ingredient for health

Written by Jenna West for Custom Nutrition Have you walked into the grocery store lately and been overwhelmed about what bread to buy? Or what cereal to choose? There are so many options on the market that it has become more difficult to shop than ever before.The rise of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease motivates some people to become more careful about the food choices they make. If you are looking for an easy tool to help make healthy choices and help prevent the onset of chronic disease, the Glycemic Index has been shown to do […]

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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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What to eat after gastric bypass surgery

Just yesterday, a listener texted in a great question to the Tommy Schnurmacher (CJAD 800 am) about eating after gastric bypass surgery. Unfortunately, this is a tough question to answer in a few sound bites and I could not answer it as well as I had liked- so here is an expanded version! (To hear my complete discussion with Tommy, click here. To hear my quick response to the gastric bypass question go to minute 9). Firstly, nothing can replace or get you the answers you need, better than a consultation with a registered dietitian who specializes in gastric surgery […]

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Breakfast made easy!

1. Plan ahead: By getting foods ready the night ahead, you’ll be more likely to eat AND have more time to eat. Here are some great breakfast ideas that can be made ahead of time:  -a smoothie (blend 1 cup of milk with 1/4 cup of sliced almonds, 1 banana, 1/2 cup frozen berries and a sprinkle of wheat germ). You can even blend up a few servings ahead of time and freeze them.  -yogurt parfait (sprinkle 1/3 cup of oats on to 1 cup of yogurt and top with 1/2 cup of berries. Let sit in the fridge overnight […]

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