Stick to your New Year’s resolutions with this easy app

It’s that time of year again- the holidays are behind us and life is getting back to normal.  But if you’ve already broken your new year’s resolution to eat better and exercise more, don’t worry, you’re not alone!  Even though they were set with good intentions,  your goals may not be practical or easy to sustain.  Setting realistic resolutions and planning on how to carry them out with the help of a registered dietitian can help you salvage your resolutions and get you back on track. One of the best ways proven to help you eat healthier and consume fewer […]

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Binge eating disorder demystified

We’ve all heard of “binging” or an eating disorder called “binge eating disorder”, but so many people don’t understand exactly what it is or how to identify it. This is especially true of the very people who suffer from it. Too often the sufferer will blame themselves and and their “lack of self control”. Take Joan, for example. She was a client of mine who had followed many diets in her lifetime and as a consequence, her weight had fluctuated by about 15 pounds up and down for the last few years. She did not understand why she just could not just keep off the […]

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8 reasons to not eat healthy in the new year

Because you love feeling sluggish and tired all the time. Napping every afternoon is normal, right?! The Facts: Eating plenty of fruits, vegetable, lean protein and whole grains every 4-5 hours helps to deliver constant energy to your brain and muscles. Because you hate having good digestion; regularity is overrated anyways. The Facts: By focusing on “white” grain products, sugary cereals, juices instead of fruit and eating unbalanced meal, you miss out on important (and useful!) fibre. Because you have money to blow on take-out and restaurant food. Hey, it saves time washing up dishes! The Facts: Although prepared foods […]

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Is sleep the missing factor for weight management?

As most health professionals who work in the weight management field already know, the simple advice of “eat less, exercise more” is far removed from the complicated answer to weight loss. New research suggests there is another major fact that can influence your risk for gaining weight and it has nothing to do with how much or little exercise you do or food you eat (well…at least not directly related…): SLEEP.We all know that lack of sleep is detrimental to our health but does it influence our weight? Apparently, for adults, if you sleep less than 6 hours a night, your risk […]

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To dairy or not to dairy

There is an article circulating about the “reasons” why milk is not a healthy beverage. It may be some of the worst bit of journalism I have ever read, but it does make for an exciting blog post!There were many ridiculous points made in this article and I will try to get through some of the more crazy issues brought up. One of alleged “reasons” for avoiding milk is because some people have food allergies towards milk. Another “reason” mentioned is because some people suffer from lactose intolerance. I am not too sure how these two facts have been turned into a case against milk, but the fact […]

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But it is backed up by “research”!

The world of nutrition is always evolving. It keeps us all on our toes but it also makes people very vulnerable to “new, amazing, never before seen” results of magic products. Somehow, people are fooled into ignoring their gut feelings (that these products are a scam!) throw their money and energy into useless tactics to be healthier. Years ago, when a crazy product would emerge, the sellers would expect the buyers to believe that a diet product or “system” would work based on testimony or big words. Luckily, nowadays consumers are smarter but these sneaky business people have found another […]

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“Successful” weight management

Many studies have proven that the best source of motivation for lifestyle changes is seeing success and feeling like your efforts are making a difference. However, many of my clients “see” or perceive their successes differently and too often with a skewed view. Defining the success of anything involves multiple factors. For example,  a “successful” business not only means it is making money, but also that they have loyal customers, the employees are happy, and the company is growing. “Successfully” raising children not only means they are kept alive until the age of 18, but that they can critically think […]

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Quick and easy breakfast ideas for fall

For many people, fall signifies getting back into a routine and  there is nothing like breakfast to help you get the day (and season) started on the right foot. Many of my clients feel that eating breakfast helps to motivation them to continue to make healthy choices throughout the rest of the day. Two ways to make sure breakfast happens is to pick foods that you actually like and to choose quick and easy solutions. To speed up the process as well as make it effortless in the morning, preparing a few items the night before or keeping key ingredients […]

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Lunch CAN be a piece of cake!

Back to school time often means back to hectic mornings and thrown together lunches. Many parents admit to feeling guilty about the unhealthy choices tossed into lunch boxes due to lack of time for better preparation.Too often I see clients who are hard on themselves, expecting to be perfect with meal planning and food preparation. When they ultimately fail to be perfect, all attempts to be healthy are thrown out the window. This all or nothing kind of thinking trips up so many people! I’ve spoken in previous blogs about how aiming for perfection or unrealistic goals can ultimately lead […]

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BBQ blunders

Summer time for a lot of people means grilling time! Letting the summer sun wash over you while you cook should not distract you from a few important points about food safety. The biggest issues with grilling is something called “cross-contamination”. Translation: raw food (and its juices) touching cooked food. This can happen when raw food touches cooked foods directly or in a variety of indirect ways: putting cooked foods on a plate that was also used for raw food, using the same tongs to flip raw and cooked meats, even double dipping the bbq sauce brush! Don’t let food poisoning ruin […]

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