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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Reading the rainbow

I am frequently asked about food labels and nutrition fact tables and learning often follows a process that started long before I was asked to help. If you have ever tried to read a food label or nutrition fact table, you may be familiar with this route: -the inquirer usually starts reading labels to compare one or two nutrients on the labels that they have developed interested in (ex. sodium or fibre) usually in response to a diagnosis (ex. high blood pressure) or decision to change ones diet (ex. to lose weight).-the after a few trips to the grocery store and practicing […]

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How to make lunch less of a chore

Whether or not you are in the midst of the “back to school” rush, September always seems to bring about the desire to improve the lunch routine. Perhaps its to continue the good habits instilled with the the warmer weather or to help your kids succeed at school- regardless, preparing homemade lunches is a necessary task that can often be seen as a headache. Here are some tips on how to make this chore a bit easier: 1. Create a weekly schedule (or meal plan) of lunch meals. This can help you better use up those leftovers as well as […]

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The quackery conundrum

Nothing frustrates me more than seeing ridiculous diet products/books/schemes promoted in somewhat legit magazine, store or TV show.It makes me wonder- if my goal is to inform people with accurate nutrition information, is it ok to associate myself with people/media who also give out false information? Take this month’s issue of Moi et Cie- Dr. Isablelle Huot wrote a great article about the perils of a few popular diets. In that same issue is an article about “ways to boost the immune system”, many of which have been dis proven. Of course each of these tips have a sliver of […]

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Pass the sugar please

Sitting at an obesity management conference with a room full of dietitians was in interesting experience. Great food was served, fruits and vegetables easily found, plenty of time to relax ones mind with free access to an athletic center and of course stimulating conversation. After dinner last night, as we sipped on our coffee or tea, I looked around and “I spied with my little eye something that was yellow”- all around my table. As we were listening to the last speaker of the day, 4 out of 5 of the other guests at the table had added Splenda to […]

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Baffling blood sugar

I was recently asked to help out a family member control their bloods sugars. They have diabetes type 2 (adult onset diabetes) and have noticed that their blood sugar levels are often high (over 7mmol/L) in the morning before eating breakfast. Starting out the day with high blood sugars often leads to high blood sugars for the remaining of the day because it is hard to lower already high blood sugars if insulin is not involved. Morning sugars reflect what was eaten the night previous and will reflect how our body is “handling” that last meal or snack. The same […]

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