Are they for REAL!?

It boggles my mind that in the year 2009 diet food companies are still popping up, let alone have logos such as “Eat Cookies, Lose Weight. It’s That Simple.” The sad fact is that these companies are in business because people buy their products. This slogan comes from one of the more recent fad diet scams called “The Cookie Diet” by Smart for Life. I’d be more likely to call it “Ridiculous for life”. It has increased in its popularity thanks to a few local radio personalities who have tried the diet and “saw amazing results”. Unfortunately, the worse thing […]

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A new year, a new strategy for weight loss

Most people see the new year as a time to buckle down and improve their health. Often times, losing weight is a part of the resolution and the first plan that comes to mind is to “just eat less food”. It is true that the majority of us eat portions that are too large and eat when we are not hungry which leads to eating too much. However, just eating a smaller quantity of food may not be the best strategy (especially on its own) to lose weight.This is true for 2 reasons:1. Our body and mind get used to […]

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Getting the Sunshine vitamin in dark times

Vitamin D, or appropriately nicknamed the Sunshine vitamin, is in short supply for everyone living in the Northern Hemisphere. We call it the sunshine vitamin because our body can make this vitamin when sunlight hits our skin. Unfortunately, because we only get at few hours of sun for most of the year (8 months), we cannot rely on our bodies to make enough vitamin D. This is why Health Canada has recently made its first ever recommendation regarding a regular vitamin supplementation. This new recommendation comes on the heals of recent findings that suggest that a lack of vitamin D […]

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Fat is not the enemy

The human body needs fat to survive. It is involved in many reactions in the body, helps to keep us warm and provides invaluable vitamins and nutrients. We could not function properly without a certain amount of it everyday, so then why the bad reputation? Perhaps it because it provides more calories per gram than carbs or protein, so its easy to eat too much if we aren’t aware of how much we need. The average adult needs about 65g, or 12 tsp.of fat per day. This includes “hidden” fat as well as anything we may add to our foods. […]

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The Fake Fiber

We all know that fiber (fibre?) is our friend- it can help move thing along in our digestive tract, help to prevent a whole host of diseases (colon cancer, diverticulosis, etc) and lower our cholesterol. Its not always easy to eat the right amount of fiber everyday (25-30g), especially if you don’t know where to find it. So, “lucky for us”, the food industry has helped us out by enriching all kinds of food with fiber. We can now find high fiber frozen yogurt, orange juice, cookies, you name it! Its taken the brain work out of fiber intake- or […]

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Energyless drinks

There are very few of us who have not turned to coffee (or any other caffeinated beverage) in hopes to put a spring in our step. Gone are the days where a cup of coffee would be more a social tool to catch up with friends than the number one source for energy. Nowadays, because life is so hectic and sleep is hard to come by that we have actually invented beverages in which their sole purpose is to deliver caffeine straight to our bodies. With hard core names such as FULL THROTTLE, RED RAIN, RED BULL, GURU & NOS […]

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Yogurt- to eat or not to eat it plain and 0%?

It is perhaps one of the most universally accepted food misconceptions: plain, non-fat yogurt is the healthiest of the yogurts. Why is this myth believed? For the simple reasons that it is low in fat, and has less sugar than other yogurts (and perhaps because it tastes like it should be healthy for you!?). Unfortunately, it is one of those myths that everyone just believes without second guessing it. If there is one thing you have to remember when it comes to healthy eating and nutrition, it is to NOT BELIEVE everything you hear; Keep an open mind and use […]

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Teens and Sports Supplements

An interesting article was published in the Gazette yesterday regarding teens and protein supplements. It was interesting for two reasons:1. The newspaper actually spoke to a Registered dietitian who has plenty of experience with sports nutrition- which means the information was credible and2. It laid to rest the most common misconception about protein supplements: teens (and most people) generally will NOT benefit from eating obscene amounts of protein. And of course, as is usually the case with nutrition counseling, a young man waltzed into my office that very same day inquiring about protein shakes. What many people may not realize, […]

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