How Ending the War on Fat Can Improve Your Health

end the war on fat to improve health

It seems like a day doesn’t go by without hearing or reading something about the “war on obesity” to improve our collective and individual health. But should ending the war on fat really be a priority? Ending the war on fat This is thoroughly frustrating for a few reasons. Firstly, it assumes that certain body sizes are bad/unhealthy/need to be fought. Secondly, it assumes that once “obesity” is taken care of, people would be more healthy. Mounting research shows that body size and weight are in no way indicators of health and losing weight does not automatically improve health.  The messages […]

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For Health’s Sake, Stop Reading Food Labels!

stop reading food labels

Contributions by Naureen Hunani, RD and Julia Lévy-Ndejuru, B.A. Psychology, B.Sc. Dietetics (completing) I am a dietitian and I admit that I was very dismayed to read that Canada’s Health Minister is encouraging warning labels be slapped on the front of food packages. This may seem odd since a dietitian’s role has been traditionally seen as an advocate for “proper” or “healthy” eating. However, simply put- these sorts of initiatives do not improve healthy eating NOR are the nutrients they imply are “bad” actually harm our health to the degree that they’ve been promoted. I reached out to fellow dietitians and […]

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Why Body Acceptance is the Secret to Healthy Eating

body acceptance and healthy eating

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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Pumpkin Chia Pudding

Pumpkin Chia Pudding

After staring at a can of pumpkin puree for the last few months, I thought I should get down to actually using it. But, I am too lazy to go to all the trouble of making a pie crust, so I opted for something that can be whipped up in a few minutes and “cook” without supervision in the fridge. Alas, pumpkin chia pudding was born. Since I had no yogurt in the fridge, I used some canned coconut milk to boost the creaminess of the pudding and the combo of these two flavors worked really well!  Pumpkin Chia Pudding Chia pudding […]

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Latin Adobo Chicken Tacos

adobo pulled chicken

Craving some sort of pulled “meat” wrapped in a tortilla for supper, but not having pork or beef in the house, I took a chance on chicken breasts. After a brief google search, it became apparent that some sort of Latin inspired recipe was going to take center stage.  Luckily, I had some canned beans, Adobo sauce (I knew it would come in handy one day!), frozen corn and even some fresh toppings just waiting to be devoured. And thus Latin Adobo chicken tacos were born!   The recipe was super easy to make especially since I used my crockpot- […]

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Whole Wheat & Sesame Crackers

Whole wheat crackers

I have always wanted to try to make my own crackers and thought the upcoming holiday parties would be the perfect time to try. Of course, the recipe had to be easy and contain ingredients I already had in the house. After a brief google search, Martha Stewart’s whole wheat and sesame crackers peaked my interest. They were easy to make and tasted great (a kind of savory shortbread cookie). Unfortunately, they did not hold up under the pressure of slathering them full of toppings. (Keep you eyes peeled for the cheese ball recipe that knocked the socks off everyone who […]

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Hearty Sausage and Mushroom Sauce

mushroom sausage pasta

I love a thick, hearty meat sauce when the weather gets cold. I also like saving money and sneaking in more vegetables to meals. This hearty sausage and mushroom pasta sauce satisfies both! Since mushrooms have such a hearty taste and have the same texture as ground meat, they blend perfectly with the sausage meat. By using the mushrooms, you can use less meat and save money. By using sausage, the meat is pre-flavored and quick to whip up.   Of course, you can use any pasta you prefer- long noodles, penne, rigatoni (my personal favorite), whole wheat, even gluten […]

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Creamy Rapini Linguine

creamy rapini linguine

This creamy rapini linguine dish was a recent creation from our kitchen. We love rapini but sometimes struggle to create a dish that is well balanced without too much tartness. We also tend to eat a lot of broccoli- which can get boring.  So to change things up a bit (and use what we have in the fridge) our cream sauce got a makeover! Another vegetarian recipe: Easy Peasy Dahl Soup Rapini also goes by the names broccoli raab or rabe. It is a cruciferous vegetable and although it may look similar to broccoli, it is more closely related to turnips. It is slightly […]

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Easy, Fiber & Protein Packed Granola

easy fiber protein packed granola

  In this easy, fiber & protein packed Granola you can use any nuts or dried fruit that you like (or have on hand). I happened to have sliced almonds and cashews but you could try pecans, walnuts or anything else. I love coconut, which it why I included it. If you don’t or have another tasty ingredient, throw it on in! You may be tempted to leave out the oil or sugar but think twice. The sugar caramelizes while slow roasting and the oil turns the mix crunchy with a great bite. Adding the dried fruit at the end […]

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When reaching for the stars is a bad idea

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Setting goals can be useful when we want to make a change- whether it be to our eating habits, activity levels or other areas of our lives. However, setting a goal that is not realistic can actually be more harmful than helpful. Actually reaching your goals is more important that the goal itself.  Reaching Your Goals It is only natural to want change to happen right away but most changes take time. Focusing only on the end result and thus only on long-term goals does not help us to trudge through the rough parts of change because we won’t see the […]

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