Food Allergy Awareness Month – May 2019

Written by Gaby Burt-D’Agnillo, BSc Nutrition Candidate

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

May is Food Allergy Awareness Month in Canada. To raise awareness and educate the public, let’s talk about food allergies, symptoms, and common food allergens in Canada.

Food Allergy vs Food Intolerance

Food allergies are caused by a reaction of the body’s immune system to a specific food or food component, known as an allergen. If you have an allergy, your immune system is hypersensitive to a particular allergen and releases antibodies called immunoglobulins causing an allergic reaction. Food intolerances are also characterized by an abnormal response to a food product, but differ from food allergies as they do not involve antibodies and symptoms may not be as severe. Lactose intolerance is an example of a food intolerance.

Bone Building Nutrients Part 2: Other Nutrients

Written by Erika Martin BSc Nutrition Candidate

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

This month, we are looking at the importance of maintaining bone health to reduce the risks of osteoporosis, falls and fractures. As mentioned in our previous post, two key nutrients in maintaining healthy, strong bones are Calcium and Vitamin D. While these are often the nutrients we think of, when it comes to healthy bones, there are other nutrients that are also worth considering, to ensure we maintain healthy bones, throughout our lifespan. Magnesium, potassium and Vitamin K are all important for bone health.

NutriBullet

Written by: Samantha Allison BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by: Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

I love kitchen gadgets that make meal prep easier, and more interesting. Recently, I have been using a NutriBullet to blend frozen fruit, chia seeds and kale. With a NutriBullet you can blend almost anything. Here is some information about the NutriBullet and some suggestions that may inspire you to try it yourself.

Instant Pot 101

Written by Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

If you have been hearing about the instant pot lately, it is for good reason! The instant pot is just what it sounds like – it cooks food in almost an instant. This magical gadget also saves clean up time, because you can cook everything in just one pot.

We have a New Food Guide and this Dietitian Loves it!

Written by: Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

The  newest installment of Canada’s Food Guide was launched in Montreal, on Tuesday January 22, 2019 by Federal Health Minister, Ginette Peptitapas Taylor.

This food guide takes a modern approach to communicating nutrition information to consumers, health professionals and policy makers. On the brand new Health Canada website there is a suite of resources that includes information related to healthy food choices, eating habits, recipes, tips for meal planning, and nutrition information for individuals of all ages and stages of life.

The Prudent Prune for Powerful Bones

January, 2019

Written by: Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Disclaimer: I partnered with California Prune Board for this Blog Post, however, all opinions are my own. Prunes are a healthy part of my, diet; why not make them part of yours, this year.

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, with friends and family. Are you like me and now feel ready to eat well, add in a bit more activity and get back into your usual routine? I am not usually one for resolutions, but I do like to begin the year with some new recipes and a few creative ways to include healthy foods in my diet, with a focus on a few nutrition and health goals.