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Autumn Eats: A Trip to the Farmer’s Market!

We welcome our newest student volunteer, with this blog post.

Please join us in welcoming Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition candidate, to our team

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

As the leaves begin to transform into bright colorful shades, so does the produce that is beautifully displayed at local farmer’s markets! There are so many benefits to eating foods from the farmer’s market, some of which we will explore!

Back to School Nutrition

Written by Hilary Rock BSc, Nutrition

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

 

Before you get into the busy routine of going back to school, add nutrition planning to your schedule. By making nutrition a priority and being proactive in planning ahead, you can avoid the excuse of “not enough time” to eat healthy. Eating a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks helps to keep you and your children healthy and ready to learn. Whether you are going back to school yourself or your children are, use the following tips to minimize stress and maximize time management for a successful school year.

Our 10 Favorite Nutrition Blogs

Written by Erika Martin BSc Nutrition Candidate

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Here are a few of our favorite Canadian nutrition bloggers. They all have something unique to offer and so many recipes to share. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

  1. Abbey’s Kitchen – Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian whose colorful blog features many healthy recipes, nutrition advice and fun, informative videos. This blog is so quirky and easy to navigate, with all recipes organized into categories; vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-fat, low-carb, you name it!
  2. Osinga Nutrition – Nicole Osinga is a Durham Region-based Registered Dietitian whose blog is geared towards individuals with special diets such as vegetarian, vegan and plant based eating, as well as those with digestive health issues. She provides healthy recipes and great nutrition tips, and uses her own personal experiences with food to create relatable content.
  3. Desiree Neilson – As a Vancouver-based Registered Dietitian, Desiree Neilson offers a blog focused on plant-based and anti-inflammatory nutrition. This blog has easy access to many recipes fitting this category, as well as health tips and tricks, interviews with other health advocates, and fun music playlists created by Desiree herself.
  4. Simple Bites – Run by Aimée Wimbush-Bourque, a wife and mother of three, this blog explores the concept of meals that the whole family can enjoy, and offers healthy recipes that are sure to be a hit with the kids. She has an interest in urban homesteading and often shares tips and tricks on that as well.
  5. Sarah Remmer – Sarah Remmer is a Registered Dietitian focused in child and family nutrition, who posts many recipes and recipe videos for kid-friendly meals and snacks. Her blog contains information on nutrition for moms and dads, pregnancy, babies and toddlers, as well as tips and tricks for dealing with picky eaters.
  6. Blueprint Nutrition – This blog, run primarily by Registered Dietitian Rosanne Robinson, aims to close the gap between education, inspiration and motivation in nutrition. In addition to offering many recipes and nutritional information, it also provides inspiring posts to help change our perspective on eating.
  7. Health Bean Nutrition – Registered Dietitian Selena Devries runs a blog primarily for those living with celiac disease based on her personal experience living with celiac disease. She posts recipes that are celiac-friendly, answers questions for those who are newly diagnosed, and provides tips for emotional wellbeing.
  8. Home Grown Life – Run by Registered Dietitian Lisa Halliwell, this blog has so many healthy recipes accompanied by beautiful, artistic images that will have you salivating. She also offers posts about understanding food, such as information on bone health, lactose intolerance and much more.
  9. Euphoria NutritionCharlene Pors, Registered Dietitian and writer of Euphoria Nutrition, is a sports nutritionist and provides recipes that are aimed to increase power and performance in the body. She also includes information on staying motivated at the gym, and which foods are the best post-workout.
  10. Marie-Ève Caplette – For those of you who speak French, this blog is run by Registered Dietitian Marie-Ève Caplette, which offers simple, healthy recipes for breakfasts, snacks, dinners and vegetarian meals. She posts articles offering tips and tricks on living a healthy lifestyle, all written in French.

Ceci est un blog en français, écrit par Diététiste Marie-Ève Caplette. Elle offert les recettes pour les plats santé, qui inclut le déjeuner, les collations, les entrées et les plats végétariens. On peut trouver aussi des trucs pour améliorer vos habitudes alimentaires.

My Experience as a Volunteer and Intern

By: Dianna Yanchis, BSc (Nutrition)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

My passion for nutrition began in high school as a competitive volleyball player. I became very interested in sports nutrition, specifically, how to properly fuel your body to improve energy and performance levels. During university, I began volunteering with Andrea, writing nutrition blog posts. Andrea has been an incredible role model and her knowledge and dedication to nutrition practice is both impressive and inspiring. Through my volunteer work I was able to develop many skills that would allow me to succeed in the profession of dietetics. This experience further emphasized my desire to share my knowledge of nutrition to better the lives of others.

Probiotics – Supporting a Healthy Gut

Written by Evita Basilio BSc Nutrition

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

The Science of Our Gut
Humans are hosts to huge numbers of bacteria ~100 trillion all through our body. The gut flora is our largest organ of immunity. The composition of each person’s microflora is as unique as your fingerprint and what we feed our flora determines which bacteria are found in our gut.

10 Healthy Barbecue Tips

Written by Hilary Rock BSc, Nutrition

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Warmer weather, longer nights, barbeque season has arrived! Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and start using the grill more. This summer think beyond the typical steaks, hamburgers, sausages, and hot dogs. Try grilling fish, fresh fruit, and even tofu for a change!  First things first, remember to heat up that grill for 20 to 30 minutes before cooking to kill off bacteria and other pathogens leftover from past grill sessions to reduce the chances of foodborne illness. Below are ten tips to remember to make this barbeque season a healthy one:

Tips for cooking with 5 different types of Pots

Written by Sierra Steele BSc Nutrition, Candidate

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSC, RD

Iron Pots – Low levels of iron in the body is a global issue. Interestingly, iron can be obtained through the use of iron pots or pans. Iron from the pots leaches into foods cooked in them, increasing the iron content of whatever you are cooking.  In some cases, this could make up approximately 20% of the recommended daily intake of iron. Iron is most easily leached when cooking with foods that are acidic or high in vitamin C, such as tomatoes or tomato sauce.

Whole grain vs. Whole wheat: A Review

Written by Erika Martin BSc, Nutrition Candidate

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

We would like to welcome one of our new Nutrition undergraduate volunteer students, to our practice. This is Erika’s first blog post, for us.

Canada’s Food Guide states that half of our daily servings of grains should be whole grains. Whole grains provide us with more fiber, vitamins and minerals, than refined grain products. It is important to understand the difference between whole grain and whole wheat.

The Detox Debate

 Written by Hilary Rock BSc, Nutrition

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

These days, consumers are paying closer attention to ways to improve their health and prevent disease. At the same time that interest in health is growing, so is the ease of which consumers can access health-related information to support self-care, online. The Canadian Council of Food and Nutrition Tracking Nutrition Trends survey revealed that 46% of Canadians use the Internet to find food and nutrition information; 76% use magazines, newspapers and books; friends, relatives and colleagues are the source for 66%. In other words, many of the most common methods for obtaining food, nutrition and health-related information are not necessarily science-based and may not be reliable. One area of current popular interest where misinformation abounds is detoxification (detox) and cleansing diets and other procedures supposedly designed to rid the body of toxins. Detox diets are popular strategies that claim to facilitate toxin elimination and weight loss, thereby promoting health and well-being.