Healthy Eating in the New Year: Intuitive Eating

Written by: Laura Chimenti BSc (cand)

Reviewed by: Andrea Miller MHSc, RD, FDC

The year 2020 was definitely one for the books and one we definitely will never forget. However, with the New Year comes a new opportunity to hit the reset button and better yourself and your health.

With the New Year comes New Year’s resolutions and many people often set resolutions that pertain to their eating habits. This often includes the start of a new diet, however, for those of you who have dieted before, you may know that most diets are not sustainable and can lead to a negative or restrictive mentality. Improving your health doesn’t have to be stressful or unenjoyable. In fact, you can still eat all the foods you love minus the guilt through intuitive eating.

A Quick Guide to Managing Food Cravings

Written by Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD, FDC

 

We have all been in a situation where we start craving a certain food item and the feeling overwhelms you. Although food cravings are not inherently bad, feelings of guilt or shame may creep in later as we feel defeated and less in control of our bodies. But what causes these food cravings? Learning what causes our cravings can provide insight on how to manage them better.

Easy Meal Prep

By Gaby Burt-D’Agnillo, BSc

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD, FDC

Today, we’re discussing easy and healthy meal preparation ideas. With a little bit of planning, it’s not as hard as you may think to create a quick and balanced meal to feed the whole family. The more you practice effective meal planning techniques, the easier it gets! Keep reading for healthy meal preparation tips and tricks, and recipes that only require a few simple ingredients.

A Quick Guide on Reducing Food Waste at Home!

Written by Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

Have you ever looked through your fridge in search of spinach only to find a bag of wilted leaves you can no longer use for your salad? I know I have! There have been many times when I have had to throw out food and felt frustrated at having wasted not only food, but resources such as time, money, and the effort to produce that food. Over the years, I have learned to reduce my food waste at home and become more responsible and thoughtful of how I use the resources available to me.

Zucchini

Written by Erika Martin BSc Nutrition

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

As we approach the final few weeks of summer, consider taking advantage of seasonal fruits and vegetables as much as you can. My favourite seasonal vegetable in the summer is the zucchini, a much underrated and super inexpensive vegetable that has so much potential. It does great as a side but can also star as the main course with just a little bit of creativity. Whether you pick up a few zucchinis at the store, your local farmer’s market or right out of your summer garden, keep reading for all you need to know about this vegetable, as well as some creative ways to cook with it!

Maximizing Your Nutrition This Summer

Written by Laura Chimenti Bsc (cand.)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD, FDC

Summer, for many is the most awaited time of the year, and with summer often comes barbecues and patio drinks. It can be easy to fall off track of a healthy lifestyle when summer rolls around but eating healthy and staying active in the summer doesn’t have to be hard; in fact, it can be fun! Keep reading to learn some tips for healthy living in the summer.

Intuitive Eating During A Pandemic

By Gaby Burt-D’Agnillo, BSc

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

June 2020

Life is far from normal right now. As we adapt to the changes that come with a global pandemic, we may not interact with food the same. Maybe we’re eating more or less than we usually do. Maybe we feel as though we’re falling off track. Maybe we just aren’t following the routines we used to. Can you relate? You are not alone!

Don’t Forget Fibre!

By Gaby Burt-D’Agnillo, BSc

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD, FDC

May 2020

What is fibre?

Fibre is a type of carbohydrate that passes through the digestive system without being digested or absorbed. Fibre is found mostly in plant foods including vegetables and fruit, whole grains, legumes (like beans, peas and lentils), nuts, and seeds. Unlike other nutrients – which are broken down and absorbed for fuel – fibre remains relatively intact as it passes through the body. So, why is fibre important? There are a range of health benefits that fibre provides, which make it a fundamental part of a healthy diet. Evidence suggests that adequate fibre intake can improve digestion and reduce the risk of developing chronic disease. Fibre can also help keep you regular, lower your cholesterol, and control your blood sugar. Consuming fibre-rich foods can increase feelings of fullness and help you maintain a healthy weight.

Bring Back the Joy of Cooking During COVID-19!

Written by Sharon Charles BSc Nutrition (Candidate)

Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD

 

Dietitian note: Sharon was going to write this post on our 2020 Nutrition month theme. She pivoted beautifully and changed her theme, to help us all find silver linings in this time of uncertainty. Well-done, Sharon. To everyone- stay well, be safe and enjoy cooking and eating at home, during this time. Andrea