It’s been over a month now that we have been struggling with social distancing and staying at home and I think I finally have my grocery shopping down pat. At the beginning, I have to admit, my trips to the grocery store were a disaster. I was still making a few trips a week because I realized despite all of the food that I had, I didn’t have the right items to put together a meal. My grocery shopping was taking over an hour because I was trying to plan meals on the fly. I couldn’t get the plastic produce bag open for the life of me without first licking my fingers. Half way through my journey, inevitably I would realize one of my items was back where I started and it was impossible to get there without going the opposite direction of the arrows in the aisles. I was overheated after spending so much time in the store with my winter coat on. I was touching everything from my face to my phone and all of my purse contents when looking for my shopping list, bank and rewards card. I am...
March is Nutrition Month and this year dietitians want to show Canadians that healthy eating habits are about More Than Food. Culture and food traditions are an important part of healthy eating. Dhal is a a flavourful, vegetarian dish that is a significant staple in Indian cuisine. This healthy recipe by Dietitians of Canada at cookspiration.com for Easy Red Lentil Dhal is an excellent choice for your Meatless Mondays. Enjoy this thick soup with basmati rice or flatbread such as naan, chapati or roti.
1 cup (250 mL) red lentils
1 Tbsp. (15 mL) canola oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp. (2 mL) ground turmeric
1/2 tsp. (2 mL) salt
2 tomatoes, chopped
3 cups (750 mL) water
1 small Thai chili, cut in half
Nutritional genomics is a new frontier in scientific research that has shown exciting evidence of a relationship between our genes, nutrition and our health.
A gene is a sequence of DNA that codes for proteins required for functioning of the human body. Humans have two copies of each gene: One copy is inherited from their mother and the other from their father. The combination of the two copies of the gene determine person’s genotype. Most people are about 99% genetically identical, but it is the 1% genetic variation that makes all the difference. Individual genetic variation can affect how we respond to individual nutrients and the foods we eat, giving each of us our own unique nutritional needs.
Nutrigenomics is the study of how individual genetic variation affects a person's response to nutrients and how this impacts the risk of nutrition-related chronic diseases as well as athletic performance, fertility and other health-related outcomes. For example, t...
The holiday season is a time to enjoy the pleasure of family and friends, and yes, food and drink. These tips will help you celebrate the festive season without feeling deprived, anxious or guilty about your food and beverage choices.
If you enjoy Christmas baking, freeze the extras or give some away to friends and family.
Continue to eat three, balanced meals throughout the day, even if you are going out for dinner or to a holiday party. Restricted eating during the day often results in overeating or making less healthy choices later on.
Whether it is a meal or appetizers, always remember to fill ½ your plate with fruits and vegetables and eat these foods first.
Enjoy the flavour of fresh/natural foods without a lot of added sauces, gravies and dips.
When at a cocktail party, socialize in a different room, away from the food table. It’s easier to avoid temptation when food is not at an arm’s length.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a chronic condition that causes inflammation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This inflammation can lead to symptoms of diarrhea, rectal bleeding, unexplained weight loss, fever, abdominal pain and cramping, a feeling of tiredness, reduced appetite and/or bowel urgency.
The two main types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Crohn’s disease usually affects the lower part of the small intestine but can involve any part of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus. It involves some or all layers of the lining of the GI tract. The areas of inflammation are often patchy, with sections of normal gut in between.
Ulcerative colitis affects the large intestine (colon and rectum) and only involves the inner-most lining. The inflammation begins in the rectum and lower colon and may extend up the colon in a continuous pattern.
The main treatment for IBD usually involves drug therapy and in some cases, surger...
Goodbye “keto” diet. Hello “plant-based” diet! As a Registered Dietitian, I couldn’t be more pleased with the latest diet trend, because it isn’t actually a “diet”, it is a healthy, balanced way of eating that just makes sense. So what is a plant-based diet anyway? Many people interpret a plant-based diet as being vegetarian or vegan, but this isn’t the case. Although a plant-based diet is mostly made up of food from plants such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and plant proteins such as legumes, lentils, nut/seeds and their butters and soy products such as tofu, it can actually contain moderate amounts of fish, poultry, lean meat, lower fat dairy products and eggs.
One of reasons the plant-based diet is becoming so popular is because this way of eating has been shown to prevent and manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and certain types of cancer and also help with weight management. This diet is a rich source of fibre, vita...
Snacks can be a healthy addition to your three daily meals and a way of getting some of the nutrients you may have missed at mealtime. If you feel like grabbing a snack between meals, ask yourself first if you are truly hungry or if you are eating because you are feeling bored, lonely, anxious, angry, happy, sad or stressed. If you are hungry, choose a snack that will energize you, nourish your body, and help you feel satisfied until your next meal. If you think you are craving a snack for reasons other than hunger, do something to distract yourself like doing a crossword puzzle/craft or going for a walk.
Tips for Choosing a Healthy snack
For a nutrient-packed snack, include a serving from 1 or 2 of the food groups from Canada's Food Guide.
Choose whole, non-processed foods more often.
Include a source of protein and/or healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, nut butter, hummus, hard-cooked egg, tuna, avocado or lower fat dairy products such...
Cravings, we all get them. They are defined as “a powerful desire for something”. For a lot of us, this “something” is FOOD. Of course, we rarely get a craving for something nourishing like a cucumber or an orange. Our cravings usually for something salty, like potato chips or something sweet, like chocolate! More often than not, we crave the foods that give us PLEASURE. Unfortunately, that pleasure is usually only temporary, because soon after giving into our cravings, we are burdened with the feeling of GUILT. Cravings have been compared to a wave in the ocean. They start out slow, increase in strength, rise to a crest and then gradually fade away over time. Using the 5 D’s may help you manage your cravings. The 5 D’s are: Determine, Delay, Distract, Distance and Decide.
1. Determine- Ask yourself if you are actually hungry or if you are eating for reasons other than hunger i.e. emotional eating. If you are truly hungry, it has been 3-4 hours sinc...