I've decided not to write about nutrition today. Food and nutrition are the last things on my mind right now actually, unless it involves ice cream or unhealthy, greasy food.
Ok, not even that.
Instead, I've decided to step WAY out of my comfort zone (I'm talking WAY) and talk about something really personal. Something that has rocked my world recently and something that is real. Something that many women unfortunately have to experience.
If you consistently struggle with your weight, you may be in what I call "Sumo Mode." While desperately attempting to cut back on calories by skipping meals and leaving long gaps in between eating, you may in fact be mimicking a Sumo Wrestler's diet regime. I'm guessing that becoming a Sumo Wrestler is not on your bucket list...
You have no doubt heard the buzz around the beneficial qualities of Omega-3 fatty acids over the past several years. Believe the buzz—Omega 3's are MEGA good! This fatty acid is essential for proper health, and most of us (including our kids!) don't consume enough. Omega-3s are a form of polyunsaturated fatty acid that we need to consume through food or a supplement.
Although I'm not a vegetarian, I would happily choose a vegetarian restaurant over a steak house if given the choice. My husband—not so much. He compares beans, lentils, and tofu to cardboard and if ever forced into eating it, will beeline it for the closest burger joint afterwards to "fill the gap" and perhaps restore his "meat-eating manliness." After countless attempts to get my hubby to open his mind to eating vegetarian once in a while, I gave up and saved my vegetarian dates for my girlfriends.
It’s Barbeque and picnic season! It’s a great time to enjoy delicious food and the outdoors with your family. However, you may also be in the company of some unwanted guests—bacteria and bacterial toxins that grow on your food can cause food poisoning, something that often gets passed off as the stomach flu. Did you know that about 11-13 million cases of food-borne illness occur each year in Canada?
What I hear (and what I find myself) is that supper is the most challenging meal of the day. By. Far.
By 5pm, your kids are hungry, you're exhausted, and the overwhelm of creating a healthy AND tasty supper is setting in. Fear not! Supper doesn't have to be gourmet or complicated to be healthy and yummy. Here are three ways to throw together an easy and nutritious supper!
Everything about the Kellogg's Kashi brand screams "natural," from its name, to its packaging and marketing. Oh, not to mention that it says right on the front of many Kashi products "all-natural." One would assume that the ingredients going into Kashi products would be just that—natural. Apparently not. Recently, a photo was taken of a sign that was put up in a grocery store in Portsmouth, Rhode Island stating:
I hate to admit it, but when I first started hearing about hemp seeds, I silently judged them. Or maybe I just ignored them. I assumed that they were only consumed by hippies and that they were a passing trend. Sort of like those hemp bracelets and necklaces that we used to make in high school. Well, I've now given them a chance and I'm glad that I did. They're tasty, healthy and easy. Oh, and they were also on sale at Costco and who can pass up a good Costco sale?
I've just finished reading yet another disturbingly mis-informative article about how "terrible" carbs are and how they are to blame for our health woes. More specifically, this article, published in Chatelaine last month has painted carbs (specifically complex, nutrient-packed ones) as the cause of being overweight or "fat." Frankly, I'm surprised and disappointed that Chatelaine (one of my favorite Canadian publications!) published this misleading article.
After reading Dara Duff-Bergeron's great post on YMC, where she speaks about the controversial (and deeply disturbing) Vogue article recently published - about a mother shaming her overweight daughter, I was inspired to carry on the discussion, as this is an area that I am quite passionate about.
Avoid getting caught in the see-food trap this Easter and remember to indulge mindfully.
Easter is one of my favorite holidays simply because it involves chocolate. I may or may not have a mild obsession with it. Ok, I absolutely, without a question do. If I go a day without chocolate, I've either been kidnapped and denied all foods, or there's been a recall on all chocolate in the city. These scenarios will likely never happen, so let's assume that I enjoy it every day, in a moderate but satisfying amount.
Even though my title is "Registered Dietitian," I'm not a huge fan of it. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE my career and spent YEARS working away to achieve the title, but somehow it doesn't sit well with me.