Parenting Stress, Home Chaos and Children's Health

Parenting Stress, Home Chaos and Children's Health

Feeling stressed out? Ever wonder what impact that stress might have on your health or the health of your children? Check out my webinar on parenting stress, home chaos and children's health to find out more! 

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The Coconut Oil Debate

The Coconut Oil Debate

The coconut oil debate has been making the rounds again in the media lately, due to the recent comments from the American Health Association deeming coconut oil as unhealthy.  In this post, we will discuss what all the fuss is about and share our thoughts. 

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What's in the News?

What's in the News?

Have you seen the What the Health documentary on Netflix? The documentary does highlight some good points, such as the high rates of obesity, diabetes and disease (that are partly driven by diet) that we are facing and the fact that we could do better with eating more vegetables and fruits, limiting our meat intake, and embracing more of a plant-based diet. However, in our opinion this film did nothing to lessen the confusion about the link between diet and health.

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End Mealtime Mayhem

End Mealtime Mayhem

Do you get frustrated after you make a large family meal and your kids only take two bites? Or maybe you wish that there were some go-to meals that everyone could agree upon. The good news is that taking control of the dinner hour is within your reach! My PhD research is focused on family meals and how parent feeding practices during meals influence what and how much preschoolers eat. While my research findings are still TBD, I am really excited to share with you some of my tips for dealing with picky eaters!

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Nutrition Month 2017- Take the Fight out of Food!

Nutrition Month 2017- Take the Fight out of Food!

Do you ever get frustrated by food and nutrition? Maybe you can’t figure out why you feel bloated after eating certain foods, have family mealtimes that are mayhem or are unsure about which foods are best for a particular health condition. I call these “food fights” – they represents times when you struggle with yourself or others about what to eat. Part of my job as a dietitian is to coach people to calm these food fights, so I was super excited that the Nutrition Month 2017 theme is “Take the Fight out of Food” – it’s exactly what I do every day!

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Be Nice to Your Gut

Aloha friends!

I went to an interesting talk a couple of weeks ago about the human gut microbiota by Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe, an associate professor of molecular and cellular biology studies at the University of Guelph. What exactly is the gut microbiota you ask? The gut microbiota houses a community of tiny microbes (e.g., bacteria) that have set up shop inside our intestines. But bacteria are bad you say? Not necessarily. If you are not convinced I hope you will be by the end of this post, as I will share with you some interesting tidbits I learned from that evening.

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Health Food Discrepancies: Why Dietitians aren't a fan of granola bars

Health Food Discrepancies: Why Dietitians aren't a fan of granola bars

As a dietitian I often get asked about the latest food trends or what the best foods for a person to eat are. Society has set us up for this question. Between commuting, after work (or school) commitments, spending time with loved ones, hitting the gym and catching some zzzz's after a few episodes of Netflix, there is little time left to sit down and eat a meal. And food marketers are capitalizing on this time crunch, highlighting health claims (which are often questionable) on their package fronts. And so, I am not surprised when people want to get the 'best bang for their buck' while trudging through the grocery store aisles with the latest media headline replaying in their mind. 

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Childhood Obesity: Prevention and Parents are Key (says the CBC)

Childhood Obesity: Prevention and Parents are Key (says the CBC)

I have always dreamed of being on the CBC. CBC radio has been my backdrop on busy Mondays, in slow traffic on Wednesday afternoons and lazy Sunday mornings at the cottage. Listening always got me thinking about what it would be like to share my research with Canada. And early Tuesday morning, I got the chance to do just that! 

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Many ways to Milk a Cow: The Great Dairy Debate

Many ways to Milk a Cow: The Great Dairy Debate

"There aren't essential foods, but there are essential nutrients. There are many paths to the same destination." We love this quote! In light of the on-going controversy surrounding milk, it is important to remind ourselves that there are many ways to skin a cat -- or should we say milk a cow?!

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Happy Dietitians' Day!

Happy Dietitians' Day!

Today is March 16th. Today is also a very special day. Not only is today the day before St. Patrick's day, it is also Dietitian's Day; a day that officially celebrates all of the hard work that my colleagues and I put into getting the Registered Dietitian (RD) credentials, and helps bring awareness to what an RD is and what they can do to help you reach your nutrition goals.

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