Don't Go Blaming the Carbs!

Don't Go Blaming the Carbs!

As a dietitian I often hear questions such as, "I shouldn't eat too many carbs right?" or "eating low carbs will help me lose weight?" I mean of course low carb intakes can help you lose weight, but it isn't necessarily the most ideal way or maintainable way to lose weight. Often times carbs are portrayed as the enemy and forbidden food. When people tell me about cravings, they are often carb related (I hear chips, cookies, muffins, crackers, etc.) However, there are many other carbs that don’t create cravings but actually support satiety and overall energy throughout the day.

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5 Ways to Love Your Heart

5 Ways to Love Your Heart

February is heart month! This month is dedicated to bringing attention to the importance of cardiovascular health and we can do to decrease our risk for heart disease.

What is heart disease?

Heart disease is disease of the heart, arteries, and veins. Heart disease can be present at birth (e.g., congenital heart disease), or it can develop later in life (e.g., heart attack, stroke). Heart disease affects 2.4 million Canadians adults and is the second leading cause of death in Canada.

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Diet and Men's Health: Foods to consider

Diet and Men's Health: Foods to consider

Did you know that men have a lower life expectancy than women because they are more likely to die of cancer, heart disease, or diabetes? Furthermore, men also tend to live on average 4-6 years fewer than females, with men living an average of 9 years of their lives in extremely poor health. Obesity, inactivity, inadequate diet, binge drinking, smoking, poor mental health, and reluctance to access health care services are some of the many factors that contribute to these health statistics.

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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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Plant-based diets: should you, or shouldn’t you?

Plant-based diets: should you, or shouldn’t you?

A study published last week in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has gotten quite a bit of attention, with press release titles such as “Some Plant-Based Diets May Increase Heart Disease Risk.” Plant-based diets have gotten a lot of attention in the past few years, from the perspective of the environment, animal rights, and health.

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Electrolytes and Hydration. Do you need a special drink?

Electrolytes and Hydration. Do you need a special drink?

Do you find yourself wondering if you are getting enough fluid? Do you need to replenish yourself with electrolytes after playing soccer, hockey, swimming? If so, what should you be having? Is water enough or do you need a sports drink?

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What's in the News?

What's in the News?

Aloha friends! It is a busy week here for the Domestic PhD with Kathryn jet-setting off to Germany and Michelle is starting to teach a night course this week. This week's post is a round out of a few interesting articles we have come across this week:

Happy reading!

xo Michelle & Kathryn

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